|Jack Linkletter (Primetime)|
Fred Robbins (Daytime, 1958–February 1959)
Dennis James (February–June 1959)
Daytime: 6/30/1958 – 6/19/1959
|Rainbow/Joe Cates Productions|
Haggis Baggis was the picture & word game show where contestants raced to win a choice of two prize packages.
Two contestants faced a game board with five categories & five letters. They surrounded the sides of a hidden picture which was always of a famous face. The host announced a category and one of the letters. Then the player in control had to come up with a word or phrase that fit the category. For each acceptable answer given, a piece of the picture connected to the category & letter was revealed. When a signal sounded at some point during the game, the game continued with the player choosing a category, then a letter, and finally an answer which fit both criteria. The first player to solve the picture won the game and became champion. In the event that either contestant would make a mistake on the picture, the game automatically went to the opponent.
After the game, each contestant secretly selected which prize package they wanted to win; they were dubbed "Haggis" & "Baggis". The winner chose first, followed by the runner-up. If their choices didn't match, both contestants won their chosen prizes; if they did match, however, only the winning contestant got the selected prizes.
The format of picking a category, picking a letter, and giving an answer came back as a bonus game on the failed Bob Stewart pilot Get Rich Quick! and as part of the main game on the failed Reg Grundy pilot Matchmates. It also came back as a board game in 1967 called Facts in Five.
Ziegfeld Theater, New York City, NY