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Bennett Cerf Interview Part 2 This is the second part of the interview given by longtime What's My Line panelist Bennett Cerf to journalist Robin Hawkins on January 23, 1968. It was part of an oral history project focusing on famous New Yorkers. (The sound occasionally fades in and out.) Again, Bennett provides some interesting anecdotes about his WML colleagues.
Tags: Bennet  Cerf  interview  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 14th March 2009
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Bennett Cerf Interview Part 1 What's My Line fans--you'll enjoy this! This is the first part of a 1968 Bennett Cerf interview with journalist Robin Hawkins. Cerf tells the story of how he became a regular WML panelist in 1950. He is surprisingly candid about some of his old WML colleagues.
Tags: Bennett  Cerf  interview  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 13th March 2009
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Art Carney on Whats My Line 1966 Art Carney has the panel stumped for a while in his appearance as a mystery challenger on What's My Line on April 27, 1966. Bennett Cerf eventually figures out who is behind the funny voice. (Cerf had also deduced Carney's identity in his 1954 mystery challenger appearance.)
Tags: Art  Carney  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 17th February 2008
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Ginger Rogers on Whats My Line Film star Ginger Rogers is the mystery guest on this episode of What's My Line from November 21, 1954. (Listen for Bennett Cerf to refer to Ginger as a 'perfidious wench!')
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Ginger  Rogers 
Added: 9th July 2008
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Terry Moore on Whats My Line Actress Terry Moore is the mystery challenger on this episode of What's My Line from March 20, 1955. (Listen for Bennett Cerf's question about ejaculations! Judging by the audience's lack of guffaws, that word must have had a different meaning in 1955!)
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Terry  Moore 
Added: 20th August 2008
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Julie London on Whats My line Nearly 900 episodes of the classic Sunday night CBS version of What's My Line were made between 1950 and 1967. Host John Daly only missed four of them. Here's one of the four: Actress Julie London is the mystery challenger as regular panelist Bennett Cerf pinch hits for the vacationing John Daly on September 29, 1957.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Julie  London 
Added: 6th September 2008
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Michael Todd on Whats My Line Movie producer Michael Todd, one of Elizabeth Taylor's 437 husbands, appears as a mystery challenger on What's My Line on February 17, 1957. (Watch Bennett Cerf do a masterful job of narrowing down the field--only to guess the wrong movie producer!)
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Michael  Todd 
Added: 24th November 2008
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Kitty Carlisle on Whats My Line Stage actress and well-known panel show celebrity Kitty Carlisle appears as a mystery challenger on the syndicated version of What's My Line. Since Carlisle was an occasional panelist on the original WML, old colleagues Bennett Cerf and Arlene Francis were quick to recognize her.
Tags: Whats  My  Line  Kitty  Carlisle 
Added: 24th February 2009
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Hal Block WML Outcast Hal Block was a regular panelist on What's My Line? from 1950 to 1953. He started his career as a joke writer in Chicago and once toured overseas with Bob Hope. He was not well liked by the other WML panelists because of his lack of dignity. Years later Bennett Cerf referred to Block as 'a clod.' WML producer Gil Fates recalled, 'Hal was a strange man. He was rumored to have come from a very wealthy family in Chicago, where he wrote material for some of the standout, stand-up comics in the business. He was stocky with curly black hair, heavy lips, and rather bulging eyes. He wore bow ties, stood around with his hands clasped behind his back, and smiled most of the time. He seemed completely uninhibited by either sensitivity or propriety. He referred to Ethel Barrymore as 'you doll' and planted big wet kisses on both Sister Kenny and Helen Hayes as they passed down the panel to say goodbye. For our deodorant sponsor he gratuitously coined the phrase, 'Make your armpit a charmpit.' Hal was totally oblivious to the panel's distaste for his jokes or to the icy correctness with which John Daly would greet one of his appalling observations. 'You're the prettiest nun I ever saw,' he once complimented a Dominican Sister in full habit. 'So what was so wrong?' he asked in defense. 'She was a real doll.' You couldn't teach the meaning of good taste to Hal any more than StarKist could teach it to Charlie the Tuna. Hal's relationship to the show was much like that of the small-town, stay-at-home wife to her rising young corporate executive husband. Hal had served his purpose when the program was young, but now that we were a class product his gaucheries were no longer tolerable.' In March 1953 Block was quietly replaced on the WML panel by the much more urbane Steve Allen. Block died, pretty much forgotten, from injuries he suffered in an apartment fire, in 1981 at age 67.
Tags: Hal  Block  Whats  My  Line  panelist 
Added: 17th November 2009
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Whats My Line - Syndicated Years After a prime time run on CBS of more than 17 years (1950 to 1967), the popular panel show What's My Line? was resurrected by its creators as a syndicated program from 1968 to 1975. Beloved host John Daly was not interested in the hectic schedule of five shows per week (all done in one day), so Washington political reporter Wally Bruner was brought in as the new moderator. Classy Arlene Francis returned as a regular panelist. Bennett Cerf apppeared occasionally until his death in 1971. Soupy Sales became the regular male panelist. He proved to be an amusing and excellent game player who seemed to know every mystery guest no matter what field he/she happened to be in. The syndicated version was less refined than the CBS version. Games were deliberately shortened to allow the contestants to display their unusual occupations--something that almost never happened on the old version. Therefore if a contestant was a fire eater or a wine taster, there was invariably a demonstration of his/her talent. Bruner hosted WML for four years but admittedly was not fond of New York City nor the showbiz scene and was happy to bow out gracefully. Larry Blyden, best known as a Broadway actor, took over as moderator in 1972 for the show's last three seasons, and was much more comfortable hobnobbing with celebrities than Bruner was. Providing halfway decent mystery guests five shows per week proved to be a huge challenge. Executive producer Gil Fates charitably referred to some of the so-called celebrities as "owls" because often the studio audience and some of the panelists would quietly say "who?" when the mystery guest was not particularly famous. The final shows were taped just before Christmas in 1974 and aired throughout the spring of 1975. Towards the end, declining ratings and aging audience demographics made WML a tough sell to local TV stations. Blyden was slated to host Showoffs, another game show, when he was tragically killed in an auto accident while vacationing in Morocco in June 1975--which absolutely sealed the finish of WML. The syndicated WML simply faded away with none of the sentimental fanfare the CBS version had in its 1967 finale. In his book on the history of WML, Fates ruefully admits the last episode of the syndicated show was "a bomb." There have been no serious attempts to revive WML since 1975, although a retrospective program was made later that year--co-hosted by John Daly and Arlene Francis--to mark WML's 25 years on the air.
Tags: TV  syndicated  Whats  My  Line 
Added: 14th June 2012
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