Year 1963

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I’ve Got a Secret — 1963

Episodes listed on this page:

From GSN board 41
Details unavailable 1
Total entries 42

All air dates are Mondays.

Cast

The regular Host was Garry Moore and the regular Panel were Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Bess Myerson (presumably always seated in that order, judging from surrounding years). Henry guest-hosted three times and had no known absences.

Crew

The Sponsor is included in the details section below and was most often Toni, followed by Dream Whip, Good Seasons, and Kool-Aid. Other onscreen credits are known in only a couple of cases so far.


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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Host Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
552: 1/6-12/63 1/7/63 Hugh Downs Regular (Garry, Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
553: 1/13-19/63 1/14/63 Hermione Gingold Regular
554: 1/20-26/63 1/21/63 Carol Channing Regular
555: 1/27-2/2/63 1/28/63 Boris Karloff Garry Carol Channing Betsy Henry Bess
556: 2/3-9/63 2/4/63 Jack Benny Garry Joan Benny Betsy Henry Bess
557: 2/10-16/63 2/11/63 Ann Sothern Garry Anthony Perkins Betsy Henry Faye
558: 2/17-23/63 2/18/63 Durward Kirby Henry Dorothy Loudon Betsy Gretchen Wyler Faye
559: 2/24-3/2/63 2/25/63 Salvador Dalí Regular
560: 3/3-9/63 3/4/63 Steve Garry Jayne Betsy Henry George Gobel
561: 3/10-16/63 3/11/63 Dick Van Dyke Garry Morey Amsterdam Betsy Henry Rosemary Clooney
562: 3/17-23/63 3/18/63 Carol Burnett Garry Betsy Alan King Jayne Henry
563: 3/24-30/63 3/25/63 Meredith Willson Regular
564: 3/31-4/6/63 4/1/63 Dorothy Loudon,
Stuart Somerstein
Regular
565: 4/7-13/63 4/8/63 Suzy Parker Regular
566: 4/14-20/63 4/15/63 Horst Buchholz Regular
567: 4/21-27/63 4/22/63 Alan King Regular
568: 4/28-5/4/63 4/29/63 Vic Damone Regular
569: 5/5-11/63 5/6/63 Cliff Robertson Regular
570: 5/12-18/63 5/13/63 Robert Goulet Garry Bill Faye Henry Bess
571: 5/19-25/63 5/20/63 Morey Amsterdam Regular
572: 5/26-6/1/63 5/27/63 Joan Crawford [Unknown]
573: 6/2-8/63 6/3/63 Hugh O’Brian Regular
574: 6/9-15/63 6/10/63 Arnold Palmer Garry Bill Betsy Henry Lauren Bacall
575: 6/16-22/63 6/17/63 Peggy Cass Garry Bill Joan Fontaine Henry Bess
576: 6/23-29/63 6/24/63 Sam Levenson Garry Bill Sally Ann Howes Henry Bess
577: 6/30-7/6/63 7/1/63 Jack E. Leonard Henry Bill Betsy Alan King Bess
578: 7/7-13/63 [Unknown]
579: 7/14-20/63 7/15/63 Peter Lawford Henry Bill Betsy Merv Griffin Bess
580: 7/21-27/63 [N/A]
581: 7/28-8/3/63 [N/A]
582: 8/4-10/63 [N/A]
583: 8/11-17/63 [N/A]
584: 8/18-24/63 [N/A]
585: 8/25-31/63 [N/A]
586: 9/1-7/63 [N/A]
587: 9/8-14/63 9/9/63 Phil Silvers Regular
588: 9/15-21/63 9/16/63 Alan King Regular
589: 9/22-28/63 9/23/63 George Hamilton Regular
590: 9/29-10/5/63 9/30/63 Gordon MacRae Regular
591: 10/6-12/63 10/7/63 James Garner Regular
592: 10/13-19/63 10/14/63 Tony Randall Regular
593: 10/20-26/63 10/21/63 Art Linkletter Regular
594: 10/27-11/2/63 10/28/63 Groucho Marx Regular
595: 11/3-9/63 11/4/63 Durward Kirby Regular
596: 11/10-16/63 11/11/63 Jack E. Leonard Regular
597: 11/17-23/63 11/18/63 Allan Sherman Regular
598: 11/24-30/63 [Unknown]
599: 12/1-7/63 12/2/63 Troy Donahue Regular
600: 12/8-14/63 12/9/63 Michel de la Vega Regular
601: 12/15-21/63 12/16/63 None Regular
602: 12/22-28/63 [Unknown]
603: 12/29/63-1/4/64 12/30/63 Hal March Garry Bill Betsy Henry Ruby Dee

