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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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1967   1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...  Self - Moderator / ... 873 episodes, 1950-1967
Arlene Francis ...  Self - Panelist 831 episodes, 1950-1967
Bennett Cerf ...  Self - Panelist / ... 758 episodes, 1950-1967
Dorothy Kilgallen ...  Self - 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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Trivia

Former Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty appeared on the September 10, 1961 broadcast. He signed in as "Mr. X," however. Even though some of the panelists might have recognized his name, they probably would have never seen his face since most of the panelists lived in New York. Guest panelist Art Linkletter, however, did recognize him and voluntarily disqualified himself. 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 Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Roller Coaster
(End Credits Theme/Main Theme)
Composed by Lou Busch (aka: Joe "Fingers" Carr) (ASCAP) and Milton Delugg (ASCAP)
Original Publishers: Burning Bush Music (ASCAP) and Amy Dee Music (ASCAP)
Current Publishers: Burning Bush Music (ASCAP) and Amy Dee Music (ASCAP)
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Whats My line
17 March 2005 | by dprestia-1See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA) See more »

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Occupation Unknown See more »

Filming Locations:

CBS Corporation, New York, USA 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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