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Groucho the game show host - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 9th 2007 7:31AM

groucho marxI figured since I honored Elvis yesterday I might as well also pay homage to Groucho Marx. You may wonder what these two people have in common, and the answer is: absolutely nothing. However, they both died within three days of one another, and news of Elvis' death overshadowed Groucho's in many respects. Also, I just happen to be a big Marx Brothers fan. Their movies are still as funny today as when they were first released, proving that the best comedy never goes out of style.

Since this isn't a movie blog, it wouldn't make sense for me to stick a bunch of clips below from their many films, but I can show you a clip from Groucho's comedy game show You Bet Your Life. The game show began on the radio in the late '40s before moving to NBC TV in 1950. It ran until 1961, changing it's name to The Groucho Show near the very end. Two attempts were made to revive the game show: once in the '80s with Buddy Hackett as the host, and again in the '90s with Bill Cosby.

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Despite Presley's affinity for great sandwich combinations, any of the 5 Marx brothers (yes, even Gummo) would have made the best friends ever.

January 10 2007 at 12:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I used to watch the re-runs of this show all the time when I was in college; Groucho's performance on this show can't be beat. I can't imagine why anyone would try a remake, since it would pale in comparison to the original. But watching this clip, I found myself asking if the 2nd female contestant might be Britney Spears grandmother?

January 09 2007 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mr. P

YES...used to love watching that show on late-night TV, can't remember which network it was, but they ran it for quite awhile. Groucho's humor was so pointed and smooth, he made ordinary people look good on TV while having a great time. I think only Bob Barker's managed to be his equal at that, although Barker doesn't get to be as funny as Grouch was.

January 09 2007 at 10:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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