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Trivia / Break the Bank (1945)

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  • Channel Hop: Oh, jeez, did it ever.
    • Bank originally aired on ABC from October 22, 1948 to September 23, 1949. On October 5, the show moved to NBC and ran until January 9, 1952. On January 13, Bank moved to CBS until February 1, 1953.
    • On March 30, Bank hopped to NBC as a daytime series and re-spawned its nighttime counterpart on June 23; primetime was canned on September 1, with daytime following suit on September 18. On January 31, 1954 Bank returned home to ABC and stayed for two and a half years, ending on June 20, 1956.
    • On October 9, Bank beefed-up its top prize to $250,000 and moved to NBC. The show eventually folded on January 15, 1957.
    • The radio series began on Mutual, ending on April 13, 1946. The show moved to ABC from July 5 of that year until September 23, 1949, then to NBC from October 5, 1949 to 1951. Bank went back to ABC from 1951-53, then again to NBC from 1953-55. For the final year (1954-55), the show was simulcast on Mutual.
  • Follow the Leader: The change to Break the $250,000 Bank. When The $64,000 Question kicked off the big-money quiz show craze, it pretty much had to jack up the stakes to stay relevant.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only a few episodes are known to exist, two of which circulate among collectors; the circulating episodes have the Bank broken for $1,300 and $3,400.
  • Similarly Named Works: No relation whatsoever to the other two game shows of this name.