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 ... 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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When the show first aired, the contestants wore normal everyday business attire. Monty Hall recalls that during one of the early airings, a contestant came dressed as a chicken, and he picked her. A few days later, someone else wore an outlandish costume and once again he picked her. The rest, as they say, is history. See more »
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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In a way, this game show is the full Monty. Granted Jay Stewart & Ms Carol Merrill were also regulars, but Monty was this show. Games & elements of this show were later borrowed & refined by Mark Goodsen & Bill Toddman when they retooled The Price is Right in 1972.
The original sales pitch given by Hall to NBC is extremely accurate. It is a scene of Monty Hall sitting in an empty studio in a suit. The camera zooms up on Monty & he describes the format of the game he is selling. In fact, Monty is selling himself & he does it so successfully that many of us wanted to see what was behind those 3 doors over & over.
Audiences for this show went from being stuffed suits & shirts into being costumed bananas & cake's. In spite of all the costumes though, Monty was always the show. He always set a frantic pace as this show never was more than 30 minutes. In a way, this is the opposite of Price is Right where contestants getting excited winning are often a big piece of why you watch.
Monty would always close each show making fast deals with people looking for folks with hard boiled eggs, etc. This was always my favorite part & the hallmark of the show. These deals would always make me want to come back for more & I always wished that Monty would do 30 minutes of nothing but these fast deals.
The proof of Monty being good is very strong, every effort to revamp this show has failed because without another Monty, it doesn't work. Is the big deal behind door number 1, 2 or 3?
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