|Randy Merriman (1951–1957)|
Robert "Bob" Paige (1957–1959, 1962)
Bert Parks (1959)
NBC Primetime: 6/29/1952 – 9/14/1952, 6/21/1953 – 9/27/1953
CBS Daytime: 3/30/1953 – 10/16/1959
|Walt Framer Productions|
The Big Payoff was a quiz game show where contestants would have a chance to win prizes.
Contestants were selected from men who mailed in letters explaining why the women in their lives deserved prizes. The men were asked up to four questions (delivered on a silver tray by "Question Girl" Susan Sayers) for luxurious prizes like jewelry, appliances, and other prizes. If he correctly answered all of the first three questions, he would be asked a Payoff Question which, if answered correctly, won the couple the "Big Payoff" of a mink coat for the wife, a car for the man, and a trip aboard Pan American Airlines (later KLM Royal Dutch) for both.
During the daytime edition's final three weeks, the format changed to three couples competing in a guessing game for points. After three questions, the couple with the highest score answered the Payoff Question. For the 1962 revival, there were only two couples.
"A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (Theme Song)" - Irving Berlin
Vocals - Betty Ann Grove, Denise Lor, and Judy Lynn
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