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Information PleaseHis choice for the all-important moderator of this intellectual sparring was Clifton Fadiman, (the once-literary editor at New York publishers Simon and Schuster.) An inveterate reader, he was known for syndicated book reviews and knowledge on a range of subjects. He turned out to be a perfect host - warm, witty and always ready to help the panel and guests feel comfortable. The other regulars were Franklin P. Adams, (columnist of the New York Herald Tribune), who knew as much about New York City and her social whirl as anyone. Raconteur, he was. Two other experts were on the panel, and their expertise formed the basis for many of the questions. Over the shows early run, the third chair was taken by John Kiernan, a sports columnist who could quote Shakespeare, spoke Latin, was as at home in the museums of the Big Apple as at its prize fights, and had a great native New York accent to boot. The final expert who became the fourth cog in the wheel Information Please
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was Oscar Levant, the Pittsburgh piano prodigy who came to Broadway early to play along side George Gershwin, and whose nervous mind moved as fast as his fingers. Kiernan wrote of Levant, "…a positive genius for making offhand cutting remarks that couldn't have been sharper if he'd honed them a week in his mind. Oscar was always good for a bright response edged with acid."

This panel was then treated to a guest. Some were famous, such as Gracie Allen, who was an airhead only when trading quips with George Burns, or Orson Welles, who proved himself as brilliant as anyone on the panel. Groucho Marx was a guest, and his appearance certainly made You Bet Your Life seem like a good bet. Some were well-known politicians writers or sports figures. Some were experts in a certain field, and were given tough or tricky questions in their field that were often hot potatoes.

Clifoton Fadiman - Information PleaseDue to the nature of the show, it couldn't be done twice for the West Coast, as were most national shows of the time. Transcription was necessary and was finally allowed in 1939. This was a groundbreaking decision at the time. History would prove that, except for time-sensitive material such as news or sports, a recording is fine. As early as 1940, sponsor and networks were trying to tamper with the format, and doing battle with Golenpaul. Like a stubborn parent, he knew was best in all cases, and stood his ground always. Oscar Levant went on to Hollywood in 1943, and so the early great panelist lineup, like a great baseball team, became history. When the show ended, Golenpaul went on to publishing the well-known Information, Please almanac. An attempt to bring the show to TV in 1952 didn't work. It was just too perfect as it was on radio. Happily, the wit and wisdom of Information, Please lives on in recorded form for listeners to enjoy. For more game show fun, see also the Game Show Collection, Guess Who, and You Bet Your Life. See also, the informative program, The Answer Man.

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Volume 1 - 89 shows - total playtime 42 hours 37 minutes

Info Please 380517 First Show
Info Please 380607 John Kieran
Info Please 380614 Marc Connolly
Info Please 380621 Howard Dietz
Info Please 380628 Carla Snow
Info Please 380705 Oscar Levant
Info Please 380712 Quincy Howe George S Kaufmann
Info Please 380719 Thomas Craven Ben Hecht
Info Please 380726 John Gunther
Info Please 380802 Moss Hart
Info Please 380809 Alden Cook Alice Duer Miller
Info Please 380823 Percy Waxman
Info Please 380830 Ben Hecht
Info Please 380906 Ben Bernie
Info Please 380913 Percy Waxman
Info Please 380927 Sigmund Spaeth
Info Please 381004 Dorothy Thompson
Info Please 381011 Lillian Gish
Info Please 381018 Gene Tunney
Info Please 381101 Oswald Jacoby
Info Please 381115 John Gunther
Info Please 381129 Kathleen Norris
Info Please 381227 William Lyon Phelps
Info Please 390103 Edwin Edgar
Info Please 390110 Alexander Woolcott
Info Please 390124 General Hugh Johnson
Info Please 390131 Gilbert Seldes Elizabeth Hawes
Info Please 390207 Myron Wallace
Info Please 390214 Russell Crouse Frank Sullivan
Info Please 390221 Moe Berg
Info Please 390321 John Gunther
Info Please 390328 Rex Stout Moss Hart
Info Please 390411 Deems Taylor Marcus Duffield
Info Please 390418 H. V. Kaltenborn
Info Please 390425 Alice Roosevelt Longw Arthur Krock
Info Please 390516 John P Marquand
Info Please 390523 Clarence Budington Kelland
Info Please 390530 Stanley Walker
Info Please 390613 Helen Wills Moody
Info Please 390620 Gracie Allen John Gunther
Info Please 390627 Wilbur Cross
Info Please 390704 Lilian Gish
Info Please 390711 Elliott Roosevelt
Info Please 390718 Kelland William Beebe
Info Please 390725 Maury Maverick

