Break the Bank (1948)

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Break the Bank
Premiere October 22, 1948
Finale January 15, 1957
Creator Ed Wolf,
Herb Wolf
Host Bert Parks
Network/Provider ABC (1948-1949, 1954-1956),
NBC (1949-1952, 1953, 1956-1957),
CBS (1952-1953)
Style 30-minute game show
Company Wolf Productions
Origin USA

Break the Bank is a game show from the early days of television. It is unrelated to the Break the Bank shows that followed in 1976 and 1985.

Contestants from the studio audience answered questions, each starting at $25 for a correct answer up to $500. A contestant is allowed only one wrong answer. A contestant successfully making it to the $500 question had the chance to answer a question to "break the bank." The value of the bank was determined by how long it had been since last broken.

A daytime and nighttime show aired. On the nighttime show, a special feature was the "bank holdup." The camera would focus on a member of the audience, who had the chance for prizes by answering a question. In 1956, a short-lived variant, Break the $250,000 Bank, aired.




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