I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Henry Morgan ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (221 episodes, 1952-1967)
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 Himself - Panelist / ... (203 episodes, 1952-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (193 episodes, 1955-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (191 episodes, 1959-1967)
Garry Moore ...
 Himself - Host / ... (116 episodes, 1952-1966)
John Cannon ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (111 episodes, 1955-1967)
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 Himself - Host / ... (106 episodes, 1961-1967)
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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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Besides whatever cash each contestant won, for several years the adult contestants also received a carton of Winston cigarettes. Winston was the show's sponsor. See more »

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Remade as I've Got a Secret (2000) 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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How I miss those wonderful people
28 January 2002 | by (San Diego) – See all my reviews

Watching this show reminds a nostalgia buff like myself, how much certain stars are missed. Usually the beginning of each show has a star of the period state his or her name and say: ...."And I've got a secret". One such guest was Harpo Marx who not only had a chance to promote his excellent autobiography "Harpo Speaks" but also interact with the panel and Gary Moore through pantomime. Lloyd Bridges pretending to be in a diving suit (His double a New York restaurant doorman was in the suit!)to fool the panel while answering questions from the audience through a microphone! Elvis Presley's Grandad singing folk songs, Tony Curtis demonstrates boyhood games, Mickey Rooney imitating a monkey etc. etc. A really great show that has yet to disappoint this babyboomer. Recommended. >


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