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What's My Line? (1950–1967)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Family, Game-Show
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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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(876 episodes)

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(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The 25th anniversary special is available for viewing on a web site and also at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. It includes a snippet that is missing from a GSN rerun because Gil Fates and his three colleagues never put it back in the kinescope for the live telecast of July 7, 1963. Woody Allen, making his first appearance as a guest panelist, can be heard asking contestant Jeanette Kraus, a Chicago resident who sells lobsters, if her product is "rich and, um, so sumptuous as to make one, say, nauseated if eaten like at 6:00 in the morning." The anniversary special does not include a snippet that is lost: Dorothy Kilgallen's introduction of Allen toward the beginning of the same telecast. As she arrives at the panelists' desk, the kinescope film jumps ahead to Allen saying that he "recently" had a wet dream about Arlene Francis whom he is introducing. 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 »


Referenced in Ernie Kovacs: Television's Original Genius (1982) 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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Whats My line
17 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I happened to be up late one night and was channel surfing and came across the old "What's My Line" show. I watched it and set up my VCR to tape every night. After a week or so I found myself having a funny sort of feeling when ever I watched. It took a few weeks before I realized what the feeling was. I heard John Daly say that he would see us all next week on Sunday night at 10:30, a bell rang in my head and I remembered that when I was 6 to 12 years old we would spend every Sunday at my grandfather and grandmothers house. When we would get home that night my Dad would turn on the TV and if What's My Line was on I knew it was late and I would have a hard time getting up for school in the morning. I am retired now and the feeling still hits me when I watch this show. My favorite part is the mystery guest, the panel hardly ever misses. I like to look at IMDb and see who the guest's are and read their profiles.

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