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Offline Ccook

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Sept. 11, 1964--final ABC nighttime show
« on: March 29, 2008, 05:27:23 PM »
From the DVD--

Johnny Gilbert: Backstage are some of the most exciting prizes on television. On our panel tonight is the talented comedienne, Pat Carroll. Stand by for The Price Is Right, presented by new Lark filter cigarettes. Taste the good things that happen to smoke filtered through charcoal granules. Lark--richly rewarding yet uncommonly smooth. And now here he is, your host on The Price Is Right...(chuckle) Bill Cullen!

Bill comes out to applause, and as he puts on his microphone, he quips to everyone "at this convention...if you put me in office, I'll find a way out!" Bill chats with Pat Carroll on how wonderful her mother-in-law is as a cook, and then the players are introduced:

* - Current champion Dorothy Batesky, a housewife from Rochester N Y returns with $9951 in winnings.

* - James Murray, a salesman from Harriston N Y.

* - Angelo Panetti, an engineer from Plainsfield N J.

Pat draws four cards from the revolving drum of cards with the names of the people she will be playing for. Bill displays a Price Is Right home game.

The first name Pat is playing for is Irving Ampolsky of Brooklyn. The first item up for bids: Two white French poodles, AKC registered, males, 1-1/2 years old. They're from Chateau Theatrical Animals.
Mrs. Batesky opens, with minimums set at $25:
(*--frozen bid; last bid buzzer follows bid in bold)

- - BATESKY - - MURRAY - - PANETTI - - CARROLL - -
..................25 ...............75 ...........125 ..............175
.................200 ..............300 .......* 125 .............375
...............* 200 ...........* 500 ........* 125 ..........* 525

Actual retail price: $500, with Mr. Murray getting in on the nose, and he hit the bonus bell. He receives a Polaroid Land camera, the 101 model that develops color pictures in sixty seconds and black-and-white pictures in ten seconds. He is then brough to center stage where he faces a board with placards denoting different locales. Some are exotic locales such as Rome, Paris and Lisbon; others domestic places like Sheboygan, Coney Island and the Statue Of Liberty. In ten seconds, Mr. Murray has to take a snapshot of one of the board's sections. When the photo develops, whatever places show up most is where he will go. The photo shows Hoboken and Coney Island, but it also shows Rome and Paris. He and his wife will fly round trip economy class by Sabena airlines to Brussels then shuttled to Paris and Rome.

Next name Pat plays for is Norman Gutkin of Brooklyn. Next item: A Traveler Vanguard II cabin cruiser, powered by an Evinrude Starflight 90 motor and carried on a Holtzclaw trailer. Mr. Murray is asked to open with a bid of at least $1000; minimums are $100:

- - BATESKY - - MURRAY - - PANETTI - - CARROLL - -
...................... ...........1500 .........1600 ............2500
..............4000 ............4500 .......* 1600 ............4600
..............4700 .........* 4500 .......* 1600 ..........* 4600
...........* 4700
Actual retail price: $3490, with Mr. Panetti the winner.

Third name Pat plays for: Mrs. H. Don Underwood of Santa Barbara CA. Next item: A den and bedroom from Broyhill, 20 pieces in grained walnut. The springs and mattress for the bed will be included for the bedroom; players should not include them in bidding. Mr. Panetti is asked to open with at least $500; minimums are $50:

- - BATESKY - - MURRAY - - PANETTI - - CARROLL - -
..................... .................. ............500 ..............550
.................650 ..............700 ..........750 ..............850
.................900 .............1000 ........1100 ............1150
.............* 1200 ...........* 1000 .....* 1400 ..........* 1150

Actual retail price: $1522.25, with Mr. Panetti winning again and he hit the bonus bell. He gets 200 cans of Alaskan king crab meat, 200 packages of Morton frozen foods, 200 cans of Hilton oyster stew, and 100 square feet of Mohawk carpeting.

Pat's final name: Ruth Ackerman of Brooklyn. The final item is shown on a movie screen before the panel and audience: a 3-bedroom home in Cape Coral, Florida. It has a kitchen, dining room, carport, and included is a membership in the Cape Coral Yacht Club. While the home in inspected, the winner and family will stay at the Congress Inn. The home is from Gulf American Land Corporation. Pat is asked to open with at least $6000; minimums are $100:

- - BATESKY - - MURRAY - - PANETTI - - CARROLL - -
..................... .................. ................. ...........10000
.............10100 ..........13000 ..........14000 ........15000
........... *15200 ........ *18000 ........ *21000 ..... *22000

Bill entreats the audience to determine who the winner will be by applause. Mrs. Batesky gets the lion's share of applause, and Bill jokingly points out how bad the audiences have been with their predictions. To wit--the actual retail price: $15540, with Mrs. Batesky the winner.

FINAL TOTALS:
Batesky--$15540
Murray--$1917
Panetti--$6160
Pat Carroll--$0 (everyone she played for gets American Tourister luggage)

Mrs. Batesky retains her champion ship with a two-week total of $25,491. As this is the final nighttime show, she is invited to play the following Monday on the daytime show with that edition's returning champ. Bill tells us that it's hard to not be sad at the show coming to an end and that everyone has had a great time over the past seven years. The daytime edition will press on (at least for another year).
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Re: Sept. 11, 1964--final ABC nighttime show
« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2008, 02:46:43 PM »
Bill comes out to applause, and as he puts on his microphone, he quips to everyone "at this convention...if you put me in office, I'll find a way out!"

Before I reply, that was a great, very detailed recap of that very entertaining episode found on the DVD, and I too enjoyed watching as well. 

Now, as a side note, when Bill Cullen had passed away on that July 7, 1990, WABC-TV's Eyewitness News ran a brief report on him and his career.  At the beginning of that piece (as one of its "top stories"), the newscast showed a clip from that same episode of Cullen saying those exact words as mentioned above.  It was quite a bit of chill for me, when I was reminded about that notion again while watching the ABC primetime finale on the DVD (disc 1, chapter 4).
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Re: Sept. 11, 1964--final ABC nighttime show
« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2008, 03:42:46 PM »
Anyone else notice that after the tight shot of Mrs. Batesky's tote board, a faint image of it was still visible on subsequent shots of the contestants, almost like it was burned into the camera?

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Re: Sept. 11, 1964--final ABC nighttime show
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2008, 05:58:49 PM »
That was a strange technical quirk that seemed to affect a lot of live/videotape shows. I have a good number of Cullen Price eps on DVD and when the camera crash zooms on a winner, you can still see the bids and contestants' name plates imbedded in for several seconds.
« Last Edit: April 09, 2008, 06:01:13 PM by Ccook »
The Georgia Lottery's slogan is "Today could be the day." In my case, it's "That'll be the day."