It's Your Bet
|It's Your Bet|
|Created by||Ralph Andrews|
|Presented by||Hal March (1969)
Dick Gautier (1970-1971)
Tom Kennedy (1971-1972)
Lyle Waggoner (1972-1973)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||Metromedia, NBC Television Sales, National Telefilm Associates, SFM Entertainment|
|Original run||September 29, 1969– September 1973|
It's Your Bet is an American game show which aired in syndication (mostly NBC owned-and-operated stations) from 1969-1973. The series was a revised version of the NBC game I'll Bet, which aired for six months in 1965. Both I'll Bet and It's Your Bet were produced by Ralph Andrews.
During the four-year run of It's Your Bet the series had four hosts. Hal March (best known for The $64,000 Question) hosted for the first few months. When health problems forced him to step down in late 1969 (he died in January 1970), actor Dick Gautier took over and hosted through the end of the 1970–1971 season.
Tom Kennedy moderated for the following year (1971–1972), followed by comedian Lyle Waggoner (The Carol Burnett Show) for the final season. Interestingly, Kennedy had previously guest-hosted for March for a week which included Waggoner and his wife as guests.
Two celebrity couples played for members of the studio audience. One player on the team bet 25, 50, 75, or 100 points (always these increments and never more) on his/her spouse's ability to answer a question. A question was telephoned in secret to the betting player by the host; to ensure seclusion from the other player a motorized wall rose between the two players while the player was on the phone with the host, ensuring the question was not known to the spouse until after the bet had been placed.
(Although the show had a betting theme, both sides began with a score of zero rather than a bankroll of any sort, and bet points rather than dollars.)
In addition, the betting player had to bet whether his/her spouse could answer the question correctly ("CAN") or not ("CAN'T"). Bets were recorded on toteboards in the desk where the couples sat, with a special rotating trilon indicating "CAN" or "CAN'T". The questions were either general knowledge or based on the couple's personal/public lives.
If the player correctly guessed whether his/her spouse would or would not answer correctly, the team would score the wagered points; otherwise, the wagered points would be awarded to the opposing team. The first team to reach 300 points won the game and advanced to the "Preference Round".
In the "Preference Round", the object was for each member of the team to guess how his/her spouse would answer a question. The host posed a question and three possible answers; each time the couple agreed on the response, the team won another prize for their designated audience member.
One March episode and two Kennedy episodes (including an episode where he sub-hosted for March) are known to exist. A Waggoner episode taped June 1, 1972 is held at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.