I've Got a Secret Episode Guide

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I've Got a Secret — 1961

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Seen by us 45
From GSN board 1
Details unavailable 1
Total entries 47

Beginning week 485, the show moved from Wednesday to Monday and changed its theme music.

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 Host Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
447: 1/1-7 1/4/61 Keenan Wynn Regular (Garry, Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
448: 1/8-14 1/11/61 Patrice Munsel Garry Johnny Carson Betsy Henry Bess
449: 1/15-21 [Unknown]
450: 1/22-28 1/25/61 [None] Regular
451: 1/29-2/4 2/1/61 Spike Jones Garry Steve Betsy Henry Bess
452: 2/5-11 2/8/61 Ronald Reagan Garry Steve Betsy Henry Bess
453: 2/12-18 2/15/61 Lucille Ball Garry Johnny Carson Betsy Henry Bess
454: 2/19-25 2/22/61 Wally Cox Henry Bill Betsy Johnny Carson Gretchen Wyler
455: 2/26-3/4 3/1/61 Anna Maria Alberghetti Regular
456: 3/5-11 3/8/61 Jonathan Winters Garry Steve Betsy Henry Bess
457: 3/12-18 3/15/61 Walter Slezak Regular
458: 3/19-25 [Unknown]
459: 3/26-4/1 [Unknown]
460: 4/2-8 4/5/61 Liberace Regular
461: 4/9-15 4/12/61 Andy Griffith Regular
462: 4/16-22 4/19/61 June Allyson Garry Bill Betsy Henry Jayne
463: 4/23-29 4/26/61 Arthur Treacher Garry Bill Betsy Henry Carol Burnett
464: 4/30-5/6 5/3/61 Harpo Marx Garry Johnny Carson Betsy Henry Bess
465: 5/7-13 5/10/61 Donald O'Connor Garry Johnny Carson Betsy Henry Bess
466: 5/14-20 5/17/61 Merv Griffin Regular
467: 5/21-27 5/24/61 Victor Borge Regular
468: 5/28-6/3 5/31/61 Morey Amsterdam Regular
469: 6/4-10 6/7/61 Charley Weaver Regular
470: 6/11-17 6/14/61 Edgar Bergen Regular
471: 6/18-24 6/21/61 [None] Garry Henry Betsy Bess Bill
472: 6/25-7/1 6/28/61 Jerry Lewis Regular
473: 7/2-8 7/5/61 William Bendix Regular
474: 7/9-15 7/12/61 Jane Russell Regular
475: 7/16-22 7/19/61 Jack E. Leonard Garry Bill Carol Burnett Henry Bess
476: 7/23-29 7/26/61 Crosby Boys Regular
477: 7/30-8/5 8/2/61 Sam Levenson Garry Bill Faye Henry Bess
478: 8/6-12 8/9/61 Tom Poston Regular
479: 8/13-19 8/16/61 Edie Adams Betsy Bill Denise Lor Henry Bess
480: 8/20-26 8/23/61 George Gobel Henry Bill Betsy Alan King Bess
481: 8/27-9/2 8/30/61 Eve Arden Regular
482: 9/3-9 9/6/61 Joan Bennett Regular
483: 9/10-16 9/13/61 Jayne Regular
484: 9/17-23 9/20/61 Robert Young Regular
485: 9/24-30 9/25/61 [Unknown]
486: 10/1-7 [Unknown]
487: 10/8-14 10/9/61 [None] Regular
488: 10/15-21 10/16/61 Art Linkletter Regular
489: 10/22-28 [Unknown]
490: 10/29-11/4 10/30/61 Martha Raye Regular
491: 11/5-11 11/6/61 Vivian Vance Regular
492: 11/12-18 11/13/61 Ray Bolger Regular
493: 11/19-25 11/20/61 Peggy Cass Regular
494: 11/26-12/2 11/27/61 Peter Lind Hayes Regular
495: 12/3-9 12/4/61 Roy Rogers Regular
496: 12/10-16 12/11/61 Janet Leigh Regular
497: 12/17-23 12/18/61 Jack E. Leonard Regular
498: 12/24-30 12/25/61 [None] Garry Bill Betsy Sam Levenson Bess

Week 447, 1/4/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

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

  1. Bill McClellan, employee at Electro-Optical Systems, Pasadena, CA: "I built the smallest electric motor in the world … You need a microscope to see it work." A $1000 prize was offered by Richard Feynman at Cal Tech. Dr. George Schwartz demonstrates using Bausch & Lomb equipment.
  2. Min Pae, Seoul: "I can drive my bare hand through … 5 inches of wood" (karate).
  3. Guest Keenan Wynn: Everyone acts out a scene and is given a script to which they must adhere, except Betsy, who must ad lib her lines.

