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(NEW!) The oldest open I could find, May 29, 1967, peacock included.
The open from the daytime show of July 8, 1968, peacock and all.
The open from the prime time show of March 8, 1968, peacock included.
The victory music from the "Silly Song" years.
From a 1968 prime time episode, shown one night when GSN didn't squeeze the credits, here's a nice, long sample of the "Silly Song" closing theme.
The open from the 1969 Saturday morning Storybook Squares, peacock included. (And a nice, long sample of the closing theme, NBC chimes included.)
Another Storybook Squares open, this one from a 1977 theme week.
Advertising was certainly sold a lot differently in the 1960s, with Peter Marshall often pitching to advertisers by name. Here he pays that courtesy to the icon of a popular dishwashing liquid, circa 1967,
Another pitch, to the makers of Doan's Pills.
Peter does it again, this time for the quintessential game show sidedish, Rice-A-Roni.
(NEW!) Here's something you'll never hear on GSN...the midshow fee plug. This one comes from 1967 and features the Dodge Charger.
A 1968 daytime plug features the Pontiac Firebird.
...and this one comes from the same year, touting a different Pontiac.
A 1973 plug finds Kenny Williams describing his coolest prize ever: a Corvette.
Another midshow fee plug, this one from 1977 and featuring a cruise and "his and her" Chevys.
Kenny Williams describes a Datsun and a classic game show prize, Turtle Wax.
Another Kenny classic: the Spiegel Catalog, with the second most famous zip code in TV history...
...and another game show consolation classic: Rice-A-Roni.
Peter plugs the 1968 prime time version of the show.
Back in the '60s, Peter even did live commercial tags from the set, like this one for Curad, the ouchless bandage.
Peter Marshall's famous blooper involving the Seattle Zoo, in which he introduces one of the show's writers, Seattle native Harry Friedman. Pete loses his mic; Paul Lynde is also heard.
Pete makes a slight miscalculation on the amount of a Secret Square prize package.
One of the most heartfelt TV tributes I have ever heard: Peter Marshall opens the show by reflecting on Wally Cox, who had passed away the day before (February 15, 1973).
|The Wit and Wisdom of Paul Lynde
A cute one-liner from a 1968 daytime show.
From the 1970s, vintage Paul being politically incorrect and openly apathetic about it.
Some international, un-PC bathroom humor.
Another politically incorrect moment, this time from near the beginning of the 1980-81 Vegas season.
A Paul Lynde barb that takes out the Statue of Liberty and a fellow Square.
Paul shows us even the Pope isn't too sacred to be immune from his wisecracks.
...Neither, apparently, are the Girl Scouts.
...or sweet Karen Valentine.
...or the master himself, Peter Marshall.
Paul reminds Peter of his special nickname.
Rich Little's hysterical impression of Paul leads to a glimpse into the center square's past.
One of those very funny moments when Paul just couldn't come up with an answer.
Paul racks his brain again: the hilarious Lamont Cranston incident. (I'm betting his first line was the writer's zinger, and the next two were his own, bona fide ad-libs.)
A devilish Paul changes the ending of a classic fairy tale, in a 1968 daytime show.
From a 1968 prime time show: one of Paul's funniest and most famous zingers. Listen closely and you'll hear center square Buddy Hackett losing it.
Another often-quoted Paul classic, and this time it's George Gobel's turn to lose it.
Paul usually has just one thing on his mind...
A classic from 1972: Paul ponders his sins...for about a nanosecond.
|Other Squares & Zingers
A very funny and creative bluff from Nanette Fabray, circa Spring 1968 (daytime).
Abby Dalton stumbles through this gem from July 1968.
Gypsy Rose Lee offers her expertise on a Greg Morris (Mission: Impossible) question. Abby Dalton is also heard.
The legendary Gypsy was a frequent guest on 1960s game shows and gave us some very funny, raucous moments like this one... and this one.
Charley Weaver often has quips that come "right out of the blue..." like this one...
...or this one, both from the 1960s.
Could this be the birth of Tony Randall's famous "I don't know" bit? First, Marcia Wallace (The Bob Newhart Show) makes this crack about Tony's intellectualism.
...Later on the same show, Tony pulls this one.
The "tacky buzzer" on the nighttime show catches Tony Randall not knowing yet another question.
From the 1970s, a delightful surprise from Connie Stevens.
John Byner gets on a roll making fun of fogie-ish bandleader Lawrence Welk.
George Gobel can't resist, either.
Actor Robert Urich (Vega$) catches on quick.
The humor of comedian David Brenner, an obvious influence on Jerry Seinfeld.
The two dueling princes of late night, Jay Leno and David Letterman, were Squares during the Marshall years when they were younger and not working as steadily. Here's an early gem featuring Leno.
Another rising young talented comedian from the late 1970s...Billy Crystal.
Barney Miller's Steve Landesberg gets in a zinger after Peter himself gets in a shot at him.
Harvey Korman gets a question that's funny enough by itself.
Jimmy Carter may be a beloved humanitarian now but boy did he catch it from the comedians during his days as President. George Gobel was no exception...
...and neither was Marty Allen.
It didn't help that President Carter's own beer-loving brother Billy made numerous personal appearances like this one, on a 1978 nighttime Squares.
From the 1970s, George Gobel takes a stab at superstition...
...and from the Vegas era, looks to the Bible.
George returns to the bathroom for a look at the Equal Rights Amendment.
Rich Little does a great Howard Cosell impersonation, then flips out when the contestant goes out of turn.
Joan Rivers shows us once again, she's never funnier than when her target is herself.
Charley Weaver, bird expert, from a 1973 daytime show.
(NEW!) Wally Cox went more for chuckles than belly laughs, like he does in this 1967 clip.
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