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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 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (841 episodes, 1950-1967)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (796 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (720 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (700 episodes, 1950-1965)


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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Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Technical Specs


(876 episodes)

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(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
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Crazy Credits

The uncredited announcer introduced the first panelist, sometimes the left-most, sometimes the right-most. Beginning with the first panelist, each panelist then introduced the person to his/her left or right, depending upon the first panelist's position. The fourth panelist then introduced moderator John Daly. See more »


Melody In Moccasins
(Open Theme 1)
Composed by Wilfred Burns
Original Publisher: Charles Broude, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Original U.S. Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)
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Thank Goodness For GSN B/W Overnite!
13 April 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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