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 ... See full summary »
Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »
Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »
"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »
Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.
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
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Louis Untermeyer resigned from the show after he was listed in a notorious booklet called 'Red Channels' during the McCarthy Era. He was a longtime friend of playwright Arthur Miller, who wrote in his memoir 'Timebends' that Untermeyer was so depressed about leaving the series that he confined himself to his Brooklyn home for more than a year. His wife handled all incoming phone calls. Miller, who called himself "a very infrequent television watcher," never noticed any newspaper or magazine reports of Untermeyer's exit from the series. When Miller's phone call was answered by Untermeyer's wife, she gave an evasive answer to the playwright's question about why his friend would not come to the phone. Miller knew nothing about the situation for more than a year. The respected playwright also claimed that many years after the incident, a producer of the series, unnamed by Miller, apologized to Untermeyer and assured him that he had tried to keep him on the show, but numerous viewers (some picketing outside the CBS building, others threatening to boycott Stopette deodorant) demanded otherwise. Untermeyer was replaced by Bennett Cerf, who had appeared previously as a substitute panelist. See more »
The best "What My Lines" to me are the ones from the 1950's I tape 7 days a week from the Game Show Network.
There is so much history. I have seen many notable people/celebrities from the 50's--Conrad Hilton (Hilton Hotels), Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jo Stafford, Walt Disney, Jane Powell, Lucy & Desi, just to name a few.
Also, as stated here, there's a class and sophistication that is evident from the very beginning of the shows.
Arlene and Dorothy would be introduced and would gracefully appear in the most glamourous/classy dresses and evening gowns.
I loved Bennett Ceif. He was so intelligent and funny. He was publisher and was well versed on so many subjects.
I am taping every one I can because I know in another 10 to 20 years these may never be available again. I also enjoy watching them every evening--it's just as fresh as when they first aired.
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