What's My Line? (1950–1967)

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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 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (839 episodes, 1950-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (793 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (717 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (697 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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Songwriter Carolyn Leigh, who wrote the lyrics for the song "The Best is Yet to Come" as well as the lyrics for several Broadway musicals including "Little Me," was a contestant on the December 16, 1962 broadcast. However, she signed in under her married name, Carolyn Cunningham. Dorothy Kilgallen and Steve Lawrence, who was a guest panelist that night, disqualified themselves due to the fact that they recognized her. See more »

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Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) See more »

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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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