Cash and Carry (TV series)

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Cash and Carry
Genre Game Show
Created by Art Stark
Presented by Dennis James
Country of origin USA
Running time 24-26 minutes
Production company(s) Carr-Stark Productions
Original network DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release June 20, 1946 – July 1, 1947

Cash and Carry is an American television game show hosted by Dennis James that ran on the then-both affiliates of the DuMont Television Network from June 20, 1946 to July 1, 1947. This made it not only the sole program aired on Thursday nights by the network, but also the first "network" television game show (all previous television games and quizzes were aired on only one station).

This series was sponsored by Libby's Foods, and produced by Art Stark, later producer of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson from 1962 to 1969. The show was set in a supermarket, with contestants taking cans off the shelf which had questions for the contestant to answer.


James asked contestants questions attached to cans of the sponsor's products, with correct answers worth from $5 to $25. Other tasks were stunts, such as a husband and wife having to work together for a common goal (such as the wife, blindfolded, having to feed her husband).

Home viewers could call in during the show to guess what was hidden under a barrel.

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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.

Even after the kinescope process was created, many shows were still not regularly preserved until the late 1960s.

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