Week 448, 1/11/61

Sponsor: Winston
Panel: Johnny Carson, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Pat McMahon, Cathedral City, CA: "During World War II … President-elect John F. Kennedy saved my life" (PT-109).
  2. Janet Champion, San Diego, member of Shipstads & Johnson Ice Follies: "This year I'm attending classes in … 20 different schools in 20 different cities." It was planned to have her skate, but the compressor broke down and the ice melted.
  3. Guest Patrice Munsel: The panel try to guess what people look like just from hearing their voices.

Week 450, 1/25/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

Celebration of Garry's birthday (Jan. 31). A civilian with the same name and birthday has been selected to be host, while the "real" Garry Moore joins the panel.

  1. Betsy and Bill: "I'm going to play the piano (1st time in public) … I'm going to play the violin (1st time in my life) … and we're going to sing a duet." Bill's violin turns out to have been sawed in half. They perform "Dear Old Pal."
  2. Bess: "I'm going to perform a comedy sketch with Durward Kirby … as the little old ladies Martha and Jennie."
  3. Henry: "I'm going to do a ballet dance" (assisted by a member of the New York Ballet Company). A still from this segment is shown on 4/5/65.
  4. A birthday cake is brought out with trick candles on it.

Week 451, 2/1/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Steve, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: A.J. Cunningham
Lighting: Dick Holbrook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

The show is taping in Hollywood.

  1. Herbert Dottker, Hollywood; Nick Nitty, Los Angeles; Irwin Zucker, Hollywood; Jayne: "I served Henry Morgan/Bess Myerson/Betsy Palmer/Steve Allen breakfast in bed this morning."
  2. Cheryl Henry, Los Angeles: "My grandmother plays the trombone in an all-girl jazz band." The Swinging Mothers performed earlier on Steve's show. They play "Alexander's Ragtime Band."
  3. Guest Spike Jones: "Garry Moore is going to sing a song … and I'll lead the panel in background music." They perform "I Kiss your Hand, Madame" from the album "60 Years of Music America Hates Best." This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 452, 2/8/61

Sponsor: Winston
Panel: Steve, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: A.J. Cunningham
Lighting: Dick Holbrook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

The show is taping in Hollywood.

  1. "Mr. X" (Owen McGiveney, Jr., NJ): "I'll be wearing a different costume for each answer I give." He is reenacting his father's vaudeville act from 1910. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. "Mr. X" (Soupy Sales): "In the past 7 years I've had 14,000 pies … thrown in my face!" He is not yet famous enough for the panel even to be blindfolded. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Ronald Reagan: All the men on stage previously were radio announcers. Steve and Henry are tested to see if they still could pass an audition today. In particular, they are tested on their ability to keep reading despite other people's attempts to get them to break up. Louis Nye brings out the microphone for Steve. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 453, 2/15/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Johnny Carson, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

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

  1. Herman, Teresa, Mary Margaret, and Ralph Smith, Kenmore, NY: "Each of us has a twin backstage" (Joseph, Virginia, Gerard, and Gregory). Besides the eight of them, there are five other children.
  2. Pat Patterson, DC: "I sailed from Washington, D.C. to Jacksonville, Florida (1,000 miles) … in a paper boat" (waterproofed corrugated cardboard).
  3. Guest Lucille Ball: Acts out different mental states (happy, sad, etc.) with the goal of getting the panel to respond in the same way. Betsy guesses, going first, but Garry lies in order to keep the act going.

Week 454, 2/22/61

Sponsor: Winston
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Johnny Carson, Gretchen Wyler
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. First Percussion Sextet (Warren Hart, Chicago; Alan Abel, New Philadelphia, OH; Doug Allen, Greenwich, CT; Chuck Steen, Ashland, OH; Earl Vingard, Chicago; Bob Swan, Williamsport, PA): "I'm the drummer in the band." … "I'm the drummer in the band also." … "So am I." … "Me, too." … "Likewise." They perform "Around the World in 80 Days."
  2. Ernest L. Pierce, 75, Marquette, MI, President of Union National Bank, past president of Michigan Bankers Association, director of a railroad and a power company, plus many other present and past business positions: "I graduated from high school this month." Applicants at his bank are required to have a high school diploma. Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Wally Cox: The panel's table manners are tested against those prescribed in Amy Vanderbilt's book.

