I've Got a Secret Episode Guide

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I've Got a Secret — 1960

Episodes listed on this page:

Seen by us 42
From GSN board 1
Details unavailable 3
Total entries 46

All air dates are Wednesdays except week 408; Kinescopes says the show aired on Thursday (4/7) that week.

Cast

Crew

The following are the same wherever credits are known and therefore are not included in the details section below:

The remaining credits vary and are included in the details section where known:


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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
395: 1/3-9 1/6/60 Dana Andrews Regular (Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
396: 1/10-16 1/13/60 [None] Regular
397: 1/17-23 1/20/60 Edmond O'Brien Regular
398: 1/24-30 1/27/60 Jack E. Leonard Regular
399: 1/31-2/6 2/3/60 Jean-Pierre Aumont Henry Carol Burnett Durward Kirby Bess
400: 2/7-13 2/10/60 Steve [Unknown]
401: 2/14-20 2/17/60 Peter Lorre Regular
402: 2/21-27 2/24/60 Zsa Zsa Gabor Regular
403: 2/28-3/5 3/2/601 [Unknown] Regular
404: 3/6-12 3/9/60 Lloyd Bridges Bill Florence Henderson Henry Betsy
405: 3/13-19 3/16/60 Olivia de Havilland Regular
406: 3/20-26 3/23/60 Laurence Harvey Regular
407: 3/27-4/2 3/30/60 Janis Paige Regular
408: 4/3-9 4/7/60 Mel Torme Regular
409: 4/10-16 4/13/60 Julius LaRosa Regular
410: 4/17-23 4/20/60 Nancy Walker Regular
411: 4/24-30 4/27/60 Art Linkletter Regular
412: 5/1-7 5/4/60 Arthur Treacher Durward Kirby Betsy Henry Bess
413: 5/8-14 5/11/60 Wally Cox Durward Kirby Betsy Henry Bess
414: 5/15-21 [Unknown]
415: 5/22-28 5/25/60 Burgess Meredith Durward Kirby Betsy Henry Bess
416: 5/29-6/4 6/1/60 Jane Wyman Bill Florence Henderson Henry Bess
417: 6/5-11 6/8/60 Anthony Perkins Regular
418: 6/12-18 6/15/60 Jay North Regular
419: 6/19-25 6/22/60 Van Johnson Regular
420: 6/26-7/2 6/29/60 Victor Borge Regular
421: 7/3-9 7/6/60 George Jessel Regular
422: 7/10-16 [Unknown]
423: 7/17-23 7/20/60 Tony Randall Regular
424: 7/24-30 [N/A]
425: 7/31-8/6 8/3/60 Johnny Carson Durward Kirby Betsy Henry Bess
426: 8/7-13 8/10/60 Polly Bergen Regular
427: 8/14-20 8/17/60 Alan King Bill Betsy Johnny Carson Bess
428: 8/21-27 8/24/60 Gloria Swanson Regular
429: 8/28-9/3 8/31/60 [None] Regular
430: 9/4-10 9/7/60 Vic Damone Regular
431: 9/11-17 [Unknown]
432: 9/18-24 9/21/60 Carol Burnett Regular
433: 9/25-10/1 9/28/60 Jonathan Winters [Unknown]
434: 10/2-8 [Unknown]
435: 10/9-15 10/12/60 William Bendix Regular
436: 10/16-22 10/19/60 Arlene Francis Regular
437: 10/23-29 10/26/60 John Payne Regular
438: 10/30-11/5 11/2/60 Gisele MacKenzie Regular
439: 11/6-12 11/9/60 Audrey Meadows Regular
440: 11/13-19 [Unknown]
441: 11/20-26 11/23/60 Peter Ustinov Regular
442: 11/27-12/3 11/30/60 Myrna Loy Regular
443: 12/4-10 12/7/60 Vivian Vance Regular
444: 12/11-17 12/14/60 Eva Gabor Bill Jayne Henry Bess
445: 12/18-24 12/21/60 Faye Bill Carol Burnett Henry Bess
446: 12/25-31 12/28/60 [None] Bill Carol Burnett Henry Bess
1 Yankee Misses, a female barbershop quartet, are the winners of the 1959 Sweet Adelines championship.
This information was provided by Susan Hamilton, sister-in-law of one of the contestants. See also 3/29/65.

Week 395, 1/6/60

Program Staff: Frank Abrahams, Hazel Oxholm
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Follow-up to the previous episode, 12/30/59. Henry "Googie" Morgan has returned from England (having missed the first flight) and is the first contestant before rejoining the panel. "I couldn't get the goose through U.S. customs."
  2. Mr. and Mrs. Gadman, Brooklyn, married 25 years today: "We're going to eat the last piece of our wedding cake tonight (it's 25 years old)." Betsy guesses, going third. One third of the cake is saved for their 50th.
  3. Guest Dana Andrews: The answer to each question incorporates a New Year's resolution recommended to that panel member by someone in the audience.

