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?
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
May I kiss your wife?
That would have to be over my dead body.
Have it your way. Fenneman, get the gun!
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