Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ...
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A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »
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Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »
Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.
Contestants were asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.
"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »
Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 or 3. Before the contestant could decide, Monty would tempt them with something from within a small box, or flash cash in front of them. It was the contestant's chance to win something big, but deep down, they knew they might get "zonked" by choosing the wrong curtain. Some contestants actually ended up with a donkey or pig, or other rotten prize, and some actually came out with cars, cash or jewelry. Near the end of every show, Monty would give out cash prizes to anyone carrying whatever it was he asked for. You should see some of the strange things people carry! Written by
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The original pilot was designed by a former NBC-Burbank staff Art Director Bob Kelley, with Hub Braden assisting as draftsman and Assistant Art Director. Wink Martindale was tested as Host for the pilot, video taped on Stage 4 with an audience. Three shows were rehearsed and taped for a pilot presentation. Wink Martindale was a young handsome radio personality, also being tested and auditioned for a NBC's daytime television program host position. The game show was sold for the NBC daytime program schedule with Monty Hall replacing the TV Pilot's Host, Wink Martindale. John Shrum, NBC-Burbank Art Department Staff Art Director, was assigned the show by Milt Altman (NBC Art Dept. Management Director), a usual procedure when a pilot was picked up. Bob Kelley had quit his position with NBC-Burbank's art department staff; he was hired, brought back to design the set as an independent freelance Art Director. Kelley did not want to be tied down with a day-time series. Jay Krause and Spencer Davies, also staff NBC roster art directors, would not accept the show assignment. John Shrum's sense of humor and creative ability was ideal for the nonsense the producers required of an Art Director... crazy. See more »
These people, dressed as they are, come from all over the United States to make deals here in the Marketplace of America. Let's! Make! A Deal! And now, here's America's Top Trader, TV's Big Dealer, Monty Hall!
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It's been years since this show left the air-waves, but thanks to The Game Show Network, it has been resurrected for both the older and new generations to enjoy.
"THE PRICE IS RIGHT" obviously borrowed many ideas from 'LET'S MAKE A DEAL'. Some obvious gimmicks are the shopping product quizzes where the contestant has to pick the right product that equals the winning price (ie. a jar of honey for 89 cents), or placing a group of household products in order from cheapest to most expensive. The coolest thing about the show is the 'keep your prize or take a chance to see what's behind the curtain (or inside the box)' challenges. Who didn't have a good laugh when the curtain was swept aside to reveal a bunch of pigs or a herd of goats while the camera panned on the contestant's face as they groaned in disappointment?
In my opinion, the greatest thing about 'LET'S MAKE A DEAL' was not Monty Hall as the host or the fact that the contestants had to dress up in ridiculous costumes in order to get Monty's 'attention'... I thought the greatest thing about the show were the opening credits and those awesome 'guitar riffs' that introduced the show.
'LET'S MAKE A DEAL' is a timeless masterpiece and although there is no place for that type of show to compete in today's picky television climate, it will certainly remain in my soul as one of the best game shows I have ever seen. Watching the re-runs bring about a certain amount of nostalgia - but it's something that I welcome with arms wide open.
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