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I'm Addicted to Buzzr TV!

I recently discovered this channel, and it's quickly become one of my favorites. It takes me back to my childhood, when I would come home from school and watch shows like Password and Tattletales with mom.

I love seeing all the old B-list celebrities on these shows (sadly, most are gone now), the bad hair, the bad fashion, and the overall ridiculousness of it all.

Which shows are your favorites on this channel?

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by Anonymousreply 450July 14, 2021 11:54 PM

I was watching Match Game '75 last week, and they had this really hot young gym teacher contestant from Bakersfield on. As I was watching, I was wondering if he was still alive and what he might look like.

So I googled his name and "Bakersfield," and sure enough, I found his Facebook page! He's still alive, recently retired, was a gym teacher at the same Bakersfield high school all those years. I'd guess he's in his late 60s now, but still looks pretty good.

It was funny watching him on the show, because Fannie Flagg was fawning all over him. Quite an acting job by lesbian Fannie Flagg!

by Anonymousreply 1July 2, 2020 3:26 PM

Everybody in OP's picture is dead now, except for Elaine Joyce.

by Anonymousreply 2July 2, 2020 3:41 PM

Who are Barbara & Dick? I think I know as much about game show celebrities as the next gay but those two are not ringing a bell. Dick Gauthier?

by Anonymousreply 3July 2, 2020 4:00 PM

R3 Yes, Dick Gautier and his wife Barbara Stuart.

She was in the movie "Airplane." She played Robert Stack's wife, the owner of the rapid dog Shep.

by Anonymousreply 4July 2, 2020 4:21 PM

R1 The cute gym teacher was a big hit on the show and a big winner. He lasted several days and won more that he made in a year. His name was Ron, and both the male and female celebrity panelists were making passes.

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by Anonymousreply 5July 2, 2020 4:21 PM

R5 Yes, that's him! He was so 70s hot. The junior high gayling in me would have loved to have had him as my gym teacher!

by Anonymousreply 6July 2, 2020 4:24 PM

More interesting facts about Ron Livingston - he became an HIV/AIDS educator in Bakersfield in the 1990s.

by Anonymousreply 7July 2, 2020 4:26 PM

R6 A few years ago I saw a comment on that YouTube page that Fannie was acting like Rosie over Tom Cruise. He actually replied to the comment, missing the lesbian innuendo, but saying he had a great time, all the panelists were kind, and he made more money than a year's teacher salary. Some of his students also commented what a popular guy he was and how he was much beloved.

Straight, married with children unfortunately,

by Anonymousreply 8July 2, 2020 4:38 PM

There's a picture of him on his Facebook page in the hospital with no hair, so it looks like he had cancer at some point, but in recent pictures, he's looking healthy, so I hope he's won the battle.

by Anonymousreply 9July 2, 2020 4:41 PM

I'm watching a Tattletales episode featuring Ronny Cox and his wife, who he said had a PhD in chemistry and was a cancer researcher at Sloane Kettering. Sadly, she died of cancer in 2006.

by Anonymousreply 10July 2, 2020 7:29 PM

I like Password episodes with Elizabeth Montgomery. She played the game well and was on the show often.

by Anonymousreply 11July 2, 2020 7:34 PM

R11 Elizabeth Montgomery and Carol Burnett were the best Password players.

I always wondered that if I was ever a contestant on Password if I'd be able to concentrate and play the game or just sit there the whole time thinking, "Oh, my God! I'm sitting right next to Carol Burnett and playing Password with her!"

by Anonymousreply 12July 2, 2020 7:36 PM

Only on DL would you remember a CONTESTANT from a 70s game show.

by Anonymousreply 13July 2, 2020 7:40 PM

R13 I didn't remember him. I was watching Match Game recently and SAW him. For the first time. Even though the show was from 1975.

by Anonymousreply 14July 2, 2020 7:52 PM

What cracked me up about Tattletales was the money the celebrities would win for their sections of the audience. In most cases, the maximum a celebrity couple would win would be something like $275. Assume there were 50 people in their audience section, each member would get about $5.

by Anonymousreply 15July 2, 2020 7:59 PM

I watch the ‘70s, syndicated versions of To Tell the Truth and What’s My Line, the latter’s last edition (understandably, because it’s a much inferior version of the CBS show). The channel’s catalogue of these shows, though, is extremely limited, with the same shows aired repeatedly.

by Anonymousreply 16July 2, 2020 8:06 PM

I've done that, too, R1, with Match Game contestants! I don't know why they spark that impulse in me. There was one contestant who was a "lady wrestler", and I was able to find her, and some foreign guy who traveled around giving talks to the Rotary Club.

Anyway, I love old Match Games and the one with "the banana section." Is that Tattletales? I used to think Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce were the bee's knees.

by Anonymousreply 17July 2, 2020 8:15 PM

It's so funny, my dad knew Bert Convy when they were 17/18. They were both working as Production Assistants at CBS. They both wanted to be professional baseball players and bonded over this but Bert got bitten by the acting bug and decided to dive deeper into Hollywood.

When I was 13, I remember sitting on the couch in front of the TV while my dad told me that story. I remember thinking, "Man, look at Bert-- all handsome and fit and rich and full of personality-- and look you, Dad... A fat, bald, alcoholic asshole loser who never amounted to anything." Then, I went to the bathroom and jerked off, fantasizing about Bert Convy, just to spite my shitty homophobic father.

by Anonymousreply 18July 2, 2020 8:27 PM

I wonder if they could do "Password" today.

Would guests and contestants have a large enough vocabulary?

by Anonymousreply 19July 2, 2020 8:34 PM

I remember Bert Convy as very cheesy, but, in retrospect, he was actually quite handsome and could be funny!

by Anonymousreply 20July 2, 2020 10:09 PM

R17 I'm sometimes more fascinated by the contestants and wondering whatever became of them than the actual celebrities. Sometimes I'll look at them and think, "I wonder if they're still alive." "I wonder if they had a good life." Strange, huh?

And yes, Tattletales was the show the "banana" section - the red, green, and yellow sections.

by Anonymousreply 21July 2, 2020 10:44 PM

R18 Great story! And I agree - Bert Convey was very fuckable.

by Anonymousreply 22July 2, 2020 10:45 PM

I love that Elaine Joyce has turned out to be a massive cunt. She was my spirit animal as a gayling.

by Anonymousreply 23July 2, 2020 10:47 PM

R23 She drives me nuts when I watch her on Match Game and Tattletales. She really played up that dumb blonde character.

Yes, I heard that after she married Neil Simon, she became a total Park Avenue bitch.

That's two husbands she's killed now.

by Anonymousreply 24July 2, 2020 10:49 PM

[quote][R3] Yes, Dick Gautier and his wife Barbara Stuart.

Dick Gautier was a rabid heterosexual....who looked like a total queen.

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by Anonymousreply 25July 2, 2020 10:56 PM

I liked Richard Dawson in the early Match Game years then he became all somber and silent refusing to smile or engage because his Family Feud had become a hit and he wanted off Match Game and they wouldn't release him from his contract.

by Anonymousreply 26July 2, 2020 10:56 PM

R25 I always thought Dick Gautier was a queen. Yes, he was married, but I never bought that he was straight. Like Dom Deluise.

by Anonymousreply 27July 2, 2020 11:05 PM

R26 Yes, Richard became a real prick when he was splitting his time between the Feud and Match Game.

He used to root for the contestants and seemed to actually be interested in helping them win. Then he just became an asshole.

But Brett was always a fun, zany drunk on the show. She had a great gig and she knew it.

by Anonymousreply 28July 2, 2020 11:06 PM

r26, Dawson killed Match Game that year (78-79). He left early in the season, and the show was cancelled at the end of the season (though PM continued into the 80s).

Who knew Joyce Bulifant had such a gaping vagine? Many husbands lurking under that facade of dippydo.

by Anonymousreply 29July 2, 2020 11:07 PM

Ew. I couldn't stand that lechorous Richard Dawson!!!! The way he would kiss all those women on the lips made me cringe!!! My 8 year old mind couldn't understand why anyone would want to kiss him. Then I turned 12, and boy, things CHANGED!!!

by Anonymousreply 30July 2, 2020 11:11 PM

On the lower left tier, Match Game always had some flavor-of-the-month starlette, usually cute and perky or beautiful and sultry. They were almost always unmemorable to the point that when I watch the reruns on Buzzr, I have to go to IMDB to find out what made them (semi) famous in the first place.

I think it was either in Gene Rayburn's or Richard Dawson's - or both - of their contracts that they got a pretty girl in that spot, because they both practically molested whoever happened to occupy that chair. Poor things.

by Anonymousreply 31July 2, 2020 11:13 PM

[quote]I watch the ‘70s, syndicated versions of To Tell the Truth

I was on TTTT in the 70s. I was just a kid. They had kids on occasionally. I wonder if you've seen my episode. I got a recording of it at great cost, cos I never saw it at the time. I look so nervous and uncomfortable I can't bear to look at it.

by Anonymousreply 32July 2, 2020 11:16 PM

R32 We need a little more info, please. What was the subject? Who were you? And were you the real person or an imposter?

by Anonymousreply 33July 2, 2020 11:17 PM

I used to watch all of these shows in the summertime when I was a teenager. I usually needed to take care of business after the shows. My mom thought I was reading in my bedroom. Dick Gautier and Bert Convy got me all fired up, Clifton Davis, too. Davis would wear a shirt unbuttoned to the top of his abs; I would spend the time trying to spot a nipple when he turned or bent.

I heard Playgirl approached Ron Livingston after the broadcasts. They probably didn't offer enough money to be a centerfold. My 15-year-old self would have figured out some way of getting that issue.

by Anonymousreply 34July 2, 2020 11:45 PM

Clifton Davis was sexy, yes. I even kind of liked Bobby Van.

How I wish Ron would have done Playgirl. He was one sexy hunk.

by Anonymousreply 35July 2, 2020 11:54 PM

Ron Valenti was his name, not Ron Livingston. Sorry. I screwed it up.

by Anonymousreply 36July 2, 2020 11:57 PM

Ron Valenti's independent baseball team...

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by Anonymousreply 37July 3, 2020 12:10 AM

R37 He looked hot. I was he had been my gym teacher.

by Anonymousreply 38July 3, 2020 12:14 AM

The first comment on the YouTube video of Ron’s appearance on MATCH GAME is by his daughter. She said her dad was 69 two years ago.

by Anonymousreply 39July 3, 2020 12:17 AM

[quote][R32] We need a little more info, please. What was the subject? Who were you? And were you the real person or an imposter?

I was a liar.

You know who else was on it as a kid?

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by Anonymousreply 40July 3, 2020 12:33 AM

You can watch the Anderson ep here >

starts at 4:34

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by Anonymousreply 41July 3, 2020 12:36 AM

R40, R41 - That was great! I had no idea he had been on To Tell the Truth.

He was very convincing. If I hadn't known who he was, I'd have voted for him as the real bear trainer.

by Anonymousreply 42July 3, 2020 1:11 AM

So, R40, tell us more! What was the episode about? And how did you get cast as one of the liars?

by Anonymousreply 43July 3, 2020 1:16 AM

Watching Card Sharks right now. God, what a stupid show this one was.

"All of it higher!" "$200 lower!"

The winner of this match I'm watching now is definitely a dyke. She looks very uncomfortable in her multi-colored maxi dress and platform shoes. I'm sure it was the first time she had worn a dress since she was in the 5th grade.

by Anonymousreply 44July 3, 2020 1:48 AM

I love how most of the contestants on these shows were from the burbs in Southern California - places like Fullerton, Irvine, Northridge, Tustin, Santa Ana.

by Anonymousreply 45July 3, 2020 2:00 AM

[quote]So, [R40], tell us more! What was the episode about? And how did you get cast as one of the liars?

My father met some woman at a party in New York. I don't live in America so had never heard of TTTT. Anyway he came back from NYC and said when you go, you're going to be on this show. Sounded fun and interesting.

I got $100 for appearing and another $100 for fooling someone, which was nice for a 12 yr old in 1975. She was just being sweet picking me. Kitty Carlisle took the whole thing very seriously and totally ignored me.

The people from the show were so sweet afterwards, saying how good I was.

It was filmed at a studio in the Rockefeller Center. Old-timey New York.

I invited everyone I knew.

by Anonymousreply 46July 3, 2020 2:02 AM

I am watching the entire series of Super Password right now, one episode at a time, luckily there are over 1100 episodes from 1984 to 1989. Bert Convy is a very affable, friendly host, and he keeps the game moving right along.

I am still somewhat amazed to know that he appeared on Broadway over 10 times, and that he created the role of the bisexual writer/narrator Clifford Bradshaw in the original 1966 production of Cabaret.

by Anonymousreply 47July 3, 2020 2:18 AM

OMG! I can watch this from England!

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by Anonymousreply 48July 3, 2020 2:25 AM

Jay Leno with black hair!

by Anonymousreply 49July 3, 2020 2:27 AM

I thought the shows were from the 70s. 90s, not so interesting or enjoyable.

by Anonymousreply 50July 3, 2020 2:36 AM

R35, Michael Jackson once had a major crush on Clifton Davis, to the point of practically stalking him.

by Anonymousreply 51July 3, 2020 2:37 AM

There are dozens of vintage Passwords on YouTube from 1962 through 1967.

by Anonymousreply 52July 3, 2020 2:40 AM

R46 I love this. I wanna know more! Who were you pretending to be? And Kitty Carlisle was a bitch to you?

by Anonymousreply 53July 3, 2020 2:52 AM

A great recurrent gag on Match Game was Brett being upset at the buzzer. This is a montage and it's great to see how drunk Brett is.

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by Anonymousreply 54July 3, 2020 3:02 AM

It's a game ... for the UNINHIBITED!

Our stars this week are Mindy Cohn and Ted Lange. Watch their BODIES do the talking ... on BODY LANGUAGE!

