Groucho Marx hosted the You Bet Your Life quiz show on radio and television starting with the ABC radio version in 1947. The show would be shown later on NBC while still being heard on radio. The show would be shown till 1960 when it was renamed The Groucho Show.
The quiz portion of the program was almost an afterthought since the main focus on the show was on Groucho as he bantered with the contestants before giving away prize money that is very small compared to the prizes given away today.
This clip shows a man who claims to have lived in trees for 20 years and his spelling in the quiz portion verifies that he really did live in a tree.
Phyllis Diller made her network television debut as a contestant on You Bet Your Life.
Groucho does his best to be a matchmaker for this girl from UCLA and a football player for USC.
This show has one of the funniest characters to ever appear on the show and he seems to be intimidating Groucho.
This clip features Chuck Dressen baseball manager who had signed a contract for the next season for the Washington Senators.