Groucho Marx: You Bet Your Life DVD
Groucho Marx: You Bet Your LifeDVD
Groucho Marx is one of many stars to make a radio broadcast their debut, only to move to TV once the radio show reached popularity. But Marx didn't go the usual route with a sitcom or talk show; rather, he made a name for himself hosting a game show called, You Bet Your Life. The show, broadcast on radio, originally aired in 1947, becoming a televised radio show in 1950. But things didn't go off without a hitchsponsors nearly backed out when Marx refused to wear a costume on air. Without sponsorship theshow would have been canceled. Luckily, the comedian was able to continue with the backing of the sponsors and without having to wear a costume when he pointed out that there was no contract clause stating that he must do so. Marx's attitude about the whole thing was, "If I can't be funny on television without funny clothes and makeup, to hell with it!"But Marx was funny and he became famous for his improvisational grilling of contestants. In fact, some of his onstage antics are the most hilarious inthe history of television! He had a quick wit and an uncanny knack of delivering the punch line.His show lasted until 1961 and by that time, the name had been changed to The Groucho Show in an effort to distance it from the game show scandals of the time. When the show was finally canceled in 1961, it was not due to a lack of entertainment, but rather, public interest had shifted away from game shows altogether. But by that time, Groucho Marx had already reached a high celebrity status for his original comedic stylings and rapier wit that has made him one of the most unique and talented comedians the world over.