Week 455, 3/1/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers

  1. William O'Sullivan, Hampton, VA: His bag contains "An earth satellite."
  2. Mr. Emenheiser, Garrison, MD; Philip Axman, Baltimore: "We were your [Garry's] teachers in high school … I flunked you in history … I flunked you in gym."
  3. Guest Anna Maria Alberghetti: Panel have to explain how to do things, completely verbally without using their hands or looking at what is being done.

Week 456, 3/8/61

Sponsor: Winston
Panel: Steve, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: A.J. Cunningham
Lighting: Dick Holbrook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

The show is taping in Hollywood.

  1. Joyce Kenney, Los Angeles: "I'm a police department meter maid … I gave Betsy Palmer a parking ticket this week." Betsy guesses during Steve's turn, third.
  2. Guest Jonathan Winters: His answers are inspired by famous artworks that are being projected.
  3. "Koko," supposedly a chimpanzee but actually "The Great Janos" Prohaska in disguise: "I'm going to sing a song." Tommy Gun has posted a transcript of this segment, which also is viewable on YouTube.

Week 457, 3/15/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Vernon Cook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Vigo Jahn (aka Monsieur Chapeau), Copenhagen: "I'm going to make Easter bonnets for Betsy and Bess … out of the hat I'm wearing." He also makes a havelock for Garry.
  2. Tom Starring, Garland, TX: The Boy Scouts took over the city government for Civic Participation Day. "I was a traffic court judge … I fined my father [Bob] $10." Bill overheard the director say the first part of the secret.
  3. Guest Walter Slezak: The panelists must try to make themselves understood by people who don't speak English (see also 11/15/65).

Week 460, 4/5/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Mike Gargiulo
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Vernon Cook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Mike Kwashi: "I'm the world's champion limbo dancer … I can dance under that bar without touching it!" Bill guesses, going first.
  2. Herb Adams, Boston: "Since I graduated from high school I've worked as … (42 different jobs in all)." Currently textbook editor at Allyn & Bacon; won a graduate scholarship to Harvard.
  3. Guest Liberace: "I'm going to play the piano … The panel will accompany me on kitchen utensils."

Week 461, 4/12/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Mike Gargiulo
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

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

  1. Irene and Lorraine Berlin, Syosset, NY: "The hats we're wearing were designed by … the new welterweight boxing champion of the world (Emile Griffith)," who appears.
  2. Guest Andy Griffith: Introduces four kids who are attending school in NYC (Paul Grayson, Jane Hurstfield, Jonathan Otis, Michelle Rosner). The panel must try to explain everyday natural phenomena in a way the kids can understand.
  3. Ray Hall, Caldwell, NJ: "I'm going to teach Garry Moore to ski … I've got a ski slope backstage" (Ski Dek). Betsy also tries. This segment is featured on the ninth anniversary episode of 6/21.

Week 462, 4/19/61

Sponsor: Winston
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Jayne
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Jayne and Steve were at the Oscars to present the award won by Manos Hatzidakis, the composer of "Never on Sunday"; but no one showed up to claim it, so Jayne still has it.
  2. Guest June Allyson: Appears both first and last. A scavenger hunt is conducted. Each panelist is provided with a phone booth and a list of phone numbers of nearby residents. Each must call someone at random and persuade them to bring an item to the studio before the end of the show.
  3. Bourbon Street Six (Dick Gail, Bill Kelsey, Jimmy Haislip, Buddy Jackson, Bob Coquille, leader Roy Liberto): "We taught Betsy Palmer how to play the drums this afternoon." They had earlier tried to teach Henry before having to change their secret. They perform "Muskrat Ramble" with Betsy. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. June Allyson returns: "If nobody shows up — I'll eat my hat … If anybody does show up — Garry will eat my hat." Garry loses, because Bill and Betsy both succeeded in the scavenger hunt. At first Bill cheated and called his wife Ann, but then he also got a Mr. Michelin to show up. Betsy called Wally Balin, who was in bed but was persuaded to come by his wife. The "hat" that Garry eats is made of spun sugar.
  5. The show goes out with the Bourbon Street Six playing "Sweet Georgia Brown" and Henry attempting to play drums.

