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Let's Make a Deal 

Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »




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Monty Hall ...  Himself - Host 36 episodes, 1963-1975


Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 or 3. Before the contestant could decide, Monty would tempt them with something from within a small box, or flash cash in front of them. It was the contestant's chance to win something big, but deep down, they knew they might get "zonked" by choosing the wrong curtain. Some contestants actually ended up with a donkey or pig, or other rotten prize, and some actually came out with cars, cash or jewelry. Near the end of every show, Monty would give out cash prizes to anyone carrying whatever it was he asked for. You should see some of the strange things people carry! Written by Dan Smith <danbo@scorpius-inc.com>

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New Season! Zonk, There Goes a Convertible Right Through Her Fingers! But That's the Game! Monty Hall Hosts! (season 8)


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30 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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(1963-1967) | (1967-1977)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show provided the name for the "Monty Hall Problem". This is a counter-intuitive probability conundrum. The best strategy to win the prize on the show is to swap your choice when given the opportunity. This will double your chance of winning. Many people, including at least one Nobel laureate, disagreed with this strategy, but were subsequently proved wrong. Some people are still unconvinced. See more »


Monty Hall: Is it Door No. 1, Door No. 2 or Door No. 3
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Referenced in Starsky and Hutch: Snowstorm (1975) See more »


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by Sheldon Allman
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Great Game show
8 June 2007 | by marbleannSee all my reviews

God I love this show. It is back on GSN so life is good. I love this show when it first came on. Something about the colors and the spontaneity's of the contestants made it very addicting. Monty Hall has to be one of the best hosts ever. He did not know what to expect, what decision was going to be made so he had to deal with the unknown which is how the contestant is going to react. I just saw one when a woman chased him around the audience. He is very quick on his feet. And cool as a cucumber. And a quick thinker. I do not think he gets the credit he deserves.

He also has two sidekicks Carol Merril and Jay Stewart. Both were very active, more then let's say a Vanna White and the announcer on The Price is Right. Jay had to be the hardest working guy on TV. One minute he is announcing and bringing trays back and forth, the next second he is dressed as a old lady who is sitting on this giant rocking chair as a Zonk. Carol who is a one lady Barkers Beauty presents most of the stage prizes and she also gets dressed up for zonks too.

What fascinates me about the show now is they we can see how much appliances have changed and how much cars were. I just saw a brand new station wagon for 4,000 dollars. I have seen this show give away high charged Camaro's worth at the time 2500 dollars. We see side by side refrigerators in that horrible yellow or green color with no water or ice on the door. Microwaves were all called radar ranges. Defunct food chains like Tasty Kreme, perfumes that I haven't heard about in years, such as Evening in Paris. Quasar Color TV's in those old fashion cabinets. Quadiphonic stereos, or that brand Electrophonic, what ever happened to them? Vacations on defunct airlines like Braniff, Pan Am and Eastern. Giving away fur coats like a chinchilla worth 5000 dollars.

It is a trip down memory lane every time I watch the show. The Price is Right obviously took some ideas from this show. Not the original Price is Right with Bill Cullen but the newer incarnation of it that was hosted by Denns Day and Bob Barker I am going to tape this show now so when GSN takes if off its schedule again I will be able to go back in time anytime I want.

If you are looking for a fast paced show check this out. Monty Hall is flawless. Carol is great. I believe she is related to some big actor but I can't think of who it is. And watch Jay. He does more changes then a high price model during Fashion week in NYC.

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