Time Will Tell (TV series)

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Time Will Tell
Presented byErnie Kovacs
Narrated byRobert Russell
Country of originUSA
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Adams-Davis Productions
Original networkDuMont
Original releaseAugust 27 –
October 15, 1954

Time Will Tell is an early American game show which aired on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network Fridays at 10:30pm ET from August 27 to October 15, 1954. The show's host, Ernie Kovacs, would go on to host many other shows on both DuMont, ABC, and NBC.[1]

Game play involved three contestants answering questions in 90-second rounds, timed with a large hourglass.[2]

The program, produced and distributed by the network, aired on most DuMont affiliates on Fridays at 10:30 pm Eastern Time, replacing Gamble on Love which was also hosted by Kovacs in the same time slot. After Time Will Tell ended, DuMont replaced the series with local (non-network) programming. For DuMont, Kovacs also hosted the panel show One Minute Please (July 1954-February 1955) and the late-night talk show The Ernie Kovacs Show (April 1954-April 1955).

Episode status[edit]

DuMont, like NBC and CBS during the 1950s, probably kept at least one or two "example" episodes of each of its main game shows, though DuMont's exact policy is not known. However, DuMont's archive was destroyed after the network ceased broadcasting in 1956. Although a small number of DuMont game show episodes are known to exist in various archives, none are known to exist of either Time will Tell nor Gamble on Love.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1980). Total Television (4th ed.). New York: Penguin Books. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  2. ^ Schwartz, et al. p. 203


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