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Garry Moore ...
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 Herself - Panelist (232 episodes, 1958-1967)
John Cannon ...
 Himself - Announcer (165 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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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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Referenced in My Favorite Martian: TV or Not TV (1966) 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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A Classic
2 July 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I recently got into looking at this show and I have to say that this is definitely a treasure. To me this is a much lighter than What's My Line?, which I thought was a more serious show. I never saw the Steve Allen era, but the Gary Moore era is being shown on Game Show Network as I'm writing this commentary. Gary Moore was probably the hardest working man on television because not only did he host this show but he also hosted his own highly successful variety series. Also, the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson looked as though they had a lot of fun as they tried to guess the guests' secret. Betsy Palmer and Henry Morgan were especially funny as they pretty much was the butt of a lot of the jokes. Too bad the reruns are shown so late at night. This classic should be enjoyed by everyone.


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