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#Radio100 Moment 5: Groucho Marx Hosts 'You Bet Your Life' (1947)

Moment 5: Groucho Marx Hosts 'You Bet Your Life'

Comedian, actor and writer Groucho Marx had a successful film and vaudeville career as part of the Marx Brothers, but his radio career didn’t 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 successful couple. Groucho Marx's quick-witted remarks were a key to the show's success. Rarely at a loss for words, Marx freely engaged in unrehearsed banter with the contestants and announcer George Fenneman.

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