Week 463, 4/26/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Carol Burnett
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Bruce Minnix
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Marty Riesman and Martin Doss, NYC: "We're going to play table tennis … using 3 balls at the same time."
  2. Delia and Bertie Harris, Knoxville: "Our grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary War (1776-1781)." Simon Harris, born 1766, entered at age 12 and later was at Valley Forge and Yorktown. His son (their father) was born in 1818 and they were born when he was in his 70s. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Arthur Treacher: Is on a horse that he will give to Henry. It's said that performers are not good businesspeople, so we will find out how good a horse trader Henry is. Viewers are invited to write in and make Henry an offer. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 464, 5/3/61

Sponsor: Winston
Panel: Johnny Carson, Betsy, Henry, Bess

  1. The panel look through a pile of 100,000 postcards from viewers offering items to trade for Henry's horse. Five thousand people have offered cars. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Lucky McDaniel, Columbus, GA: Fires a cork gun at packs of Winstons and Vanilla Wafers tossed in the air. "I taught Garry to do what I just did" (but Garry fails completely).
  3. Guest Harpo Marx: His autobiography, "Harpo Speaks!" has just been published. Answers questions from Garry in character while the panel play straight man and try to guess what he's miming. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 465, 5/10/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Johnny Carson, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Wayne Koons, Lyons, KS; George Cox, Eustace, FL: "We're the helicopter pilots who picked up astronaut Shepard." Betsy guesses, going third. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Guest Donald O'Connor: The questioning is videotaped and afterward played back without sound. Everyone must try to remember exactly what they said and repeat it over their own lip movements.
  3. Henry traded his horse for a 1925 Model T owned by Dan Schroeder and Randall Clark (see also 3/19/62). This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 466, 5/17/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Robert Barry
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Ernest Joines, Sparta, NC; Clayton Corson, Bridgeton, NJ; Renz L. Jennings, Phoenix (AZ Supreme Court): "We're going to play 17 instruments — all at the same time … Each of us is a one-man band." They play "Oh! Susanna." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. John Bowman, 14, Seguin, TX: "I've been playing golf for 3 years … I've made 4 holes-in-one." Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Merv Griffin: Is currently hosting "Play Your Hunch" (directed by Mike Gargiulo, who recently guest-directed this show), on which contestants guess which of three answers is correct.

Week 467, 5/24/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Maj. Gen. Webster Anderson, Philadelphia: "I eliminated watch pockets from all uniforms," saving taxpayers over $1.5 million. Is awarded a pocket watch.
  2. Guest Victor Borge: "I'm going to conduct a concerto for … piano, sneezers and coughers" (also shushers and snorers). Norman Paris plays piano. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 468, 5/31/61

Sponsor: Winston

  1. Guy Theron, daughters Esmeralda and Miree, Paris: His bag contains "A bicycle … We're all going to ride it together."
  2. Marta Latham, NYC: After a six-week expedition to Colombia for the Mellon Institute, has brought back "A worm … It's more than 4 feet long." See also 3/28/56.
  3. Guest Morey Amsterdam: Each panelist is given a topic on which to base an extemporized after-dinner speech before an imaginary audience. Whenever the speaking panelist's light goes off and Amsterdam's goes on, he inserts a joke.

Week 469, 6/7/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Carolyn Kearney and Craig Placik, Delhi, NY, are the finalists in "A calf feeding contest" (Kearney wins). Also appearing are veterinarian Arthur Davis and contest judge Charles Holman.
  2. "Mr. X" (A.J. Foyt, Houston) and "Mr. Y" (Ray Harroun, Anderson, IN): "I won the Indianapolis 500-mile race last week." … "I won the first Indianapolis 500-mile race — 50 years ago." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Charley Weaver: Instead of just one secret, there is a different secret for each panelist, and they are competing to see who guesses first. They wear their secrets on their heads in wire frames so that everyone else can see them.

Week 470, 6/14/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Vernon Cook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Guest Edgar Bergen: Appears with Mortimer Snerd, while the panel are provided with dummies that look like them, which they use to ask their questions. "Bergen is not talking for me … I have another ventriloquist under the desk" (Chuck McCann).
  2. Steve Fanning: Was in charge of moving the Clyde Bakey-Cole Bros. circus from Palisades Park to Philadelphia. "I forgot an elephant." Henry guesses immediately.
  3. Mr. Borjeva, Sweden: "I'm going to spin all these [32] plates in the air … at the same time." Again, Henry guesses immediately. The act is accompanied by "Dance of the Comedians."

