Year 1965

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I’ve Got a Secret — 1965

Episodes listed on this page:

Seen by us 40
From GSN board 1
Details unavailable 1
Total entries 42

All air dates are Mondays.

Cast

  • Host: Panelist Henry Morgan guest-hosted in week 698. Otherwise, Steve Allen hosted all episodes where the panel also are known, so the host is omitted from the table.
  • Panel: The normal seating order was Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson, and Henry Morgan, though at different times, each sat in a different chair and each was absent. Former regular Jayne Meadows returned both as a panelist and as a guest.
  • Altogether, 10 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
  • Music Director: Norman Paris
  • Production Manager: William Egan
  • Set Designer: Ronald Baldwin
  • Program Staff 1-3: Irma Reichert, Judy Crichton, David Seltzer
  • Associate Director: Dan F. Smith

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

  • Sponsor: Most frequent was General Foods (either under its own name or as the maker of Dream Whip), followed by Toni.
  • Director: Paul Alter, except weeks 681–682 when former director Clarence Schimmel returned.
  • Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard, except week 705 when Peter Colangelo (later a regular) substituted.
  • Production Supervisor: James Murphy, Milt Myers, Harry Murray, Oscar Hobman.
  • Technical Director: Vernon Gamble, except weeks 678 and 682 when Jay Chichon substituted.
  • Audio: Larry Schneider, Elliot Gordon, A.J. Gulino.
  • Lighting Director: Hal Anderson, Walter Urban, Ralph Holmes.

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Calendar Week Air Date Guest Panelist 1 Panelist 2 Panelist 3 Panelist 4
656: 1/3-9/65 1/4/65 Jack E. Leonard Regular (Betsy, Bill, Bess, Henry)
657: 1/10-16/65 1/11/65 Bud Collyer Regular
658: 1/17-23/65 1/18/65 Alan King Tom Poston Peggy Cass Orson Bean Kitty Carlisle
659: 1/24-30/65 1/25/65 Peter Lawford Regular
660: 1/31-2/6/65 2/1/65 Kaye Ballard Henry Bess Bill Betsy
661: 2/7-13/65 2/8/65 Shirl Conway Regular
662: 2/14-20/65 2/15/65 [None] Regular
663: 2/21-27/65 2/22/65 Buddy Hackett Regular
664: 2/28-3/6/65 3/1/65 Bette Davis,
Olivia de Havilland
Henry Lorraine Bloy Buddy Hackett Betsy
665: 3/7-13/65 3/8/65 Lucille Ball Henry Jayne Gary Morton Betsy
666: 3/14-20/65 3/15/65 Neil Sedaka Regular
667: 3/21-27/65 3/22/65 Vivian Vance Carol Channing Bill Bess Henry
668: 3/28-4/3/65 3/29/65 David Wayne Regular
669: 4/4-10/65 4/5/65 Durward Kirby Jayne Bill Bess Henry
670: 4/11-17/65 4/12/65 Morey Amsterdam Regular
671: 4/18-24/65 4/19/65 Woody Allen Regular
672: 4/25-5/1/65 4/26/65 Edie Adams Regular
673: 5/2-8/65 5/3/65 William Frawley Regular
674: 5/9-15/65 5/10/65 Eydie Gorme Regular
675: 5/16-22/65 5/17/65 George Hamilton Regular
676: 5/23-29/65 5/24/65 Sam Levenson Regular
677: 5/30-6/5/65 5/31/65 Liza Minnelli [Unknown]
678: 6/6-12/65 6/7/65 Fritz Weaver Regular
679: 6/13-19/65 6/14/65 Don DeFore Regular
680: 6/20-26/65 6/21/65 Arlene Francis Regular
681: 6/27-7/3/65 6/28/65 Jayne Bill Betsy Henry Bess
682: 7/4-10/65 7/5/65 Tony Randall Regular
683: 7/11-17/65 [N/A]
684: 7/18-24/65 [N/A]
685: 7/25-31/65 [N/A]
686: 8/1-7/65 [N/A]
687: 8/8-14/65 [N/A]
688: 8/15-21/65 [N/A]
689: 8/22-28/65 [N/A]
690: 8/29-9/4/65 [N/A]
691: 9/5-11/65 [N/A]
692: 9/12-18/65 9/13/65 Carol Burnett Regular
693: 9/19-25/65 9/20/65 Soupy Sales Regular
694: 9/26-10/2/65 9/27/65 Fred Gwynne Bess Bill Jayne Henry
695: 10/3-9/65 10/4/65 Arthur Godfrey Bess Bill Carol Channing Henry
696: 10/10-16/65 10/11/65 Peter Falk Regular
697: 10/17-23/65 10/18/65 Buddy Hackett Regular
698: 10/24-30/65 10/25/65 Alan King Betsy Bill Bess Buddy Hackett
699: 10/31-11/6/65 11/1/65 Durward Kirby Regular
700: 11/7-13/65 11/8/65 Vivian Vance Regular
701: 11/14-20/65 11/15/65 Omar Sharif Regular
702: 11/21-27/65 11/22/65 Ethel Merman Regular
703: 11/28-12/4/65 11/29/65 George Maharis Regular
704: 12/5-11/65 [Unknown]
705: 12/12-18/65 12/13/65 Debbie Bryant Regular
706: 12/19-25/65 12/20/65 [None] Regular
707: 12/26/65-1/1/66 12/27/65 Louis Armstrong Regular

