Friday, September 4, 2009

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest David Brenner (1983)

Let's Make A Deal (1975)

This episode starts with a cameo from the Let's Make a Deal board game. Certainly one of the best lookin' designs of any of the home game versions of a game show ever put out. I got my copy.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

The Mike Douglas Show with guests Sid Caesar, Arthur Godfrey and The Cavemen (1966)

Wanna know more about The Cavemen? Go here.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson with guest Mama Cass (1973)

Minnesota Fighting Saints Promotional Film (1974)

The theme music in this film is by "Mister K" from his album The Synthesizer. The song is called NASA Answering Sevice! Dig it (and the voice of the shouting coach, as any self-respecting Hockey Night in Canada viewer knows, is Harry Neale).

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Pitfall (1981)


Pitfall was a Canadian game show that aired in American and Canadian syndication from September 14, 1981 to September 1982. The host was Alex Trebek and the announcer was John Barton (who also served as co-producer). The show was filmed at Panorama Studios in Vancouver and produced by Catalena Productions, with distribution provided by Rhodes Productions.

Catalena Productions, which also produced the short-lived 1980-1981 syndicated revival of Let's Make a Deal, went bankrupt before the end of Pitfall's run. As a result, most contestants who appeared near the end of the run did not receive their winnings (a problem that also affected winners on the original 1987-1988 Lingo and The Reel to Reel Picture Show in 1998), nor was Trebek ever paid for his hosting duties. Because of this, Trebek called the show "one of the great tragedies of [his] life" and keeps the bounced check for his salary framed on a wall in his home office. Trebek also commented that he found it ironic that the only time he has ever been stiffed was by his fellow Canadians.