Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A Classic Reborn (again): Break The Bank (1985)

Nearly a decade after its initial relaunch, Break The Bank, returned, but really in name only, as the entire game was different from its 70's counterpart, if not also the original version that aired on radio & television in the 40's & 50's.

Gene Rayburn, a year removed from his final stint as Match Game host, was tapped by producer Richard S. Kline, a former producer & writer for Jack Barry & Dan Enright, to serve as host, but didn't last long. Players had to solve puzzles based on clues provided in a series of questions, a format similar to Password Plus/Super Password over at NBC, except that instead of winning cash straight away, the players earned precious seconds in the prize vault, which was the bonus game on this incarnation.

Rayburn was soon replaced by Joe Farago (Who? Exactly.), but Bank was done after 1 season regardless. After watching this episode with guest star Jm J. Bullock, you'll understand why.

Rating: C.

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