Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »
"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »
Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.
A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »
Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »
Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.
In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.
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
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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 »
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 »
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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