Week 656, 1/4/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Milt Myers

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Walter Urban

  1. Sonia and Pedro Risolo, Argentina, and their interpreter Vera Giwanter: “We traveled from Argentina to Canada (15,000 miles) … on a bicycle built for two.” Henry guesses, going third. It took them 2 years and 4 months. They did it so he could write a book about it.
  2. Guest Jack E. Leonard: Yet another version of the memory exercise from 11/9/60, 7/2/62, and 3/11/63, in which the guest is interviewed and the panel must try to remember his answers. This time, Bill wins (Henry won the first two times). See also 10/3/66.
  3. Conga player John Berkley “Peanuts” Taylor, Nassau, Bahamas: “I can play melodies using only this drum.” Bill guesses, going third. The band accompanies him on “Caravan” to start, and then he plays the melodies to “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “Yankee Doodle,” and “Jingle Bells.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 657, 1/11/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Milt Myers

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Walter Urban

  1. Artur Ries (see 10/12/64) failed his driving test again.
  2. Drs. Jim Brown, Charles Lockhart, and Don Gold, Springfield, MO: With three other doctors, they are helping to put 35 students through medical school. “We have raised $70,000 at banquets and medical conventions … by singing.” Bess guesses, going third. “The Singing Doctors” then perform “Consultation” using the tunes to “Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
  3. Guest Bud Collyer: Next week, the panels from this show and “To Tell the Truth” will trade places, so a hybrid game is played. First, Patrick J. McKenna (represented by three men) has a secret: “I was on a diet and lost 120 pounds … I didn’t eat a bit of food for 4 months.” Bill guesses, going last. Then the panel from “To Tell the Truth” (Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean, and Kitty Carlisle) take over and try to guess which man is the real Patrick J. McKenna. One of the impostors is Stanley Van Sachs; the other’s name is drowned out by talking.

Week 658, 1/18/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Panel: Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean, Kitty Carlisle

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Ralph Holmes

The regular panel have traded places this week with the panel from “To Tell the Truth.”

  1. The three Helen Luths from 1/20/60 are back with the exact same secret: “We share the same telephone party line.” They are distinguished by having two sons, two daughters, and one of each.
  2. Seaman Apprentice Joan Sherlin, whom the panel think they have met: “I’ve never met this panel before … They met my sister.” Then sister Jane comes out, but it turns out the panel haven’t met her, either, but rather Jean — they’re triplets!
  3. Guest Alan King: The panel are tested on how well they know each other (see also 3/19/62). This segment is viewable on YouTube.
    • Tom: Who had a glass of Metrecal for breakfast?
    • Peggy: Match the other panelists with the contents of their wastebaskets.
    • Orson: Whose datebook entries are these?
    • Kitty: Match the other panelists with the contents of their refrigerators.

Week 659, 1/25/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

Sponsor Toni has a new intro.

  1. “Mr. X” (John Creasey), Salisbury, UK, wrote the 23 books on Steve’s desk. “I wrote all these books in one year … I am the author of 450 full-length books.”
  2. Anthony Sini, a dentist, and Milka Obreshkov, a sales manager, were out to dinner together. “I got a toothache … I pulled his tooth.” See also 3/7/66.
  3. Guest Peter Lawford: Collects jewelry from the panel and locks it in a safe. “An escape artist will return the jewels … He’s already inside the safe.” James “The Amazing” Randi emerges. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 660, 2/1/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Panel: Henry, Bess, Bill, Betsy

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

  1. Evelyn Horowitz, Bergenfield, NJ, is one of the winners in a Westinghouse science talent search. Radish plants are hidden inside a box under a machine that emits a high-pitched tone. “The sound made them grow twice as large as normal plants.”
  2. Guest Kaye Ballard: Reads a scene with Steve in Italian and the panel must guess what the scene is about just from the acting. In fact, what they are reading is a translation of the lyrics to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
  3. Sandra May, Batesville, AR; Charles Belcher, Melrose, MA: “I play on a girls’ professional basketball team.” … “Her team beat my team (playing men’s rules).” Bill guesses, going last. Five other members of the Redheads team then come out and do some Harlem Globetrotters-style trickery.

Week 661, 2/8/65

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Floyd Rood, New Orleans, retired golf pro: Took 340 days to travel across the country. “I hit a golf ball every inch of the way (96,368 strokes).” He did it to call attention to his own Youth in Sports Foundation. Bill guesses, going last. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Stan Lowe, North Surrey, BC; Val Lowe, Savannah, GA: Both work in the papermaking industry and they look as if they are twins. “We’re not related … We met today for the first time.” Bill guesses during Bess’s turn, last.
  3. Guest Shirl Conway: Two panelists at a time try to profile one of two people chosen from the audience just by looking at them.
    • Bill and Betsy: Lou McCullough, Reno, Bell telephone engineer.
    • Bess and Henry: Sue Castellano, San Francisco, probation officer.

