|Wayne Brady, Monty Hall and Carol Merrill. Monty Brinton/CBS|
On Friday, Monty Hall returns to Let’s Make a Deal to celebrate the game show’s 50th anniversary. I had an opportunity to speak with him Wednesday and it was a great deal for me. I love speaking with TV pioneers, they always have the best stories and they know how to share them.
|Merrill (right) with current Let’s Make a Deal model Tiffany Coyne|
Hall says he was there in 1952 when television came to Canada. He hosted an hour-long magazine show called Matinee Party with Rosemary Boxer. “We had all kinds of guests,” says Hall. He also hosted a prime time series set in a night club.
|Hall back in the early Deal days|
“Do you remember the actress Rosalyn Russell?” he asked. “I was at a big dinner party one night, she was sitting next to me at my table. And during the evening the host brought out a big gondola festooned with prizes. These were very wealthy people sitting at a dinner. They started calling out numbers and the person would win a compact worth fifty dollars. And the screaming started with these rich people.