Series: Break the Bank (1945)
The first of three unrelated Game Shows with this name was from Wolf Productions, debuting on Mutual radio on October 20, 1945. Contestants chosen from the Studio Audience answered questions of increasing value, although the amounts varied:
- By October 1949, it was $10-$20-$50-$100-$200-$300-$500.
- The 1953 daytime version used $10-$20-$30-$50-$100-$200-$300.
- By about mid-1955, the structure was modified to $25-$50-$100-$200-$300-$500.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Bonus Round: The question for the Bank.
- Consolation Prize: The amount you had before the second wrong answer.
- Home Game: Two versions were released by Bettye-B in 1955, but play for considerably more than the show did!
- The Announcer: Including Bud Collyer, Win Elliot, and Johnny Olson.
- Game Show Host: Bert Parks, famous for helming Miss America pageants and goading answers out of contestants on Yours For A Song. Collyer assisted from 1948-53, afterward hosting a brief daytime version on NBC.
- Lovely Assistant: They appear to have been added after Collyer left.
- Studio Audience
- Progressive Jackpot: The Bank, which started at $1,000 ($500 on the 1953 daytime series) and grew by the amount each player or couple took home until won.
This show provides examples of:
- A Day in the Limelight: Among the substitute hosts were Peter Donald, Johnny Olson, and Bill Cullen.
- Long Runner: Twelve years.