Quick show experience from Bruce Reznick

My father, Sidney Reznick, was a writer for “I’ve Got a Secret” in 1962-1963. (He had previously written for Garry Moore both in the Jimmy Durante radio show of the early 40s and then Garry Moore’s variety show with Carol Burnett in the last 50s. My brother Robert and I were both on the Christmas episode, playing music on toy instruments. I remember even now that GM asked me if my dad worked for the show, and I panicked, paused and said “right” to a big laugh I didn’t understand. My brother and I were recognized the day after the airing by a cabdriver. I became a math professor, and I’m in my 40th year at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Robert is now a very successful attorney in Washington, DC.

Thanks, Bruce!

New Show Experience added

Ron Schneider sent us this, about his parents.

Thanks, Ron!

Chico impersonating Harpo on episode aired 4/21/54

In the past, I’ve been asked to upload the episode in which Chico Marx appeared pretending to be Harpo. Unfortunately, I don’t have any episodes earlier than 1955.

I do, however, have the 1982 documentary “The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell,” which includes a few seconds of footage of Chico being introduced, from which this frame comes.

It’s hard for me to believe that anyone would be fooled into thinking this was Harpo, but then I’ve never seen the entire segment.


RIP Jayne Meadows

Long time IGAS panelist Jayne Meadows passes away at age 95, April 27 2015

Henry Morgan fools panel on “To Tell The Truth”

Not an episode of IGAS, but you will love it if you’re fan of Henry!

New “Show Experience” – Tom Decker

Tom wrote in with his IGaS story, posted here.

Thanks, Tom!

“I’ve Got a Secret” Participation Card (scan)

Ernie sent this in:

I am e-mailing because last Saturday at a flea market, I found an index card autographed by Garry Moore on one side, and the other side was a card to fill out if you wanted to be on the show. I am attaching a scan of that card to this e-mail.

Thanks, Ernie!

Carol’s update on a 1958 secret

Carol sends a message about this 1958 episode: “Sandra Keister, Norman, OK, and K.C. Jones, Oklahoma City, who are engaged: “I am the only girl in a boys’ school” (studying to be a civil engineer); “I am the only boy in a girls’ school” (studying to be a nurse). ”

The message:

My father, K.C. Jones, passed away this August. One of the highlights of his life was being on the show. I’m sorry to say, he was never able to realize his dream of becoming a nurse but he did get into the Medical division in the U.S. Army Reserves. Also, shortly after the episode aired, Dad and Sandra broke up.

Carol Jones

Thanks, Carol!

Interview with Betsy Palmer, Show Experience

Kliph Nesteroff from Classic Television Showbiz interviewed Betsy Palmer last year, and it’s a great read. She talks about IGaS, her feud with Henry, some old films she was in, and even…talking dirty to James Dean!

Ben emailed me and shared this quick story about meeting Betsy during IGaS:

My father was close high school friends with Chester Feldman…In the late 50’s we’d go as a family several times a year to the Wednesday night, 9:30 live show in Manhattan…I was 8-9 years old and it was always a thrill….In fact there was some bit they did one night where they needed people to walk across the stage and Chester picked me to be part of that!…so I was actually on the show once…I have no recollection of what that was about…

Anyway, Betsy Palmer….We’d get to the theatre about an hour before airtime and Chester would always take us backstage for a bit to say hello to the panel and Garry Moore…the only real vivid memory I have of those meetings was Betsy Palmer…to this 8 year old she was the most stunningly beautiful thing I’d ever seen in my life…I remember her being TALL ( well I was 8 years old), and she glowed…she was VERY friendly to us…I remember her bending down to shake my hand with that WONDERFUL smile….

And I remember once going to the theatre and backstage and Betsy caught sight of us coming over from a distance and her smiling and waving at ME…

I mean when I met Betsy Palmer she was standing there with Bess Myerson, a Miss America fer god sakes, but I couldn’t take my eyes off Betsy….

To this day I harbor a crush on Betsy Palmer…

Thanks, Ben!

Buy 220 episodes of “I’ve Got a Secret” on 34 DVDs for $55 shipped!

Terry sent me an email telling me about how someone on iOffer is selling a huge set of episodes for a ridiculously low price. Terry had already bought and received the DVDs, so I went ahead and got a set too, so I can tell you a bit about it (assuming everyone will get the same DVDs in the same order).

DVD Quality

These are not professional DVDs of course, they were home recorded, but the quality is very good. Some episodes do have a little static at the top of the frame, but there are no annoying “VHS lines” that I’ve seen so far.  You can see a screenshot below, and a whole bunch more in the gallery at the bottom of this post.

About the DVDs

The DVDs come in very thin double-sided sleeves (fabric/plastic), in one giant stack, shipped in a bubble envelope.  The DVDs are not labeled, but the sleeves are numbered. The discs have blank white labels on the top, so you can label them yourself if you’d like (I’ve been writing the year on them as I watch).  I’ve only watched the first two discs so far, but the episodes are in order, although some episodes were skipped (possibly because they weren’t aired, or maybe the person recording just missed them).  The episodes were recorded off of GSN’s “Black and White Overnight” block, the same block I recorded all my episodes of IGaS from (you can tell because some bumpers are briefly shown). The commercials have been edited out.

I went through and quickly checked random DVDs to see what sort of menus they have.  The early ones in the set have a simple menu that pops up at the beginning, where you can choose which episode you’d like to watch, though they aren’t labeled at all — you can choose 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.  The later DVDs have a nice IGaS background, and each episode is dated along with the name of the celebrity guest (e.g., “8/19/59 Guest is Johnny Carson”). You can see an example of each in the gallery below (for some reason the blue menu doesn’t show the text correctly when I play it on my PC, but works fine in my Xbox 360).

Terry noted that there are some duplicate episodes, and while I was checking the menus I saw that some discs have episodes from different years on them.

Buying from iOffer

I had never bought anything from iOffer before, and a quick search for “ioffer scam” found a lot of negative comments, so I would be VERY careful about what you buy.  Since both Terry and I purchased the same set from the same seller, I would advise you to do the same if you’re interested.  The seller is boobookittylovey and this is the IGaS set.  To be extra careful, use PayPal and use a credit card (you have to explicitly choose it on checkout with paypal).  These should offer protections if you get scammed. This is especially important if you choose to buy from a different seller.

Even though I have most of the GSN-aired episodes on tape, I’m really happy to have this set.  I don’t even have a VCR anymore, and transferring them all to DVD would have taken me ages (and extra equipment). I hope someday I can tell you all about a proper DVD set, but until then this is a great option.

Thanks, Terry!