Trivia / You Bet Your Life

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: A line that Groucho supposedly said to a woman with an awful lot of kids.
    Woman: I love my husband.
    Groucho: I love my cigar, too, but I take it out once in a while.
  • Edited for Syndication: Syndicated reruns were called "The Best of Groucho", with the NBC letters on Groucho's microphone blurred or burned-out and the picture "blown up" to hide the sponsor logos. (Not to be confused with Summertime repeats of the same name, which had a new intro and commercials; at least one 1957 repeat had a unique Prom intro and every mention of DeSoto replaced by Prom.)
  • Groucho Says Something Funny: There is less of that than is popularly thought. While Groucho was of course free to think up quips as he could, the contestants were interviewed by the writers beforehand and prepared jokes and comments for Groucho to read on a hidden projection when he felt he couldn't improvise a good line. The beauty is how he still made it look so ad lib.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The original series could've been this very easily around November 1973 had Groucho's grandson Andy not answered the phone one day (while Groucho had Jack Nicholson, Elliott Gould, and Marcel Marceau as guests). The person on the other end, a man working at the NBC storage warehouse in Englewood Cliifs, New Jersey, was part of a group that was destroying a bunch of 1950s-60s shows to clear space for newer programs. When Groucho responded with "Tell him to burn them for all I care" (which got laughs from his guests, although Andy couldn't tell "if he was just doing his grouchy act for his invited audience or truly didn't care"), Andy reminded him how Oscar Levant's Information Please was destroyed and Nicholson convinced Groucho to accept the reels.
      • Two weeks later, it turned out that "several boxes" was in fact 5,000 reels in 500 boxes, consisting of not only the entire series but also the Edited for Syndication "The Best of Groucho" package. Andy and show creator John Guedel pitched the idea of airing the episodes in late nights on KTLA, which the station executive liked with one provision: someone had to go through all the shows first. That someone was Andy, who was paid $150 a week to spend eight hours a day at Groucho's house watching and archiving the episodes.
      • That said, some episodes, including Groucho's Grand Finale and the only color episode of the original run, haven't been seen in many years. The color episode very likely only survives as a black-and-white copy.
    • The Hackett version had no circulating episodes until one showed up in February 2010 which, amazingly, is also the only time in this run that the Secret Word was said. There's also this brief clip.
    • The Cosby version wasn't rerun after it's original run in 1992-93 — and given Cosby's recent allegations, likely isn't to be at all for the foreseeable future.
  • Prop Recycling: The set of the Buddy Hackett version was mostly taken from NBC's All-Star Secrets, which had been cancelled the year prior.