Week 552, 1/7/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 2, posted 8/19/02 by tom3; page 228, posted 2/8/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Father, 39, and sons, 16 and 12, all are attending school and play football.
  2. Guest Hugh Downs: There is a newspaper strike going on, so Downs quizzes the panel on how much they know about current events. Bill wins.
  3. Nine male contestants are concealing ballet tutus and slippers under their overcoats and boots, and will dance a ballet. They return on 11/11.

Week 553, 1/14/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 2, posted 8/20/02 by tom3; page 228, posted 2/8/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Nathan Wexler plays a duck call with orchestral accompaniment. See also 6/1/64.
  2. Contestants have names that match (or don’t match) their occupations:
    • Mr. Strum, guitarist.
    • Mr. St. Peter, OH, gatekeeper at an Air Force base.
    • Dr. Katherine Hand, podiatrist.
    • Dr. Yell, dentist.
  3. Guest Hermione Gingold: The panel are tested on how much they remember about their first dates. Bill’s answers are compared with those given earlier by his wife, Ann.

Week 554, 1/21/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 2, posted 8/21/02 by tom3; page 228, posted 2/9/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Four male college students are tiddlywinks champions. Bill guesses after time runs out.
  2. Guest Carol Channing: Is going to fill in for Bill next week, so she is taking notes on how to do the job.
  3. A Korean boy who doesn’t speak English is cued by Garry on how to answer the blindfolded panel’s questions. (All he knows how to say are “Yes, sir” and “No, sir.”) The boy then performs as part of a Korean orphan choir.

Week 555, 1/28/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 3, posted 8/22/02 by tom3; page 228, posted 2/9/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Carol Channing, Betsy, Henry, Bess

  1. Male contestant is going to smash a diamond.
  2. Male contestant traveled to the show from Florida in a submarine, which is backstage.
  3. Guest Boris Karloff: Publicity stills for his new movie “The Raven” are shown and the panel have to come up with captions for them.

Week 556, 2/4/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 3, posted 8/24/02 by tom3; page 229, posted 2/10/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Bess, Henry, Joan Benny, Betsy

  1. Contestant lists some of his life experiences:
    • 1941: Worked as a bank teller; was rejected by the Air Force.
    • 1942: Entered the Air Corps.
    • 1944: Was shot down and became a POW; had his appendix removed.
    • 1945: Went on a blind date with the woman he later married.

    “The exact same events happened to my twin brother in the exact same order.”

  2. John Matheson, NYC: “I burned over one million dollars today for the U.S. Treasury.” This segment and the next are viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Jack Benny: “I have a taxi waiting … The meter is running.” Bess guesses, going 3rd.

Week 557, 2/11/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 3, posted 8/24/02 by tom3; page 232, posted 2/25/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Anthony Perkins, Betsy, Henry, Faye

  1. Contestant: “I was born in President Lincoln’s cabin.” Betsy guesses.
  2. A former member of the production staff has returned. “While I was gone I had triplets.” Faye guesses. The show gives her a baby carriage and a crib, which Henry and Faye try to assemble.
  3. Guest Ann Sothern: Teaches Tony and Betsy how to do various dance steps and teaches Garry how to ski.

Week 558, 2/18/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 4, posted 8/25/02 by tom3; page 232, posted 2/25/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Dorothy Loudon, Betsy, Gretchen Wyler, Faye

  1. Victor Freeman, Jeff Narell, Walt (last name unintelligible), Arthur Finman, Andrew (Andy) Narell (age 8), all of Whitestone, NY: “We’re a calypso steel drum band” (The Steel Bandits). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Contestant is the leader of a club of female pilots. The club bought an airplane with trading stamps.
  3. Guest Durward Kirby: Four women from the audience join the all-female panel in trying to pick out the one expensive clothing item from among many cheap items (shoes, hats, dresses). See also 6/13/66.

