Oscar the Wonder Rodent

White rat used to win prizes on the game show parody THE CHEAP SHOW/SYN/1978-79.

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During the bonus round, Oscar was placed on a spinning wheel and whatever hole he crawled into indicated what prizes were awarded. If the players could guess the hole that Oscar entered, they would win the grand prize (usually a car).

Celebrity panelists (e.g., Truman Capote, Eva Gabor, Bob Newhart) answered a question and contestants guessed which of them was correct. Prizes were valued at under $20, and wrong guesses by the contestants resulted in such messy `punishments’ as a pie in the face.

Regulars on the program included: Dick Martin as Host; Janelle Price as Wanda; Shirl Bernheim as Polly, the Prize Lady; Charlie O’Donnell as Announcer; and a guy named  Roger, a security guard who protected Oscar the Wonder Rodent. The program ran 24 episodes.

 

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Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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