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 / ... (204 episodes, 1952-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (193 episodes, 1955-1967)
Bess Myerson ...
 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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Burton Turkus, whom Henry Morgan portrayed in the film Murder, Inc. (1960), made a guest appearance on the show. Turkus and Morgan had never met until that evening. See more »

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I've Got A Secret
Written and Performed by Norman Paris from 1962 to 1967
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The Game Show Network is the perfect time machine.
26 May 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

While channel-surfing the backwaters of digital cable, I came across a whitecap of historical political incorrectness. Gary Moore, the winsome host of "I've Got A Secret," dons an overcoat and muffler at the start of the broadcast. He then breaks the "fourth wall" of the studio on West 47th Street, ventures out into the bitter cold of a New York winter's night and corals a fifteen year old boy on his way to a show. Moore invites the kid in to be a contestant on HIS show. The boy's secret: "I was brought in from the street" easily stumps the celebrity panel. The young man wins two prizes: eighty dollars and a carton of Winston cigarettes--the show's lone sponsor.

Can you imagine the outrage today if a television host gave a minor a carton of smokes? The fifties WERE a simpler time.


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