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    Plaid Stallions Jerry Lewis for Hasbro games



    Jerry Lewis's passing this week saw much reflection on his film and television career but I didn't see any mention of his time as a games spokesperson for Hasbro.


    Celebrity spokes people for games was an interesting phenomena in the 1970s and Lewis joined other notables such as Don Adams, Lucille Ball and Dick Van Dyke shilling for toy makers.



    Out of that group, you really have to say the best candidate for such a project is probably Lewis. Hasbro's ad campaign capitalized on his strengths and had several of his characters squaring off against the humorless (and overly Germanic) villain, The Baron.


    The games are largely forgotten but this wonderful bit of pop culture shouldn't be.


    Here is the original 90 second Toyfair reel for the Hasbro Spellbound game, showing that the Toy business always works well with a little show business.







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    And who can forget Vincent Price and Stay Alive and Hangman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allie Fox View Post
    And who can forget Vincent Price and Stay Alive and Hangman?
    Apparently me! Aggghhh.

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    Jerry Lewis and GI Joe. That's something you don't see everyday.

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    I remember seeing that ad with Jerry and the Hasbro toys (probably on PS) and being a bit confused. I had no idea these games existed. But until I read Andy Mangels' Filmation book, I had no idea they had done a Jerry Lewis cartoon, either!

    The guy in the bowler hat in the bottom right photo is a character actor I recognize from everything in the late 60s and 70s, but I don't know his name from Adam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Earth 2 Chris View Post
    I remember seeing that ad with Jerry and the Hasbro toys (probably on PS) and being a bit confused. I had no idea these games existed. But until I read Andy Mangels' Filmation book, I had no idea they had done a Jerry Lewis cartoon, either!

    The guy in the bowler hat in the bottom right photo is a character actor I recognize from everything in the late 60s and 70s, but I don't know his name from Adam.

    Chris
    Is the bowler hat guy the late actor Steve Franken? Google him for additional photos. He was in several Bewitched episodes.

    Barnabas Collins

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    ^Yep, that's the guy I was thinking of, and I think that's him! Thanks!

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