Here’s some videos of the famous week of appearances by William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy on Dick Clark’s $20,000 Pyramid in 1977! (I’m guessing the Pyramid amount doubled for inflation!)
As I mentioned in today’s Daily Scrapbook, Nimoy was a great player and had played this several times, Bill was…well, Bill, and he famously throws a chair at one point! I’m very grateful to the videographer Hondo, who resuscitated these. The quality isn’t great, but they’re still enjoyable!
Warning, Shatner wears some eye-scarring 70’s qiana shirts! Nimoy is ever cool, of course 😉 The first clip begins with a flashback of Nimoy hugging an ecstatic contestant 🙂
An analysis about why Shatner’s 70’s show The Barbary Coast failed –probably because it was an awful show? (It basically was a 70’s version of The Wild Wild West, with Shatner in the Artemis Gordon-style role) Also a mention of that British import Space 1999, and TV listings of Nimoy’s movie The Alpha Caper, and the crazy week when William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy appeared opposite each other on Dick Clark’s $20,ooo Pyramid! Those appearances were pretty funny; at one point they pitted Shatner against himself at the pyramid, and amazingly, he LOST! I remember he was sitting there giving clues to an empty chair and Clark had to yell out something like “Switch seats, you dope!”
Why did Shatner and Nimoy do this? I’m guessing they needed the money, but it looks like they really enjoyed it -(Nimoy played to win and was especially good!) See the link to these episodes in today’s Wideo Wednesday – (the quality isn’t great but it’s a miracle that someone saved these!) Thank you Hondo!