Week 662, 2/15/65

Sponsor: Maxwell House/Jell-O

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Raymond Kurzweil, Queens, 17: Plays a piece on piano from sheet music. “I designed and built an electronic computer … The computer wrote the music I just played.” Like Evelyn Horowitz from two weeks ago, he won a science contest sponsored by Westinghouse. Henry guesses, going second. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Mrs. Chester Loney (née Katie Dietrick), Rough and Ready, CA: “I was President Johnson’s teacher in the first grade.” Bess guesses, going second.
  3. The other panelists all have a birthday present for Bill, a set of exercise equipment; but first he must earn it by playing “The Price Is Right,” competing against three other men with the same birthday (Thomas Moffatt, Francis Mahon, and Henry Miller, whose names appear on camera). Miller wins.

Week 663, 2/22/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Robert Hamlin, Fairfield, ME, and twin daughters Terry and Sherry: “We have eighteen brothers and sisters.” Bess guesses, going third. The 18 siblings all appear, but the only ones whose names are given are the other two sets of twins (Ricky and Randy, Jack and Mack) and Paul, who has been signed as a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Jack Slack, Freeport, Bahamas: Runs a water sports business. “We found a sunken treasure worth more than a million dollars.” Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Buddy Hackett: Five women have been selected from the audience: Lorraine Bloy, Long Beach; Sue Arret, Baltimore; Frances Wood, Mount Olive, NC; Marie Taylor, Camp Hill, PA; and Deborah Briers, Benham, AL. “One of these ladies will replace Bess Myerson on the panel next week.” Because Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” is airing tonight, the women compete by trying on a “glass” slipper (actually more like rubberized plastic). Bloy wins and returns next week.

Week 664, 3/1/65

Panel: Henry, Lorraine Bloy, Buddy Hackett, Betsy

Lorraine, a Pan Am flight attendant from Long Beach, won her seat on the panel in a competition last week against four other audience members.

  1. Frank Paxton, NYC: “I’ve memorized the names of theaters, newspapers, hotels, etc. … in almost every city in the United States.” Each panelist feeds him a city.
    • Buddy: Erie, PA
    • Betsy: East Chicago, IN
    • Henry: Biloxi, MS
    • Lorraine: Long Beach, CA
    • Audience member: Richmond, VA
  2. Two men both named Robert Jordan, Wawa and Washington Township, NJ: “We met in a hospital maternity wing … We each became the father of twins last week.” Betsy guesses, going second.
  3. Guests Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland: “Someone else is answering for us” (Barbara Heller from “The Jackie Gleason Show”). Lorraine guesses, going last, with help from Buddy. Davis then sings(?) the title song from “Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 665, 3/8/65

Sponsor: Toni

Panel: Henry, Jayne, Gary Morton, Betsy

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

  1. Marie Rhodes, Los Angeles: “I’m Marlon Brando’s stand-in.” Her husband, Philip, is Brando’s makeup artist. She also has stood in for Anna Magnani, Ben Grauer, Cara Williams, Judith Evelyn, Judith Anderson, and Patricia Owens. Steve finds the mention of Grauer funny and continues making jokes at the man’s expense throughout the show (Grauer was primarily a host and narrator).
  2. “Lt. Army,” “Lt. Navy,” “Lt. Air Force,” “Lt. Marines”: “Each of us won an Olympic gold medal for the USA.” They are Lones Wigger, small-bore rifle, 22-caliber, three-position; J.G. William Stowe and Joe Amlong, eight-oar rowing crew; and Billy Mills, 10,000-meter run.
  3. Guest Lucille Ball: The audience has submitted questions on cards and the panel, which includes her husband, must predict what her answers will be (see also 3/30/64, 10/4, and 9/5/66).
    • Henry: Are you temperamental?
    • Jayne: Are you a natural redhead?
    • Gary: As the head of a studio, you have the final say about all decisions, but who has the final say at home?
    • Betsy: Are you inherently funny, or do you have to have a script?
    • Henry: What is it like being a millionaire?
    • Jayne: Do you do your own cooking?
    • Gary: Are you as funny offstage as you are on?
    • Betsy: Why do you work so hard?

Week 666, 3/15/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Neil Sedaka opens the show with “I Can’t Give You Anything but Love.”
  2. Donald Reed, Wanamassa, NJ: “My submarine is also designed to fly.” Bess guesses, going third. His son Bruce is pilot.
  3. John Jiras, NYC, makeup artist: “I’m the only real lawyer on the set of ‘The Defenders.'” (Betsy gets close, going last)
  4. Guest Neil Sedaka: Lip-syncs to “Let the People Talk.” “I’ve been invited to perform in Russia … as a classical pianist.” Plays Chopin’s “Fantaisie Impromptu.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 667, 3/22/65

Sponsor: Toni

Panel: Carol Channing, Bill, Bess, Henry

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Betsy is off starring in “The King and I.” Enoch Light contributed the suit Carol is wearing.
  2. Shora Devorin, NYC: “I’m a piano player … My piano is in this briefcase.” The Norman Paris band accompany him on his toy piano.
  3. John Canatta, Melrose Park, IL: “I baked the best cherry pie in a contest against 4,000 girls.”
  4. Guest Vivian Vance: Begins speaking very fast, Steve responds in kind, and the panel are instructed to keep up the rapid rate of talking. “There’s a man backstage recording every word we say — in shorthand … He can write faster than we can talk (over 300 words per minute).” The man is Morris I. Kligman, author of “How to Write 240 wpm in Pitman Shorthand.” Afterward, Vance interrogates the panel further while he continues to write everything down.
  5. At the end of the show, the panel is sampling some of Canatta’s pie.

