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You Bet Your Life - The Best Episodes
You Bet Your Life - The Best Episodes
Actors: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
NR     2004     0hr 30min

Groucho Marx is arguably the most famous, iconic comedian of all time. "You Bet Your Life" began on radio in 1947, ostensibly as a game show, and became a huge hit television program and as big a part of Groucho?s legacy a...  more »


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Actors: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman
Creator: Robert Dwan
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Television
Sub-Genres: Classics, Family Films, Comedy, Classic TV
Studio: Shout! Factory
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 07/27/2004
Original Release Date: 10/05/1950
Theatrical Release Date: 10/05/1950
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 0hr 30min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 3
SwapaDVD Credits: 3
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Best (and Some of the Worst) of Groucho
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 10/18/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

""The Best Episodes" is a worthy follow-up to last year's Groucho Marx "Lost Episodes" DVD collection. Once again, there are 18 unedited "You Bet Your Life" programs that have not been viewed since the original broadcasts, along with a plethora of special guests, blooper reels and vintage commercials (including the famous Creamy Prom spot with Harpo and Chico). Running from 1947 to 1961, the comedy-quiz show was a perfect vehicle for Groucho's razor-sharp talents, which became evident when Groucho and producer John Guedel attempted a new format in the early 1960s with THREE less-than-stellar pilots - all featured in this DVD set. The inclusion of these unsuccessful ventures does throw the overall collection somewhat off-balance. Nevertheless, there are enough memorable laughs to satisfy any die-hard Marxist."
More laughs than you can poke a stick at!
C. Cartmel | Bangkok, Thailand | 08/09/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"'Y.B.Y.L. - The Lost Episodes' was brilliant. So much so that I feared this DVD, 'Y.B.Y.L. - The Best Episodes', would not meet my high expectations. How wrong I was! Of course B&W and on very simple sets they were again with very good sound and picture quality, (considering the age I think they have done very well).
The packaging is excellent and again it comes with a 10page booklet.
There were more special guests in these three DVDs. And they were entertaining. However, the not-so-ordinary men/women off the street were the real stars of the show. Groucho Marx was a unique talent. His skills in comedy and conversation were exceptional. *Please note, it should be said that this was made before political correctness reared its boring head stunting the world's humour and our abilities to laugh at ourselves and each other.
No doubt about it. A very good buy with lots of laughs."
A Missed Late Night Delight
joseph Corey | Raleigh, NC United States | 01/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I was a kid visiting my grandparents in Boston, we'd be able to catch "You Bet Your Life" reruns at night - although they didn't air until late night. We'd have to keep the volume down way low to make sure nobody knew the TV was on.

It's nice to finally hear Groucho at a normal volume. He's got such a great give and go with the contestants and George. What's amazing is that you don't care about the answers. And you can rewatch the shows because Groucho is the main focus of entertainment. You just don't have his type of personality on TV anymore. I do hope they put more episodes out.

The bonus features are great - espeically the ads for DeSoto with Groucho pushing the car."
Timeless Fun
Joseph Boone | Irvine, CA United States | 07/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I must confess up front that I was never a fan of the Marx Brothers' films. As a result, I wasn't much of a Groucho fan either. But many years ago, I saw some episodes of You Bet Your Life in syndication and found them surprisingly entertaining. I recently decided to take a chance on this DVD set and am glad that I did. Some episodes were clearly chosen due to the celebrity nature of the guests (e.g. a young Candice Bergen and her ventriloquist father, Edgar) but these are not necessarily the most entertaining.

Groucho and the show are both at their best when the guests are no-name people who happen to be interesting characters. When an organ grinder from Italy appears in one episode, Grouch has a field day teasing the guy and is then "zinged" in return when the man brings out a monkey who does a hilarious Groucho imitation. What made You Bet Your Life so unique is that it was a quiz show where the quiz was entirely incidental. It was all about the quick wit of Groucho and the quirky people who came on to spar with him for their 15 minutes of fame. It makes for great entertainment by any standard."