Week 396, 1/13/60

Program Staff: Frank Abrahams, Hazel Oxholm
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Panel attempt to follow New Year's resolutions posed to them last week.
  2. Brown family (Mrs. Warren Brown; sons Gary, Warren, Edward, Charlie, Richie, Raymond, Donald, Jimmy; daughters Patricia, Carol, Lynn, Dolly, Hattie, Sunny, Penny): "Two months ago our mother was a finalist … in a bathing beauty contest." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. George Foster, Fort Worth: "I'm Garry Moore's stand-in on television" (he's four inches taller). Reappears on 4/7.
  4. In the absence of a celebrity guest, the panel are asked to finish each of four sentences on paper and then guess which panelist wrote what.

Week 397, 1/20/60

  1. Three women all named Helen Luth, all from Broadland Lutheran Sunday School in Newman, IL, all married to farmers, all with two children: "We share the same telephone party line." They return to share the same secret with a different panel on 1/18/65. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Howard Millar, Murphysboro, AR: "I own the only diamond mine in the United States."
  3. Guest Edmond O'Brien: Has recently been photographed with all four panelists, but at the time none of them knew it was he.

Week 398, 1/27/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm

  1. "Mr. X" (Dr. Carlton Ray, New York Aquarium): Carton contains "a live shark" (sand tiger shark). Aquarium director Christopher Coates appears.
  2. Guest Jack E. Leonard: In an attempt to change his look, tries on various hairpieces that are being judged by three women chosen from the audience (Mrs. Macklin, Mrs. Rich — who resembles Betsy — and Mrs. Hatfield). All vote for a different one.
  3. Sammy Deep, 3, Macon, GA: "I learned to play the drums when I was one year old." Plays "Stars and Stripes Forever" with Maj. Holtz and the Salvation Army Band.

Week 399, 2/3/60

Guest Host: Betsy
Panel: Henry, Carol Burnett, Durward Kirby, Bess
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. The set is redecorated to add a "feminine touch." Norman Paris plays accordion and piano on stage accompanied by women on harp and double bass.
  2. Halbirg Nielsen, Reykjavik: "I have a soprano singing voice … I also sing tenor and baritone … I also sing bass." Sings "Ol' Man River" like Paul Robeson and "Ain't Misbehavin'" like Louis Armstrong. This segment (including everything preceding it) is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Some dresses are modeled, and then the models are revealed to have what at the time were male-dominated jobs. May Grayson is a bartender, Loretta Rudney is a Pinkerton private investigator, Margaret Allen is a barber, and Rona Levine is a doorman.
  4. Edna McKuen, Phoenix: "My home town voted me Man of the Year" (only female member of the city council).
  5. Guest Jean-Pierre Aumont: In response to the "feminine" theme, he claims that one area in which men still have it over women is designing women's fashions. To "prove" this, Henry and Durward are provided with materials from which they are to design dresses for Carol and Bess.

Week 401, 2/17/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. John Kip, Jr., 2: "I have my pet goat at the end of this string … and my pet lamb … and my pet monkey … and my nine pet dogs!"
  2. Floyd Baker, Dallas Law, W.J. Burns, all from Thomasville, GA: "My name is Baker … I'm a baker." "My name is Law … I'm a sheriff." "My name is Burns … I'm a fireman." Henry guesses out of turn.
  3. Guest Peter Lorre: Is appearing in "Scent of Mystery," which is being presented in Smell-O-Vision. The panel are challenged to identify items using only one of their five senses (and succeed in all cases).

Week 402, 2/24/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Donald Carter, Jr., 1: "Today is my birthday." Donald Carter, Sr., 25, Indianapolis: "Today is my birthday, too." His father, 52: "Today is my birthday, too." His grandfather, 75: "Today is my birthday, too."
  2. Guest Zsa Zsa Gabor: "I'm wearing a dress made out of a potato sack."
  3. John Cage, Stony Point, NY: "I'm going to perform one of my musical compositions … The 'instruments' I will use are: a water pitcher, an iron pipe, a goose call, a bottle of wine, an electric mixer, a whistle, a sprinkling can, ice cubes, 2 cymbals, a mechanical fish, a quail call, a rubber duck, a tape recorder, a vase of roses, a seltzer siphon, 5 radios, a bathtub, and a grand piano." The piece is titled "Water Walk." The electric mixer, which has the ice cubes in it, fails to operate and eventually begins to smoke (or maybe it's just steam from the ice cubes), but no one seems to notice, which is ironic given that Garry earlier joked about the Carters' birthday cake being "a fire hazard." This segment is viewable on YouTube. A shorter version that excludes the game portion is here.