Week 668, 3/29/65

  1. Eight members of Sweet Adelines Inc. (female barbershop singers), Mountaineer Chapter, Charleston, WV, are in town for a convention. One of them, Ernestine Angel, has a secret: “I’m a real barber.” Bill guesses, going second. See also 3/2/60.
  2. Mike Henry, Los Angeles Rams linebacker: “I’m going to be the new Tarzan in the movies” (three films were released in 1966–68).
  3. Guest David Wayne: Students from the fifth grade class at P.S. 188 in Queens (Phoebe Kewson, Eileen Barndon, Elise Goldstein, Alan Rausch, Michael Farnberg, Rianne Tolbeck, Jack von Hatten, Ellen Davidson) are in costume to repeat an abridged performance of “A dramatization of a book by Henry Morgan” (see 11/16/64). Bess guesses, going third. Their teacher, Beverly Miller, is in the audience.

Week 669, 4/5/65

Sponsor: Toni

Panel: Jayne, Bill, Bess, Henry

  1. David Wise, NYC, 10: “I write, produce and direct my own movies.” Some of his animation is shown.
  2. Mary Hoagland, Columbus, OH: “My husband is a dentist … Our son is a dentist … My sister is a dentist … Her husband is a dentist … and I’m a dentist, too.” Dr. and Mrs. Bill McMenemy also appear.
  3. Guest Durward Kirby: The panelists must guess what they were doing at the time their pictures were taken.
    • Jayne getting a typhoid shot (from 7/9/58).
    • Bill using a Hula Hoop (from 9/3/58).
    • Bess giving a man a shave (from 9/7/60).
    • Henry dancing a ballet (from 1/25/61).

Week 670, 4/12/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

  1. Igor Bensen, Royal, NC: Boxes contain “A do-it-yourself helicopter” (a Gyrocopter as trademarked by Bensen, now generically called an autogyro). Bill guesses, going last.
  2. Tom Decker, Emmett, ID, smoke jumper: On his first jump, “I landed in a nudist colony.”
  3. Guest Morey Amsterdam: The panel try to answer questions commonly posed to library information desks.
    • What does the “S.” in “Harry S. Truman” stand for?
    • Who was the first human to go into outer space?
    • What do you call a group of lions? buzzards? geese? starlings? larks?
    • Pronounce “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.”
    • Who was the first female member of the U.S. Cabinet?
    • When was V-E Day? V-J Day?

Week 671, 4/19/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Walter Urban

  1. Bob Corbett, St. Joseph, MN, just bought a brand-new car for sentimental reasons. “My son was born in the car … while the car was still in the showroom.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Jack Wheeler, Los Angeles, was chosen by the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce as its youngest-ever Man of the Year. Each panelist tries to guess a different one of the many accomplishments that earned him the award.
    • Betsy: “At age 12 he became an Eagle Scout (one of the youngest in history).”
    • Bill: “At age 14 he climbed the Matterhorn.”
    • Bess: “At age 15 he won scholarship in statewide Oratorical Contest” (Lions Club).
    • Henry: “He once played the piano in the Folies Bergère.”

    Other accomplishments include:

    • Age 16: Lived with a tribe of Amazon headhunters; swam the Hellespont.
    • Age 17: Climbed Mt. Fuji; defeated a black belt judo champion; killed a leopard and an elephant in Vietnam.
    • Age 19: Captured a group of Viet Cong.

    Currently an anthropology senior at UCLA. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

  3. Guest Woody Allen: “I’m going to perform a duet with Bess Myerson (clarinet and flute).” With the Paris orchestra, they play Mozart’s Sonata No. 15 (aka “In an 18th Century Drawing Room”; see also 5/23/66). The show ends with Steve joining them on trumpet in a blues progression.

Week 672, 4/26/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Walter Urban

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

  1. Cole Palen, Rhinebeck, NY: “I flew here in a 1912 airplane.”
  2. Ruth Oster, Bronx: “I found a parking ticket on my car … A parking meter was installed during the night.”
  3. Guest Edie Adams: The panelists must guess secrets about themselves.
    • “Bill flunked glee club in high school.”
    • “Bess just started taking cooking lessons.”
    • “Henry once refused to invest $8,000 in a plot of land … That land is now worth 5 million dollars.”
    • “Betsy doesn’t know it, but her daughter [Melissa (Missy) Marandino, whose birth was announced on 3/26/62] will make her 1st TV appearance tonight.”

    During the end credits, Adams twirls a baton.

Week 673, 5/3/65

Sponsor: Toni

  1. Keith Green, Canoga Park, Los Angeles, 11: “I just signed a 5-year contract as a rock ‘n’ roll singer.”
  2. Alfred Kaplan, Rahway, NJ, 25: “I gave my teacher an apple with a worm in it.” He was originally scheduled to appear with this secret 12 years ago, when he was 13. In appreciation of his long wait, interest is added into his prize money.
  3. Guest William Frawley: “I introduced the song ‘[My] Melancholy Baby’ to the public (in 1912).” Bess guesses, going third. He sang the song at the Mozart Café in Denver with Damon Runyon and Gene Fowler in attendance. He performs it again with the Paris orchestra.

