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Series cast summary:
Henry Morgan ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 516 episodes, 1952-1967
Bill Cullen ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 505 episodes, 1952-1967
Garry Moore Garry Moore ...  Himself - Moderator / ... 439 episodes, 1952-1966
Betsy Palmer ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 375 episodes, 1955-1967
Bess Myerson ...  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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19 June 1952 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Black and White (1952-1966)| Color (1966-1967)

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1.33 : 1
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The show's longtime sponsor, Winston cigarettes, canceled a scheduled appearance on the panel by Groucho Marx because he insisted on smoking his cigar. A similar appearance by Ernie Kovacs in July 1956 was canceled for the same reason, but the sponsor had a last-minute change of heart and allowed him to appear--complete with cigar. See more »

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Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Referenced in To Tell the Truth: Episode dated 5 November 1962 (1962) 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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A Classic
2 July 2003 | by SargebriSee 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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