TV Trivia: What’s My Line?

Q1: Which regular What’s My Line? game show panelist was the only one to appear on the show from 1950 to 1975?

Q2: Over it’s 25 year run, there were 3 hosts on What’s My Line? Who hosted for the longest period of time –  Larry Blyden, John (Charles) Daly, or Wally Bruner?

what's my line, arlene francis, dorothy kilgallen, fred allen, benett cerf, host john daly, 1950's game show, los angeles


Above, from left: Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Benett Cerf, Arlene Francis; Host John Daly stands behind.

65 years ago today on Feb 2 1950, the popular panel game show What’s My Line? debuted on CBS. During it’s 25 year run, it won Emmy’s for Best Quiz Show 3 times. In the early years, panelists and contestants often wore evening wear – black suits or tuxes and ties for the men, evening gowns and sometimes even gloves, for the ladies. 

Versions of the show have appeared in many different countries around the world, and a live stage version in Los Angeles that debuted in 2006 is still running.

A1: Actress and radio personality  (from the 1930’s – 1950’s) Arlene Francis also hosted other television shows during the 1950’s, while appearing as a panelist on What’s My Line?; Newsweek touted her as the “First Lady of Television”. Her 2nd husband Martin Gabel appeared as a guest panelist on the show 112 times.

Q2. Daly hosted the series for the entire time it ran as a weekly prime-time show, from 1950-1967. When the show was cancelled and brought back as a daily show in syndication, Larry Blyden hosted from 1968-72 followed by Wally Bruner 1972-1975.


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