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Garry Moore ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (400 episodes, 1952-1966)
Henry Morgan ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (256 episodes, 1952-1967)
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 Himself - Panelist / ... (234 episodes, 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 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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Spun-off from What's My Line? (1950) 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 Filled Member of WHAT'S MY LINE? Family Tree.
24 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

ALTHOUGH THE CREATION of this panel show followed that of WHAT'S MY LINE? by about two years, there were both many similarities ; as well as a great may differences. In true show biz tradition, success spawns imitation; and it was never more in evidence than here. Like the older show, Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions was involved.

LACKING THE 'GRAVITAS' of its distinguished Sunday Evening precursor, this middle of the week prime time entry was played more for fun. Laughter was king here and no apologies were made for that little element. Radio & TV veteran, Garry Moore, reigned over the fun and reined in the Panel.

THE COMPOSITION OF the all important Panel was far different than it was over on Sunday's WHAT'S MY LINE. This show's panelists were overall, much more youthful. The Ladies were much more attractive and the gentlemen more energetic and comedy prone. They were: Actress Betsy Palmer, former Miss America Bess Myerson, Humorist Henry Morgan and All Purpose TV Radio Man/Gameshow Host Bill Cullen.

MOST OFTEN THE show would start with the premise of a particular 'Theme'. Physical Fitness, for example, was one that we well recall; having been among the huge numbers of viewers on that evening, circa 1960. Available on Youtube.com, this episode also featured some long distance walkers and swimmers; as well as the NABBA (London) Professional Mr. Universe of 1959, Bruce Randall. For the record, Mr. Arnold Stang's secret was "I'm going to punch my way out of a Paper Bag!" He failed, of course.

AS JUST A WORD to the wise, once again we must relate that there are some fine examples of the show just waiting for viewing on Youtube.com.


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