Dennis James
DuMont Primetime: 6/20/1946 – 7/1/1947
Carr-Stark Productions

Cash and Carry was a game show that aired on the then-both affiliates of the DuMont network, making this the first network TV game show (prior to this, all game shows aired on a single local TV station). The show, sponsored by Libby's Foods, was played on a supermarket set and may have been a prototype for Supermarket Sweep.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

The set was lined with shelves of cans of the sponsor's products. Contestants would select a can, and do the task attatched to it. The tasks were worth either $5, $10, or $15. Most tasks were questions asked by Dennis, while others were stunts for the players to complete. Examples of stunts included a man pantomiming a woman taking off her clothes for a bath, or a wife, being blindfolded, trying to feed her husband ice cream.

There was also a home viewer contest where viewers could call in by phone and guess what was hidden under a large barrel.

Studio[edit | edit source]

Wanamaker's department store, New York City, NY

Trivia[edit | edit source]

This was Dennis James' first game show.

This show originally aired on Thursday nights (making it the only show DuMont aired on that day of the week); in April, the show was bumped to Tuesday nights and remained there to the end of the run.

Episode Status[edit | edit source]

No episodes are known to exist, as almost all television broadcasts from the first year of United States network television are lost due to a lack of means to preserve such content. The known exceptions are a few episodes of Kraft Television Theatre from early 1947 which were made to test the kinescope process which allowed television series to be preserved.

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