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|Also known as||Your Big Moment|
|Created by||Bernard Schubert|
|Presented by||Arlene Francis|
|Narrated by||Walter Herlihy (1949-50) |
Rex Marshall (1950-51)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Original network||ABC (1949-1951)|
|Original release||May 5, 1949 –|
September 15, 1953
Six men vied for dates with three unseen women by having conversations with them, in a show similar to the future The Dating Game. The men, who were typically either servicemen or college students, were known as the "Hunters" and tried to win a date with the women, known as the "Hunted," for an expense-paid date on the town which included an invitation to a popular local nightclub.
In this version, the six men (initially local servicemen) sat on one side of a wall, and the three women sat on the other side. Two men each would have about two minutes to explain by telephone his best points to one woman. After they both had their turn, the woman chose the date she found more interesting, with the winners escorted through swinging doors to meet their blind dates.
Winners received a night on the town, which on the premiere episode included a nightclub invitation to the Stork Club, $5 in pocket money, and a chaperoned ride home. The losers received a friendly kiss from Francis, $15 in cash, and tickets to a popular local theater production as consolation prizes. And the women were each paid $50 for their appearances.
The radio show began its network run as a summer replacement for the Maxwell House Coffee Time program, and it was fairly risqué for its time. The Billboard review for the first show concluded with, "All in all, it's a lot of fun and if program could be broadcast 'for adults only' it'd be a great filler inner for Snooks and Frank Morgan. Since broadcasting is a family medium it doesn't belong on the air."
In this version, two men (college students or servicemen) were seated on one side of a wall and telephoned one of the women sitting on the other side. They attempted to talk her into accepting a date with one of them. On the basis of voice and specially prepared questions, she chose the most impressive one of the two for her affections. Those two people became a couple. This process continued until three couples were formed.
At the end of the show, the audience determined which couple would receive the romantic night on the town by means of applause.
In 1953, the television format was changed to viewers writing to the show, and asking about a date with a type of person, or to go on a date to a special event.
Blind Date started on the stage of the Hollywood Theatre in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as G.I. Blind Date, a radio show designed to entertain servicemen at the Army Radio Technical Training School in town. The first show was broadcast on KELO radio in January 1943. G.I. Blind Date was created by Joe Floyd, Cliff Gill and Vera Thomson as a between-movie entertainment feature. Seeing its success, Floyd peddled the idea around to other markets, eventually selling it to NBC radio where it first aired July 8, 1943, hosted by Arlene Francis.
The radio show grew into a television show. This version originally aired on ABC from May 5, 1949, to September 20, 1951, moved to NBC from June 7 to July 15, 1952, then ran on DuMont (originally as Your Big Moment) from May 19 to September 15, 1953. The ABC version aired Fridays at 8:30pm EST during the start of the 1949-50 TV season, and Thursdays at 9:30pm EST during the 1950–51 season.
Arlene Francis was the host of the ABC and NBC versions, and had hosted the radio version since 1943. Melvyn Douglas became host when the show moved to DuMont, but was replaced after the third show by Jan Murray.
One episode with Francis from 1950 is held among collectors, while the August 25, 1953, show with Murray is held by the Paley Center for Media.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
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