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Going Going Gone

Producer: Walt Framer Productions
Host: Richard Lewellyn
Announcer: Tom Kennedy
Taping Info: 1959, Los Angeles
Made it to Air: No
Availability: Shokus Video #845, "Lost Game Show Pilots"

Take one part The All New Treasure Hunt, one part Let's Make a Deal and a dash of The Price is Right and you have Going, Going, Gone, a pilot hosted by Richard Lewellyn, a early commercial pitchman. The announcer is Tom Kennedy, who apparently has had some work in the game show field.

Each of the three contestants are staked with $300. Three prizes are shown, such as a stove, a movie projector and a transistor radio. Our host then places a disk, one representing each of the items, into a cup. These cups are then shuffled three-card-monty style as well as a fourth cup which is then empty. Without revealing what is in each cup, Richard then auctions off three of the four cups. As each cup is won, he places the cup in front of the contestant. Contestants can buy as little as zero or as many of three cups, but they cannot go below $25 in their bank.

The host shines here, as he tries to cajole the contestants Monty Hall-style to trade the cups they had just purchased for the one cup he has remaining. I would tell you how our contestants fared, but for some reason my tape skips the results part of the second round and the third round entirely, jumping straight to the fourth round.

The fourth round is a little different. This time, it's boxes, and there is no shuffling. There's a mink stole, a television set, a lemon and an empty box. However, there is also no visible demonstration of which prize went into which box. So, without any real knowledge, bidders now try to get their boxes with their remaining stakes. Plus, the host is playing for a home viewer. Any money not used in this round is the player's to keep. Richard tried again to get players to trade boxes, even offering some cash back. This proved handy as the player who had the empty box successfully traded for $25 and the TV.

A cute little game, I just don't know how much staying power it had. It was unclear from the pilot whether this was meant to be a daily game, which would had grown tedious very quickly, or a weekly show, which would have been a nice diversion. I would guess that this was probably meant to be a once-a-week show for KTLA that Walt Framer would often produce. This show could work today with some updating.

It's not Liberace, it's just look-and-sound alike, Richard Lewellen, who is our host of Going, Going, Gone.

Our first competitor is Mrs. Aguilar.

The second is Mr. Soto.

And finally we have Mrs. Presioso.

In the second round, you could have bid on the stove...

A movie projector...

Or a transistor radio.

Richard places the prize card in a cup.

And shuffles them. Oh, where did the Bell & Howell movie projector go?

Its time for the final round, so lets bring in Tom Kennedy with the name of our home viewer.

The action is neither fast nor furious, but it is interesting.

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