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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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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On the October 21, 1962 broadcast, a man named Emanuel Ress, who had appeared ten years earlier, returned and again stumped the panel with his line of making political campaign buttons. Since the mid-term elections were only a couple of weeks away, the producers thought it would be fun to have him back on the show. After he stumped the panel he presented each of the three panelists who were on the show when he first appeared (Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen) buttons with their pictures on them as they looked ten years earlier. Arlene said, "I was a brunette then." See more »

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Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: What's My Lion? (1961) See more »

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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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