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What's My Line? 

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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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...  Himself - Moderator / ... 873 episodes, 1950-1967
Arlene Francis ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 831 episodes, 1950-1967
Bennett Cerf ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 758 episodes, 1950-1967
Dorothy Kilgallen Dorothy Kilgallen ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 736 episodes, 1950-1965
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Storyline

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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Want a job that's difficult? You'll get ideas from John Daly's guests as the panel tries to guess their lives. (season 16)

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Family | Game-Show

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA) See more »

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Occupation Unknown See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(876 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Black and White (1950-1966)| Color (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The mystery guest on the final CBS broadcast was John Daly. Producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman appeared in the closing moments of the half-hour to thank the public for its long support of the program. They had appeared on-camera a few times over the years. Goodson had appeared on-camera with Frank Sinatra nine months earlier. The finale was telecast live on September 3, 1967 immediately following a long summer vacation during which CBS had telecast videotapes that the show had stockpiled earlier in 1967. 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 »

Connections

Spoofed in SCTV: SCTV 30th Anniversary Show (1978) 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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The Original, The Best
25 June 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

I have recently begun watching this show late at night on the Game Show network and I was surprised at how straight it was compared to the more comedic syndicated version hosted by Larry Blyden. John Daly pretty much treated this show as if it were Face the Nation or Meet the Press or other shows of that ilk. However, the big intangible that made this show as great as it was, was the chemistry between the panelists, especially between Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen. Sure the Allens, Steve and Fred, were also on the panel, but everyone remembers the "big three" of Arlene, Bennett and Dolly Mae. Also, special kudos must go to Phyllis Newman and Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle. Phyllis and Suzy did admirably filling in for Dorothy in the days after her tragic death. Also, Tony Randall and Martin Gabel were great in their roles as the two of them were pretty much permanent guest panelists on the show. This show will always be a perfect example of style, sophistication and downright fun.


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