What's My Line? (1950)

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What's My Line?
What's My Line? (1950)-Logo.jpg
Premiere February 2, 1950
Finale September 3, 1967
Host John Charles Daly
Network CBS
Style 30-minute game show
Company Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions,
CBS
Seasons 18
Episodes 876
Origin USA

What's My Line? is a game show that aired on CBS.

Called Occupation Unknown in development the show had a panel of noted personalities asking yes-or-no questions to a contestant in trying to find out his/her unusual line of work. A panelist continued to ask questions as long as "yes" answers were given. "No" answers awarded the contestant $5 a piece and the questioning passed to the next panelist. Up to ten "no" answers are allowed.

The last segment was the "Mystery Guest," in which the panel--now blindfolded--had to use their questioning to determine the identity of a famous celebrity. The celebrity guest would usually disguise his/her voice to make it less easy for the panel.

A year after its 17-year run on CBS, What's My Line? returned as a five-day-a-week syndicated series. Original panelist Arlene Francis returned, and a new regular panelist, comedian Soupy Sales, joined. Wally Bruner hosted this version from 1968 to 1972. Larry Blyden replaced him in the final three seasons.

Cast

Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Arlene Francis Panelist 1950-1967
Dorothy Kilgallen Panelist 1950-1965
Louis Untermeyer Panelist 1950-1951
Hal Block Panelist 1950-1953
Bennett Cerf Panelist 1951-1967
Steve Allen Panelist 1953-1954
Fred Allen Panelist 1954-1956
Lee Vines Announcer 1950-1955
Hal Simms Announcer 1955-1961
Ralph Paul Announcer 1961
Johnny Olson Announcer 1961-1967
Dick Stark Substitute Announcer 1955
Bern Bennett Substitute Announcer 1958-1960

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One February 2, 1950 August 30, 1950 15
Season Two September 13, 1950 August 26, 1951 50
Season Three September 2, 1951 August 31, 1952 53
Season Four September 7, 1952 August 30, 1953 52
Season Five September 6, 1953 August 29, 1954 52
Season Six September 5, 1954 August 28, 1955 51
Season Seven September 4, 1955 August 26, 1956 52
Season Eight September 2, 1956 August 25, 1957 52
Season Nine September 1, 1957 August 31, 1958 53
Season Ten September 7, 1958 August 30, 1959 49
Season Eleven September 6, 1959 August 28, 1960 49
Season Twelve September 4, 1960 August 27, 1961 50
Season Thirteen September 3, 1961 August 26, 1962 50
Season Fourteen September 2, 1962 August 25, 1963 50
Season Fifteen September 1, 1963 August 30, 1964 50
Season Sixteen September 6, 1964 August 29, 1965 51
Season Seventeen September 5, 1965 August 28, 1966 49
Season Eighteen September 4, 1966 September 3, 1967 48

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