Week 559, 2/25/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 4, posted 8/27/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Male contestant rode on the back of a 45-foot whale for three hours.
  2. Three of the four Labonte brothers all have the same first name, Joseph; the fourth brother changed his name to Philip.
  3. Guest Salvador Dalí: The panel have created their own paintings, which they attempt to explain to him. Each time, he declines to comment. Then he creates a work of his own out of shaving cream. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 560, 3/4/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 4, posted 8/27/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Jayne, Betsy, Henry, George Gobel

  1. Sgt. Vega and “Gen. X”: “we are both American soldiers … but we play enemies in war games.”
  2. Contestant, 79, walked to the studio in Hollywood from San Diego (138 miles in 28½ hours). He also has walked all the way from San Diego to New York — 18 times!
  3. Guest Steve: To promote his new record, “Steve Allen’s Funny Phone Calls,” the panel make prank phone calls in response to want ads. In one sequence, the panel don’t know that the person on the other end of the phone is absentee Bill.

Week 561, 3/11/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 4, posted 8/28/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Morey Amsterdam, Betsy, Henry, Rosemary Clooney

  1. Male contestant: Hidden inside the desks on stage are a cow and a horse.
  2. Guest Dick Van Dyke: Another version of the memory exercise from 11/9/60 and 7/2/62, in which the guest is interviewed and afterward the panel must try to remember his answers. See also 1/4/65 and 10/3/66.
  3. Contestant, 4, is a professional drummer but gives away his secret.

Week 562, 3/18/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 5, posted 8/29/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Panel: Betsy, Alan King, Jayne, Henry

The show is televising from Lake Tahoe. The panel’s desk has a roulette wheel on it. The first half is viewable on YouTube, but it ends in the middle of the second secret and the second half is not uploaded.

  1. Dick Surryhne, Sacramento: “I have a 70-piece band backstage … and they all play the banjo.” The Sacramento Banjo Band performs “Waiting for the Robert E. Lee.”
  2. Garry does a live commercial for Dream Whip.
  3. The Ski Larks (Fred Gallo, Jim Smith, Joe Seidel, all from Lake Tahoe) perform a song with backup musicians (including Norman Paris). “We weren’t singing … the musicians behind us are ventriloquists.”
  4. Guest Carol Burnett: Is going to play musical chairs while the panel are blindfolded, but they guess immediately.

Week 563, 3/25/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 5, posted 8/30/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Producer: Chester Feldman
Director: Franklin Heller
Associate Producer: Roger Peterson
Musical Director: Norman Paris
Production Manager: William Egan
Set Designer: Henry May
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Judy Crichton, Sidney Reznick [add], David Seltzer
Associate Director: Alvin Mifelow
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Contestant supposedly had lunch today with Garry and Betsy, but in fact it was his twin brother.
  2. Contestant appears with her daughter, who is only 3 and yet is the oldest of seven children (they just had quadruplets).
  3. Guest Meredith Willson: Will conduct a group of singers chosen from the phone book. “They’re going to sing their names … Their names make up the words of a song” (“In the Good Old Summertime”). Those whose full names are given are Al Umpa, Charlotte Paar, Francine Inda, Ray Strolin, Hugh Holder, Sam Datz, and Florence Schayes. See also 12/23/59, 12/28/64, and 12/26/66. This segment is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1| Part 2

Week 564, 4/1/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 5, posted 8/31/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Good Seasons

  1. Garry has the panel write down a sentence before the contestant comes out. “I’m going to read what the panel wrote … blindfolded.” Besides knowing what the panel wrote, he also recreates a line drawn by an audience member and beats Garry at tic-tac-toe, all while blindfolded.
  2. Male contestant: “I found the couple lost for 7 weeks in the Yukon.”
  3. Guests Dorothy Loudon and Stuart Somerstein: Loudon and the panel all make up songs that have Somerstein’s name in them.

