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You Bet Your Life 

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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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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Groucho Marx ...  Himself - Host 206 episodes, 1950-1961
George Fenneman George Fenneman ...  Himself - Announcer 206 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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5 October 1950 (USA) See more »

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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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Although the popular impression is that Groucho Marx entirely improvised his jokes, in reality the show also had gag writers who interviewed the contestants beforehand and prepared questions and comments for Groucho to use in addition to his own improvisations. To feed them to him subtly, a Tele-Score bowling alley projector located stage left and out of camera range was used. See more »

Quotes

Groucho: May I kiss your wife?
Contestant: That would have to be over my dead body.
Groucho: Have it your way. Fenneman, get the gun!
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: What's Up, Doc? (1978) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
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One of a kind...
1 November 2002 | by jacksoncSee all my reviews

I watched this when I was a teenager in the 50s. I caught a few episodes on cable around ten years ago. It wears well. Groucho was a master at the double entendre. Mae West had nothing on him. One example: there was a married couple who had 19 children. Groucho asked the man why they had so many kids. The man said it was because he liked his wife. Groucho replied, "I like my cigar too, but I take it out once in a while." This was more than 40 years ago, it is still timely. Watch it, if you can. You won't regret it.


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