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Aired
CBS Primetime, June 19, 1952 – April 3, 1967
Run time
30 Minutes
Host
Garry Moore 1952-1964
Steve Allen 1964-1967
Announcers
John Cannon
Bern Bennett
Johnny Olson
Origination
Mansfield Theatre (Studio 59), New York City, New York (1952-1960)
CBS Studio 52, New York City, New York (1960-1967)

I've Got a Secret was a panel show where contestants have a hidden secret (hence the title) which is usually a stunt or occupation. 

Game formatEdit

A panel of four celebrity guests faced one contestant or a group of contestants. Each contestant that appeared had a weird, fabulous, laughable and/or unusual secret. When the game started after the contestant came out & introduced himself/herself, the contestant whispered the secret into the host's ear, and the home audience was shown the secret. After that, the host would give a clue to the panel concerning the secret; that's when the questioning began. Each panelist one at a time in turn asked yes or no questions to the contestant in an attempt to guess the secret. The panelist in control would have an unmentioned amount of time to question the contestant. When the time was called by the producers and the panelist in control did not guess the secret, the next panelist in line would do the questioning. The process went on until either the secret was guessed, or until the entire panel questioned the contestant. Each panelist stumped was worth $20 to the contestant for a top prize of $80. Originally it was $10 per stumped panelist, because each panelist took two turns instead of one. After the game, the contestant would talk about his/her secret via the host's interview and sometimes a video/movie clip or demonstration would be shown.

Also on I've Got a Secret, celebrity guests played the game themselves. At the start of each show, the celebrity guest in question would introduce himself/herself followed by saying, "...and I've Got a Secret." The game was pretty much the same as with the regular contestants, but sometimes the panel would be off-stage in preparation of the game. Sometimes the secrets would be a personal secret, or something they were going to do that day.

PersonnelEdit

PanelistsEdit

Regular Panelists included:

TriviaEdit

In Popular CultureEdit

I've Got a Secret has been referenced, featured or spoofed in the following:

  • It Happened to Jane (1959) - Jane is featured on the show as the mystery guest.
  • Make Room for Daddy: Kathy and the Glamour Girl (1960) (TV Episode) - Charley Halper jokes that Danny could never be on the show because of his "big mouth".
  • My Favorite Martian: Who's Got a Secret? (1965) (TV Episode) - title reference
  • Kate & Allie: I've Got a Secret (1989) (TV Episode) - Title reference
  • The Nanny: I've Got a Secret (1994) (TV Episode) - Title reference
  • Love Ranch (2010) - mentioned in dialogue
  • John Glenn: American Hero (1998) (TV Movie)
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)- clip from episode with Neil Armstrong's parents
  • The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th (2013) (TV Episode) - "Is that Betsy Palmer from I've Got a Secret?"
  • Summer Colony (2013) (Video) - Clips shown
  • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: The Reading Room (1957) (TV Episode) - As Ozzie is being blindfolded, he quips, "Are we expecting a celebrity guest here?"
  • Electra Woman and Dyna Girl: The Spider Lady: Part 1 (1976) (TV Episode) - Mentioned by Lori

International VersionsEdit

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/International

MerchandiseEdit

Board GameEdit

A board game was manufactured by Lowell in 1956. (NOTE: Host Garry Moore is on the box cover of the game.)

DVDEdit

In 2007, a DVD compliation called "Game Shows of the 50s" paried up with Beat the Clock featured only four epdiosdes in total.

PhotosEdit

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/Photos

Episode StatusEdit

Early episodes from the first season appear to have been lost. Most episdoes from late 1952 until the 1967 cancellation appear to exist.

VideoEdit

I've Got A Secret - with Lucille Ball29:18

I've Got A Secret - with Lucille Ball

I've Got A Secret - Philo Farnsworth, Buster Keaton 195729:59

I've Got A Secret - Philo Farnsworth, Buster Keaton 1957

5th anniversary show (IGaS 6 19 57)24:26

5th anniversary show (IGaS 6 19 57)

I've Got a Secret Episode 523 - 10th Anniversary Special-029:37

I've Got a Secret Episode 523 - 10th Anniversary Special-0

Studio tour (IGaS 6 17 59)06:04

Studio tour (IGaS 6 17 59)

I've Got A Secret! 6 22 1964 Sam Levenson, Garry's Last Show25:34

I've Got A Secret! 6 22 1964 Sam Levenson, Garry's Last Show

Ronald Reagan on I've Got a Secret10:48

Ronald Reagan on I've Got a Secret




















LinksEdit

I've Got a Secret @ Game Show Utopia

See AlsoEdit

I've Got a Secret (1972)
I've Got a Secret (1976)
I've Got a Secret (1992 Proposed Revival)
I've Got a Secret (2000)
I've Got a Secret (2006)

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