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Trivia: The Name's The Same

  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Robert Q. Lewis was rather famous during the 1950s, with The Name's the Same being his best-known series. He frequently appeared as a panelist on CBS' What's My Line? and the 1970s Match Game.
    • Dennis James is well-known for hosting a myriad of games spanning from 1946 to 1977. Most of his work has been destroyed, except for two shows Name (five months) and another game (five years, becoming James' longest-running game and his last). Due to a few legal problems, however, James is typically associated with Name instead.
    • Gene Rayburn, known best at this point of his career as a radio host, would go on to be the first sidekick on The Tonight Show and helm the 196284 versions of Match Game.
    • Mike Wallace hosted a few games before and after, including Nothing but the Truth, but is more famous for his work in journalism. Yes, him.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Several episodes aired by GSN also circulate in their unedited forms (i.e., with original commercials), and can be found on some public-domain DVD compilations or among collectors. One of these episodes is the broadcast of April 25, 1955.
  • Missing Episode: The first eight months, as the earliest episode GSN has aired (and the one which began a 2008 run of the series) was from August 6, 1952 note . Several other episodes from 1952 to 1955 are also missing. Here's a comprehensive list.
  • Name's the Same: Quite possibly the Trope Namer.
  • Real-Life Relative: Two examples back to back on April 18, 1955. First, Ray Goulding's son appeared as the first contestant, his card reading "Ray's Son (Bob had nothing to do with it)"; then that night's guest, Leo Durocher, had a "Secret Wish" that was guessed by his wife on the panel (Lorraine Day).

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