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Storybook Squares

Storybook Squares was a short-lived Saturday morning version of Hollywood Squares for children. The only difference was that it featured celebrities (usually the same ones from Hollywood Squares) in costume as well-known fictional characters (and a few historical figures, as well), hence the name.

The show ran on NBC from January to August 1969.

Peter Marshall, naturally, was the host of the show. Kenny Williams was the announcer, but read the characters' names off a scroll as the character "Guardian of the Gate" (similar to his Town Crier role on Video Village).

Panelists

The only Squares panelist who played as he normally would was Cliff Arquette, who carried his Charley Weaver persona over to Storybook Squares. The other panelists played characters from fairy tales and books, historical figures, or in some cases the characters they played on television.

Some of the other panelists were:

Format

Like the original version, two contestants competed (with a boy as X and a girl as O).

The game was played exactly the same as the original Hollywood Squares, but no money was involved. Instead, the children played for prizes, with one being awarded per game won.

Return of the Storybook Squares

Although Storybook Squares was short-lived, the format returned as part of the regular Hollywood Squares show several times during the '70s in special theme weeks. The format, however, differed slightly. This time, teams with three generations of family members (for example, grandmother/mother/son) faced off, and each game was worth $300, with each team earning $50 per square should time run out. The kids played for the first segment of the show, and their parents squared off in the next game, and the grandparents for the rest of the game, unless time was running out (in which case all four players played). The team with the most money at the end of the game won a large prize, such as a car or exotic vacation. Some of the panelists from this version were:

The Set

The original set in 1969 was decked out in a medieval theme for the host and players' podiums, while the actual "Squares" remained untouched. The 1970s sets, by comparison, extended the medieval theme to the entire set, with a sweeping castle facade built around and behind the "Squares".

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