To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)
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Episode dated 23 April 1962 

Tom Poston, Mimi Benzell, Johnny Carson and Dina Merrill are this evening's panelists. In the first round, the panel is presented with three women, all of whom claim to be the mother of the... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Alter

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Bud Collyer ... Himself - Host
Tom Poston ... Himself - Panelist
Mimi Benzell Mimi Benzell ... Herself - Guest Panelist
Johnny Carson ... Himself - Panelist
Dina Merrill ... Herself - Panelist
Van Cliburn ... Himself - Guest
Rildia Bee Cliburn Rildia Bee Cliburn ... Herself - Contestant
James Ramsey Ullman James Ramsey Ullman ... Himself - Contestant
Johnny Olson Johnny Olson ... Himself - Announcer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Margaret Smith Margaret Smith ... Guest
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Storyline

Tom Poston, Mimi Benzell, Johnny Carson and Dina Merrill are this evening's panelists. In the first round, the panel is presented with three women, all of whom claim to be the mother of the celebrated pianist, Van Cliburn, winner of the 1958 International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. Though the three ladies are very convincing, Mr. Poston, Miss Benzell and Mr. Carson correctly identify the real mother of the classic musician. Next up, three gentlemen allege they are Mr. James Ramsey Ullman, author, and mountaineer, slated to join the 1963 expedition climbing Mount Everest. Again, Tom Poston, Mimi Benzell, and Johnny Carson peg the correct author and mountaineer. Finally, the panel is asked to identify the woman who claims to be Margaret Smith, choreographer of the Ringling' Brothers circus. The panel is less fortunate this time out as they are all stumped completely in their attempt to identify the Miss Smith. Written by johnmike59

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Genres:

Family | Game-Show

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Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Once the panel has voted on whom they believe is Van Cliburn's mother, Mr. Cliburn makes an appearance and kisses his mother on the cheek, rather than just have the woman stand up as is the usual case with contestants. See more »

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