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Seasons: 2 1 Years: 1967 1966 1965 ... See all »

"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... See more »

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  Himself - Panelist / ... (517 episodes, 1952-1967)
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  Himself - Panelist / ... (506 episodes, 1952-1967)
Garry Moore ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (440 episodes, 1952-1966)
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  Herself - Panelist (318 episodes, 1958-1967)
John Cannon ...
  Himself - Announcer (199 episodes, 1955-1967)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (194 episodes, 1952-1967)
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  Himself - Moderator / ... (112 episodes, 1952-1967)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (84 episodes, 1953-1963)
Norman Paris ...
  Himself - Orchestra Leader / ... (46 episodes, 1958-1966)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (19 episodes, 1952-1958)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (16 episodes, 1952-1966)
Durward Kirby ...
  Himself - Guest / ... (15 episodes, 1957-1965)
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  Himself - Panelist / ... (12 episodes, 1959-1961)
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  Herself - Guest / ... (11 episodes, 1960-1966)
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  Himself - Panelist (11 episodes, 1952)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (11 episodes, 1960-1966)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (11 episodes, 1953-1961)
Don McNeill ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (9 episodes, 1955-1959)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (9 episodes, 1958-1966)
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  Himself - Guest (8 episodes, 1954-1966)
Sam Levenson ...
  Himself - Guest / ... (8 episodes, 1952-1966)
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  Herself - Panelist / ... (8 episodes, 1954-1960)
Hal March ...
  Himself - Moderator / ... (8 episodes, 1955-1963)
Bern Bennett ...
  Himself - Announcer (7 episodes, 1956-1963)
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  Himself - Guest (6 episodes, 1955-1963)
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  Himself - Guest (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
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  Herself - Guest (6 episodes, 1959-1966)
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  Himself - Guest (6 episodes, 1960-1966)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
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  Herself - Guest / ... (6 episodes, 1963-1965)
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  Himself - Panelist / ... (6 episodes, 1962-1966)
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  Himself - Panelist (6 episodes, 1952)
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  Herself - Guest / ... (6 episodes, 1960-1966)
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  Himself - Panelist / ... (6 episodes, 1954-1958)
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  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 1953-1961)
Robert Merrill ...
  Himself - Guest (5 episodes, 1955-1967)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 1953-1965)
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  Herself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 1958-1966)
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  Himself - Guest / ... (5 episodes, 1964-1967)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1952-1963)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1954-1959)
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  Herself - Guest / ... (4 episodes, 1956-1966)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1956-1961)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1957-1965)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1959-1962)
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  Herself - Guest (4 episodes, 1959-1962)
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  Himself - Guest (4 episodes, 1960-1964)
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  Herself - Guest (4 episodes, 1958-1965)

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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 story. During the final segment of the show, a celebrity guest revealed his/her own secret, each followed by a segment, in which the panelists participated. Like "What's My Line," "Secret" had millions of faithful viewers during its CBS run, and spawned a number of revivals (including a weekly syndicated series in 1972 and a 2000 revival on the Oxygen network). Reruns of the CBS series currently air as part of Game Show Network's Black and White Overnight programming block. Written by Brian Rathjen

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Trivia The telecast that aired live on February 9, 1956, with Lucille Ball as a guest panelist, featured a 96-year-old contestant who was the last surviving witness to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Garry Moore introduced this senior citizen, Samuel Seymour, by saying he hailed from Maryland. When Seymour died two months later on the anniversary of the assassination, newspapers said he was a longtime resident of Arlington, Virginia. Whatever the truth of his residence, his secret was uncovered by Jayne Meadows. After she uncovered it, Moore explained to her, the other panelists and viewers that when John Wilkes Booth jumped down from the presidential box at Fords Theatre immediately after shooting Lincoln, five-year-old Seymour witnessed only that jump without knowing that any shots had been fired. The audience's laughter in reaction to the play muffled the sound of the gunshots for many people. The child felt sorry for the man who obviously had injured himself jumping from the presidential box to the stage. Booth indeed injured his leg and sought medical treatment before his capture. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in John Glenn: American Hero (1998). See more »
Soundtracks Plink, Plank, Plunk (I've Got A Secret) See more »

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