You Bet Your Life

  • 1950
  • 1 Season

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 spon (more…)

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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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