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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Himself - Moderator / ... 867 episodes, 1950-1967
...  Herself - Panelist / ... 824 episodes, 1950-1967
Bennett Cerf ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 751 episodes, 1950-1967
Dorothy Kilgallen ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 729 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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The first sponsor of the program was Jules Montenier, Inc., which was owned by Dr. Jules Montenier. His company made Stopette spray deodorant, Poof! deodorant body powder, and Finesse "flowing cream" Shampoo. See more »

Quotes

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 »

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Referenced in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: I Remember Muu Muu (1962) See more »

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Composed by Sascha Granville Burland (BMI)
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De Gustibus Non Est Disputandem
26 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Suffering an obsession with the JFK Assassination, I discovered a Ms. Dorothy Kilgallon entangled in the mess. After researching this incredible woman, I started watching 'What's My Line'; having always disagreed with gameshows, I maintained a wearying distance for, ahhhhh 5 seconds :D Within the first few moments I was hooked; the original panelists and Jon Daly exhibit erudition, reason, and humour. Fully exemplary of the class, intelligence, communication, and confidence that America has lacked for entirely too long, I feel as if 'What's My Line?' should be required watching in school, lol! So! My third episode is tonight. I CAN'T WAIT!


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