Week 404, 3/9/60

Panel: Bill, Florence Henderson, Henry, Betsy
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

Associate Director Shalleck's first name is spelled "Allan" in the credits, but changed to "Alan J." the following week.

  1. Leo Levy, Vancouver, BC, 6'10", 330 pounds: "My identical twin brother" (Jack) is at the end of this rope." Florence guesses, going third.
  2. Mrs. and Mr. James Balacchino (Garry spells), Barnsboro, PA: "We have our own private coal mine … It's in the basement of our house." Henry guesses after all have played.
  3. Guest Lloyd Bridges: It appears as if Bridges is on stage wearing a diving suit, his voice being amplified through a loudspeaker. In fact, Bridges is in the audience and the man on stage is a lookalike, Vincent Rudolph, a doorman at the Hickory House. Bill guesses, going last.

Week 405, 3/16/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Charles Escoffery (Garry spells), El Segundo, CA: "The 'fuel' that powers this car is sunlight." The car is a converted 1912 Baker. Bill guesses, going last.
  2. George Graff, Jr., Pocono Mountains, PA: "I wrote 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.'" Actually, he cowrote the lyrics (with Chauncey Olcott) and Ernest Ball wrote the music. Henry guesses out of turn.
  3. Guest Olivia de Havilland: In preparation for the St. Patrick's Day parade, the line down the middle of Fifth Avenue has been painted green, except for one 25-foot segment. One panelist is to be chosen to do the remaining paint job. To find out who has the steadiest hands, the panel are given matchboxes to stack, without their knowing that they are competing to be the one who paints the street. In the end, a tie is declared and all four panelists are immediately sent out to a waiting limousine with paint cans in hand.

Week 406, 3/23/60

  1. Photos are shown of the panel painting the green line down Fifth Avenue last week.
  2. "John Lindquist, Baltimore" (Laurence Harvey in disguise): "Garry Moore just picked me out of the studio audience."
  3. Mr. Parr, East Norwich, Long Island: "I'm going to drive a nail through a 2-inch board … with one of these bananas." The peeled banana is placed in a solution of acetone and dry ice at minus 70 degrees Celsius, freezing it solid and turning it into a hammer. Afterward, Garry stands on a turntable holding a bicycle wheel by its axle. Spinning the wheel and tilting it causes Garry to turn, demonstrating gyroscopic action.
  4. Guest Laurence Harvey: He played the first contestant, John Lindquist. Henry guesses after Betsy disqualifies herself.

Week 407, 3/30/60

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 95, posted 7/14/03 by bossradio93):

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers

  1. "Mr. X" of B&O Railroad: "I gave Betsy Palmer her first job … She was my secretary." Garry never says his name, but it sounds as if Betsy calls him Mr. Hoch. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Gilbert W. Patterson, NYC, has a Gutenberg Bible worth $500,000.
  3. Guest Janis Paige: Tomorrow is Henry's birthday. To help decide what to get him, she ostensibly has appropriated some items from his apartment. The secret is that the items actually are from the homes of the other three panelists.

Week 408, 4/7/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Father John (Gaeton "Gate") Frega, Woodstock, VA: "I used to play bass fiddle with a jazz quartet … We're going to have a reunion here tonight (the Joe Mooney Quartet)." The quartet plays "Coquette" with Jack Hotop on guitar, Andy Fitzgerald on clarinet, and Joe Mooney on accordion.
  2. George Foster (contestant on 1/13) and Don Creighton, NYC: "We're going to teach Betsy Palmer and Bess Myerson how to do … the latest teenage dance craze — 'Madison Time.'" The Mooney Quartet returns with Norman Paris.
  3. Guest Mel Torme: "I'm going to sing a song … It was written by Henry Morgan 7 years ago." Henry wrote the lyrics to "Is It True or False" with music by Lanny and Ginger Gray (which sounds suspiciously like "When You're Smiling"). See the episode immediately following.

Week 409, 4/13/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert

  1. A recording of "Is It True or False" (see last week) was sent to Columbia Records. Their resident conductor Frank De Vol appears and breaks the 78 in half. See also 5/4.
  2. Kenneth Brown, 8, Philadelphia: "I wrote a musical composition … It was performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra." Bess guesses, going third. He plays excerpts from his "Israeli Rhapsody" on organ.
  3. Donald R. Ridge, pattern maker in iron foundry; Carl Showalter, toolmaker; Dick Williamson, electrician; Roy Fetty, pattern maker in iron foundry; all employees of Delco Remy in Anderson, IN: "We made our wives' Easter bonnets." Bess guesses, going last.
  4. Guest Julius LaRosa: Several dozen eggs are placed on stage. The panel then are blindfolded and paired off, and the men are given Easter baskets. Each woman has to locate one of the eggs with her feet, pick it up, and place it in her partner's basket. The first team to gather 10 eggs wins (Bess and Henry win).

