A guessing game in which panelists and contestants had to determine what phrase the host has picked.

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A guessing game in which panelists and contestants had to determine what phrase the host has picked.

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Unlike many Australian television series of the 1950s, this series was not live. Rather, it was kinescoped ("telerecorded") in advance so it could be shown simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne. See more »

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Simple TV series, though entertaining. Some episodes still exist.
27 July 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I recently viewed an episode of this series at the Australian Mediatheque in Melbourne, along with 4 episodes of "Autumn Affair" (1958-1959 series that was Australia's first regular TV drama) and a 1959 episode of "The Bobby Limb Show" (a variety series).

Newspaper accounts from the 1950s confirm that Jack Davey, popular radio personality, was not a hit on TV. Why? Based on the episode I viewed he was a very good TV host, bringing considerable humor into this game show.

The episode I viewed (episode #7) began with the celebrities being introduced. After this begins the game itself. The celebrities, through a series of yes-or-no questions, have to determine a phrase. These are often quite humorous, such as "Jack Davey's Dimple", "A Vegetarian Beef-Eater", "The Second Hand of a Second Hand Watch". Later in the episode, a contestant plays the game though with somewhat different rules.

The show is, in some ways, similar to the kind of shows that Goodson-Todman were doing in the USA such as "What's My Line", which itself saw an Australian version.

"The Pressure Pak Show" was fast-paced and lively, though the set design is very, VERY basic, consisting of a curtain and a couple desks.

Another thing I found interesting, was that the commercials were still intact in the episode I viewed, and were performed as part of the show (not uncommon in those days). The first ad was for Mortein fly-spray, the second was (I might be wrong) for Smoothex shaving cream, and the third was for Gossamer hair-spray (FYI: the "Pressure Pak" of the title refers to the commercials all being for products that were sold in a particular kind of spray can). The commercial for Smoothex was very strange, probably meant to be comical, and involved giving a guy a shave with an axe. Um....

Overall I would not complain if they ever put this series on DVD...at least 10 episodes still exist. It's surprised how entertaining a very modest 1950s game show can be, thanks to a solid host and a fun format.


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