Groucho Marx
Patty Harmon
Jackson "Jack" Wheeler
Johnny Jacobs
Titg open
Pilot: Summer 1961 (aired as the premiere)
CBS Primetime: 1/11/1962 - 5/31/1962
John Guedel Productions

Tell it to Groucho was a revamp/spinoff of You Bet Your Life in which banter with the contestants became the focal point of the show, refining elements from the unsold What Do You Want?.


A contestant could win up to $1,500 by identifying up to three celebrity photos, each of which would be flashed on a screen for a half-second. Any player who could not identify any of the photos could identify an "easy picture" for $100.

On the pilot, this was slightly different: the player was shown a picture for one-eighth of a second, and identifying it was worth $500. If s/he was wrong, the picture was shown again for a half-second and worth $250, then (if needed) a full second for $100.


Tell it to Groucho pilot at The Game Show Pilot Light

YouTube LinksEdit

The full 1961 pilot/January 11, 1962 premiere
A partial episode from April 2, 1962 (Special Guest: Rod Serling)
A full episode from April 19, 1962 (Special Guest: Jayne Mansfield)
A full episode from April 26, 1962 (Special Guest: Fabian)

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