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
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On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. On the stamp honoring "You Bet Your Life", star Groucho Marx
appears with the stuffed duck that appeared from above with a $100 bill in his mouth whenever a contestant said the "secret word". Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
(1952), Alfred Hitchcock Presents
(1955), The Dinah Shore Show
(1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show
(1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
(1950), Hopalong Cassidy
(1952), The Honeymooners
(1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show
(1947)), I Love Lucy
(1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie
(1954), The Lone Ranger
(1949), Perry Mason
(1957), The Phil Silvers Show
(1955), The Red Skelton Hour
(1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre
(1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight!
(1953)), and The Twilight Zone
(1959). See more
[Groucho has just asked a question
Well, I believe in doing it the old-fashioned way.
[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
What do you mean, 'the old fashioned-way'?
[loses all seriousness, doubles over laughing
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Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
and Harry Ruby See more