Early Television Memories
You Bet Your Life
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“This was funny! Groucho Marx’s humor was a little on the ‘blue’ side – he’d give just the suggestion of naughtiness. The interviews were funnier than the quiz itself. The announcer, George Fenneman, was very handsome. He was straight-faced and never laughed at Groucho. I enjoyed the Secret ‘Woid’ Duck – it came down when the Secret Word was said. Groucho usually gave hints about what it was.” – Joyce P.
No matter how innocent the comment, one waggle of this game show host’s bushy brows could turn it into a blushing confession. Often the interaction between host and contestants was more interesting than the game itself. Each week a pair of contestants, usually including one celebrity, answered contest questions for cash prizes and matched wits with their host. The larger-than-life comic entertained early audiences for 11 years and helped set the standard for future game shows.