Break the Bank

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ABC (ended 1957)

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Break the Bank

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BROADCAST SCHEDULE 1948 - 1949: ABC 1949 - 1952: NBC 1952 - 1953: CBS 1954 - 1956: ABC 1956 - 1957: NBC 1976: ABC 1976 - 1977: Synd. 1985 - 1986: Synd. 1976 VERSION Two contestants of each sex (one a returning champion), competed on this ABC game show, hosted by Tom Kennedy. There were 9 celebrities (5 on the top & 4 on the side) & 20 boxes. The 20 boxes contained... $100/$200/$300: A question was asked to the two stars. After the joke answers, one would give a true answer, another a bluff. The contestant had to identify the true answer to win the $100, $200 or $300 box. If incorrect, it went back in play (later it was given to the opponent unless it gave it the win, the opponent had to earn that box outright). The $100/$200/$300 boxes connected each other (never diagonally). Three per money amount. WILD!: Can be used for anything, but must answer a question correctly. One WILD card. BLANK: Blanks never connect. When picked, you heard a BOING! sound & lost your turn. Five blanks. MONEY BAGS: No question is played. However, the contestant can either refuse it & take another turn or keep the money bag & give the turn to the opponent. Five money bags. Possesion of a box is indicated on the board by either lips (lady) or mustache (gentleman). The player wins by getting three $100/$200/$300 (3 natural or 2 + wild card) boxes plus a nice prize (IE: 3 $200 boxes = $600). However, if the contestant gets 3 MONEY BAGS, s/he BREAKS THE BANK & wins a jackpot that starts @ $5,000. Whenever a new game was played, $500 (later $250) was added to the jackpot until won or reached ABC's $20,000 cap. Contestants could stay until defeated or reached ABC's $20,000 ceiling. It was a hit, but ABC canned the series because they wanted to expand One Life To Live & General Hospital from 30 to 45 minutes (60 minutes came in 1978, moving The $20,000 Pyramid to the dreaded NOON ET/11:00 CST slot). 1976 Syndicated version Jack Barry replaced Tom Kennedy, while announcer Ernie Anderson replaced Johnny Jacobs. Game play was the same on the 1976 version, except... 1). No returning champion. Two contestants played for the entire show. 2). The $200 boxes were replaced with $500 boxes. 3). Contestants can win $10,000 in prizes if they broke the bank. Also, the winner played a bonus round. Each of the 9 stars had money amounts, but one was the "JINX". The contestant would pick a star & the star would show a money amount (or the JINX to end the game, where the contestant lost the winnings). The object was to amass $2,000 to win a $5,000 bonus. Of course, the player could quit anytime.moreless
Johnny Jacobs

Johnny Jacobs

Announcer (1976 ABC)

Bert Parks

Bert Parks

Host

Bud Collyer

Bud Collyer

Co-Host (1948-1953)

Gene Rayburn

Gene Rayburn

Host (1985-86 version)

Ernie Anderson

Ernie Anderson

Announcer (1976-1977) (uncredited)

Jack Barry (II)

Jack Barry (II)

Host (syndicated)

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  • a great old game show.

    8.2
    This was a pretty good television game show. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites (Amazon.com and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.moreless

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