Five-day-a-week syndicated update of the longtime CBS game show, wherein celebrity panelists guess occupations of the contestants.
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Complete series cast summary:
Wally Bruner Wally Bruner ...  Himself - Host / ... 117 episodes, 1968-1971
Johnny Olson Johnny Olson ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 110 episodes, 1968-1971
Arlene Francis ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 86 episodes, 1968-1974
Soupy Sales ...  Himself - Panelist / ... 68 episodes, 1968-1974
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In this five-day-a-week update of the 1950-1967 game show, four celebrity panelists tried to determine through questioning the occupation and/or related secret of the contestant. The panelists could only ask questions that could be answered yes, no or similar answer, with the contestant winning $5 per "no" answer (at least in the early years, this method of scoring was dropped after Larry Blyden became moderator). The game ended either upon 10 "no" answers, a panelist correctly guessing the player's secret or at the discretion of the moderator. The contestant often demonstrated his skill or product, though on many occasions the panelists were invited to try out the skill. During the final segment of the day, the panelists (now blindfolded) tried to determine the identity of a mystery guest who, as before, disguised his voice in an attempt to avoid being identified. On occassion, a new segment, "Who's Who?" required the panelists to correctly match occupations with four audience ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

9 July 1968 (USA) See more »

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(1315 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Future President Gerald Ford was a mystery guest when he was a congressman, identified then as Jerry Ford. See more »

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Version of What's My Line? (1950) See more »

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What's My Line?
Composed by Robert Israel (as Robert A. Israel) (BMI)
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Wish I liked it More
1 January 2007 | by loeb123See all my reviews

I really wish I liked the show more and I might have if I wasn't familiar with the original. But the original has real advantages over the remake 1. The panelists were better. Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennet Cerf were with the show for years and became like members of our family. We knew we would see them live every Sunday night - they were dressed beautifully and brought a sense of elegance and sophistication to the show.

2. The moderator was better. I don't know if anyone could have successfully succeeded John Daly (he was asked back for the syndicated show but turned it down). I don't know who Wally Bruner was but he was no John Daly and the same goes for Larry Blyden - they completely lacked the sophistication, elegance (and vocabulary) of John Daly.

3. The fact it was syndicated took away the "special" event that the original show was- knowing it was live on Sunday night was unique.

Again if I didn't know the original show I might like the remake better but its hard to accept ginger ale once you had champagne. Jay Kauffman


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