What's My Line? (TV Series 1950–1967)

Season 7


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1Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell & Jean-Pierre AumontSecretary of Labor James P. Mitchell & Jean-Pierre Aumont (4 Sep. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelist. Host and moderator, John Daly, asks them to put on their blindfolds, as he did last week in the first round, for fear the panel might recognize the first guest. Appropriately, on this Labor Day weekend, the gentleman is James P. Mitchell, Secretary of Labor in President Eisenhower's Cabinet. The panel is stumped, although they did determine Mr. Mitchell was part of the Executive branch and a Cabinet member. In conversation with Mr. Daly, the Secretary reports that 65 million ...
7.8
2Joe E. LewisJoe E. Lewis (11 Sep. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, who covered the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City the night before, discloses that he is acquainted with the first contestant. She is Margaret Devereaux, Miss Michigan, 1956 in the beauty contest, but her profession is a nurse. Miss Kilgallen identifies the young woman's job, but, in fairness, because Mr. Daly did give the panel a huge hint about the young lady's uniform, Miss Devereaux wins by default. Next up is Mrs. Mary Civello of Bellerose,...
7.8
3Joe DiMaggioJoe DiMaggio (18 Sep. 1955)
Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf, begin tonight's show blindfolded, at the request of host and moderator, John Daly. The contestant is Major A. N. Ritchie, a Scots Guard and posted at Buckingham Palace. As the round continues, Arlene Francis asks to be disqualified. She says she knows the gentleman, and when she removes her mask, Arlene nods her head - she does, indeed, recognize the contestant. The panel is off its game tonight, for nobody identifies Major Ritchie and he wins the round by default. Miss Francis never reveals how...
7.2
4Jackie Gleason (Dressed as Ralph Kramden) & Douglas Fairbanks Jr.Jackie Gleason (Dressed as Ralph Kramden) & Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (25 Sep. 1955)
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5Lucille Ball and Desi ArnazLucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (2 Oct. 1955)
Robert Q. Lewis, filling in for Fred Allen this evening, joins regulars Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. Host and moderator the first contestant to sign in, one Mr. Raymond Fadden of New York City. Mr. Fadden operates the scoreboard at Brooklyn's Ebbetts Field. Dorothy Kilgallen guesses Mr. Fadden's occupation and says he must be very busy these days as the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers are in the midst of the World Series (the Brooklyn Dodgers will go on to win their one and only series against the Yankees). Next up is a gentleman from ...
8.4
6Hal MarchHal March (9 Oct. 1955)
Robert Q. Lewis fills in for Fred Allen this evening and Gale Storm, star of the popular TV sitcom, "My Little Margie," steps in for Arlene Francis. They are joined by regulars Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf. Host and moderator, John Daly, invites the first contestant to "sign in, please." The gentleman is Lt. E.P. Lyon, a Long Island, New York gentleman, who is the only male nurse in the United States Army. Robert Q. Lewis, recalling an article in the New York Times, correctly identifies Lt. Lyon's claim to fame. Next up, Mrs. Nancy Sheppard, an Arizona woman and...
7.8
7Jimmy Dorsey and Tommy DorseyJimmy Dorsey and Tommy Dorsey (16 Oct. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen welcomes fellow panelist back this week - Mr. Allen has been traveling to Ireland. They join Miss Arlene Francis and Mr. Bennett Cerf this evening, and the regulars are reunited for the first time in weeks. The first contestant is a New York City man, Captain J.L. Goldberg, United States Navy Chaplain. The panel doesn't come close to guessing Captain Goldberg's profession and the distinguished gentleman wins by default. Next up, is a Sarasota, Florida gentleman, Mr. Alfred Maschino, who plays the rear end of a horse in a vaudeville act, with his ...
7.7
8Herman Wouk & Van HeflinHerman Wouk & Van Heflin (23 Oct. 1955)
Host and moderator, John Daly, asks panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf to don their masks, for fear they might recognize the first contestant. He is the best-selling author, Herman Wouk, author of "Marjorie Morningstar," and the recent Broadway drama, "The Caine Mutiny." Fred Allen identifies the Mr. Wouk and, in conversation with Mr. Daly and Mr. Allen, Wouk reveals that he wrote radio sketches for Fred Allen in the late 1930s until Mr. Wouk left to serve in World War II. The second contestant is Miss Catherine Witton, mayor of ...
