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    Groucho Marx drop down duck for the secret word on You Bet Your Life. (NBC, 1950-1961) Vintage original 20 x 12 x 20 in. iconic drop-down duck prop used in the Groucho Marx-hosted game show You Bet Your Life. Constructed of hollow fiberglass shell and detailed with feathers, felt, colored straw and bow tie, the Groucho-look-alike also sports his famous signature mustache and glasses. This duck prop was the centerpiece of a recurring element of the show, which revolved around whether a contestant would say the "secret word"; a common word revealed to the audience at the show's outset. If a contestant said the word, this toy descended from the ceiling with a $100 bill for the contestant. The gag became a favorite part of the show for contestants and audience alike. Retains hanging wire and hardware and exhibits wear and rubbing. Instantly recognizable. In vintage very good condition.

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    September, 2015
    29th Tuesday
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