The original version of the game show, where contestants use their intuition and luck to help them win cash and prizes by deciding whether to keep the unknown contents of a box they have chosen.






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Buddy Hackett ...  Himself - Guest Host 1 episode, 1959


In the original version of "Treasure Hunt" (a weekly and daily series which aired on ABC and later, NBC) two contestants, one a champion, answer up to 5 general knowledge questions as selected by their opponent. The winner got to go on a treasure hunt. On the stage were 30 numbered treasure chests some small, some invitingly large. Each treasure chest had a cash amount from $100 up. The contestant could pocket the cash or give it back for whatever was in the box. It could be anything from a worthless nonsense prize (e.g., a head of cabbage) to cars, trips, furs, jewelry, furniture sets, appliances ... to a cash jackpot worth $25,000 (or $10,000 plus $1000 for each show unclaimed on the nighttime show and also the difference of the same jackpot worth $1000 plus $100 for each day was unclaimed on the daytime show.) After the contestant had made his/her decision, Murray then showed him/her what they had won (or in some cases, could have won). Either way, the contestant returned and ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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7 September 1956 (USA) See more »

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Followed by Treasure Hunt (1981) See more »

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A visual board game
24 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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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