8.0
9Florence Chadwick & Jean SimmonsFlorence Chadwick & Jean Simmons (30 Oct. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel, but in a twist, invites the first contestant to join him. He does, however, ask the woman not to sign in, does not disclose her name nor her hometown. The panel is intrigued, but Dorothy Kilgallen almost immediately identifies the woman, Florence Chadwick, celebrated swimmer. Miss Chadwick has just swum the English Channel in record time - 13 hours, 55 minutes. Next up, an Illinois woman, Mrs. Darlene Sellek, who trains ...
8.2
10Harry BelafonteHarry Belafonte (6 Nov. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel and introduces tonight's first contestant. A New York City woman, Miss Lila Elsou, who's John Daly's secretary signs in and is almost immediately identified by Bennett Cerf. Next up is Major Arthur Murray of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Mr. Murray is a test pilot of rocket planes in the U.S Air Force. Miss Kilgallen establishes that Major Murray is an airplane pilot, but time runs out, and Major Murray wins the round by default. ...
8.4
11Phil Silvers (Dressed as Sgt. Bilko)Phil Silvers (Dressed as Sgt. Bilko) (13 Nov. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf, this evening's panelists, enter the stage through a curtain, go to their seats and introduce each other, as ever. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel and is quick to explain the change as letters received by viewers who wanted to see the ladies' ensembles. The first contestant is Thor Thors, Icelandic Ambassador to both the United States and the United Nations. Miss Kilgallen identifies the diplomat almost immediately. Next up, a young attractive woman from Los Angeles, Miss Betsy Sherman, who...
8.1
12Dick Kollmar & Garry MooreDick Kollmar & Garry Moore (20 Nov. 1955)
A week that features three mystery guests. Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Fred Allen begin the show blindfolded when trying to guess the identity of Richard Kollmar (Dorothy Kilgallen husband). None of the panelists identified Dorothy's husband. Afterwards, while not blindfolded, they take a stab at identifying a mysterious man from Scottsdale, AZ who doesn't sign his name on the board out of concern of being instantly recognized. It turns out he's artist George Petty, creator of then famous Petty Girl.(google Petty Girl for more ...
7.6
13Jack PalanceJack Palance (27 Nov. 1955)
Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Hal Block begin the show by trying to guess the lines of a man from Philadelphia who's the chief of the secret service. Then, another man from Pennsylvania who's line is a dog catcher. Next, asking one question a piece, the blindfolded panelists try to guess the identity of the weeks celebrity mystery challenger Jack Palance. Afterwards, the broadcasts ends with an elderly woman who makes Santa Clause beards and mustaches.
7.8
14George Axelrod & Vivian BlaineGeorge Axelrod & Vivian Blaine (4 Dec. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel and asks them to don their masks for the first guest for fear that he will be recognized. The gentleman is playwright and screenwriter, George Axelrod, author of the successful comedy on Broadway at the moment, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," starring Martin Gabel, Miss Francis's husband. Bennett Cerf identifies Mr. Axelrod almost immediately and, in chatting with Mr. Axelrod, John Daly mentions that the gentleman is the ...
7.9
15Jack Straus and Bernard F. Gimbel & Martha RayeJack Straus and Bernard F. Gimbel & Martha Raye (11 Dec. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel and asks that they don their blindfolds. Mr. Daly introduces his guests, Mr. Jack Straus, head of Macy's Department store and Mr. Bernard Gimbel, head of the now defunct Gimbel's Department store. Bennett Cerf identifies Mr. Straus, and Dorothy Kilgallen pegs Mr. Gimbel. The Macy's/Gimbel's rivalry was famous, but Mr. Daly, in conversation with the gentlemen, is assured that they seek to make this Christmas season very bright in ...
7.9
16Margaret SullavanMargaret Sullavan (18 Dec. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, welcomes the panel and invites the first contestant to "sign in, please." A New York City woman, Miss Catherine Farrell, who makes kilts greets the group and takes her place. Bennett Cerf guesses Mrs. Farrell's profession, but in the spirit of the holiday season, Mr. Daly allows the woman to win the round. Next up, a group of young men, headed by Mr. Kevin Hanlon, enter the stage. They are from Washington, D.C. and are the entire crew of the ...
