|Country of origin||United States|
|Original run||August 10, 1948 – 1951|
Candid Camera is a long-running television series, created and produced by Allen Funt, which initially began on radio as Candid Microphone June 28, 1947. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Events 612 BC - Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire The year 1948 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1948. The year 1951 in television involved some significant eventsBelow is a list of Television -related events in 1951. A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U Allen Funt ( September 16, 1914 &ndash September 5 1999) was an American producer-director best known as the creator and host of Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. Events 1098 - Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul. Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. After a series of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt's concept came to television on August 10, 1948. Events 612 BC - Killing of Sinsharishkun, King of Assyrian Empire Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
The format has appeared on network, syndicated or cable television in each succeeding decade, as either a regular show or a series of specials. Funt himself hosted or co-hosted almost all of the TV versions until a 1993 stroke from which he never recovered. Funt's son Peter Funt, who had co-hosted the specials with his father since 1987, is now the producer/host of the format. Peter Funt is the son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. He is also the producer and the host of the show since 1998
The premise of the show involved concealed cameras filming ordinary people being confronted with unusual situations, sometimes involving trick props, such as a desk with drawers that pop open when one is closed or a car with a hidden extra gas tank. When the joke was revealed, victims would be told the show's famous catch phrase, "Smile, you're on Candid Camera. A catch phrase (or catchphrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance " With humor based on putting real people in fabricated situations, the show was very much a precursor to the more recent wave of prank shows such as Punk'd, Girls Behaving Badly, Fear Factor, Just For Laughs Gags and Boiling Points. Punk'd is an American Hidden camera Practical joke Television series on MTV, produced and hosted by Ashton Kutcher Girls Behaving Badly is an American reality comedy Television show on the Oxygen cable channel and is also syndicated Just For Laughs Gags is a Canadian silent Comedy show that is under the Just For Laughs brand Boiling Points is a prank Reality television show much like the format used on Candid Camera.
Writer Woody Allen got his start writing for the show in the 1960s and performed in some scenarios. Buster Keaton and Muhammad Ali also appeared in Candid Camera segments. Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton ( October 4 1895 &ndash February 1 1966) was an Academy Award -winning American Biography Early life Cassius Clay Jr was born on January 17 1942
The show often played its hidden camera pranks on celebrities as well. A hidden camera is a still or Video camera used to film people without their knowledge One memorable episode had actress Ann Jillian (who is Lithuanian) scheduled to make a small donation to a Lithuanian charity. Ann Jillian (born Ann Jura Nauseda on January 29, 1950 in Cambridge Massachusetts) is an American actress Lithuania, officially the Republic of Lithuania (Lietuvos Respublika is a Country in Eastern often referred to as Northern Europe or in the When police officers informed her a con artist was behind the charity, they convinced her to donate a much larger amount with the assurance that he would be arrested when he accepted the check. After the arrest attempt, Jillian was told the man was running a legitimate charity, a set-up that forced her into acting as though she had intended to donate hundreds of thousands of dollars all along.
