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The Price is Right, shows from 1956

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We have our DVR set to record The Price is Right as occasionally I want to watch something I don't have to pay close attention to. Sometimes the DVR will record some old shows from 1956 and I don't even know what channel they air on. It must be some game show channel. The episodes are hilarious to watch. I don't remember watching the show in 1956 but apparently there was a night-time version (which is what has recorded) and a daytime version.

The commercials are so funny and the whole staging of the show is interesting. When the host, Bill Cullen, introduces the contestants he always asks the men what they do for a job and he usually asks the women what their husbands do for a job. The prizes are amazing, too. They give away cars, boats, small airplanes, sets of china and silverware, the latest 1956 black and white and sometimes color tv consoles with built in record players. Last night one of the prizes was a shetland pony!

The format is different from today's version as there are only four contestants who sit at a counter together and they bid on the items for the whole show. No one else is asked to "come on down" but there is an audience because they will sometimes shout out for the bidders to go higher or to freeze their bid. They also have sweepstakes that people had to send in post cards from across the country to guess the price. Last night the prize was a complete business--it was a Chicken Delight franchise. The price was around $17,000.

It's just so interesting to see what tv was like in the "good old days."
 

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We have our DVR set to record The Price is Right as occasionally I want to watch something I don't have to pay close attention to. Sometimes the DVR will record some old shows from 1956 and I don't even know what channel they air on. It must be some game show channel. The episodes are hilarious to watch. I don't remember watching the show in 1956 but apparently there was a night-time version (which is what has recorded) and a daytime version.

The commercials are so funny and the whole staging of the show is interesting. When the host, Bill Cullen, introduces the contestants he always asks the men what they do for a job and he usually asks the women what their husbands do for a job. The prizes are amazing, too. They give away cars, boats, small airplanes, sets of china and silverware, the latest 1956 black and white and sometimes color tv consoles with built in record players. Last night one of the prizes was a shetland pony!

The format is different from today's version as there are only four contestants who sit at a counter together and they bid on the items for the whole show. No one else is asked to "come on down" but there is an audience because they will sometimes shout out for the bidders to go higher or to freeze their bid. They also have sweepstakes that people had to send in post cards from across the country to guess the price. Last night the prize was a complete business--it was a Chicken Delight franchise. The price was around $17,000.

It's just so interesting to see what tv was like in the "good old days."

Bill Cullen the “Dean of Game Show Hosts” :whooopie:
 

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Karen, I remember some of those old shows (even though I was only a few years old.) The airplanes and such were always such oddball prizes. Definitely a shade of things to come. The newer TPIR format came about when Bob Barker bought the show, as I recall.

Dave
 

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I recently saw a few episodes and really enjoyed them. What surprised me were how good the prizes were. Makes todays version look cheap. I actually like the old shows format better.
 

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I'll have to check out that game show channel for these types of shows. i love nostalgic things like this.
 

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