It was a takeoff on charades but fun to watch. I think all the contestants were aspiring actors and/or college students, sometimes both.

Their celebrity partners, not so much.

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by Anonymousreply 55July 3, 2020 3:12 AM

Love Brett!

by Anonymousreply 56July 3, 2020 3:17 AM

Burt Convy played a character once or twice on the original Perry Mason show back in the 50s/60s. You think he was good looking on the game shows, he was smoldering before them.

by Anonymousreply 57July 3, 2020 4:39 AM

BERT (not Burt) was on one episode of "Perry Mason." Here he (age 27 in 1960.) Do you think Ray Burr tapped that?

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by Anonymousreply 58July 3, 2020 4:45 AM

Bert Convy was prominent on Broadway in the 1960s.

He was in the OBPs of Cabaret and Fiddler on the Roof.

by Anonymousreply 59July 3, 2020 5:00 AM

[quote]I watch the ‘70s, syndicated versions of To Tell the Truth and What’s My Line, the latter’s last edition (understandably, because it’s a much inferior version of the CBS show). The channel’s catalogue of these shows, though, is extremely limited, with the same shows aired repeatedly.

I preferred watching the 1950s and early '60s episodes of "What's My Line?" and "To Tell the Truth," but they were replaced with the syndicated '70s versions, probably because the latter are in color.

by Anonymousreply 60July 3, 2020 5:35 AM

[quote]Dick Gautier was a rabid heterosexual....who looked like a total queen.

Dick Gautier played Conrad Birdie in the original Broadway production of "Bye Bye Birdie."

by Anonymousreply 61July 3, 2020 5:41 AM

^^ His son is a porn star (straight).

by Anonymousreply 62July 3, 2020 7:20 AM

My boyfriend and I have been a watching a lot of this, too!

We have Sling, though. During commercial breaks (when I guess they have empty ad space), it sometimes sits on a Buzzr graphic with jazz music playing for like 30 seconds to a minute.

It’s sad how a lot of the women contestants have nothing to say about themselves when introduced and immediately go to “Well, I’m a wife...”

by Anonymousreply 63July 3, 2020 7:36 AM

Mentioned this on another game show thread. While doing an Oxygen game show it came up that I was putting together a memorabilia Christmas present for a friend. I had purchased lots of autographs and odd autobiographies on eBay but hadn’t found anything from Brett Sommers. The EP said, “She’s my next door neighbor. Write her a note. I’ll give it to her.” She s3nt an autograph immediately and invited me to her cabaret show. I went, she invited me for a drink, great fun. Wonderful conversationalist. Jack Klugman and Marcia Wallace joined us. Great night.

I was also on Cash Cab & Deal or No Deal as a supporter. Met Meghan Markle. Also very nice.

Love game shows.

by Anonymousreply 64July 3, 2020 11:49 AM

R64 Great story! Brett sounds like she was a nice person.

So how did you get on Cash Cab? Is it really unplanned and spontaneous?

by Anonymousreply 65July 3, 2020 11:50 AM

R62 I've never heard this. What's his name?

by Anonymousreply 66July 3, 2020 11:51 AM

I'm watching To Tell the Truth, and Kitty Carlisle just walked out in this huge flowing red gown with tons of chiffon trailing her.

It was just like watching Kristen Wiig in the SNL "Secret Word" game show skits.

by Anonymousreply 67July 3, 2020 12:04 PM

R65, it was spontaneous although later found out we had been previewed via an audition I went to. Great experience.

by Anonymousreply 68July 3, 2020 12:16 PM

R68 Well, how did they find you on the streets of New York City? Do you have a microchip or something?

And did you win any money in the Cash Cab?

by Anonymousreply 69July 3, 2020 12:20 PM

Ethel Merman is sitting in that lower left spot in the hot gym teacher Match Game clip.

by Anonymousreply 70July 3, 2020 12:22 PM

I remember Brett mentioning that she lived in Beverly Hills. And Charles chimed in with the funniest riff that her house was on Pico (?). Those two made the show. Richard Dawson..... well....not so much.

by Anonymousreply 71July 3, 2020 12:26 PM

R40/46, what year were you on the show? Although it has shown the later episode with Anderson Cooper, the channel only seems to air shows from 1972-1973.

by Anonymousreply 72July 3, 2020 12:28 PM

R68 here, I showed up for a callback, was told the location had changed. They hailed me a cab. Boom! Cash Cab. We won around $1,600. My husband opted to pass on the video bonus. I respected his wishes and didn’t push. We had just bought a condo in Harlem. The prize money paid for window shades.

by Anonymousreply 73July 3, 2020 2:10 PM

The only shows on Buzzr I can't watch are Supermarket Sweep and Let's Make a Deal. I never liked those shows when they were on originally. All those stupid people in costumes shrieking and jumping up and down, trying to get Monty Hall to notice them as he walks around and says, "I'll give anyone $100 who has a hard boiled egg in their purse." No thanks.

And on Supermarket Sweep, all those midwestern fraus in their sweaters and mom jeans running through the aisles with their carts, trying to pile as many legs of lamb on as they can and make it back to the finish line in 60 seconds. Nope.

Give me the cheesy game shows with D-list celebs just hanging out, trying to make a few bucks and raise their profiles.

by Anonymousreply 74July 3, 2020 2:12 PM

R73 So let me get this straight. You went on a casting all for a game show, they called you and told you the location had changed, and they called you the cash cab. Okay, so it's semi-spontaneous.

Well, that kind of bums me out. I was always hoping the guy was just randomly driving around NYC and picking up whoever he happened to see on the street.

On a side note, I always found the Cash Cab guy kinda hot. He has big dick face. Is he the slightest bit hot in person?

by Anonymousreply 75July 3, 2020 2:17 PM

I have definitely googled some of the hot guy contestants on these old game shows to see if they're still around, just curious to see whatever became of them. I've had the most luck with guys from Classic Concentration I guess because being the late '80s/early '90s they're more likely to have a presence online. I can't remember the name of the one guy that I thought was the hottest but it turned out he had a few credits on IMDB as a bit part actor and had actually died a few years after he appeared on CC from AIDS. Kind of a bummer.

I find it hilarious to watch Tattletales when they have as one of their "couples" Dick Sargent and Fannie Flagg. Any time anyone argues with me "they can't be gay! they have a girlfriend/date girls/have a wife!" I point out obvious PR crap like that. Hollywood is full of BS.

by Anonymousreply 76July 3, 2020 5:02 PM

Tattletales always had gay bearding couples. Once they had Charles Nelson Reilly on with Julie Harris.

by Anonymousreply 77July 3, 2020 5:53 PM

I think Bill Cullen was an underrated host. He was good on Blockbusters - had a sense of humor about him.

by Anonymousreply 78July 3, 2020 5:54 PM

Bill Cullen was brilliant at puzzles. He used to do The NY Times Crosswords in ink and people were amazed at his vocabulary.

by Anonymousreply 79July 3, 2020 6:00 PM

Thanks, R77, for this...

[quote] Tattletales always had gay bearding couples. Once they had Charles Nelson Reilly on with Julie Harris.

I burst out laughing at this. Hilarious. The mind boggles.

by Anonymousreply 80July 3, 2020 7:39 PM

All episodes of "What's My Line" are on YouTube

by Anonymousreply 81July 3, 2020 7:41 PM

R73 here, they also do spontaneous pick ups between previewed people. I think they preview to get players who think quickly. People who go three and done are less likely to have been previewed.

Also, the audition wasn’t for a game show. It was to be an online tour guide thru the neighborhoods of NYC.

Host? Great guy. Very sexy in person. BDF for days.

by Anonymousreply 82July 3, 2020 7:43 PM

R82 Thanks for the clarification. And thanks for the confirmation on the Cash Cab guy.

by Anonymousreply 83July 3, 2020 7:57 PM

r78, Bill is always fucking up on Blockbusters (as in screwing up his reading, or the cards), though he is amiable and genial. He also shows a great deal of respect for the contestants.

Contrast that with Monty Hall on Split Second (which airs at 10a just before Blockbusters). This one-season wonder should be great, but it's a maddening exercise in no small part because Monty is both host and judge, and he makes many errors in judgement (accepting answers after the buzzer, accepting wrong answers). He also seems to hate his life and has no real affection for the (Canadian) contestants (it filmed in Toronto).

by Anonymousreply 84July 3, 2020 8:04 PM


It's too hard to watch the slow agonizingly painful decline of Dorothy Kilgallen.

by Anonymousreply 85July 3, 2020 8:18 PM

Bill Cullen seemed like a great guy, didn't look down on the contestants, good sense of humor....but good lord, on Blockbusters he acted more like a chatty comedian than a game show host. They could have fit twice as many games in if he hadn't been going on and on trying to make jokes.

by Anonymousreply 86July 3, 2020 8:42 PM

R77, didn't they have a few where Paul Lynde was paired off with female stars?

by Anonymousreply 87July 3, 2020 8:45 PM

On Match Game, Richard Asshole Dawson doing his Paul Lynde impression and the camera cuts to CNR sitting there smoking his pipe with a tight smile on his face.

by Anonymousreply 88July 3, 2020 8:58 PM

[quote]Once they had Charles Nelson Reilly on with Julie Harris.

Charles Nelson Reilly directed Julie Harris in "The Belle of Amherst."

by Anonymousreply 89July 3, 2020 9:02 PM

On "Tattletales," Charles Nelson Reilly was paired with his actress friend Elizabeth Allen, not with Julie Harris.

I can't quite picture Julie Harris, one of the premier actresses of the American stage, trying to win a few bucks for the Banana Section on "Tattletales."

by Anonymousreply 90July 3, 2020 9:23 PM

Monty hall was hot. So buff.

by Anonymousreply 91July 3, 2020 9:27 PM

I just found out Monty Hall's daughter is actress Joanna Gleason of "Into the Woods"

by Anonymousreply 92July 3, 2020 9:31 PM

I was on two of those quiz shows when I was young. They were a lot of fun. The celebrity panelists, although very pleasant on air, never associated with us peons who were the contestants. The moment we were off the air, we were whisked away so fast it was as if we were contagious.

This was in the late 50s and late 60s -- the other thing I remember? Half of them were already smashed, even though we taped in the middle of the afternoon.

by Anonymousreply 93July 3, 2020 9:44 PM

R90, "For one week in February 1975, gay comic actor Dick Sargent and lesbian comedian/author Fannie Flagg appeared on the show as a couple; Flagg was not introduced as Sargent's wife or girlfriend, or even friend, but rather "his lady". Gay actor and director Charles Nelson Reilly was booked on Tattletales during both CBS runs; his playing partner in 1977 was Elizabeth Allen, a long-time friend from his days on Broadway, and his partner on the show in 1982 was Julie Harris, another old friend from Broadway who was married to her third husband, Walter Carroll, at the time the program was produced."

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by Anonymousreply 94July 3, 2020 9:56 PM

R93 Tell us more! Which shows? Which celebrities?

by Anonymousreply 95July 4, 2020 12:11 AM

I wish I could understand why they don't show old Price is Right Episodes from the 70s. Those were the best. A new Vega!!!!

I also love Lets Make A Deal, but sometimes Monty Hall seemed like a jerk to the contestants.

by Anonymousreply 96July 4, 2020 12:46 AM

How about "Price Is Right" episodes from the '60s! Bill Cullen was the host.

by Anonymousreply 97July 4, 2020 12:51 AM

A while back, Buzzr was showing black-and-white episodes of "The Price Is Right" from the '50s, hosted by Bill Cullen. The format was quite different from the later version, with its various games of chance, Basically the contestants just sat there and tried to guess the actual prices of various items.

by Anonymousreply 98July 4, 2020 1:06 AM

The thing I like about watching those old game shows is that the audience respectfully applauds rather than on the current reincarnations of the shows. They're so freaking loud with an audience so full of yahoos. There is actually too little time spent on the game and getting some money into contestants hands. Yes, the 50s-70s shows had laughably small amounts, but there was much more game and far less show.

by Anonymousreply 99July 4, 2020 1:08 AM

r98, I remember seeing Bill Cullen episode of that on the Game Show Network in the late 1990s. One of the big prizes was a dream home in Opa Locka, Florida. I was living in Hollywood, Florida at that time and Opa Locka was not a great area. I'm not sure if that's changed.

They aired the Fannie and Dick episodes of "Tattletales" a few weeks ago and I swear they just met the morning of the taping. At one point Dick was joking about how bad they were and said something like, "how would I know that?" in response to one of the questions.

Allen Ludden is THE WORST host ever. He constantly makes flubs in the bonus round, "J, no K," doesn't know the rules of the game, and is really stupid with the contestants. As was pointed out earlier, on one of the 1960s episodes, he introduces a woman, "Let's meet Sherry Harper from Walnut Hills, California." The next thing out of his mouth is, "what does your husband do?"

by Anonymousreply 100July 4, 2020 1:10 AM

R99, if the audience is acting like "yahoos" it's probably because the producers are encouraging them to. They get cues on how to act.

I've been on a game show, I know

by Anonymousreply 101July 4, 2020 1:20 AM

I think Allen Ludden is one of the best hosts, and i treasure his time on the first versions of Password and Password Plus. I don't know if I've seen him on anything else.

by Anonymousreply 102July 4, 2020 1:23 AM

[quote]As was pointed out earlier, on one of the 1960s episodes, he introduces a woman, "Let's meet Sherry Harper from Walnut Hills, California." The next thing out of his mouth is, "what does your husband do?"