7.7
17Mary Healy and Peter Lind HayesMary Healy and Peter Lind Hayes (25 Dec. 1955)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are the panelists on this very festive Christmas night broadcast. Host and moderator greets the panel and invites the first contestants to sign in, but not before the panel is blindfolded. Lt. and Mrs. V. Post and Lt. and Mrs. D. Baxendale of the Salvation Army enter, in their uniforms, ergo the need to blindfold the group. Arlene Francis identifies them, and Dorothy Kilgallen urges John Daly to give them the round at her expense - that would be $200 for the four of them. John Daly invites them to play a ...
7.7
18Mark Goodson and Bill Todman & Jackie CooperMark Goodson and Bill Todman & Jackie Cooper (1 Jan. 1956)
Guest panelist Vivian Blaine joins Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen and Bennett Cerf on this, the show's first broadcast of 1956. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the panel and asks them to don their blindfolds for the first guest - the show's producers and creators, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. Bennett Cerf identifies the pair with great celerity. Goodson and Todman rattle off several statistics about the show, as it approaches its sixth anniversary. They note that John Daly has NOT missed a single show in all that time. Next up, this New Year's Day, is a Swedish ...
7.2
19Patty Berg & Gary CrosbyPatty Berg & Gary Crosby (8 Jan. 1956)
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7.8
20Edward G. Robinson (2)Edward G. Robinson (2) (15 Jan. 1956)
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7.9
21Ambassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot LodgeAmbassador to the United Nations Henry Cabot Lodge (22 Jan. 1956)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, welcomes them and gets right down to cases by inviting the first contestant to 'sign in, please." The gentleman is Mr. M.A. Palmaro, who says he's from New York City. In fact, he is the Consul General of Monaco. Dorothy Kilgallen recognizes the man and disqualifies herself. The panel is stumped, and Mr. Palmaro wins by default. Mr. Daly asks Miss Kilgallen to identify Mr. Palmaro, and she does and adds that she rather thinks she'll see him in the...
7.8
22Victor Borge (2)Victor Borge (2) (29 Jan. 1956)
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7.5
23Randolph Churchill & Kim NovakRandolph Churchill & Kim Novak (5 Feb. 1956)
Two mystery guests and Desi Arnaz joins the panel with Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen and Arlene Francis who begin the show blindfolded while trying to determine the identity of the first mystery challenger, British corespondent and son of Winston Churchill, Randolph Churchill. Next up, without blindfolds, the panel tries to guess the line of a Texas man who's a pilot with a small fleet of helicopters, and is scheduled to fly Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz to Jamestown, NY the next day, for the premiere of their latest motion picture, "Forever, Darling.". Finally, the ...
7.9
24Dr. Jules Montenier & Jayne MansfieldDr. Jules Montenier & Jayne Mansfield (12 Feb. 1956)
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8.3
25General Mark Clark & Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein IIGeneral Mark Clark & Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II (19 Feb. 1956)
Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf are this evening's panelists. Host and moderator, John Daly, greets the group and instructs them to don their masks for the first guest. He is General Mark Clark, college president of the Citadel in South Carolina. The panel is utterly lost here, and General Clark wins by default. In conversation with Mr. Daly, General Clark mentions his national chairmanship of the American Heart Foundation. He urges all who are watching to give generously next Sunday, Heart Sunday, when volunteers will knock on doors, ...
7.7
26Robert TaylorRobert Taylor (26 Feb. 1956)
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7.5
27Betty HuttonBetty Hutton (4 Mar. 1956)
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7.9
28Emmett Kelly & Dinah ShoreEmmett Kelly & Dinah Shore (11 Mar. 1956)
Fred Allen's final show. Looking healthy and happy, Allen appeared for the last time with regular panelists Arlene Francis Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf. The show begins with the four blindfolded for the first mystery celebrity, and clown extraordinaire, Emmett Kelly. Then the panelists attempt to guess the line of a woman from Milwaukee, Wisconsin who's a mud bath attendant. the panelists are blindfolded again for the shows second celebrity mystery guest, Dinah Shore. However, and unfortunately, this segment has been lost forever, never to be seen or heard from ...
6.9
29Ann Landers & Cyd CharisseAnn Landers & Cyd Charisse (18 Mar. 1956)
John Daly begins the show with a tribute to Fred Allen who suffered a heart attack while taking one of his regular late night strolls up New York's West 57th Street on Sunday March 17, 1956. During the following night's regular Sunday broadcast of What's My Line? at 10:30PM, barely 24 hours following Allen's death, host John Daly preceded the program with a special message to the viewing audience. He stated that earlier in the day the producers had considered replacing the regular game play with a special memorial episode, but Allen's wife Portland Hoffa stated that ...
