Two contestants compete in a life-sized board game, answering questions and performing stunts for cash and prizes.
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Joanne Carson Joanne Carson ...  Herself 1 episode, 1960
Jack Narz ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1960
Red Rowe ...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1960
Kenny Williams Kenny Williams ...  Himself - Town Crier 1 episode, 1960
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One of Monty Hall's earliest game show hosting duties, "Video Village" was among the first game shows to combine chance and luck with skill and strategy. Two contestants, each accompanied by a "second" (a friend, relative or spouse), competed in this life-sized board game. The game itself was laid out in three streets, each described later: Money Street, Bridge Street and Magic Mile. The contestant's second rolled a "chuck-a-luck" cage containing a die; Williams, the "town crier," called out each move. On the Money Street, contestants won cash by landing on ordinary spaces and answering a question; other spaces included "Lose-A-Turn," "Free Turn," "Go to Jail" (the contestant was escorted to an on-stage jail and had to answer a question correctly to get out) and "Do it Yourself" (where successfully completing a stunt won the player a prize worth up to $150). On Bridge Street, contestants had to perform stunts to win cash prizes, with no special spaces here. Magic Mile was similar to ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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English

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1 July 1960 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley set a standard
22 February 2011 | by bpatrick-8See all my reviews

This game, the first joint effort of producers Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley, marked the beginning of their fascination with larger-than-life concepts: think the giant tic-tac-toe board on "Hollywood Squares," the oversize playing cards on "Gambit," the huge board with the nine numbers on "High Rollers".

Despite the fact that "Video Village" lasted only two years, the thing works. There are all kinds of risks; a roll of the die might cause the players to exchange places and the person who was behind might find himself or herself in range of a win (since you had to complete the three streets in order to win), or perhaps hit "1-2-3 Go, 4-5-6 No," wherein they couldn't advance unless they rolled 3 or less.

All in all, perhaps the most innovative game of its era (one also marked by "Password," the first show to team celebrities and contestants), and two game-show legends are featured: Jack Narz and Monty Hall. And let's not forget announcer Kenny Williams as Kenny the Cop, who announced the roll of the die in that unmistakable voice of his.

And, by the way, I had the "Video Village" home game and spent many an hour playing it. It was as much fun as the show.


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