Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Best Groucho for the money!
T. Fisher | 05/22/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this and the more expensively packaged "You Bet Your Life - The Lost Episodes" at the same time. The "Lost Episodes" has 18 episodes, and this DVD has 14. "Lost Episodes" now costs $35 new, this one costs $7. The episodes on this are no worse than those on the more expensive set -- in fact there are some real classic moments:
- Tony Curtis's Hungarian mother, who plays with international chess Grand Master Isaac Kashdan.
- An idiosyncratic character who sings a song he wrote in Sanskrit.
- An attractive girl from "Pakistan, India" (my how times change!) offering a nice 1950s inter-cultural perspective.
- A guy from Jet Propulsion Laboratory who works on classified projects talking about his experience "beating roulette wheels".
- A fella who blows up a car tire inner tube in his mouth till it explodes.
- A beautiful nurse named Ina Anders who later went on to become a B-movie actress.
- And to top it all off, a 22-year-old Don Drysdale -- ace pitcher with the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers, who would later be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Drysdale, together with Sandy Koufax, was part of one of the greatest starting pitching duos in baseball history -- and on this DVD, we see him win $1000 with his first wife. Unfortunately, Big D did not decide to go for the big question at the end of the show.
All in all, this DVD gives the best value I have found yet for your Groucho dollar. If they issue more of these, I will buy them."
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are so many public domain DVDs of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" (which ran on NBC from 1950 to 1961) that duplication has become rampant. However, this Pop Flix release focuses on previously unavailable "Best of Groucho" episodes. These syndication prints eliminated references to DeSoto-Plymouth - the comedy-quiz show's primary sponsor. Special guests include baseball legend Don Drysdale, author C.S. Forester and Tony Curtis' mother. Despite a flawed program menu and erratic print quality (two episodes are out-of-sync), the DVD offers plenty of classic Groucho at a terrific price."
Comedy that relies on good old-fashioned humor
Baddyo | 08/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I came across this DVD as I searched for a "funny DVD" to keep the spirits high for a personal friend battling cancer. I was close to getting "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein," and then I opted for this. My friend and I were both born in the late 40's and remember our parents watching "You Bet Your Life." We were supposed to be in bed, but I remember the laughter.
I made the right choice with this DVD. It is a riot. George Fenneman is right on with his introduction: "The One, the Only, Groucho Marx." Groucho is just plain funny. He doesn't rely on grossness, he doesn't use profanity.... he's just funny. Watching this video is so refreshing in a day and age where the Comedy Channel is over-whelmed with 'comedians' who can't be funny without issuing a litany of racial slurs and profanities.
Hurrah for Groucho! This is a DVD for everyone. Young kids should watch this for a good taste of Americana over half a century old. The rest of us can watch it and laugh and remember how much fun life used to be."
The one and only......
Mr. Michael N. Slater | 01/30/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a must have! Although it is classed as a quiz show, that aspect takes a back seat to the hilarious banter between Groucho and the contestants. And what characters these people are! Of course, holding the whole show together is Groucho himself, the master of the ad-libbed retort. But believe me, some of the contestants give him a run for his money!
This dvd will constantly bring a smile to your face and is full of wonderful surprises. We will probably never see anything like this show again so make the most of it - 14 episodes of pure enjoyment for a bargain price."