Info Please 390801 Russell Crouse James Kieran
Info Please 390822 H. Napier Moore
Info Please 390829 Rex Stout Wilfrid Funk
Info Please 390905 Raymond Gram Swing
Info Please 390912 Alice Marble
Info Please 390919 P. Hal Simms
Info Please 390926 Rex Stout Carl Van Doren
Info Please 391003 C. Mildred Thompsen
Info Please 391010 Christopher Morley John T. Flynn
Info Please 391024 Moe Berg Sound So-So
Info Please 391031 Carl Sandburg
Info Please 391107 Christopher Morley Marquis James
Info Please 391114 James Farley
Info Please 391121 J. P. Macavoy Moe Berg
Info Please 391205 Deems Taylor Henry Pringle
Info Please 391212 Walter B. Pitkin
Info Please 391219 Christopher Morley Albert Spaulding
Info Please 391226 Sir Cedric Hardwicke
Info Please 400102 Gloria Stuart Carl Van Doren
Info Please 400827 James Roosevelt Christopher Morley
Info Please 400828 Walter Wanger
Info Please 400903 Henry Beetle Huff
Info Please 400910 John Gunther Jan Struther
Info Please 400917 Otto Tolischus Rhymes With Delicious
Info Please 400924 Alva Johnston Marc Connelly
Info Please 401001 Claire Booth Luce
Info Please 401008 Jan Struther Louis Bromfield
Info Please 401015 Louis Hacker
Info Please 401022 Herbert Bayard Swope
Info Please 401027 Walter D Edmonds
Info Please 401029 John Mason Brown
Info Please 401105 Christopher Morley
Info Please 401115 Fred Allen
Info Please 401122 Louis E Lawes
Info Please 401129 Leon Henderson
Info Please 401206 Jan Struther Elmer Rice
Info Please 401213 Ernest Hooten
Info Please 401220 Herbert Marshall Louis Bromfield
Info Please 410103 Deems Taylor Vincent Sheehan
Info Please 410110 Kenneth Simpson James Wallace
Info Please 410117 Owen Davis
Info Please 410124 Boris Karloff Louis E Lawes
Info Please 410207 Jan Struther Sir Wilmot Lewis
Info Please 410214 Deems Taylor Henry Noble Mccracken

Volume 2 - 60 shows - total playtime 28 hours 23 minutes

Info Please 410221 Joe Davidson
Info Please 410228 John Ohara
Info Please 410307 Christopher Morley Elmer Leyden
Info Please 410314 Clarence Wickert
Info Please 410321 Roland Young
Info Please 410328 Elsa Lanchester
Info Please 410404 John Gunther Lyman Bryson
Info Please 410411 Philip Merrivale
Info Please 410418 Rex Stout Henry Curran
Info Please 410425 Paul Lukas
Info Please 410502 Deems Taylor Donald Ogden Stewart
Info Please 410509 Gene Tunney
Info Please 410516 Frank Sullivan Dick Maney
Info Please 410523 Deems Taylor
Info Please 410530 Jan Struther Cornelia Otis Skinner
Info Please 410606 Sally Benson
Info Please 410613 Bill Tilden
Info Please 410620 James Wallace Alfred E Smith
Info Please 410627 Alfred Hitchcock
Info Please 410704 John Gunther Walter Duranty
Info Please 410711 Mary Boland
Info Please 410801 Lyman Brysen Henry N.mccracken
Info Please 410808 Larry Mcphail
Info Please 410815 Deems Taylor Russell Crouse
Info Please 410905 Deems Taylor
Info Please 410912 Lewis Bromfield Margaret Leech
Info Please 410919 Stephen Vincent Benet
Info Please 410926 Jan Struther Thomas Beecham
Info Please 411003 Gomez Deems Taylor F.laguardia
Info Please 411017 Fred Allen

