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Ernie Kovacs - A Clip from "Take a Good Look"

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Published on Nov 12, 2008

[From "Kovacs Corner" on YouTube.com] - This was Ernie's quirky concept for a game show. His panelists in this clip are Cesar Romero ("The Joker" from the 1960's Batman TV series), fellow Hungarian Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Jim Backus (the voice of Mr. Magoo, and actor in the character of "Thurston Howell III" on the TV series Gilligan's Island). Other panelists included his wife Edie Adams, radio, film and televison star Hans Conreid, and writer, comedian, and future film director Carl Reiner.

TV Guide wrote in 1959: "Innovative comedian Ernie Kovacs hosted this game show in which celebrity panelists tried to guess the identities of guests, who were usually associated with a newsworthy event. Clues included recordings, film clips and reenactments." The show was not so much about playing a TV game as much as Ernie, with his ever present cigar, creating and playing the previously videotaped clue sequences.

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