The Way It Worked
Candid Camera was built on a very simple premise. Ordinary people, who did not know in advance that they were being filmed, would be confronted by strange situations.
Their reactions would be videotaped and then the host would step forward to reveal the prank often accompanied by the catchphrase used on the show, “Smile, you’re on Candid Camera.“
That may sound brutal, but in the main show’s pranks were just harmless fun and the victims would be happy to laugh off the situations they found themselves in and rarely became upset about their treatment in front of the camera. Except for a few, of course…