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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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 <[email protected]>

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2 February 1950 (USA)  »

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(876 episodes)

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(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When employees of Goodson-Todman Productions were compiling snippets of old episodes for a 25th anniversary special, they accidentally destroyed Dorothy Kilgallen's introduction of guest panelist Woody Allen on the live telecast from July 7, 1963. As she arrives at the panelists' desk, the kinescope film jumps ahead to Allen saying that he "recently" had a wet dream about Arlene Francis whom he is introducing. "She did great [in the wet dream]." When Francis reaches her seat, she says, "Why didn't you tell me before, Woody?" Gil Fates and his three colleagues evidently considered using Kilgallen's amusing introduction of Allen in the 1975 anniversary retrospective, discarded it while their deadline was fast approaching and never put it back in the kinescope. Much later during the same kinescope, Allen can be heard asking contestant Jeanette Kraus, a Chicago resident who sells lobsters, if her product is "rich and, um, so sumptuous as to make one, say, nauseated if eaten like at 6:00 in the morning." That does appear in the 1975 anniversary program. See more »


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 »


Referenced in The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994) See more »


Roller Coaster
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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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De Gustibus Non Est Disputandem
26 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Suffering an obsession with the JFK Assassination, I discovered a Ms. Dorothy Kilgallon entangled in the mess. After researching this incredible woman, I started watching 'What's My Line'; having always disagreed with gameshows, I maintained a wearying distance for, ahhhhh 5 seconds :D Within the first few moments I was hooked; the original panelists and Jon Daly exhibit erudition, reason, and humour. Fully exemplary of the class, intelligence, communication, and confidence that America has lacked for entirely too long, I feel as if 'What's My Line?' should be required watching in school, lol! So! My third episode is tonight. I CAN'T WAIT!

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