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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 207 episodes, 1950-1961
George Fenneman George Fenneman ...  Himself - Announcer 207 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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English

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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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1.33 : 1
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Groucho Marx stated that the biggest laugh he ever got on the show was when he was talking to a female contestant. He asked about her husband, and she replied earthily, "Have you ever been made love to by a Frenchman?" The audience went into gales of laughter, and Groucho answered, "Not that I can recall!" See more »

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[Opening lines to the show]
Announcer: And here he is, the one, the only:
Audience: GROUCHO!
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Referenced in NYPD Blue: You Bet Your Life (1994) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Spaulding
Music and Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
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9 June 2002 | by ivan-22See all my reviews

I've seen only the first episode, but it's clear that every single show is priceless. Groucho is absolutely brilliant, self-confident, mischievous and avuncular. There is no one like him. The contestants are also fascinating. This show is fresh, spontaneous, relaxed. It's a shame that it isn't being rerun. It has both entertainment and documentary value.


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