Because Oscar’s fastidious roommate Felix Unger (Tony Randall) is a Password freak, he begs Oscar to accept the invitation, and to bring Felix along as his partner.Then, on the day of the taping, Felix overthinks every clue.ABC dropped the show on July 6, 1973, but it continued in syndication for another year (1973–1974) as The New Dating Game.The program was revived three additional times in syndication afterwards.
Their circle of friends included oddballs Lenny and Squiggy, and Shirley's sweet boyfriend Carmine.
I don’t know if you’ve ever seen a picture of this, but Henry VIII’s armor has got… There’s room for about fifty sets of genitals of an average-size man. But the thing is, the time to do SNL is when you’re 27 and hungry. Not literally hungry, although that helps, but hungry as in ready for it. well, I wouldn’t say I didn’t give a shit, but I’d stopped trying to predict the future. Anyway, she said, “I think you could be good in this,” so I went and met [director] Simon Wincer, and I may have read for him. I may have auditioned for him, as such, but it seemed like a nice fit, and it’s a sweet movie. We knew Steven [Spielberg] because he’d just struck up a friendship with Penny Marshall. That’s when everyone was discovering sushi, so there was a sushi bar they used to go to. He said [Does an impression of a slurring Belushi.] “I’m not shooting right now ’cause I fell.
[Laughs.] But, anyway, Keith could probably tell you all of that stuff, so it was fun learning a little bit about that history. I mean, shit happens in so many different ways, and corners are turned, and you can’t plan. Anyway, Steven was buddies with Penny, so he wanted to put Penny in 1941, and he was a big fan of our stuff, me and David, and thought we were funny, so he put us in. There was a certain kind of smoke that they wanted to use so that it would hang in the air like fog, but it’s an oil-based smoke, and although it looks great, everybody who breathes it has diarrhea for several days afterwards. And I, uh, think I might’ve broken my neck.” [Laughs.] Yeah, I don’t think you broke your neck, John.
“If Charlie Chan had these clues, he’d be running a laundry,” Oscar grumbles. When Oscar gets the password “ridiculous,” he gives Felix the clue “Aristophanes” right back, and Felix responds correctly.
And though the two friends lose the game, at least Oscar remains Ludden’s favorite nonexistent sportswriter. Ralph and Alice Kramden on Beat The Clock (The Jackie Gleason Show)In 1954, The Jackie Gleason Show was preceded by the game show Beat The Clock, so it was a seamless segue between timeslots when host Bud Collyer introduced his final contestants for one evening’s episode: salt-of-the-earth bus-driver Ralph Kramden (Gleason) and his longsuffering wife Alice (Audrey Meadows).