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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »


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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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1.33 : 1
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Celebrity Charades
2 March 2008 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is a show worth reviving. With Mike Stokey both producing and emceeing this show had two competing teams of four celebrities simply playing a game of parlor charades. You had two minutes to guess what name or phrase or whatever the pantomimer was trying to put across. Seeing some very dignified people like Sebastian Cabot playing was funny enough. My favorite was Howard Morris who used to literally jump in as his turn was announced with Mike Stokey saying, "Howie Morris come in from wherever you are."

One moment I do remember from Pantomime Quiz was Beverly Garland trying to come up with Have Gun Will Travel. She kept saying over and over, 'Paddling, Paddling' instead of Paladin. She used up her allotted two minutes and never did come up with the name of Richard Boone's television series.

Another show that could be revived today, just like Hollywood Squares was for awhile. Seeing Tom Cruise's antics on interview shows, I think he'd be a natural as a panelist.

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