"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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Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Garry Moore ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (407 episodes, 1952-1966)
 Himself - Panelist / ... (289 episodes, 1952-1967)
 Himself - Panelist / ... (270 episodes, 1952-1967)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (254 episodes, 1955-1967)
 Herself - Panelist (239 episodes, 1958-1967)
John Cannon ...
 Himself - Announcer (200 episodes, 1955-1967)

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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






Release Date:

19 June 1952 (USA)  »

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(1952-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Featured in In the Shadow of the Moon (2007) See more »


I've Got A Secret
Written and Performed by Norman Paris from 1962 to 1967
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Another classic television program!!
5 May 2001 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

One of the best game/quiz shows ever. With Garry Moore as host, and many celebrities throughout the years as guest panelists, this durable program is very entertaining indeed!! To me, the program hit its stride in the years from 1958-1964, with Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson as the panelists and the above mentioned Mr. Moore as host. One of the funniest moments that I recall is when guest star, Faye Emerson, tried to dress a blindfolded Henry Morgan as Santa Claus and he ended up looking like a skid-row version of Santa!!! Hilarious and wholesome entertainment all around!!

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