Year 1964

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I’ve Got a Secret — 1964

Episodes listed on this page:

Seen by us 35
From GSN board 3
Details unavailable 1
Total entries 39

All air dates are Mondays.

Cast

  • Host: There were no guest hosts, so the host is omitted from the table. However, this was the year the permanent host changed from Garry Moore to Steve Allen. Reportedly the two cohosted on the season opener of 9/14 (week 640), but this episode is unavailable.
  • Panel: The regulars stayed the same, but their seating order changed. When Garry was host, the seating order was Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan, and Bess Myerson. When Steve took over in the new season, the regular order became Betsy, Bill, Bess, and Henry.

Crew

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

  • Associate Producer: Roger Peterson
  • Music Director: Norman Paris
  • Production Manager: William Egan
  • Program Staff: Irma Reichert, Judy Crichton, David Seltzer, Doris Hibbard
  • Technical Director: Vernon Gamble
  • Lighting Director: Hal Anderson

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

  • Sponsor: Mostly Toni, alternating with Dream Whip and Good Seasons, plus Jell-O in week 606.
  • Director: Clarence Schimmel, until the last week when former director Paul Alter returned.
  • Set Designer: Henry May when Garry was host, Ronald Baldwin when Steve was host.
  • Production Supervisor: Orison Marden, Oscar Hobman, Milt Myers.
  • Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow, André St. Laurent, Dan F. Smith.
  • Audio: Six men credited.

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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
604: 1/5-11/64 1/6/64 Jose Ferrer Regular (Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess)
605: 1/12-18/64 1/13/64 Carol Channing Bill Phyllis Diller Henry Bess
606: 1/19-25/64 1/20/64 Arthur Godfrey Bill Rosemary Clooney Henry Bess
607: 1/26-2/1/64 1/27/64 Alan King Regular
608: 2/2-8/64 2/3/64 [None] Regular
609: 2/9-15/64 2/10/64 Jonathan Winters Regular
610: 2/16-22/64 2/17/64 Bobby Darin Regular
611: 2/23-29/64 2/24/64 Morey Amsterdam Regular
612: 3/1-7/64 3/2/64 Woody Allen Regular
613: 3/8-14/64 3/9/64 Connie Stevens Regular
614: 3/15-21/64 3/16/64 Art Carney Regular
615: 3/22-28/64 3/23/64 E.G. Marshall Regular
616: 3/29-4/4/64 3/30/64 Bette Davis Regular
617: 4/5-11/64 4/6/64 Wally Cox Regular
618: 4/12-18/64 4/13/64 Suzy Parker Regular
619: 4/19-25/64 4/20/64 Ed Begley Allan Sherman Betsy Henry Bess
620: 4/26-5/2/64 4/27/64 Olivia de Havilland Henry Betsy Louis Jourdan Bess
621: 5/3-9/64 5/4/64 Lloyd Bridges Henry Bess Woody Allen Betsy
622: 5/10-16/64 5/11/64 Durward Kirby Henry Betsy Woody Allen Bess
623: 5/17-23/64 5/18/64 [None] Regular
624: 5/24-30/64 5/25/64 Smothers Brothers Regular
625: 5/31-6/6/64 6/1/64 Victor Borge Regular
626: 6/7-13/64 6/8/64 Robert Merrill Regular
627: 6/14-20/64 6/15/64 [None] Regular
628: 6/21-27/64 6/22/64 Sam Levenson Regular
629: 6/28-7/4/64 [N/A]
630: 7/5-11/64 [N/A]
631: 7/12-18/64 [N/A]
632: 7/19-25/64 [N/A]
633: 7/26-8/1/64 [N/A]
634: 8/2-8/64 [N/A]
635: 8/9-15/64 [N/A]
636: 8/16-22/64 [N/A]
637: 8/23-29/64 [N/A]
638: 8/30-9/5/64 [N/A]
639: 9/6-12/64 [N/A]
640: 9/13-19/64 9/14/64 [Unknown] [Unknown]
641: 9/20-26/64 9/21/64 Edie Adams Regular (Betsy, Bill, Bess, Henry)
642: 9/27-10/3/64 9/28/64 Connie Francis Regular
643: 10/4-10/64 10/5/64 Arlene Francis Regular
644: 10/11-17/64 10/12/64 Carol Channing Regular
645: 10/18-24/64 10/19/64 Julie Newmar Regular
646: 10/25-31/64 10/26/64 Ray Walston Regular
647: 11/1-7/64 [N/A]
648: 11/8-14/64 11/9/64 Victor Borge Regular
649: 11/15-21/64 11/16/64 Robert Goulet Regular
650: 11/22-28/64 11/23/64 Louis Nye Regular
651: 11/29-12/5/64 [N/A]
652: 12/6-12/64 12/7/64 Robert Merrill Regular
653: 12/13-19/64 12/14/64 Steve Lawrence Bill Betsy Henry Bess
654: 12/20-26/64 12/21/64 [None] Regular
655: 12/27/64-1/2/65 12/28/64 Durward Kirby Regular

Week 604, 1/6/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Orison Marden
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow

By this time the theme music and logo were those that would be used for the entire remainder of the show. They probably had been in use since the start of the season (9/9/63), but this is the earliest such episode we have seen.

