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I've Got a Secret 

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Henry Morgan ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 517 episodes, 1952-1967
Bill Cullen ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 506 episodes, 1952-1967
Garry Moore Garry Moore ...  Himself - Moderator / ... 440 episodes, 1952-1966
Betsy Palmer ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 375 episodes, 1955-1967
Bess Myerson ...  Herself - Panelist 318 episodes, 1958-1967
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Storyline

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive flavor. As with "Line," four celebrity panelists try to guess an unknown-to-them secret, which the contestant (or sometimes group of contestants) whispered in the host's ear; the secret was always shown to the television and studio audience. Each panelist has one 30-second period to ask questions that will help them try to guess the secret; if a panelist fails to guess the secret before the buzzer sounds, the contestant(s) receive(s) $20 and the next panelist gets a turn. The process repeats until either the secret is guessed or if all four panelists are unable to guess the secret, meaning the contestant receives the maximum payout of $80 (during the early years, each panelist had two questioning periods, with $10 paid per unsuccessful try). Usually, a skit or demonstration of the secret followed each ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Family | Game-Show

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (1952-1966)| Color (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show's longtime sponsor, Winston cigarettes, canceled a scheduled appearance on the panel by Groucho Marx because he insisted on smoking his cigar. A similar appearance by Ernie Kovacs in July 1956 was canceled for the same reason, but the sponsor had a last-minute change of heart and allowed him to appear--complete with cigar. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »


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Plink, Plank, Plunk (I've Got A Secret)
Written and Performed by Leroy Anderson from 1952 to 1961
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The Best "Secret" in the Show's History
22 May 2005 | by sonny_1963See all my reviews

It was in 1955 and I watched in amazement as a 95-year old man came out and whispered into host Garry Moore's ear a secret that knocked my little socks off - he was the last survivor of the audience present at Ford's Theater the night Abraham Lincoln was shot. He said the only thing he could remember was seeing John Wilkes Booth grab hold of an American flag and crash to the stage.

He said he was five years old when this happened. He didn't know who Booth was but had a vivid memory of him falling unto the stage. At the time that the show was telecast, Lincoln's assassination had occurred 90 years earlier.

What a moment in early television history.


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