MAKE THE Connection

AIRDATES

July 7, 1955-September 29, 1995
(Gene became host on August 4)

NETWORK

NBC Primetime

ANNOUNCERS

Lee Vines, Durwood Kirby

PRODUCED BY

Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions

“Borden’s presents TV’s newest and liveliest panel show…”

 

Gene entered the game show hosting biz when he replaced Jim McKay on this short-lived variation on “I’ve Got a Secret.”

 

The four regular panelists—Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Bracken, Betty White, and Gene Klavin—face two contestants for each game. The contestants share an esoteric connection (shown to the home audience) which the panel must guess by asking yes-or-no questions.

Each panelist has a chance to ask questions until a bell sounded at about the 30-second mark, at which point the game moves to the next panelist. Each time the bell sounds, the contestants shared $25. The game ends when the panel makes the connection or the contestants have accumulated $150.

 

Just as on its “parent show,” “Make the Connection” each week featured a celebrity guest, who came with a lesser-known person with whom they had a mystery connection.

Derivative as the show may be, Gene does his best with it, and shows early stages of the active, energetic anything-for-laughs work that became his trademark. In his brief tenure on this show, he took a pie to the face from Buster Keaton, got upstaged by J. Fred Muggs, and played percussion for a musical performance by Xavier Cougat.

 

There’s no “getting better with time” to speak of here. Gene is already funny, professional, and firmly in charge in his first assignment. Welcome to the game show biz, Gene!

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