Week 565, 4/8/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 6, posted 9/1/02 by tom3; page 232, posted 2/29/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Garry is wearing sunglasses because he poked himself in the eye earlier.
  2. Six contestants play the world’s largest harmonica.
  3. Female contestant: “I won $140,000 in the Irish Sweepstakes.”
  4. Guest Suzy Parker: Is accompanied by a little girl whose secret is, “I designed the dress Miss Parker’s wearing” (Bess guesses). Then Parker’s secret is that Bill and Henry are going to design dresses for Betsy and Bess. The results are revealed on 5/6.

Week 566, 4/15/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 6, posted 9/2/02 by tom3; page 232, posted 2/29/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Good Seasons

  1. Male contestant flew from Miami to the Bahamas on a kite.
  2. “Mr. X” (Joe Kirkwood) hits two golf balls with one club at the same time.
  3. Guest Horst Buchholz: Shows footage from earlier episodes of this show that have been dubbed in German and the panel try to translate what they said back into English.

Week 567, 4/22/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 7, posted 9/3/02 by tom3; page 233, posted 3/5/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Male contestant: “I beat Garry Moore in an amateur contest 27 years ago.”
  2. Guest Alan King: He and the panel make up Tom Swifties.
  3. Contestants are a woman and seven boys. “I’m their cooking teacher.” … “We cooked the panel a dinner.”

Week 568, 4/29/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 7, posted 9/4/02 by tom3; page 233, posted 3/5/08 by tom3):

Sponsor: Good Seasons

  1. Garry gets on an 8-foot ladder before a male contestant comes out. “I’m going to hold Garry up off the ladder.”
  2. Four female contestants: “We got four perfect bridge hands in one deal.” See also 12/5/66.
  3. Guest Vic Damone: The panel guess how each other would answer various questions.
    • Which jacket would Henry choose to wear?
    • Which historical figure would Bess like to be?
    • Which group of celebrities would Bill want to be on an island with?
    • Which animal would Betsy choose to own?

    Associate Producer Roger Peterson appears.

Week 569, 5/6/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 8, posted 9/5/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestants are six boys. All live in Houston, all are named Garry, and all have twin brothers named Larry. Houston has 35 such sets of twins.
  2. Guest Cliff Robertson: Reads mystery scenarios that the panel try to solve. See also 7/15.
  3. Betsy and Bess are fitted for the dresses that Bill and Henry were told to design for them on 4/8.

Week 570, 5/13/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 8, posted 9/6/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Kool-Aid
Panel: Bill, Faye, Henry, Bess

  1. Male contestant has a piece of equipment. “When I put my hand over it … our TV picture will go off the air.”
  2. Male contestant, 12: “President Kennedy gave me a medal for heroism.”
  3. Guest Robert Goulet: The panel try to sing songs that have been translated into other languages and guess what the songs are.

Week 571, 5/20/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 9, posted 9/7/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Male contestant volunteered to spend five months in solitary confinement for space research. Footage is shown.
  2. Georg Olden, NYC, VP of McCann Erickson, was chosen to design the new 5-cent postage stamp. “I designed the ‘I’ve Got a Secret’ title card.” Henry guesses. Olden also designed the male cartoon figure on “To Tell the Truth.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Morey Amsterdam: First, the panel are asked to name a subject and he comes up with an appropriate joke for that subject. Then each panelist picks a joke out of a cookie jar, Amsterdam names a subject, and the panelist has to work that subject into the joke.

Week 573, 6/3/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 10, posted 9/9/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestant built an airplane in his living room.
  2. Garry and Henry switch places. Elderly female contestant trapped two burglars who were trying to break into a store.
  3. Guest Hugh O’Brian: Bess taught him how to tear a telephone book in half (see also 6/26/57).

Week 574, 6/10/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 10, posted 9/10/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Good Seasons
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Lauren Bacall

  1. Female contestant creates pictures using a typewriter.
  2. Guest Arnold Palmer: “Henry Morgan is going to be my caddy … and he doesn’t know it.”
  3. Male contestant is hidden inside a box that also contains a small automobile.

