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Twenty Questions (20 Questions)

This ageless parlor game was a natural for a fun radio Quiz Show, but what made Twenty Questions so popular with listeners was the fact that its panelists all came from the same family. Update: additional recording

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Radio crew of Twenty Quesions radio broadcast

Quiz Show (1946 - 1954)

"Animal, vegetable or mineral? The simple game of 20 questions became a surprisingly popular old time radio show, running for almost 10 years. In its first summer, between 10,000 and 20,000 letters came rumbling into the show weekly! 20 Questions was put on by the Van Deventer family from New Jersey Nancy (16), Bobby (14), Florence the mother and Fred the father and newsman. Each member played a panelist in the game along with the producer, Herb Polesie. Although it was, the Van Deventers didn't want it to seem like a family show, so Mrs. Van Deventer took her maiden name and Bobby took his maternal grandmother's last name.

Twenty QuestionsTo make the show more exciting, bickering was encouraged by the makers of the show. This didn't fly with the audience, however, especially when Bobby sassed it up with his elders. It was quickly written back out of the script. The 20 question game, however, was played by the seat of the Van Deventers' pants and completely unscripted.

The producer, Herb, offered comic relief with his questions such as "Can I give it to my mother-in-law?" or "Can I do it to my wife?" The audience is filled in on the answer ahead of time by the "mystery voice" of Jack Irish, Frank Waldecker, and Bruce Elliott throughout the years.

Surprisingly entertaining and hilarious, Twenty Questions is a fun timeless show for all age quizzsters!

For more quiz show fun, see also: The Game Show Collection, Twenty Questions, You Bet Your Life, It Pays to Be Ignorant, Quiz Kids, and Information Please.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min
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      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 24 minutes
      1. Twenty Questions .mp3
      2. Twenty Questions 460310 Mouse that Ran Up the Clock.mp3
      3. Twenty Questions 460601 w Lucille Ball.mp3
      4. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel.mp3
      5. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein.mp3
      6. Twenty Questions 500211 Roswell G Ham.mp3
      7. Twenty Questions 501128.mp3
      8. Twenty Questions 511222 Santa Claus.mp3
  • MP3 downloads are available instantly after purchase!



    8 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min
    Add MP3 Collection to Cart

    Click here to see disc contents


      8 shows - total playtime 3 hours 24 minutes
      1. Twenty Questions .mp3
      2. Twenty Questions 460310 Mouse that Ran Up the Clock.mp3
      3. Twenty Questions 460601 w Lucille Ball.mp3
      4. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel.mp3
      5. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein.mp3
      6. Twenty Questions 500211 Roswell G Ham.mp3
      7. Twenty Questions 501128.mp3
      8. Twenty Questions 511222 Santa Claus.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    8 recordings on 4 Audio CDs
    total playtime 3 hours, 24 min

    Disc A001

    1. Twenty Questions
    2. Twenty Questions 460310 Mouse that Ran Up the Clock
    3. Twenty Questions 460601 w Lucille Ball

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    Disc A002

    1. Twenty Questions 480000 Lulu McConnel
    2. Twenty Questions 480918 William Gagstein

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    Disc A003

    1. Twenty Questions 500211 Roswell G Ham
    2. Twenty Questions 501128

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    Disc A004

    1. Twenty Questions 511222 Santa Claus

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