Candid Microphone was first heard on Saturday, June 28, 1947, at 7:30pm on ABC radio. Events 1098 - Fighters of the First Crusade defeat Kerbogha of Mosul. Year 1947 ( MCMXLVII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The following week it moved to Sundays at 7:00pm. Beginning in late September 1947, it aired Mondays at 9pm through October, then Thursdays at 8:00pm until May 1948 when it moved to Thursdays at 9:30pm. That series came to an end on September 23, 1948. Events 1122 - Concordat of Worms. 1459 - Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Year 1948 ( MCMXLVIII) was a Leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Beginning June 6, 1950, Candid Microphone was broadcast by CBS on Tuesdays at 9:30pm, and that summer series, sponsored by Philip Morris, continued for three months until August 29. Events 1508 - Maximilian I Holy Roman Emperor, is defeated in Friulia by Venetian forces; he is forced to sign a three-year Year 1950 ( MCML) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 708 - Copper coins are minted in Japan for the first time (Traditional Japanese date: August 10, 708)
Funt brought his program to ABC television in 1948 and then switched to NBC the next year. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's The format moved to syndication in 1951 before returning to NBC as a segment of The Tonight Show. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as appropriate --> The Tonight Show is a long-running The segment reappeared in 1959 on CBS as a feature on The Garry Moore Show, before once again becoming a stand-alone show in 1960. CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. The Garry Moore Show was the name for several separate American variety series on the CBS Television network in the 1950s and
Its longest uninterrupted run came on the 1960-67 CBS version. Producer/host Funt was joined on stage by CBS veteran Arthur Godfrey the first season, Garry Moore Show announcer/sidekick Durward Kirby from 1960 to 1966 and Bess Myerson for the final season of the run. Arthur Morton Leo Godfrey ( August 31 1903 &ndash March 16 1983) was an American Radio and Television broadcaster Homer Durward Kirby ( August 24 1911, Covington Kentucky  &mdash March 15 2000, Fort Myers Florida) known professionally Bess Myerson (born July 16, 1924 in Bronx, New York) became in 1945 the first Jewish woman to win the Miss America pageant Film legend Buster Keaton even appeared on the show; clips of his hilarious stunts were included in Thames Television's tribute to the comic actor. Joseph Frank "Buster" Keaton ( October 4 1895 &ndash February 1 1966) was an Academy Award -winning American Thames Television was a licencee of the British ITV television network covering London and parts of the surrounding counties This 1960-1967 run was arguably the most successful version of the show, and the show appeared in the Nielsen ratings during this era too; ratings were: 1960-1961: #7; 1961-1962: #10; 1962-1963: #2; 1963-1964: #7
Candid Camera returned in 1974 for a five-year run in weekly syndication, with Funt as emcee again and John Bartholomew Tucker and Dorothy Collins as early co-hosts. John Bartholomew Tucker (born April 9, 1930 in Pennsylvania) is an American Radio and Television personality as well as Dorothy Collins ( November 18 1926 &ndash July 21 1994) was a popular U Fannie Flagg, one of Funt’s writers during the 1960s run, also shared emcee duties with Funt during the 1970s era, as did Phyllis George, Betsy Palmer and Jo Ann Pflug. Fannie Flagg (born Patricia Neal September 21, 1944 in Birmingham Alabama) is an American author and actress Phyllis Ann George Brown (born 25 June 1949) is an American businesswoman Betsy Palmer (born Patricia Betsy Hrunek; November 1 1926) is an American Actress probably best known for her role as a panelist Jo Ann Pflug (born May 2, 1947 in Atlanta Georgia) is a former American Motion picture and Television Actress
The network TV version celebrated its 35th anniversary with an NBC special in 1983. Four years later, a series of occasional Candid Camera specials aired on CBS with Peter Funt joining his father as co-host. Peter Funt is the son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. He is also the producer and the host of the show since 1998
The show also aired a season in daily syndication (1991-92) with Dom DeLuise as host and Eva LaRue as co-host. Eva LaRue (born Eva Maria LaRuy on December 27 1966) is an American Actress. Funt authorized this version, but did not approve of the format or host. He stated in his biography "Candidly" (1994) that he deeply regretted his decision (which he made strictly for financial reasons) mainly because he didn't think DeLuise understood the spirit of the show or was an appropriate host, and also because he felt the bits were weak, uninteresting, and too preoccupied with incorporating the show's sponsor, Pizza Hut, into them in an overtly commercial way.
A well-received 1996 CBS program celebrating the 50th anniversary of the format (dating back to the Candid Microphone days) led to another series of occasional Candid Camera specials, and then to its return as a weekly CBS show with Peter Funt and Suzanne Somers as co-hosts. Suzanne Somers (born October 16, 1946) is an American actress author and businesswoman The show moved to the PAX network in 2001 with Dina Eastwood as co-host, remaining on the air for a few more years before suspending production.
