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You Bet Your Life - The Lost Episodes

You Bet Your Life - The Lost Episodes Lowest used price: $11.93
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The Lost Episodes is a deluxe 3 DVD Box that includes 18 episodes, 6 episodes per disc with each episode running 25 minutes, a 20 page booklet with an outstanding essay by Groucho expert Robert S. Bader, plus loads of rare You Bet Your Life memorabilia and photos. These shows are officially licensed from the Groucho Marx estate and NBC, and have been produced from the original film reels found at the UCLA film archive and the Library of Congress. These episodes have not been seen since their original run in the early 50's. They were never repackaged for syndication by NBC for various reasons. Includes out takes from the episodes on every disc and a 17 minute film made for DeSoto dealers called The Making of You Bet Your Life included as an extra.In addition to the episodes, the box set includes a treasure trove of original and rare Groucho gems, including his 1947 audition for the original You Bet Your Life radio program! Other rarities included as DVD extras: Groucho's 1947 audition for the original radio show; a promotional recording Groucho made as a Christmas gift to DeSoto dealers; Some original commercials

Groucho Marx is arguably the most famous, iconic comedian of all-time. It's funny to think that for all the great films and stage appearances he made throughout his career both in the Marx Brothers act and solo, Groucho seemed to prefer this modestly-produced TV series above all others. Groucho was the emcee and star of this filmed quiz show and though it was ostensibly a game show, the series' most important asset was the humor injected by Groucho into the interviews he did with the contestants You Bet Your Life ran on television from October 5, 1950 - June 29, 1961 (423 episodes), one of the longest running shows in the history of television. (There were also 105 episodes that aired exclusively on radio.) The program was renamed The Groucho Show during its last season and has been seen in syndication as The Best Of Groucho for the last 40 years.

With 18 shows that remained unseen since their original broadcasts in the 1950s, You Bet Your Life: The Lost Episodes offers another welcome example of the way DVDs are preserving our precious television heritage. Of course, this long-running game show (1950-61) was barely a game show at all. Instead, it was a perfect showcase for the wit and whimsy of Groucho Marx (1890-1977), who clearly relished the third major chapter (after stage and movies) of his illustrious career. With his mischievously elevated eyebrows and ever-present cigar, the great comedian was right at home with average and above-average civilians, recruited from the studio audience in offbeat pairs to answer quiz questions and win typically modest sums of cash. "Say the secret word and split a hundred dollars," said Groucho as each contest commenced, and a mangy stuffed duck named Julius (Groucho's real name) would drop from the rafters to reveal the secret word.

While there was a modicum of preparation before these shows were filmed, most of Groucho's one-liners and snappy comebacks are impressively off-the-cuff, hilariously demonstrating the mastery of humor that Groucho--still vital in his well-heeled sixties--had honed over decades of live performance. His frequently nervous contestants are equally amusing, sometimes giving as well as they got from their rapier-witted host. They are also occasionally exceptional: professional baseball umpires; super-athlete Bob Matthias; a decorated Korean War hero; a Mr. And Miss Universe; a celebrated mystery writer; TV comedian Ernie Kovacs; British "hipster" comic Lord Buckley; and even Gary Cooper's mother appear as contestants. With a revealing glimpse of '50s popular culture, these well-produced DVDs also include a wealth of You Bet Your Life artifacts: the "stag reels" showcase Groucho's deft handling of "mature humor" edited from the original broadcasts; a behind-the-scenes film reveals the show's inner workings and primary staff; and ads for Plymouth/DeSoto dealers (the show's sole sponsor) are quaintly charming by latter-day standards. Best of all, Groucho's original radio audition is included, along with a priceless 10-minute radio clip featuring Groucho and Bob Hope--a comedy gem that led to Groucho's long-term employment on television. For Marx Brothers and Groucho fans, this is a treasure trove of smile-inducing nostalgia. --Jeff Shannon


  • Between 1947 andi1961 that phrase began 528 episodes of You Bet Your Life staring Groucho Marx. And, although 250 of the original television episodes have been available in syndication, the earliest episodes were never seen again. Until Now. You Bet Your Life: The Lost Episodes is every Groucho fan's dream come true. For this collection, not only have the original unaltered films been used,

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Groucho Marx TV Classic: 3-Disc Collector's Set

Groucho Marx TV Classic: 3-Disc Collector's Set Lowest new price: $14.37
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This special 3-disc set (3 discs in a regular amaray DVD case) includes the best of Groucho Marx! See Groucho in 16 episodes of the 1950s game show You Bet Your Life, 2 episodes of The Hollywood Palace, a rare episode of the lost game show Anybody Can Play and much more!

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A Night in Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca Lowest new price: $4.00
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Marx Brothers comedy has them ferret out Nazi spies in a Casablanca hotel.

