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What's My Line? (1950–1967)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Family, Game-Show
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Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (841 episodes, 1950-1967)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (796 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (720 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (700 episodes, 1950-1965)


Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the panelists attempted to guess the contestants occupation. There was also a "mystery guest", usually a famous person; the panelists had to wear masks when questioning this person and the guest usually disguised his/her voice. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


(876 episodes)

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(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Green Bay Packer great and future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ray Nitschke appeared on the December 30, 1962 broadcast. In fact he had just gotten off the field a few hours earlier after he and the Packers defeated the New York Giants in the 1962 N.F.L. Championship game. See more »


Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
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Crazy Credits

The uncredited announcer introduced the first panelist, sometimes the left-most, sometimes the right-most. Beginning with the first panelist, each panelist then introduced the person to his/her left or right, depending upon the first panelist's position. The fourth panelist then introduced moderator John Daly. See more »


Referenced in Dark Skies: To Prey in Darkness (1997) See more »


Roller Coaster
(End Credits Theme/Main Theme)
Composed by Lou Busch (aka: Joe "Fingers" Carr) (ASCAP) and Milton Delugg (ASCAP)
Original Publishers: Burning Bush Music (ASCAP) and Amy Dee Music (ASCAP)
Current Publishers: Burning Bush Music (ASCAP) and Amy Dee Music (ASCAP)
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The Original, The Best
25 June 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

I have recently begun watching this show late at night on the Game Show network and I was surprised at how straight it was compared to the more comedic syndicated version hosted by Larry Blyden. John Daly pretty much treated this show as if it were Face the Nation or Meet the Press or other shows of that ilk. However, the big intangible that made this show as great as it was, was the chemistry between the panelists, especially between Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen. Sure the Allens, Steve and Fred, were also on the panel, but everyone remembers the "big three" of Arlene, Bennett and Dolly Mae. Also, special kudos must go to Phyllis Newman and Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle. Phyllis and Suzy did admirably filling in for Dorothy in the days after her tragic death. Also, Tony Randall and Martin Gabel were great in their roles as the two of them were pretty much permanent guest panelists on the show. This show will always be a perfect example of style, sophistication and downright fun.

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