Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.
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 Himself - Host (202 episodes, 1950-1961)
George Fenneman ...
 Himself - Announcer (202 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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It is part of Hollywood legend that one of the source recordings for the "laugh track" sounds heard on sitcoms since the 1960s originated from a particularly long bit of laughter that erupted during an episode of this series. See more »

Quotes

Female Contestant: I met this gentleman in Laguna Beach...
Groucho: There *are* no gentlemen in Laguna Beach.
Female Contestant: Well, this gentleman is now abroad.
Groucho: [pause while the audience titters] Couldn't be Christine, could it?
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Referenced in 500 Questions: Episode #2.4 (2016) 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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