Week 674, 5/10/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Betsy is given a bouquet for her wedding anniversary, which was yesterday and will be worked into the show later.
  2. Seaman Apprentice Patrick Callahan, Trenton, NJ: The Naval Reserve’s 50th anniversary parade expected a lot of publicity because “I was the entire parade.” Betsy guesses, going third. He was upstaged, however, by a ticker tape parade held in NYC for Virgil Grissom and John Young. The entire naval parade is reenacted on stage.
  3. Michael Casale, NYC, 11 as of yesterday: “I was born the night Betsy Palmer got married … Her husband had to leave the wedding party to deliver me.” Betsy gives him her bouquet.
  4. Guest Eydie Gorme: Everyone thinks of appropriate songs to match up with classic artworks.
    • “American Gothic” by Grant Wood
    • “Hercules and Antaeus” by Antonio del Pollaiolo
    • “Louis XIV, King of France” by Hyacinthe Rigaud
    • A sketch of David and Goliath, artist unknown
    • “Young Girl at the Seashore” by Pablo Picasso (unconfirmed)
    • “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin
    • “A Convivial Group,” artist unknown
    • After the commercial: “Girl Before a Mirror,” also by Picasso

Week 675, 5/17/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Pete Spanakos of Brooklyn is an amateur boxer about to make his professional debut. “I have a twin brother … You [Steve] were skipping rope with him a minute ago.” Brother Nick also is a boxer making his debut.
  2. Guest George Hamilton: “I am watching the panel on television.” Bill guesses, going first. The TV screen, which will be featured in the NCR pavilion at the World’s Fair, is too small to be seen with the naked eye. It can be used in conjunction with a computer for surveillance.
  3. Burke Moody, Philadelphia, now at Williamstown College, MA: “I’m the intercollegiate skateboard champion” (the first ever). Henry guesses, going last. Second place Billy Reese of Wesleyan University performs stunts. After the commercial, Steve rides a motorized skateboard.

Week 676, 5/24/65

  1. Joey Chitwood, Tampa: “I’m a safe-driving consultant … I’ve crashed more than 3000 cars on purpose.” The special “National Driver’s Test” followed this episode.
  2. “Mr. X” (Doug Camilli, Washington Senators) and Warren Spahn: “He [Spahn] pitched against me when I was with the Dodgers.” … “I also pitched against his father [Dolph Camilli] when he was a Dodger … 23 years ago.”
  3. Guest Sam Levenson: The panel are given a fourth-grade test (see also 6/24/63, 6/22/64, and 6/20/66).
    • Name the longest river in the world.
    • Big/large are synonyms. Hot/cold are antonyms. What are wood/would?
    • Name the two oceans besides the Atlantic and Pacific.
    • Which of the following states was not one of the original 13 colonies (Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Georgia)?
    • Add 1 gallon, 2 quarts, and 4 pints.
    • What are the two tropics called?
    • Name the two other classifications of rock besides igneous.

    Of the 10 answers sought, Bess and Henry get seven, Bill five, and Betsy three.

Week 678, 6/7/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Jay Chichon

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Capt. C.J. Stropes, Lake Valhalla, Montville, NJ: Piloted a plane on which Steve was traveling. It had to circle JFK Airport for a half hour before landing because “The movie we were showing wasn’t over.” Betsy guesses during Bill’s turn, last.
  2. Carl Johnston, Kearny, NE: “I lived on an iceberg for 3½ years.” It traveled 5,000 nautical miles from Point Barrow through the Davis Strait. Bill guesses, going third. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Fritz Weaver: Henry assists in a test of the other panelists’ powers of observation: Since they last saw him, nine changes have been made to his appearance, which they must identify. Then two different murder scenarios are shown, each with the same two suspects, and the panel must guess which of the men is guilty and why (Henry and Bess guess). After the commercial, Weaver reads a brain teaser, which Bill answers.

Week 679, 6/14/65

Sponsor: Toni

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Mary Lee McKee Clark, Chilhowie, VA; Maelynn Robinson, Mary Sue Allison McCreary, Macdonald Clark, all from Glade Spring, VA; Marie Keys Goodman, Kingsport, TN: They are the entire 1915 graduating class of Glade Spring High School (see also 5/14/62). “Our teacher is backstage.” Bess guesses, going third. Their teacher, Letitia Yost Prevette, then appears: “My teacher is backstage.” Bess guesses again. Dr. Leonidas Littledon appears. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. “Dr. X” (Frank Ryan), Ph.D. in Mathematics: “I’m quarterback for the Cleveland Browns football team.” He is the first pro footballer ever to earn a Ph.D.
  3. Guest Don DeFore: Reprise of E.G. Marshall’s secret from 3/23/64. The panel are given the facts from a real-life jury case in which a drama critic was sued for libel. Then they must argue the case before a jury of audience members. The women argue for the plaintiff, the men for the defendant. Bess and Bill go first, then Betsy and Henry rebut. The resulting verdict is compared with the real one.

