History Series / YouBetYourLife

11th Nov '16 6:41:35 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* SoundToScreenAdaptation: After a test film was produced on December 5, 1949[[labelnote:*]]which was simply a film recording of the usual radio show and was never intended to be aired on TV, although the episode did air on radio on December 28[[/labelnote]], the screen edition debuted on October 4, 1950 when Groucho jumped ship from CBS (which produced the test film) to NBC. The show was simulcast on TV and radio until June 10, 1960.
** Notably, the TV pilot was the last episode with original sponsor Elgin-American[[labelnote:*]]whose commercials were read by a certain [[Series/SixtyMinutes Myron Wallace]], who later changed his first name to Mike[[/labelnote]]; [=DeSoto=] took over on the next episode (the first of 1950) and remained for most of the decade.

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* SoundToScreenAdaptation: After a test film was produced on December 5, 1949[[labelnote:*]]which 1949[[labelnote:]]which was simply a film recording of the usual radio show and was never intended to be aired on TV, although the episode did air on radio on December 28[[/labelnote]], the screen edition debuted on October 4, 1950 when Groucho jumped ship from CBS (which produced the test film) to NBC. The show was simulcast on TV and radio until June 10, 1960.
** Notably, the TV pilot was the last episode with original sponsor Elgin-American[[labelnote:*]]whose Elgin-American[[labelnote:]]whose commercials were read by a certain [[Series/SixtyMinutes Myron Wallace]], who later changed his first name to Mike[[/labelnote]]; [=DeSoto=] took over on the next episode (the first (January 11, 1950[[labelnote:]]Two of 1950) the contestants were Mr. and Mrs. Story, stars of the infamous "cigar" legend[[/labelnote]]) and remained for most of the decade.
6th Nov '16 2:25:55 PM nombretomado
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** ''TheJackBennyProgram'' once had Benny appear on ''You Bet Your Life'', but was confronted with the jackpot question of (paraphrasing) "Jack Benny has always claimed to be 39 years old, but what is his ''real'' age?"

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** ''TheJackBennyProgram'' ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram'' once had Benny appear on ''You Bet Your Life'', but was confronted with the jackpot question of (paraphrasing) "Jack Benny has always claimed to be 39 years old, but what is his ''real'' age?"
5th Nov '16 12:32:20 PM nombretomado
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** ''InLivingColor'' did a Cosby-era spoof titled "You Bet Your Career", with has-been stars competing for a walk-on role in current sitcoms.

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** ''InLivingColor'' ''Series/InLivingColor'' did a Cosby-era spoof titled "You Bet Your Career", with has-been stars competing for a walk-on role in current sitcoms.
22nd Oct '16 4:02:02 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* StraightMan: Announcer/sidekick George Fenneman, whom George called "the female Margaret Dumont".

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* StraightMan: Announcer/sidekick George Fenneman, whom George Groucho called "the female Margaret Dumont".
22nd Oct '16 3:37:17 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The December 22, 1955 show had a GenreSaavy contestant attempting to win the bonus by rattling off a bunch of words that were commonly used as the "secret word". It didn't work and Groucho replied with a couple of jokes on Hungarians (the contestant was Hungarian).

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** The December 22, 1955 show had a GenreSaavy GenreSavvy contestant attempting to win the bonus by rattling off a bunch of words that were commonly used as the "secret word". It didn't work and Groucho replied with a couple of jokes on Hungarians (the contestant was Hungarian).
22nd Oct '16 3:37:00 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** The December 22, 1955 show had a GenreSaavy contestant attempting to win the bonus by rattling off a bunch of words that were commonly used as the "secret word". It didn't work and Groucho replied with a couple of jokes on Hungarians (the contestant was Hungarian).



* StraightMan: Announcer/sidekick George Fenneman.

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* SpiritualSuccessor: ''Tell It to Groucho'', which debuted on CBS seven months after ''You Bet Your Life'' ended its run. The contestant couples, instead of answering questions, had to identify three pictures which flashed for a quarter of a second, winning $500 for each correct guess and losing half their winnings for each incorrect guess. If they couldn't identify the three pictures, they were given an easy picture to guess (which wasn't flashed) for $100. Of course, the focus was still on Groucho's interviews with the contestants.
* StraightMan: Announcer/sidekick George Fenneman.Fenneman, whom George called "the female Margaret Dumont".
11th Oct '16 7:45:56 PM goldenroad
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Syndicated {{revival}}s starred Creator/BuddyHackett (1980-81) and Creator/BillCosby (1992-93). There were also three unsold pilots with Richard Dawson (of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' fame) in 1988 for NBC.

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Syndicated {{revival}}s starred Creator/BuddyHackett (1980-81) and Creator/BillCosby (1992-93). There were also three unsold pilots with Richard Dawson (of ''Series/FamilyFeud'' fame) in 1988 for NBC. These had varying rules as well.

