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Secret Word Bird - Stuffed duck puppet featured on the quiz show YOU BET YOUR LIFE/NBC/1950-61.

Groucho & the Secret Word Bird

Hosted by comedian Groucho Marx, the program used a stuffed duck wearing glasses, and mustache that resembled the show's host. It dropped down between Groucho and his contestants whenever one of the contestants uttered the secret word during their conversations with Groucho.

The secret word was a common, everyday word used all the time. Whenever a contestant did say the secret word, the stuffed duck would fall from the ceiling with the prize of $100 attached to its dilapidated body.

Later, in place of the duck, was "The Secret Word Girl" (often Marilyn Burtis) dropping from the ceiling on a swing seat, or dancing across the stage in a ballerina's costume to hand-deliver the $100 prize to the lucky contestant who had spoken the secret word.

When Bill Cosby revived YOU BET YOUR LIFE/SYN/1992, he upgraded Groucho's scruffy stuffed duck with a more elegant cigar-chomping black goose that held $500.


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