Week 680, 6/21/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip/Maxwell House

  1. Four young men have secrets about how they are earning the money to go to college. Each panelist is matched up with one contestant.
    • Betsy questions Steve Dekins, Marietta, GA: “I panned for gold in Alaska.”
    • Bill questions Lloyd Greenly, Monmouth Beach, NJ, attending Rutgers: “I count mosquitoes (for mosquito control commission).”
    • Bess questions Richard Guthrie, Phoenix, attending Brigham Young: “I ran a rickshaw taxi service.”
    • Henry questions Stephen Lamstein, Manhattan, NYU premed: “I get paid to sleep (for a medical research project).”
  2. Mark Lee, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 8, is a rookie for the Little League farm team Orange Bullets of Oakland Park. “I made an unassisted triple play.” Henry guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Arlene Francis: “I’m learning to play the trombone” in preparation for an acting role. Trombonist Jack Rayne and the Paris orchestra attempt to make use of the few notes she can barely play for a version of “Night and Day.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 681, 6/28/65

Sponsor: Toni

Panel: Bill, Betsy, Henry, Bess

Director: Clarence Schimmel

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Elliot Gordon

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Verina Greenlaw, London: “I almost drowned … I was rescued by Cary Grant.” During the filming of “Father Goose,” the boat they both were on capsized.
  2. Guest Jayne: Gives Steve a photographer’s flash gun. “When you flash the light — my hair will turn purple.” G.J. Wilson of National Cash Register explains how the photochromic dye responds to ultraviolet light. It has data processing applications, being able to erase as well as write.
  3. Eight Tai sisters: The first names of the first seven, in order of their birth, duplicate the notes of the musical scale (Do-Do, Re-Re, etc.). The name of the youngest is withheld until after (Octavia). They also have two brothers named Uranium and Satellite. They sing “Do-Re-Mi.”

Week 682, 7/5/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Clarence Schimmel

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Milt Myers

Technical Director: Jay Chichon

Audio: Elliot Gordon

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Tom Joyner, Satellite Beach, FL: “I caught a 370-pound fish … It took me 19 hours to land it” (a stingray). Two weeks earlier, he had caught a 310-pound shark in 45 minutes.
  2. Guest Tony Randall: The panel answered eight questions. Four complete sets of eight answers are shown, one set at a time, and the panel must guess which one of them gave the answers and why. They are instructed that when their own answers come up, they are to lie and guess someone else, but Henry cheats and guesses himself. (Henry might be nursing a grudge against Randall because of the incident on 7/20/60.) Betsy wins with two right.
  3. Ralph Eames, Wakefield, MA: “My band consists of 16 drummers.” Henry guesses, going third.

Week 692, 9/13/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Ralph Holmes

  1. “Mr. X” (Robert Manry): “I crossed the Atlantic Ocean alone in a 13½-foot sailboat.” Everyone knows who he is but deliberately avoids guessing so that he can win the $80. The boat, Tinkerbelle, is revealed on stage.
  2. William J. Cobb, Augusta, GA, aka Happy Humphrey, professional wrestler: “I used to weigh 802 pounds … I lost 570 pounds in the past three years.”
  3. Guest Carol Burnett: Reads scripts with Steve in which she interrogates him as a murder suspect (thus giving him the opportunity to speak in various accents). The panel must figure out the hole in his alibi.

Week 693, 9/20/65

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: James Murphy

  1. New York is experiencing a water shortage (formally declared a disaster by FEMA on August 18). Steve has the beginning of a song parody, “Water in New York” based on “Autumn in New York,” which will be finished by the end of the show.
  2. Charlie Heiferman, West Nyack, NY: “Someone stole the water from my pool … 4,000 gallons overnight.” Betsy guesses, going second.
  3. Walter von Gunten, Madison, WI, originally from Bern, Switzerland, created the artwork shown. “I didn’t draw this picture … I cut it out of one piece of paper — with scissors.”
  4. Guest Soupy Sales: A group of Congolese Watusis, from the African Pavilion at the World’s Fair, do a tribal dance. “We met in a dancing class … We’re learning an American dance — the Watusi.” Betsy guesses, going third.

Week 694, 9/27/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Panel: Bess, Bill, Jayne, Henry

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

We were in the audience for this episode when it was recorded in August.

  1. Paul Richards, Plymouth, MI, has an invention: “It’s a machine that plays the piano.” It reads player piano rolls but is placed on top of a normal piano.
  2. Ray Newby, Stockton, CA: “I was the world’s first radio disc jockey (in 1909).” Steve shows a crystal radio set, but it doesn’t work, apparently because it was dropped offstage during the previous segment. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. Guest Fred Gwynne: The panel are challenged to guess the origins of words and phrases (see also 9/19/66).
    • Sparking (as in courting): Nosy neighbors would come by late at night to see if sparks were still flying from the chimney.
    • Ham actor: Lower-paid actors would remove their makeup using ham fat instead of cold cream.
    • Dumbbell: Devised so as to exercise the same kind of muscle movement required of bell ringers.
    • That’s the ticket: Corruption of “That’s etiquette.”
    • (After the commercial) Windfall: When all the land was owned by royalty, commoners were free to make use of any trees felled by the wind.