Week 575, 6/17/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 10, posted 9/11/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Bill, Joan Fontaine, Henry, Bess

  1. Contestant has been married 50 years and also has had the same car all that time.
  2. Contestant acted in the “Our Gang” films.
  3. Guest Peggy Cass: A version of “To Tell the Truth” is played in which the panel act as the contestants. Cass tries to determine which panelist is telling the truth through the normal questioning, whereas Garry enlists the help of Lincoln M. Zahn’s “metrograph,” a kind of lie detector. See also 8/3/60 and 10/24/66. This segment and the next are viewable on YouTube.
  4. Two weeks ago, Bess tore a phone book in half; Mack Murray can tear one into sixteenths. See also 6/26/57.

Week 576, 6/24/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 11, posted 9/12/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Kool-Aid
Panel: Bill, Sally Ann Howes, Henry, Bess

  1. Two male college students: “We invited President Kennedy to a party … and he came!”
  2. Guest Sam Levenson: First of four annual appearances in which the panel are quizzed on actual test questions given to elementary school students. Each year, the grade gets lower: This time it’s sixth grade questions, then fifth grade questions are asked on 6/22/64, fourth grade on 5/24/65, and third grade on 6/20/66.
  3. Contestant is a magician who does a levitation trick using Garry.

Week 577, 7/1/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 11, posted 9/13/02 by tom3):

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

  1. E.O. Milton Larson: “I am the entire population of Ironton, Colorado.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Male contestant made a sculpture for art class out of a lot of mechanical parts.
  3. Guest Jack E. Leonard: Is wearing a hat and fake beard concealing headphones that prevent him from hearing what anyone is saying. Henry cues him on how to answer the questions.

Week 579, 7/15/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 11, posted 9/14/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Guest Host: Henry
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Merv Griffin, Bess

  1. Male contestant plays 18 soda bottles and a vacuum cleaner with orchestral accompaniment.
  2. Couple were contestants on the Japanese version of the show (see also 7/15/59), where their secret was that they got married over long-distance telephone.
  3. Guest Peter Lawford: Another version of Cliff Robertson’s secret from 5/6 in which the panel are challenged to solve mysteries.

Week 587, 9/9/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 12, posted 9/15/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Photos are shown of the panel, taken without their knowledge while they were on their summer vacations.
  2. Contestant is wife of David Fellin, who last month was rescued from the Hazleton anthracite mine in PA.
  3. Guest Phil Silvers: Is joined by golfer Sam Snead, boxer Barney Ross, baseball player Rod Kanehl, and decathlete Bob Mathias, all of whom are going to perform in a Dixieland band tonight.

Week 588, 9/16/63

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 60, posted 1/16/03 by bossradio93):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. “Mr. X” from Wales (future Velvet Underground member John Cale): “I performed in a concert that lasted 18 hours” (Erik Satie’s “Vexations”). Karl Schenzer, NYC: “I’m the only person who sat through the entire performance.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Male contestant from Los Angeles drove a car 407 mph, a new speed record.
  3. Guest Alan King: Tests the panel’s familiarity with elephant jokes.

Week 589, 9/23/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 13, posted 9/17/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Three elderly female contestants are slingshot champions. Betsy and Bess attempt to compete with them.
  2. Contestant (possibly Robert Moon) was involved with the recent introduction of ZIP codes.
  3. Guest George Hamilton: To prove that people over 25 don’t know who he is, a lookalike answers the questions for him and the panel can’t tell the difference.

Week 590, 9/30/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 13, posted 9/18/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. A magician friend of Garry’s removes both Henry’s and Garry’s vests without removing their jackets.
  2. Contestant and his mother: “I hit a foul ball into the stands this season … and it hit my mother.”
  3. Guest Gordon MacRae: Teaches the panel to sing a rock and roll song.

Week 591, 10/7/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 13, posted 9/19/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestants are two boys and a dog. The younger boy fell into a pond, his older brother jumped in to rescue him, and the dog ended up rescuing them both.
  2. Male contestant has the world’s smallest airplane on stage. Bill guesses immediately.
  3. Guest James Garner: Shows English words that have been respelled phonetically as they might be spelled in another language (for example, “noise” is how a German speaker would pronounce “Neus”). The panel have to guess what the words are.

Week 592, 10/14/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 14, posted 9/20/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Contestants have last names that match the instruments they play.
  2. Contestant celebrated his 80th birthday by skydiving for the first time.
  3. Guest Tony Randall: The panel try to get each other to guess which emotions they are expressing using only their faces.

