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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Geoff Edwards ...
 Host (1973-1977)
Emile Autuori ...
 Bonded Security Agent (as Emil Autouri)
Sivi Aberg ...
 Assistant
Jane Nelson ...
 Assistant
Nomi DeVargas ...
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 Model (1973-1974)
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Tony Cacciotti ...
 Various (1973-1974) (1973 - 1974)
Johnny Jacobs ...
 Announcer (1973-1977)
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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<Benarowe@charter.net>

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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 »

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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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I loved this show
19 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have some very fond memories of watching this show going up- so rare to see a comedy/game show. I remember Geoff was always trying to get Emil to say something or at least crack a smile, but he never said anything except 'Yes, I did' when asked if he hid the check.

They never had a male contestant, either in this run or the later run in 81/82. The 'official' reason was that it was easier to set up the skit for one specific gender, and since women made more emotional contestants, they chose to go with only women. The real reason was that they were afraid with the elaborate gags leading up to some of the clunks, a man might haul off and hit Geoff. (It's true)


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