NAME THAT TUNE (TV)

Summary

One in this series of musical game shows in which pairs of contestants vie for cash prizes by identifying popular songs. The opening round challenges both the musical knowledge and the physical stamina of the participants by forcing them to dash across a stage and ring a large bell before naming the tune in question. Contestants in the first round of play are John Barr, a policeman from Staten Island, and Dorothy Murphy, a waitress from Manhattan. Host George De Witt and Barr josh playfully about traffic summonses, while Murphy derides policemen for being bad tippers. Barr wins the opening round and moves on to the Golden Medley, during which he must identify a succession of popular songs under time pressure. De Witt then introduces boxer Joe Louis, who is present in the audience. Participants in the next round are grandmothers Ruth Howe from Washington, D.C., and Almeida McGraw from Cleveland, Ohio, along with their playing partner, Professor Gilbert Karp of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The trio engages in some good-natured mother-in-law humor with the host before play begins. The geriatric troika identifies three songs correctly, giving them a grand total of $8000 in winnings. In the next round, the playing partners are U.S. Marine Sgt. Dan Searcy of Nashville, Tennessee, and James Barrick of Chicago, Illinois, who is taking the place of his wife, who recently gave birth. De Witt and Barrick discuss Barrick's new baby before Searcy asks the sponsor's permission to return the following week with a rejuvenated Mrs. Barrick. To fill the time void left by Searcy's apostasy, De Witt sings "Counting My Blessings." Includes commercials.

(Network affiliation varies; as above, 1954 to 1959.)

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: January 17, 1956 Tuesday 7:30 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:29:21
  • COLOR/B&W: B&W
  • CATALOG ID: T86:0355
  • GENRE: Game/Quiz
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Game/Quiz programs
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV series, 1954-1959
  • COMMERCIALS: TV - Commercials - Easy-Off oven cleaner^TV - Commercials - Wizard hairspray^TV - Commercials - Anacin pain reliever

CREDITS

    • Art Stark … Executive Producer
    • Harry Salter … Producer, Created by
    • Perry Lafferty … Director
    • Ted Raph … Conductor
    • De Witt, George … Host
    • Johnny Olson … Announcer
    • Joe Louis