The Reel Game
ABC Primetime, January 18, 1971 - May 3, 1971
Run time
30 Minutes
Jack Barry
Jack Clark
Studio E, ABC Television Center, Los Angeles, California

The Reel Game was a game show where three contestants competed, featured film clips to illustrated the answers.

Game FormatEdit

Three contestants competed in a quiz game in which the answers come from film clips.

The contestants were given $250 to start, then they were given a subject after which they wagered any part of their current score. Once the bets were placed, host Barry posed a question, after which the contestants wrote down their answers. When the answers were written down, a film clip was shown to reveal the correct answer. When the clip was finished, the contestants then showed their answers. A correct answer won the contestant the amount wagered whereas an incorrect answer deducted the wager.

$25 Toss-up roundEdit

Four film clips were played and after each one, host Barry read three toss-up questions in which players buzz-in to answer. A correct answer added $25 to the player's score, while an incorrect incurred no penalty, but gave the other players a chance to answer.

Celebrity toss-upEdit

After the fourth clip was played, a celebrity from that clip came in to ask the three toss-up questions. Correct answers were still worth $25.

Grand finaleEdit

In the Grand Finale one last film clip was played but without toss-ups. For this round, the bets were written in secret by the players before writing down their answers, after the final question was asked. Then the film clip was shown with the correct answer to the question. When the clip was finished, the players showed their bets & answers.

All players kept their cash, but the player with the most money won the game and returned the next week to play again. Players who went broke at the end of the game still received $25. Any contestant who won three games received a new car, which no one was able to achieve during the show's brief run.

Bonus film clip roundEdit

Each show ended with a bonus film clip round in which the top winner answered 6 questions worth $50 each.

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REEL GAME opening credits ABC game show

REEL GAME opening credits ABC game show

See AlsoEdit


The Reel Game @ The Game Show Vault