Year 1962

This episode guide was originally written by Richard Carson. With his permission it has been mirrored here, with the ability to be updated by anyone who would like to help out. Please contact me if you’d like to help!

I’ve Got a Secret — 1962

Episodes listed on this page:

Seen by us 23
From GSN board 13
Total entries 36

All air dates are Mondays.

Cast

  • Host: Normally Garry Moore, but panelist Henry Morgan guest-hosted four times.
  • Panel: Normally Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Bess Myerson, seated in that order. Betsy is the only regular who had no known absences.
  • Altogether, 14 episodes feature some sort of deviation from the regular cast or seating arrangement.

Crew

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

  • Associate Producer: Roger Peterson
  • Musical Director: Norman Paris
  • Production Manager: William Egan
  • Set Designer: Henry May
  • Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow

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

  • Sponsor: Various, but Dream Whip was most frequent.
  • Director: Franklin Heller, except week 515 when it was Clarence Schimmel (later to become regular director).
  • Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, and Judy Crichton, except January 1 when the last two were Deanne Barkley and McCormick.
  • Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland, except January 1 when it was Gil Herman.
  • Technical Director: Vernon Gamble, except weeks 519 and 520 when it was Dwight Temple.
  • Lighting Director: Various, but most often Ralph Holmes.

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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Host Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
499: 12/31/61-1/6/62 1/1/62 Dick Van Dyke Garry Bill Betsy Henry Dorothy Collins
500: 1/7-13 1/8/62 Tom Ewell Garry Peter Lawford Betsy Henry Bess
501: 1/14-20 1/15/62 Jane Powell Regular (Garry, Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
502: 1/21-27 1/22/62 Hugh O’Brian Henry Bill Betsy Don Ameche Bess
503: 1/28-2/3 1/29/62 Michel de la Vega Regular
504: 2/4-10 2/5/62 Michael Rennie Regular
505: 2/11-17 2/12/62 Michel de la Vega Regular
506: 2/18-24 2/19/62 James Garner Garry Bill Betsy Henry Marilyn Maxwell
507: 2/25-3/3 2/26/62 Ginger Rogers Regular
508: 3/4-10 3/5/62 Milton Berle Garry Bill Betsy Barry Nelson Bess
509: 3/11-17 3/12/62 Liberace Regular
510: 3/18-24 3/19/62 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Regular
511: 3/25-31 3/26/62 Ann Sothern Henry Bill Betsy Merv Griffin Bess
512: 4/1-7 4/2/62 Van Johnson Regular
513: 4/8-14 4/9/62 Kim Novak Regular
514: 4/15-21 4/16/62 Jonathan Winters Garry Merv Griffin Betsy Henry Bess
515: 4/22-28 4/23/62 Allen & Rossi Garry Morey Amsterdam Betsy Henry Bess
516: 4/29-5/5 4/30/62 Helen Traubel Garry Alan King Betsy Henry Bess
517: 5/6-12 5/7/62 Jane Powell Garry Bill Betsy Henry Gretchen Wyler
518: 5/13-19 5/14/62 [None] Garry Bill Betsy Henry Faye
519: 5/20-26 5/21/62 Arlene Francis Regular
520: 5/27-6/2 5/28/62 Jimmy Dean Henry Bill Betsy Buddy Hackett Bess
521: 6/3-9 6/4/62 Carol Burnett Regular
522: 6/10-16 [Unknown]
523: 6/17-23 6/18/62 [None] Regular
524: 6/24-30 6/25/62 [None] Garry Bess Bill Betsy Henry
525: 7/1-7 7/2/62 Arthur Godfrey Regular
526: 7/8-14 [N/A]
527: 7/15-21 [N/A]
528: 7/22-28 [N/A]
529: 7/29-8/4 [N/A]
530: 8/5-11 [N/A]
531: 8/12-18 [N/A]
532: 8/19-25 [N/A]
533: 8/26-9/1 [N/A]
534: 9/2-8 [N/A]
535: 9/9-15 9/10/62 [None] Regular
536: 9/16-22 9/17/62 Paul Anka Regular
537: 9/23-29 9/24/62 Victor Borge Regular
538: 9/30-10/6 [Unknown]
539: 10/7-13 10/8/62 Janet Leigh Regular
540: 10/14-20 [Unknown]
541: 10/21-27 [Unknown]
542: 10/28-11/3 10/29/62 Jane Powell Regular
543: 11/4-10 [Unknown]
544: 11/11-17 11/12/62 Carol Burnett Regular
545: 11/18-24 [Unknown]
546: 11/25-12/1 11/26/62 [None] Regular
547: 12/2-8 [Unknown]
548: 12/9-15 12/10/62 Ray Bolger Regular
549: 12/16-22 12/17/62 Arthur Godfrey Regular
550: 12/23-29 12/24/62 [None] Regular
551: 12/30/62-1/5/63 12/31/62 Guy Lombardo Garry Bill Betsy Henry [Unknown]

