Break the Bank (1976–1977)

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Very different in format from the 1945-1957 version hosted by Bert Parks, this show was primarily based on luck and nerves with the ability to separate truth from bluff helping out. Two ... See full summary »

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2 | 1 | unknown

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1977 | 1976
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Complete series cast summary:
Jaye P. Morgan ...
 Herself (9 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jack Barry ...
 Himself - Host (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Himself (8 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Himself (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Herself (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tom Kennedy ...
 Himself - Host (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Herself (6 episodes, 1976)
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 Himself (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Himself (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Himself (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jan Murray ...
 Himself (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Herself (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
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 Himself (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
Ernie Anderson ...
 Announcer (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
Johnny Jacobs ...
 Announcer / ... (5 episodes, 1976)
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 Himself (4 episodes, 1976)
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 Himself (4 episodes, 1976)
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Very different in format from the 1945-1957 version hosted by Bert Parks, this show was primarily based on luck and nerves with the ability to separate truth from bluff helping out. Two contestants (One's a Returning Champion) were presented with a 4x5=20 grid with 9 celebrity guests seated along the top and side. Behind each square in the grid was either a set amount of money ($100 both abc & syndicated, $200 on abc, $300 both abc & syndicated & $500 on syndicated), a money bag, a wild account or a blank. If a contestant chose a blank, his or her turn was over and control was passed to his or her opponent. If he or she drew a dollar amount, a question would be asked of the celebrities to the top and side of the square with one answering truthfully (True) and the other giving a fake answer (False). If the contestant picked the correct answer, he or she was allowed to continue. If the contestant picked the wrong answer, he or she was unable to continue and gets the account to him or ... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The daytime version hosted by Tom Kennedy aired on ABC (U.S.) between April and July of 1976. Despite strong ratings, the show was abruptly canceled by the network to expand the daytime dramas One Life to Live (1968) and General Hospital (1963) from 30 to 45 minutes. Break the Bank returned to the air September 1976. The program was syndicated to local stations on a weekly basis and hosted by co-producer Jack Barry. See more »

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Hustle The Bank
Performed by Stu Levin
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ABC Didn't Give This Show a Chance
15 January 2007 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I remember watching the mid 70s revival of Break the Bank and it was one of the funniest game shows along with Hollywood Squares and Match Game. It was a simple game with nine stars and an outstanding host in Tom Kennedy as two contestants won money by determining which star gave the correct answer to a question.

However, ABC never gave the show a chance, lasting only 15 weeks because they wanted to expand their long-running soaps One Life to Live and General Hospital. Break the Bank had high ratings and the network squandered a potential hit with its premature cancellation. Why couldn't ABC move the show to an earlier time period such as 11 AM EST where they aired Happy Days reruns? Also, this was the first show since the quiz show scandals from Jack Barry and Dan Enright and paved the way for revivals of The Joker's Wild and Tic Tac Dough. They should have considered moving the show to another network.

The Break the Bank theme was also used years later on The Joker's Wild's Million Dollar Touranment and or a short-lived syndicated show Soapworld. A great game show theme from Stu Levin. I should also point out that on the syndicated version hosted by Barry, he wore dark glasses due to the bright studio lights. Break the Bank was a show that should have had a longer run.


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