  1. Guest Jose Ferrer is in costume for his stage role as Prince Regent of Carpathia in “The Girl Who Came to Supper” right after the show.
  2. Daniel Garcia, Catoula, TX: “President Johnson was my teacher in 6th grade … He once gave me a spanking.”
  3. Paul Goodman, Bethel College, St. Paul: “I won a cookie baking contest … The cookie weighs 2300 pounds.” Radio station KDWB sponsored the contest. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Jose Ferrer: The panel are shown onomatopoetic words from other languages and must guess what sounds they represent.
    • Bill: dog
    • Betsy: train
    • Henry: cow
    • Bess: rooster
    • Bill: duck
    • Betsy: sneeze
    • Henry: Turkey
    • Bess: bee
    • Bill: pig
  5. LBJ telephoned during the show and invited Garcia to come visit the White House.

Week 605, 1/13/64

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 18, posted 10/1/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Bill, Phyllis Diller, Henry, Bess

  1. Male contestant, 70: “I sailed across the Pacific Ocean on a raft alone (7,500 miles).”
  2. The blindfolded panel have to guess that the contestants are Phyllis’s children. Phyllis guesses, but not right away.
  3. Guest Carol Channing: Four married couples appear. Each husband, while blindfolded, attempts to describe his wife and the panel then guess which of the four women is his wife.

Week 606, 1/20/64

Sponsor: Jell-O
Panel: Bill, Rosemary Clooney, Henry, Bess
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Orison Marden
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Audio: Tom Parkins

In observance of Godfrey’s 30 years with CBS, the show is devoted to old-time radio personalities.

  1. “Mistress X, Master Y, Master Z” (Wendy, Mark and Bingy Beemer): All are wearing eye masks. “Our grandfather was the Lone Ranger on radio.” Brace Beemer appears (see also 3/18/59), along with other actors who played adventure heroes: Al Hodge (The Green Hornet), Richard Kollmar (Boston Blackie), Bret Morrison (The Shadow).
  2. Joan Bishop, Chicago, pianist; Mary Ann Anderson, Chicago, Maybelline executive; Jack Lucal, Jesuit priest: “We were the Quiz Kids on radio.”
  3. Guest Arthur Godfrey: Norman Paris plays the theme to a radio soap opera while that show’s star reads the intro. The panelist must guess the show.
    • Bill: “Stella Dallas” (Anne Elstner, now a restaurateur).
    • Rosemary: “Our Gal Sunday” (Vivian Smolen, still acting).
    • Henry: “Helen Trent” (Julie Stevens, now a housewife).
    • Bess: “John’s Other Wife” (Adele Ronson, still acting).

Week 607, 1/27/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Orison Marden
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow

  1. Mrs. Harold Mapp, Southside, ON: “I made this dress out of 204 nylon stockings.”
  2. David Touch, Los Angeles: To celebrate his 50th birthday, “I played 54 holes of golf … 18 holes in New York — 18 holes in Chicago — 18 holes in California … All on the same day.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Alan King: Garry filled out a personality profile and the results were fed into a UNIVAC computer, which picked out a birthday present for him (a head lamp). The panel filled out the same questionnaire about Garry and the computer picked different presents.
    • Bill: a bullhorn.
    • Betsy: electric socks.
    • Henry: a silver tape measure.
    • Bess: cans of quail eggs, fried grasshoppers, and snails; a steak tester.

    The questionnaire answers are analyzed to see what accounts for the differences. One more big present is brought out, which is revealed to be Durward Kirby dressed up as a talking doll.

Week 608, 2/3/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Audio: Tom Parkins

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

  1. The opening makes a joke about the Beatles’ upcoming appearance on Ed Sullivan. In reference to them, each secret has to do with four or more of something. Tommy Gun has posted screen shots from throughout this episode.
  2. Victor G. Hyde, Niles, MI: “I play 4 trumpets at the same time.”
  3. F.E. “The Mixer” Stefanovitch, Wild Rose, ND, 70: “I keep 5 punching bags going at the same time.” Garry almost makes him stop trying, but eventually he does it.
  4. Norman Paris had a piano roll made of his own four-hand arrangement so that he can play a duet with himself. The maker of the roll, Lawrence Cook, appears.
  5. Simon Argevitch is back and this time smokes 10 cigars at once instead of six (see 7/20/60).

