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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 414Last Saturday at 5:57 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 107/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 207/02/2020

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 307/02/2020

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 407/02/2020

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 507/02/2020

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 607/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 707/02/2020

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 807/02/2020

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 907/02/2020

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 1007/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1107/02/2020

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 1207/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 1307/02/2020

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 1407/02/2020

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 1507/02/2020

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 1607/02/2020

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 1707/02/2020

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 1807/02/2020

I wonder if they could do "Password" today.

Would guests and contestants have a large enough vocabulary?

by Anonymousreply 1907/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 2007/02/2020

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 2107/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 2207/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 2307/02/2020

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 2407/02/2020

[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 2507/02/2020

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 2607/02/2020

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 2707/02/2020

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 2807/02/2020

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 2907/02/2020

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 3007/02/2020

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 3107/02/2020

[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 3207/02/2020

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 3307/02/2020

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 3407/02/2020

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 3507/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 3607/02/2020

Ron Valenti's independent baseball team...

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by Anonymousreply 3707/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 3807/02/2020

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 3907/02/2020

[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 4007/02/2020

You can watch the Anderson ep here >

starts at 4:34

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by Anonymousreply 4107/02/2020

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 4207/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 4307/02/2020

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 4407/02/2020

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 4507/02/2020

[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 4607/02/2020

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 4707/02/2020

OMG! I can watch this from England!

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by Anonymousreply 4807/02/2020

Jay Leno with black hair!

by Anonymousreply 4907/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5007/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5107/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5207/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 5307/02/2020

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 5407/02/2020

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 5507/02/2020

Love Brett!

by Anonymousreply 5607/02/2020

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 5707/02/2020

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 5807/02/2020

Bert Convy was prominent on Broadway in the 1960s.

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

by Anonymousreply 5907/02/2020

[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 6007/02/2020

[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 6107/02/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 6207/02/2020

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 6307/02/2020

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 6407/03/2020

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 6507/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 6607/03/2020

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 6707/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 6807/03/2020

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 6907/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 7007/03/2020

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 7107/03/2020

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 7207/03/2020

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 7307/03/2020

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 7407/03/2020

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 7507/03/2020

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 7607/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 7707/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 7807/03/2020

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 7907/03/2020

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 8007/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 8107/03/2020

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 8207/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 8307/03/2020

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 8407/03/2020


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

by Anonymousreply 8507/03/2020

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 8607/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 8707/03/2020

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 8807/03/2020

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

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

by Anonymousreply 8907/03/2020

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 9007/03/2020

Monty hall was hot. So buff.

by Anonymousreply 9107/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 9207/03/2020

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 9307/03/2020

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 9407/03/2020

R93 Tell us more! Which shows? Which celebrities?

by Anonymousreply 9507/03/2020

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 9607/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 9707/03/2020

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 9807/03/2020

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 9907/03/2020

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 10007/03/2020

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 10107/03/2020

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 10207/03/2020

[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 10307/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 10407/03/2020

R99, apparently

by Anonymousreply 10507/03/2020

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

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

by Anonymousreply 10707/03/2020

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 10807/03/2020

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 10907/03/2020

Sorry, wrong thread

by Anonymousreply 11007/03/2020

Gilbert Gottfried gave it to the contestants on Hollywood Squares

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by Anonymousreply 11107/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 11207/03/2020

Elaine Joyce is DEAD TO ME.

by Anonymousreply 11307/03/2020

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 11407/03/2020

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 11507/04/2020

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 11607/04/2020

[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 11707/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 11807/04/2020

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

It's pretty much a mesothelioma channel.

by Anonymousreply 11907/04/2020

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 12007/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 12107/04/2020

I like watching eps on youtube

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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 12307/04/2020

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 12407/04/2020

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 12507/04/2020

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 12607/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 12707/04/2020

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 12807/04/2020

its, not "it's" - sorry

by Anonymousreply 12907/04/2020

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 13007/04/2020

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 13107/04/2020

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 13207/04/2020

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 13307/04/2020

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 13407/04/2020

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 13507/04/2020

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 13607/04/2020

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 13707/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 13807/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 13907/04/2020

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 14007/04/2020

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 14107/04/2020

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 14207/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 14307/04/2020

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 14407/04/2020

[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 14507/04/2020

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 14607/04/2020

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 14707/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 14907/04/2020