In the 1960s and 1970s, Candid Camera produced over ten tapes of adult-oriented (but not pornographic) stunts and hidden camera gags called Candid Candid Camera for HBO and Playboy. Videotape is a means of recording images and sound onto Magnetic tape as opposed to movie film. Playboy is an American Men's magazine, founded in Chicago Illinois, by Hugh Hefner and his associates which has grown into Playboy For example, a man was hired as a hypnotist's assistant and then a beautiful new lady patient disrobed while "hypnotized". Hypnosis is often thought to be a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility with diminished peripheral awareness
In 1970, Funt wrote, directed, and produced a feature reality film, What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?. Reality film or reality movie describes a genre of films that have resulted from Reality television, such as The Real Cancun, MTV 's What Do You Say to a Naked Lady? is a hidden-camera style documentary released in 1970 and directed by Candid Camera creator Allen
A British version of Candid Camera began in 1960 and ran for seven years. It was initially presented by Bob Monkhouse and featured Jonathan Routh and Arthur Atkins as pranksters. Robert Alan Monkhouse OBE (1 June 1928 – 29 December 2003 was an English Entertainer. Jonathan Reginald Surdeval Routh ( November 24, 1927 - June 4, 2008) co-starred in the British version of the television show Candid Arthur Atkins may refer to Arthur Atkins (Painter, tonalist landscape painter Arthur Atkins (footballer (1925–1988 English footballer The show briefly returned in 1974, hosted by Peter Dulay. Jeremy Beadle made his name hosting prank shows, notably Beadle's About in the 1980s. Jeremy James Anthony Gibson Beadle MBE ( 12 April 1948 &ndash 30 January 2008) was an English Television presenter
An Australian version of Candid Camera with the same name, began in the late 1990s and ran until the end of the century. It was successful until the show was cancelled for unknown reasons. Quebec saw its own adaptation titled Les insolences d'une caméra. Quebec (kwɨˈbɛk
A wave of other hidden camera and prank shows began in the 1980s: Totally Hidden Video was seen on Fox from 1989 until 1992. Totally Hidden Video was an American Television show that aired on the Fox Network from 1989 to 1992. MTV's Ashton Kutcher vehicle, Punk'd, devised elaborate pranks on celebrities. MTV ( Music Television) is an American Cable television network based in New York City. Christopher Ashton Kutcher ( commonly known as Ashton Kutcher (born February 7 1978 is an American actor and former fashion model best known for playing Michael A celebrity is a widely-recognized or famous person who commands a high degree of public and media attention Some shows have been criticized because of the potential cruelty inherent in the pranks, such as Scare Tactics. For the 1990s comic book series published by DC Comics see Scare Tactics (comics Scare Tactics is a reality show on the Oblivious gave cash prizes to unsuspecting subjects in the street who answered trivia questions but did not realize they were on a game show. Oblivious was a comedy game show that aired within the United States of America on TNN/Spike TV off and on between 2002 and 2004 The most ambitious of all was The Joe Schmo Show in which Matt Kennedy Gould was surrounded by actors and hoaxed for the entire series. The Joe Schmo Show was a Reality TV show parody which aired on the American cable network Spike TV starting in September 2003. Matt Kennedy Gould was the victim of a television hoax by The Joe Schmo Show in 2003 The show also influenced The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. The Jamie Kennedy Experiment is a half-hour-long American Television show that was broadcast on the The WB.
Candid Camera is currently produced by Funt's son, Peter Funt, and Clint Eastwood's wife, Dina. Peter Funt is the son of Candid Camera creator Allen Funt. He is also the producer and the host of the show since 1998 Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr (born May 31 1930 is a four-time Academy Award winning American Actor and Filmmaker. Dina Ruiz Eastwood (born Dina Ruiz; July 11 1965 is perhaps best known as a News anchor for KSBW-TV. Previously, Peter Funt co-hosted with Suzanne Somers. Suzanne Somers (born October 16, 1946) is an American actress author and businesswoman The show is currently out of production and syndication.
In a suit filed against Peter Funt, Pax and the Mohave County Airport Authority, Philip Zelnick, 35, claimed he was injured during one of the show's pranks. Mohave County is located in the northwestern corner of the US Funt, posing as a security guard, instructed passengers to go through a fake X-ray machine, and Zelnick received a bruise to his thigh while getting off the conveyor belt. The jury awarded Zelnick a total of $300,000 in punitive damages with Peter Funt and the show ordered to pay $150,000 each. An out of court settlement was also reached with the Mohave County Airport Authority, Mr. Zelnick accepted an amount of $95,000 from the airport. PAX TV also awarded Mr. Zelnick $7,500 out of court.