Week 609, 2/10/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Audio: Elliot Gordon

  1. Elleen Hall, Richmond, VA; Samuel T. Binz, Jr., judge of Henrico County Court: “I once made him write: ‘I will not talk in class’ (50 times) … I got a ticket for speeding.” … “I sentenced her to write: ‘I shall try not to exceed the speed limit’ (100 times).”
  2. Charles Pomerantz, NYC, president of Bell Exterminating: “Scientists have named a species of insect after me … Shannonomyia pomerantzi (crane fly).” He identified it as a carrier of rickettsia. Other insects have been named after him as well.
  3. Guest Jonathan Winters: At the outset, Borgi Kristiandottir of Iceland doesn’t know who he is. The panel interview him as if he were four different men and she must guess which one he really is (she succeeds). See also 11/4/63.
    • Bill: Casey Stengel
    • Betsy: himself
    • Henry: Salvador Dalí
    • Bess: Oleg Cassini

Week 610, 2/17/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May

  1. Bill’s birthday cake is brought out.
  2. Dick Silver, Coral Gables, FL: “I own my own country.” It is a 1.5-square-mile coral reef 12 miles off Miami. Currently, it is completely submerged part of the time. If it has a name, that fact is not stated.
  3. “Mr. X” (Chuck McKinley) and “Mr. Y” (Dennis Ralston): Under a veil is “The Davis Cup (for tennis) … We just won it back for the United States.”
  4. Guest Bobby Darin: A recording is played of him singing a “duet” version of “All By Myself.” “The girl singing on that record is me!” Bess guesses, going last, after the others know. Other similarly manipulated voices are played and the panel guess who is singing (Paul Anka, Ethel Merman, Eartha Kitt, Bill).

Week 611, 2/24/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Alvin R. Mifelow
Audio: Tom Parkins

  1. Lowell Crow, Horace Crow, Opal Fisher, William Crow, Daisy Briggs, Grace Shaw, Gertrude Baldwin, Anna Batchelor, Emma Fisher, all siblings, aged 54 to 73: “Our parents are backstage … They’re celebrating their 74th wedding anniversary tonight.” Mr. and Mrs. Everett Crow are both 95. Everett, a music teacher, plays “O Dem Golden Slippers” on a violin he made himself, accompanied by Norman Paris on accordion. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Harvey Jones, Detroit; Jesse Bowdry, St. Louis: “I’m Cassius Clay’s/Sonny Liston’s sparring partner.” Bess guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Morey Amsterdam: Each panelist was given the same list of 50 jokes to memorize. When Amsterdam names a category, any panelist who can think of a joke that fits the category (whether or not it was on the list) gets to tell it.

Week 612, 3/2/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. During the intro, guest Woody Allen starts telling a joke but is cut off.
  2. J.A. Cupler, Cumberland, MD, president of National Jet: “I have a machine that can drill holes through a human hair.” Technician Ray Richardson operates the drill on one of Bess’s hairs. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. “Mr. X” (Leonard Koppett, New York Times) and “Mr. Y” (Bob Waters, Newsday): “We’re sports writers … We picked Cassius Clay to win the fight.” Bess guesses, going last. Only one other writer, Bill Wise of True magazine, predicted the same.
  4. Guest Woody Allen: “I am going to make my debut as a singer tonight … My singing partner is a French poodle.” The song is “Little Sir Echo.” The dog, Michel, has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” but all he does is whine and yawn until his owners, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Messick, come out, and even then he doesn’t do much.

Week 613, 3/9/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May

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

  1. Jimmy Lucas, San Antonio, 15: Appeared on “To Tell the Truth” immediately preceding. “I am the United States yo-yo champion.”
  2. Ruth Stout (sister of author Rex Stout), Redding Ridge, CT: “I smashed up a saloon with Carrie Nation in 1901.”
  3. Scheduled guest Connie Stevens went so far as to introduce the show despite a case of food poisoning but is too sick to continue, so Betsy takes her place. What appears to be a group of mannequins is on stage modeling current fashions. “I had a cup of coffee with one of these dummies today … One of them is a real live girl” (Gail del Corral). At the end, everyone strikes a pose and holds it during the credits.

Week 614, 3/16/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Andre St. Laurent

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

  1. Bill Ballantine (see also 1/21/59) and Thistle, a miniature Argentine horse: “This horse is going horseback riding.” Henry guesses, going third. The other horse is Brewster, a Clydesdale. Their owner, John Cuneo Jr., appears.
  2. Claire Valentine and Bill Hartley, Oceanside, CA: “I gave her eight weeks of golf lessons.” … “My first day on the course I shot a 56 … on the first hole.” Garry traces the ball’s route on a map.
  3. Guest Art Carney: “I will accompany myself on an electric organ … It’s in my pocket.” Made by Motorola, it contains an integrated circuit (microchip).