Week 695, 10/4/65

Sponsor: None

Panel: Bess, Bill, Carol Channing, Henry

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Oscar Hobman

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Norman Paris orchestra members Alan Ross, Alan McKusick, and John Peper: “We’re going to play the world’s largest saxophone … It takes 3 men to play it.” Its maker, D.L. “Pop” Lantz, is in the audience. They play “When the Saints Go Marching In.” This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Hollis Lane, Vincennes, IN, dog catcher: “I was bitten … by a little boy who was guarding the dog.”
  3. Guest Arthur Godfrey: The panel answer interview questions as they think he would (see also 3/30/64, 3/8, and 9/5/66).
    • Bess: Have any of your television shows gotten bad write-ups, and if so, did it upset you?
    • Bill: Is it true that you are a millionaire, and if so, why do you keep working?
    • Carol: Have sponsors ever gotten angry at you for kidding them?
    • Henry: If you’re in a bad mood, does it show when you’re performing?
    • Bess: Do you wear makeup when you appear on stage? If so, what?
    • Bill: What do you think about the teenage singing groups of today?
    • Carol: Do redheads have more fun than blonds?
    • Henry: How much longer do you plan to stay in show business?

Week 696, 10/11/65

Sponsor: General Foods

  1. François Bachet, Paris: “This sculpture can be played as a musical instrument.” Members of the Norman Paris orchestra play three of his sculptures. “Specs” Powell plays the featured sculpture, which combines a glass harmonica with an amplifying horn; Tony Rongle plays another as percussion; and Paris himself plays a third as a keyboard.
  2. Ted Erickson, Chicago: “I swam the English Channel last month … I swam across and back again (in 30 hours).” Bill guesses, going last.
  3. Guest Peter Falk: The panel are shown baby photos and have to guess who the celebrity is. If no one guesses, they continue to be shown photos of the same person at an older age until someone guesses. In fact, five of the seven people shown are the host and panel; the others are Arthur Godfrey and Bette Davis. See also 1/30/67.

Week 697, 10/18/65

  1. Denise Austin and mother Lynn, Colon, MI; grandmother Mrs. Jack Fitch, Bronson, MI: “My great-grandmother is backstage.” … “My great-grandmother is backstage.” … “My great-grandmother is home watching us on TV.” Mrs. Stephen Early and Mrs. Myrtle Ireland appear. Steve speaks to Mrs. Comfort Elizabeth Henderson, Gentry, MO, 98, on the telephone, though her voice is not heard. She is absent not for health reasons, but because she refuses to fly.
  2. Usher John Arnold: “I played the leading man in a new movie” (“Hot Rod Hullabaloo”). Bess guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Buddy Hackett: Is joined on stage by three animals: Jack, a burro; Okee, an otter; and a worm inside a test tube (a “stand-in” for the real worm, Willy, who is in Hollywood). “We all paint pictures in our spare time … I’ve sold $330/$462/$750 worth of my paintings.”

Week 698, 10/25/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Guest Host: Henry

Panel: Betsy, Bill, Bess, Buddy Hackett

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Olga Valda, Calgary, 72, a sophomore at University of Alberta: “I help train varsity basketball players … I give them ballet lessons.” Students Jim Christie and Lee Hammond do ballet moves.
  2. Sharon Berryman, Forest Park, IL, didn’t want to part with her old car, so “I had it crushed and made into a coffee table.” It weighs 450 pounds.
  3. Guest Alan King: On stage are six abstract artworks all made by Arnold Hoffmann, Jr., art director for New York Times Magazine. “Each painting shows the correct time.” Within each work, two of the shapes have clock movements behind them and act as hour and minute hands.

Week 699, 11/1/65

  1. Usher Dick Winninger prepared to take an electrical engineering exam at City College. “I studied for 45 hours nonstop … I fell asleep during the exam and they couldn’t wake me up.” Bess guesses, going third.
  2. Mrs. Don Ryan, county commissioner, Chicago; Mrs. Lydon Wyle, Chicago Board of Education: The West Point Air Force Academy football game will be held in Chicago. “We have to find blind dates for 2,000 cadets.” Henry guesses, going third.
  3. Guest Durward Kirby: This secret starts immediately after the preceding one with the commercial coming later. To celebrate Betsy’s birthday, the other panelists will help provide the entertainment. First Betsy is asked to sing “Honey Bun”; this performance is tape-recorded. Then after the commercial, a split screen is set up that juxtaposes Bill’s head, Bess’s torso, and Henry’s legs, and the three of them, acting as one person, perform to the recording of Betsy singing. See also 12/10/62. This segment is viewable on YouTube.

Week 700, 11/8/65

Sponsor: Dream Whip

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Harry Murray

  1. Tong-il Han, South Korea, winner of the 1965 Leventritt Piano Competition: “American servicemen found me in Korea when I was 11 years old … They passed the hat to raise money for my musical education.” Henry guesses, going third. Han was discovered by the Fifth Air Force under Gen. Samuel E. Anderson. He plays Chopin’s etude Op. 10, No. 8 in F.
  2. Stephen Sherko, Egg Harbor City, NJ, was just elected his city’s harbormaster, but there’s a small problem: “Our city does not have a harbor.” Bill guesses, going second.
  3. Guest Vivian Vance: One person instructs another to make pantomime movements, and the person following the instructions must guess what they’re supposed to be pantomiming. The panel have trouble with the concept (except Bess, who seems to get it) and tend to give each other too much information.
    • Vance instructs Steve: Give someone a shoe shine.
    • Betsy instructs Bill: Set your hair in rollers.
    • Bill instructs Betsy: Be Groucho Marx.
    • Henry instructs Bess: Be a bullfighter.
    • Bess instructs Henry: Shoot pool.

