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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 Dan Smith <danbo@scorpius-inc.com>

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New Season! Zonk, There Goes a Convertible Right Through Her Fingers! But That's the Game! Monty Hall Hosts! (season 8)

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(1963-1967) | (1967-1977)

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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 »

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Announcer: These People has dressed as they are in disguises to come all over the United States to make deals here at the Marketplace of America... LET'S... MAKE... A DEAL! and here's Television's Top Trader, TV's Big Dealer, Monty Hall.
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Remade as Let's Make a Deal (1984) See more »

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Monty Hall's baby.
27 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Monty Hall will always be linked to this classic game show. A lot of people probably wouldn't list him in their Top 10 game show hosts but he's on mine. Monty Hall, like Gene Rayburn of Match Game, had no ego and respect for his contestants. I think the fact that he was Canadian made him more agreeable and friendlier.

Let's Make A Deal allowed us to see how much greed would play in a factor with people. Would they accept what they had or risk it all for a chance to win something better and would it work out? Will they get the "booby prizes" (the zonks)? It's fun to see the people in crazy Hallowe'en costumes, the horrible cars they gave away, or the zonks. If you have GSN and you're an early riser then check out this gem; although considering that GSN is planning a big change to their network in mid-March you might not get another chance for awhile.

Monty Hall is a rarity in the fact that he appeared in almost every version of the show. He even did a Canadian version. Without the Dealmaster, it wouldn't be the same.


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