You Bet Your Life – Groucho!


Most boomers loved Groucho Marx. His show, “You Bet Your Life,” debuted on radio and television in 1947. It ran until 1961 and alternated between radio only, TV only and both in some years. The show was filmed before a live audience. It was a game show and consisted of contestant interviews, jokes and a brief quiz. “Saying the secret woid (word), would earn the contestants one hundred dollars that they would split.


Groucho a/k/a Julius was one of five Marx Brothers. His siblings were named Leonard, Herbert, Julius and Arthur, but they became famous as Chico, Zeppo, Gummo, and Harpo. They started their entertainment career as singers, and soon became famous as comedians.

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Groucho wore trademarked eyeglasses, fake eyebrows and a mustache, and he had quite a unique walk, where he placed one hand in the small of his back and bent over at his waist.


Someone sent me a link to an absolutely priceless “You Bet Your Life” segment from 1950 that I want to share with you. According to what I’ve been able to find, the gentleman in this segment was not a stage plant, however, his performance did result in some subsequent engagements including one with John Wayne. The clip is more than twelve minutes long. I’ll bet two things … (1) you’ll watch all of it, and (2) you’ll wipe tears of laughter from your eyes. You’ve been warned! Click here.

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5 thoughts on “You Bet Your Life – Groucho!

  1. I remember that guy from You Bet Your Life. But who doesn’t know Sodom and Gomorrah…

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  2. This was/is one of the best comedy programs ever was. We all loved this show, Smart.

    Thanks, Fred. Happy Friday!



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