A game show where contestents answer trivia questions and then have to gamble their winnings on a randomly flashing game board.
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Peter Tomarken ...
Rod Roddy ...
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Three contestants one a returning champion competed in this game of strategy. The game consisted of two rounds, each with two parts. In the first part of each round, host Tomarken read a toss-up question; the first to signal is given a chance to answer. That response, plus two other possible answers are then listed, with the other two contestant then given a chance to choose from the three listed answers. A correct answer earned the first contestant three spins and his/her opponents one spin each. Four such questions were played; the players used the spins to accumulate cash and prizes on an 18-space board. One contestant at a time is in control of the board; he/she stopped a randomly-flashing cursor by pressing his signal device (and usually the scream "STOP!"). The contestant wins whatever appears in the lit space a cash amount, a prize, perhaps an extra spin or other action space ... or it could be a Whammy, which caused the contestant to lose all he/she had accumulated in that ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Today, these 3 players are after high stakes! But they'll have to avoid the whammy, as they play the most exciting game of their lives! From Television City in Hollywood, it's time to Press Your Luck!

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Family | Game-Show

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(737 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Press Your Luck was the last major network daytime show to air in the 4:00 PM (3:00 Central) slot, two years after ABC ended its last program (The Edge of Night (1956)) and seven years after NBC aired its last show (The Hollywood Squares (1965)). See more »

Quotes

[after a letter falls of a sign in front on the contestant lecturn]
Peter Tomarken: Have we been renewed? This would never happen to Bob Barker.
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Connections

Remade as Press Your Luck (1987) See more »

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Main Theme
(1983-1986)
by Lee Ringuette for Score Productions
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Wow! What a great game show.
9 April 2000 | by (indiana) – See all my reviews

This was the best game show ever. Everyone I know has fond memories of the whammy... The game show was a lot flashier than the other shows on the air at the time. High rollers went too slow to enjoy. That bingo game they had was terrible! Overall, Press Your luck was great if you saw it.


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