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
Did You Know?
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
May I kiss your wife?
That would have to be over my dead body.
Have it your way. Fenneman, get the gun!
Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
and Harry Ruby See more