Guest panelist Vivian Blaine joins Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen and Bennett Cerf on this, the show's first broadcast of 1956. Host and moderator greet the panel and ask them to don their blindfolds for the first guest - the show's producers and creators, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. Bennett Cerf identifies the pair with great celerity. Goodson and Todman rattle off several statistics about the show, as it approaches its sixth anniversary. They note that John Daly has NOT missed a single show in all that time. Next up, this New Year's Day, is a Swedish woman, Miss Agnes Van Rosen, who is a bullfighter. The panel is at a loss, and Miss Van Rosen wins the round by default. Tonight's mystery celebrity guest is Jackie Cooper, child star twenty-five years before and currently appears in his TV series, "The People's Choice," on NBC. Vivian Blaine has a clue, but it is Dorothy Kilgallen who identifies Mr. Cooper. The half hour ends with Mr. Daly thanking Miss Blaine for her appearance and ... Written by
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In conversation with Mr. Daly, Mr. Goodson and Mr. Todman mention a few statistics regarding the run of "What's My Line." To date, roughly one thousand contestants have appeared on the show ( through the end of 1955), and over 750 occupations have been identified successfully by the panel. Behind the scenes, it takes a staff of 94 to produce the show and, as previously noted, Mr. Daly is congratulated on his 100 per cent attendance in the show's nearly six-year run. See more
References The People's Choice