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:
John Daly ...  Himself - Moderator / ... 873 episodes, 1950-1967
Arlene Francis ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 832 episodes, 1950-1967
Bennett Cerf Bennett Cerf ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 759 episodes, 1950-1967
Dorothy Kilgallen Dorothy Kilgallen ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 735 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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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 episode that aired live on November 4, 1956 included "television critic" Jack O'Brian as a contestant. The vibes between him and everyone else were friendly and cheerful, but less than three years later he asserted in his column, which ran in the same New York City newspaper as Dorothy Kilgallen's column, that various panelists on What's My Line, whom he did not name, had been supplied with information so they would appear on-camera "as exceptionally funny and smart people." O'Brian apparently had learned that several years earlier, producers had cued Steve Allen to follow a particular line of questioning to make the audience laugh, but the tip did not help him identify a contestant's line. Producers discontinued this practice long before O'Brian's appearance in their studio on November 4, 1956. In 1959, he distorted his scoop to insinuate that all the panelists were deceitfully identifying contestants' lines with assistance from the producers. A furious Dorothy Kilgallen devoted a large portion of her column to defending Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf, John Daly, the producers and herself against O'Brian's accusations. Obviously, O'Brian never appeared on the show after he made the accusations. He was a close friend of Walter Winchell, who was a mystery guest in 1952 but not again. 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

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) 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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Thank Goodness For GSN B/W Overnite!
13 April 2003 | by BennettManorSee all my reviews

The best "What My Lines" to me are the ones from the 1950's I tape 7 days a week from the Game Show Network.

There is so much history. I have seen many notable people/celebrities from the 50's--Conrad Hilton (Hilton Hotels), Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jo Stafford, Walt Disney, Jane Powell, Lucy & Desi, just to name a few.

Also, as stated here, there's a class and sophistication that is evident from the very beginning of the shows.

Arlene and Dorothy would be introduced and would gracefully appear in the most glamourous/classy dresses and evening gowns.

I loved Bennett Ceif. He was so intelligent and funny. He was publisher and was well versed on so many subjects.

I am taping every one I can because I know in another 10 to 20 years these may never be available again. I also enjoy watching them every evening--it's just as fresh as when they first aired.


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