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...  Himself - Panelist / ... 516 episodes, 1952-1967
...  Himself - Panelist / ... 505 episodes, 1952-1967
Garry Moore ...  Himself - Moderator / ... 439 episodes, 1952-1966
...  Herself - Panelist / ... 375 episodes, 1955-1967
...  Herself - Panelist 318 episodes, 1958-1967
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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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When Garry Moore went on vacation during the summer of 1960, regular panelist Bill Cullen replaced him as host. For the duration, Cullen was replaced by Victor Borge on the panel. Henry Morgan also served as guest moderator when Moore was on vacation. See more »

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Remade as I've Got a Secret (2000) See more »

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I've Got A Secret (Jazz Version)
Written and Performed by Norman Paris from 1961 to 1962
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Classic Americana

This show was a family favorite when I was growing up. As much as a TV show can, it influenced my perception of the grown-up world in general and of New Yorkers in particular.

Seen today, it is like an American time capsule. Its nonstop parade of personalities of all types amounts to a wonderful snapshot of what America was like at the time. It is still greatly entertaining, but has acquired the additional virtue of being a sort of history lesson. What's My Line and To Tell the Truth provide some of that that too, but they don't compare to this crazy freeform show where anything could happen.

Its format, or lack of it, was a perfect match for Steve Allen, and the later shows where he was the host are every bit as much fun as the Garry Moore shows, in my opinion.

If you have any interest at all in what entertainment was like for previous generations, you should include this show in your travels.


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