On August 15th 1947 Groucho Marx sat down to do an audition for a new radio show. The premise was simple, as host Groucho would ask two contestants to answer questions for prizes. If one of them mentioned the secret word, picked ahead of time, a duck would fly down with a considerable, for the day, cash prize. It wasn't a real duck mind you, instead it was a fake duck crafted to look like Groucho. Simple enough, but with Groucho involved nothing could ever be simple.

The audition made its rounds but was not turned into a full production show until September 5th 1949. Groucho, along with his announcer and unintentional straight man George Fenneman hit the CBS radio network with Desoto Plymouth as their sponsor.

From then until April 28th 1954 some 163 shows went across the airwaves. Censors went nuts with Groucho's often overt but more often than not subtle innuendo and double entendre. Contestants were either honored at being barbed by the best or openly horrified at the public insults Groucho would toss at them. The audience ate up every second of the show.

There was a TV version of the show and a brief radio reprise in the late 1950's. Many of the shows circulating in the old time radio on mp3 groups are from uncensored sources, so the real flavor of Groucho is heard. Even censored Groucho made this perhaps one of the coolest quiz shows on radio ever.

Broadcast Day---Secret Word
  • 9/15/47 Audition
  • 10/5/49 CHAIR
  • 10/12/49 SMILE
  • 10/19/49 CLOCK
  • 10/26/49 RADIO
  • 11/2/49 SHOE
  • 11/9/49 INK
  • 11/16/49 GRASS
  • 11/23/49 SKY
  • 11/30/49 WINDOW
  • 12/7/49 DUST
  • 12/14/49 HAIR
  • 12/21/49 CHAIR
  • 12/28/49 NAME
  • 1/4/50 TREE
  • 1/11/50 MILK
  • 1/18/50 SPOON
  • 1/25/50 SKY
  • 2/1/50 AIR
  • 2/8/50 BREAD
  • 2/15/50 SUGAR
  • 2/22/50 TABLE
  • 3/1/50 DOOR
  • 3/8/50 HEART
  • 3/15/50 WATER
  • 3/22/50 MONEY
  • 3/29/50 STOVE
  • 4/5/50 SMILE
  • 4/12/50 FLOOR
  • 4/19/50 NAME
  • 4/26/50 CHAIR
  • 5/3/50 BREAD
  • 5/10/50 DOOR
  • 5/17/50 FOOT
  • 5/24/50 TREE
  • 5/31/50 BOOK
  • 6/7/50 DRESS
  • 6/14/50 WATER
  • 6/21/50 HAND
  • 6/28/50 FLOOR
  • 10/4/50 WALL
  • 10/11/50 GRASS
  • 10/18/50 FLOOR
  • 10/25/50 AIR
  • 11/1/50 TREE
  • 11/8/50 DOOR
  • 11/15/50 KEY
  • 11/22/50 TABLE
  • 11/29/50 BOOK
  • 12/6/50 HAIR
  • 12/13/50 ROOM
  • 12/20/50 FLOOR
  • 12/27/50 SMILE
  • 1/3/51 CHAIR
  • 1/10/51 HEART
  • 1/17/51 LAMP
  • 1/24/51 WALK
  • 1/31/51 CLOCK
  • 2/7/51 SHOE
  • 2/14/51 SKY
  • 2/21/51 DOOR
  • 2/28/51 NOSE
  • 3/7/51 CUP
  • 3/14/51 TREE
  • 3/21/51 COAT
  • 3/28/51 STREET
  • 4/4/51 HAND
  • 4/11/51 ROOM
  • 4/18/51 LIGHT
  • 4/25/51 WALL
  • 5/2/51 FOOT
  • 5/9/51 PAPER
  • 5/16/51 SKY
  • 5/23/51 SMILE
  • 5/30/51 PEOPLE
  • 6/6/51 HEART
  • 6/13/51 FLOOR
  • 6/20/51 DOOR
  • 6/27/51 TABLE
  • 10/3/51 TABLE
  • 10/10/51 STREET
  • 10/17/51 ARM
  • 10/24/51 FLOOR
  • 10/31/51 SKY
  • 11/7/51 HEAD
  • 11/14/51 ROOF
  • 11/21/51 TREE
  • 11/28/51 NAME
  • 12/5/51 DOOR
  • 12/12/51 PEOPLE
  • 12/19/51 SMILE
  • 12/26/51 PAPER
  • 1/2/52 HAND
  • 1/9/52 FACE
  • 1/16/52 SPOON
  • 1/23/52 WATER
  • 1/30/52 FOOD
  • 2/6/52 LAMP
  • 2/13/52 FLOOR
  • 2/20/52 HEART
  • 2/27/52 GLASS
  • 3/5/52 KNIFE
  • 3/12/52 SKY
  • 3/19/52 NAME
  • 3/26/52 TABLE
  • 4/2/52 CHAIR
  • 4/9/52 SIGN
  • 4/16/52 FOOT
  • 4/23/52 SPOON
  • 4/30/52 DOOR
  • 5/7/52 HOUSE
  • 5/14/52 AGE
  • 5/21/52 MONEY
  • 5/28/52 WALL
  • 6/4/52 CLOTHES
  • 6/11/52 PAPER
  • 9/17/52 CHAIR
  • 9/24/52 FLOOR
  • 10/1/52 TREE
  • 10/8/52 FACE
  • 10/15/52 WATER
  • 10/22/52
  • 10/29/52 HEART
  • 11/5/52 LIGHT
  • 11/12/52 CLOCK
  • 11/19/52 SMILE
  • 11/26/52
  • 12/3/52 PAPER
  • 12/10/52 FIRE
  • 12/17/52 CHAIR
  • 9/16/53 PEOPLE
  • 9/23/53 FOOT
  • 9/30/53 SMILE
  • 10/7/53 TABLE
  • 10/14/53 WALL
  • 10/21/53 NAME
  • 10/28/53 CHAIR
  • 11/4/53 TREE
  • 11/11/53 HAND
  • 11/18/53
  • 11/25/53
  • 12/2/53
  • 12/9/53
  • 12/16/53
  • 12/23/53
  • 12/30/53
  • 1/6/54
  • 1/13/54 SMILE
  • 1/20/54 DOOR
  • 1/27/54
  • 2/3/54
  • 2/10/54 WALL
  • 2/17/54 CLOCK
  • 2/24/54 NAME
  • 3/3/54 PAPER
  • 3/10/54 STREET
  • 3/17/54 HAND
  • 3/24/54 FLOOR
  • 3/31/54 TREE
  • 4/7/54 FACE
  • 4/14/54 ROOM
  • 4/21/54 PEOPLE
  • 4/28/54 SMILE
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