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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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1967   1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   … See all »
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »

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Cast

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

Certificate:

TV-G
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Trivia

On a show from 1962, contestants included Mr. and Mrs. Armstrong. Their secret was that their son Neil Armstrong was named that day to the US astronaut corps. During the interview after Betsy Palmer guessed the secret, Garry Moore asked Mrs. Armstrong how she would feel if her son became the first man to walk on the moon. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Danny Thomas Show: Kathy and the Glamour Girl (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got A Secret (Jazz Version)
Written and Performed by Norman Paris from 1961 to 1962
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Classic Americana

This show was a family favorite when I was growing up. As much as a TV show can, it influenced my perception of the grown-up world in general and of New Yorkers in particular.

Seen today, it is like an American time capsule. Its nonstop parade of personalities of all types amounts to a wonderful snapshot of what America was like at the time. It is still greatly entertaining, but has acquired the additional virtue of being a sort of history lesson. What's My Line and To Tell the Truth provide some of that that too, but they don't compare to this crazy freeform show where anything could happen.

Its format, or lack of it, was a perfect match for Steve Allen, and the later shows where he was the host are every bit as much fun as the Garry Moore shows, in my opinion.

If you have any interest at all in what entertainment was like for previous generations, you should include this show in your travels.


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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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