To be fair, few married women, especially if they had children, worked outside of the home in the '60s. And of course they'd all been interviewed and vetted beforehand, so Allen was only asking question that would elicit appropriate answers. If he'd asked what she did, it would invariably be, "oh, I'm just a housewife."

by Anonymousreply 103July 4, 2020 1:31 AM

Well of course, R101, who doesn't know that?

by Anonymousreply 104July 4, 2020 1:33 AM

R99, apparently

by Anonymousreply 105July 4, 2020 2:16 AM

I wish Buzzr would bring back $25,000/$100,000 Pyramid with Dick Clark. It always seemed to take more skill than other game shows. And it made a huge difference depending on the celebrities for the week and how well they could play the game. Watching gave me my first exposure to Dick Cavett and his understated, droll humor. Shelley Smith always seemed to kick ass at Pyramid and Password as well. And Vicki Lawrence could always be counted on to play well while being jokingly antagonistic toward Dick. On one episode of the Ludden era Password Plus I saw a few months ago, Vicki's partner Karen totally missed an obvious password and Vicki kinda blurted out "Karen!!" which was hilarious. You didn't normally see the celebrities get exasperated with the contestants. Found the episode on YouTube:

(and Adam the other contestant I would almost swear I saw in some '70s porn)

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by Anonymousreply 106July 4, 2020 2:46 AM

R106 That episode was hilarious. Vicki was clearly exasperated with Karen.

And yes, Adam DID look familiar, didn't he?

by Anonymousreply 107July 4, 2020 2:58 AM

I agree with you r106 about Pyramid. I can't stand the reboots with Donny Osmond and Michael Strahan. It was a show that required skill, had strict rules that were enforced, and was an intelligent word game. They turned it into Supermarket Sweep with stupid celebrities more concerned with jokes than helping the contestants win money.

by Anonymousreply 108July 4, 2020 3:15 AM

I have stated on here many times that I think that Candace Owens is a grifter. That all being said, I think in that interview she was prepared and asked some tough questions that for whatever reason Marc either avoided or couldn’t answer. It was a good conversation between two people with opposing views. And where I’m from, I’ve heard similar types of conversations in barber shops and among family and friends.

by Anonymousreply 109July 4, 2020 3:32 AM

Sorry, wrong thread

by Anonymousreply 110July 4, 2020 3:35 AM

Gilbert Gottfried gave it to the contestants on Hollywood Squares

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by Anonymousreply 111July 4, 2020 3:52 AM

DL fave and wisecracking dyke Mary Wickes was on "Tattletales" with some elderly queen as her partner.

by Anonymousreply 112July 4, 2020 6:52 AM

Elaine Joyce is DEAD TO ME.

by Anonymousreply 113July 4, 2020 7:38 AM

I loved Jim Perry he was an underrated host. He was just the right combo of good looking but not Bob Eubanks level cheesy, intelligent (he went to Penn!) and sincere. And I was always so impressed how he could talk so damn fast on those Sale of the century lightening rounds without ever tripping over his words. Listen to it some time.

I also thought Bert Convy was a better and certainly more friendly Password host than Allen Ludden.

by Anonymousreply 114July 4, 2020 8:15 AM

Also forgot to say Buzzer only has a very small selection of each of the shows so you keep seeing the same episodes over and over (that’s how I at least cane to actually recognize some of the contestants!) I actually watched it for a good 3 years or more but finally stopped watching it at all right around the beginning of quarantine, ironically enough. I’m assuming they haven’t changed their programming at all since then.

I agree I wish they would get the 80s Pyramid (and also the Price is Right).

by Anonymousreply 115July 4, 2020 11:43 AM

R115 They definitely need to broaden their catalogue, that's for sure.

I wish they'd lose the Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour. I don't even remember this show being on, and it's painful to watch now. Why not just show classic episodes of Hollywood Squares? That show could be hilarious, especially with Paul Lynde's one-liners

by Anonymousreply 116July 4, 2020 2:29 PM

[quote]They definitely need to broaden their catalogue, that's for sure.

I was wondering the same thing. How expensive could it be to rebroadcast these old shows? There are so many classics out there, I'm not sure which game shows were wiped, but Price is Right, Hollywood Square, Pyramid all great shows that are just sitting in vaults.

by Anonymousreply 117July 4, 2020 2:44 PM

R117 I imagine it would be expensive to get those shows on rotation. Buzzr's budget probably isn't that high.

by Anonymousreply 118July 4, 2020 2:51 PM

[quote]Buzzr's budget probably isn't that high.

It's pretty much a mesothelioma channel.

by Anonymousreply 119July 4, 2020 3:03 PM

R119 LOL! Yes, their commercials are very slanted to the "you're getting older, so here's a product that will help you feel better or get out of your chair easier" set.

by Anonymousreply 120July 4, 2020 3:05 PM

Plus those commercials for sunglasses, flashlights and other cheap products marketed as pseudo "tactical gear" to appeal to those who fetishize jarheads.

by Anonymousreply 121July 4, 2020 3:16 PM

I like watching eps on youtube

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by Anonymousreply 122July 4, 2020 4:59 PM

Worse than Mesothelioma are the endless Shriner's Hospital commercials. Maybe Shriner's and the kid with the adorable blanket, who is slowly being replaced with a younger cuter kid thanks to his voice changing (welcome to showbiz, kid), can send some of their billions to Buzzr. They obviously have a great deal on the advertising time.

by Anonymousreply 123July 4, 2020 6:40 PM

I was happily watching the Classic Concentration reboot with Alex Trebek, when after a few dozen or more episodes, they suddenly went back and started again. I was very disappointed and stopped watching that program altogether

by Anonymousreply 124July 4, 2020 6:41 PM

I only have time for one game show at a time, so I am very happy that Super Password started at the beginning, with the 1984 shows, and now they are halfway through 1985, I hope they have access to the entire catalog because I’d like to watch all 1100 episodes, once and done. Then I will select another show

by Anonymousreply 125July 4, 2020 6:44 PM

And I agree about the Hollywood squares/match game combo show; it is mind-bogglingly dreadful, I don’t know why it is so unwatchable, since separately both concepts have been proven to be winners

by Anonymousreply 126July 4, 2020 6:45 PM

R70, Ethel revealed to friends that she had a crush on Gene Rayburn.

by Anonymousreply 127July 4, 2020 6:57 PM

Some very talented people on those old game shows. Bert Convy was the original Perchik in 'Fiddler on the Roof" and the original Cliff in "Cabaret" on Broadway (both Harold Prince show) before becoming a game show host. I think he had also been a professional baseball player for a while.

Match Game used to have on fantastic theater people -- Charles Nelson Reilly (Tony Winner), Ethel Merman (Tony winner and legend), Patty Duke (Oscar Winner), Bobby Van (with and without his wife Elaine Joyce), Jack Klugman, etc. I think once I while Gene Rayburn would mention that he had seen Bobby Van and/or Elaine Joyce in one of their Broadway shows. I loved Brett, who was kind of the resident (female) diva there, though she had no shame -- she would do Ethel Merman singing impersonations while Ethel was on the show! Of course, Jack Klugman was known to have been one of Ethel's favorite singing partners (in the original "Gypsy") so perhaps she knew Brett from back then. Gene Rayburn, btw, I think was a replacement Albert in "Bye Bye Birdie" for Dick van Dyke.

Among the smartest players on shows back then was Anita Gillette, who when I saw her do theater finally realized she was a real and really good actress, having known her before mainly from $10,000 Pyramid and What's My Line, etc.

I never watched "Supermarket Sweep" when it was on, but I find its rather silliness, especially during the sweeps, and it's ever-cheerful host David Ruprecht, to be kind of a tonic during this tough time. Same with "Match Game", other than some dated references (Fanne Fox, Wilbur Mills), you can still play along and match the stars!

by Anonymousreply 128July 4, 2020 7:15 PM

its, not "it's" - sorry

by Anonymousreply 129July 4, 2020 7:17 PM

R125 don’t get your hopes up. Also, at some point during the run (you can come back and tell us what year they start), Gene Wood announces what the Password is so you annoyingly can’t play at home (well, I guess you can as the clue giver but that’s so not as fun). I watched it’s original run and I was like WTF did they do that for?

And the last episode is funny but I won’t give away why (though I’m pretty sure it’s on YouTube).

by Anonymousreply 130July 4, 2020 7:17 PM

r126, I think there's two major problems.

One: the two shows shoehorned together like that created two losers (the person who lost Match Game, and then the person who lost Hollywood Squares). It was entirely possible to "win" Match Game and then still go home with nothing by losing Hollywood Squares, which made Match Game seem pointless.

Two: the celebrities (or "celebrities") were truly awful. For every Jay Leno or Arsenio Hall they had (both well before they were famous), they'd have some Leonard Frey no one had every heard of, or some bimbo who couldn't play the games properly (and you know the show is shite when Jenilee Harrison is considered a smart bimbo comparatively). Even when Marcia Wallace or CNR showed up, you could tell they seemed subdued by the un-fun environment populated by a lot of celebrities there to promote themselves. Entire weeks with the casts of Leave it to Beaver (with the names of their characters posted) or We Got It Maid! It was a shitshow, but nothing was entertaining about it.

by Anonymousreply 131July 4, 2020 7:19 PM

R130, Didn't the original "Password" (Buzzr showed the old black-and-white episodes for a while) always tell you at the start of each round what the password was? Did "Password Plus" not do that from the beginning?

by Anonymousreply 132July 4, 2020 7:24 PM

Leonard Frey was Oscar-nominated for the movie "Fiddler on the Roof" and is well-known to DL for playing Harold in the film of "Boys in the Band"

by Anonymousreply 133July 4, 2020 7:26 PM

R132 I’m not sure about the original Password, but Password Plus (which I’ve only seen on BUZZR or GSN, before my time) most definitely did not. I find it incredibly annoying.

I can’t imagine the original Password being that great though without having a puzzle to solve or a bonus round. That’s what makes it to me. They did get some bona fide celebrities though.

by Anonymousreply 134July 4, 2020 7:31 PM

The original "Password" had a "lightning round" in which the winner of each round was given one minute to a guess a certain number of words and win extra money in the process.

by Anonymousreply 135July 4, 2020 7:36 PM

Also, speaking of Allen Ludden, I couldn’t stand when he would pretend like he and Betty were some sort of A list couple. The puzzle answer would be someone like Burt Reynolds or Roger Moore, and he would be all “Betty and I had dinner with them last month.” Like you’re a fucking Gameshow couple and a joke in the real celebrity world, seriously get over yourself!

by Anonymousreply 136July 4, 2020 7:38 PM

Betty was a tv star in comedy shows from back in the 50s, besides her appearances on numerous game shows through the years. Some folks thought she was as funny as Lucille Ball and Joan Davis in her shows. Allen, on the other hand, mainly known for Password and being married to Betty.

by Anonymousreply 137July 4, 2020 7:40 PM

R132 Yes, in the original Password, a deep-voiced announcer would whisper, "The password is..." at the start of reach round.

by Anonymousreply 138July 4, 2020 7:42 PM

That Ron Valenti on “Match Game” is super-cute and sexy! Thanks for sharing that fun clip!

by Anonymousreply 139July 4, 2020 7:49 PM

I'm sure that literally thousands of game show episodes from the '50s, '60s, '70s and even '80s no longer exist in any format.

by Anonymousreply 140July 4, 2020 8:43 PM

With the meaning of "celebrity" so stretched now, the mystery guest on a rebooted What's My Line could be a reality "star" from Love After Lockup. I'm trying to wrap my head around Arlene Francis trying to guess the identity of such a latter-day "celebrity"

by Anonymousreply 141July 4, 2020 10:10 PM

Between the Shriner's Hospital ads with the kid on the tricycle and the abused animal ads with Eric McCormack it's a little depressing. Oh and the cleft palate charity.

by Anonymousreply 142July 4, 2020 10:23 PM

Arlene Francis is a frequent guest on some of these shows. I know nothing about her but she seems classy and nice.

by Anonymousreply 143July 4, 2020 10:28 PM

The cute little kid just gets a thrill out of saying his line about his blanket being ADORABLE. I hope he has had lots of folks telling him he is.

by Anonymousreply 144July 4, 2020 10:29 PM

[quote]Arlene Francis is a frequent guest on some of these shows. I know nothing about her but she seems classy and nice.

Sure .... until she KILLS YOU.

by Anonymousreply 145July 4, 2020 10:48 PM

Lately there seems to be a HUGE upswing in commercials for CarShield -- and they've added Ice-T as one of their spokesmodels.

by Anonymousreply 146July 4, 2020 10:48 PM

Alex with his adowable blanket was at least sixteen when those commercials were made--he's a student at the high school I attended. There was a very amusing thread on DL a few months imagining Caleb (Kaleb), the even smaller and presumably younger poster as Eve Harrington to Alex's Margo.

I've noticed that the Game Show Network has been featuring a steady rotation of negative attitudes about Joe Biden, focusing on his memory lapses or word finding moments. Given the presumed primary age demographic of GSN, this seems like a stupid move--insulting the very audience who watches the shows. And the cherry picking and editing of Biden's less verbally graceful moments I'd not likely to fool viewers. Trump's silver tongue could (and foes) produce far worse sound bites.

by Anonymousreply 147July 4, 2020 10:57 PM

Good grief. I just found a DL wet dream of a Password episode. Olivia de Havilland/Anthony Perkins. I bet Tony wanted to get in the pants of Olivia's first partner.

