The Guinness Game
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|The Guinness Game|
|Created by||David Paradine/Hill-Eubanks Group|
|Presented by||Bob Hilton
|Narrated by||Charlie O'Donnell
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||20th Century Fox Television|
|Original release||September 17, 1979 – September 1980|
The Guinness Game is an American game show that aired in weekly syndication from September 17, 1979 to September 1980 for a total of 24 episodes. Bob Hilton was the host, later replaced by Don Galloway. The announcer was Charlie O'Donnell who was then later replaced by Tony McClay. One of the show's producers was Bob Eubanks.
Three members were asked to predict if a live, record-breaking stunt could be performed or broken by guessing if they would succeed or fail. Each player began with $1,000 and could bet up to 90% of what they had. The player with the most money after three rounds kept his or her money and played for a bonus prize by predicting whether the final stunt would succeed or fail. A player who placed a maximum bet on each stunt, and was correct all three times, would win $6,859.
All stunts that were completed successfully were entered into the next installment of The Guinness Book of World Records, hence the name of the show.
Two of the program's musical cues were recycled from other shows: one was the theme to The Money Maze and the other was Bean Bag, which is also the theme to the UK game show It's A Knockout. The show featured long time WABI-TV (Bangor, Maine) sportscaster Tim Throckmorton. He attempted to break the world coin snatching record.
The Guinness Game is remembered for the host's unique sign-off: Hilton and Galloway both usually ended the show by saying "We hope you join us when The Guinness Game returns in exactly 167 hours, 31 minutes and 15 seconds...and you can bet on that!" (the figures used varied from episode to episode) -- the length given translates to one week minus 30 minutes, a unique way to say "See you next week."
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