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 ...
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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
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