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by Anonymousreply 148July 4, 2020 11:26 PM

Olivia has seemed to say she turned down Errol Flynn's advances all those times they co-starred together. For real, girl?

by Anonymousreply 149July 4, 2020 11:29 PM

R148, I bet Tony tapped that!

by Anonymousreply 150July 4, 2020 11:34 PM

I've never really found Anthony Perkins all that attractive but I gotta say, he's cute watching him in that Password episode. But so far ol' Olivia is kicking his ass.

by Anonymousreply 151July 4, 2020 11:43 PM

Betty White and Burt Reynolds were very good friends, R136. They and a few other Hollywood notables created the template for "Win, Lose or Draw" and pitched it to the networks. They had been playing the game for years in their small gatherings at home.

by Anonymousreply 152July 5, 2020 12:01 AM

This will probably get me banned, but I always found Password dull as dirt. I'd watch the old reruns from the 60s, because I love old shit but as a gameshow it just never did anything for me. The old B&W Price is RIght is fun because the contestants were so unsophisticated and it was fun to watch them. What's My Line and To Tell The Truth was like going to some elegant cocktail party with the coolest people. Password just never had any umpf.

by Anonymousreply 153July 5, 2020 12:10 AM

And the fact that Olivia is plugging "Lady in a Cage" in that "Password" episode makes it even more irresistible for DL.

by Anonymousreply 154July 5, 2020 12:12 AM

I introduced some '60s episodes of Password to some Millennial colleagues & they loved it.

by Anonymousreply 155July 5, 2020 12:15 AM

Every celebrity that has been on multiple times over the years you can see the changes in them, especially hairstyles. Carol Burnett probably had 10 different hairstyles. Allen Ludden? The same damn 1955 whatever the hell you call his hair through the years.

by Anonymousreply 156July 5, 2020 12:20 AM

[quote]With the meaning of "celebrity" so stretched now, the mystery guest on a rebooted What's My Line could be a reality "star" from Love After Lockup.

Even by the time of the syndicated "What's My Line?" in the early '70s, the mystery guests seemed somewhat less stellar. In the 1950s, Eleanore Roosevelt was a mystery guest. In the '70s, it was more likely to be someone like Dr. Joyce Brothers.

by Anonymousreply 157July 5, 2020 12:21 AM

^^ Sorry, Eleanor.

by Anonymousreply 158July 5, 2020 12:22 AM

R157 the 1970s version was five days a week, not once a week like the prior version. So, they had many seats to fill.

by Anonymousreply 159July 5, 2020 12:24 AM

I loved Dick Gautier...he was sex on a stick. Sorry to hear that he passed.

by Anonymousreply 160July 5, 2020 12:24 AM

That was great, R148. Thanks for posting!

What star power, huh? I got such a laugh watching Olivia relate to her salesman-in-training from Deerfield, Illinois. It was as if they were from two different species.

by Anonymousreply 161July 5, 2020 12:55 AM

By the time the 60s came along, most people knew Betty White only from her sugary commercials, as TV host for the Rose Bowl Parade and appearances on game shows. Her sitcom career in the early 50s was mostly forgotten. In fact, Johnny Carson would regularly make fun of Betty and Allen as the squarest couple in Hollywood (he knew better).

It was not until she appeared on The Mary Tyler Moore Show in the 70s did her acting career take off again and her reputation was saved.

by Anonymousreply 162July 5, 2020 1:59 AM

Betty White also appeared on afternoon talk shows like Mike Douglas's in the 60s and 70s. My grandmother and mother did not like her because she dared to challenge the men in a conversation. She felt she was equal in intelligence and was able to deliver a snappy or quick-witted response.

They didn't like that; they thought she should stay in a demure role.

by Anonymousreply 163July 5, 2020 4:55 AM

I never thought this France/French thing was all that funny; the funniest part was Betty at the 1:04 mark. Some people are just funny without even really trying.

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by Anonymousreply 164July 5, 2020 5:10 AM

^^Poor Betty.

She was stuck with a stupid contestant, idiotic celebrity competitor and clueless host.

It's really not funny to see her despair.

by Anonymousreply 165July 5, 2020 5:01 PM

R164, Elder gays will recall . . .

In 1962, Dick Martin worked solo, playing next door neighbor to Lucille Ball during the first season of her comeback comedy "The Lucy Show".

by Anonymousreply 166July 5, 2020 5:10 PM

I recall it now that you've reminded me about it, R166!

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by Anonymousreply 167July 5, 2020 5:28 PM

R15, In the book Sacha Newley wrote in which he described his father Anthony as a pedophile, which enraged his mother Joan Collins, he also wrote that Joan HATED having to appear on game shows in the 1970s like "Tattletales", but she and then husband Ron Kass needed the money.

by Anonymousreply 168July 5, 2020 5:41 PM

R168, now I'm curious. How much money could Tattletales have been paying?

by Anonymousreply 169July 5, 2020 5:43 PM

Betty played a Senatrice (but not THE Senatrice) in the 1962 movie "Advise and Consent."

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by Anonymousreply 170July 5, 2020 8:59 PM

[quote]Alex with his adowable blanket was at least sixteen when those commercials were made--he's a student at the high school I attended. There was a very amusing thread on DL a few months imagining Caleb (Kaleb), the even smaller and presumably younger poster as Eve Harrington to Alex's Margo.

[bold]'All About Alec: Is Kaleb scheming to push him out as the Shriners' spokeskid?'[/bold]

[quote]"Nice speech, Kaleb. But I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that adowable bwanket where your heart ought to be."

[quote]"What a story, Kaleb! Everything but the bloodhounds snappin' at your rear end."

[quote]"Stage-struck kid! Kaleb's a young man of QUALITIES. And I'll have you know I'm fed up with both the young man and his QUALITIES. Studying me as if I were a play or a blueprint, how I walk, talk, think, act, sleep..."

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by Anonymousreply 171July 5, 2020 9:36 PM

Someone above mentioned 80s Pyramid so I totally went down the rabbit hole. DL favorite Richard Kline bonus round — stay tuned for the last clue it’s fucking brilliant!

Agreed that I don’t think you could find players this good today whether they’re A/B/C/D list celebs.

by Anonymousreply 172July 5, 2020 11:06 PM

Oh crap the actual link

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by Anonymousreply 173July 5, 2020 11:07 PM

R173 Wow, the lady in that clip is the textbook definition of LESBIAN.

by Anonymousreply 174July 6, 2020 12:28 AM

R174 so you’re saying Larry Dallas didn’t tap that?

by Anonymousreply 175July 6, 2020 12:29 AM

R175 No, but I can't say the same for the ladies on the set.

by Anonymousreply 176July 6, 2020 12:34 AM

That lady in the clip is fantastic at the game! Thanks for posting it, Xennial.

by Anonymousreply 177July 6, 2020 12:37 AM

only thing that would have made her better was wearing a man's necktie.

by Anonymousreply 178July 6, 2020 2:03 AM

I was watching the new version of "Match Game" and it occurred to me that it was practically a Zoom setup to begin with; I'm wondering if we'll be seeing a lot more game shows now that the TV networks are scrambling for new content, since a lot of them could be produced in a socially distant manner fairly easily....

by Anonymousreply 179July 6, 2020 2:17 AM

There aren't too many of today's celebs (and many C and D list one are appearing in the new version) who can compare to the wonderfulness of Richard Dawson (at least before he was trying to get out of his contract), Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly and such folks as weirdo Patti Deutsch, fabulous future writer but apparently un-diagnosed dyslexic Southern charm offensive Fannie Flagg, the always delightful Betty White, even if occasionally one had to put up with there by nepotism and silly Joyce Bulifant.

by Anonymousreply 180July 6, 2020 2:22 AM

[quote] fabulous future writer but apparently un-diagnosed dyslexic Southern charm offensive Fannie Flagg,

Don't you mean DYKE-lexic?

by Anonymousreply 181July 6, 2020 2:24 AM

Joyce Bullifant - I swear half the time she wasn't trying to match, just come up with the worst "funny" answer she could think of

by Anonymousreply 182July 6, 2020 2:24 AM

I couldn't take Kaye Stevens (I think that's her name?) she was always acted like a wack-a-doodle and flirting outrageously with the male contestants. Even Brett would try and tell her to calm the fuck down

by Anonymousreply 183July 6, 2020 2:27 AM

R182 I always thought patty Deutsch was the worst with that.

(Back when I watched this on GSN and buzzr)

And boy Brett really hated Elaine Joyce. When she joked with Betty you could always tell it was good natured, but with Elaine she really hated that bitch.

by Anonymousreply 184July 6, 2020 2:32 AM

R183, She used to date Joe Namath, in his prime.

by Anonymousreply 185July 6, 2020 2:33 AM

Yeah, I watched it on some documentary about Game Shows. Brett hated Elaine Joyce. She also hated Richard from probably about 76 or 77 to until he left the show, but I’m not sure why.

by Anonymousreply 186July 6, 2020 2:35 AM

yes Brett loved making comments about Elaine Joyce's roots. I think Brett hated her because she was putting on an obvious ditzy act. When Elaine was on Super Password in the '80s she acted completely different.

by Anonymousreply 187July 6, 2020 2:35 AM

I seem to recall Joyce Bullifant given a filthy answer one time of "Pie" which she obviously meant as pussy. You could tell by the way she was laughing when she revealed it. Actually I just googled "Joyce bullifant match game pie" and lo and behold here it is. Listen to her comments.

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by Anonymousreply 188July 6, 2020 2:40 AM

R183 I actually loved Kaye Stevens' laugh. It was infectious!

by Anonymousreply 189July 6, 2020 2:53 AM

R187 I noticed how Elaine Joyce changed from a Goldie Hawn imitation in the 1970s to mature, intelligent woman in the 1980s. I guess after Bobby Van died, she decided she had to grow up a little.

by Anonymousreply 190July 6, 2020 2:55 AM

R186, Brett was quite reverential to Ethel Merman when she was a Match Game panelist.

Yet, she must have known that Ethel repeatedly tried to bed Jack Klugman during Gypsy rehearsals/previews while they were married.

by Anonymousreply 191July 6, 2020 3:35 AM

Then she got truly nasty when she married Neil Simon and delivered an infamous letter from Simon to Mary Tyler Moore in person when MTM was having some problems memorizing her dialogue in Simon's play, Joyce seems kind of fake on Match Game, though she tempers it a bit and is better when hubby Bobby Van was also on.

by Anonymousreply 192July 6, 2020 4:52 AM

R172, one reason that Richard Kline was such a good celebrity player was that he, himself, had earlier been a contestant on another iteration of the show.

by Anonymousreply 193July 6, 2020 9:27 AM

R192 What was this letter Joyce delivered?

by Anonymousreply 194July 6, 2020 10:16 AM

I believe that letter to MTM was something along the lines of "you better shape up and learn your lines or we're gonna fire you". I think it was meant to be humiliating to MTM, who had some health problems. I think she was also starting to go blind from her diabetes, too, mind you. I think MTM walked out of the theater after receiving it, never came back and her understudy got the role, and the show flopped anyway (though it was at Manhattan Theater Club so ran its run, but to not good reviews).

by Anonymousreply 195July 6, 2020 2:47 PM

For some reason, I seem to remember Joan Fontaine being on these shows more than DeHavilland. I learned who was "Broadway famous" watching these shows and wondering who the hell Betsy Palmer, Bert Convey and Phyllis Newman were.

by Anonymousreply 196July 6, 2020 3:59 PM

Joan Fontaine

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by Anonymousreply 197July 6, 2020 4:39 PM

[quote]For some reason, I seem to remember Joan Fontaine being on these shows more than DeHavilland.

Olivia moved to Paris, where she still lives today, in the mid-50s, after having married a Frenchman. When she appeared on "Password" in the 1963 clip posted above, she was in the U.S. to make "Lady in a Cage."

by Anonymousreply 198July 6, 2020 4:42 PM

[quote] I learned who was "Broadway famous" watching these shows and wondering who the hell Betsy Palmer, Bert Convey and Phyllis Newman were.

All three were known for their work on Broadway, although Betsy Palmer's New York shows tended to have short runs, or else she was a replacement. Bert Convy was the original Cliff in "Cabaret" and the original Perchik in "Fiddler on the Roof."

by Anonymousreply 199July 6, 2020 4:49 PM

Joan Fontaine was a frequent panelist on "To Tell the Truth" in the 1960s.

by Anonymousreply 200July 6, 2020 4:54 PM

Im afraid we'll never see the likes of most of these engaging personalities again

by Anonymousreply 201July 6, 2020 5:11 PM

I have a vague memory of Bert Convey being on "Love American Style." On the episode, I seem to recall that he was in pajamas, but might have flashed his chest. It was nice, whoever it was.

by Anonymousreply 202July 6, 2020 5:16 PM

Here's Bert Convy (with Shelley Hack) on the "Love Boat Angels" episode of "Charlie's Angels," a cross-over episode with the cast of "The Love Boat."

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by Anonymousreply 203July 6, 2020 5:47 PM

R203 Mmm. Nice and toned and smooth. Just the way I like 'em.

by Anonymousreply 204July 6, 2020 5:48 PM

R203, that’s Cheryl Ladd. Turn in your gay card.

by Anonymousreply 205July 6, 2020 5:52 PM

Oops. You're right, R205. I couldn't be more embarrassed. But it was during the Shelley Hack season. It was so confusing when "Charlie's Angels" had two blondes.

by Anonymousreply 206July 6, 2020 6:06 PM

The original Password from the 1960s is on Buzzr right now. I love how respectful the celebrities were on this version. They actually introduced their non-star game partners to the viewing audience.

And Arlene Francis has a handsome, hunky guy from Brooklyn as her partner on this episode.

by Anonymousreply 207July 6, 2020 6:08 PM

R207, Damn! That contestant was "Rock Hudson handsome" and a Harvard guy, to boot.

by Anonymousreply 208July 6, 2020 6:31 PM

R203, Poor Bert had a sad ending . . .

