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The Password Is ‘Funnies’

Making out way though our fabboo Best of Password DVD set, we came across this 1965 episode with guest stars Betty White and the elegant Arlene Francis. The Betty White Passwords are always lots of fun. She has a great, flirty repartee with host Alan Ludden (a.k.a. Mr. Betty White) and her fellow players in addition to being a sharp player. What makes this one even more interesting is that the players are well-known comic strip artists of the day, including Al Capp (‘Lil Abner) and Mort Walker (Beetle Bailey). The artists were playing for charity to support a gallery show they put on in response to Pop Artists using their comic book imagery. The artists aren’t too great at playing Password, really, but the episode is an excellent little window into that (white, male, mostly stodgy) world of newspaper comic strips of the mid-sixties.

The fascinating story behind the comic book artists (and the Pop Art show) featured in this episode can be read on this CSBG weblog post from comix expert Greg Hatcher.

Key Party

Remember Just Men!, the 1983 game show hosted by Betty White? I was surprised to find that somebody uploaded a complete episode of this on YouTube. Despite only lasting for 13 weeks on NBC, this show netted White the first game show host daytime Emmy awarded to a woman (deservedly so, if only for the way she constantly runs about the set). Gameplay consisted of two female contestants quizzing a panel of seven male celebs for a chance at… a NEW CAR! Okay, so it’s kind of a weird show with a salacious Dating Game-esque element, but it was cool to see something that had previously been a vague memory. The clips also have original commercials for Dial soap and the like.

Related: Just Men! Part 2, Just Men! Part 3.

Go, Betty, Go!

Maybe it’s the Snickers commercial on the Super Bowl, but it seems like Betty White is everywhere these days. Now she’s the subject of a massive fan campaign on Facebook to get her to host Saturday Night Live (I happily joined this group — invited by, oddly enough, actress June Lockhart). NPR’s Linda Holmes makes a compelling case that it’s in SNL’s best interest to land Betty that hosting gig.