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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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Groucho Marx ...  Himself - Host 203 episodes, 1950-1961
George Fenneman George Fenneman ...  Himself - Announcer 203 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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Country:

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English

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5 October 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Betcha Life See more »

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FilmCraft Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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When the game show came to television, Groucho Marx was asked to wear his traditional greasepaint mustache. He declined and decided to grow a real one instead, which he wore for the rest of his life. See more »

Quotes

[Opening lines to the show]
Announcer: And here he is, the one, the only:
Audience: GROUCHO!
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Connections

Referenced in Afterlife (1996) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
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Priceless Game Show
15 October 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

This is one of the funniest game shows ever. I remember when this was shown late nights on KTLA 5 on weeknights and whenever I had a chance I would watch it. Groucho Marx was not only one of the funniest hosts on television, he also was one of the brightest. I especially loved the banter he would engaged in with the contestants before he would start the game. This not only provided the show with its sense of humor, but it also put the contestants at ease before the game began. One of these days I hope Game Show Network would bring this back on television. This show is a timeless classic.


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