Ten Little Indians was a failed dating relationship matching elimination pilot game show.


ABC 1964


Richard Hayes


10 contestants are assembled together in a row and have to throw out short answers to questions thrown at them by the host, in order, and any flubs get them eliminated. The questions can involve anything from the names of states, pieces of ordinary household furniture, political slogans etc., but the answers are spoken almost like operatic recitative, in cadence, with little bits of musical accompaniment behind each word. The array of contestant is also very entertaining, young “bachelorettes,” as they used to be called; taciturn housewives; quirky guys and slick young executives – one of them even gives a plug for then presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. The questions and comments are very politically correct (like the name of the show), dealing with such sexist subjects as “women drivers.”

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