A Night in Casablanca may not qualify as a Marx Brothers classic, but it's certainly the best of their latter-day comedies. "This picture is funnier than all but a handful of their earlier ones," wrote the usually cantankerous Pauline Kael, and she's right. The Big Store would have been the final Marx movie, but that disappointment, and an attractive new deal with United Artists, prompted the Marx trio to bring freshly anarchic energy to this post-war spoof of wartime intrigue, prompting Warner Bros. (producers of Casablanca) to threaten legal action over the title, to which Groucho responded, "I am sure that the average movie fan could learn in time to distinguish between Ingrid Bergman and Harpo." As it happens, Night bears only passing resemblance to the Bergman/Bogart classic, with Groucho playing the new manager of a hotel in Casablanca, where several previous managers have been murdered while a scheming villain (Marx regular Sig Rumann) plots to steal the hotel's cache of Nazi treasure. Chico and Harpo are up to their usual antics (including piano and harp interludes, respectively), and they all give Rumann the runaround in the film's funniest and most perfectly choreographed scene. The brothers made their final film together with Love Happy three years later, but as any fan will tell you, A Night in Casablanca was the last Marx comedy that mattered. --Jeff Shannon


  • Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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Celebrity Billiards

Celebrity Billiards Lowest new price: $14.99
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The Hustler was a favorite movie of the time and practically made a household name of Rudolph 'Minnesota Fats' Wanderone, so let's get him a TV show. And Celebrity Billiards is born.

The show started on a stage that was a mock-up of a pool hall not unlike what you see on ESPN's coverage of billiards today with a table in the center and a few rows of audience surrounding on three sides. The host, Ted Travers, started the show interviewing the two competitors, one of course being the house celebrity Fats and the other a major celebrity of the time.


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Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Is the World Funny?"

Firing Line with William F. Buckley Jr. "Is the World Funny?" Lowest new price: $10.00
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Taped on July 7, 1967.
The exchanges are frustrating at times, Mr. Marx being so relentlessly, well, Groucho. But it's fun and sometimes illuminating to see this mythic figure on someone else's turf. (The answer to the title question, by the way is: No, it's damned sad.) Marx: "I have said the things that no one else has dared to say." Buckley: "Why? Why?" Marx: "Because the audience loves it." Buckley: "All right." Marx: "If you have a general, like I had General Bradley on the quiz show--nice man, very nice man; might even conceivably be a good general--well, I kidded him all through the show and the audience loves that because they don't get a chance to do that to mayors or politicians or bank presidents..." Buckley: "But it's very healthy, isn't it?" Marx: "Yes, it is. There's not enough of it."
Summary by Firing Line staff.

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The Unknown Marx Brothers

The Unknown Marx Brothers Lowest new price: $75.33
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Originally broadcast on PBS in 1993 and narrated by Leslie Nielsen, this comprehensive documentary charts the career of the Marx Brothers--Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and sometimes Zeppo--from their beginnings on the vaudeville circuit to their final appearances on popular TV programs and commercials of the 1950s and early '60s. Featuring interviews with many surviving family members, friends, and close associates, the film covers the brothers' early stage careers in great detail, including the origins of their stage names and rare film footage of a sketch from one of their most popular comedy plays. Also fascinating is a long-lost film clip of Harpo in a silent film from 1925--four years before the Marx Brothers made their screen debut in Cocoanuts. The Marx Brothers' film career is not the central focus here. Rather, the film shows us the brothers offscreen (through rare home movies and newsreels) and especially after their retirement from movies. Revealing and affectionate toward its subjects, this is a must-see for any Marx Brothers fan. The DVD includes several hilarious outtakes from Groucho's quiz-show career as host of You Bet Your Life, and a "Zoom-links" feature that offers additional film clips at given points throughout the documentary. --Jeff Shannon

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Classic Double Feature Groucho-Chico-Harpo Marx Bros. Go West The Big Store

Classic Double Feature Groucho-Chico-Harpo Marx Bros. Go West The Big Store Lowest new price: $48.51
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Side A: Go West, Side B: The Big Store Special Features:Side A: Vintage Shorts: Pete Smith Specialty quicker 'n a wink, Fitzpatrick Traveltalk Cavalcade of San Francisco and the cartoon The Milky Way, Leo is on the Air Radio Promo Side B: Vintage Short Flicker Memories and vintage cartoon officer pooch audio musical, outtake: Where There's Music

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Copacabana /

Copacabana / Lowest new price: $19.95
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Model: 26225867

A zany agent books a Brazilian bombshell again, as a French singer, in the same club on the same night.


  • Brand Name: OLIVE FILMS Mfg#: 887090059503
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  • Genre: Comedy
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Liberace TV Classics

Liberace TV Classics Lowest new price: $6.00
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Liberace decided early in his career that to be different and to separate himself from other stage personalities, he needed to add flair to his show that would broaden his appeal to the masses. By using dramatic lighting, costume changes, humor and more, the talented and flamboyant pianist performed musical numbers that made you feel like he was playing just for you. His television performances featured enthusiasm and wit. He performed a variety of styles and his musical selections were broad, including classics, show tunes, film melodies, Latin rhythms, ethnic songs, and boogie-woogie to name a few, and he often catered his shows to specific themes or holidays. His show became so popular with his mostly female television audience that he received ten thousand fan letters per week. In 1960 Liberace received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the television industry.

This special 2 disc set includes 7 episodes of The Liberace Show and 3 bonus features that include Liberace as a guest!

The Liberace Show
1. Ladies Night (1955)
2. Musical Shopping Tour (1955)
3. The Orchestra Steps Out (1956)
4. Christmas Special (1954)
5. Mother's Day Special (1965)
6. New Orleans Special (1956)
7. Fan Favorites (1955)

Bonus Features
1. The Jack Benny Show: Liberace Show (1954)
2. The Easter Seal Teleparade of Stars (1955)
3. You Bet Your Life: The Secret Word is Hat (1950)

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You Bet Your Life - TV Favorites

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