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The General Electric College Bowl 

Two teams each representing a college or university and composed of four students answered questions rooted in the liberal arts in a battle for scholarship money and prestige.




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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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Series cast summary:
Robert Earle Robert Earle ...  Himself - Host / ... 25 episodes, 1963-1969


"College Bowl" began as a radio series, with Allen Ludden (best known for hosting "Password") as host. He continued his hosting duties when the series moved to television. Two four-member teams, each representing a college or university, competed; one was a returning champion. Ludden read a toss-up question (usually difficult) rooted in the liberal arts; subjects ranged from mathematics and science, engineering, literature, law and history to physics, music, philosophy, journalism and much more. Correct answers allowed the team to answer multiple-part bonus questions (which could involve the use of maps, graphs and sound-bites of music and famous speeches); control passed to the other team for any incorrect question. Each game lasted 24 minutes, divided in halves; between halves, a short film promoting the challenging team's university was played. The winning team at the end of the game won $1,500 for their school's scholarship fund, while losing teams won $500 (the stakes would ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

4 January 1959 (USA) See more »

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College Bowl See more »

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Black and White (1959-1963)| Color (1963-1970)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Wonderful experience
22 August 2018 | by peter-rugglesSee all my reviews

I was a member of the SDSC College Bowl team in 1964 as we flew back to NYC and were treated to dinner at Trader Vic's and a nice Hotel. Sunday was all business as I tried to find an optometrist to fix my broken glasses...nobody open on Sunday. What you saw on the show is just what we experienced; of course we got our tails kicked by Queens College, 300 to 215. Our best genius choked and the rest of us sorta did too. We had one expert on European Lit; another on American Lit, a third on Poly Sci/History and I was the expert on everything else; i.e., the 'Junk Man.'

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