Week 471, 6/21/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Henry, Betsy, Bess, Bill
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

Ninth anniversary show. Has next season's music instead of the usual "Plink-Plank-Plunk" theme, but that theme returns next week. In place of the usual desks, the panel sit on a talk show-like set in the order listed with Garry in the middle. Though the show consists mainly of clips, there is an audience. Steven Seligman is credited as film editor. This entire episode is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2

  1. 1/14/59: Jack Moseley blows up an inner tube with his mouth (snippets are interspersed throughout the show).
  2. 9/7/60: Beard-trimming contest.
  3. 4/1/59: Bill tosses a pizza.
  4. 5/25/60: Bess on a trampoline.
  5. 12/23/59: Panel test out kids' toys.
  6. 4/12: Betsy on an artificial ski slope.
  7. 9/3/58: Bill tries to use a Hula Hoop (he tries again tonight and does only slightly better).
  8. Date unknown: Blondie, a lioness: "I slept in the same bed with Garry Moore last night."
  9. 12/3/58: Ross Allen, alligator wrestler.
  10. 9/18/57: Linda Lewis, 6, hits a golf ball off a tee in Garry's mouth.
  11. Date unknown: Boa constrictor around Garry's neck.
  12. Date unknown: Jean Shepherd plays "Sheik of Araby" on his head accompanied by the Norman Paris Quartet.
  13. 7/20/60: Simon Argevitch whistles while smoking six cigars all at the same time.
  14. Date unknown: Teri Reiner, 19 months, can swim but won't get in the pool once on camera.
  15. Date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Goodrich, nonagenarian newlyweds, are presented with a pair of rocking chairs he says they don't need.
  16. Date unknown: Henry succeeds in ringing the bell on a carnival strength test, even though it's supposed to be rigged so he can't.
  17. Jack Moseley returns to blow out the candles on the cake, but they're trick candles.

Week 472, 6/28/61

Sponsor: Winston

  1. Louise Maroux, Brandywine Senior High School, Wilmington, DE, an Evelyn Wood student: "I read this book ['Gone with the Wind'] from cover to cover … in less than an hour (1,037 pages, approx. 475,000 words)." Is given an advance copy of the not-yet-published novel "The Last of the Southern Winds" by David Loovis and during the next minute reads 27 pages, after which the author appears and verifies what she remembers. Evelyn Wood is in the audience.
  2. Kathleen McKuen, Westbury, Long Island: The local police emergency squad rushed to her aid because "My finger was stuck in a bowling ball." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Jerry Lewis: Panelists are tested on their ability to play straight without breaking character.

Week 473, 7/5/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Charles Reinhard
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Wendell Moore, Youngstown, OH: Invented "A way for a man to fly … with just a rocket on his back." Test pilot Harold Gramm appears and is shown on film demonstrating.
  2. Martin brothers (Francis, 14; Bill, 18; Mike, 22; John, 26): "I just graduated from grammar school/high school/college/law school." Bill guesses, going third.
  3. Guest William Bendix: Bets against Garry on how well they can predict the panel's behavior. As the game proceeds, each previous panelist joins in on the betting.

Week 474, 7/12/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Gary Pettit and Doug Holkinson, Sioux City, IA, were on opposing YMCA basketball teams. "I was high scorer for my team … He was high scorer for my team, also (in the same game)."
  2. Guest Jane Russell: Answers are being determined by a ouija board.
  3. Johnny Trama, NYC: "I'm holding hands with Garry Moore" (who can't get loose).

Week 475, 7/19/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Bill, Carol Burnett, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Frank Rains of Chattanooga can repeat whatever anyone says almost simultaneously. A linguist, Miss Christiansen, appears and speaks in several foreign languages, which he also can repeat. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Sgt. Arthur S. Pugsley, Boston: "I have 5 sons … They're all policemen, too" (Arthur Jr., Stanley, Ernest, Robert, and Charles). Carol guesses, going third. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Jack E. Leonard: Garry's son brought home a game played at Harvard called "Ha!", in which people of alternating sexes lie on their backs, each perpendicular to the last with his or her head on the last one's stomach, and at the end they all laugh while in that position. A typical game is demonstrated using the panel (Carol has played it before), the program staff, Roger Peterson, and Bob Anderson.

Week 476, 7/26/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alan J. Shalleck
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Mr. Troubles, a collie: "I can perform more than 100 different tricks." Trainer Tex Chambers appears.
  2. Howard Handler, Amityville, NY: Previously appeared on "To Tell the Truth." At that time, "Four different cars crashed into my house." Since that appearance, "Another car crashed into my new house."
  3. Guests Crosby Boys: Dennis, Lindsay, and Philip have recorded an album and will teach Garry, Bill and Henry how to lip-sync to "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 477, 8/2/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Panel: Bill, Faye, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Gordon Hathaway, 48, Exeter, NH: "I'm going to skip rope … with Garry Moore sitting on my shoulders" (and holding the rope). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Tom Lally, Jack Sanford, Ken Bell, Monty Bonsignore, and Vincent Paradise, Volunteer Fire Company of West Redding, CT: "We stood around and watched our firehouse burn down … Our fire engines were inside." Henry guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Sam Levenson: About 100 people come up on stage to shake hands with the stars and get autographs. The secret is that all of them are relatives of his.