Week 499, 1/1/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Dorothy Collins
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Deanne Barkley, Patrick McCormick
Production Supervisor: Gil Herman
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

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

  1. Some footage is missing and the show jumps directly from the sponsor ID to the text of the first secret. Nancy Wendeler, secretary at Martin Marietta: “I’m going to stand on the ceiling” using ski boots treated with Velcro. Appearing is John F. Heard, senior engineer in space technology for the aerospace division.
  2. Richard (here called William) Hatfield, Hampden, WV, and Brownie: “My dog was trapped in an abandoned coal mine … I dug for 31 days to get him out.” The dog already had been there 18 days when he started, and bulldozers were used the last three days, for a total of 52 days.
  3. Guest Dick Van Dyke: Pantomimes scenes that the panel must interpret.
    • Man taking army physical (Bill guesses).
    • New father diapering baby (Henry guesses).

Week 500, 1/8/62

Sponsor: Contac
Panel: Peter Lawford, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Joyce and Martin Schroeder, Granite City, IL: “Somebody stole our house.” Henry guesses during Bess’s turn, second. The couple are offered Bess’s house in Bayonne (see 12/18/61), but they decline because it would cost $50,000 to have it moved to Granite City.
  2. Appearing are three generations from Queens: Mrs. Sutherland and her daughter Mrs. Lippman, who holds infant Kevin. It seems that Mrs. Lippman is Kevin’s mother, but the secret is, “My mother [Arlene Hearn] is backstage … the lady holding me is my grandmother.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Tom Ewell: The panel must try to read news stories while hearing their own voices played back through headphones with a tape delay.

Week 501, 1/15/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip

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

  1. Keith Schultz, Los Angeles, 8½: “I was Betsy Palmer’s son in a movie (8 years ago).” Betsy guesses after time runs out. Twin brother Kevin appears, and then clips are shown from John Ford’s “The Long Gray Line” (1955) with Maureen O’Hara and Tyrone Power.
  2. Bunny Levitt, Chicago: Is shorter than Garry, yet holds a record in “basketball … I scored 499 consecutive foul shots.” Bill guesses, going second. Performs free throws with Pat McCormick retrieving the ball.
  3. Guest Jane Powell: Is wearing a go-go dress that can be restyled in 50 different ways. In the audience are designers Ava Johnson and Georgiana Stuart from Duluth, MN.

Week 502, 1/22/62

Sponsor: Hertz
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Don Ameche, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Wanda Fay LeBlanc, Donsonville, LA: “I have 1,853 pictures of Don Ameche.”
  2. Ed Ferra, Valley Stream, Long Island: “I have a pet lion that lives with me” (Congo, a 9-month-old female).
  3. Guest Hugh O’Brian: Each panelist acts out a scene with him using written scripts. Twice during each scene, a bell rings and the panelist looks at the TelePrompTer. One of the times the panelist is fed a line, and the other time the panelist has to ad lib a line. The other panelists must guess which line was real and which was ad-libbed.

Week 503, 1/29/62

Sponsor: Contac
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Orrin Nix, DC: “I’m the director of the United States program … to send scientific instruments to the moon.” A model is shown, part of which resembles a Jack in the Box antenna ball.
  2. “Mr. and Mrs.” Ronald Paul Schneider, Louisville: “My wife is backstage.” … “My husband is backstage.” Two men with the same name were married in the same church an hour and a half apart.
  3. Guest Michel de la Vega: The same trick from 12/11/61 is repeated, this time with assistance from an audience member instead of Henry.