Week 701, 11/15/65

  1. Steve makes a reference to the blackout that happened on November 9.
  2. Norris and Ross McWhirter, publishers of the Guinness Book of World Records: “The book contains over 10,000 world records, facts and statistics … We’ve memorized everything in the book.” Bill guesses, going last, with help. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  3. John Baker, Jr., Raleigh, NC, of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Philip Caesar, Portland, ME: “I gave him a pair of my shoes … He’s the only other football player who wears size 16 shoes.”
  4. Guest Omar Sharif: The panelists must try to make themselves understood by people who don’t speak English (see also 3/15/61).
    • Betsy, speaking to José Gonzalvo: Her drunken husband left the restaurant and now is outside with a tablecloth and fork trying to bullfight a horse.
    • Bill, speaking to Simone Sardier: Wants to hire a babysitter for 50 cents an hour so he can take his wife to the Folies Bergère.
    • Bess, speaking to Antonio Giangaspero: Wants to buy her husband a crazy tie lit up with a hula dancer for April Fool’s Day.
    • Time runs out, so after the commercial, Henry tries to tell everyone that they’re running late.

Week 702, 11/22/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Doris Hibbard

Production Supervisor: Harry Murray

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: Larry Schneider

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. “Mr. X”: “I’ve been a professional baseball player for 40 years … I’m Satchel Paige.” Bill guesses, going last.
  2. Helen Rerat, Bellmore, Long Island; Dr. Bulla, “Washington” (presumably this means DC): Both helped to deliver a baby. “We were 100 miles apart at the time … The mother and I were in an airplane over the Atlantic.” … “I supervised the delivery from another airplane.” The patient, Mrs. Albert Herzog, Warehouse Point, CT, appears. Steve reads the birth certificate for baby Barbara Lufthansa Herzog.
  3. Guest Ethel Merman: The panel play tunes on a xylophone by reading the numbers on a card, without knowing the note durations, and must guess what tune they’re playing. See also 1/9/67.
    • Betsy: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”
    • Bill: “Blue Moon”
    • Bess: “There She Is, Miss America”
    • Henry: “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”

Week 703, 11/29/65

Sponsor: General Foods

Director: Paul Alter

  1. Edward Littig, Belleville, NJ; Charlie Logan, Scenic Grove, NJ: “We race bicycles on these rollers … We can go over 60 miles per hour.”
  2. “Col. X” (Bernt Balchen): “I was the first pilot to fly over the South Pole (1929).” Betsy guesses, going second.
  3. Guest George Maharis: The audience filled out a questionnaire, the results of which have been fed into a UNIVAC computer operated by a Mr. Foley. The panel guess the answers to questions about the audience demographics.
    • How many audience members are overweight?
    • How many are doctors?
    • How many own a color TV?
    • How many have never flown in an airplane?
    • How many have a cold?

Week 705, 12/13/65

Sponsor: Tempo

Director: Paul Alter

Program Staff 4: Peter Colangelo

Production Supervisor: Harry Murray

Technical Director: Vernon Gamble

Audio: A.J. Gulino

Lighting: Hal Anderson

  1. Mr. and Mrs. Andy Gongola, McMechen, WV, have been honored for their support of a local high school football team. “One or more of our sons has played on the team … every year for the past 23 years.” Betsy guesses immediately. Their sons then appear (they have no daughters): Herman, Frank, Stanley, twins Ed and Fred, Tom, Pete (whose birthday is today), John, Vic, Anthony, Joe, and Emil. All have won a total of 82 letters in various sports. This segment is viewable on YouTube.
  2. Guest Debbie Bryant: Through the money she is earning as Miss America, “I’m helping to put my mother through college.” Henry guesses, going third. Mother Irene then appears, who is seeking a master’s degree in speech pathology.
  3. Norman Paris: “I’m not playing the organ … This music is coming from a guitar.” Frank Churchev plays the Vox guitar organ, after which developer Dick Denning demonstrates other effects.

Week 706, 12/20/65

Information from GSN message board (page 53, posted 12/17/02 by tom3):

Sponsor: Dream Whip

  1. 20 male contestants: “We don’t sing … We are the world’s first all-trombone choir.”
  2. Female contestant has earned many scholarships as a result of her trumpet playing.
  3. Male contestant is a chorus “girl.”

Week 707, 12/27/65

  1. Billy Staton, Alexandria, VA, pool champion: “I can sink every ball on this table with one shot.” Bess guesses, going first.
  2. Henry Bryson, Philadelphia, newly elected election judge: “I beat my wife (in the election).” Bill guesses, going second. Wife Henrietta appears.
  3. Guest Louis Armstrong: “I took my first lessons on this trumpet 53 years ago … The man who gave me those lessons is backstage.” Betsy guesses, going last. Peter Davis, who doesn’t play so well anymore, tries his best in joining Armstrong and Norman Paris on “When the Saints Go Marching In.” This segment is viewable on YouTube in two parts: Part 1 | Part 2

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