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Offline johnnymatch

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #540 on: March 31, 2022, 02:33:30 PM »
Reinventing the wheel:

Who is the person who designed the Big Wheel, converting from the standard upright casino/carnival structure to what we’ve known for 45+ years?

Who reinvented the wheel?
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #541 on: May 15, 2022, 07:23:35 PM »
Does the platform in front of Door 4 have a name?
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #542 on: June 02, 2022, 10:41:38 AM »
Does the platform in front of Door 4 have a name?


The FAQ has it listed as the Plinko Perch, from its original purpose of holding the sign at the back of the house.
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #543 on: June 02, 2022, 01:41:47 PM »
The FAQ has it listed as the Plinko Perch

It does? :confused:
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #544 on: June 02, 2022, 02:30:16 PM »
I'll be damned, I suppose not. I could have sworn...


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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #545 on: June 15, 2022, 10:09:45 PM »
When the Price is Right switched directors throughout the years, what exactly changed on the show with the new director? I know small bits and pieces of what they did.

I know when Paul Alter became director in 1986, he changed the money win graphics twice: from Marc Breslow's Grand Game style to a generic one that lasted from 1987-1992, then he changed it to the star-shaped ones in late 1992 that remained until Bob retired in 2007. Bart Eskander simplified the camera transitions when he became director and wasn't too popular with fans. I don't know much about the other directors.

It's really interesting what styles the directors have done on the show over the past 50 seasons.

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #546 on: June 28, 2022, 12:14:25 AM »
We've seen contestants get injured after celebrating a pricing game win; in fact, we just had one this season.

My question is: has any contestant gotten injured DURING a pricing game (such as Time Is Money, Race Game, etc.), and if so, how was it handled on air?

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #547 on: June 28, 2022, 01:02:41 AM »
The closest incident I can recall was a woman who was playing Race Game. On her way to the jukebox she slipped on the floor and slid right into the jukebox. Took her a couple seconds to get back up but when she did she pulled the lever and had all 4 right. I feel like if it were anything major or serious they'd stop tape, make sure the contestant was alright and then reset.

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #548 on: June 28, 2022, 09:16:58 AM »
My question is: has any contestant gotten injured DURING a pricing game (such as Time Is Money, Race Game, etc.), and if so, how was it handled on air?

This site's FAQ Timeline has a few incidents mentioned, although technically none during the gameplay portion of a pricing game:

February 16, 1998: "Monday show features Scott, the well-known contestant who injured his knee before a playing of Dice Game; in the wake of his injury, Bob spins the Big Wheel for him."

January 14, 2014: "Judy, the winner of the second Showcase Showdown, hurts her ankle during a wheelie and requires crutches (and eventually a chair) for the rest of the show; to accommodate her, the Showcase is conducted in front of the Turntable. Drew assures the audience that she will be sent to the hospital as soon as the taping ends."

May 20, 2021: "On Thursday, while celebrating winning Grocery Game, contestant David trips over the left side of the Turntable's "doorframe," breaks several of its lights, and ends up stumbling down the stairs behind it; fortunately, he is not badly injured, although his right hand is noticeably bandaged for the rest of the show."

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #549 on: June 28, 2022, 03:57:21 PM »
This site's FAQ Timeline has a few incidents mentioned, although technically none during the gameplay portion of a pricing game:

February 16, 1998: "Monday show features Scott, the well-known contestant who injured his knee before a playing of Dice Game; in the wake of his injury, Bob spins the Big Wheel for him."


I don't believe this is correct.  Scott injured his knee after playing Dice Game (jumping up and down after he won).  Bob did spin the wheel for him and I think he was in a director's chair for the Showcases.

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #550 on: June 28, 2022, 04:15:49 PM »
I don't believe this is correct.  Scott injured his knee after playing Dice Game (jumping up and down after he won).  Bob did spin the wheel for him and I think he was in a director's chair for the Showcases.

No, he injured his knee originally when the car was revealed. He injured it for a second time when he lost the car at the end of the game.

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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #551 on: July 09, 2022, 03:12:22 PM »
After watching the collection of Davidson Price is Right clips on YouTube (about half the full run of the show), I have to wonder why the producers never bothered to reuse the old clips for The Price WAS Right segment.  I mean, the prizes themselves were seen quite frequently repeated, especially all of the small prizes.  Taping only 3 episodes per studio audience seemed like it would have been a no brainer to at least repeat them.  At least then, they could’ve avoided using the Big Wheel for the Showcase Showdown segment during then run.
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #552 on: July 09, 2022, 09:17:37 PM »
Most of the clips were from the 1950s and '60s. They easily could have used more 1970s content, since even by 1994, something in 1979 dollars was still noticeably less, not to mention lots of discontinued items, plus the '70s were starting to be seen as "cool" again. They easily could have delved into Paley Center archives for commercials, followed by researching old newspapers for prices similar to Now... or Then. Better yet, they could have used Cullen-era clips as well. But the biggest flaw for The Price Was Right was that the top winner had a huge advantage, where you'd either bid $1, $1 over the highest opponent, or $1 over the second highest bidder. If they had a rule where the contestants could right down the prices for each prize (a la Final Jeopardy!, with electronic light pens, with a tiebreaker for the same bid determined by who locks in first), it could have been a more interesting way to play. This brings up my next question:

Had The New Price Is Right (1994) used one-bids where four contestants came on down, would you have supported the Final Jeopardy!-style bidding, where each contestant had ten seconds to bid, with the closest/quickest without going over wins and gets to play a pricing game? In addition, what about a Showcase where all three contestants also write their bids for one Showcase only (no bidding/passing, just the closest without going over wins, and a triple overbid meaning that nobody wins the Showcase)?
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #553 on: July 09, 2022, 09:31:12 PM »
But the biggest flaw for The Price Was Right was that the top winner had a huge advantage, where you'd either bid $1, $1 over the highest opponent, or $1 over the second highest bidder.
I’ve seen this mentioned in the FAQ here, but after watching all of those episodes on YouTube, I never saw the contestants line up where the top winner bid / spun last or even first.  Every episode I saw, the contestants lined up in the order in which they were called up on-stage.

But yes, I agree the 3 person TPWR showdown didn’t offer much strategy.  Maybe it gave contestant #3 the best opportunity to win a car?  Out of all the episodes on YouTube, a car game was never played 3rd, whereas the Showcase most often contained one.
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Re: Simple Questions & Answers Thread
« Reply #554 on: July 09, 2022, 11:22:14 PM »
I’ve seen this mentioned in the FAQ here, but after watching all of those episodes on YouTube, I never saw the contestants line up where the top winner bid / spun last or even first.  Every episode I saw, the contestants lined up in the order in which they were called up on-stage.
Likewise, this reminds me of something I saw in the FAQ... for the very short-lived 1972 game Double Bullseye, the FAQ says "There doesn’t seem to have been a hard and fast rule regarding which contestant started the bidding in Double Bullseye. It began with the first One-Bid winner on its 2nd, 3rd, and 4th playings and with the second One-Bid winner on its 1st playing."

I've seen both the first and third daytime playings, and in both, I observed that Bob started the bidding with whichever player was standing at the yellow podium.