Week 504, 2/5/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton

  1. Pool champion Willie Mosconi sinks six balls with one shot. “I taught Bill Cullen to do the trick I just did.” Afterward, Mosconi runs the table and then does the “railroad shot,” in which the cue ball rolls up and down the two troughs formed by three cues. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. “Airman X” (Mary Elizabeth York), Blackman Air Force Base, San Antonio: “My grandfather is Congressional Medal of Honor holder … Sergeant York.”
  3. Guest Michael Rennie: The panel must demonstrate their knowledge of British slang by using a given word in a sentence.
    • Bill: hammered (married)
    • Betsy: nappies (diapers)
    • Henry: curley (troublesome)
    • Bess: ladder (run in a stocking)
    • Bill again: joint (roast beef)

Week 505, 2/12/62

Sponsor: Hertz

  1. Stan Berman, Brooklyn: “I’ve gone to more than 2,000 celebrity parties, weddings & premieres … I was not invited to any of them.” Photos are shown of him crashing various events, including President Kennedy’s inauguration. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Henry Macko, Ottawa, 11: “I write a column for 35 newspapers … I give advice to parents.”
  3. Guest Michel de la Vega: Hypnotizes Garry, places him horizontally atop the backs of two chairs, and stands on top of him.

Week 506, 2/19/62

Sponsor: Pepsi
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Marilyn Maxwell
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. George P. Larrick, FDA Commissioner: “This machine cost $4,200 … It is absolutely useless.” Bill guesses, going last. Three other items are shown that the FDA likewise seized and condemned as fraudulent.
  2. “Mr. X” (Cpl. John Uelses): “I’m the first man to pole vault over 16 feet.” Henry guesses, going second.
  3. Guest James Garner: The panel are shown old films of sports competitions. When the film is paused, the panel try to predict who wins.
    • Horse race
    • Swiss finger tug-of-war
    • Women’s cross-country footrace
    • Canoe joust

    Then the panel guess how many times in a row Garner can light a lighter. The answer turns out to be zero, so Marilyn wins, having guessed one.

Week 507, 2/26/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Harry Clever, OH: “I gave astronaut John Glenn his first flying lessons (1941).” A clip from 7/17/57 shows Glenn in the audience.
  2. Arthur Mole, Fort Lauderdale, FL: Garry quickly shows a photograph depicting Woodrow Wilson. “It is composed of 21,000 people standing in formation.” Bess guesses, going second. Other such photos are shown of the Statue of Liberty and a shield. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Ginger Rogers: In a reprise of Arthur Godfrey’s secret from 12/17/58, the panel are tested on what they remember about their former occupations.
    • Bill, former auto mechanic, identifies tools.
    • Betsy, former secretary, reads shorthand and changes a typewriter ribbon.
    • Henry, former waiter, answers questions about what to do in certain situations.
    • Bess, former camp counselor, packs a knapsack.

Week 508, 3/5/62

Sponsor: Hertz
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Barry Nelson, Bess

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 223, posted 1/11/08 by tom3):

  1. A former schoolmate of Garry’s guesses where each of three audience members comes from by listening to how they pronounce certain words.
  2. Male contestant is Gina Lollobrigida’s acting double in movies.
  3. Guest Milton Berle: Does a card trick. Each panelist picks a card, and then Berle reveals photographs taken earlier of the same cards.

Week 509, 3/12/62

Sponsor: Charles Antell/Babo
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Harold Edgerton, Prof. of Electrical Engineering at MIT: “I’m going to fire a rifle and … photograph the bullet in flight.”
  2. “Mr. X” (Wilt Chamberlain): Garry has to stand on a stepstool for both of them to fit in the shot. “I scored 100 points in a basketball game.” Betsy guesses, going first. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Liberace: Plays “Tea for Two” as part of a piano trio with Betsy and Bess. “I’m going to play an encore with Bill and Henry.” Replaces his candelabra with a lantern and puts on a leather jacket. Bill rolls a grapefruit over the black keys (“Bali Hai,” “Three Coins in the Fountain”). Henry strikes the black keys with a lemon in each hand (“Music! Music! Music!”).