In April 1990, Convy was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after collapsing while visiting his mother, who had been hospitalized for a stroke. He was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme. The inoperable tumor forced him to retire. On July 15, 1991, Convy died at his home in Brentwood eight days before his 58th birthday. His remains were buried at Forest Lawn – Hollywood Hills Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles.

by Anonymousreply 209July 6, 2020 6:38 PM

R209 The password is lethal.

by Anonymousreply 210July 6, 2020 6:42 PM

R209 That's sad. He suffered for over a year before passing away. Brutal.

by Anonymousreply 211July 6, 2020 7:13 PM

R208 I know, right? Built and beefy and smart.

by Anonymousreply 212July 6, 2020 7:14 PM

R211 The banana section was really rooting for him.

by Anonymousreply 213July 6, 2020 7:14 PM

R212 People who do the "I know, right?" thing, should also get brain cancer.

by Anonymousreply 214July 6, 2020 7:27 PM

R214 People who criticize other people's posts while offering absolutely nothing else probably already have brain cancer.

by Anonymousreply 215July 6, 2020 7:28 PM

R215 I know, right?

by Anonymousreply 216July 6, 2020 7:29 PM

"I know, right?" is just so dismal. I bet you say "veggies" too.

by Anonymousreply 217July 6, 2020 7:41 PM

[quote]"Broadway famous"

I was always surprised at the number of them who had cabaret acts. I had no idea what a cabaret act was, then I figure out it was like what Ricky Ricardo did on I Love Lucy. I guess all that died out in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 218July 6, 2020 8:04 PM

Looking at a couple of '67 Password shows featuring Arlene Francis - from different "weeks," no less, as they had her paired up against different male celebrities - not only were the audiences the same, but the exact footage of the audience was used in both!

by Anonymousreply 219July 6, 2020 8:11 PM

Who's the tall hottie contestant with the hairy chest on Card Sharks right now?

by Anonymousreply 220July 6, 2020 8:31 PM

R220 I don't know. He's hot, all right, but he looks like got his clothes from Merry-Go-Round at the mall. He'd look much better with nothing on.

by Anonymousreply 221July 6, 2020 8:48 PM

Yes this guy playing with Arlene Francis is quite the hottie. Richard Koppel or something like that. When Allen talked to him first thing he said "Dick, how do you enjoy spending your time?"

by Anonymousreply 222July 6, 2020 9:31 PM

One of the things I've noticed on these game shows from the early '70s and before is how often the men's names are abbreviated or enlarged. As in R222's example, a contestant initially identified as Richard is then called Dick. But the opposite is also true, as a contestant identified as Bill will be called William.

by Anonymousreply 223July 6, 2020 11:11 PM

[quote]When Allen talked to him first thing he said "Dick, how do you enjoy spending your time?"

Interestingly, dick was how Allen Ludden enjoyed spending *his* time.

by Anonymousreply 224July 7, 2020 12:41 AM

[quote]I was watching the new version of "Match Game" and it occurred to me that it was practically a Zoom setup to begin with; I'm wondering if we'll be seeing a lot more game shows now that the TV networks are scrambling for new content, since a lot of them could be produced in a socially distant manner fairly easily....

Triumph the Insult Comic Dog did a Zoom version of "Quarantine Squares" with panelists including Jason Alexander, James Carville, the Mooch and a bunch of others. The contestants were COVID-19 frontliners. It was mildly funny but didn't quite work.

by Anonymousreply 225July 7, 2020 1:35 AM

Did they drink during these shows?

by Anonymousreply 226July 7, 2020 1:19 PM

R226 One only needs to watch Brett Somers for a few minutes to get the answer to that question.

by Anonymousreply 227July 7, 2020 1:28 PM

Thanks, R203, but I've given a little more thought to that long ago vision, and I seem to recall his spouse was Jo Ann Pflug. Gonna let my fingers fly through google at some point. Regardless, that's a nice photo. He was sexy.

by Anonymousreply 228July 7, 2020 3:00 PM

R228 No, Jo Ann Pflug was once married to that right wing Trump fucker Chuck Woolery.

by Anonymousreply 229July 7, 2020 3:04 PM

R229, I meant in this old show that I'm recalling. I think Pflug played Convey's spouse on something or other.

I agree about Woolery--such a pig.

by Anonymousreply 230July 7, 2020 4:06 PM

[quote]I agree about Woolery--such a pig.

WOF fired him for that dull-as-hell, equally a pig Pat Sajak.

by Anonymousreply 231July 7, 2020 5:17 PM

Sajak is such a pig. At least Woolery was kind of easy on the eyes...when one ranks pigs.

by Anonymousreply 232July 7, 2020 5:39 PM

R232 I used to think Woolery was hot back in his Scrabble and Love Connection days. Then when he went nuts and became a racist, xenophobic Trump stooge, it was all over for me.

by Anonymousreply 233July 7, 2020 5:52 PM

r230 I saw a "Love Boat" recently where JoAnn Pflug's story co-starred Vic Tayback!

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by Anonymousreply 234July 7, 2020 7:32 PM

Love the Pflug!

by Anonymousreply 235July 7, 2020 9:22 PM

If Pflug had been on "Wheel of Fortune", do you think she would buy a vowel?

by Anonymousreply 236July 7, 2020 10:02 PM

I loved Jo Ann Pflug on Match Game. She seemed more genuine than some of the other celebrities. Of course Brett gave her a hard time.

by Anonymousreply 237July 7, 2020 11:12 PM

The Pfulg did appear on at least one episode of Wheel of Fortune on Christmas.

by Anonymousreply 238July 7, 2020 11:18 PM

Bonnie Franklin was on Match Game and didn't play so well. The entire time I was thinking why the hell wasn't CBS star Linda Lavin ever a celebrity panelist?

by Anonymousreply 239July 7, 2020 11:24 PM

Maybe they were afraid she would sing?

by Anonymousreply 240July 7, 2020 11:39 PM

[quote]Maybe they were afraid she would sing?

She could have scatted the "doo, doo, DA DOO DOOT DOOT da doo" thinking music as the stars wrote down their responses.

by Anonymousreply 241July 8, 2020 2:14 AM

Then-Minnesota Gov. Wendall Anderson was on WML today. What a deep-voiced, major hottie.

by Anonymousreply 242July 8, 2020 1:51 PM

Wendell Anderson was very handsome.

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by Anonymousreply 243July 8, 2020 2:14 PM

Before his identity was revealed (not guessed), the woman panelists, Arlene Francis & Sheila MacRae, we’re positively swooning over the good governor. Sheila MacRae thought he must be a clergyman because he looked “so heavenly.” After the reveal, Arlene asked for his party affiliation & obviously approved when he said he was a Democrat.

by Anonymousreply 244July 8, 2020 2:42 PM

I was watching a Password from 1984 today, and one of the contestants said she had come to LA from New York to live for 3 months and see if she could make it as a writer in Hollywood.

So just for kicks, I looked her up on IMDB, and boy, did she ever! She's been a very prolific writer and producer, and she won an Emmy as one of the writers of the coming out episode of Ellen's sitcom!

Dava Savel is her name. She lost on Password, but she hit the big time.

by Anonymousreply 245July 17, 2020 9:11 PM

r245, I was going to look her up too, but I got distracted. I hate when working from home interrupts my games and stories!

by Anonymousreply 246July 17, 2020 10:28 PM

On a 1973 TTTT a few weeks ago, a cute blond kid who won a Norman Rockwell painting contest was featured. Norman Rockwell was one of the judges and he was very impressed with this kid's talent.

I looked him up on Google. He continued to paint, but he developed severe diabetes and had to have a leg amputated. He later suffered a crippling stroke and his parents cared for him until his untimely death at 48.

by Anonymousreply 247July 17, 2020 10:36 PM

R247 I hate finding out stuff like this. :-(

by Anonymousreply 248July 17, 2020 11:31 PM

r247=Paul Harvey

by Anonymousreply 249July 17, 2020 11:52 PM

R247, what was his name?

by Anonymousreply 250July 17, 2020 11:54 PM

R250 . . .


Robert Charles Howe found fame in the mold of Norman Rockwell--painting his self-portrait with the exact pose and type of pipe and mirror that Rockwell used in his famous depiction of himself.

The image Mr. Howe painted in 1971 was not some postmodern Rockwell takeoff. He painted out of reverence for a man whom he had made a pilgrimage to Massachusetts to see. And soon thereafter, his illustrations appeared on Rockwell's old turf, the cover of the Saturday Evening Post.

by Anonymousreply 251July 18, 2020 1:55 AM

Bob Crane was on Password today making eyes at his female partner. I wonder if he invited her back to his place to make a movie. He truly was a skeevy acting guy.

by Anonymousreply 252July 23, 2020 11:15 PM

R252, When the password was "rooster", I was hoping Bob Crane would give "cock" as a clue, as Elizabeth Montgomery once did.

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by Anonymousreply 253July 24, 2020 2:30 AM

R253, yes! I yelled “cock” at the tv because I just KNEW he was going to do it.

by Anonymousreply 254July 24, 2020 3:35 AM

I enJoy watching Bob Crane make innuendos etc. toward the female contestants, knowing about his secret appetites

by Anonymousreply 255July 24, 2020 5:10 AM

Sadly, Bob said “chicken” and his partner didn’t get it. Bob has weirdly dark eyes. They almost are black, like there’s no pupil. Just all black. Gives him an evil appearance.

by Anonymousreply 256July 24, 2020 11:07 AM

I'm just discovering Buzzr tv thanks to this thread. I have loved the old repeats of Match Game on GSN everyday for many years now.

Buzzr on Amazon Prime: Password Plus: I don't understand Elizabeth Montgomery. There is something off-putting about her personality that I do not like. Those over-alls are extremely stupid looking too.

by Anonymousreply 257July 24, 2020 11:44 AM

That Youtube clip of Elizabeth Montgomery was missing a good one. The contestant she was working with made an incorrect guess, and the opposing contestant cheered at the sound of the buzzer. This infuriated Elizabeth, who screamed something like, "that's NOT NICE." Remember, in those days, game shows were mostly friendly competition.

by Anonymousreply 258July 24, 2020 12:01 PM

I like watching the old Passwords and seeing how the celebrities related to their non-celebrity partners. Some seemed really genuine and others not so much.

Judy Norton Taylor seemed very nice and appeared to be really happy when her non-celebrity partners won (although you could tell she was really uncomfortable with some of Allen Ludden's creepy comments about her body). When one of the new contestants sat down, Judy said, "Oooh, I like your blouse!"

Then there was Mary Cadorette. I had almost completely forgotten about her - she played John Ritter's girlfriend on the Three's Company spinoff. She was so glum and uninterested. She barely interacted with anyone - Bert Convy, her non-celebrity partner, or Dick Gautier, the other celebrity playing against her. She had a major case of resting bitch face.

She must have been required in her ABC contract to do the show, because she definitely didn't want to be there.

by Anonymousreply 259July 24, 2020 12:22 PM

Constance McCashin is another one who always seemed to look down on the contestants.

by Anonymousreply 260July 24, 2020 12:58 PM

Linda Kaye Henning was a good player but had little interaction with her civilian partners— no eye contact, touching, etc.

by Anonymousreply 261July 24, 2020 1:02 PM

Gloria Loring came across as genuine and friendly with the constants. Fred Grandy, for playing a goof named Gopher for Pete’s sake, seemed stiff and serious. I could almost see him getting pissed off when contestants wouldn’t guess right from one of his clues.

by Anonymousreply 262July 24, 2020 1:32 PM

Friendly with the contestants. Stupid autocorrect on my iPad.

by Anonymousreply 263July 24, 2020 1:34 PM

Somebody on another thread about a year ago said he was once a contestant on Password Plus with Edie McClurg, and he said she was a total cunt. When the camera was on, she was super jolly and happy, and as soon as they went to break, she wouldn't speak to him at all and was nasty to everyone around her.

Who would've thought?

by Anonymousreply 264July 24, 2020 2:07 PM

Last week on a 1967 Password, a male contestant leaned over and kissed Agnes Moorehead on the cheek after getting a 10 pointer and she visibly stiffened.

by Anonymousreply 265July 24, 2020 6:22 PM

Robert Urich was on Password Plus today. Damn, he was sexy in his younger days.

by Anonymousreply 266July 24, 2020 6:38 PM

R265 I think I saw that. I'm surprised she didn't wave her arms and turn him into a monkey or something.

by Anonymousreply 267July 24, 2020 6:39 PM

R266, Fuck, yeah! Everything about him was sexy.

by Anonymousreply 268July 24, 2020 6:43 PM

Mary Wickes is on Match Game '77 today. Boy, what a salty bitch she was. I love her!

by Anonymousreply 269July 24, 2020 10:45 PM

We are sorely lacking interesting character actors in today’s film and TV

by Anonymousreply 270July 24, 2020 11:14 PM

I like watching what kind of crap they give away as "parting gifts"

by Anonymousreply 271July 25, 2020 12:52 AM

Fuckin Mary Wickes rocks!

by Anonymousreply 272July 25, 2020 12:54 AM

R271 Today, they gave away Jovan Musk Oil. Ooooooh!

by Anonymousreply 273July 25, 2020 12:56 AM

Mary Wickes obviously didn't give a shit

by Anonymousreply 274July 25, 2020 1:05 AM

Jovan Musk Oil? LOL

by Anonymousreply 275July 25, 2020 1:07 AM

The maximum prize on What's My Line? remained $50.00 from 1950 to 1967.

by Anonymousreply 276July 25, 2020 1:08 AM

Lee Meriwether almost fainted when a woman she was partnered with won $10,000 on the "$10,000 Pyramid".

by Anonymousreply 277July 25, 2020 1:19 AM

When I was on a game show I got crap like Flintstones vitamins.

by Anonymousreply 278July 25, 2020 1:23 AM

You must be desperate to watch and relish this kind of old shit.

by Anonymousreply 279July 25, 2020 1:37 AM

R278 Which show?

by Anonymousreply 280July 25, 2020 1:59 AM

On the vintage TTTT shows, Bud Collyer would mention that the impostors would be receiving an assortment of products from Dristan or Anacin.

by Anonymousreply 281July 25, 2020 8:17 AM

Dristan! Do they even make that anymore?

by Anonymousreply 282July 25, 2020 10:17 AM

Geritol sponsored lots of these ‘50s/‘60s game shows. Is that still sold?

by Anonymousreply 283July 25, 2020 10:49 AM

R283 Surprisingly, it is, though you never see it advertised on TV anymore. I remember the commercials for Geritol when I was a kid - "for tired blood." What the hell is tired blood?

by Anonymousreply 284July 25, 2020 10:59 AM

I wanted to mount Dick Gautier’s pole. He was so hot. There is a photo of him on the set of ENSIGN PULVER wearing nothing but short shorts and boots. I fapped to it more than once. But it’s hard to post photos.

by Anonymousreply 285July 25, 2020 11:28 AM

R285 Dick Gautier was on Tattletales, and the question to the wives was, "If your husband was asked to pose nude, would he?" Dick Gautier said that not only would he pose nude, he'd take the pictures, put 'em on Christmas cards, and send 'em out!

