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"And a most cordial welcome once again to [name of show]."
Jack Barry greeting the audience and viewers on almost all shows he hosted.

Jack Barry worked on many shows (mostly Game Shows), either alone or with production partner Dan Enright. Following the quiz show scandals, both men were blacklisted. After a few years, Barry decided to find out if there was a problem with him going back into broadcasting. Along with a bunch of investors, he bought a small radio station in Orange County, California, presuming that if the FCC would allow him to have a broadcast license, there's no reason he couldn't go back into television. It turned out his premise was correct: The FCC approved the license transfer; subsequently Barry returned to television game shows in 1968. Enright worked in Canada until the duo reunited in 1977. With the exception of those airing on the networks, most Barry-Enright games were syndicated by Colbert Television Sales.

Although Barry passed away on May 2, 1984, games carrying his name in their credits would continue through 1991. Afterward, the company was renamed Stafford-Enright Productions until Enright's death on May 22, 1992.


Shows produced:

  • Juvenile Jury (1947-54, 1970-71, 1983-84, 1989-91) and its senior spinoff, Life Begins At Eighty (1948-56)
  • Back That Fact (1953)
  • Winky Dink and You (1953-57, 1969-73)
  • Tic-Tac-Dough (1956-59, 1978-86, 1990-91)
  • Twenty One (1956-58, 1982)
  • You're On Your Own (1956-57)
  • High Low (1957)
  • Dough-Re-Mi (1958-60; sold to NBC in Fall 1958)
  • Concentration (1958, earliest episodes; sold to NBC)
  • The Reel Game (1971)
  • The Jokers Wild (1971 [1], 1972-75, 1977-86, 1990-91; pilots were attempted as early as 1968) and its juvenile spinoff, Joker! Joker! Joker! (1979-81) [2]
  • Hollywood's Talking (1973; first aired series for Geoff Edwards)
  • Way Out Games (1976-77)
  • Break the Bank (1976-77)
  • Hollywood Connection (1977-78; the pilot, taped in 1975, was eventually aired by GSN)
  • Play the Percentages (1980)
  • Bullseye (1980-82)
  • Hot Potato (1984)
  • Bumper Stumpers (1987-90, with Wink Martindale Productions)
  • Pictionary (1989)
  • All About The Opposite Sex (1990)
  • Hold Everything! (1990)

Barry also appeared in Woody Allen's 1972 comedy Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex (But Were Afraid To Ask) as host of the fake 1950s panel game What's My Perversion? (a parody of What's My Line and I've Got a Secret). The "panel" consisted of Pamela Mason, Regis Philbin, Toni Holt, and Robert Q. Lewis.

Notes

  1. {local series on KTLA}
  2. (Apparently rooted in the 1966 Canadian game It's A Match, hosted by Barry and produced by Enright.)
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