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The second round was played the same way, but with the tables turned. This means that spouses in back headed back backstage allowing the front spouses to move to the back and respond to Ed McMahon's words.
 
The second round was played the same way, but with the tables turned. This means that spouses in back headed back backstage allowing the front spouses to move to the back and respond to Ed McMahon's words.
   
The couple with the most money had their winnings doubled. The rest of the couples left with their final total winnings.
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The couple with the most money had their winnings doubled and supposedly returned on the next show to play again. The rest of the couples left with their final total winnings.
   
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 21:31, 16 September 2021

Host
Ed McMahon
Announcer
Johnny Olson
Taped
It Had To Be You.png
Unsold Pilot for NBC: November 7, 1966
Packager
Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions

"This is Joe & Sharon Culverwell, Joe's a Doctor, Sharon's a housewife. Mrs. Culverwell, will you please say goodbye to your husband? This is Bill Junken & his wife Janet, Bill's with Hertz Rent-A-Car, Janet's a housewife. Mr. Junken, It's farewell time. Dave Trainer is a law student, Julie Trainer is a medical secretary so Mrs. Trainer off you go. Maury and Lana Joseph have been married several years. Maury makes children's clothes, Lana's is a housewife. Mr. Joseph, please join the other three off stage. The rest of you stay right there as we play, IT HAD TO BE YOU! And here's your host, Ed McMahon!"

It Had to Be You was an unsold precursor to He Said She Said as it was latter a precursor itself to Tattletales.

Gameplay

Unlike the latters, It Had to be You was played with civilian couples. During the opening of the show, half the participants (the spouses seated upfront), were asked by announcer Johnny Olson to leave to stage and into a soundproof room.

The spouses still on stage were given three words one at a time. On each word, three of the spouses were required to play by raising their hands. Each of them responded with a one or two word clue s/he thought his/her mate might recognize. Also unlike the latters, they cannot use proper nouns or capitalized words as clues, but they can use the given word as part of their answer. After giving a clue the spouse who raised his/her hand gave a description associated with the phrase.

After the three words were played, the isolated spouses returned. The couples were given $50 to start and the returning spouses were given the same words. On each word, the answers given by the first set of spouses were given to the mates one at a time. If and when a mate recognized a clue, s/he raised his/her hand and gave his/her description to that clue. A correct match scored added $30 to their score but an incorrect mismatch lost $10. A couple will also lose $10 if they incorrectly raised their hand and/or the couple who's mate supposed to raise their hand but did it too late.

The second round was played the same way, but with the tables turned. This means that spouses in back headed back backstage allowing the front spouses to move to the back and respond to Ed McMahon's words.

The couple with the most money had their winnings doubled and supposedly returned on the next show to play again. The rest of the couples left with their final total winnings.

See Also

He Said She Said
TattleTales
About Last Night

Music

Theme - It Had to be You

Tagline

It Had to Be You is a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production, this is Johnny Olson speaking. This program was pre recorded.

YouTube Link

Full pilot