were shown a face from their past (recent or distant) and tried to
it with help from comical clues offered by the host. Jack Smith
the original host, followed by Jack Bailey. By the time Bill took
over, most of the contestants were celebrities and interviews took up
of the show.
Despite being a show
for laughs, the program ran a $25,000 contest -- huge for the time --
"Three Face" starting in March, 1954. Viewers sent in messages
the Heart Fund (in 25 words or less, of course), and the writers of
of those letters won the opportunity to identify the three faces that
up a composite picture.
August 26, 1954 the show ended its CBS run. The following week,
began hosting Name That Tune for the
sponsor (Toni) in the same time slot. When NBC picked up Place
Face two weeks later at a different day and time, Bill hosted both
shows. Place the Face would be cancelled yet again two
later, only to reappear (with Bill) as a summer series in 1955.
Our thanks to Fredrick Tucker, who got us started on this with his own research into the career of Verna Felton. Even though these shows probably don't exist anymore, it's still interesting to see some of the big names (and not so big names) who paid Bill a visit!
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Place the Face page at Adam Nedeff's Bill Cullen's World
Theme music copyright information at David Shields' site for Classic TV Themes