R148, I bet Tony tapped that!

by Anonymousreply 15007/04/2020

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 15107/04/2020

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 15207/04/2020

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 15307/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 15407/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 15507/04/2020

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 15607/04/2020

[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 15707/04/2020

^^ Sorry, Eleanor.

by Anonymousreply 15807/04/2020

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 15907/04/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 16007/04/2020

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 16107/04/2020

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 16207/04/2020

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 16307/04/2020

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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^^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 16507/05/2020

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 16607/05/2020

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

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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 16807/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 16907/05/2020

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

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[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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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 17207/05/2020

Oh crap the actual link

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by Anonymousreply 17307/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 17407/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 17507/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 17607/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 17707/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 17807/05/2020

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 17907/05/2020

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 18007/05/2020

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

Don't you mean DYKE-lexic?

by Anonymousreply 18107/05/2020

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 18207/05/2020

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 18307/05/2020

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 18407/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 18507/05/2020

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 18607/05/2020

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 18707/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 18907/05/2020

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 19007/05/2020

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 19107/05/2020

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 19207/05/2020

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 19307/06/2020

R192 What was this letter Joyce delivered?

by Anonymousreply 19407/06/2020

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 19507/06/2020

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 19607/06/2020

Joan Fontaine

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[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 19807/06/2020

[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 19907/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 20007/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 20107/06/2020

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 20207/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 20407/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 20507/06/2020

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 20607/06/2020

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 20707/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 20807/06/2020

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 20907/06/2020

R209 The password is lethal.

by Anonymousreply 21007/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 21107/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 21207/06/2020

R211 The banana section was really rooting for him.

by Anonymousreply 21307/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 21407/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 21507/06/2020

R215 I know, right?

by Anonymousreply 21607/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 21707/06/2020

[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 21807/06/2020

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 21907/06/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 22007/06/2020

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 22107/06/2020

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 22207/06/2020

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 22307/06/2020

[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 22407/06/2020

[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 22507/06/2020

Did they drink during these shows?

by Anonymousreply 22607/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 22707/07/2020

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 22807/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 22907/07/2020

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 23007/07/2020

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

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

by Anonymousreply 23107/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 23207/07/2020

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 23307/07/2020

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

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Love the Pflug!

by Anonymousreply 23507/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 23607/07/2020

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 23707/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 23807/07/2020

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 23907/07/2020

Maybe they were afraid she would sing?

by Anonymousreply 24007/07/2020

[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 24107/07/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 24207/08/2020

Wendell Anderson was very handsome.

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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 24407/08/2020

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 24507/17/2020

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 24607/17/2020

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 24707/17/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 24807/17/2020

r247=Paul Harvey

by Anonymousreply 24907/17/2020

R247, what was his name?

by Anonymousreply 25007/17/2020

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 25107/17/2020

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 25207/23/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 25407/23/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 25507/23/2020

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 25607/24/2020

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 25707/24/2020

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 25807/24/2020

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 25907/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 26007/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 26107/24/2020

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 26207/24/2020

Friendly with the contestants. Stupid autocorrect on my iPad.

by Anonymousreply 26307/24/2020

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 26407/24/2020

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 26507/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 26607/24/2020

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 26707/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 26807/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 26907/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27007/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27107/24/2020

Fuckin Mary Wickes rocks!

by Anonymousreply 27207/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27307/24/2020

Mary Wickes obviously didn't give a shit

by Anonymousreply 27407/24/2020

Jovan Musk Oil? LOL

by Anonymousreply 27507/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27607/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27707/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27807/24/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 27907/24/2020

R278 Which show?

by Anonymousreply 28007/24/2020

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 28107/24/2020

Dristan! Do they even make that anymore?

by Anonymousreply 28207/25/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 28307/25/2020

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 28407/25/2020

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 28507/25/2020

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 28607/25/2020

That man was fine r286.

by Anonymousreply 28707/25/2020

Here's Dick in Ensign Pulver.

