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Host
Art James
Models
Ruth Halsey
Emily Banks
Gunilla Knudson
Carolyn White
Kristan Johnson
Elizabeth Ames
Announcers
Wayne Howell
Roger Tuttle (sub)
Fred Collins (sub)
Mel Brandt (sub)
Broadcast
Say When!! 1960 Test Pilot
Test Episode: 12/20/1960
Say When!! Logo
NBC Daytime: 1/2/1961 - 3/25/1965
Packager
Mark Goodson/Bill Todman Productions

ANNOUNCER: It's time to... AUDIENCE: SAAAAAY WHEN!! ANNOUNCER: "Say When!!" (This portion of "Say When!!") is presented by the NBC television network. Here's the host of "Say When!!", Art James!

Say When!! is a 1960s game show where contestants picked prizes while trying not to go over a predetermined amount. This was Art James' first game show, and his only one for Goodson-Todman.

GameplayEdit

Two contestants picked off prizes from a group of four, with a new prize replacing each one that was chosen. At least one prize in each game was a "blank check", where a player could take between one and a stated maximum amount of cases or units of a given product.

For each prize selected, its value was added to the player's score. The goal was to have the total of all the prizes chosen to come closer to a set amount than his/her opponent without going over. Anything over the goal amount was a loss. To prevent this from happening, a player in control could opt to "say when" (freeze) if s/he thought that none of the remaining prizes would keep them under the limit, forcing the opponent to beat the frozen player without going over the limit.

The winner of each game kept all of the prizes s/he chose, and the first player to win two out of three games won the match and faced a new opponent.

Peter Pan blooperEdit

On an episode following the show's switch to color in 1964, James did a plug for Peter Pan peanut butter which progressed normally until he put a knife into the empty jar. Due to rehearsing the spot many times (including dropping the knife into the jar), the bottom of the jar was weakened enough that the knife went through the bottom of the jar to James' surprise and audience laughter.

He continued doing the commercial until the bottom of the jar came off, causing the commercial to derail shortly afterward.

Episode statusEdit

Due to wiping, only a few episodes exist: a test episode (taped 12/20/60), the fifth episode (January 6, 1961), a Friday show sometime between June 30 and September 15, 1961, and the Peter Pan blooper.

The blooper has appeared on various specials, including The Most Outrageous Game Show Moments and Game Show Moments Gone Bananas.

Other TriviaEdit

This was Art James' first game show, and his only one for Goodson/Todman Productions.

GalleryEdit

TicketsEdit

MerchandiseEdit

A board game based on the show was released by Parker Brothers in 1961.

Australian versionEdit

The show ran in Australia from 1962-64 on the Nine Network, hosted by Jimmy Hannan and produced by Reg Grundy. It was later revived as Spending Spree from 1971-76, with the same network, host, and producer.[1] The status of these versions is unknown.

RatingEdit

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MusicEdit

Carmen Manstren

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Saddle Club to Ship to Shore|Memorable TV Guide to Australian Television

YouTube LinksEdit

The full 1960 test episode
Intro
A full Friday episode from between June 30-September 15, 1961: Part 1, Part 2
Raw footage of the Peter Pan blooper (1964)

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