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.
Did You Know?
Reportedly, the reason why this show was prerecorded for broadcast was because the network was afraid that Groucho Marx
's ad-libs would run afoul of the censors. In reality, another reason was to condense the interviews to fit the allotted time with the most entertaining material Groucho was able to generate with them. See more
[Opening lines to the show
And here he is, the one, the only:
Referenced in M*A*S*H: What's Up, Doc?
Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
and Harry Ruby See more