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

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Although the popular impression is that Groucho Marx entirely improvised his jokes, in reality the show also had gag writers who interviewed the contestants beforehand and prepared questions and comments for Groucho to use in addition to his own improvisations. To feed them to him subtly, a Tele-Score bowling alley projector located stage left and out of camera range was used. See more »

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Announcer: Our next contestants are Marika Aba...
Groucho: And a happy new year.
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Referenced in Freakazoid!: The Chip: Part 2/Freakazoid Is History (1995) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
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Superb
9 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I've seen only the first episode, but it's clear that every single show is priceless. Groucho is absolutely brilliant, self-confident, mischievous and avuncular. There is no one like him. The contestants are also fascinating. This show is fresh, spontaneous, relaxed. It's a shame that it isn't being rerun. It has both entertainment and documentary value.


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