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Steve Edwards
Bob Clayton
Unsold Pilot for ABC: 10/30/1977
Bob Stewart Productions


CELEBRITIES (alternating): "What…happens…if…you…are…named…in…Nelson…Rockfeller's…will?"

CLAYTON: "You GET RICH QUICK! Ladies and gentlemen, here is your host, STEVE EDWARDS!"

Get Rich Quick! was the failed Bob Stewart pilot that premiered the format of forming questions one word at a time.


Two teams of three (consisting of two celebrities and one contestant) competed in a game of conveying answers.

Main Game[]

The teams played a series of rounds. In each round, the goal was to get one of the celebrity partners to say four answers as fast possible and in a faster time than the other team. In order to do that, on each answer a celebrity partner and the contestant had to form a question by adding one word at a time. As soon as they were finished, they had to hit a button to sound a bell, signalling the other celebrity partner to respond. As soon as the team in control came up with the four required answers, the clock stopped. The seconds were indicated by lights; they turned on one by one when a team set the time, and turned off one by one when the other team tried to beat the time.

The team with the faster time won the round, and the first team to win three rounds won the game and the right to play the "Hot Spot" for $5,000.

Hot Spot (Bonus Round)[]

In the "Hot Spot", the winning team faced nine letters and three categories. The player on the left chose a category, the middle player picked a letter, and then the rightmost player had to then give a word or phrase that fits the category starting with the chosen letter. If the word was accepted, the chosen letter turned around to reveal a blank. The roles of the left and right players went back and forth throughout.

Each knocked-off letter was worth $100, and knocking off all nine letters in 60 seconds or less won $5,000.

Celebrity Guests[]

Robert Urich
Lynnie Greene
John Ritter
Debralee Scott


ABC Studio TV-15, New York City, NY


The concept of the pilot's main game would later be used as a bonus round on the 1980 and 2006-2007 versions of Chain Reaction, and as the main concept of Go.

This was Steve Edwards' first game show pilot (followed by 1979's Pandemonium, and the 1990 pilot for a syndicated run of Scrabble); he is more well known as the host of Good Day LA on the local Fox station, KTTV-11.


Get Rich Quick @
Jay's Get Rich Quick! Page

YouTube Video[]

The entire pilot episode, from a studio master copy