Week 615, 3/23/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Andre St. Laurent
Audio: Tom Parkins

  1. Betsy and Bess: “We’re not wearing dresses … We’re wearing bathing suits and skirts.” The designers are Rosemarie Reed and Ellen Lockwood.
  2. Marvin Myers and David Moore, Connersville, IN: “My team played his team in a game of Monopoly … The game lasted 14 days, nonstop.”
  3. Guest E.G. Marshall: Is starring in “The Defenders.” Eleven audience members are seated on stage in a jury box. Two panelists at a time are given the facts from a real-life jury case. Each of the two must try to argue one side of the case before the jury. The resulting verdict then is compared with what really happened. See also 6/14/65.
    • A secretary who quit because of sexual harassment was denied unemployment insurance on the grounds that it happened after hours. Betsy is prosecution, Bill is defense.
    • A saloon customer was injured while trying to walk across the alley outside to get the chef, after being asked to do so by the owner. Bess is defense, Henry is prosecution (Bess was supposed to be prosecution, but got confused because Garry misused the word “defend,” so they switched).

Week 616, 3/30/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Andre St. Laurent

  1. Ted Wells (Garry spells), upstate NY, Corning Glass Center: “I am a glass blower … I’m going to make a drinking glass out of your handkerchief.” Bill guesses, going last. The handkerchief is made of beta yarn fiberglass. Messrs. Walpole and Beckman assist.
  2. Pete Best, West Derby, Lancashire: “I left my job two years ago … I was one of the Beatles.” Betsy guesses, going third. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Bette Davis: The audience has submitted questions, but before Davis answers them, the panel first must guess how she will answer. See also 3/8/65, 10/4/65, and 9/5/66. This segment is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2
    • Bill: Do you watch yourself on the late night movies, and do you enjoy seeing yourself?
    • Betsy: Do you think there are some actors or actresses who did not deserve Oscars?
    • Henry: Are you temperamental?
    • Bess: The paper said that you had a feud with Joan Crawford when you made “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?”; is this true?
    • Garry tries one: How old are you?
    • Bill: Do you believe that a marriage and career are compatible, or which do you believe comes first?

Week 617, 4/6/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Tom Parkins

  1. Col. Harland Sanders, Shelbyville, KY, just sold what today is KFC for $2 million. “I started it with my first Social Security check ($105.00).” Bess guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Peter Nowacki, North Mankato, MN, 5: Has a collection of 264 baseball cards. “I’ve memorized the vital statistics of all the players on these cards.” Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Wally Cox: “I’m making a box lunch … I’m going to eat the box.” Bill guesses, going third. The woodlike material, which includes flour, cornstarch, and banana flakes, is used in building spacecraft interiors so that in an emergency, the crew could survive by eating it. Inventor Sidney Schwartz of Grumman is in the audience.

Week 618, 4/13/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons

  1. Thomas Waters, Charlottesville, VA, plus 27 women: “We’re the freshman class of student nurses (University of Virginia) … I am the president of our class.”
  2. Roberta Trias (Garry spells), 16; Myron Stephens, Tad Colbert, all from Phoenix: “I teach them judo and karate” (plus 28 other men). Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Suzy Parker: A living room display is set up. “There are no bulbs in the lamps — the shades light up … The blinds, pillows, table and picture frame light up too … So does my dress.” All contain panelescent plastic lamps made by Sylvania.

Week 619, 4/20/64

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Allan Sherman, Betsy, Henry, Bess

  1. Edward O. Thorpe, Las Cruces, NM: Math professor who studied probability as applied to the game of blackjack. “I’m going to teach my system to Henry Morgan … We’re going to send him to the Caribbean to try it out.”
  2. Robert Philips, Bound Brook, NJ, has 24 potatoes. “I use them as a battery to play my radio.”
  3. Guest Ed Begley: G. Robert Vinson, curator of the National Voice Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing, has lent rare recordings of famous people’s voices, which the panel try to identify.
    • Rudolph Valentino
    • Guglielmo Marconi
    • Theodore Roosevelt
    • Robert Peary
    • Florence Nightingale

Week 620, 4/27/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons
Panel: Henry, Betsy, Louis Jourdan, Bess
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Jay Fairman

  1. Seymour Roulou, France: Was at the World’s Fair on its opening day April 22 (first mention of the fair). “I was the first person turned in to the children’s lost and found.” He doesn’t speak English, so Louis questions him in French.
  2. “Mr. X” (Ken Johnson): “I’m a pitcher with the Houston Colts baseball team … Last week I pitched a no-hitter and lost the game.”
  3. Guest Olivia de Havilland: Translates French slang phrases literally and the panel guess what the American equivalent would be (see also 11/21/66). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • Henry: My hair hurts (I have a hangover).
    • Betsy: He makes hats (He’s nuts).
    • Louis: You’re running on my bean (You’re getting on my nerves). Since French is his native language, he is not told the original French, unlike the other panelists.
    • Bess: I washed his head (I bawled him out).
    • Henry: He swallowed his birth certificate (He kicked the bucket).
    • Betsy: He went to school in the woods (He played hooky).

