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The late Jan Murray was my favorite game show host when I was a kid,
growing up in the 1950's. That's saying a lot, since game show hosts
were ubiquitous on early TV, perhaps the most popular being Bill
Cullen. Jan had a warm sense of humor, with a down-home persona. Being
a stand-up comic enabled him to establish a friendly rapport with the
studio and TV audiences. Like Johnny Carson, who also hosted a game
show ("Do You Trust Your Wife?, "Who Do You Trust?," changed to "Whom
Do You Trust?" for reasons of correct grammar) during the same time
span that "Treasure Hunt" was on the tube, Murray would interject funny
quips from time to time much in the manner of Graucho Marx on "You Bet
Your Life," but not as scathing.
The game involved two contestants, usually one male, one female. One would be a returning winner challenged by the new arrival. The one that eliminated the rival would then choose from a variety of treasure chests on stage containing varying amounts of money with one having a mystery treasure inside. Having learned the contents of the chosen chest, the contestant then had to decide whether to keep the treasure or go for the big prize, which could be as much as $25,000 on one version of the game. The grand prize was revealed no matter if the contestant chose it or decided to keep the prize already won, for the big prize might turn out to be a dud; so the contestant was taking a gamble.
An added attraction, particularly for male viewers, was Jan's assistant, the pirate girl, Marian Stafford (other pirate girls were Pat White and Greta Thyssen). The pirate girl wore abbreviated attire that would have made Captain Kidd proud. Jan at times would make humorous comments concerning the pirate girl but it was all in good fun. Jan never became a TV superstar like Johnny Carson but it wasn't because of lack of talent. He made us laugh. What could be better than that?
Jan Murray who was one of the Catskills' best attractions hosted
Treasure Hunt and he was one of the reasons that people enjoyed
Treasure Hunt. Murray had both a ready wit and a common touch, he made
the contestants feel at ease and the audience participate.
If you liked playing board games than Treasure Hunt was your kind of show. Contestants spun the big dice and advanced so many steps along the way. On each step was some kind of prize or a chance for one. It all culminated in a big Treasure chest pot at the end of the half hour.
When I grew up I so wanted to be on this show and win all kinds of really cool loot, stuff I found cool or my parents would. And Jan Murray was such a funny guy. It's an enduring childhood memory.
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