8.5
30Ford Frick & Linda DarnellFord Frick & Linda Darnell (25 Mar. 1956)
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8.0
31Panel from 'I've Got A Secret' (Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson) & Imogene CocaPanel from 'I've Got A Secret' (Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Faye Emerson) & Imogene Coca (1 Apr. 1956)
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8.0
32Ray BolgerRay Bolger (8 Apr. 1956)
Johnny Carson joins the panel. Panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Johnny Carson, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf begin the show by trying to guess the line of a big overweight man who plays the official racetrack bugler, that announces the horses are on track. Next, a rather suave and debonair looking man from Denmark who trains tigers for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Baily Circus. Then, the four panelist take a shot at identifying the weeks celebrity mystery challenger Ray Bolger. Finally, a NY woman who's an interpreter at the United Nations.
7.9
33Debbie Reynolds and Eddie FisherDebbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher (15 Apr. 1956)
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7.9
34Chester Gould & Hedda HopperChester Gould & Hedda Hopper (22 Apr. 1956)
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7.1
35Marguerite Higgins & Edgar BergenMarguerite Higgins & Edgar Bergen (29 Apr. 1956)
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7.7
36Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas & Mary HealySupreme Court Justice William O. Douglas & Mary Healy (6 May 1956)
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7.0
37Peter Lawford (2)Peter Lawford (2) (13 May 1956)
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7.4
38Art LinkletterArt Linkletter (20 May 1956)
Ronald Reagan joins panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis and Hedda Hopper to guess the lines of a Texas man who breeds skunks, a married couple who are steeplejacks. Finally, the four panelists try to identify the weeks celebrity mystery guest Art Linkletter.
7.2
39Ozzie and Harriet NelsonOzzie and Harriet Nelson (27 May 1956)
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7.5
40Frank Lloyd Wright & LiberaceFrank Lloyd Wright & Liberace (3 Jun. 1956)
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7.8
41Charles Atlas & Jane PowellCharles Atlas & Jane Powell (10 Jun. 1956)
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7.4
42Arthur Murray & Pier Angeli and Vic DamoneArthur Murray & Pier Angeli and Vic Damone (17 Jun. 1956)
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7.7
43Bob Hope and Daughter Linda Hope & The Cincinnati RedsBob Hope and Daughter Linda Hope & The Cincinnati Reds (24 Jun. 1956)
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7.0
44Sugar Ray Robinson (2)Sugar Ray Robinson (2) (1 Jul. 1956)
Sugar Ray Robinson as the celebrity mystery guest. Panelists Jack E. Leonard, Arlene Francis, Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf begin the show by trying to guess the occupation of an older man who signs the chalkboard as Mr. X, who was the judge who'd recently married Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. Bennett identified the judge. Next up, a woman dressed in a Navy uniform who's a Navy barber for men only, Dorothy quickly identified the woman's occupation. Then, the four blindfolded panelists try to identify the week's mystery celebrity challenger, Sugar Ray Robinson...
7.0
45Margaret Truman (2)Margaret Truman (2) (8 Jul. 1956)
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6.9
46Ted LewisTed Lewis (15 Jul. 1956)
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6.0
47Jerry LewisJerry Lewis (22 Jul. 1956)
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8.0
48James Mason (2)James Mason (2) (29 Jul. 1956)
First contestant was Elizabeth Doone from Newton Mearns, Scotland was a Bus Conductor. Dorothy Kilgallen came up with an answer for her being a conductor of either streetcar or bus. Mr. Daly allowed that to stand George Thorpe from Webster Groves, Missouri, was the second contestant. He was an Exercise Instructor in Ladies Reducing Salon. Arlene Francis got the answer with a great deal laughter. The Mystery Guest was James Mason for this episode and was identified by Bennett Cerf. An additional contestant, Dorothy Jambrek, from Kenosha, Wisconsin, was an Alimony Clerk...
7.3
49Miss Universe 1956 Carol Morris & Chicago Mayor Richard J. DaleyMiss Universe 1956 Carol Morris & Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley (5 Aug. 1956)
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6.6
50CBS News Team & Perle MestaCBS News Team & Perle Mesta (12 Aug. 1956)
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8.0
51Silvana ManganoSilvana Mangano (19 Aug. 1956)
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7.0
52Del Webb and Daniel Topping & Walter PidgeonDel Webb and Daniel Topping & Walter Pidgeon (26 Aug. 1956)
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7.5