Week 621, 5/4/64

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Henry, Bess, Woody Allen, Betsy
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Sam Laine

  1. Charles King, Spring Branch, TX: “I robbed a bank.” The startled audience does not laugh or applaud. As it turns out, he had been set up by someone he thought was a potential employer and was unaware of what he was really doing.
  2. Robert Koller, Dayton, OH, VP of R&D for National Cash Register: On one 35mm slide he has “The complete text of the Bible — Old and New Testament (1245 pages).” It is reduced 50,000 times, compared to 400 for microfilm.
  3. Guest Lloyd Bridges: Is appearing at the Transportation and Travel Pavilion at the World’s Fair. The panel are shown facsimiles of actual letters with hard-to-decipher addresses that the post office nevertheless succeeded in delivering.
    • Sherman Hotel
    • Psychiatric Institute
    • Arthur Godfrey
    • John Daly
    • Robert Ripley
    • Dick Van Dyke
    • Lucille Ball

Week 622, 5/11/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons
Panel: Henry, Betsy, Woody Allen, Bess
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Elliot Gordon

  1. Paul LaCrosse, St. Albans, VT, has a sheet of aluminum inside a picture frame. “I’ll draw a picture of you [Garry] — by shooting bullets at it.” Daughter Paula assists. Woody guesses, going third.
  2. “Mr. X” (Earl Ex), “Mr. Y” (Ernest Wye), “Mr. Z” (Bernard Zee): “My real name is Mr. Ex/Wye/Zee.” Numerous viewers had suggested this secret over the years. Henry guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Durward Kirby: “Candid Camera” set up a situation in which people thought they were applying to appear on “I’ve Got a Secret.” Kirby reads some of their purported secrets off cards. The panel have to guess that everything they are hearing is in response to the same question (“What is your secret?”). Afterward, the film is shown.

Week 623, 5/18/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Elliot Gordon

  1. Armed Forces Week is introduced by a drill team from the Third Infantry Honor Guard at Fort Myer, VA.
  2. Donny and Ronny Cook, Harlingen, TX, twins: “I just received my appointment to West Point/Annapolis.”
  3. “Adm. X” (Donald B. MacMillan), 89: “I was with Adm. Peary’s expedition that discovered the North Pole (1909).” Henry guesses, going third.
  4. Air Force Sgt. Gene Miller, Pvt. Kenny King, Canadian Air Force Sgt. Royal Collett, Airman Bob Kelly, Petty Officer 1st Class Tom Kelly, Army Sgt. Bill French: After the show they are going to “Carnegie Hall … We are a Dixieland band” (The NORAD Dixietones). They play “I Found a New Baby.”
  5. Garry, Henry, and Bill attempt to imitate men from Fort Myer as they do rifle exercises.

Week 624, 5/25/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Elliot Gordon

More relatives of celebrities.

  1. Betsy just opened in “Roar Like a Dove” at the Booth Theater on Broadway.
  2. Kathryn Morton Godfrey (name is never given), 85, plays “The United Nations March” with Norman Paris. “I’m Arthur Godfrey’s mother.” Bill guesses, going last.
  3. “Mr. X” (Mickey Rooney, Jr., 18) sings “Listen to Me Baby.” “My father is Mickey Rooney.”
  4. Guests Smothers Brothers: The brothers, who purposely did not introduce the show so as to conceal their identity, have paper bags over their heads and are joined by their mother Ruth Burke, uncle Richard Remick, and grandmother Mrs. Edwin Remick. “I’m a Smothers Brother … I’m the other Smothers Brother … I’m the Smothers Brothers’ mother … I’m the Smothers Brothers’ mother’s brother … I’m the mother of the Smothers Brothers’ mother and her brother.”
    Afterward, people try to say tongue twisters in time to Tom Smothers’ increasingly rapid guitar strumming.
    • Garry: evil eeler
    • Bill: lemon liniment (see also 12/9/59)
    • Betsy: quaint Quaker
    • Tom Smothers: toy boat

Week 625, 6/1/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Andre St. Laurent
Audio: Elliot Gordon

  1. Louise Farmer and Paul Kalkwarf, Ames, IA: “We were brought together by a computer.”
  2. Guest Victor Borge: Will conduct a performance in which the “musicians” include Douglas Butler hammering nails, Robert Swan playing a saw, Lawrence Arcurie tearing a bedsheet, Wilfrid Roberts blowing a conch shell, Gordon Powers letting air out of a balloon, and John Pepper and Owen Land blowing a garden hose. Nathan Wexler, who appeared on 1/14/63 playing a duck call, has the secret: “I play the kitchen sink.” They play “The Blue Danube” with Norman Paris on piano. Wexler interrupts with “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” after which Arcurie switches to a deck of cards, which he plays by riffling them next to his open mouth. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Kathy Holter was scheduled to ride an ostrich, but it was decided the stage was too slippery.

