The New Treasure Hunt (1973–1977)

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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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"Congratulations! You just won an all-expenses-paid trip... right back to your seat!!!"
17 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This mid-70s game show hosted by Geoff Edwards used to make me double over in laughter. The premise revolved around 30 huge, elaborately wrapped gift boxes scattered across the stage, with assorted prizes and several outrageous "clunks" (booby prizes) hidden within. One box would contain a check for $25,000, which was placed by "bonded security agent" Emil Autouri.

Each show gave two lucky contestants the chance to select a gift box and (hopefully) come away with either a nice prize or that $25,000 check. Each round would start with a section of the audience who had small gift boxes in their possession. Most of these were empty, except for three boxes with the numerals 1, 2 and 3. These lucky contestants would join Geoff on stage and select from three more boxes, one of which contained a "surprise" (either a jack-in-the-box pop up or a bouquet of flowers). This contestant would then have a pick from among the 30 huge gift boxes. Each box also came with an envelope, revealing a cash award that the contestant could keep if they decided not to keep the box. Naturally everyone opts to keep the box, and then the hilarity would ensue. Geoff Edwards would always take his customary "peek" into the box and give the contestant a look of astonishment before revealing the "prize". I'm not sure what the ratio was for "clunks" to "good prizes", but I'm thinking the clunks FAR outweighed the good prizes! Who could forget that goofy mumbled-boppy music that would play every time a clunk was revealed? Of course there was some trickery every now and then as well... one of my favorites started out with a contestant winning a "B-note", which then (after several "producers" would appear and say a "mistake" was made) became a "pea coat", which then became a "cream float", which then became a "she-goat" but ultimately turned out to be a SKI BOAT (four "clunks" that ultimately became a great prize... how about that?). I remember seeing several occasions where the contestant won the 25 grand, but most episodes would end with Geoff asking the "bonded security agent" if he in fact placed the grand prize check in one of the 30 boxes. He would always reply "YES I DID", which were the ONLY words we ever heard from him, despite Geoff's many efforts to make him talk, break out in laughter or even cry! I'm really hoping GSN is able to unearth this gem sometime soon!

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