JACK BARRY - AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIBED PHOTOGRAPH - HFSID 24694
Sale Price $144.00
Inscribed photo in plaid suit, shown as a game show host
Photograph inscribed and signed: "To Vicki/Best Luck/Jack Barry". B/w, 8 x10. TV emcee Jack Barry (1918-1984) began his career in game shows in 1947, hosting Juvenile Jury. He later served as host of Wisdom of the Ages (1952), Winky-Dink and You (1953), The Big Surprise (1955-1956), Tic Tac Dough (1956) and Concentration (1958, nighttime version). Barry is perhaps best remembered for hosting the quiz show Twenty One (1956-1958), which was produced by Jack Barry and Dan Enright Productions. On November 28, 1956, Charles Van Doren, a college professor, first appeared as a contestant on Twenty One, defeating champion Herb Stempel on December 5th. It was later revealed that Stempel and Van Doren had been supplied with the answers and told when to lose, leading to a Congressional investigation. Neither Barry nor Enright were indicted, but Twenty One, which had become the first regular show to beat I Love Lucy in its time slot, was cancelled. Barry's career was not over, however. He later hosted The Generation Gap (1969), The Reel Game (1971), The Joker's Wild (1972-1984) and Break the Bank (1976). He also made guest appearances on The Addams Family (1964, as a reporter) and Batman (1966, playing a newscaster). Light creasing. Slight curling at upper edges. Otherwise fine condition.
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