Week 510, 3/19/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Vernon Cook

  1. Henry’s Model T (see 4/26/61 and the following two weeks) is on stage and will be used later.
  2. Timothy Patrick O’Sullivan, DC, Periodic Payments branch of Treasury Dept.: “I personally deliver the President’s paycheck every month.”
  3. Bill Jann (Garry spells), NYC, is here to buy Henry’s Model T. The panel bet on how much he is going to pay, but none of them comes close. In fact, he is paying $3,000 — though after the show deducts various expenses, Henry ends up with $148.70 (which is closer to what the panel were betting). Jann is VP of Hertz (a sponsor) and will offer the car for rent, donating any proceeds to charity. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: Each panelist is given a set of similar information about the other three and has to guess which panelist is which (see also 1/18/65).
    • Bess guesses who had what for breakfast (gets Henry right).
    • Bill is shown the contents of the others’ wastebaskets (gets all of them right).
    • Betsy is shown records of recent telephone calls (gets all of them right).
    • Henry is shown mail recently received (gets Bill right).

Week 511, 3/26/62

Sponsor: Polaroid
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Merv Griffin, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Betsy just gave birth to daughter Melissa, who appears on 4/26/65.
  2. Joyce Stuart, Indianapolis; Arlene de Santo, Rose Hill, NJ; Jack Kelly, Fort Lauderdale, FL; Gerry Quigley, Hempstead, Long Island: “I’m recovering from a broken knee/dislocated sacroiliac/broken finger/broken nose … We were dancing the twist.” Betsy guesses, going third, after Bill knows.
  3. “Mr. X” (Robert Hume): “My father is backstage.” “Master Y” (David Hume, 4): “My father is backstage, too.” “Mr. Z” (Fred Hume): “Both of them are my sons.” The half-brothers are about 50 years apart in age. Merv guesses, going third. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Ann Sothern: Has a Chamberlin Music Master, a forerunner to the Mellotron. “It’s a new musical instrument … It can sound like a full orchestra.” With the Norman Paris orchestra on stage, she imitates trumpet, flute, bass, and full band. Paris then takes over and demonstrates more sounds. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 512, 4/2/62

Sponsor: Pepsi
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Bob Barry

  1. C.R. Hutchison, Lubbock, TX: Dozens of trophies are on stage. “I’m the 1962 world’s champion liar … These other awards are not mine — I lied.” Bill guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Alvin Richter, Miami: His suitcase contains “One million dollars’ worth of jewelry.” Garry demonstrates the case’s anti-burglar device, made by Security Hardware of Brooklyn.
  3. Guest Van Johnson: Film is shown of the cast stepping in wet cement from Johnson’s previous appearance on 6/22/60. He has cards on which are written comments made by tourists who were viewing the footprints. The panel have to figure out that he is answering each question with a comment someone made about the current panelist.

Week 513, 4/9/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Dr. James Miller, Fullerton, CA, research psychologist for the Ground Systems Group at Hughes, has his head concealed inside a cylinder. “I’m watching this show on a television set.” He is wearing an “electrocular” that reflects the TV image onto a transparent eyepiece, enabling the wearer to watch two things at once.
  2. Guest Kim Novak: “I designed the dress Bess Myerson is wearing (and she doesn’t know it).” Bess complains that it itches.
  3. Judy, a chimp, Thomasville, GA: “I’m a professional bowler … My average score is 99.” Trainer Cary Klein, Jr., appears. Pat McCormick is the pin setter.

Week 514, 4/16/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 107, posted 10/20/03 by bossradio93; page 224, posted 1/17/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Hep/Bavo
Panel: Merv Griffin, Betsy, Henry, Bess

  1. Evelyn Curry, Chattanooga, TN, with Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, puts her head inside a lion’s mouth.
  2. Turnis Anderson, Point Pleasant, NJ, with Carlton Fisheries, caught a nuclear submarine in his net (the Nautilus). Bess guesses.
  3. Guest Jonathan Winters: Each panelist is assigned to a Marine recruit and is instructed on how to give him orders.