Week 410, 4/20/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Craig Gibson, Providence, RI: "I own the oldest automobile in the U.S. … It was built in 1867" (Dudgeon steam car).
  2. Delmar Gibbs, Salem, OR: "Two weeks ago I had the measles … I had the mumps at the same time … Along with measles and mumps, I had chicken pox … On top of it all — I had a cold … I feel fine now!" His mother can't be here because she has the mumps.
  3. Guest Nancy Walker: Performs spring cleaning chores, which each panelist must take over doing after questioning.

Week 411, 4/27/60

  1. One man (Ed Hunderhill, NYC) and 12 women (Matthew, Rochester, NY; name unintelligible, Tuscaloosa, AL; Lynn Williams, Jamaica; name unintelligible, Netherlands; Carol Winters, IL; Carolyn Paste, Dallas; Linda Hughes, NJ; Elaine Giangrande, Boston; Beatrice Case, Manila, Philippines; Nicky Niles, Newport Beach, CA; Joy Smith, DC; Kay Lee, England): "We all live at the YWCA." He is the building manager at the Westside YWCA. Producer Chester Feldman appears on camera.
  2. Courtney Metzger, Springfield, OH: "I was sealed in the nose cone of a rocket for 7 days." Henry guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Art Linkletter: The panel are tested on how easily they can recognize each other. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 412, 5/4/60

Panel: Durward Kirby, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert

  1. "Mr. X" (Billy "Crash" Craddock): "I'm the only singer who dared … to record Henry Morgan's song" ("Is It True or False," introduced on 4/7). Lip-syncs to part of the record; Henry tries to remember the rest.
  2. "Miss W, Messrs. X, Y, and Z" (Miriam Ottenberg, Washington Star; Jack Nelson, Atlanta Constitution; Vance Trimble, Scripps Howard; Andrew Lopez, UPI): "Each of us won a Pulitzer Prize this week." Betsy disqualifies herself; Henry guesses after all have played. Then it turns out Betsy was wrong; she thought they had won Nobel Prizes.
  3. Guest Arthur Treacher: One of the panelists will be sent to London immediately to cover Princess Margaret's wedding for the Daily Mirror. In fact, only the women were ever considered; their names were placed in a hat and Betsy's was chosen.

Week 413, 5/11/60

Panel: Durward Kirby, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert

  1. Margaret Boswell, columnist for the Southern Illinoian, wrote a nice column about the show and has been invited to watch from the stage.
  2. In the audience are three crew members (Alan Steele, Jim Dixon, Jim Bennett) from submarine Triton, which circumnavigated the globe in 84 days.
  3. Recap of Betsy's London news assignment.
  4. Michael McNamara, 13, Crown Point, NY: "I can tap dance while standing on my hands." In addition, spins five rings while standing on one hand. See also 12/17/62. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  5. Guest Wally Cox: "I have enough full-size furniture to fill a room" (Magic Wedge brand). While the panel are blindfolded, he and Garry rush around assembling the furniture. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 415, 5/25/60

Panel: Durward Kirby, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert

  1. Rusty Simmons, NYC: "I'm going to sing every other line of the song ['Johnny, Don't Look Now'] … My twin sister is going to sing the alternate lines." The sister's name is never given. Bess guesses, going last.
  2. Guest Burgess Meredith: Charles Laughton was scheduled to do the same secret but is too ill to attend. Does a dramatic reading of a story Garry wrote, "Hugh the Blue Gnu."
  3. Bill Sorenson, Jefferson, IA: "I'm going to give Garry and the panel … trampoline bouncing lessons." This segment is featured on the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21/61.

Week 416, 6/1/60

Panel: Bill, Florence Henderson, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck

  1. Betsy is appearing on "U.S. Steel Hour" following.
  2. Victor Steele, NYC: "I'm holding Garry Moore in the air." Henry guesses, going third.
  3. Wanda Tropp (Garry spells), Barian Springs, MI, 6'1": "I have 5 brothers and sisters backstage … They're all taller than I am" (Bob, 6'4"; Marie, 6'2½"; Pat, sister, also 6'2½"; Joyce, 6'4"; Biff, 6'6½").
  4. Guest Jane Wyman: Panel are given aptitude tests.

