Author Topic: What is the origin of the famous light border, and what exactly is its purpose?  (Read 885 times)

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Offline Plinkomatic

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We all know the famous light border that has been opening every show since 1975. It's gone from a simple yellow border with lights to a border made just of lights, and now we have the hi-tech light border with the two spinning dollar signs. Does anyone know exactly how it came of origin, and what purpose it serves, like why it's there to begin with?
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Offline PayingTheRent

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Other game shows, like Match Game, had flashy openings.  That may have influenced the decision to add the light border, especially as the show's excitement level was gradually increasing, which was evident by the energy level of the audience, particularly during the opening 'come on down' segment.  The expansion to an hour-long format also played a role, as that was a pretty big change and certainly one that warranted adjustments to keep the show fresh (overhauls to the set, including the Big Doors, turntable and contestants row began a couple of weeks prior to the show's first trial period with the hour-long format at the beginning of Season 4, per the timeline). After the trial period, the light border wouldn't be seen again until the 10th week of the season, which corresponded with the show's permanent transition to one hour.
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Offline CJBojangles

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Per Roger,

Quote from: Roger Dobkowitz
The light border was created by our first director, Marc Breslow...he was always trying to think up different and new ways to do things (he was also the brains behind the spinning celebrity opening on Match Game). The Dennis James show was controlled by Frank Wayne (not Jay Wolpert) who had the last say. He did not get along with Marc Breslow so, perhaps, this had something to do with not using it!

tl;dr, it was a director's preference that became part of the show's legacy.