Dollar a Second (1953–1957)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Family, Game-Show
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A prime-time game show, where contestants earned one dollar for each second that the host's questions were answered correctly. Incorrect replies earned punishment - a stunt had to be performed, a la "Truth or Consequences".

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Series cast summary:
Jan Murray ...
 Himself - Host (1 episode, 1955)
Ken Roberts ...
 Himself - Announcer (1 episode, 1955)
Dagmar ...
 Herself - Guest Host (1 episode, 1955)
Riley Murray ...
 Himself - Contestant (1 episode, 1955)
Peyton Sawyer ...
 Himself - Contestant (1 episode, 1955)


A quiz show in which contestants earned money for correct answers and for how long they remained in the contest. The time was determined by an "outside event" (birth of a baby, arrival of a train, etc.) which was followed by remote camera. The audience knew what the event was, but the contestant did not. Contestants could choose to leave with their winnings or risk loosing everything once the event occurred. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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20 September 1953 (USA)  »

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How can I write ten lines on a show like this?
5 February 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

But I'll try. Hoth Jan Murray is friendly and appealing, he has a warmth which makes the viewer feel happy. Sponsors included a wine company whose name I can't be bothered to remember. Segment from un-dated kinescope: Contestant must say the answers one question after they are asked. Seriously. Actually, this game show is pretty cool, an interesting premise, there should be a revival of it. Another segment, after failing to say "STOP" before the buzzer goes off, a man must crawl up slippery steps with the help of his wife. BUT, they are both clearly enjoyable themselves, they are doing it for FUN. Also, I appears only a few episodes were preserved, I've seen one ABC-TV episode, and I know that an archive has an DuMont-TV episode. Overall, a fun show from the early days of TV.

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