What's My Line? (1950–1967)

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Family | Game-Show
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 702 users  
Reviews: 22 user

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 »

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - The One I Love

Interview with Charlie McDowell and Mark Duplass


Related News

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 23 Jul 2012
 
a list of 28 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 13 Feb 2013
 
a list of 27 titles
created 1 month ago
 
a list of 33 titles
created 1 week ago
 

Related Items

Search for "What's My Line?" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What's My Line? (1950–1967)

What's My Line? (1950–1967) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What's My Line?.

Season:

10 | 4 | 1 | unknown

Year:

1967 | 1966 | 1965 | 1964 | 1963 | 1962 | 1961 | 1960 | 1959 | 1958 | See more »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx
This Is Your Life (1952–1961)
Biography | Family | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Ralph Edwards, Jack Benny, Penny Singleton
The Hollywood Palace (1964–1970)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Various guest hosts present a musical variety show.

Stars: Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Jimmy Durante
The Price Is Right (TV Series 1972)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Contestants guess the prices of featured products in order to win them.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson
The Garry Moore Show (1958–1967)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Garry Moore, Durward Kirby, Carol Burnett
To Tell the Truth (1969–1978)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

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.

Stars: Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass
The Name's the Same (1951–1955)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Guests who have the same name as famous persons, fictional characters, or things, are quizzed by celebrity panelists who try to determine their name. Each panelist has ten questions; if ... See full summary »

Stars: Joan Alexander, Robert Q. Lewis, Roger Price
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (836 episodes, 1950-1967)
...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (789 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (713 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (694 episodes, 1950-1965)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

celebrity | question | host | panel | mask | See more »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Occupation Unknown  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(876 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After the death of Dorothy Kilgallen, Goodson Todman Productions conducted an intensive search to find a suitable replacement. Ordinary women from across the United States flooded Goodson's New York office and CBS with letters offering their services. Barbara Feldon sent a telegram to Goodson immediately after she heard the news of Kilgallen's death. After several months of using a variety of actresses and female journalists, the Goodson company decided to continue in that direction. Phyllis Newman, Aileen Mehle and Susan Oakland were used far more often than other female entertainers and newspaper reporters. Why none of them signed on as a regular is unknown. Newman was a panelist on the series next to last broadcast. See more »

Quotes

Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Wild Rebels (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Sounds
(Open Theme 2)
Composed by Sascha Granville Burland (BMI)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who Is Your Favorite Non-Celebrity Contestant? dwhw
Who's some of your favorite mystery guests? JuniusLord
WML? Gone? edh512
Ernie Kovacs steph05050
Why do the ladies never stand to bid the guest goodnight? Valentino55
Back on Game Show Network mnowl
Discuss What's My Line? (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page