Monday, August 6, 2007

DVD Pick:"Groucho Marx - You Bet Your Life" (2006)

"And if you want to be me, be me.
And if you want to be you, be you .
'Cause there's a million things to do.
You know that there are ."
Cat Stevens
NO SPOILERS:
This may be ...the original show..."about nothing"...that George & Jerry were always trying to pitch on Seinfeld.

Simply...Groucho Marx...conversing with a couple of guests. Throw a couple of questions at the end. Say goodnight....tune in next week.

That's it.

But Groucho...with his naughty one-liners and his innate ability to sling snappy comebacks...off the cuff...is nothing short of amazing. And the show still holds up quite well, today!

"You Bet Your Life" ran from 1950 to 1961 and is recognized as one of the most popular shows ever on television.

I encourage you to watch this short 2 minute clip of Groucho in action. Good stuff!

There was ...refreshingly...NO...political correctness...when it came to Groucho. Never apart from his trademark cigar...and his hilarious sexist remarks...no greater smart-aleck ever lived...who teased with such...love. True gold.

When watching for the first time...one will be struck by the visually dated set. A small desk with Groucho sitting on a stool. Cheap drapes. Two microphone stands for the contestants to stand in front of. And that's it.

A gimmick for the show was having a stuffed duck dropped from the ceiling...when any guest said..."the secret word". A $50 prize to be split between the contestants.

There was also a few questions asked at the end...for the guests to win some money...but that almost appears to be an afterthought.

It was Groucho that people wanted to see. Bring out two quirky contestants and let the...Master...throw his zings and tongue darts for the whole wide world to enjoy.

Even in his sixties...Groucho Marx was as quick-witted as they come. He didn't even break a sweat.

With 14 classic episodes with original commercials...a $6.98 price tag for this DVD at Amazon is a bargain. Good stuff!

"If You Want To Sing" - Cat Stevens (1971)

Good Stuff!

Casey Chambers
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