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Release Date:
5 October 1950 (USA) See more »
Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation. Full summary »
Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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The Best See more (15 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 27)

Groucho Marx ... Himself - Host (202 episodes, 1950-1961)
George Fenneman ... Himself - Announcer (202 episodes, 1950-1961)

Series Directed by
Robert Dwan (194 episodes, 1950-1961)
Bernie Smith (194 episodes, 1950-1961)
Series Writing credits
Hy Freedman (4 episodes, 1954-1959)
Howard Harris (4 episodes, 1954-1959)

Series Produced by
John Guedel .... producer (194 episodes, 1950-1961)
Series Cinematography by
Virgil Miller (113 episodes, 1953-1959)
Alan Stensvold (13 episodes, 1959-1961)
James Van Trees (9 episodes, 1951-1953)
Series Film Editing by
Robert Ford (50 episodes, 1956-1961)
Robert Sparr (23 episodes, 1954-1956)
Norman Colbert (5 episodes, 1951-1952)

Robert Dwan (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Paul Stanhope .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Production Management
Edwin I. Mills .... programme manager / program production manager (107 episodes, 1953-1961)
I. Lindenbaum .... production manager (48 episodes, 1951-1956)
Jack Lacey .... production manager (42 episodes, 1957-1961)
Charles C. Irwin Jr. .... production supervisor (41 episodes, 1957-1959)
Dick Hall .... programme manager (32 episodes, 1957-1961)
Marion Pollock .... programme manager / production manager (13 episodes, 1959-1961)
Art Bruckman .... production supervisor (12 episodes, 1959-1961)
Series Sound Department
Art Brearley .... audio engineer (36 episodes, 1951-1956)
Series Editorial Department
Norman Colbert .... supervising editor (157 episodes, 1951-1961)
Paul Schmutz .... assistant editor / technical assistant editor (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Music Department
Jack Brunker Meakin .... musical director (152 episodes, 1954-1961)
Jerry Fielding .... musical director (6 episodes, 1950-1954)

Buddy Collette .... orchestra leader (unknown episodes)
Harry Ruby .... composer: theme song "Hooray for Captain Spalding" (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Hy Freedman .... program staff (155 episodes, 1951-1961)
Howard Harris .... program staff (112 episodes, 1953-1961)
Willis Oborn .... production assistant (83 episodes, 1955-1961)
Ferenz H. Fodor .... technical supervisor (77 episodes, 1951-1958)
Paul Schmutz .... technical assistant (64 episodes, 1954-1958)
Edward T. Tyler .... program staff (18 episodes, 1951-1956)
Edwin I. Mills .... program staff (7 episodes, 1951-1953)

Bernie Smith .... production staff (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Groucho Show" - USA (last season title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Groucho Marx would always cite Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez as the most popular contestant the show ever had. Gonzalez Gonzalez went on to a long career as a character actor in movies after his appearance.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Best, 8 April 2005
Author: Weasel100 from Australia

You know, when Groucho was in the movies with his brothers, he was funny. He had some great one-liners which will be remembered from that period. But his consistent ability to come up with brilliant repartee on the set of "You Bet Your Life" before a live studio audience has to be seen (and heard) to be believed.

I only recently became aware that episodes on "You Bet Your Life" are available on the internet through places like eBay, so I have taken full advantage of that and have purchased quite a number of discs and boxed sets of the programs which my wife and I have since been watching with very great enjoyment. So, for those of you who would like to see episodes of this classic, they are no further away than where are are right now (on the internet).

Even the De Soto/Plymouth commercials from the time are enjoyable; promoting cars that may by modern standards be difficult to drive in a straight line - sorry to any De Soto fans out there. Nonetheless, they are a great accompaniment to this great series of programs.

By the way, about the programs, the game show was never intended to be the major part of the entertainment. It was Groucho who was the star not the contestants or the cars that the show so heavily promoted.

My summary, these programs are absolute classics and I feel very fortunate to have been able to buy some of them because some group of people had the foresight to see that it would be better to get them out on DVD than to lose them all together in a film vault somewhere.

10 out of 10 from me.


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