What's My Line? (1950–1967)

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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 »

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John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (837 episodes, 1950-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (791 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (715 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (696 episodes, 1950-1965)
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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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(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

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Former Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty appeared on the September 10, 1961 broadcast. He signed in as "Mr. X," however. Even though some of the panelists might have recognized his name, they probably would have never seen his face since most of the panelists lived in New York. Guest panelist Art Linkletter, however, did recognize him and voluntarily disqualified himself. See more »

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Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
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Roller Coaster
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Composed by Louis F. 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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WML respected its audience
30 January 2005 | by (Kansas City, Mo.) – See all my reviews

I agree with all previous comments about "What's My Line?" (urbane, witty, erudite, sophisticated and intelligent), and I would add this thought: All these appellations are true because this show respected its audience. It did not pander. The panelists were never afraid to use a multisyllabic word. No doubt, some "creative consultant" would stop such behavior today.

Additionally, the show is a time capsule of New York in the '50s. You always knew who was "in town," and often why. Sure, maybe the appearance promoted a Broadway show or a book, but it always seemed more "newsy" than "promotional," unlike today when a talk show host holds up the book or shows an outtake from a movie.

A trivia note: Actress Jayne Meadows appeared as the Mystery Guest on 1 August 1954, the day after her marriage to Steve Allen,who was regular panelist that night. She disguised her voice (as the Mystery Guest often did), prompting Allen to comment that he thought the Mystery Guest might be Minnie Mouse. Panelist Arlene Francis correctly identified Meadows.


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