Week 515, 4/23/62

Sponsor: Hertz
Panel: Morey Amsterdam, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Bob Barry

  1. Hoppy, a kangaroo from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus: “I have tobacco in my pouch.” Morey guesses, going last. Circus veterinarian Doc Henderson then brings out baby Hippy, but she doesn’t want to get into the pouch.
  2. Bill Gaylord, NYC, product manager for National Carbon, a division of Union Carbide, sits next to Garry with a screen between them. “I’ll shoot a 6000-degree flame at you from this side.” His associate Mr. Blake shows that the blowtorch that will be used is capable of burning a hole through a frying pan. The screen is graphite cloth, which is used mainly to reinforce plastics in missiles and rockets.
  3. Guests Allen & Rossi: They need new material for their act and are offering to buy jokes from the panel. Rossi gives them a feed line, and anyone who can come up with a punchline can volunteer it.
  4. Hoppy comes back out on stage with Hippy in her pouch.

Week 516, 4/30/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Alan King, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Alan and Henry both have books out.
  2. Songwriter Henry Tobias, NYC, plays and sings a medley of hits. “I didn’t write the songs I just played … My two brothers did.” Alan guesses, going last. Charles and Harry then appear and sing more songs. They go out on “Merrily We Roll Along,” which Charles cowrote. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Tom Lenane (Garry spells), NYC: “Last week I issued a marriage license to … Bess Myerson.” Bess married Arnold Grant.
  4. Guest Helen Traubel: Is known for being an easy laugher, so while the panel are blindfolded, Garry tries to get her to laugh by putting on funny disguises. Any time she laughs, Garry answers the panelist’s question, otherwise she answers it.

Week 517, 5/7/62

Sponsor: Polaroid
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Gretchen Wyler

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 107, posted 10/22/03 by bossradio93; page 225, posted 1/24/08 by tom3):

  1. Paul Lipman, NYC: “This is a musical instrument … I can play it without touching it.” It’s a theremin, but is not recognizable as such because the two antennas aren’t attached yet. This segment is viewable on YouTube. A shorter version that omits the game portion is here.
  2. Susan Gregory, Silver Creek, NY, 12, made the suit Garry is wearing.
  3. Guest Jane Powell: Bill and Henry are hooked up to a machine that measures their degree of embarrassment when a woman sings to them.

Week 518, 5/14/62

Sponsor: Polaroid
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Faye
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Six women all from IN (May Tooley Manford, Anderson; Mary Crippen, Collersville; Isabel Kaltenbach Wilkerson, Indianapolis; Zelda Tooley Hals, Mount Pleasant; Julia Balme Herring, Westport; Arvilla Hayes Adams, Anderson): “We’re the entire graduating class of our high school … 50 years ago (1912).” Their teacher at Scipio High School, Bessie Bigger, is at home watching. Their graduation group portrait is shown and Garry and the panel try to match them up with the photo, getting half right (three out of six). This segment is viewable on YouTube. See also 6/14/65.
  2. Lt. Wilbur Wright, Stewart Air Force Base, Newburgh, NY: “My brother Orville Wright is backstage.” Henry guesses, going second. Lt. Orville is at Ream Field, Naval Air Station in San Diego. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Lucien Navarro, Chile: Has radio sound effect equipment on stage, with which he will do “Nothing … I’ll make the same sounds using only my voice.” Betsy knows, going third, and so does Henry. The show’s regular SFX man, Orville White, assists. (The appearance of Orville Wright and Orville White on the same show seems remarkable, but no one comments on it.)

Week 519, 5/21/62

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Dwight Temple
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. Don Butterfield, NYC, tuba player at Radio City Music Hall: “I’m going to play the trumpet … The trumpet is 8 feet long.” It is the world’s only contrabass trumpet, borrowed from the Jansen Collection at Claremont University College, CA. Though shaped like a trumpet, it requires a tuba player because of the size of the mouthpiece. Studio ushers Joe and Vin help him hold it as he plays “Lullaby of Birdland.”
  2. Joy Gifford, Beaver, PA: “I flew to Europe for my vacation … I stayed 15 minutes and came right home.” Upon arriving at Heathrow Airport, she was paged to come back and get married. Husband Robert appears.
  3. Guest Arlene Francis: Will be hosting the Emmys. Each panelist is awarded a statuette and is asked to give an acceptance speech before finding out what the award is for. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • Bess: Most recent newlywed in television (other nominees were Harriet Nelson and Durward Kirby).
    • Bill: Most generous performer in television (other nominees were Jack Benny and Durward Kirby).
    • Betsy: Television mother of the year (other nominees were Durward Kirby and Lassie).
    • Henry: Most lovable actor in a single performance (other nominees were Frank Nitti and Erich von Stroheim).

