You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)

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

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1961 | 1960 | 1959 | 1958 | 1957 | 1956 | 1955 | 1954 | 1953 | 1952 | See more »
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »
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 Himself - Host (153 episodes, 1950-1961)
George Fenneman ...
 Himself - Announcer (153 episodes, 1950-1961)
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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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5 October 1950 (USA)  »

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Betcha Life  »

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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

Contestant: [Groucho has just asked a question] Well, I believe in doing it the old-fashioned way.
Groucho: [Groucho looks down and smiles. The audience begins to giggle. Groucho then looks up] You know I must have some reputation. There isn't anything anyone can say on this stage that won't evoke some kind of a dirty laugh from the audience...
[trying to keep from laughing]
Groucho: What do you mean, 'the old fashioned-way'?
[loses all seriousness, doubles over laughing]
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Referenced in The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time (2006) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
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You Bet Your Life A Classic Television Show
13 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was born in the middle 50's, and had the chance to be exposed to the You Bet Your Life Television show, what a wonderful show! Many of the stars just starting out or not discovered yet, were the subject of the impeccable host Groucho Marx one line ad-libs, not to mention other people from all walks in life.

George Fenneman,the announcer and straight man for Groucho's antics really was a great off load character for Groucho.

I wish they would bring this program back in re-runs. Originally it was on channel 11, KPLR TV in St.Louis at 10:00 p.m. MOn-Fri..

Really I am a 60's on up fan of television, and some of the crap they have on now, couldn't hold a candle to the early days of television.

Walter R.Deyherle St.Louis, Missouri


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