Chuck Barris-produced revival of the 1950s quiz show of the same name, where contestants selected boxes and could win either worthless junk, luxury prizes or thousands of dollars in cash.


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Credited cast:
Geoff Edwards ...
 Host (1973-1977)
Emile Autuori ...
 Bonded Security Agent (as Emil Autouri)
Sivi Aberg ...
Jane Nelson ...
Nomi DeVargas ...
 Model (1973-1974)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Cacciotti ...
 Various (1973-1974) (1973 - 1974)
Johnny Jacobs ...
 Announcer (1973-1977)


In this revival of the 1956 Jan Murray-hosted quiz show, two(2) female contestants are given separate opportunities to choose one(1) of 30 boxes (Surprise Packages) onstage. Before each segment, three females are selected from the studio audience from these 10 contestants to open special boxes onstage. Two(2) are empty, but the woman contestant choosing the one with a pop-up flower boquet is given an opportunity to select a box. Each box contains a cash amount {Secret Packet} (ranging from $500 to $2,000) and an unknown item. That unknown could be a prize (a car, trip, jewelry, furniture, fur, etc.), a "klunk" (a worthless, nonsense prize) or the checks are ranging from $5000 to $25,000. The contestant can either choose to keep the cash or trade it for the contents of the box. Before the contents of the box are revealed, a series of skits are performed to make the contestant believe she chose a klunk. At the end of each show, Emile Autouri announces the box containing the $25,000 ... Written by Ben Hallums<>

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12 August 1973 (USA)  »

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To ensure no contestant found out what she won before it's time, there were never any cue cards. During commercial breaks, the contestant was secluded offstage while Geoff Edwards did a rehearsal of the sketch (if any - -the $25,000 box had no sketch). See more »


Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, this bonded security agent has just placed a certified check for $25,000 in one of these thirty surprise packages. Tonight, someone may win any one of our fabulous prizes...or that grand prize of $25,000 on..."THE NEW TREASURE HUNT"!
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Followed by Treasure Hunt (1981) See more »

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Pre-cursor to The Gong Show
4 February 2004 | by (NY, USA) – See all my reviews

It all makes sense now, knowing that this show was produced by Chuck Barris. Because it wasn't just a normal game show. This show was weird.

Starting with its host Geoff Edwards. I guess actually seeing Lee Harvey Oswald get shot in person (he was a Dallas reporter) must have whacked his brain a little. Although 'Treasure Hunt' was similar to 'Let's Make a Deal' Edwards wasn't snotty & subdued like Monty Hall, he was goofy and off-the-wall (much like Barris). He did a great job hamming it up and stretching out the excruciating time the contestant had to wait to find out whether they'd made the right choice (this was essentially the core of the show). He always kept you guessing by engaging in double and even triple false finishes (i.e. "Sorry you lose- Wait! What's this?! Oh, its nothing, you really did lose" etc.)

Plus he would always do this often hilarious little bit at the end of every show with the (supposed) "Bonded Security Agent, Mr. Emil Autouri". He would try and get him to break his stone-faced, emotionless demeanor by telling a risqué joke, trying to tickle him, or even pretending to break down crying that he just wanted him to like him!

But all Mr. Autouri would ever do is, when Geoff finally just asked, "Mr. Autouri can you verify that you hid a check for $25,000 in one of these boxes?", he would respond, "Yes I did" and then he'd give Edwards the piece of paper with the box's number on it and slowly go get the box to prove that the check was in there.

A real innovative show for bleak 70s television!

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