You Bet Your Life (TV Series 1950–1961) Poster



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Followed by 

You Bet Your Life (1980) (TV Series)
You Bet Your Life (1992) (TV Series)

Version of 

Under Manning (1981) (TV Series)
UK version of US format

Referenced in 

The Jack Benny Program: Jack Is a Contestant (1955) (TV Episode)
Jack disguises himself to be a contestant on Grouch Marx's show.
The Danny Thomas Show: Terry's Party (1955) (TV Episode)
One of Terry's friends mentions the secret word, while mimicking Groucho Marx.
Man in the Vault (1956)
Pedro mentions he will be on the show "You Bet Your Life".
The Danny Thomas Show: The Saints Come Marching In (1958) (TV Episode)
When handed a check for $250, Richard Fuller jokes that he must have said The Secret Word.
The Monkees: The Monkee's Paw (1968) (TV Episode)
Mendrek gets an offer to be on this show
The Debbie Reynolds Show: You Bet Your Life (1969) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
MASH (1970)
M*A*S*H: Henry in Love (1974) (TV Episode)
Hawkeye: "It's an ordinary word, something found around the house every day."
M*A*S*H: What's Up, Doc? (1978) (TV Episode)
Hawkeye says, "Welcome to 'Who Bet Your Life.'"
Grease (1978)
Depicted in opening animated credits
Archie Bunker's Place: Thanksgiving Reunion: Part 1 (1979) (TV Episode)
Mike: (as Groucho) "Say the secret word and you win a free Thanksgiving guest for dinner."
Tangerine (1979)
Jennifer West refers to a duck dropping down with a check like in the TV show. Ken Scudder then uses the title in a sentence.
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Patrick Duffy/Red Buttons/Ann Reinking/William F. Buckley (1980) (TV Episode)
Johnny imitates Groucho's show introduction as he introduces Red Buttons
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: Buddy Hackett/Morris Goldberg (1980) (TV Episode)
Johnny mentions the original Groucho Marx show
Hill Street Blues: Low Blow (1984) (TV Episode)
Joyce immitates Groucho Marx and says 'Say the Secret Word and win a prize'
Explorers (1985)
Wak imitates Groucho Marx.
St. Elsewhere: Once Upon a Mattress (1986) (TV Episode)
Fiscus recalls his father Jonas once taking him to Grant's Tomb. Jonas remembers that Wayne kept saying "Who is buried in Grant's Tomb?"
Knots Landing: The Inside Man (1986) (TV Episode)
Michael imitates Groucho Marx and, in an attempt to get Paige to kiss him, tells her that the secret word begins with a "k" and ends with an "s." Paige sarcastically guesses Kansas.
Valerie: You Bet Your Life (1987) (TV Episode)
Title reference
UHF (1989)
One of the TV programs on the U62 fall schedule is "You Bet Your Pink Slip".
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
The Duck from the game show was name one of the biggest informants of the puppet communists.
Phil Collins: I Wish It Would Rain Down (1990) (Video)
Still from the show are presented
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Godzilla vs. Megalon (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Groucho Marx): "Say the secret word and win $100."
L.A. Story (1991)
Tiny Toon Adventures: No Toon Is an Island (1991) (TV Episode)
Babs imitates Groucho Marx and says, "You just said the secret word. That means the duck comes down!"
Tiny Toon Adventures: High Toon (1991) (TV Episode)
Plucky imitates Groucho Marx, saying, "You just said the secret word!"
Thelma & Louise (1991)
Jimmy refers to the "secret word" which wins a prize
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Space Travellers (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Groucho Marx): "You say the magic word and you get $100."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Crash of Moons (1992) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Groucho Marx): "Say the secret word, and Bill Cosby rips the show off."
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: You Bet Your Life (1993) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Mystery Science Theater 3000: I Accuse My Parents (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Groucho Marx): "Say the secret word and win $100."
Animaniacs: Video Review/When Mice Ruled the Earth (1993) (TV Episode)
In 'Video Review,' a Groucho Marx figure says, 'Say the secret word...' à la 'You Bet Your Life.'
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) (TV Episode)
Crow hums the show's theme.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sinister Urge (1994) (TV Episode)
Crow (as Groucho Marx): "Say the secret word and get killed by a psycho!"
NYPD Blue: You Bet Your Life (1994) (TV Episode)
title reference
Animaniacs: This Pun for Hire/Star Truck/Go Fish/Multiplication (1995) (TV Episode)
Yakko says, "Tell her what she's won!", and a duck drops from the ceiling.
Freakazoid!: The Chip: Part 2/Freakazoid Is History (1995) (TV Episode)
Freakazoid imiates Groucho Marx, saying, "I think he said the secret word."
Swingers (1996)
Lorraine observes that Mike's business card has the duck logo from "You Bet Your Life".
Afterlife (1996) (Video Game)
One of the Avarice punishments is "You Bet Your Afterlife".
ER: You Bet Your Life (1997) (TV Episode)
title reference
The Nanny: You Bette Your Life (1997) (TV Episode)
Title reference
The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper: Rats!/Stinkie Time Theater/Great Ghouly Governess (1997) (TV Episode)
Casper impersonates Groucho Marx in one scene of "Great Ghouly Governess."
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: You Bet Your Family (1998) (TV Episode)
From the same title
Timon & Pumbaa: Space Ham/You Bet Your Tuhkus (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference
Jeopardy!: Episode #16.37 (1999) (TV Episode)
Subject of a $400 clue in the category "TV Hosts"
Oz: You Bet Your Life (2000) (TV Episode)
title reference/mentioned in dialogue
Law & Order: Floater (2003) (TV Episode)
Lennie says, "Who's buried in Grant's Tomb?"
Drawn Together: Gay Bash (2004) (TV Episode)
Genie as Groucho Marx - "What's the secret word?"
The 50 Greatest Game Shows of All Time (2006) (TV Mini-Series)
Shown as still
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.67 (2009) (TV Episode)
Guest expert Chuck Nice mentions the "secret word" duck while answering a $7,500 question about Groucho Marx
500 Questions: Episode #2.4 (2016) (TV Episode)
referenced in question in "Horror Fiction" category

