The host is Mike Wallace. Two girls and a man claim to be Tony Costello. Mike is introduced and explains the game. The panel is called the truth detectives. They are Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Hildy Parks and Dick Van Dyke. Mike reads an affidavit that says Tony sang with Frank Sinatra and is now a truant officer. Mike reminds the panel that two of the challengers will be lying. They have seven minutes to ask questions.
Now the audience votes for whoever they think is the real Tony Costello. Five votes were cast, four for the panel and one for the audience. The team of challengers get a hundred bucks for each incorrect vote. The audience votes for challenger number one. Polly goes for number one, John goes for number three, Hildy goes for number one and Dick goes for number two “Will the real Tony Costello please stand.” Dick Van Dyke is right. Turns out he sang with Frank at charity events in the mid 30’s in Hoboken. Number one sells cemetery plots and number three is a dancing school teacher. The challengers split twelve hundred bucks.
Next challengers claim to be Thomas W.Sheridan. Mike reads the affidavit. Sheridan is a marine consultant and his name once appeared in Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. The panel starts the questioning. It’s number one. Number two is a writer from New Hope,Pa. Number three is really a sculptor. The challengers split six hundred bucks.
Mike closes the show.
“To Tell The Truth” ran from 1956-68 with Bud Collyer as host.