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2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« on: May 16, 2024, 09:37:21 PM »

(Very) slowly logging and digitizing episodes plus trying to put together as many of the episodes GSN actually aired back in the day as possible.  This copy originally aired in WinTV, but I've pulled the video out of the squeezeback so it remains full for the duration of the show.

Lineup is Bullseye, Dice Game, Race Game, Card Game, Give or Keep, and Poker Game

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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2024, 08:29:15 AM »
This episode also features Bullseye's original $5-$10 target range as well. Also, based on Bob's explanation, it appears that the Hidden Bullseye rule has changed from the closest marker to the target to any marker on the target at this point.

Also, for the first two small prizes described in Give or Keep, you can hear a variant from the rarely used "Robert" cue.
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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2024, 07:47:14 PM »
Check out Give or Keep for a very goofy prize package: Dodgers season tickets and a baseball glove-shaped "sofa" (barely big enough to accommodate two people)!

This show also features very chatty contestants to the point where Bob begins having to rush the show. Bullseye takes 8 minutes!!

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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2024, 09:08:03 PM »
I cannot understand how anyone with GSN ever thought putting the video in a squeezeback and running stupid commentary on the side would make people want to watch a show.  Then again, this is also the channel that thought Faux Pause was a good idea.

But with that out of the way, this is my favourite era of the show; and the word I think best describes this time in the show's history electric.  The contestants go absolutely delirious when they are called.  The fast-paced camerawork conveys the intensity of the excitement in the atmosphere, and Barker's in fine form bringing out the best in the contestants without being a grump.

"I've been watching everyday, every night".  Always happy to see a reference to The Nighttime Price Is Right on the daytime show, and Brenda was a fantastic contestant.

"An exciting new concept in boating" might be one of the strangest prize introductions I've heard.

I can't remember the last time I saw Bullseye's original target, but I really wonder if they thought many contestants would choose above ten units of an item to win.  I suppose it did the trick in Grocery Game many times in this era, but it's easy to see why they switched the target.

I can only imagine how mad Marc Breslow must have gotten when the Turntable didn't spin for the second One Bid.

Ten-digit dice game with six-digit dice is just brutal.  Do we have the stats on just how many wins or losses occurred under this format?  Can't imagine it was won that many times.

It's appropriate to chide contestants who look to the audience during the Race Game, but I never recall Marc turning the camera to look on the audience during Race Game.  Doesn't really work when watching the race is the main part of the game.

On the other hand, the shot for the last prize description beginning with a shot in the mirror coming into focus and then pulling back was super nifty.

Genuinely surprised by the finish in Card Game.  I didn't think most cars were still that cheap in '76, but I guess we can only dream of affordable prices like that now.

Given that it started at the very beginning of the theme, I doubt it was a goof that the Family Feud theme was used a second time in Poker Game, though it felt awfully out of place.

Speaking of which, it's long been said that the Feud theme came first on Price before being used as the Family Feud theme.  This is the earliest yet I can recall seeing the theme used on Price, but it still doesn't pre-date Feud's debut.  Do we have a recorded instance of the Feud theme being used on Price before Feud's debut?

I was surprised Poker Game was won.  I figured a two pair of zeros and fives would be beat by three of a kind, but it was a bit wonky with the dinette plus the air conditioner being the combination for a full house and the air conditioner plus the waterbed being the best hand of four zeroes.

Did we suddenly end up on The Nighttime Price Is Right with the speed of the Showcase reveal?  The show had time to breath in this era, but there were so many great, chatty contestants this show that there was a "hurry up offence in effect" for much of the show.  It was still very enjoyable from start to finish.

Check out Give or Keep for a very goofy prize package: Dodgers season tickets and a baseball glove-shaped "sofa" (barely big enough to accommodate two people)!

Yes, it was goofy, but I think it was a great idea, novel and entertaining.

(Gosh, this whole post was a real throwback to the days of commenting in the daily recap thread, picking apart every little part of the day's episode.  What memories.)
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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2024, 05:03:21 AM »
Bully was so boring! Record for Cardy!

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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2024, 07:23:51 PM »
This is my favourite era of the show; and the word I think best describes this time in the show's history electric.  The contestants go absolutely delirious when they are called.  The fast-paced camerawork conveys the intensity of the excitement in the atmosphere, and Barker's in fine form bringing out the best in the contestants without being a grump.
It's my favorite era too, and my fondest memories of watching the show when it originally aired.

Enough Already with the fur coat ban being an excuse to withhold these '70s episodes.  Release them from purgatory and air them already.  Pluto ... Buzzr ... somewhere.

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Re: 2074D, Aired 9/16/76 (Original Dice Game rules)
« Reply #6 on: May 22, 2024, 09:58:22 AM »
I cannot understand how anyone with GSN ever thought putting the video in a squeezeback and running stupid commentary on the side would make people want to watch a show.  Then again, this is also the channel that thought Faux Pause was a good idea.

And, don't forget, the Kids' Zone, where the GSN Ball would cut in every so often to comment on something about the show (a la "didja notice?"). The worst was an episode of "Joker! Joker! Joker!" where Jay Stewart was reading prize copy for an item called "Bino-Cam"; the tape stopped and the GSN Ball kept repeating "Bino-Cam! Bino-Cam! Bino-Cam!" like an idiot. The thinking that a new generation of 8-12 year old game show watchers would be interested in a then-20 year old show (2000 reruns for a show originally aired in 1980), rather than more than likely now-adults watching reruns of these youth-oriented shows for nostalgic purposes, just like any other classic show on the network, showed that often GSN was way out of touch even in the WIN-TV era. That was a lame attempt to try to salvage the "Mystery Science Theater" concept "attempted" in "Faux Pause" and make it work; with Kids Zone, pointing out bloopers (often, Jack or whomever the announcer was stumbling over words/copy) that made it into the show, pointing out trivia about a question asked, and "cute kid" moments. Viewers just wanted to watch the show, one they hadn't seen in 20-plus years.

I'm just glad GSN didn't use Cyber Lucy to "help" with the end-show squeezed credit promos for such shows as "The All-New 3's a Crowd," with most of the clips featuring innuendo and Lucy reacting as if she's trying to elicit the same reaction from the audience. (Akin to what Groucho Marx would do on his old "You Bet Your Life" while, when talking to a contestant, he'd make a suggestive comment, then tap his cigar and raise and lower his eyebrows real quick in an effort to get the the desired audience reaction.) The squeezed credits were bad enough, and so were some of "The All-New 3's a Crowd" promos.

Check out Give or Keep for a very goofy prize package: Dodgers season tickets and a baseball glove-shaped "sofa" (barely big enough to accommodate two people)!

The "sofa" was, I'm guessing, intended as a tight loveseat or perhaps children.

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