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Wed, Apr 15, 2020 7:53 PM

Sugg: Can You Guess the Mistery Guest?


What's My Line? (1950) was a famous game-show hosted by John Daly, were celebrity panelists were challenged to determine the occupation of the contestants. It also had a section with a mistery guest, where panelists had to identify the identity of a celebrity while blindfolded. In both sections the panel asked questions that could be answered yes or no, and the questioning could continue for a given time or until the panel got 10 negative answers.

What's My Line? became one of the most successful game shows in history, it inspired many similar versions around the world, won several Emmys and Golden Globes and in its run of 17 years it became the longest running game-show in U.S. primetime television.
After getting cancelled in 1967 it was immediatly followed by a syndicated daily production that run until 1975.

During its original run of 876 episodes, hundreds of celebrities prticipated in What's My Line?, and several of them were mistery guests more than once.

If you had been a What's My Line? panelist, Which of these Mistery Guests would have been harder for you to discover?

The poll only includes the celebrities with more than 4 appearances in the show.

https://www.imdb.com/list/ls094917705/

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6 months ago

probably olivia de haviland, only because the others have such distinctive voices....

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I never seen a single episode, but wouldn't some of the actors put on ... fake accents or at least tone down their own distinctive style of speech to make it ... less obvious?

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You never saw any episode? Do it, please! I've been an instant fan ever since I discovered the show on Youtube 12 years ago. The show really records a time that exists no more... with Hollywood legends loosening up and making fun of their own images and anonymous contestants who have fun fooling the panelists...

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I join ElMaruecan's recommendation Stephen, it is a very entertaining show and a happy discovery for me this quarantine. I had never heard about it, but casually found a YouTube channel with all surviving episodes (unfortunately many of the earlier ones are lost) and now I watch one show every night, even when someone I'm not familiar with appears, the show is a joy.

If you are interested, you can watch it here 

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i agree...i used to watch the show in its original run...(yeah...i'm old)....it is a fun show to watch and as ed says..."...attempt to disguise their voice...some had such distinct voices..."....but it was all for fun...check it out...

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Yesterday I watched Ann Sheridan, she answered in Spanish and completely threw them off.

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A few actors faked accents, some who were fluent in other languages did but generally it was a specialty from foreign actors to imitate typical 'Yankee' accent, especially French actors, there was Jean-Pierre Aumont but the greatest impression of an American accent, one that fooled everyone was Louis Jourdan in 1954, Arlene Francis was really impressed.

Anyway, the panelists became such experts that they immediately figured anyone imitating the American accent were foreigners and a foreign accent meant an American, so the "accent" was a giveaway.

The real challenge was to disguise the voice, which was quite impossible for some performers whose voice was a trademark, Yul Brynner had to whistle and as soon as Louis Armstrong conceded a few words, the game was over. It's also crazy to see some instantly identifiable voices being unrecognized at that, like Charlton Heston. But the funniest thing is when actresses were thought to be men, it took at least two rounds of question before the panelists realized Rosalind Russell was an actress (so to speak).

It's really an entertaining game and classy show and even the non-professional parts where they had to guess the line was fun to watch. Speaking for myself, every 3-4 months, I need my "fix" of WML and I generally watch those from the Golden Age, which means after they got rid of Hal Block in 52 and after the death of Killgalen in 1965.

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6 months ago

Is mystery intentionally misspelled for some reason? Trademark spelling for the show or something like that? If misspelled, please correct all four instances as well as place mystery guests in the question in lower case letters.

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No reason at all other than a mistake, thanks for the correction.

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There should be a show called Mister Mystery.

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6 months ago

Pencho,

Minor typo:

After getting cancelled in 1967 it was immediatly followed by a syndicated daily production that ran until 1975.

After getting cancelled in 1967 it was immediately followed by a syndicated daily production that ran until 1975.

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Corrected.

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Pencho,

Thank you for making the correction.

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6 months ago

Pencho,

One other minor typo:

What's My Line? (1950) was a famous game-show hosted by John Daly, were celebrity panelists were challenged to determine the occupation of the contestants.


To:

What's My Line? (1950) was a famous game-show hosted by John Daly, where celebrity panelists were challenged to determine the occupation of the contestants.


What's My Line? (1950) was a famous game-show hosted by John Daly, where celebrity panelists were challenged to determine the occupation of the contestants.

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Pencho,

Thank for making the correction.

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6 months ago

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2 months ago

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2 months ago

i'm not sure if people are understanding the question correctly...currently, the three top vote-getters are the mcguire sisters...edward g. robinson...and bette davis....eddie g. and bette should be very recognizable, with the mcguire sisters pretty easy as well (especially at the time of these episodes)....maybe they're just picking their favorites or something...