Week 417, 6/8/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Ens. Alton Thompson, Lt. Charles Ostock: "I graduated from Annapolis/West Point today (top man in the class)." Mary Emma Neaves (Garry spells), Dallas: "I taught both of these men in high school." Bill guesses, going third. Ostock was top man for all four years he attended West Point, a distinction shared only by Douglas MacArthur.
  2. Mr. Lamb, England: In his portfolio are "Postage stamps … They're worth more than half a million dollars." Purportedly the first-ever stamps, from 1840, they originally were worth one British penny each. During the questioning, Bill is inadvertently skipped.
  3. Guest Anthony Perkins: Coincident with its eighth anniversary, the show is moving out of the Mansfield Theater, losing most of its current crew. During the questioning, while the panel are blindfolded, the set is dismantled and everyone abandons the panel to go to the Delsomma Italian Restaurant next door for a farewell party. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 418, 6/15/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Jean Sutton, Pittsburgh: Will play a duet with Garry on his "pogo cello" and her "idiot stick." Norman Paris accompanies.
  2. Bjorn Lingaas (Garry spells), Brooklyn: "I fought a boxing match with Ingemar Johansson … I won!"
  3. Guest Jay North: His toy wagon contains "Frogs … We're going to have a frog jumping contest." Henry wins easily by dumping his frog out of its bucket instead of picking it up.

Week 419, 6/22/60

  1. Jean-Jacques Perrey, Paris: Plays "Begin the Beguine" on Ondioline while Ken Lester, Keyport, NJ, pretends to play clarinet. "I was not playing the clarinet just now." … "I was." Panel guess immediately. Perrey then imitates other instruments: flute, trombone, cello, bagpipe, bongos, violin, bassoon, hunting horn, French horn, banjo, whistle. See also 11/21/66. This segment is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2
  2. Ruth Tucker, Mattoon, IL, 14: "I made the dresses Betsy and Bess are wearing tonight (They don't know it)." Betsy disqualifies herself; Bess guesses, going last. The women did in fact know, because the dresses had no designer label and because they often select their dresses weeks in advance. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Van Johnson: The blindfolded panelists step into wet cement, Grauman's Chinese Theater style. Bill guesses, going last. See the episode immediately following.

Week 420, 6/29/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Many towns immediately expressed interest in acquiring the footprints in cement from last week, a situation that will be properly addressed next week.
  2. Guest Victor Borge: Garry is sent away on vacation and leaves the stage during the questioning. Afterward, the panel draw straws to determine which of them will host the rest of the show. Bill draws the short straw and takes over as host while Borge assumes Bill's place on the panel.
  3. "Mr. X" (Burton Turkus, former D.A. of Brooklyn): "Henry Morgan plays me in a movie (we've never met)." Outtakes from "Murder, Inc." are shown featuring Henry and costar May Britt.
  4. Henry Feldman, Oak Ridge, TN: "I'm the U.S. Spelling Bee Champion." Bess guesses, going last. He won on the word "eudaemonic." The panel then are challenged to spell words.

Week 421, 7/6/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert

  1. Bennett Zarief (Garry spells), 16, trumpeter with Manhattan Beach Quartet: The other musicians are my sisters … We are quadruplets." Bess guesses, going second. The sisters are Eisha on flute, Penny on clarinet, and Lanny on vocal (normally piano, but Norman Paris substitutes). They perform "Istanbul" with Garry on drums. At the time their birth was announced, their father was in this same theater working as a violinist for CBS and Vernon Gamble was present.
  2. Eddie Fayner, Walla Walla, WA, softball pitcher: "I pitched 89 games in 78 days … I've pitched 128 'perfect' games … I've pitched 409 no-hit games … I've pitched 734 shut-out games." After all that, his actual secret is, "I once struck out 18 men and won a game — blindfolded." Demonstrates his blindfolded pitching with catcher Ron Cooper. Garry assumes the batter's position and reveals himself to be left-handed.
  3. The show was deluged with phone calls from towns wanting the footprints in cement from two weeks ago. To settle the matter, it has been decided to hold a write-in contest. City officials must complete the sentence, "Our town wants the 'I've Got a Secret' footprints because…" in 25 words or less. Garry says that the result will be decided 8/31, but it is not mentioned on the show until a week later, 9/7.
  4. Guest George Jessel: Has to identify jokes from their punchlines. If he doesn't know, the panel get to try. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 423, 7/20/60

Program Staff: Hazel Oxholm, Irma Reichert
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Simon Argevitch (Garry spells), Oakland, CA: "I'm going to smoke 6 cigars and whistle at the same time." This segment is featured in the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21/61. See also 2/3/64. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Levittown, NY, Police Boys' Club Junior Softball Team: "One of us is a girl."
  3. Guest Tony Randall: Will set up a scene by assigning characters to the panel, himself, and Garry, and then they will ad lib the dialog. Right at the beginning, Henry comes out wearing a costume the panel found backstage, not knowing it was intended for Garry. Randall is upset that this part of the secret has been spoiled, and the game proceeds awkwardly, even after Henry apologizes.

