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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Cast

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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The show was broadcast outside of New York only twice in its 17 1/2-year history. The first time was on August 12, 1956 when it emanated from Chicago where John Daly was covering the Democratic National Convention for ABC News and Dorothy Kilgallen was reporting on it for the Hearst newspaper chain. The second was on January 12, 1958 which originated from CBS Television City in Hollywood, for which a special panel of Laraine Day, Mickey Rooney, Esther Williams and Jack Lemmon was assembled in place of the regulars. 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 Password All-Stars: Carroll Baker vs. Bennett Cerf (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

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 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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