|Carl Reiner (1964-1965)|
Bert Parks (1968)
|Merrill Heatter-Bob Quigley Productions/Four Star Television|
The Celebrity Game is the old and mostly-forgotten precursor to Hollywood Squares.
Three contestants predicted how nine celebrities answered yes or no questions. Each contestant picked a star and predicted whether the chosen star answered yes or no. After that, the panel revealed their answers and gave hilarious explanations of their answers. If all three contestants were correct, they all won $25; if two of the contestants were correct, they both won $50. If only one contestant had the correct prediction, s/he won $100. Each player would then choose from the remaining six celebrities and then from the remaining three celebrities and the same payout structure applied. The next round would be played the same way but with a different question.
In the third and final round of each night's show, the contestants predicted whether the majority of the panel answered yes or no with a pot of $300 at stake. Those contestants who agreed with the majority of the panel divided $300 evenly meaning that if all three contestants were correct, they all won $100; if two of the contestants were correct, they both won $150; if only one contestant had the correct prediction, s/he won the full $300.
On the 1968 pilot, two contestants faced a panel of six celebrities. Each correct prediction scored $25 on the first question and $50 on the second question. The player with the most cash played a bonus round in which the winner of the game must correctly predict 5 out of 6 answers to win a new car. Each correct prediction earned the cash won in the front game.
The Celebrity Game at Dixon Hayes' Classic Hollywood Squares Site (via Internet Archive)