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The Real Match Game Story: Behind the Blanks (2006)

A behind-the-scenes look at Match Game 73 (1973) the fill-in-the-blank game show known for its cheeky panel in the 1960s and '70s. Included: remarks by host Gene Rayburn (1917-99), Richard Dawson and Brett Somers.
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Gene Rayburn ... Himself (archive footage)
Brett Somers ... Herself
Jimmie Walker ... Himself
Marcia Wallace ... Herself
Betty White ... Herself
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A behind-the-scenes look at Match Game 73 (1973) the fill-in-the-blank game show known for its cheeky panel in the 1960s and '70s. Included: remarks by host Gene Rayburn (1917-99), Richard Dawson and Brett Somers.

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26 November 2006 (USA) See more »

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Not bad, but could've been better
17 January 2007 | by EinzelgaengerSee all my reviews

Maybe it's my own personal bias after being a fan of Match Game since 1975, but this retrospective, while a nice effort, needed MORE. Perhaps because it was only about 42 minutes (after commercials), or because there were no interviews with Fannie Flagg or Joyce Bulifant or Patti Deutsch, the semi-regulars who had their own special rapport with the cast. The most glaring omission interview-wise is Charles Nelson Reilly, who provided that inimitable manic lunacy with on-screen cohort Brett Somers, who was terrific in the interviews. I'm not sure why Reilly was not interviewed, though there are rumors he's in ill health. But then again, there were rumors he died several years ago, (which he took great offense at), so who knows.

Also, the brief interview clips of Richard Dawson were not recent. You can tell because his hair still has some brown in it, and the last time Dawson appeared on a Family Feud special on GSN, his hair was snow-white. (This was at least six years ago.) On the plus side, the interview with Gene Rayburn's daughter Lynn was very touching, and kind of sad when she talked about her father's last years. And of course, a vintage interview with the man himself from the early 1990's was quite charming.

The choice of clips were appropriate; as were most of the interviewees (except for Louie Anderson). Let's hope a DVD version is released with much more material.


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