The Big Payoff (quiz show)

     (NBC Daytime,   1951 - 1953;
      NBC Primetime, 1952 - 1953;
      CBS Daytime,   1953 - 1959)

     [During the eight year history of this series it
      went from Daytime to Primetime (as a Summer replacement)
      and then back to Daytime;
      Several emcees included Bert Parks, Randy Merriman, Mort
      Lawrence, and Robert Paige; Former Miss America Bess 
      Meyerson was one common denominator almost until the
      very end. Miss Meyerson was considered the "hostess"
      who revealed the prizes and introduced contestants;
      She was succeeded by models Betty Ann Grove and
      Denise Lor during the last Daytime version.]

Theme: "A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody" from "Ziegfeld Follies of 1919"

     [This lilting ballad was first used in the Ziegfeld
      Follies of 1919, and was so popular it became the 
      signature song of all Ziegfeld Follies thereafter.]

      Composer: Irving Berlin (ASCAP)

      1978 Publisher: Irving Berlin Music Corp. (ASCAP)
      2000 Publisher: [in the Public Domain]
      Composition Date: 1919

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