* '''1980-81:''' Single players were given a choice of categories, then asked four true/false questions. The first was worth $25, the next three doubled the money. The player then got the option to go for triple or lose half on one last question, meaning the maximum payout was $1,200. In this version, the Secret Word was worth $100 to all players regardless of who said it.
* '''1988 Pilot:''' Each couple answered three questions worth $100, $150, or $200. Then another couple followed suit. Both couples then answered questions worth $200, $300, or $400. High score wins, with a maximum payout of $2,000.
* '''1992-1993:''' In a case of full circle, restored the betting format from the first few years of the original. The couple started with $750 and could bet on four questions, for a maximum of $6,000. The Secret Word was worth $500.


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** '''1980-81:''' No question here, the winning player simply stops a device that sends out plastic eggs, each containing a bonus prize.
** '''1988 Pilot:''' The winning couple had thirty seconds to answer five true/false question. Each player selected an answer. When time was up, the answers were revealed. $200 every time both selected the correct answer, all five won $5,000.
28th Aug '16 3:41:00 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** Notably, the TV pilot was the last episode with original sponsor Elgin-American[[labelnote:*]]whose commercials were read by a certain Myron Wallace, who later changed his first name to Mike[[/labelnote]]; [=DeSoto=] took over on the next episode (the first of 1950) and remained for most of the decade.

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** Notably, the TV pilot was the last episode with original sponsor Elgin-American[[labelnote:*]]whose commercials were read by a certain [[Series/SixtyMinutes Myron Wallace, Wallace]], who later changed his first name to Mike[[/labelnote]]; [=DeSoto=] took over on the next episode (the first of 1950) and remained for most of the decade.
24th Jul '16 3:06:36 PM nombretomado
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The idea for the show came from a guest spot Groucho did on BobHope's radio show. While waiting to come on stage, Groucho got so impatient waiting in the cold room that he furiously upstaged Hope with a stream of adlibbed wisecracks that Hope could barely keep up with. The radio show's producer, John Guedel, later asked Groucho if he could do an improv show like that on command. Groucho confidently confirmed it, but initially balked at the idea of hosting a quiz show until the producer assured him that the real action would be conversations with the contestants. As it happened, Groucho just had a radio show cancelled and was concerned that his career was in trouble, so he agreed to try it out and never regretted that choice.

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The idea for the show came from a guest spot Groucho did on BobHope's Creator/BobHope's radio show. While waiting to come on stage, Groucho got so impatient waiting in the cold room that he furiously upstaged Hope with a stream of adlibbed wisecracks that Hope could barely keep up with. The radio show's producer, John Guedel, later asked Groucho if he could do an improv show like that on command. Groucho confidently confirmed it, but initially balked at the idea of hosting a quiz show until the producer assured him that the real action would be conversations with the contestants. As it happened, Groucho just had a radio show cancelled and was concerned that his career was in trouble, so he agreed to try it out and never regretted that choice.
17th Jul '16 11:03:21 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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** ''Judge for Yourself'' (Creator/{{NBC}}, 1953-1954), another one from [[Creator/MarkGoodson Goodson and Todman]], had host Fred Allen interact with contestants amidst a rather complicated format that was revamped in the middle of the run. [[note]]The first format was a talent show/game show mix where three acts were featured and judged on by a panel of showbiz professionals and three contestants. If a contestant ranked the acts in the same order as the pros, they would win $1,000. The second format dumped the talent acts in favor of "future hit" songs and switched the celebrity panel for an [[ThingOMeter applause meter]].[[/note]]
** ''Do You Trust Your Wife?'' (Creator/{{CBS}}, 1956-57 -- Creator/{{ABC}}, 1957-1963), which was initially hosted by ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. When the show switched networks and moved from prime time to daytime, he was replaced by Johnny Carson; the title changed to ''Who Do You Trust?'' a year later. When Carson was selected to host ''Series/TheTonightShow'' in March 1962, he still had six months left on his contract with producer Don Fedderson; the talk show went through a series of guest hosts while Carson waited out the end of his obligation. When he finally left in September, he was replaced with Woody Woodbury, who lasted barely over a year before the show was canceled.



** ''Do You Trust Your Wife?'' (Creator/{{CBS}}, 1956-57 -- Creator/{{ABC}}, 1957-1963), which was initially hosted by ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. When the show switched networks and moved from prime time to daytime, he was replaced by Johnny Carson; the title changed to ''Who Do You Trust?'' a year later. When Carson was selected to host ''Series/TheTonightShow'' in March 1962, he still had six months left on his contract with producer Don Fedderson; the talk show went through a series of guest hosts while Carson waited out the end of his obligation. When he finally left in September, he was replaced with Woody Woodbury, who lasted barely over a year before the show was canceled.
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