You Bet Your Life

1950, TV Show

Nominally a game show, but really a forum for the sharp wit of Groucho Marx, whose barbs and banter with guests far eclipsed the actual competition, in which contestants vied for cash by answering questions or saying `the secret word,' which yielded $100 (delivered by a duck that dropped from above). It was an Emmy-nominated triumph of manufactured spontaneity (many `ad libs' were planned); the show was revived unsuccessfully in 1980 (with Buddy Hackett) and again in '92 (with Bill Cosby).

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Free | Hulu Aired: 1/17/1951

Season 1, Episode 16
In this episode of You Bet Your Life, the secret word was “money” and if contestants said this word in their conversation with Groucho, they won extra prize money!

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Free | Hulu Aired: 1/10/1951

Season 1, Episode 15
In this episode of You Bet Your Life, the secret word was “grass” and if contestants said this word in their conversation with Groucho, they won extra prize money!

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Free | Hulu Aired: 1/3/1951

Season 1, Episode 14
In this episode of You Bet Your Life, the secret word was “tree” and if contestants said this word in their conversation with Groucho, they won extra prize money!

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Free | Hulu Aired: 12/27/1950

Season 1, Episode 13
In this episode of You Bet Your Life, the secret word was “dollar” and if contestants said this word in their conversation with Groucho, they won extra prize money!

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Premiered: October 05, 1950, on NBC
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Premise: Nominally a game show, but really a forum for the sharp wit of Groucho Marx, whose barbs and banter with guests far eclipsed the actual competition, in which contestants vied for cash by answering questions or saying `the secret word,' which yielded $100 (delivered by a duck that dropped from above). It was an Emmy-nominated triumph of manufactured spontaneity (many `ad libs' were planned); the show was revived unsuccessfully in 1980 (with Buddy Hackett) and again in '92 (with Bill Cosby).

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