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Masquerade Party

Masquerade Party


Masquerade Party was an American television game show. During its original run from 1952 to 1960, the show appeared at various times on all three major networks (ABC, NBC, and CBS). The basic idea of the show was that a panel of celebrities would meet with another celebrity that was in heavy make-up and/or costume. The make-up and costume would always provide clues as to who the celebrity was. (An example from the show's 1974 run: Actor Gary Burghoff appeared as a robot with radar, alluding to his role as Radar O'Reilly in M*A*S*H.) Then there would be a round of yes-or-no questions from the panel, who would then get another clue about the person's identity. The panel would finally try to guess the identity, and the person would be revealed. The original show had several hosts during its run, including Bud Collyer, newsman Douglas Edwards, Eddie Bracken, Robert Q. Lewis, and Bert Parks. Well-known panelists included Pat Carroll, Sam Levenson, Audrey Meadows, Ogden Nash, Betsy Palmer and Jonathan Winters. Comedian Allan Sherman was the producer, and Stefan Hatos (later known for Let's Make a Deal) was the executive producer. A syndicated revival was produced in 1974, hosted by Richard Dawson. The basic premise was the same as the original show. Bill Bixby and Nipsey Russell were regular panelists. Col. Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame was a notable celebrity guest.

NBC Primetime, 1952;
CBS Primetime, 1953 - 54;
ABC Primetime, 1954 - 57;
NBC Primetime, 1957;
CBS Primetime, 1958;
NBC Primetime, 1959;
CBS Primetime, 1959 - 60;
NBC Primetime, 1960
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Douglas Edwards
As Host (1953)
Jinx Falkenburg
As Herself (Panelist (1958))
Jonathan Winters
As Himself
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