Week 478, 8/9/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Marvin Duckler
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Vernon and Eli Miljevich, Wakefield, MI: "We are the log-sawing champions of the world." Howard Hill cuts a log with a chain saw in 31½ seconds; they cut the same log with a two-man saw in 9½ seconds. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Mildred McClendon, Benton, IL: "Someone returned a library book to me … It was 81 years overdue." The book is "Pretty Mrs. Gaston" by John Esten Cooke (1874). George Powers found it in his attic; it had been checked out by his father-in-law. The fine was $2,955.10, but he brought it in on a fine-free day.
  3. Guest Tom Poston: The Martins Ferry, OH, Times-Leader has run an article declaring Garry the worst-dressed man in America. The 10 men who were declared best-dressed are going to help Garry out by giving him their clothes to wear. Each has contributed a different article of clothing to the show, but of course the items neither fit him nor go together. Only eight items actually get used.

Week 479, 8/16/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Guest Host: Betsy Palmer
Panel: Bill, Denise Lor, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Charles Reinhard
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Mary Rooney, NYC; Isabella Rye, London: "We're going to hand wrestle Bill and Henry." Henry guesses after all have played.
  2. Mr. and Mrs. Wendell L. Spikes, Pearsall, TX: "My wife has served me breakfast in bed every morning for 14 years."
  3. Guest Edie Adams: The men and women compete to see who is better at discerning which of two similar things is of higher quality (the men win).

Week 480, 8/23/61

Sponsor: Winston
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Alan King, Bess

  1. Ronnie Robertson, Laguna Beach, CA, star of Ice Capades: "I can spin faster than this fan is turning (420 rpm)." Bill guesses, going last, after Betsy tells him.
  2. John Moscow, Bristol, PA: "I became a father and a grandfather on the same day." Bess guesses, going second. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest George Gobel: The panel are tested on their ability to pay attention to two things at once. Each panelist is given a card with jokes on it that they are to study. As they study their cards, at the same time Norman Paris plays piano, Miss America contestants walk about the stage, and Henry and Gobel recite jokes about horse racing. Afterward, in addition to remembering the jokes on their respective cards:

Week 481, 8/30/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Charles Grenier
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Nathan Boya (Garry spells), NYC: "I went over Niagara Falls in a 6-foot ball" (the "plungosphere"). Only Betsy asks any questions; it turns out the others all know.
  2. Patrolman George F. Healy, Lynn, MA: "I never got to my banquet" given in his honor … "No one told me about it." Henry guesses after all have played.
  3. Guest Eve Arden: The panel listen to various combinations of radio sound effects and try to make up funny lines of dialog that might accompany them. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 482, 9/6/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Vernon Cook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Ted Greavers, Battle Creek, MI: "I'm half the man I was 3 years ago … I lost 236 pounds." Betsy, Bess, and Garry get into one of his former jackets all at the same time; Clayton Rowe (crew position unknown) and Roger Peterson both get into a pair of his former trousers.
  2. Karen, Bobby, and Ricky Cole, Harlingen, TX: "We are related to Betsy Palmer … Our dad's father's brother's daughter … is married to a man whose … mother's sister's son … is married to Betsy."
  3. Guest Joan Bennett: The panel are shown extreme close-up portions of larger photos (taken by Gary Wagner) and have to guess what the object is.

Week 483, 9/13/61

Sponsor: Bristol-Myers
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Vernon Cook
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

  1. Johnny Milligan, Detroit: "Garry will hold this candle while … I shoot out the flame with a slingshot." This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Guest Jayne: "I'm arranging blind dates for Bess and Henry" using a UNIVAC computer. In a "Dating Game"-like setup, Bess and Henry (who earlier filled out a questionnaire) each sit on one side of a partition and ask questions of three potential dates. Each chooses a date before finding out which one the computer chose. Bess interviews: Henry interviews:

Week 484, 9/20/61

Sponsor: Winston
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Joseph Chomyn
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

After tonight, the show is moving to Mondays, following "Hennesey." While the next episode (9/25) is unavailable, presumably this episode is the last to use "Plink-Plank-Plunk" as the show's musical theme.

