Radio: Hot Out of Vassar

A year ago, Groucho Marx's You Bet Your Life (Wed. 9 p.m. E.S.T., CBS) was fighting it out for 75th place in the Nielsen-Ratings with such tired old rivals as Roy Rogers, County Fair and Dr. I.Q. Last week, by sitting on a stool before a microphone and trading comment and insult with a succession of quiz contestants, Groucho had piloted his show in a skyrocketing climb to sixth place.

The propulsion was supplied by Groucho's trademarked wit, which tends to ricochet off the commonplace and explode in star shells of mutual misunderstanding. Beginning with a casual question about the contestant's background,...

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