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

by Anonymousreply 28907/25/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 29007/25/2020

R290 and Rice-a-Roni!

by Anonymousreply 29107/25/2020

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 29207/25/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 29307/25/2020

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 29407/25/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 29507/25/2020

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 29607/25/2020

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 29707/26/2020

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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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 29907/26/2020

R299 that’s very gay.

by Anonymousreply 30007/26/2020

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 30107/29/2020

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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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 30307/29/2020

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 30407/30/2020

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 30508/09/2020

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 30608/09/2020

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 30708/10/2020

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 30808/13/2020

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 30908/13/2020

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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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 31108/13/2020

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 31208/13/2020

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 31308/13/2020

As one does.

by Anonymousreply 31408/14/2020

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 31508/14/2020

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 31608/14/2020

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 31708/14/2020

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 31808/14/2020

[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 31908/14/2020

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 32008/14/2020

I left simply because I was bored.

by Anonymousreply 32108/14/2020

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 32208/20/2020

Didn't Jane Hathaway have the hots for Jethro?

by Anonymousreply 32308/20/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 32408/20/2020

[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 32508/20/2020

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 32608/20/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 32708/20/2020

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

Was it a shotgun wedding?

by Anonymousreply 32808/20/2020

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 32908/20/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 33008/25/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 33108/25/2020

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

I was hoping he would have written "Magazine."

by Anonymousreply 33208/25/2020

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 33308/26/2020

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 33408/26/2020

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 33508/26/2020

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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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 33708/26/2020

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 33808/26/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 33908/26/2020

[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 34008/26/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 34108/26/2020

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 34208/26/2020

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 34308/27/2020

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 34408/27/2020

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 34508/27/2020

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 34608/29/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 34708/30/2020

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

To hide his moobs?

by Anonymousreply 34808/30/2020

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 34908/30/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 35009/03/2020

[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 35109/03/2020

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 35209/03/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 35309/03/2020

What an obvious ad post.

by Anonymousreply 35409/04/2020

R353, This 6'7" hunk is HAF.

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by Anonymousreply 35509/05/2020

I love Supermarket Sweep

by Anonymousreply 35609/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 35709/05/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 35809/06/2020

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 35909/06/2020

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 36009/08/2020

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 36109/08/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 36209/08/2020

Thank God Pflug dumped crazy Woolery.

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

by Anonymousreply 36309/08/2020

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 36409/08/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 36509/08/2020

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

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

by Anonymousreply 36609/08/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 36709/08/2020

Allen Ludden always seemed asexual to me.

by Anonymousreply 36809/08/2020

Dick Gautier was fine as hell.

by Anonymousreply 36909/08/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 37009/08/2020

[quote]Allen Ludden always seemed asexual to me.

To me, too.

by Anonymousreply 37109/08/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 37309/08/2020

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 37409/09/2020

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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R375 The blonde wasn't too shabby, either.

by Anonymousreply 37609/09/2020

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 37709/09/2020

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 37809/09/2020

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 37909/09/2020

R377 Is this the cunty woman you were referring to?

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by Anonymousreply 38009/09/2020

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

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by Anonymousreply 38109/10/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 38209/10/2020

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 38409/10/2020

R383 That hairstyle was very popular in the 80s.

by Anonymousreply 38509/10/2020

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 38609/10/2020

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 38709/10/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 38809/10/2020

R386, you were cute!

by Anonymousreply 38909/10/2020

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 39009/10/2020

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 39109/10/2020

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 39209/10/2020

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 39309/11/2020

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 39409/12/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 39509/12/2020

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 39609/12/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 39709/12/2020

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 39809/29/2020

R398, Maybe Kitty ran out of gowns.

by Anonymousreply 39909/29/2020

[quote]Maybe Kitty ran out of gowns.

Or Peggy Cass ran out of skirt and sweater combos.

by Anonymousreply 40009/29/2020

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

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by Anonymousreply 40109/29/2020

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

by Anonymousreply 40209/29/2020

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

Did he accidentally flash his penis on national television?

by Anonymousreply 40309/29/2020

R403, I saw it.

by Anonymousreply 40409/29/2020

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 40509/30/2020

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 40611/05/2020

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

Major BDF.

by Anonymousreply 40711/06/2020

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 40811/09/2020

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 40911/09/2020

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 410Last Wednesday at 4:20 PM

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 411Last Friday at 2:34 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 412Last Saturday at 7:15 AM

R412 You mean lieke this?

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by Anonymousreply 413Last Saturday at 7:52 AM

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 414Last Saturday at 5:57 PM
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