Sounds like Dick had something to boast about.

by Anonymousreply 286July 25, 2020 11:58 AM

That man was fine r286.

by Anonymousreply 287July 25, 2020 11:59 AM

Here's Dick in Ensign Pulver.

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by Anonymousreply 288July 25, 2020 12:01 PM

R284, Serutan was a popular laxative product back then. It was advertised as natures spelled backwards.

by Anonymousreply 289July 25, 2020 12:52 PM

When I was growing up, I remember Turtle Wax and Z-Brick were popular parting gifts for the losers.

by Anonymousreply 290July 25, 2020 1:18 PM

R290 and Rice-a-Roni!

by Anonymousreply 291July 25, 2020 1:21 PM

For the longest time I thought they were giving party gifts to the losers. Rice a Roni made sense, but Turtle Wax never did.

by Anonymousreply 292July 25, 2020 2:16 PM

Thanks r288, luscious. Those thick thighs are so impressive.

by Anonymousreply 293July 25, 2020 4:59 PM

Geez, Match Game '77 is on now, and every single celebrity panelist (and the host, Gene Rayburn) is no longer alive:

Ron Palillo

Brett Somers

Charles Nelson Reilly

Patty Duke Astin

Richard Dawson

Patti Deutsch

by Anonymousreply 294July 25, 2020 5:31 PM

It's called Grim Reaping when you watch an old show or movie and count how many people in it are dead

by Anonymousreply 295July 25, 2020 7:31 PM

I remember that in the 70s, R286! I immediately took care of business, the fact Dick Gautier seemed so willing gave me an automatic hard-on. Just thinking about it later in the day allowed me to climax three or four more times, and I was a teenager at the time. His name and his likeness are still engraved in my brain.

by Anonymousreply 296July 26, 2020 12:03 AM

I always thought that Geritol was the inspiration for Vitameatavegimin. It was really popular in its day because it had a pretty high alcohol content.

by Anonymousreply 297July 26, 2020 11:57 AM

A lot of those so-called "patent medicines" in the olden days had a high alcohol content. This was perhaps the most famous.

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by Anonymousreply 298July 26, 2020 5:52 PM

I played a Zoom game of "Pyramid" last night with my gay board game group. Lots of fun. The host did a great job of coming up with categories. He does trivia, match game, name that tune games too.

by Anonymousreply 299July 26, 2020 5:54 PM

R299 that’s very gay.

by Anonymousreply 300July 26, 2020 11:30 PM

Is "Supermarket Sweep" the frauiest of all frau shows?

All the women contestants have that Fantastic Sam's mall haircut and wear mom jeans, and they all have jobs like "loan processor" or "data entry specialist."

by Anonymousreply 301July 30, 2020 1:31 AM

r301, Even worse than the contestants are the dumb writers on the show. Some of the games and puzzles make no sense, are for products nobody has ever heard of and really succeed in making Kathie and Cathi look like the dumbest contestants in the world. The questions should be easy to give them more time to shop. That's why people watch the show, not to watch them unscramble letters to make the phrase "Kotex with Wings."

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by Anonymousreply 302July 30, 2020 1:55 AM

R302 I love watching Kathie try and load all those giant legs of lamb into her cart while Cathi jumps up and down at the checkout stand and screams, "Go! Go!"

by Anonymousreply 303July 30, 2020 1:58 AM

This week’s episodes of Super Password with Betty White and Vicki Lawrence are among the best shows of the entire series. Fast, funny, well-played, sharp contestants and very smart banter; a real joy to watch.

by Anonymousreply 304July 31, 2020 5:20 AM

I watched all the Lucille Ball episodes today, what a difference between how sharp and funny and engaged she was in 1980's Password Plus, compared to how sullen and crabby and disinterested she was in 1987's Super Password. And when she played Body Language, it almost knocked her out, she was exhausted after each round.

I guess she should be applauded for never having had a facelift, but, boy oh boy, was she haggard by the end.

by Anonymousreply 305August 10, 2020 4:22 AM

R305, Instead of going the facelift route, Lucy did that elastic routine, where the loose skin is pulled up with a large rubber band that is then hidden under her wig.

Marlene Dietrich also used the elastic method.

by Anonymousreply 306August 10, 2020 4:40 AM

r305, Sometimes I thought part of Lucy's general crabbiness was being partnered with Carol Channing. Lord knows it looked like Lucy wanted to slap Carol's wig off a few times. But she wasn't too much better when partnered with Betty White. I looked it up while watching - Betty and Dick and Carol are within a year in age while Lucy is about 10 years older but the gap seemed even bigger when watching Lucy next to Betty.

by Anonymousreply 307August 10, 2020 10:49 PM

Watching John McCook and Juliet Prowse on Tattletales right now.

Damn, I never realized how stunningly handsome McCook was in his younger years.

by Anonymousreply 308August 13, 2020 7:42 PM

I've never really been able to get interested in Tattletales. It seems to be the same group of couples over and over. And it's the '70s version of risque but seems more tame than Match Game usually. But I admit to finding it funny to watch the couples and then Google them to find out how long after the show they got divorced.

by Anonymousreply 309August 13, 2020 7:54 PM

Blair Warner's mother Monica did an episode of Tattletales with some boy toy.

I agree with r309 though, I don't enjoy it beyond the first few minutes when they introduce the stars and I go to look up who most of them are/were.

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by Anonymousreply 310August 13, 2020 8:06 PM

I loved watching Tattletales at the time, but watching it now isn’t fun like then. I was probably 7-10 when I watched it so probably had no idea what was going on, but loved all of the celebrities right after Match Game everyday.

by Anonymousreply 311August 13, 2020 10:17 PM

R309 I do the same thing! A lot of the couples seem to have divorced within two to three years after appearing on the show.

My favorite couple was Jack Carter and his wife. They detested each other, and they didn't even try to hide it. What's interesting is that they divorced soon after, then remarried years later and remained married until he died.

by Anonymousreply 312August 13, 2020 11:05 PM

R312, My favorite couple was Zsa Zsa Gabor and husband Jack Ryan, who invented the Barbie doll.

She always seemed to care more about how she looked in the monitor, rather than winning the game.

Not long after they divorced, Jack committed suicide.

by Anonymousreply 313August 14, 2020 4:51 AM

As one does.

by Anonymousreply 314August 14, 2020 2:10 PM

R4 Barbara Stuart also played Tawny Kitaen's mother in "Bachelor Party." She's the one that got served the footlong by "Nick the Dick."

by Anonymousreply 315August 14, 2020 5:50 PM

Hugh O'Brian and Eva Gabor are on Password right now. Hugh O'Brian was one handsome hunk. Eva's slobbering all over him. Whore.

by Anonymousreply 316August 14, 2020 6:01 PM

It seemed to be the practice then (and now?) for closeted celebrity lesbians to slobber over the hunks. I was never persuaded that Betty White's Robert Redford obsession was anything more than an act.

by Anonymousreply 317August 14, 2020 6:04 PM

Eva is actually hilarious in this episode; she's a complete ditz. Watching her try to get her partner to say the word "lick" was classic.

by Anonymousreply 318August 14, 2020 6:10 PM

[quote]Not long after they divorced, Jack committed suicide.

I didn't know that two of Zsa Zsa's ex-husbands offed themselves.

by Anonymousreply 319August 14, 2020 6:15 PM

R319 . . .

John W. Ryan (November 12, 1926 – August 13, 1991) was an American designer. Ryan worked at toy company Mattel for 20 years, becoming the company's vice president of research and development. There he was responsible for the Barbie doll, Hot Wheels, and Chatty Cathy. He was the sixth husband of actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.

Ryan suffered a debilitating stroke in 1989; he died by gun suicide on August 13, 1991.

by Anonymousreply 320August 14, 2020 7:29 PM

I left simply because I was bored.

by Anonymousreply 321August 14, 2020 8:08 PM

Nancy Kulp is on Password right now, and Allen Ludden asked her if she was "gonna get a fella" on the Beverly Hillbillies this season. She quickly answered, "No!"

by Anonymousreply 322August 20, 2020 6:04 PM

Didn't Jane Hathaway have the hots for Jethro?

by Anonymousreply 323August 20, 2020 9:00 PM

Eva Gabor and Hugh O'Brian were both gay, although Eva was married 4 times.

by Anonymousreply 324August 20, 2020 9:08 PM

[quote]Eva Gabor and Hugh O'Brian were both gay, although Eva was married 4 times.

Eva was married 5 times, Zsa Zsa 9 times and Magda 6 times. Both Zsa Zsa and Magda were married to George Sanders, Zsa Zsa for six years and Magda for a month.

by Anonymousreply 325August 20, 2020 9:44 PM

I went back and watched all the Ron Valenti episodes of Match Game, and holy fuck, he was hot. Loved his soft voice, too.

by Anonymousreply 326August 20, 2020 10:06 PM

R324, Hugh O'Brian got married at 81 to his girlfriend of 18 years.

by Anonymousreply 327August 20, 2020 10:08 PM

[quote] Hugh O'Brian got married at 81 to his girlfriend of 18 years.

Was it a shotgun wedding?

by Anonymousreply 328August 20, 2020 11:41 PM

R323 Yes, she did. Even lesbians wanted to undo that rope belt of Jethro's and get some of that big, thick meat.

by Anonymousreply 329August 21, 2020 12:54 AM

Tab Hunter is on Match Game today. Damn, he was a sexy man. Ooof.

by Anonymousreply 330August 25, 2020 8:59 PM

OMG! Tab's slutty hairdresser, she calls herself La Mere, just pranced out on stage in a tube top and shorts!

by Anonymousreply 331August 25, 2020 9:13 PM

On the Super Match, the question for Tab was "Stud - Blank."

I was hoping he would have written "Magazine."

by Anonymousreply 332August 25, 2020 9:52 PM

Tab was close to 50 years old when he was on Match Game and he was hot AF. He was slow answering a question and Brett was cackling and mocking him, as she does. He was fluttering his hand and rolling his eyes and it just came across as SO gay but it was attractive on him.

by Anonymousreply 333August 26, 2020 10:46 AM

I've become hooked on Classic Concentration, hosted by Alex Trebek in the late 1980s/early 1990s.

BUZZR airs two back to back shows each afternoon.

The show's spokesmodel is Marjorie Goodson, who was obviously hired because she was Mark Goodson's daughter.

by Anonymousreply 334August 26, 2020 12:30 PM

I love Concentration, too. That show was challenging - you really had to pay attention.

I didn't know Marjorie was Mark Goodson's daughter. Now it makes sense. I always thought she was cute, but definitely not "model pretty," and I always wondered how she got that job. Now I also know why Alex Trebek always fawned over her.

by Anonymousreply 335August 26, 2020 12:38 PM

I watched the original Concentration with Hugh Downs as host. I think I learned how to count to 30 because of that show. I was pretty good at solving the puzzles, even though I was a little boy. I burned through five or six editions of the board game. I mostly played by myself, others weren't so addicted as I was.

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by Anonymousreply 336August 27, 2020 2:30 AM

R336, My family had the Concentration home game in the 1960s. You would scroll from puzzle to puzzle, which were on a roll.

by Anonymousreply 337August 27, 2020 2:39 AM

r336 I remember watching the Hugh Downs version, too. I was young enough that I didn't understand what the word "FORFEIT" meant (when the revealed square showed "Forfeit 1 Gift")

by Anonymousreply 338August 27, 2020 3:30 AM

r334, I bet she auditioned under an assumed name, Mary Goodson.

by Anonymousreply 339August 27, 2020 3:55 AM

[quote]I was young enough that I didn't understand what the word "FORFEIT" meant (when the revealed square showed "Forfeit 1 Gift")

I learned the meaning of "forfeit" as a youngster by watching "Concentration."

by Anonymousreply 340August 27, 2020 5:19 AM

Barbara Stuart, the middle one in the OP, is sort of giving me Jane Turner as Kath Day-Knight.

by Anonymousreply 341August 27, 2020 5:36 AM

The contestant coordinator on Classic Concentration must have been a gay man. So many of the male contestants were hot, young guys, quite a few were college students.

by Anonymousreply 342August 27, 2020 7:44 AM

R342 Yes, the Concentration versio hosted by Alex Trebek had a lot of cute guys. So did the Card Sharks version hosted by Bob Eubanks.

by Anonymousreply 343August 27, 2020 12:59 PM

Why is Card Sharks so compelling? The premise is so completely stupid - cards are turned over and you win based on whether you think the next card turned over will be a higher or lower number than the last card turned over. It requires no skill- just common sense and luck.

And watching some of the contestants blather on, clearly without any knowledge about the subjects of the questions they're asked, can be annoying as hell.

Bob: "We polled 100 divorced mothers and asked, 'Would you remarry for money over love?"

Contestant: "Well, Bob, I know there are a lot of single mothers out there who are struggling to make ends meet and would like to marry a rich man who will take care of them, but times are also changing and we have more women's lib and independence and a lot of these women wanna remain single and make their own way in their careers and personal lives and make their own money and support themselves, so I'm gonna say that'll be a fairly low number. 68."


Yet I can't stop myself from getting sucked into this vacuous vortex. Why? WHY?

by Anonymousreply 344August 27, 2020 1:11 PM

I'm getting sentimental, R337, R338 and R340. That's how I learned "forfeit" too. I learned a lot from game shows back in the day. All the other kids went outside to play. Not me! I just couldn't explain it when I told someone he forfeited his turn in a game.

by Anonymousreply 345August 28, 2020 2:23 AM

R335, There are dozens of Classic Concentration shows on YouTube.

