Two contestants compete in a life-sized board game, answering questions and performing stunts for cash and prizes.
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Joanne Carson Joanne Carson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1960
Jack Narz Jack Narz ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1960
Red Rowe ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1960
Kenny Williams Kenny Williams ...  Himself - Town Crier 1 episode, 1960
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When "Video Village" premiered in 1960, the show was broadcast from New York City, and Jack Narz was the host. Narz (who was the brother of game-show legend Tom Kennedy) had to drop out of the series in an attempt to save his marriage, since his wife at the time was living in California. Monty Hall took over as emcee, and ironically, production of the show soon shifted from New York to the CBS Television City complex in Hollywood. Although "Video Village" left the air in 1962, it is fondly remembered, especially by those viewers of the show who were children then. A board game version, manufactured by Milton Bradley, is a collector's item and copies surface on E-Bay from time-to-time. Written by Joseph

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USA

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English

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1 July 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley set a standard
22 February 2011 | by bpatrick-8See all my reviews

This game, the first joint effort of producers Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley, marked the beginning of their fascination with larger-than-life concepts: think the giant tic-tac-toe board on "Hollywood Squares," the oversize playing cards on "Gambit," the huge board with the nine numbers on "High Rollers".

Despite the fact that "Video Village" lasted only two years, the thing works. There are all kinds of risks; a roll of the die might cause the players to exchange places and the person who was behind might find himself or herself in range of a win (since you had to complete the three streets in order to win), or perhaps hit "1-2-3 Go, 4-5-6 No," wherein they couldn't advance unless they rolled 3 or less.

All in all, perhaps the most innovative game of its era (one also marked by "Password," the first show to team celebrities and contestants), and two game-show legends are featured: Jack Narz and Monty Hall. And let's not forget announcer Kenny Williams as Kenny the Cop, who announced the roll of the die in that unmistakable voice of his.

And, by the way, I had the "Video Village" home game and spent many an hour playing it. It was as much fun as the show.


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