Week 520, 5/28/62

Sponsor: Polaroid
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Buddy Hackett, Bess
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Dwight Temple
Lighting: Bob Barry

  1. Airman John Heitsch, Madison, WI: “I parachuted into the ocean last week … to help astronaut Scott Carpenter.” Bill guesses, going last. Staff Sgt. Ray McClure, who also parachuted, shows the 130 pounds of equipment each of them had to wear.
  2. Mrs. Gerard Curtis, Rockport, MA: “The furniture in my house is made of old newspapers … The house is made of newspapers, too.”
  3. Guest Jimmy Dean: “Big John” has sold two million copies. Using that song as a template, the panel make up lyrics about each other. Dean feeds them lines and they have to respond with lines that rhyme.

Week 521, 6/4/62

Sponsor: Hertz
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

  1. Rear Adm. Alvert Cusing Reed, Ret., Miami: “I commanded the first airplane to fly the Atlantic Ocean (1919).”
  2. Janet Prohaska, Ceres, CA: “I’m graduating from high school this week.” Mother Mrs. Edward Prohaska and grandmother Mrs. Alvin Gardner: “We graduated from high school last week.”
  3. Guest Carol Burnett: Stenotypist George Abraham (see also 2/5/58) is behind the curtain transcribing the entire Q&A session. Afterward, all are given scripts of what they said and reenact the entire segment as if they were playing dramatic scenes.
    • Bill: Love at first sight.
    • Betsy: Sisters in love with the same man.
    • Henry: Faithful couple have to be separated for a day.
    • Bess: Sweepstakes winners out drinking.

Week 523, 6/18/62

Sponsor: Polaroid
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. 10th anniversary show, which Garry says is the 489th episode. Garry attempts to operate the camera during the intro. This entire episode is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2
  2. Jane Hoberman, Fresh Meadows, Long Island; Pamela Hutchings, NY; Frankie Carotto (or Corotto), NYC: “We were born the same day this program started (June 19, 1952).” Carotto appeared on the sixth anniversary show (6/18/58) with the same secret. Henry guesses, going third.
  3. Former stagehand Lon Masterson now is a magician. Henry is drafted to assist in the trick and stands inside a capsule. “I’m going to pour water on top of you.” While that’s going on, crew members come out on stage: Roger Peterson, wardrobe mistress Rosaleen “Ducky” Brown, the program staff, studio guard Ray Bowden, theater manager Guy Alexander, TelePrompTer operator Bob Anderson, and makeup artist June Gossett. Henry emerges dry along with three bathing beauties. (It is pointed out that Garry had an operation on his right hand three months ago and has been shaking hands with his left, which some viewers noticed.)
  4. Another trip inside the control room:
    • Regularly credited crew Franklin Heller, Chester Feldman, Alvin Mifelow, Vernon Gamble, and Ralph Holmes.
    • Audio engineer Jay Fehrman.
    • Video engineer Jim Angerome.
    • Carpenters Dick Gorda and John Alex.
    • Electricians Johnny and Jay Brennan.
    • Prop men Joe Mullin and Bernie Rudkin.
    • Stage manager Don Darcy.
    • Cameramen Hans Singer, Cass Gaylord, and Stan Gooding(?) (name obscured by talking).
  5. Porter Leon Mumford plays piano, electrician Mike Fitzgerald plays harmonica, and Garry plays drums on “Ain’t She Sweet” and “12th Street Rag.”
  6. Bill says that his first appearance was in the third episode. Kinescopes says his first appearance was on 7/31/52, so presumably that was the third episode.