  1. Photos are shown of Bess and Henry on their blind dates arranged last week.
  2. Guest Robert Young: Paper bags are placed over Bill's and Henry's heads, and then Betsy and Bess (respectively) try to reconstruct their faces by choosing among Identikit drawings (see also 10/12/60 and 5/9/66). Betsy gets only Bill's hair right, whereas Bess gets all of Henry right except the eyebrows (she chose Bill's).
  3. Mary Rose Sanders, Indianapolis: Female flagpole-sitting champion (211 days, 9 hours, 33 minutes). "I'm going to sit on a 'flagpole' in this studio … until next week's show (Monday at 10:30pm)."

Week 487, 10/9/61

Sponsor: Hertz
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

Show has new diamond logo, which probably premiered two weeks earlier (9/25) when the show moved to Monday. Norman Paris now receives an onscreen credit. Theme is "I've Got a Secret Country Fair."

  1. Four caged roosters are uncovered, and the panelists each choose one. The winner will be the rooster that crows the most during the show (Betsy's is the only one that crows at all). The contest is judged by 4-H Club members Alan Birch (for Bess), Judy Machette (for Bill), Skip Wells (for Betsy), and Carolyn Braun (for Henry), all from NJ.
  2. Mrs. W.E. Nielsen, SD: "I've won more than 600 prizes at country fairs." Judges cakes baked by the panel, who all were given the same recipe (Betsy wins).
  3. Max Kirkland, Hightstown, NJ: "I'm going to judge the panel in a corn shucking contest" (Bess wins).
  4. Bill calls a square dance that includes Pete Bergang of Brooklyn, Marianne Herman, Jerry Zucker, and Estelle Reid.

Week 488, 10/16/61

Sponsor: Polaroid
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: Mitchell R. Leiser

The show's new theme music is a jazzed-up arrangement of "Theme from A Summer Place." It probably premiered 9/25, but was not used last week because of the "country" theme.

  1. Donald Hulme, Belleville, NJ, 20: "I'm the new world's champion … accordion player." Bess knows, going last. He uses his own customized instrument with extra buttons that enable him to invert the standard chords. Tommy Gun has posted a transcript of this segment, which is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Fred Baldasare, NYC: "I swam 35 miles — nonstop … entirely underwater." He did not make it entirely across the English Channel this time, but would go on to do so on 7/11/62.
  3. Guest Art Linkletter: Two women from the audience (one named Lisa, the other Donna Lynn from Burlington, NC) have volunteered to let the panel look through the contents of their purses and thereby draw conclusions about what kind of people they are.

Week 490, 10/30/61

Sponsor: Hertz

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 31, posted 10/27/02 by tom3 and Dave Mackey):

  1. Contestant taught Arthur Murray how to dance the Twist.
  2. Contestant lights a jack-o'-lantern using a grapefruit.
  3. Guest Martha Raye: Betsy doesn't know that she is the only person who is blindfolded. Everyone else is joining Raye in a Halloween party, including the audience, who react at the appropriate times in response to cue cards.

Week 491, 11/6/61

Sponsor: Polaroid
Director: Franklin Heller
Production Manager: William Egan

  1. Tony Leonardo, Newburgh, NY: Is inside a giant paper bag. "I'm wearing a suit worth $3,000 … It's made of 3,000 one-dollar bills." Bill guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Guest Vivian Vance: The new game show "Password" is promoted by being played on this show. First, the panel play with the passwords bachelor, garlic, figure, and panel. Then Garry and Vance replace the losers Bess and Henry and the game continues with the passwords gag, ignorant, gossip, me, honeymoon, wolf, and henpecked.
  3. Bud Willkie, North Hollywood, Los Angeles: "I'm going to fill the stage with bubbles." While the panel are blindfolded, four bubble machines all run at once.

Week 492, 11/13/61

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: William Egan

Diamond logo now has bold outline and patterned background.

  1. Dee Woolem, Rogers, AR, "The Daisy Kid," national fast draw champion: "I can draw my gun … cock it … aim it … and pull the trigger … before Garry can clap his hands." See also 6/13/66.
  2. Sgt. Lanzarath (Garry spells) and Lance Cpl. Ken Barrett, London, ON: "We jumped from an airplane … My parachute failed to open." … "I caught him in mid-air." Henry guesses, going second. The same secret, with different contestants, earlier appeared on 2/22/56.
  3. Guest Ray Bolger: Will try to manipulate the panel into asking specific questions. Hands Garry cards on which are written the questions he predicts the panel will ask.

