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.