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Bud Collyer
Reggie Dombeck (real name Penny Wright)
Suzanne Storrs
Nancy Kovack
Ralph Paul
ABC Daytime: 1/31/1961 – 12/29/1961
Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions

'"N-U-M-B-E-R, P-L-E-A-S-E…Number Please! This portion of Number Please is brought to you by Johnson Shampoo, the no-tears shampoo that can't burn eyes. And now, here's your host on Number Please, Bud Collyer!"

Number Please was a Wheel of Fortune-like precursor word game show where letters were revealed by numbers.


Two contestants faced a game board of twenty blank spaces, each marked with a number from 1 to 20. Each player got their own row. To start, each contestant picked three numbers to reveal some letters, then they took turns picking off spaces by their corresponding numbers to reveal letters or space spaces. The solutions to those puzzles were prizes or descriptions of prizes. As soon as a player knows the answers, he/she must then buzz-in and solve both puzzles. A correct solution to both puzzles won the game and a prize package which included the described prizes.

Originally, each win by a contestant meant the championship, and playing against a new opponent. Five wins retired the player as undefeated champion. Eventually, this was amended to a best-two-out-of-three wins starting in May, resulting in a player being named champion and remaining to face a new challenger.

Episode status[]

Only one episode is known to exist, dating from sometime in May.

Press Photos[]


A Board Game based on the short-lived show was once released by Parker Brothers in 1961.




Ritz Theater, New York City, NY


Some might say that this is an early version of Wheel of Fortune.

This show replaced Bud Collyer's best-known show, Beat the Clock, after it finished its run on ABC.

Number Please was to premiere on 1/30/61, but it was delayed due to President Kennedy's State of the Union Address.


The J-Man's Number Please page
#tbt Number Please @ Buzzerblog
Information about the Number Please home game
Number Please @ Game Show Garbage

YouTube Links[]

The only episode currently known to exist, which was aired in May.

A part of the May episode of Number Please, courtesy of BUZZR