Week 493, 11/20/61

Sponsor: Hertz
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: William Egan

  1. Garry has been congratulated on having married Lucille Ball by people who confuse him with Gary Morton.
  2. Paul Tomlin, Essex, CT, with AMF's Maxim division: Has a water tank and containers of powdered milk, apple cider, corn syrup, vegetable dye, sugar, and ink. "I'm going to dump it all into this salt water … We'll all drink it." Bill guesses, going second, after Bess says it but doesn't phrase it as a question. An AMF Aquafresh Marine converts it back to pure water, cleaner than tap water.
  3. Dwight and Laura Meisner, 83 and 79, Spangle, WA: "We were married last month … We were engaged to be married 63 years ago (in 1898)."
  4. Guest Peggy Cass: Today New York City saw its first snowfall of the season. "The panel is going to have a race to see … who can dress a boy in his snowsuit fastest." The boys are Arthur Maturo, Jeff Lavin, Larry Kranz, and Eugene Connelly. Bill wins.

Week 494, 11/27/61

Sponsor: Polaroid
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: William Egan

  1. Cortez Peters, DC: "I'm the world's fastest typist." Bill guesses, going last. He can type 141 wpm on a nonelectric typewriter, and outraces a typewriter that has been automatically programmed.
  2. Bernard George, Brooklyn: Is introduced as "chief engineer of Minitone Electronics" and pretends to demonstrate a miniature radio. "That was not a real radio … I made those sounds — I'm a ventriloquist." Tommy Gun has posted a partial transcript of this segment, which is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Peter Lind Hayes: Lila Mason, Mrs. America, appears. The panel answer questions of the same kind as those posed to Mrs. America contestants. Final scores: Bess 6, all others 7.

Week 495, 12/4/61

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes
Production Manager: William Egan

  1. After Bernard George's appearance last week, the show found out that there really is a company named Minitone Electronics, though it does not make radios.
  2. John Cameron, Weston, CT, Union Carbide engineer: A partially concealed Pat McCormick is being held in the air by "A magnet." Henry guesses, going third.
  3. Paul White and Frank Morrell, University of Illinois, Champaign: "I made a phone call to a girls' dormitory … I hung up the phone 5 days later (120 hours of talk)." Altogether, 72 boys and 99 girls participated.
  4. Guest Roy Rogers: "I'm going to give Henry Morgan a job on my ranch." He's getting back at Henry for a comedy monolog Henry recorded called "The Truth About Cowboys."

Week 496, 12/11/61

Sponsor: Contac

  1. Footage is shown of Henry washing Trigger on Roy Rogers's ranch.
  2. Guest Janet Leigh: Has brought unusual Christmas gifts to give to the panel. As for Garry's gift, "I'm wearing it under my coat … An $18,000 white mink dress" designed by Leo Ritter. Bill receives an automatic drink stirrer, Betsy an exercise pole device, and Henry a moldable dress form (no time left for Bess; see next week).
  3. Magician Michel de la Vega ties Garry up inside a bag and locks him in a trunk. He then stands on top of the trunk, draws a curtain around it and himself, and instantly changes places with Garry. The same trick is repeated on 1/29/62.

Week 497, 12/18/61

Sponsor: Contac
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore
Production Manager: William Egan

  1. Garry wants to make it up to Bess for not having time to give her a Christmas present last week. He conducts a business transaction with Al Terry, signing a document and paying Terry 69 cents. He has just bought Bess "A 15-room house in Bayonne, New Jersey." There is a small catch, however: Bess owns only the house itself and not the land it is on, which Terry intends to turn into a parking lot for his supermarket across the street. Bess has 30 days to get the house off the property. See also 1/8/62.
  2. Guest Jack E. Leonard: Mr. Kenneth, a hairstylist employed by Lilly Daché, tries out various hairpieces on Leonard while the panel are blindfolded. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. The panel attempt to play "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" on bells by the numbers. The second time, they are joined by the Salvation Army Band.

Week 498, 12/25/61

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Sam Levenson, Bess

As was the case last year, the last episode of the year features relatives of celebrities. This entire episode is viewable on YouTube.

  1. "Mr. X" (Nick Boone) and "Miss Y" (Christine Burnett, 16) sing "Makin' Whoopee." "Pat Boone is my brother" (Betsy guesses, going second); "Carol Burnett is my sister" (Bess guesses, going last).
  2. "The Twinkletoes":
  3. "Mrs. X" (Eve Morgan) sings "Water Boy" accompanied by Norman Paris on piano. "I'm Henry Morgan's mother." Bill knows, going last.
  4. Sons of famous men perform as a jazz quartet.

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