One of the shows that we always watched as a family was “You Bet Your Life” starring none other than Groucho Marx and his sidekick, George Fenneman. This little quiz showed debuted on radio in 1947 and transitioned to television in 1950 – running until 1960. (I only caught the later episodes if you’re wondering).
This quiz game which took a variety of incarnations during it’s 10 year television span allowed randomly selected members of the studio audience – normally one of each sex (in those days there were just two) – to compete by answering some questions of varying difficulty. The game itself was, however, secondary to the amusing repartée that Groucho had with his contestants.
At the beginning of the show, before bringing on the contestants, Groucho would show the studio and television audience the “secret word” – worth one hundred dollars if the contestants happened to use…
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