You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Family | Game-Show
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 337 users  
Reviews: 14 user | 4 critic

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 62 titles
created 08 Sep 2011
 
a list of 45 titles
created 27 Oct 2011
 
a list of 50 titles
created 04 Feb 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 10 months ago
 
list image
a list of 42 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

You Bet Your Life (1950–1961) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of You Bet Your Life.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



11   10   9   8   7   6   5   4   3   … See all »
1961   1960   1959   1958   … See all »
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

My Favorite Martian (1963–1966)
Comedy | Family | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A sarcastic Martian comes to live with a hapless young Terran on Earth.

Stars: Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Pamela Britton
The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows
Match Game PM (1975–1981)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly
The Phil Silvers Show (1955–1959)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Sgt. Ernie Bilko is the ultimate con man. He runs the motor pool at a small Kansas US Army Camp. Colonel Hall, nominally in charge of the base tries to keep Bilko's plans in check. Bilko ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Silvers, Paul Ford, Harvey Lembeck
Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty, Bud and Kathy. Whenever the kids need... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Gray
This Is Your Life (1952–1961)
Biography | Family | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton
The $64,000 Question (1955–1958)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Among the most influential of the big-money quiz shows, and the undisputed king of the genre of the 1950s, contestants answer questions in a specific field in an attempt to win $64,000.

Stars: Joyce Brothers, Barbara Feldon, Hal March
Comedy | Family | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Viewers from around America send in funny moments captured (or staged) by their own video cameras. Results are often painful to watch. :-)

Stars: Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell, Bob Saget
I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer
To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Collyer, Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston
What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  

Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the ... See full summary »

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf
Our Miss Brooks (1952–1956)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher ... See full summary »

Stars: Eve Arden, Gale Gordon, Jane Morgan
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (163 episodes, 1950-1961)
George Fenneman ...
 Himself - Announcer (163 episodes, 1950-1961)
Edit

Storyline

You Bet Your Life was taken from Groucho's radio series of the same name. It was inspired after Groucho had done an improvisational scene with Bob Hope on radio. The idea was the same as it later was with Bill Cosby: to invite people on and have an unrehearsed conversation with them. Groucho could always be counted on to enliven the banter with his unique blend of comedy and wit. After talking with Groucho for several minutes, the contestants chose quiz questions from a category they had preselected and, if they answered them correctly, won money. Written by <A.Briggs@RHBNC.AC.UK>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 October 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Betcha Life  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In every show a music theme is heard as the contestant spins a wheel. This music slows down like a record player which suddenly loses power. This bit of music was actually composed for the motion picture A Night to Remember (1942) when Brian Aherne's character pulls a burnt roast from an oven. The composer of the piece is Werner R. Heymann. See more »

Quotes

Groucho: May I kiss your wife?
Contestant: That would have to be over my dead body.
Groucho: Have it your way. Fenneman, get the gun!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: You Bette Your Life (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fun show, even for a kid
14 July 2005 | by (Renton, Washington, USA) – See all my reviews

Groucho sat behind a high desk or lectern, talking to his announcer, the contestants, and the audience, raising his eyebrows or grinning slyly to make or emphasize a joke. He often fiddled with his ever-present cigar. I can't remember if he actually smoked the cigar on the show, but it would not surprise me if he did, as smoking was pervasive in those days.

"You Bet Your Life" was probably shot on a theater stage, as I remember curtains behind the performers. The announcer/straight man George Fenneman, stood nearby (left side of TV screen), his dark hair lying tight against his scalp, perhaps slicked down with Brylcreem or something similar. (To see Fenneman in a dramatic role, watch the original version of the movie "The Thing.") When this show aired on TV in the 1950s, I was in grade school so the verbal humor, aimed at adults, usually went over my head. From a kid's perspective the best part of the show was the institution of the "secret word," announced to the audience (but not the contestants) before contestants appeared on the stage. If a contestant uttered the secret word during the show, he or she would win extra money. Groucho mentioned this concept when introducing the guests at the start of their appearance ("Say the secret word and win $100.") If a contestant said the secret word, it was acknowledged with the appearance of a puppet-type duck that was lowered from above on a string or wire. The duck's mouth held an envelope containing the money and its face was modeled after Groucho's: mustache, thick eyebrows, and (I think) a cigar in its mouth. Great fun!


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What episode was this??? got7-1
How Many Episodes Have Survived mjsb-2
Authur C. Clarke bigdas
With all the new dvd sets of these shows has ... jomar68
January 1951 Shows dealsforjoan
You Bet Your Life Season 6 Episode 5 mysch57
Discuss You Bet Your Life (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page