Info Please 411021 C.s. Forester
Info Please 411031 Groucho Marx
Info Please 411107 Douglas Miller
Info Please 411121 Cornelia Otis Skinner
Info Please 411128 Drew Pearson Robert Allen
Info Please 411205 Deems Taylor Edna Ferber
Info Please 411212 George N. Schuster
Info Please 411219 Joseph Davies Jan Struther
Info Please 411226 John Gunther
Info Please 420116 Paul Gallico
Info Please 420123 Deems Taylor Alexander Woolcott
Info Please 420206 Christopher Morley Ruth Hussey
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Info Please 420227 Wallace R. Duell
Info Please 420306 Grantland Rice
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Info Please 420327 Emil Ludwig
Info Please 420417 Jan Struther Julian Huxley
Info Please 420508 Carradine Beecham
Info Please 420522 Deems Taylor H.i. Phillips
Info Please 420529 Henry Cabot Lodge
Info Please 420619 Paul Gallico Arthur Garfield Hayes
Info Please 420710 Deems Taylor Roland Young
Info Please 420717 Wallace R. Duell
Info Please 420724 C.otis Skinner C.morley
Info Please 420807 Ned Sparks
Info Please 420814 Mildred H Macafee
Info Please 420821 Raymond Clapper Leon Henderson
Info Please 420828 Quincy Howe
Info Please 420904 Jan Struther C.s. Forrester

Volume 3 - 67 shows - total playtime 31 hours 28 minutes

Info Please 420911 Alva Johnston
Info Please 420918 Orson Welles Christopher Morley
Info Please 420925 Leon Henderson
Info Please 421002 Deems Taylor Robert St. John
Info Please 421009 Gregory Ratoff
Info Please 421030 Christopher Morley
Info Please 421106 Hanson W Baldwin
Info Please 421120 Lewis Bromfield
Info Please 421127 Leon Henderson Wilma Lord Perkins
Info Please 421204 Henry Cabot Lodge
Info Please 421211 William L Shirer Christopher Morley
Info Please 421218 Ilka Chase
Info Please 421225 James Wallace Leon Henderson
Info Please 430101 Gregory Ratoff
Info Please 430108 Will Rogers Jr.
Info Please 430115 Deems Taylor Charles Coburn
Info Please 430122 Alfred Hitchcock
Info Please 430129 Emily Kimbrough Cornelia Otis Skinner
Info Please 430205 Jan Struther
Info Please 430215 Fred Allen
Info Please 430301 Will Rogers Jr.
Info Please 430308 Gregory Ratoff
Info Please 430315 Jan Struther
Info Please 430329 Carlos P Romulo
Info Please 430405 Jan Struther Cornelia Otis Skinner
Info Please 430412 Wendell Willkie
Info Please 430419 Leon Henderson Missing 1 St 10 Minutes
Info Please 430426 Ford Frick Grantland Rice
Info Please 430510 George Denny Jr.
Info Please 430517 Jan Struther Boris Karloff
Info Please 430524 Ethel Barrymore Richard Maney
Info Please 430531 Thomas Beecham
Info Please 430607 Deems Taylor Marcia Davenport
Info Please 430614 Hilary St. George Saunders
Info Please 430621 Christopher Morley C. Mildred Thompson
Info Please 430628 At The Civic Opera House Chicago Walter Eust
Info Please 430712 Jan Struther War Memorial Opera House San Francis
Info Please 430913 Marcia Davenport Deems Taylor
Info Please 430920 Lyric Theatre Baltimore Clare Booth Luce
Info Please 430927 Mosque Theatre Newark Nj James W. Fulbright Henr
Info Please 431004 Bill Stern Red Barber
Info Please 431011 Donald Culross Peattie Dr. William Beebe
Info Please 431018 Syria Mosque In Pittsburgh Nat L War Fund Marcia
Info Please 431025 Richard Lockridge John Mason Brown
Info Please 431101 Betty Smith
Info Please 431108 Lister Hill Joseph Ball
Info Please 431115 Gregory Ratoff
Info Please 431122 Russell Crouse Moss Hart
Info Please 431129 Artur Rubenstein
Info Please 431206 Lewis Brown Sinclair Lewis
Info Please 431213 Quincy Howe T.f. Chiang
Info Please 431220 Jesse Stuart
Info Please 431227 Leon Henderson Jan Struther
Info Please 440103 Louis Bromfield
Info Please 440110 Christopher Morley John T. Coffey
Info Please 440117 John P. Marquand
Info Please 440124 Elizabeth Janeway Deems Taylor
Info Please 440228 Franchot Tone
Info Please 440320 Alben Barkley Theodore Francis Green
Info Please 440911 Jan Struther Alexander Knox
Info Please 441023 Artur Rubenstein Lewis Brown
Info Please 441105 Christopher Morley Will Durant
Info Please 441225 Fred Allen James Wallace St. Alban S Ny Naval Hospit
Info Please 450129 Jan Struther Russell Crouse
Info Please 450205 Clifton Webb Moss Hart
Info Please 450212 Faith Baldwin Fred Allen
Info Please 450219 Gregory Ratoff John Gunther


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