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"May all your consequences by happy ones"
- Signoff used on the game show TRUTH OR
CONSEQUENCES/CBS/NBC/SYN/1950-87. Emceed by
Ralph Edwards (later Jack Bailey, Steve Dunne,
Bob Barker, Bob Hilton and Larry Anderson), this
program was the first game show to use stunts.
If the contestant couldn't answer the emcee's
silly question, they had to pay the consequences
by participating in a silly stunt.
"Mmmmm-WAH!" - The sound of Dinah Shore's
classic kiss goodnight at the end of her
musical/variety program THE DINAH SHORE
SHOW/NBC/1951-57. On the first night of her show
quite by accident Dinah came up with a gimmick
that became her trademark. When it became
apparent that the show had run some 30 seconds
short, Dinah had to stretch the final scene.
Taking the suggestion of set designer, Alan
Handley, she blew an exaggerated kiss "Mmmmm-WAH!"
to the audience off the palm of her hand. After
the first week Dinah forgot to give her good
night kiss to the audience and the fans followed
up with letters of concern asking her if she
"didn't love them anymore." The kiss soon became
a permanent part of her act. Alan Handley got
the idea from a cute little blonde who did a
show called MARY KAYE'S NIGHTCAP, a program
aired right before the station signed-off each
night. Wearing a frilly nightgown and cuddled up
on a bed, she announced the highlights of the
next day's programming and then ended the show
by daintily kissing the palm of her hand and
gently blowing the kiss at the television
audience (TV Guide 1/15-21/77 p. 27).
TRIVIA NOTE: Another
program that used the kiss goodbye was THE
DATING GAME/ABC/SYN/1965-80 & 1988-89 originally
emceed by Jim Lange. Each program ended with a
big kiss to the audience that turned into a
friendly goodbye wave.
"Peace" - Signoff used by Dave Garroway,
early host of the TODAY SHOW on NBC beginning in
January 1952. He closed each program with an
upraised hand and the single word "Peace." A
former disc jockey, Dave Garroway originally
hosted his own variety program GARROWAY AT
LARGE/NBC/1949-51 where he first used his
trademark closing phrase "Peace." In April of
1961, Dave Garroway's wife died and in July he
left the TODAY program after nine years. He
closed the program with his "Peace"
signoff to the accompaniment of Lionel Hampton's
version of "Sentimental Journey"-Garroway's
theme song. In 1988 Arsenio Hall, the late night
talk show host of THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW/SYN/1988-93
began to use the same signoff and occasionally
added the phrase "Peace and think number one" (a
sentiment to always reach for the top in
whatever you do).
TRIVIA NOTE: As a bit of odd
trivia, Dave Garroway was born July 13, 1913 at
13 Van Valson Street in the 13th Ward of
Schenectady, New York. In 1982 Garroway died of
a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Reportedly, he
was despondent over his health after having
open-heart surgery in 1981.
"Say goodnight, Dick" - Rip off of the
classic ending of George Burns and Gracie Allen
"Say good night, Gracie" used on the conclusion
of comedy variety program ROWAN AND MARTIN'S
LAUGH-IN/NBC/1968-73. When Dan Rowan asked his
partner Dick Martin to "Say goodnight, Dick"
after he had enough of his silliness, Dick
responded "Goodnight Dick"
"Say goodnight, Gracie" - What comedian
George Burns said to his wife, Gracie Allen at
the conclusion of every episode of the sitcom
THE GEORGE BURNS AND GRACIE ALLEN
SHOW/CBS/1950-58. At the close of each show,
Gracie would say something silly, or illogical.
Instead of responding to Gracie, George simply
said "Say goodnight, Gracie." The scatterbrained
Gracie would in turn say "Goodnight."
See also "Say Goodnight, Dick."
"See you on the radio" - The classic
signoff of journalist Charles Osgood, the man in
the dashing bow-tie who spoke to million of
people each day on CBS radio and television. His
book "The Osgood Files" (Putnam Books, 1991)
brought together the best of his printed work
with essays guaranteed to make his readers,
stop, laugh and listen. He currently hosts
SUNDAY MORNING program on the CBS Network.
"Smile, you're on Candid Camera!" - The
closing remark heard each week on CANDID
CAMERA/ABC/NBC/CBS/1948-53/CBS/1960-67/CBS/1990/SYN/1991. The point of the program was to catch
people unawares on camera and have them
involuntarily become part of some prank-like
situation. When the persons being recorded by
hidden camera had made a big enough fools of
themselves, they were then informed they were on
Candid Camera. At the end of each program the
host faced the camera and reminded the home
viewers "Don't be surprised if someone comes up
to you and says, SMILE! you're on Candid
Camera." At this point the cameraman focused on
the surprised face of someone in the studio
audience. Created by Allen Funt, the series was
originally called CANDID MICROPHONE when it was
on radio in the 1940s.
"Straight Ahead" - Signature signoff of
Elaine Joyce, the host of the syndicated game
show THE NEW DATING GAME in 1986. At the end of
each telecast Elaine looked into the camera and
told the audience, "Straight ahead"
"Till then, to put a little fun in your life,
try dancing" - What Kathryn Murray, the wife
of Arthur Murray said at the close of THE ARTHUR MURRAY
PARTY/ABC/DUM/CBS/NBC/1950-60. The two popular
dancers hosted this musical variety program that
was nothing more than a commercial for viewers
to join their national chain of dance studios.
"Tell Five!" - HAPPY FELTON'S SPOTLIGHT
GANG/NBC/1954-55, a live Saturday morning show
featuring film clips of European vaudeville acts
closed with the phrase "Tell five" which invited
five others to watch next week.
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