In the original version of "The Price is Right," four contestants one a returning champion competed throughout the show. After a merchandise item was displayed (often by beautiful models aka Pretty Purchasers), the contestants, one at a time, bid on the item. Unless otherwise specified, each bid had to be higher than the previous bid; each contestant could "freeze," or stop bidding, if they believed their next bid would cause them to overbid, thus disqualifying themselves from winning the prize. The bidding continued until an undefined time limit expired. Host Cullen then announced the price of the item; the contestant who bid closest without going over won the prize (and on occassion, won either a bonus prize or got to play a bonus game). The last prize of the day usually was the most valuable and often determined the day's champion, who got to return to the next show. A special feature of the original "Price is Right" allowed home viewers to bid on special showcases. When the show ...Written by
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Price Is Right; the early days
I was in the business as a child, and was fortunate enough to be around when most of the live television came out of NYC. One of the shows I happened to do quite a bit of work on was the old Price Is Right. I can still remember the cameramen having the patience to explain all the intricacies of just what they did and what the cameras were doing. Sitting there and listening as Bill Cullen spoke of sailing on Long Island Sound. Though I certainly didn't appreciate it at the time, I happened to be a very lucky boy who met so very many famous and talented people in the business. The Price Is Right happens to be one of them.
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