Week 524, 6/25/62

Sponsor: Welchade
Panel: Bess, Bill, Betsy, Henry
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Bob Barry

  1. Because Miss Universe contestants will be on, the regular seating order has been shifted so that Bess is in the first chair. Henry is delayed and is not present for the first secret.
  2. Jim Street, Dayton, OH: “I’m going to drive my car onto this stage … by remote control.” The car is a Golden Sahara, which he spent $75,000 designing to take to auto shows. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Comedian Art Barker, NYC: His 3-week show at the Playboy Club in Miami was canceled after one night because “I showed up for the job one year too early.”
  4. Each panelist is matched up with a Miss Universe finalist and tries to guess what she is saying in her native language.
    • Betsy and Miss Lebanon: “There was a little girl.”
    • Bess and Miss Finland: “One, two, buckle my shoe.”
    • Henry and Miss Wales (Hazel Williams): Approaching him at a restaurant table.
    • Bill and Miss Norway: Interviewing him on radio.

Week 525, 7/2/62

Sponsor: Excedrin
Director: Franklin Heller
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. 12 Gwalthey siblings (Bernard, Susan, Patricia, Stephen, Theresa, Jean, two unnamed, Bobby, Teddy, Judy, Louis), Levittown, PA: “Our father just graduated from college.”
  2. Barbara and Martin Balliton, Ellenville, NY: “We were stranded at a restaurant … Henry Ford drove off with our Chevrolet.”
  3. Guest Arthur Godfrey: Reprise of Audrey Meadows’s secret from 11/9/60, in which Godfrey is interviewed and the panel must try to remember his answers. As before, Henry wins. See also 3/11/63, 1/4/65, and 10/3/66.

Week 535, 9/10/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 226, posted 1/31/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Charles Antell

  1. Contestants were three of the finalists the year Bess became Miss America. Betsy guesses, and then film is shown.
  2. Contestant’s parachute failed to open on her first jump. Bess guesses.
  3. Outtakes are shown of the panel recording promos for the new season.

Week 536, 9/17/62

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 226, posted 1/31/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Seen are three female contestants and some women’s clothing. The secret is that the clothing isn’t theirs — their husbands are undercover cops. Betsy guesses.
  2. Viola Louise Engel Armstrong and Stephen Koenig Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s parents: “Our son became an astronaut today.” Betsy guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Paul Anka: He and the panel all make up songs on the spot about various subjects.

Week 537, 9/24/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 227, posted 1/31/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Chuck Hiller of the San Francisco Giants just hit the first grand slam in World Series history. Bill and Henry guess.
  2. Chief John Big Tree, 97, was one of the models for the Indian Head nickel.
  3. Guest Victor Borge: Will conduct the Norman Paris orchestra, but first the panel must decide what the orchestra is going to play. It ends up being “Tea for Two.”

Week 539, 10/8/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/10/02 by tom3; page 227, posted 2/6/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestant teaches Garry how to be a snake charmer.
  2. Marty Marshall is (at the time) the only boxer ever to defeat Sonny Liston.
  3. Guest Janet Leigh: Instructs the men on how to do the women’s hair.

Week 542, 10/29/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 227, posted 2/6/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Contestant appears with his son, grandson, and great-grandson — all of whom are the same age (5).
  2. Guest Jane Powell: Has 50 light bulbs sewn into her dress.
  3. Contestant is going to cut Betsy’s hair short. Bill guesses.

Week 544, 11/12/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/14/02 by tom3; page 227, posted 2/6/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. George Duryea shows an automobile built by his father, J. Franklin Duryea, in 1896. His father is still alive at 93 and is watching the show.
  2. Guest Carol Burnett: In what sounds similar to her 9/21/60 appearance, tries on various designer outfits while the panel are blindfolded.

Week 546, 11/26/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/14/02 by tom3; page 227, posted 2/6/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Male contestant: “I can play music on my teeth.”
  2. Female contestants: “I am the only teacher in a school.” … “I’m the whole student body.” Bill guesses immediately.
  3. Mrs. Howard Sugarman is the world’s fastest talker (750 wpm). The panel are given a version of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” to read aloud as fast as they can. They manage about 80 seconds; she reads it in 55 seconds. Lenny Kent then appears and gives a recap of the entire show in about a minute.

Week 548, 12/10/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/16/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Garry collects a $1 bill from each panelist, then a male contestant comes out: “I am going to glance at the dollar bills and add up the serial numbers in my head.” Panel guesses.
  2. Male contestant (a former schoolmate of Garry’s) seems to have returned the panel’s money to them but in fact has replaced it with counterfeit money. Panel guesses.
  3. Guest Ray Bolger: Does a dance routine using a split screen that shows only his legs, while Garry does the upper half. Betsy then takes Garry’s place. See also 11/1/65.

