2006-02-22 05:30:11 UTC
This is not an obit, but concerns an Internet search adventure on which
I embarked a few days back.
Anyone who's seen GSN's black-and-white vintage game shows is aware of
"Beat the Clock," TV's first hit game show which ran from 1950 to 1969.
The host of the proceedings in the early days was Bud Collyer, later
known for his work on "To Tell the Truth." During the show,
contestants, almost always a husband and wife, would race against a big
clock, which was prominently displayed on stage, to complete ridiculous
stunts before a buzzer sounded. The prize was invariably a Sylvania
TV, since Sylvania sponsored the show.
Now, our man Bud had as a hostess an attractive young blonde woman who
was introduced simply as "Roxanne." Roxanne was a big hit with both the
studio and TV audiences, and it has been said that Collyer was jealous
of her fame. In any case, seeing the show not long ago, I became
curious about what happened to Roxanne, and decided to go over to the
Internet Movie Database and see if I could find some information about
her. Sure enoiugh, she appears under the "Beat the Clock" cast listing
as Roxanne Arlen, and is reported to have died on this date.
Since the information there was skimpy, in the best IMDb tradtion, I
went out on the 'net looking for more.
At one site, "T.V. Acres", I found this note:
"Roxanne Arlen - The stage name of a beautiful and very statuesque
blonde starlet named Dolores Rosedale who in the 1950s was the
quintessential game show assistant. Roxanne, a former model, appeared
on both BEAT THE CLOCK/CBS/1950-58 where she photographed stunts; and
on TWENTY QUESTIONS/NBC/ABC/DUM/1949-55 where she was "The Miss Mennen
Girl. Her popularity at the time landed her a spot in the Macy's Annual
A visit to another site, called "The Curtis Files, produced the same
information: Roxanne was Roxanne Arlen. The site also offers stills
and a clip of Roxanne at work on the show. The URL is:
The clip is the second one; the link appears at the end of the screen.
However, this tidy bit of information was about to get roughed up.
Later, I came across a site--didn't copy down the name or URL--which
said, in effect, that Roxanne Arlen and Dolores Rosedale were different
persons altogether--a fine piece of information to uncover after three
sources had told me otherwise. In response, I typed "Dolores Rosedale"
into the locator box, and came almost immediately on this site:
The site, as you will see, supports the mistaken identity proposition,
and as proof offers pictures of the two women. Both are attractive in
much the same ways--curbaceous blondes-- but quite obviously different
people. The picture evidence convinced me, and I thought of all the
people out there in Cyberspace, the ones who care about such things,
who are sure that they know the fate of the hostess and model Roxanne.
I was left, though, with the same question as the site owner. If
Eoxanne Arlen, who died on this date in 1989, was not the "Beat the
Clock" girl and Dolores Rosedale was, whatever happened to Dolores?
We once discovered a good deal of information about one of the stars of
another black-and-white game show, Joan Alexander of "The Name's the
Same." It might be interesting to see what we can come up with about a
woman who was, a long, long time ago, one of the most famous women in