Week 626, 6/8/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons

  1. Dave Judacie and Kelly McDonald, El Cerrito, CA: “We’re going to launch our own earth satellite.” It is designed to gather information about the aurora borealis.
  2. “Mr. X” (Buddy Edlin), first qualifying athlete for the U.S. Olympics team, won “The marathon race (26 miles) … I won the race by 4 miles.”
  3. Guest Robert Merrill: The whole Merrill family is present, including son David, daughter Lizanne, and dog Mimish. “We made our debuts at the Metropolitan Opera last season … So did our dog.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 627, 6/15/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel

12th anniversary show. The video portion of the sponsor ID, with the Toni model, now is played backwards relative to how it was shown before.

  1. “Mr. W” (Bob Drew), “Miss X” (Kay Tacuni), “Mr. Y” (George Dolph), “Miss Z” (Janie Cox): “We’re the panel’s stand-ins.” Betsy guesses, going second. Dolph hosts an interview show, “Keep in Touch,” on WHBI-FM.
  2. Herb Strauss, producer of commercials, sings “Try to Remember.”
  3. Stage manager Harry Rhodes tap dances.
  4. John Hundley of CBS Program Practices sings “With a Song in My Heart.”
  5. “Mr. X” (Clarence Schimmel): “I’m the director of ‘I’ve Got a Secret.'” “Mr. Y” (VP Roy Blakeman): “I sign the panel’s pay checks.” They play Norman Paris’s composition “Blakeman-Schimmel Caper” on trumpets.

Week 628, 6/22/64

Sponsor: Good Seasons
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Henry May
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Elliot Gordon

  1. Olympics gymnast Abie Grossfeld, New Haven, CT, performs on uneven parallel bars and shows off a collection of trophies. “All these medals were won by my wife … She’s an Olympic gymnast too.” Muriel Davis Grossfeld then also performs.
  2. Alan Teich, Skokie, IL, wears a suit given to him by his boss. “He gave me a suit every time I lost 50 pounds … I lost 324 pounds in 18 months.”
  3. Guest Sam Levenson: The panel are tested on actual questions given to fifth graders (Bill wins). See also 6/24/63, 5/24/65, and 6/20/66.
    • Name two of the five Presidents who were not elected to that office.
    • What do you call the number from which the subtrahend is subtracted to yield the difference?
    • Iron oxide is the term for what common substance?
    • Who negotiated the purchase of Manhattan?
    • What was the first capital of the U.S.?

Week 641, 9/21/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: B.A. Taylor

Steve now is permanent host and the panelists now are seated in a different order. Newly credited sound man B.A. Taylor presumably is the same as Billy Taylor, who appeared on 6/17/59.

  1. George Cartinos is one of many Steve lookalikes who appear and has been impersonating him all day.
  2. Bailey Bruce Russell (Bailey is a title), Scotland, 66: Today “I put on my first pair of long pants.”
  3. Guest Edie Adams: Performs a silent sketch in reverse so that afterward when the tape is played backwards, it looks as if she is making a hat. Then she and Steve direct the panel as they also attempt to act out a backwards sketch, in which they are at a dining table. In the audience are Chuck McCann and engineer Bert Pictorius, who helped plan the segment. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 642, 9/28/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: B.A. Taylor

  1. Donald Hughes, Newport News, VA, of NASA Space Prep Research Branch at Langley Station: Steve is suspended horizontally and walking along a vertical track. “It teaches astronauts to walk on the moon.”
  2. Leonore Modell, Sacramento: “I swam the English Channel this summer … I’m the youngest person ever to do it (I’m 14 years old).” Bess guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Connie Francis: On an easel are displayed original working lyrics from what later became well-known songs with different lyrics. The panel try to guess the song. Steve plays piano. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • “The Prayer” (“Blue Moon”)
    • “Anywhere the Bluebird Goes” (“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree’)
    • “I Love to Lie Awake in Bed” (“I Guess I’ll Have to Change My Plans”)
    • “Smile and Show Your Dimple” (“Easter Parade”)
    • “Come On and Pet Me” (“Sometimes I’m Happy”)