Week 593, 10/21/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 14, posted 9/21/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestants are three Army officers. “We just made the longest supersonic flight in history” (8,028 miles in 8 hours 35 minutes).
  2. Guest Art Linkletter: A partition is placed between the male and female panelists so they can no longer see each other, and then they are quizzed on what they remember about each other’s appearance. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Each of the first two secrets was interrupted by a boy doing a song and dance. Now a contestant comes out, seemingly a third appearance by the same boy, and his secret is that he is one of triplets. Garry then pretends to be triplets by dancing next to two mirrors.

Week 594, 10/28/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 15, posted 9/22/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Male contestant has a jack-o’-lantern that is lit by atomic energy.
  2. Guest Groucho Marx: The panel have to guess that his answers are being given by an impersonator (Dayton Allen).
  3. Young male contestant is a top spinning champion.

Week 595, 11/4/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 15, posted 9/23/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Contestant, a military officer, survived a fall of three miles into the ocean when his parachute didn’t open.
  2. Male contestant has the world’s largest pearl.
  3. Guest Durward Kirby: A woman from Iceland, who has never heard of Garry, tries to guess which of three men is he based on how they look and perform. See also 2/10/64.

Week 596, 11/11/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 16, posted 9/24/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Nonagenarian male contestant was the entire U.S. Air Force in 1909.
  2. Contestant is Andrew J. Fischer, father of the Fischer quintuplets. Panel guess immediately. Their mother, Mary Ann, also appears.
  3. Guest Jack E. Leonard: Appears with a woman who taught him a ballet that he will perform. The cross-dressing dancers from 1/7 return to join him.

Week 597, 11/18/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 16, posted 9/25/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Boy contestant has a role in “Oliver!” on Broadway.
  2. Male contestant: “I won $79,600 on a $2 horse racing ticket.”
  3. Guest Allan Sherman: Selected audience members offer a few facts about themselves and the panel then have to make up rhyming song lyrics about them.

Week 599, 12/2/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 16, posted 9/26/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Male contestant is going to ride a bicycle that is concealed inside Bess’s purse.
  2. Contestant is a mailman: “I have been bitten by 23 different dogs.” Panel guess immediately, but much conversation follows.
  3. Guest Troy Donahue: Four of his “fans” take the panel’s seats, while the panel stand by to help them. The secret is that these women just met him tonight and didn’t know who he was.

Week 600, 12/9/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 16, posted 9/27/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Male contestant climbed Mt. Everest.
  2. Male contestant: “I pushed a peanut up Pikes Peak with my nose.”
  3. Guest Michel de la Vega: Balances Betsy on the tip of a sword.

Week 601, 12/16/63

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 17, posted 9/28/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Male contestant, 9: “I can play the tuba.”
  2. “Contestants” are four marionettes: “The panel is going to work our strings during the musical performance.”
  3. Norman Paris conducts the panel and orchestra in a Christmas song played on soda bottles.

Week 603, 12/30/63

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Ruby Dee
Producer: Chester Feldman
Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Associate Producer: Roger Peterson
Musical Director: Norman Paris
Production Manager: William Egan
Set Designer: Henry May
Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Judy Crichton, David Seltzer, Doris Hibbard
Production Supervisor: Orison Marden
Associate Director: Andre St. Laurent
Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
Lighting Director: Hal Anderson

Information partly paraphrased from GSN message board (page 17, posted 9/29/02 by tom3):

  1. Contestants have names that are the months of the year (one of them represents two months): Emory January, John February, Hal March(!), Ann April, Carolyn May, Gilbert June, Sidney July, August Januarias September, Henry October, William November, Frank December.
  2. Guest Hal March: The panel are asked to make predictions for the coming year, which are evaluated a year later (12/28/64).
  3. Joe Ferko has led the Philadelphia mummers parade every year since 1914. The Ferko String Band performs. The last part of this segment is viewable on YouTube.

One Response to “Year 1963”

  1. Bob says:

    Noticed that there was nothing for week 598: 11/24-30/63, the show may not have been on that week because of the assassination of President Kennedy.

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