Lifespan: September 1956 - May 1957 (Not covered); August 1957 - December 1959 (Not covered); September 1973 - September 1977 (Not covered); September 1981 - September 1982
Hosts: Jan Murray, Geoff Edwards
Announcers: Tom Reddy, Bill Wendell, Bob Williams, Carl King, Johnny Jacobs
Models: Marian Stafford, Pat White, Greta Thyssen, Jackie Johnson, Jane Nelson, Siv Aberg
Produced by: Jantone Productions (1956-9); Chuck Barris Productions (1973-82(
Front Game Rules (1981-2 version)
Each game began with ten members of the studio audience being given balloons. One of the balloons had a star inside of it, and when the balloons were popped, the person with the balloon got to come up on stage and face the returning player from the last game. Both players were presented two jack-in-the-boxes, one of them with a clown inside. The player who was picked from the audience chose one of the two boxes, with the returning champion getting the leftover box. The player with the box that had the clown inside got to advance.
The winning player picked one of 66 boxes on stage. Each box contained props for a skit, and an envelope with a dollar amount. The player had the choice of either taking the money, or giving it up for what was inside the box. Sometimes, the box had a decent prize inside; other times, the player wound up getting a worthless "Klunk". One of the 66 boxes contained a check, which started at $20,000 and went up $1000 up to a maximum of $50,000 until it was won.
The check was placed inside the lucky box by bonded security agent Emile Auturi. Auturi became one of the show's biggest running jokes, as he was prohibited from showing any emotion on the set.
Oddly enough, every single contestant on the show was female. Some men were given balloons, but none of them ever got to pick a box.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
The game kinda takes a back seat to the schtick of Geoff Edwards, but that works just fine. That's because Edwards is a master at building suspense on this show, The game itself is basically a simplified version of Let's Make a Deal, and while the choice between the money and the box is always a difficult one, it does get a little tired after a while. From what I've heard, the value of the prizes kinda went south as time wore on, so the Execution grade also gets a small penalty. But when you're ready for quick thrills, this is the way to go.
Gameplay: 2 pts.
Host: 3 pts.
Presentation: 2 pts.
Execution: 1 pt.
Total Score: 8 pts.
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