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The New Treasure Hunt 

TV-PG | | TV Series (1973–1977)
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.


Jan Murray
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Geoff Edwards Geoff Edwards ...  Host (1973-1977)
Emile Autuori Emile Autuori ...  Bonded Security Agent (as Emil Autouri)
Sivi Aberg Sivi Aberg ...  Assistant
Jane Nelson Jane Nelson ...  Assistant
Nomi DeVargas Nomi DeVargas ...  Model
Pamela Hensley ...  Model (1973-1974)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Cacciotti ...  Various (1973-1974) (1973 - 1974)
Johnny Jacobs ...  Announcer (1973-1977)


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) See more »

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(122 episodes)

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Did You Know?


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 »


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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Featured in The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time (2006) See more »

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A great game show of the 70's
18 December 2004 | by ajs41072See all my reviews

I remember watching this show when I was about 5 years old. The one thing I wanted to mention was the song they used to play when they revealed a "clunk" to the contestant. I remember this song used to freak me out, so after a while, I'd watch the show with the sound completely turned down (it was the 1970's, there were no mute buttons).

Another note is that the show came back on around 1981. In this version, every contestant was a woman, and they had never had any men even attempt to open up the small jack in the box to see if they'd go on to pick 1 of 64 boxes. I recall reading somewhere that they thought women would react better to all those skits they'd pull off after a box was chosen, so they never had a man on this 1980's version of the show. The 1980's version was only on for a season, I believe.

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