BET YOUR LIFE
Groucho Marx had been a sensation in vaudeville and movies as part
of the Marx Brothers, but his radio career didnt take off
until 1947, when producer John Guedel convinced him to host a new
quiz program called You Bet Your Life.
The game itself was fairly straightforward: three couples were
brought onstage, asked four questions and given $20 to wager as
they chose. There was also a secret word which could
net contestants extra money, and a jackpot question for the most
The key to the shows success was the quick-witted Groucho.
Rarely at a loss for words, Marx freely engaged in unrehearsed banter
with the contestants and announcer George Fenneman. In 1948, You
Bet Your Life received a Peabody Award, which cited Groucho
as the Dean of all wise-crackers in this country.
You Bet Your Life ran on radio from 1947 to 1956, over ABC,
CBS, and finally NBC. The show also ran on television from 1950
Groucho Marx died on August 19, 1977.
You Bet Your Life was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame
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