Week 425, 8/3/60

Panel: Durward Kirby, Betsy, Henry, Bess

  1. Staff Sgt. Darrell Patterson, Columbus, GA, now with Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, NJ: "I'm going to send a message by Morse Code … I'm going to receive a message by Morse Code … I'm going to do both at the same time!"
  2. Elsie Giddens and daughter Annie Jane MacMillan, Hahira, GA: "We were born in the same hour of the day … of the same day of the same month … in the same room of the same house … and we were both delivered by the same doctor!"
  3. Guest Johnny Carson: Is hooked up to a lie detector operated by Lincoln Zahn (see also 6/17/63 and 10/24/66). Occasionally he answers the blindfolded panel's questions with lies. To help the panel figure out what is happening, Garry corrects him whenever he lies.

Week 426, 8/10/60

Program Staff: Judy Crichton, Frank Abrahams, Hazel Oxholm
Associate Director: Bruce Minnix
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Joseph Casey, Portland, ME, 67, former circus strongman: "I'm going to hold a piano player [Norman Paris] on my shoulders … I'm going to hold a piano on my knees."
  2. Nathan Bigel (Garry spells), Brooklyn, truck driver: "I won first prize in a needlepoint sewing contest."
  3. Guest Polly Bergen: Asks the blindfolded panel revealing questions, while relatives of theirs stand behind them to corroborate their answers (Bill's wife Ann, Betsy's mother Marie Hrunek, Henry's brother Roger, Bess's daughter Barbara). Hazel Oxholm is seen.

Week 427, 8/17/60

Panel: Bill, Betsy, Johnny Carson, Bess
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Robert Barry

  1. Landon Bradshaw, Brookland, TX: In his box is "A watermelon … It weighs 119 pounds." To prove it's real, Garry cuts it open with a carpenter's saw.
  2. Dallas and Beulah Vernon, Lebanon, MO; plus four of their seven sons (Bill, Bob, Don, B.J., all ministers in Joplin, MO); plus those sons' wives (Joy, Pat, Carol, Lorraine); plus those couples' children (Rebecca, 9; Linda, 8; Richard, 6; Greg, 6; Michael, 5; James Lee, 4; Diane, 4; not present is Michele, 8 months): "All of us star in our own TV program" (the syndicated "Homestead USA"). They sing "I'm a-Trampin'" accompanied by Norman Paris. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Alan King: Wants to test whether men or women are better at loading the trunk of a car. Two cars are behind the curtain with identical sets of items to load. One already is loaded perfectly, the other unloaded. During the blindfolded questioning, King and Garry empty the loaded trunk. Then the men and women pair off and try to load their respective trunks. At the show's end, neither team has succeeded completely, but the women are almost there, as King jumps up and down on top of their trunk lid.

Week 428, 8/24/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley

  1. There is a perception among the press that Betsy is the only panelist who never guesses a secret. (Actually, she does guess, but only about half as often as the other panelists.) To help overcome this perception, Betsy alone will do the questioning for the first secret from Creighton Rowe, NC: "I've got carrots in my ears." She doesn't guess it. Tommy Gun has posted commentary about this segment, which also is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Paul Eakins, Saxton, MO: "This music roll plays piano, flute, snare drum, bass drum, cymbal, triangle, castanets, xylophone, viola, and violin." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Bob Lammonds and Jeff Fitzgerald of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, Miami: "I arranged 421 blind dates for a dance next week." … "Bess Myerson is my blind date — and she doesn't know it."
  4. Guest Gloria Swanson: Panel are shown clips from silent films, each twice. The second time, they ad lib what they think is the dialog.

Week 429, 8/31/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck

This entire episode is viewable on YouTube in three parts: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Theme is "What did you do this summer?" and all the contestants are kids. The first three contestants come out together but then do their secrets one at a time.

  1. Joseph Mormelo, Jr., 12, Levittown, PA: "I pitched a no-hitter in the Little League World Series."
  2. Vicky Hixonbaugh, 8, Louisville: "I learned to fly an airplane."
  3. Roger Woodward, Niagara Falls, ON: "I fell over Niagara Falls." Bill guesses; his turn is second, but Garry holds off letting him guess until after Betsy plays. The contestant's last name and town are not given until later, in the last segment.
  4. Carolyn Mitchell, NYC; Ronny Perks, Wilkes-Barre, PA; Jimmy Scott(?), Natick, MA; Roy Ferguson, Toronto: "We entered an ice cream eating contest … One of us will become the national champion tonight." The panel help by standing behind them on an elevated platform holding fishing rods to which soft-serve ice cream cones are hooked. Perks wins.
  5. Duff Jackson, NYC: "I formed my own jazz band." His father is Chubby Jackson of the Woody Herman band. His sextet play "C Jam Blues" with him on drums, Glen Zatola on trumpet, John Dillera on saxophone, Doug Peroni on guitar, Fred Day on Bass, and Harry Marvin also on drums.

