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Arlene Francis Collection

Panelists on What's My Line, Arlene Francis had a long performance history on Broadway.

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(total playtime 27 hours, 33 min)
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Arlene Francis


Radio Quiz Shows were not necessarily “high browed”, but in general, TV Game Shows rarely achieved the level of dignity of most Radio Quiz Programs. There was one very notable exception, and that was the long running and popular What’s My Line?

Arlene FrancisThere were a number of elements which raised What’s My Line? above the noisy heap of other game shows. The show took place on a simple curtained set, and the game was always played for fun rather than prize money. In fact, even guest contestants who “won” by stumping the panel would only walk away with $50. It was the panel which really set What’s My Line? apart.

As the program opened, host John Charles Daly would introduce one of the celebrity panelists who would then take turns introducing each other. The men on the show wore black suits and bow ties while the women appeared in gowns and often gloves. There would be a guest panelist, Fred Allen held the guest chair so often that he was considered a regular. The regular panelists included publisher Bennett Cerf, Broadway columnist Dorothy Kilgallen and radio personality Arlene Francis. When the long run on CBS (1950-1967) finally came to an end, the show went into syndication until 1975, and the only cast member to stay with the show was Ms. Francis.

Arlene was born in Boston in 1907. Her Armenian father had been an art student in Paris when he learned that Sultan Abdul Hamid II had massacred between 80,000 and 300,000 of his countrymen, including his family. He immigrated to Boston where he opened a portrait photography studio. When Arlene was seven, her father moved the family to Manhattan in pursuit of greater opportunities. Arlene remained a New York resident until 1995.

After college, Arlene entered the entertainment industry and became an accomplished stage actress. She performed in a number of local and off-Broadway productions, and appeared in 25 Broadway plays before her retirement in 1975. In addition to her stage work, she appeared on the radio. She was one of the hosts of the quiz show What’s My Name? beginning in 1938. The show was seen as a model for TV’s What’s My Line? which premiered a year after the radio Quiz show went off the air in 1949. Although the show had a number of male hosts as it went from network to network, Ms. Francis would foreshadow her TV longevity by staying with the show for its entire run.

In 1940, she took over the role of Betty on Betty and Bob, which had been the first successful soap opera to come out of “the Hummert Radio Factory” in 1932. She expanded her Quiz show repertoire in 1943 by hosting Blind Date, which she reprised when the show was recreated for TV in 1949. Arlene’s strong stage experience made her a popular player on DuPont’s Cavalcade of America during the early 1940s.

Arlene’s first marriage to Neil Agnew, a salesman working for Paramount Studios, ended in divorce after 10 years. In 1946, she married actor/producer Martin Gabel. Gabel often sat in the Guest Panelist chair on What’s My Line? and the couple was far from shy about sharing endearments on the show. They had one son, Peter, who became a legal scholar in San Francisco. In 1964, while working at the New York World’s Fair, Peter surprised his mother by appearing as one of What’s My Line?'s Mystery Guests.

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    75 recordings on 2 MP3 CDs for just $9.00
    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 46 shows - total playtime 12 hours 2 minutes
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    1. Afrsv Voice of the Army 480000 415 Quite by accident.mp3
    2. Betty-Bob 470616 001 Returned To Their Home Town.mp3
    3. Betty-Bob 470617 002 Neighbor Shoots A Deputy Sheriff.mp3
    4. Betty-Bob 470618 003 Chet Atkins Meets Claire Evans.mp3
    5. Betty-Bob 470619 004 Rusacks Daughter Escapes From House.mp3
    6. Betty-Bob 470620 005 A Romance For Claire.mp3
    7. Betty-Bob 470623 006 Betty Tells Chet About Claires Problems.mp3
    8. Betty-Bob 470624 007 Expolice Chief Henderson Visits Drakes.mp3
    9. Betty-Bob 470625 008 Corruption In City Government.mp3
    10. Betty-Bob 470626 009 Anxious Control Of His Newspaper Again.mp3
    11. Betty-Bob 470627 010 Chet Comes To Visit Claira.mp3
    12. Betty-Bob 470630 011 Returning To Monroe Fight Corruption.mp3
    13. Betty-Bob 470701 012 Betty Has Found A House For Them To Buy.mp3
    14. Betty-Bob 470702 013 Drakes Go Out With Jamersons.mp3
    15. Betty-Bob 470703 014 Henderson Has News About City Council.mp3
    16. Betty-Bob 470704 015 Margaret Jamerson Hit Girl With Car.mp3
    17. Betty-Bob 470707 016 Betty Visits Ellsworth Jamerson.mp3
    18. Betty-Bob 470812 037 Mrs Warner Pays Betty Back.mp3
    19. Betty-Bob 470813 038 Ellsworth Jameson Suspects Chet.mp3
    20. Betty-Bob 471124 111 Bob To Convince Evelyn To Leave Town.mp3
    21. Betty-Bob 471125 112 Bob Takes Evelyn To Dinner.mp3
    22. Betty-Bob 471126 113 Sam Has Proposed To Evelyn.mp3
    23. Betty-Bob 471127 114 Betty Talks With Evelyn About Sam.mp3
    24. Betty-Bob 471128 115 Evelyn Decides Not To Marry Sam.mp3
    25. Betty-Bob 471201 116 Evelyn Heads For Martins Office.mp3
    26. Betty-Bob 471202 117 Evelyns Conversations With Hap.mp3
    27. Betty-Bob 471203 118 Discuss Events Surrounding Sam.mp3
    28. Betty-Bob 471204 119 Evely Purposely Encounters Bob.mp3
    29. Betty-Bob 471205 120 Betty Doesnt Trust Evelyns Story.mp3
    30. