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Stump the Stars 

Pantomime Quiz (original title)
Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (... See full summary »


Mike Stokey




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Series cast summary:
Mike Stokey ...  Himself - Host 173 episodes, 1949-1970
Vincent Price ...  Himself / ... 92 episodes, 1949-1963


Television's first treatment of "Charades" as played by Hollywood celebrities. The giveaway was the use of gestures that defined "film", "TV show", "book" or "song" as well as "small word (a, an, the)"and gestures for syllables, number of words, and expand or stretch . I remember later as I grew up that "Charades" used these gestures from the show I remembered in my youth as "Stump the Stars." Written by Andrew Melisano

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13 November 1947 (USA) See more »

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Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz See more »

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I remember "Stump the Stars" too - a fast-paced game of charades
6 August 2017 | by Cheyenne-BodieSee all my reviews

This game show was originally called "Pantomime Quiz".

But I watched the version that ran from September 1962 thru September 1963 - when it was called "Stump the Stars".

It was on CBS Monday nights at 10:30 eastern time.

There were two teams of four players each that played against each other. Regulars or semi-regulars (according to the best of my memory) were Vera Miles, Richard Long, Beverly Garland, Stubby Kaye, Ruta Lee, Sebastian Cabot, Hans Conreid, and Ross Martin. Each team had three of the regulars and one of the night's guest stars.

Beverly Garland was a vivacious woman who screamed a lot. Vera Miles was elegant. Ruta Lee was pert and sexy. Ross Martin was smart - an excellent player. All the regulars had plenty of charm and energy. Dress was formal, with the men wearing tuxedos.

One puzzle had some kind of a take-off on the name Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. No one got it. Host Mike Stokey told Richard Long he should have got it since he had played one of Zimbalist's employees on "77 Sunset Strip". Long was actually one of Zimbalist's partners, but kept his mouth shut.

Stokey once introduced Vera Miles as an actress equally capable of playing spinsters or sex pots. Miles didn't seem to appreciate the introduction.

On one special, four cast members of the movie "PT 109" played against four of the regulars. The "PT 109" cast members were Robert Culp, Ty Hardin, Grant Williams, and James Gregory. The regulars won.

Guest stars I remember included Clint Walker and Roger Smith. Joseph Cotten and his wife Patricia Medina were guests for one show. Sebastian Cabot gave Patricia a big kiss and hug. Apparently they were old friends. Also either Don Murray or Don Taylor was a guest star.

Mike Stokey called the show "the fastest half-hour on television". Each team had two minutes to solve a puzzle. There were eight puzzles per show. The show did go by quickly.

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