For anyone who hasn’t seen or collected “You Bet Your Life”, this is a great all-around package. At 13 hours 40 minutes, it’s a generous collection of thirty of Groucho’s episodes. Picture and sound quality are high, with all George Fenneman’s segues intact; inclusion of Desoto and Prom commercials are a welcome charm. For people who already have a YBYLife collection, there are some episodes not seen elsewhere, including Bettina Consola’s gift of pizzas to Groucho, TV cowboy star Crash Corrigan, and rare Pet Milk commercials.
However, menus and navigation are pretty basic; fifteen episodes on each of two discs are numbered links, but unlike other packages, there are no extras, out-takes, dates, or ability to isolate commercials. Don’t look for printed booklets either; you might want to type your own list of episode descriptions. But for the price, this is a delightful set to own. Recommended.
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I’m going to post this information for the people – like myself – trying to collect as many episodes as possible with as few duplicates. I’ve gone through and written the Secret Word and first set of guests from each episode in this collection (episodes had two or more sets of guests):
CHAIR with Carrol York and Emmanuel Klein
FACE with James Thompson and Joella York
FOOD with Irene Leff and Robert Beck
CHAIR with Kathleen Qualen and Ray “Crash” Corrigan
HAND with Mr. & Mrs. Pusis
HOUSE with Ula Anderson and Charles O’Brien Osbourne
CHAIR with Burt Stewart and Mrs. Edgar R. Hill
VOICE with Mr. & Mrs. Hal Keane
WATER with Sgt. & Mrs. Sylvester Nelson
CLOCK with Wanda Klumper and Roger Sharkey
WALL with Morrie Simon and Dean Cromwell
VOICE with Beverly Rubens and Charles Dressler
HEAD with Jan Dietrich and John Roese
FOOD with Barbara Schmidt and Mario Da Rey (05/13/55)
DOOR with Nina Kramer and Clarence Allen (02/21/52)
DOOR with Helen Swartz and Issac Kashdan
VOICE with Mamie Masara and Albert Hibbs
HAND with Barbara Ganz and Edward Higgins
NAME with Mary Bissell and C.S. Forrester (the author)
CHAIR with Constance Watt and Pat Celeone
NOSE with Kathy Smith and Alan Calew
SHOE with Charlie Hymstra and his daughter Rowena
MONEY with Joan Phillips and Monty Montana (and his horse)
VOICE with Carolyn Tyler and Brad Andriss
NOSE with Cornelia Hendricks and Romaine Fielding
HOUSE with Ginger & Don Drysdale (the baseball great)
GRASS with Seledor Crockett and Charles Snow
MONEY with Lois Wright-Bootson and Antonio Capazolo
CLOCK with Ann Riordan and Bill Eddies (02/18/54)
SKIN with Steve Wayne and Audrey Kaufman (03/02/1951)
I obviously had to guess on some of the spellings. As you can see a lot of the Secret Words are the same, making this very difficult to see what you already have in your collection. I had three other discs before I got this one and one of them had all the same ones on this set so I was able to give that one away. The two others had some duplicates but some not so I’m hanging on to those. Hopefully this will help some of you until bigger collections start getting released.
This has to be the best collection of “You Bet Your Life” episodes ever put together! I have them all, but this one is best! The quality of the audio goes up and down, but Groucho is always killing you with laughter!!