Week 643, 10/5/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. Susie and Susie Jr., terriers; trainer Paul Sydell, NYC: “I’m one of the stars of the Folies Bergère.” … “I’m her understudy.” The buzzer makes Susie freak out, so they switch to whistling. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Jim Goss, Chicago: “I won Steve Allen for a day” through a contest held on Steve’s late-night show. Steve showed up to play piano at the Franklin House at 7138 South Western in Chicago. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Arlene Francis: Handwriting samples from the panel were sent to an analyst, and now the panel guess which of them is described by each analysis. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 644, 10/12/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Laurie Feldman, San Francisco, 6: “I know all the roles in 7 Gilbert and Sullivan operettas.”
  2. Artur Ries, London: For the last 17 years “I’ve been trying to pass my driver’s test.” See also 1/11/65.
  3. Guest Carol Channing: Appears with cast members from “Hello, Dolly!”: Paul Solen, Joel Craig, Joe Helms, Ham Dickens, and Joe McWherter. (Only Dickens is not listed at the Internet Broadway Database). “Carol Channing gives us our haircuts.”

Week 645, 10/19/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. Brothers Wilbert and Lionel Kinney, Sudbury and Toronto, ON: After completely losing touch with each other for 23 years, they found out “Our wives are sisters.” The panel, having been given too much information, knows immediately but kills time before finally letting Betsy guess, going last. The wives, the former Lillian and Ruby Doucette, then appear — as well as a third sister, Agnes, and a third brother, Gilbert, also married!
  2. Guest Julie Newmar: The panel were given “creativity kits” of a type given to engineering students at Tufts University, containing everyday items such as paper clips, rubber bands, aluminum foil, pencils, cardboard, etc., and had to try to build something with them.
    • Betsy made a caddy for office supplies.
    • Bill made a scale model of a dining room.
    • Bess made a utensil for eating spaghetti.
    • Henry made a model locomotive.

    Then we see what actual students made:

    • Milo Huuskonen made a pinball machine.
    • Peter Casick made a record player.
    • Robert Atkinson made a scale (not shown because of time constraints).
    • Richard Vadimsky (name shown) made a clock.

    After the commercial break, shown in the audience are Prof. Percy Hill and the three students whose devices were shown.

Week 646, 10/26/64

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 32, posted 10/30/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Timmy Brown, Philadelphia Eagles: “I’m making a phonograph album.” He wrote a song titled “I’ve Got a Secret,” which he performs. Steve did the same and performs his. Then the panel are given an assignment to go home and write their own songs with the same title. The results are performed on 12/7.
  2. Guest Ray Walston: Has a jack-o’-lantern that will light up in response to audience applause.

Week 648, 11/9/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. The panel already have written their songs from the last episode’s assignment (see immediately above), but preemptions and other delays postpone the presentation of the songs. (For starters, last week the show was preempted by a special related to Election Day.)
  2. “Mr. X” (Jim Marshall of Minnesota Vikings), Columbus, OH: “I’m the football player who ran 67 yards to score … for the other team (I ran the wrong way).” Betsy guesses, going third.
  3. W.R. Custer, Hagertown, MD: “I built the world’s slowest airplane … It can fly 11 mph.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Guest Victor Borge: Has an unusual orchestra: “They can’t play a note on their instruments … They imitate the instrument sounds with their mouths.” Bill and Bess disqualify themselves. The performers are Andy Love, who imitates bass; Taffy Umbriello(?), “drums”; Leroy Ryan and Roland Birdsdale, “trumpets”; John Smithberg and Jack Lazarov, “trombones”; and Frank Ross, solo “trumpet.” They perform “St. Louis Blues.” After the commercial, Steve and the panel join them in “Tea for Two.”

Week 649, 11/16/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. Henry has written a children’s book, “O-Sono and the Magician’s Nephew and the Elephant” (see also 3/29/65).
  2. Film is shown of an incident involving two elephants outside the studio who got away and wandered the city for a while before being recaptured. One of the elephants is involved in a secret that, because of the incident, will be postponed until next week without the elephant being present as originally planned.
  3. Otis Rothell, Chicago, police sketch artist: Has drawn an “unflattering” but recognizable portrait of program staffer Irma. “I’ve never seen Irma Reichert … I drew her picture from a telephoned description.” Bill guesses, going third. The panel advise Rothell on how the sketch might be improved before Irma finally comes out and stands beside it.
  4. Guest Robert Goulet: Hands scripts to Betsy and Bess and the three of them act out a melodramatic scene in which Betsy cries a lot. “The dialogue in that scene is actually … the words to the Number 1 rock ‘n roll song hit” (“Leader of the Pack”). The Shangri-Las then appear and lip-sync to the record while Goulet sits on a motorcycle. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 650, 11/23/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. The presentation of the panel’s songs continues to experience delays, and on top of that, the show will be preempted next week by a Leonard Bernstein special.
  2. Lynn Fitzpatrick, Nixon, NJ: Fought off a purse snatcher who was soon apprehended, but didn’t get her purse back. “The criminal ate my purse and its contents … I was robbed by an elephant.” Henry guesses, going last. The “robbery” involved one of the elephants shown on film last week and happened at the African Pavilion at the World’s Fair.
  3. Guest Louis Nye: Is preparing a Thanksgiving dinner (although the turkey weighs only five pounds). “All this food will be cooked and ready to eat … in about 10 minutes.” Betsy guesses, going second. The microwave oven is supplied by Amperex Electronics. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  4. Craig Rollins, Provo, UT; Tony Saparonia(?), NYC; Tom Kildowski, PA; Mike Ferrell, Melbourne, FL: “One of us is going to win $5000 tonight.” Racecar driver Stirling Moss judges the Ford Aurora Grand National Tabletop Racing Car Championship. Kildowski wins. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  5. The dinner is served and has been cooked successfully, except that Nye accidentally put onion in the cookies.