The original spokesmodel was gorgeous Diana Taylor, who made Marjorie Goodson look like a soccer mom.

The rules were different when CC first aired in 1987. If you won a car, you kept playing until you reached the limit of 5 games. So, there were some contestants who went home with two cars and a lot of other prizes. Later, the rule was once you won a car you were done.

by Anonymousreply 346August 29, 2020 8:17 PM

Why does the host of Supermarket Sweep wear such awful over-sized shirts?

by Anonymousreply 347August 30, 2020 11:20 PM

[quote]Why does the host of Supermarket Sweep wear such awful over-sized shirts?

To hide his moobs?

by Anonymousreply 348August 30, 2020 11:48 PM

R348 He looks like he had a nice, tight body under those awful shirts. If he had worn more form-fitting shirts, his gay viewership would have skyrocketed.

by Anonymousreply 349August 30, 2020 11:53 PM

There's a hot sailor dude on Classic Concentration this morning.

by Anonymousreply 350September 3, 2020 5:44 PM

[quote]There's a hot sailor dude on Classic Concentration this morning.

Hey, hoy, sailor boy, want it snugly harbored? Open the gate, but dock it straight, I see it lists to starboard.

by Anonymousreply 351September 3, 2020 5:46 PM

R350, He became "nerdy hot" every time he put on his glasses. Liked the tuft of chest hair poking out at his collar.

by Anonymousreply 352September 4, 2020 5:22 AM

R352 Yes, I was actually more attracted to him when he put on his glasses to read the puzzles.

by Anonymousreply 353September 4, 2020 8:56 AM

What an obvious ad post.

by Anonymousreply 354September 4, 2020 9:04 AM

R353, This 6'7" hunk is HAF.

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by Anonymousreply 355September 5, 2020 11:49 PM

I love Supermarket Sweep

by Anonymousreply 356September 5, 2020 11:55 PM

R356, These days, the most expensive grocery store items are baby formula and cartons of cigarettes.

by Anonymousreply 357September 6, 2020 12:06 AM

R355 Hell, yes! Bet he had a big, floppy dick.

by Anonymousreply 358September 6, 2020 11:52 AM

The thing that cracks me up about Supermarket Sweep is the way the losing contestants are so quickly discarded and shuffled off stage. As soon as the winners of the Big Sweep are announced, the other four losers are made to unceremoniously turn and silently shuffle off. The host barely acknowledges them.

If were one of them, I'd scream, "You just had me running up and down these fucking aisles, sweating in this ugly ass shirt you made me put on, almost dislocating my shoulder trying to throw those giant legs of lamb into my cart, almost giving me a heart attack trying push that heavier than shit thing back to the starting line. Now you just brush me off? FUCK YOU, SUPERMARKET SWEEP!"

by Anonymousreply 359September 6, 2020 11:58 AM

Hot college kid on Card Sharks right now. He'd have been a great Sean Cody model, if Sean Cody had been around then.

by Anonymousreply 360September 8, 2020 8:46 PM

And there's a hot, hunky, blue-eyed contestant on Match Game '74 right now. JoAnne Pflug and Kaye Stevens are salivating over him.

by Anonymousreply 361September 8, 2020 10:20 PM

R361, In 1974, Pflug would have been married to Chuck Woolery and Stevens was dating Joe Namath.

by Anonymousreply 362September 8, 2020 10:53 PM

Thank God Pflug dumped crazy Woolery.

And good for Kaye! She got some o' that fine Namath cock.

by Anonymousreply 363September 8, 2020 11:55 PM

George Hamilton was on a Tattletales episode with his then wife Alana and was smoking a cigarette and using an ashtray in the middle of the show...something that was completely a non-issue back in the 1970's..........

by Anonymousreply 364September 9, 2020 1:06 AM

R364 You see that a lot on Match Game, too. Everybody had an ashtray next to them.

by Anonymousreply 365September 9, 2020 1:09 AM

Smoking was rampant on talk shows in the 1960s/1970s.

So were boom mics, long before each guest was individually wired.

by Anonymousreply 366September 9, 2020 1:55 AM

Have you ever looked at Allen Ludden's crotch on Password? He must have been really hung.

by Anonymousreply 367September 9, 2020 2:08 AM

Allen Ludden always seemed asexual to me.

by Anonymousreply 368September 9, 2020 2:10 AM

Dick Gautier was fine as hell.

by Anonymousreply 369September 9, 2020 2:17 AM

He was R369. I always thought he was so fucking hot.

by Anonymousreply 370September 9, 2020 2:20 AM

[quote]Allen Ludden always seemed asexual to me.

To me, too.

by Anonymousreply 371September 9, 2020 2:24 AM

I check in with Buzzr from time to time on the off-chance I'll see the Sale of the Century I did back in 1985. It was a great experience; Jim Perry was a real gentleman, the nine-time "champ" I lost to was a real cunt, but to the crew's delight I temporarily de-cunted her during a commercial break, and it showed on her face just as we went back to tape. Also won $1,600 in cash, prizes and lovely parting gifts. Fun fact: the vertical blinds I won are still hanging in the window of the apartment I lived in on Beachwood Dr. in Hollywood.

Did a pilot for ABC called "Run For The Money" a couple of years later for the production company (at the link). It was never aired in the U.S., but somehow ended up on YouTube. It ended up being a battle of the '80s gay boys - me versus a WeHo clone who had the typical attitude (and look) of the day. I ended up on top that day, and hoped my competitor would have done the same to me ... but after the show, he wouldn't give me the time of day :(

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by Anonymousreply 372September 9, 2020 6:35 AM

R372, Exactly how did you "de-cunt" her?

by Anonymousreply 373September 9, 2020 7:20 AM

R372 So you're Steve? Great stories!

Now, about the 9-time champ on Sale of the Century - who was she? A few weeks ago, there was a woman on the show who was a long-time champ. She had very long, frizzy 80s hair and always had really bad makeup. It seemed like the makeup people on the show were purposely trying to make her look bad. Other than that, she was a good player. Was it her?

And yes, what did you do to de-cunt her?

Glad to hear Jim Perry was a good guy. He seemed like a real gentleman. Kind of sexy, too, in a generic game show host kind of way.

by Anonymousreply 374September 9, 2020 1:38 PM

r372, did you get to meet Greg, the dark-haired model? If so, did you get any vibes from him? He made me feel special, especially in his Speedo!

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by Anonymousreply 375September 9, 2020 3:57 PM

R375 The blonde wasn't too shabby, either.

by Anonymousreply 376September 9, 2020 6:17 PM

Before the de-cunting, a few answers to your questions …

The models were HOT! David (the blond) was demonstrating one of the prizes, a gym-quality ab machine that I bought for $5. He was shirtless, in skimpy blue shorts, and I think I really bought the machine so he’d make eye contact with me after the “sale” (he did). Greg was also on set, but fully-dressed. Very nice eye candy! Didn’t get a vibe from either one, although I would have presented hole for either of them.

R374 – I don’t think the contestant you’re referring to was the one when I was there.

The champion, “J,” was a great game player (she won nine times), but was cold, aloof and disinterested in any of her fellow contestants, being curt and dismissive when anyone but the producers wanted to talk to her. Even the audience didn’t warm up to her.

She was thin, brittle, middle-aged and somewhat pinch-faced, and reminded me of a malnourished Dr. Joyce Brothers. When introduced as a writer, Jim Perry ask her what she was writing. “A book,” is what she answered.

In the “contestants’ quarters,” J had her face buried in a copy of the World Almanac. I asked her why she was doing that; she waggled her hand at me and said, “Go away, I’m trying to study.” I replied, “Honey, if you don’t know that stuff right now, it won’t help you on stage.”

Cut to the game: the question asked was “In 1848, a coin toss in this Northwestern state …” I buzzed in quickly and answered “Oregon!” The rest of the question was that the coin flip determined the name of the largest city.

We went to commercial break. Jim Perry and the contestant coordinators came over to me, and asked, “How did you know that so quickly?” As the break was ending, I looked at J, who seemed pissed that I not only answered so quickly, but also cut into her lead, and said as we were going back on camera … “I read it in the Almanac.”

The camera came up on J’s tight-lipped attempt to smile during her re-introduction. As the camera panned back, I was seated next to her, beaming from ear to ear. I later got a high-five from both of the contestant coordinators.

Gotta hand it to J, though … she amassed $45,000 in winnings during her time there.

by Anonymousreply 377September 9, 2020 9:40 PM

I was on a couple of game shows in the '90s: "The Challengers" with Dick Clark, and "Win Ben Stein's Money." I have a video of the former, but not the latter. Is there an easy way to figure out if it is ever posted online?

by Anonymousreply 378September 9, 2020 10:10 PM

R377 I love that story! Have you searched YouTube to see if any of those episodes you were on with her are out there? I'd love to see that moment!

What was Summer Bartholomew like? She seemed nice, too, and genuinely excited for the contestants when they won.

by Anonymousreply 379September 9, 2020 10:48 PM

R377 Is this the cunty woman you were referring to?

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by Anonymousreply 380September 10, 2020 7:51 AM

r379, a pre-Saturday Night Live Kevin Nealon, a friend of contestant Tim, attacks Summer at 17:19.

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by Anonymousreply 381September 10, 2020 3:58 PM

Cute hot Ohio college boy is back on Card Sharks today.

by Anonymousreply 382September 10, 2020 8:29 PM

r382, I think he may have gone to the beauty parlor with Mom before the taping. That hair looks like old lady in a bucket dryer style.

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by Anonymousreply 384September 10, 2020 8:53 PM

R383 That hairstyle was very popular in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 385September 10, 2020 9:30 PM

R379: I've done various Google and other searches to find my old episode, but no luck so far. I'm thinking of getting touch with Fremantle, who appears to have the rights for it, but I doubt they'd allocate the manpower to find one episode out of thousands. I had my VHS copy of it until about 10 years ago, when I lost my house and belongings. Summer Bartholomew was stunning in person, and did genuinely seem happy for the contestants when they won. We exchanged a sentence or two at commercial breaks, and was sweet enough.

R380: No, that wasn't "my" champ, but you can see the cuntiness on camera. The producers must have had a bad audition turnout to pick her as a contestant.

Another fun fact: When I applied to be on the show, the contestant coordinators said that on average, they chose one on-camera contestant out of every 125 people who came to audition.

by Anonymousreply 386September 10, 2020 11:08 PM

R386 I love your stories. You definitely had a great game show "look" based on that episode you showed us. How did you get lucky enough to get on two shows?

And that WeHo clone you were on with on that one show looked like a real prissy bitch. It's a good thing you didn't hook up with her.

by Anonymousreply 387September 10, 2020 11:15 PM

How did you lose your house and belongings, R386? Fire?

by Anonymousreply 388September 10, 2020 11:24 PM

R386, you were cute!

by Anonymousreply 389September 11, 2020 2:44 AM

R387: I tried out for “Sale of the Century,” made it through several qualifying rounds, and eventually got on the show.

“Run for the Money” was much different. Reg Grundy Productions used some of their favorite former contestants to develop new shows. Every month or so, we’d gather in their offices to work out new concepts and offer our opinions. “Run” took about 15 months from our first meeting to the taping of the pilot. For our meetings, we were paid $20-$25 for 90 minutes of our time. Those of us who appeared on “Run” got $100 each.

Something I didn’t know until after we taped the pilot was that the producers specifically “cast” me as the champion because I came across as attractive and likable enough on camera, hoping that audiences (and eventually the network) would relate to me, making the show more enjoyable.

We played the game for real, and all of us wanted to win.

A fun anecdote from the taping of the pilot: All of us went into the makeup room to have a little base and powder applied so we’d read well on camera. When it came to my turn, the old queen doing the makeup shrieked out, “I know you! Sit your ass down here!” Turns out he and his partner hosted me and my ex a few times for bridge (I was terrible at it, but a cute 18-year-old twink at the time, so they put up with me). He said, “Oh, honey, I’m gonna do you up good!” I did get more attention in the makeup chair than the others, and was grateful for all the extra touches he applied to my face.

Guys who looked like Mr. WeHo Priss were all the rage in L.A. during that time, but outside of the physical attractiveness, he was a stuck-up drip.

Me, on the other hand, had trouble getting laid no matter where in town I went. I wasn’t WeHo enough for West Hollywood, and too much so for the clubs in the Valley I frequented. Often I was told (I’m paraphrasing), “I could fall in love with you - if I were looking to get married, you’d be the one … but I just want to fuck tonight.”

by Anonymousreply 390September 11, 2020 5:24 AM

R388, I came down with wicked pneumonia, was in a coma for six weeks, then in isolation for another six. During that time, the house I was renting got foreclosed upon, and by the time I was well enough to get back home, everything was gone. A few friends were able to get some of my belongings - and thankfully homed my cats. Fortunately, I rented a room from a good friend and eventually started over.

by Anonymousreply 391September 11, 2020 5:31 AM

R389 Thanks! I never thought of myself as all that attractive back then, but when I look at that 33-year-old video now, I have to say there was a certain appeal. Sure wish I looked like that now!

by Anonymousreply 392September 11, 2020 5:36 AM

R390 So in "Run for the Money," had you really won $15,000, or was that just set up to make you "the champion" for the pilot?

Glad to know you're back on your feet again. You still living in WeHo?

by Anonymousreply 393September 11, 2020 11:06 AM

R393 Unfortunately, those big "winnings" were just for show. All of us were paid $100 to appear on the pilot.