Week 430, 9/7/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Betsy reports on her trip to Niagara Falls, ON, the city that won the cast's footprints in cement from 6/22. See also 4/2/62.
  2. Shelby Wilson and Douglas Blubaugh, Ponca City, OK: "Both of us won gold medals in the Olympics last week (wrestling)." Bess guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Vic Damone: Four contestants (Messrs. Macaluso, Kilwassie(?), Blodgett, and Latona) from a beard-growing contest in Jamestown, NY, are behind the curtain. The panel are challenged to style their beards so as to resemble those in photographs. Bess does the best. Latona returns next week. This segment is featured on the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21/61 and a still from the segment is shown on 4/5/65.

Week 432, 9/21/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Charles Reinhard

  1. Bruce Haack, Rocky Mountain House, AB: "I play music on people … I'm going to play a song on the panel." Henry guesses after all have played. Through electrical contacts, Haack is able to produce theremin-like sounds by touching other people. He plays "You Go to My Head" on Betsy's head. Ted Pandel accompanies on piano. See also 12/12/66.
  2. Joe Latona, NYC: "Bill Cullen shaved off my beard on this show last week." Bill guesses that he was one of the four men, but doesn't remember being the panelist who shaved him.
  3. Guest Carol Burnett: Models clothes borrowed from Betsy's and Bess's closets. Bill guesses, going last. See also 11/12/62.

Week 435, 10/12/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Barry, Warren, OH: Originally they thought their secret would be that they have 18 children, but things have changed. "While my husband was at the races today … I flew to Bermuda for lunch." Both of them are given tickets to go back there tomorrow.
  2. Edward Pierman, Long Beach, NY, Space Environment and Life Sciences Laboratory Coordinator for Republic Aviation: "I'm wearing a suit designed for exploring the moon." Dr. William Helvey, in charge of Operation Moon Suit, appears.
  3. Guest William Bendix: Garry has a paper bag put over his head and the panel then try to construct a composite sketch of his face from memory. For each facial feature, they choose from among four drawings, of which one has been specially drawn and the other three are from a police Identikit. They get only the hair and eyes right; the eyebrows, nose, mouth, and chin are all wrong (though there had been disagreement on the nose and chin). See also 9/20/61 and 5/9/66. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 436, 10/19/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Clifton Kendrick, Park Forest, IL: "I collected 40 insects for a school project … 1 wasp, 1 mosquito, 1 roach, 1 katydid, 1 silverfish, 1 springtail, 1 praying mantis, 2 bees, 2 moths, 3 grasshoppers, 3 crickets, 4 bugs, 5 flies, 5 beetles, 9 butterflies." Timothy Michael Kendrick, his baby brother: "I ate them all." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. "Mr. X" (Bill Mazeroski): "I hit the home run that won the World Series for Pittsburgh." Henry guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Arlene Francis: In light of the ongoing Kennedy-Nixon debates, two lecterns are set up for a debate between the sexes. One panelist is confronted with a statement he or she made concerning the opposite sex, and another panelist of that sex rebuts the statement.

Week 437, 10/26/60

  1. Garry introduces this as a "truncated" version of the show, which consists of only two segments, apparently because a special broadcast preceded or followed.
  2. "Mr. X" (Jacques Piccard) and "Mr. Y" (Lt. Don Walsh): "We went 7 miles into the ocean … straight down (world's record)." Betsy guesses after all have played. They went down in the bathyscaphe Trieste designed by Piccard's father, Auguste.
  3. Guest John Payne: The panel are shown cliffhangers from silent films and have to guess what happens next. One clip features Harry Houdini in a scene later used in "The Clover Boys at Camp" in episode 3 of "Fractured Flickers." The show ends on its own cliffhanger, with Henry tied up and a buzzsaw threatening to cut him in half.

Week 438, 11/2/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Continuation of cliffhanger from last week: The show received 12,000 letters, of which 8,000 "in effect" said, "The world has long been in need of two Henry Morgans"; so the saw proceeds to cut Henry in half, in an illusion set up by James "The Amazing" Randi.
  2. Kenneth Shields, Julius Metivier, Fred Weigel, Robert Talbot, and "Mr. X" (Vincent Griski, Brooklyn), all with paper bags on their heads: "We're all losers in a Bill Cullen lookalike contest … I won the contest." The contest was introduced on Bill's radio show. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Gisele MacKenzie: "I'm going to play a violin due tonight … with a chimpanzee" (Kokomo Jr., with trainer Nick Curotto). They perform "Night and Day" with the Norman Paris quartet.