Week 652, 12/7/64

Sponsor: Dream Whip
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. John Mangrich, Pomona, CA, 4: “I’m the new hog calling champion of Los Angeles County.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Guest Robert Merrill: The panel’s songs, each titled “I’ve Got a Secret” and already composed by 11/9, are finally performed. Betsy, Bess, and Bill sing their own songs with vocal accompaniment. Merrill sings Henry’s song accompanied by the Canterbury Choral Society directed by Charles Dobsley Walker. After the commercial, Merrill and the choir sing a belated “Happy Birthday” to Betsy, whose birthday was more than a month ago. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 653, 12/14/64

Sponsor: Toni
Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess
Director: Clarence Schimmel
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Elliot Gordon

The panel have returned to what used to be their normal seating order, and Oscar Hobman and Elliot Gordon are once again named in the credits, both of which suggest that this episode was made some time before and aired out of sequence.

  1. People with amusing names:
    • D.C. Current is an electrician (Bill guesses) and his son is A.C. Current.
    • Richard Burton has a secretary named Elizabeth Taylor.
    • John and Garnett Angel, Paradise, KS: “We’re the Angels of Paradise” (Bess guesses). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • Thomas Thomas: “I’m from Walla Walla” (see also 12/11/57).
  2. Guest Steve Lawrence: Reads statements quoted in the press and the panel must guess which one of them is being quoted.
  3. Jim Cruikshank, Chris Shevlins, John Cummings, Alan Godwin, all from Scotland: “We challenge the panel to a game of volleyball … We’ll play the game without using our hands” (they’re soccer players).

Week 654, 12/21/64

Information paraphrased from GSN message board (page 34, posted 11/5/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. Contestant is traveling to visit his 10 foster children, each of whom lives in a different part of the world.
  2. Children of the staff play a Christmas carol on alarm clocks.
  3. The Salvation Army band play a song on tambourines.

Week 655, 12/28/64

Sponsor: Toni
Director: Paul Alter
Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
Production Supervisor: Milt Myers
Associate Director: Dan F. Smith
Audio: Larry Schneider

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Armstrong, Lewis, IA: Their 6 children are backstage. “This is the first time all our children … have been in the same place at the same time.” Henry gets close, going last. Then the children appear: Carol and Linda, who still live with their parents; Ray, Fort Wayne, IN; Teresa Stavros, Atwater, CA; Elaine Spoto, Council Bluffs, IA; and Lila, La Habra, CA.
  2. Guest Durward Kirby: A year ago (12/30/63), the panel were asked to make predictions for 1964, which now are evaluated.
    • Winner and round in the Liston-Clay fight (Clay in the 7th). All got it wrong.
    • Winner of the Oscar for best actress (Patricia Neal). Henry got it right.
    • Winner of the Oscar for best actor (Sidney Poitier). All got it wrong.
    • Will federal taxes be reduced? (Yes.) All but Betsy got it right.
    • In what place will the Mets finish? (10th.) Bill got it right.
    • Will Jack Paar continue to be on TV? (Yes.) All got it right.
    • Who will be the Republican presidential candidate? (Barry Goldwater.) All got it wrong.
    • Who will be the Democratic vice-presidential candidate? (Hubert Humphrey.) Bess got it right.
    • Will Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton still be married? (Yes.) All but Betsy got it right.
    • Will Henry get married? (Still 3 days to go.) Bill said yes.

    The panel then make predictions for 1965, but these were never evaluated.

    • Will Paar still be on TV?
    • Will Ranger II succeed in sending pictures back from Mars?
    • Who will win the next Clay-Liston fight?
    • What will be the population of the U.S.?
    • Assuming Henry does not get married in the next three days, will he do so next year?
  3. 25 people have been assembled whose last names, when sung in sequence, form the lyrics to “Auld Lang Syne.” Only three of them have their full names given: Mary Ach, Marion Quaintance, and Louis Akop. See also 12/23/59, 3/25/63, and 12/26/66.

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