Thanks so much for your kind words. It took awhile for life to get back to normal again; I left Hollywood in the mid-90's, kicked around various parts of L.A. for another 20 years, eventually moving to the Portland (OR) area four years ago to be with my now-husband. There are times when I miss not having my photos, writing/journalism portfolio and other irreplaceable memorabilia, but I'd happily trade all that for the good life I live now.

by Anonymousreply 394September 12, 2020 10:03 PM

What a great adventure you've had, R394. So glad you're happy up in Oregon. Stay away from the smoke!

by Anonymousreply 395September 12, 2020 10:08 PM

Yes, it was ... and I'm grateful to have so many more. I had a grade-Z career in entertainment that has given me many more strange stories. Oregon's great! Thank God the fires are a safe distance away from us, but the smoke here is awful!

by Anonymousreply 396September 12, 2020 10:11 PM

R396 Well, now you have to tell us more about this Z-grade entertainment career.

by Anonymousreply 397September 12, 2020 10:17 PM

What's happened to To Tell the Truth? Not that I wasn't tired of seeing the same limited catalogue of shows repeatedly. I see that the channel has just added to its WML inventory.

by Anonymousreply 398September 29, 2020 5:25 PM

R398, Maybe Kitty ran out of gowns.

by Anonymousreply 399September 29, 2020 7:40 PM

[quote]Maybe Kitty ran out of gowns.

Or Peggy Cass ran out of skirt and sweater combos.

by Anonymousreply 400September 29, 2020 10:38 PM

Here's a medley of Kitty's entrances . . .

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by Anonymousreply 401September 29, 2020 10:48 PM

I had a dream about Garry Moore the other night. Weird.

by Anonymousreply 402September 29, 2020 11:19 PM

[quote]I had a dream about Garry Moore the other night. Weird.

Did he accidentally flash his penis on national television?

by Anonymousreply 403September 29, 2020 11:39 PM

R403, I saw it.

by Anonymousreply 404September 30, 2020 12:01 AM

It's a lesson in celebrity that, despite an illustrious career, Garry Moore would be almost completely forgotten had he not hosted I've Got a Secret & To Tell the Truth. And Goodson & Todman had not saved the tapes.

by Anonymousreply 405September 30, 2020 10:00 PM

The new Leslie Jones version of Supermarket Sweep makes the original look like Masterpiece Theatre.

God, she's so fucking annoying. How does she continue to be employed?

by Anonymousreply 406November 5, 2020 1:51 PM

Damn, there's a sexy 6'7" stud on Classic Concentration right now.

Major BDF.

by Anonymousreply 407November 6, 2020 5:38 PM

The new WMLs added to the catalogue were only about 2 weeks of shows. Now WML has been replaced by "new" To Tell the Truth episodes. The first show, from 1973, included the very handsome (& tall) John Gavin as a panelist. He was then on Broadway (in Seesaw) & president of the Screen Actors Guild. This was at the time that a former SAG president was governor of California, so I wonder if Gavin was thinking about a political future (other than later becoming Ambassador to Mexico).

by Anonymousreply 408November 9, 2020 2:07 PM

I would love to have had dinner with Brett and Jack Klugman. They weren't really a showbiz power couple but looked like they'd be great fun.

by Anonymousreply 409November 9, 2020 3:08 PM

I was watching a 1973 To Tell the Truth episode, a new addition to BuzzR TV’s collection, which featured the same person, a tigon trainer, who was also on a 1960 episode. Kitty Carlisle was the only one who was a panelist on both shows. She voted for an imposter in 1960, but got it right 13 years later. No mention was made that this trainer had been on the show before.

by Anonymousreply 410November 19, 2020 1:20 AM

I love watching Sale of the Century. They tried so hard to make it a classy show, with the models escorting the contestants to their seats and the contestants introducing themselves in well-rehearsed anecdotes, smiling brightly all the way through.

by Anonymousreply 411November 20, 2020 11:34 PM

r411, Salec of the Century had the two guys in their little prize vignettes who often were lounging around in Speedos. They were hot in an 80's porn star kinda way

by Anonymousreply 412November 21, 2020 4:15 PM

R412 You mean lieke this?

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by Anonymousreply 413November 21, 2020 4:52 PM

You know those guys in R413 have posed nude for photographers. Their cocks were sucked by some NBC folks before they were handed the speedos, I'd be willing to bet.

by Anonymousreply 414November 22, 2020 2:57 AM

While putting up Christmas trees I have Buzzr on in the background. TattleTales just came on. One of the couples - Miss Dionne Warwick and her husband. I'm waiting for the moment when she calls Lynn Redgrave (and her teeth the color of corn kernels) a hussy.

by Anonymousreply 415November 25, 2020 7:32 PM

R415 I was watching that, too. I also noticed how yellow Lynn Redgrave's teeth were.

And Gary Burghoff's wife was awfully plain. But she and Gary went well together.

Apparently, Dionne's husband died at age 49, but I looked everywhere online and couldn't find a cause of death. Anybody know how he died?

by Anonymousreply 416November 25, 2020 8:07 PM

The blond model in R413’s clip is David Gibbs. He became a pilot who was one of three killed in a helicopter accident in 2013. He was 59. The article linked details that he’d had his pilot privileges suspended twice in the past decade. He was at fault for the crash that killed him. He was working for THE AMAZING RACE at the time of his death.

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by Anonymousreply 417November 25, 2020 9:26 PM

One of Gibb’s modelling pics.

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by Anonymousreply 418November 25, 2020 9:28 PM

R417 How sad! The linked article is paywalled, unfortunately.

by Anonymousreply 419November 25, 2020 9:28 PM

[quote] Dionne's husband died at age 49, but I looked everywhere online and couldn't find a cause of death. Anybody know how he died?

To escape

by Anonymousreply 420November 25, 2020 9:33 PM

r416 Which husband?

by Anonymousreply 421November 25, 2020 9:35 PM

Hmm, R419. It’s not paywalled for me and I’ve clicked on it several times, plus I live in Canada. A search of David Gibbs and plane crash will show you all kinds of articles.

by Anonymousreply 422November 25, 2020 9:39 PM

R421 His name was William Elliott. He died at age 49 in 1983. He was already divorced from her at the time of his death.

by Anonymousreply 423November 25, 2020 9:41 PM

There's a hot firefighter on Classic Concentration right now. Yum!

by Anonymousreply 424November 26, 2020 5:35 PM

He just won a Jeep Wrangler on his first try, so he won't be back. :-(

When he won, his Asian girlfriend in a pair of acid washed jeans ran up onstage to hug him.

by Anonymousreply 425November 26, 2020 5:46 PM

Damn it, where are the photos?

by Anonymousreply 426November 26, 2020 5:47 PM

Now the original Password is on, and a young Frank Gifford is on with Betty White. Goddman, Frank Gifford was hot when he was a young stud.

by Anonymousreply 427November 26, 2020 6:00 PM

For fans of the old Goodson-Todman game shows, GSN will have its annual (likely contractually-required), December, week-long showcase beginning next Tuesday, 12/15, in its 3:00-4:00 am (EST) block. This year, they're showing WML & I've Got a Secret.

by Anonymousreply 428December 10, 2020 11:47 PM

On Card Sharks this week, they have a hot blonde guy contestant. When he came on the first time, I thought he looked really familiar. His name was Steve Hanks.

So I looked him up and realized he was the blonde guy on a one-season TV show on ABC in 1980 called "B.A.D. Cats," which was also Michelle Pfeiffer's debut vehicle. I loved the show because I thought Steve and other male lead, Asher Brauner, were sexy as hell. Asher Brauner also played a male hooker in "Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn" and one of Michael Ontkean's tricks in "Making Love."

Hanks appeared on Card Sharks in 1978, two years before he "made it big."

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by Anonymousreply 429December 22, 2020 12:24 PM

Super Password today was a special all-celebrity charity edition with Betty White, Lucille Ball, Carol Channing and Dick Martin.

Lucille and Carol were both clearly drunk and Carol was getting on Lucille's nerves. You could see what a dark drunk she was.

Betty White was getting very annoyed. She was very protective of her husband's legacy...even though Bert Convey was a much better host.

Tune in tomorrow at 3:00 PM Eastern to catch more. The show will start with Dick and Carol playing (and probably losing) the bonus round.

by Anonymousreply 430December 22, 2020 9:44 PM

Good lord, Jenny Jones was a contestant on a 1985 episode of "Press Your Luck" today. Bitch didn't get a single whammy and won $10,000.00. She'll be on again tomorrow. Check out her big, curly 80s hair.

Oh, and back then she was "Jennie" with "ie."

by Anonymousreply 431February 4, 2021 10:32 PM

Richard Kline is an asshole. Just because a contestant on Super Password doesn’t guess the word from his shitty clue he’ll roll his eyes, turn away from them. One time he even was shaking his head. Dude, you were on Three’s Company, and not even the star. Go back to the Regal Beagle.

by Anonymousreply 432February 28, 2021 1:41 AM

R432 he was actually a very good game show player though. There’s a clip on you tube of him on the 25,000 pyramid where he gives a clue (the answer: things you sacrifice) that may have been the best clue on that show I ever heard. There’s also a very recent interview of him on YouTube and he looks GREAT.

Has anyone on DL ever taken his acting classes?

by Anonymousreply 433February 28, 2021 1:53 AM

When I was in grade school (3rd grade, 1972/3/4 I think) my mom's best pal from the cul-de-sac, Cindi, went on Password. She was a champion, played for days and maxed out the prize money she was allowed to win and they made her leave. Later she was brought back to play again with other big winners. When she was on teevee, I got to come home from school for lunch and watch her while eating a grilled cheese and tomato soup.

When Password was making a comeback a few years ago, I really wanted to apply and got Cindi's number from my mom for a refresher lowdown on her prime of Password experience.

She said the best celebrity player she was paired with was TONY RANDALL. She said he was totally competitive and wanted to WIN, no matter who his partner was. TR did not fuck around with jokes and side chat! He tried his best to give good clues and respond well to the clues he was given so he could WIN!

Conversely, Lucille Ball was the worst! Cindi said she was not smart, didn't try, was half in the bag all the time, and did not give a fuck about the contestants trying to win some cash.

I just tried to find Cindi's episodes from the 70s and did not succeed. If you are watching regularly, she was a young cute, petite brunette housewife from Placentia (OC) CA, with two kids. She was probably real tan, she played tennis and had a backyard pool. She was very lucky with games and I remember she came back from Vegas with about $1500 in cash from winning black jack, and it was the most money I had ever seen.

No one has mentioned Bert Convey was also one of MTM's attempted boyfriends on the MTM show?!

There are lots of online articles about how Cash Cab is all prescreened contestants, and they don't actually walk away with cash. My dream crushed.

by Anonymousreply 434February 28, 2021 1:24 PM

Before he was a celebrity gameplayer, Richard Kline was himself a Pyramid contestant.

by Anonymousreply 435February 28, 2021 2:07 PM

Here it is, R433.

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by Anonymousreply 436February 28, 2021 2:13 PM

Dataloungers will like this series on the youtubes: a week of 1960s Password featuring Ms Carol Burnett and Hunky Route 66 actor Roger Smith! He's pretty dazzling! They seem generous with the rules and what they allow to pass.

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by Anonymousreply 437February 28, 2021 4:21 PM

Roger Smith was not on "Route 66."

by Anonymousreply 438February 28, 2021 4:24 PM

That Password show looks like the Secret Word show on SNL.

by Anonymousreply 439February 28, 2021 4:26 PM

R437 Roger Smith was on 77 Sunset Strip, but DLers know him better as little Patrick from Auntie Mame.

by Anonymousreply 440February 28, 2021 4:27 PM

R439 Uh, yeah. That's the point.

by Anonymousreply 441February 28, 2021 4:28 PM

R434 That was the ABC run in the seventies and I believe almost all of that run of the series was lost, from what I have read. Only a few episodes exist. They may be out there somewhere.

by Anonymousreply 442February 28, 2021 6:59 PM

Whoops, Roger Smith was on a 60s tv show with a number in the title!

by Anonymousreply 443February 28, 2021 7:04 PM

Everytime I watch that Match Game/Hollywood Squares show, I wish DL had been around then. I get the sense Gene Raymond really disliked fucking Bowzer from Sha-Na-Na hosting half the show and trying to be co-host instead of panelist for the first half. That's one of the oddest set-ups and the thing I hate most about that odd show. (Even worse than that awful Atari video game backdrop that sloppily featuredcelebrity names. names.) Dioes anyone know how that two-host arrangement came about and if there were BTS fireworks related to it?

by Anonymousreply 444March 1, 2021 3:24 AM

R444 That show is such a train wreck. I've only been able to watch a few episodes, and I also get the sense that Rayburn hated Bowzer.

by Anonymousreply 445March 1, 2021 10:09 AM

Alert! Swarthy Dick Gaultier as Ed Kavanaugh, the sportscaster Mary has to fire on season 4, episode 5.

As I read all these DG love posts, I was wondering why he'd never played one of Mary's dates over the years and totally forgot he had this little part in one episode.

by Anonymousreply 446March 1, 2021 3:34 PM

Home from work early and turned on Password Plus. Lo and behold an episode I'd never seen before - Brett Somers from Match Game and Ross Martin. Brett playing with a flaming guy that in his introduction said he's married to a woman. I wanted the camera to show Brett who I'm sure was giving major side eye.

by Anonymousreply 447March 8, 2021 7:49 PM

Joyce Bulifant is fucking filthy

by Anonymousreply 448April 26, 2021 10:55 PM

Today's TTTT, from 1973, included Malcolm Forbes, identified as a balloonist & publisher of Forbes Magazine. The only panelist to excuse himself, Orson Bean, did so only because he had just seen a Today Show interview of Forbes. The others - Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass & Nipsey Russell - had no idea who Forbes was. I would've thought Kitty, at least, & Forbes traveled in similar circles. Only Nipsey picked him.

by Anonymousreply 449July 14, 2021 2:00 PM

Nipsey was always the smart one of the bunch. The others did not recognize anyone who didn't show up in the social scene of New York.

by Anonymousreply 450July 14, 2021 11:54 PM
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