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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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"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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USA

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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)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Harpo Marx was one of the celebrity contestants on the show. The secret was that it was actually Chico Marx in Harpo's costume, since the brothers bore an uncanny resemblance to each other. None of the panelists guessed it. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in Password: Betsy Palmer vs. Barry Sullivan (1962) 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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Fun artifact of the 1950s
11 July 2015 | by bmckeeSee all my reviews

It's no surprise that many people consider "I've Got a Secret" to be derivative of "What's My Line" - it was. Howard Merrill and Allan Sherman (later known for his work as a parody singer) modified the concept of "What's My Line" by having the panel guess the secret that a guest is keeping rather than their occupation, and having a celebrity guest at the end of the episode. They then offered the show to WML producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman who made Sherman the new show's producer.

The show's hosts - Gary Moore and Steve Allen in the original CBS run - and panelists didn't take the game anywhere near as seriously as John Charles Daly and most of the panel on WML. On the other hand I don't find the secrets on "I've Got A Secret" as interesting as the occupations on "What's My Line". And I confess that I don't particularly like host Gary Moore, mainly (but not exclusively) because of his habit of flicking his cigarette ashes onto the studio floor.

One episode that is definitely worth looking for is from September 17, 1962. Moore welcomes a couple whose secret is that their son became an astronaut that day. During his interview Moore asks them about how they'd feel if their son was the first man to walk on the Moon. The couple were Stephen and Viola Armstrong, the parents of Neil Armstrong.


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