|Ed McMahon (NBC)|
Dick Clark (ABC)
NBC Daytime: 9/9/1963 - 3/27/1964
ABC Daytime: 3/30/1964 - 12/25/1964
|Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions|
SAMPLE ABC-ERA OPENING:
SAM: Good morning, I'm Sam Levenson. KAYE: Hello, this is Kaye Ballard! JOEL: I'm Joel Gray! DICK: And I'm your host Dick Clark! JOHNNY: And the name of the game is Missing Links! Brought to you by Rolaids in handy roll and new family-size pockets, by Instant Niagara and new Niagara Spray Starch with SL32, and by Oral Fix denture adhesive. Oral Fix seals dentures to gums!
Missing Links was a simple game show where contestants fill in the blanks of phrases.
A panel of three celebrities faced a studio contestant who came in with an unusual story. He/she read the story to the panel. When he/she came to (a) blank(s) at the end or near the end of a sentence, each panelist tried to guess the missing word(s). A correct answer from one panelist earned money for the contestant (unlike most panel shows using this type of format), but an incorrect answer passed the turn to the next panelist. If all three of them missed, the host gave the starting letter to the answer and the round continued as before.
A correct answer on the first chance won the contestant $50, while a correct answer on a second chance was worth $25. Each story contained four (sets of) blanks, for a top prize of $200.
Three guests played each day, with the final guest being a celebrity.
Mark Goodson & Bill Todman
A board game was released by Milton Bradley in 1964.
- It was on this game show that when Nipsey Russell was a panelist, McMahon or Clark would always ask him to do a poem. That started Nipsey's trademark of doing poetry when guesting on other game shows.
- The ABC version is Dick Clark's only game show that didn't feature his trademark sign-off.