The New Treasure Hunt

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(ended 1977)

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The New Treasure Hunt

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Ladies and gentlemen, The New Treasure Hunt always opened with a tense heartbeat and the silhouette of a bonded security agent who had just placed a check for $25,000 in one of thirty surprise packages. In each episode, someone stood a chance to win any one of the show's fabulous prizes, or that grand prize of $25,000. Nothing about the show was as tense as that tease. On the contrary, when Chuck Barris bought the Treasure Hunt rights from Jan Murray (the original host & creator of the 1950s game show), he eliminated the quiz segment and male contestants! This game show was for female contestants only! Host Geoff Edwards would go into the audience where ten lucky women had small boxes. When they opened the boxes, three lucky ladies got to come on stage to choose a surprise jack-in-the-box. The woman who got the jack-in-the-box got to go on a Treasure Hunt. The lady got to pick one of 30 boxes which contained fabulous prizes, checks from $5,000-$14,000, the grand prize check for $25,000 or a dreaded KLUNK! After choosing the box (and commercial break), Geoff presented her with a cash option ($500-$2,500). She could either take the money or go for the box. Either way, Geoff would look in the box and start a skit having her to believe that she'll end up winning a KLUNK when she really won (or passed up) a prize. Or the other way around, having her believe she'll win a big prize, but end up (or passed up) with a KLUNK! But if it was the check, Geoff would have a lenghty conversation with her and at the right moment, informs her that she had won, or passed up, the grand prize. If she accepted, Geoff would not beat about the bush too much. He'd just tell the contestant that she had won (screams at the top of his lungs) $25,000! Sirens would sound along with the dropping of confetti and balloons! And of course, the technical staff would flash a superimposed caption reading "$25,000.00" (which, in the first two years of the run, was very large in itself). There was an episode that had two $25,000 wins! A memorable $25,000 winner is Ruth Davis, who strutted & paraded all over the stage, showing her winnings! They showed that episode as part of GSN's Top 50 Game Shows (#49). Two games were played per episode & if no one found the check, bonded security agent Emile Autori would confirm, "Yes I did" hide the check and would show where the check was hidden. Another memorable contestant named Vera Augenbach, thought she was going to be KLUNKED, but ended up winning a 1937 Vintage Rolls Royce! When she learned about it, she fainted down the floor! But she had to sell it to pay taxes. Her story was featured on 60 Minutes when they did a story on game shows, back in 1975. TV.com also has a separate page for the 1981-82 version of this game show, simply titled Treasure Hunt. In the 81-82 version, there was a returning champion that faced a challenger from the audience. There were now 66 boxes & the grand prize jackpot started at $20,000 and grew $1,000 per day not won until it reached $50,000 which stayed at that amount until won. Rose from Jamiaca didn't "Jamaica Mistake" when choosing box #8 that had the $50,000 check! (This episode was played at 11:30 P.M. April 14, 2001 on GSN.)moreless
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  • The Wicked Witch of the East of game shows.

    4.4
    I never understood why male contestants were banned from The New Treasure Hunt until I read a game show reference book. Chuck Barris wanted the set to have a feminine touch & that women made better contestants.



    Loved the KLUNK sketches they would put in their presentation. They went too far when a woman (Vera) kept getting KLUNKED, ends up with a 1937 Rolls Royce & faints! Later, she had to give up the car to pay the taxes & her story made 60 Minutes back in 1975, when they had a story on game shows.



    When it came to the $25,000/$50,000 Grand Prize moment, Chuck really rubbed it in with shrilled sirens with confetti & baloons dropping down! Favorite contestants includes Ruth Davis (the strutter), Diana Arispi from Houston & "Jamaica Mistake" Rose Evans.



    GSN ranked The New Treasure Hunt #49 of the 50 Greatest Game Shows of all times.moreless
  • Great Chuck Barris Show

    8.6
    I love this show for the skits and for being funny. As well as the comic timing and funniest of host Geoff Edwards(Former Bobby Darrin straight man and sidekick). This show can be cruel due to the torteous skits and that is why women were picked and not men because if men found out that they were klunked, they might want to take it out on Geoff. As women provide better reactions. In the end, Geoff tried to carry on a conversation with bonded security man Emeri Artouri but to no avail. As all the agent said was when he was asked if he hidden the check, was "Yes I did!" Great show and lots of laughs.moreless