The Mothers-In-Law (1967–1969)
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I Haven't Got a Secret 

Roger thinks he may have sold a soap opera series to a network but forbids Kaye to tell anyone as it may jinx the deal. Kaye desperately wants to tell Eve but won't - unless she happens to guess it while playing charades.

Director:

Desi Arnaz

Writers:

Bob Carroll Jr. (creator), Madelyn Davis (creator) | 3 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Eve Arden ... Eve Hubbard
Kaye Ballard ... Kaye Buell
Roger C. Carmel ... Roger Buell
Herbert Rudley ... Herb Hubbard
Jerry Fogel ... Jerry Buell
Deborah Walley ... Suzie Hubbard Buell
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Roger thinks he may have sold a soap opera series to a network but forbids Kaye to tell anyone as it may jinx the deal. Kaye desperately wants to tell Eve but won't - unless she happens to guess it while playing charades.

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Comedy

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the American panel game show "I've Got A Secret (1956)' that was originally hosted by comedian 'Steve Allen'. See more »

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The Silent Blabbermouth
26 December 2016 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

A telephone call brings fantastic news to the Buell household. One of the networks wants to create a new television soap opera series from a script by Roger (Roger C. Carmel). Kaye (Kaye Ballard) is sure they will become millionaires and wants to tell everyone, especially Eve (Eve Arden). A nervously exited Roger warns Kaye that, in show business, bad luck can jinx a deal before the final contract is signed. Forbidden to share the good news with a soul, Kaye uses the game Charades in an attempt to tell Eve. Very quickly, Eve is playing Charades with Herb (Herbert Rudley). The title "I Haven't Got a Secret" is a swipe of the game show "I've Got a Secret"...

Producer-director Desi Arnaz delivers a near-perfect half-hour of comedy with this one, written by Peggy Dick. It's difficult to believe NBC was considering canceling "The Mother-In-Law" by the time this aired. While more than acceptable by most standards, the ratings disappointed the network. Perhaps they expected Lucille Ball-levels. It's also evident that, while very skillfully presented, this series was mostly a recycling of ideas from previous Lucy-Desi shows. Audiences may have felt they'd seen many of these situations before and preferred Lucy, Vivien Vance and their TV characters. Still, this episode of "The Mothers-In-Law" is very funny.

******** I Haven't Got a Secret (3/17/68) Desi Arnaz ~ Kaye Ballard, Eve Arden, Roger C. Carmel, Herbert Rudley


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