Featured in 

The Movie Orgy (1968)
Long clip featuring a Santa Monica bodybuilder and the wife of a NYC policeman
The Children (1980)
This Is Elvis (1981)
A clip from TV game show where contestants and Groucho Marx discuss Elvis.
Four Friends (1981)
Young Danilo watches through program through a neighbor's window.
Classic Comedy Teams (1986) (Video)
Avalon (1990)
Audio introduction is heard in TV montage
The Unknown Marx Brothers (1993) (TV Movie)
Zomergasten: Episode #10.3 (1997) (TV Episode)
A fragment of this series is shown in this episode
TV's Most Censored Moments (2002) (TV Special)
Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) (Video)
Clips shown
Pioneers of Television: Game Shows (2008) (TV Episode)
Vamps (2012)
Goody watches it on TV.
Vampira and Me (2012)
Clips featuring Grouch Marx
The History of Comedy: The Funnier Sex (2017) (TV Episode)
clip featuring Phyllis Diller
Game Changers (2018) (TV Special)
clips from the show are seen

Spoofed in 

The Jack Benny Program: Fred Allen Show (1953) (TV Episode)
A Groucho-looking duck drops and dangles from the ceiling, as Mr. Lewis hands Fred Allen one-hundred dollars for saying the secret word.
The Jack Benny Program: Don Invites Gang to Dinner (1956) (TV Episode)
Dennis Day is lowered into the studio, while tied by a rope and exclaiming, "you said the secret word", as he mimicks Groucho Marx.
Wideo Wabbit (1956) (Short)
Galactic Gigolo (1987)
A carrot-alien impersonates Groucho Marx hosting a "You Bet Your..." gameshow.
The Charmings: A Charming Halloween (1987) (TV Episode)
Paul Winfield spoofs Groucho Marx's act from "You Bet..."
Aladdin (1992)
Animaniacs: You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position (1993) (TV Episode)
Spoofed in the "Your Risk Yout Life" segment
Toby Terrier and His Video Pals: Meet Toby Terrier! (1993) (TV Episode)
Toby hosts "You Bet Your Bone."
The Writers Flipped, They Have No Script (2006) (Video)
Spoofed in the "You Risk Your Life" clip
American Dad!: You Debt Your Life (2011) (TV Episode)
Title reference

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