Fred Allen
Portland Hoffa
Tex Antoine
Unsold Pilot for NBC: Summer 1954
Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions

Take Your Choice was an unsold quiz show hosted by Fred Allen.


Contestants selected their own questions in an attempt to win up to $5,000.


  • One of the contestants on this pilot was Professor Roger Holmes of Mt. Holyoke College, inventor of a "thinking machine".
  • Variety articles from May and June 1954 indicate that this was pitched by Goodson-Todman for NBC's 1954-55 season, essentially replacing their previous NBC show Judge For Yourself (which had ended in May and was also hosted by Fred Allen).
  • It is likely that, due to Fred's heart condition not allowing him to emcee a more "strenuous" game or quiz show, the hostess and announcer did much of the heavy lifting. This had been the case on Judge For Yourself, which had been created by Goodson-Todman specifically to accommodate Fred, who on that show did little more than interview the contestants and introduce the acts.
  • The pilot is held by the UCLA Film & Television Archive. A clip appeared in Buzzr promos for the network's "Lost and Found" week in September 2015 (see below), but for unknown reasons the show did not air during that week.

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