Week 549, 12/17/62

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/16/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, David Wayne, Bess

Contestants are people who have appeared on the show before.

  1. Robert W. Kiest from 10/3/56 holds his breath under water for four minutes.
  2. Michael McNamara, Crown Point, NY, now 16, previously appeared on 5/11/60. “I can balance myself on one finger.” After doing that, he hops down a series of pedestals on one hand. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Arthur Godfrey: Has the panel join him in a performance of “The 12 Days of Christmas.”

Week 550, 12/24/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 1, posted 8/17/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Contestants are 11 brothers: “We are finally going to have a baby sister.”
  2. The rest of the show celebrates Christmas:
    • Carols are sung by the children of people connected with the show.
    • Four women from the Salvation Army play four carols on trumpets.
    • The panel hand out presents to a couple dozen children who are on stage.

Week 551, 12/31/62

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 2, posted 8/19/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Unknown

  1. A member of the audience fills in for Bess.
  2. Betsy performs one of the songs from “South Pacific” with the male lead.
  3. Guest Guy Lombardo: Has the panel join him in some more musical performances for New Year’s Day.

18 Responses to “Year 1962”

  1. Diana says:

    William Hatfield, Hamlin, WV, and Brownie: “My dog was trapped in an abandoned coal mine … I dug for 31 days to get him out.” The dog already had been there 18 days when he started, and bulldozers were used the last three days, for a total of 52 days. Should read, Richard(Dick) Hatfield , Hampden, WVA. Dick is my cousin.

  2. Bruce Reznick says:

    My father, Sidney Reznick, was a writer on I’ve Got a Secret in 1962-1963. He had previously written for Garry Moore’s variety show (the one with Carol Burnett and Durward Kirby). I remember vividly when my brother Robert and I appeared on the Christmas show 12/24/62. One of the secrets was a musician who had the children of the staff play classical music on what appeared to be toys. The day after the show was on, a cab driver actually recognized Robert and me. My father left the show to become a writer with the Jackie Gleason variety show, the one with the American Scene Magazine. The other thing I remember was my father being really impressed with at least two of the other writers: David Seltzer, who was just starting out and then became an important film writer and Judy Crichton, first from the success of her husband’s novel “The Secret of Santa Vittoria” and then as a documentarian on her own, including “The American Experience” on PBS.

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  10. cindy says:

    On the 12/31/62 show, who was the male singer that performed “Some Enchanted Evening” with Betsy Palmer? They were also performing South Pacific at the Paper Mill Playhouse, but I could not get his name.

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  16. Christopher Johnson says:

    Watched the 4/30/62 episode on Buzzr last night and noticed at the end between the credit roll and announcer John Cannon signing off, was an announcement from (then) President Kennedy about buying U.S. savings bonds! I wonder if anyone has a clip of this on YouTube, it’s an interesting piece of history!

  17. Tina Holder says:

    Can you upload Week 521, 6/4/62 segment 2 to YouTube? That is my great grandmother, grandmother, and Aunt. I’ve only heard about there big trip to go on the show. My Great Aunt who is now 88 would love to see it again as well as the family. Thank you so much.

    Sponsor: Hertz
    Director: Franklin Heller
    Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Diane Hoffacker, Patrick McCormick, Judy Crichton
    Production Supervisor: Dennis Maitland
    Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
    Lighting: Sal Bonsignore

    Rear Adm. Alvert Cusing Reed, Ret., Miami: “I commanded the first airplane to fly the Atlantic Ocean (1919).”
    Janet Prohaska, Ceres, CA: “I’m graduating from high school this week.” Mother Mrs. Edward Prohaska and grandmother Mrs. Alvin Gardner: “We graduated from high school last week.”
    Guest Carol Burnett: Stenotypist George Abraham (see also 2/5/58) is behind the curtain transcribing the entire Q&A session. Afterward, all are given scripts of what they said and reenact the entire segment as if they were playing dramatic scenes.
    Bill: Love at first sight.
    Betsy: Sisters in love with the same man.
    Henry: Faithful couple have to be separated for a day.
    Bess: Sweepstakes winners out drinking.

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