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Groucho Marx:You Bet Your Life


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  • Actors: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx, Tuulikki Woods, Betina Consolo
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: C.B.S.
  • Release Date: Oct. 28 2003
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ALFZ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,791 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott T. Rivers on March 25 2004
Format: DVD
Incredible as it may seem, most of the "lost episodes" in this Groucho Marx DVD collection might have been lost forever. In the early 1970s, the geniuses at NBC planned to destroy ALL the "You Bet Your Life" programs for the sole purpose of freeing up some warehouse space. Fortunately, Groucho and producer John Guedel thwarted this cultural crime and reissued the comedy-quiz shows for late-night syndication -- with successful results. However, the "Best of Groucho" package was re-edited to eliminate any trace of the DeSoto-Plymouth references from the original broadcasts. Upon viewing this excellent three-disc set, the viewer is immediately aware of DeSoto's dominant sponsorship of "You Bet Your Life" and the major role Groucho played in the selling of its automobiles -- even lending his trademark image to its used-car dealerships. The "stag reels," promotional films and DeSoto commercials featured in this collection make for fascinating and historic viewing. Of course, there's the long-awaited pleasure of seeing 18 unedited "You Bet Your Life" programs for the first time since the 1950s -- a remarkable find comparable to the "lost" Jackie Gleason kinescopes. The result is a valuable addition to Groucho's comic legacy.
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By toserveman on March 15 2004
Format: DVD
This DVD set is even better than I expected, and I expected a lot of laughs. The production of the show itself is charming, Groucho is great, the guests are (usually unintentionally) funny, and the extras showing the commercials, bloopers, etc. are all superb. And the video quality is excellent as well. Groucho's wit, especially when working on a nervous contestant, is something to behold. Sometimes the simplest concepts are the best. These shows are better than most Marx Bros movies!
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By Joseph on March 8 2004
Format: DVD
The absolute simplicity of concept, economy of verbiage and humanity of the subjects makes You Bet Your Life a TV landmark. Simple, handsome, ugly, funny, wierd people all become fascinating. In the context of a current TV era that has only The Simpsons and Seinfeld to save us, this show puts the trash depicting vulgar, voyeuristic and mechanical people to shame. And yet, YBYL is not essentially different from that which bores me in TV today. Only with a once in a millenium host who circles around the subtleties of sex and voyeurism within strict limits, stages thier weaknesses then gently caresses them back to favour. Brilliant.
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Format: DVD
YOU BET YOUR LIFE IS THE GREATEST BECAUSE OF THE ONE THE ONLY GROUCHO!I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE WHO WANTS TO NEVER STOP LAUGHING!!!!!!!
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Format: DVD
This is one dvd, worth it's cost. A trip back in time, (50 yrs. back) to see what people, (of all ages) were wearing, funny ocupations many chosen to be interviewed by Groucho had. The hats that women wore in these times. How I loved the simple set, and wish a game show today, could have such a simplistic set. Watching these 50 yr. old shows, you realize many of these people are long gone, but their images are still seen on this wonderfully made DVD.
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Format: DVD
This collection of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life" quiz shows was obviously prepared with care and affection. In addition to the 18 episodes in the set, many of them never included in the 1961 syndication package, there is a host of show-related video and audio clips. The "stag reel" out-takes contain double-entendre language that never made it to broadcast; it's mild by today's standards but very funny, with Groucho getting the most out of every bawdy laugh. A behind-the-scenes demo with Groucho, announcer George Fenneman, and the series' directors is interesting, and the show's original 1950s commercials are included (but programmed separately, a minor point).
"You Bet Your Life" is first and foremost a vehicle for Groucho Marx, who tosses zingers at hapless contestants. The simple format and low-tech presentation are quite refreshing. If you grew up with the "Best of Groucho" reruns, you may recall that the picture was often re-cropped and enlarged to eliminate the sponsor's logo, resulting in off-center, grainy images. These DVDs boast the original camera compositions, which show the full set and background, with surprisingly sharp picture quality. (There is one episode shown in "Best of Groucho" format, which offers a comparison as well as nostalgia.) Radio-show collectors may be familiar with the Ernie Kovacs episode, which has been issued on disc, but the TV version has different editing and may be of special interest.
Probably the most famous episode of "You Bet Your Life" is included here: the guest is Ramiro G. Gonzales ("Pedro Gonzales Gonzales").
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By Ingalls on Oct. 12 2003
Format: DVD
Great transfers, wonderful booklet and packaging, some surprising extras. This is a great set even though it is a bit pricey for some old tv shows. Now all we need is "Life of Riley" to come out in a DVD box collection and I will be in heaven!
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