Week 439, 11/9/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Susan Landon, Tucson: "When I was a little girl … Garry Moore was my baby sitter." Bill guesses after all have played.
  2. Guest Audrey Meadows: First of several segments in which the guest is interviewed and then the panel have to remember what the guest said. Initially, Meadows engages in seemingly typical pregame chitchat with Garry. The unsuspecting panel then are told that in place of the usual questioning, they will immediately be quizzed on what they remember about what was just said. The game then continues with Garry interviewing Meadows, asking 15 questions before the panel are quizzed again. Each panelist who fails to recall the answer to a question drops out of the game until only one panelist is left. This time Henry wins, who goes out on the sixth question. See also 7/2/62, 3/11/63, 1/4/65, and 10/3/66.
  3. Tony Spargo (drums), Eddie Edwards (trumpet), New Orleans: "We made the first Dixieland jazz record (1917)." It was "Original Dixieland One Step" by the Original Dixieland Jazz Band, and sold over a million copies. They perform it with Phil Napoleon also on trumpet (subbing for bandleader Nick LaRocca), Tony Parenti on clarinet, and Russell Robinson on piano. The show then goes out with them performing "Tiger Rag."

Week 441, 11/23/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Nine students from P.S. 80 in Manhattan, whose names are mostly unintelligible: "We adopted and support a Korean orphan." Bill guesses, going last, after Bess is almost there. Garry reads letters written by the students.
  2. Frank Corbin, VP of McCarty Associates, the show's PR firm, is eating a Thanksgiving dinner. "I'm going on a diet — starting tomorrow." Bess guesses, going third, but the show offers to give him the $80 prize money anyway, or $2 for each of the 40 pounds he intends to lose (he signs an affidavit).
  3. Guest Peter Ustinov: "I'm going to teach the panel how to carve a turkey."

Week 442, 11/30/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Renee Williamson, SC: "I'm wearing 14 different outfits."
  2. Annie Farge, star of TV series "Angel"; Mr. LaSalle, Paris: "He taught me how to speak English."
  3. Guest Myrna Loy: Garry claims that every man thinks a wife should be intelligent, neat, cheerful, and affectionate. Loy says he's wrong and that men don't really want that. To prove it, Betsy and Bess, who are in on the joke, act out each of these four qualities to excess during the questioning, to the befuddlement of Bill and Henry.

Week 443, 12/7/60

Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. "Senga Niprut" (Agnes Turpin, Baltimore) and "interpreter" Harriet Haagman, Helsinki: "I'm speaking English … backwards!" Tommy Gun has posted a partial transcript of this segment, which also is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Mike Connelly, Winnetka, IL: "I played an 18-hole round of golf and … I shot two holes-in-one … I lost the game."
  3. Guest Vivian Vance: The panel attempt to shape dough into pretzels along a moving conveyor belt, competing against an AMF pretzel-making machine, which makes about twice as many.

Week 444, 12/14/60

Panel: Bill, Jayne, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Raymond Oget, NYC: "This machine will paint a picture of a face."
  2. Guest Eva Gabor: "My dress is made of Christmas gift-wrapping paper."
  3. "Mr. X" (Steve DePass): "I'm a singer … I'm going to make up a song about tonight's show." Richie Adams accompanies on guitar.

Week 445, 12/21/60

Panel: Bill, Carol Burnett, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

  1. Steve DePass and Richie Adams from last week return for an encore.
  2. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Rieger, Miami Beach; Mr. and Mrs. Pat Rieger and daughter Roberta, Brooklyn: "On Christmas Eve, we're celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary." … "On Christmas Eve, we're celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary." … "On Christmas Eve, I'm getting married." Bess guesses, going last.
  3. George Benakis, Pensacola, FL: "I made that Christmas tree … out of 200,000 toothpicks."
  4. Guest Faye: Has a broken ankle. "I'm going to dress Henry Morgan as Santa Claus." The presents under the tree on stage will be delivered to the homes of children who wrote letters to Santa.

Week 446, 12/28/60

Panel: Bill, Carol Burnett, Henry, Bess
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Lighting: Marvin Duckler

All contestants are performers with famous relatives (all fathers, as it turns out).

  1. "Miss X" (Pat Collyer): Plays Chopin's Waltz in D-flat. "My father is Bud Collyer." Carol guesses, going last.
  2. "Mr. Y" (Bill Douglas, Walla Walla): Pantomimes a weightlifter. "My father is U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas."
  3. Ruth Ledeman: With Norman Paris, performs "Mountain Dew." "My father is Walter Brennan." Carol guesses after all have played.
  4. Margie, Mike, and Andrea Miller: "Our father is Mitch Miller." Bess guesses, going last. With Paris, they then perform "When the Saints Go Marching In."

1 According to Susan Hamilton, a sister-in-law of one of the contestants, this episode (which may not survive) included the Yankee Misses, winners of the 1959 Sweet Adelines Quartet Championship.


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