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TV URBAN LEGEND: Allen Funt produced an adult version of Candid Camera called Candid Candid Camera.
A few year back, the television program Candid Camera ended a long run on the Christian-run television network PAX Television.
That version of the program followed the pattern laid out by the original program, which ran in one format or another almost continuously on various networks from 1948 until 1967. The show, hosted by Allen Funt, would consist of people getting practical jokes played on them – filming their reactions to absurd situations.
Funt hosted the show its entire run, including a syndicated return in the 1970s.
The PAX Network might not be so pleased with the television program if they knew that Funt actually had an adult-themed version of Candid Camera!
It began with a 1970 film by Funt titled What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?, which was basically the same thing as Candid Camera, only seeing what people would, you know, say to a naked lady if she showed up in odd situations.
In the 1980s, Funt would follow this theme with a series of videos that featured similar adult-themed situations titled Candid Candid Camera.
Isn’t it bizarre to find out that Allen Funt was doing these videos for YEARS?
The legend is…
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