|Jack Narz (July–September 1960)|
Red Rowe (sub, 1960)
Monty Hall (September 1960–1962)
CBS Daytime: 7/11/1960 – 6/15/1962
|Merrill Heatter/Bob Quigley Productions|
Video Village is a giant board game with people as the tokens.
Two contestants played the role of "tokens" on a human-size gameboard with three "streets": Money Street, Bridge Street and Magic Mile. Players advanced according to the roll of a large six-sided die in a "chuck-a-luck"-style dice cage, rolled on the sidelines by a partner (almost always a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend) and called out by announcer Williams. After Video Village moved to California, the die was replaced by an electric randomizer that proved unpopular with viewers who still enjoyed the Vegas-style die cage from the Milton Bradley home game.
Game Board SquaresEdit
The squares changed throughout the show's run, but some of the more notable ones included:
Money squares: Located on Money Street, contestants received between $5–$20 depending on the space.
Jail: Located between Money Street and Bridge Street, contestants could be sent here either by landing on a "Go to Jail" space or drawing a card which instructed them to do so. All similar to Monopoly. To get out, the contestant had to successfully predict whether their roll would be either even (2,4,6) or odd (1,3,5).
Ask the Council: Located on Money Street and Magic Mile, the contestant was asked a humorous, open-ended question. He/she won cash if the audience — acting as the "council" — was judged to agree.
Shops: Located on the Magic Mile, these were five themed "stores" (Bank, Appliance Store, Jewelry Store, etc.) which each contained a prize. The first contestant to land on the store's space won that prize.
Exchange Places: The very last square on the board before the two "Finish" lines, the unlucky contestant who landed here must change places with their opponent—no matter how far back he or she was.
The first contestant to reach either of the two "Finish" spaces (they had to do so by an exact roll) won the game. Both contestants kept the cash and prizes they accumulated, with the winner returning to play against against a new opponent. On the final nighttime episode from 1960, the winner of the last game won a $100 bonus and the runner-up received another $50.
A board game based on the show was once released by Milton Bradley in 1960.
The music for Video Village was provided by a live combo led by musical director Sid Wayne, cosisting of an: organ, drums, xylophone and bass. Additionally, when Monty Hall became host, the "Village Bus", a golf cart-like vehicle, was added to shuttle contestants from the finish line back to start at the conclusion of the game. While driving it, Hall and hostess Eileen Barton would sing "The Village Bus Song", added to showcase both hosts' musical abilities.
Lyrics to "Video Village":Edit
Oh Video Village is the place.
Where people wear a happy face.
There's so many things to see and do.
For you, and you, and you!
Lyrics to "The Village Bus Song":Edit
Oh, hop aboard the Village Bus and away we go.
I lead and I will really try to drive it nice and slow.
We bump, bump, bump and beep, beep, beep.
But no one seems to fuss.
Oh what fun it is to have them both with us.
Yes, oh, what fun it is to ride the Village Bus!
An Australian version of the show has aired on the Seven Network in the mid-1960's hosted by Danny Webb. Each episode of the show ended with children singing a song featuring these following lyrics:
Goodbye from Video Village.
That's it today.
See you at Video Village.
Next time you're this way.
Merrill Heatter & Bob Quigley
CBS Studio 52, New York City, NY (1960–1961)
CBS Studio 43, Los Angeles, CA (1961–1962)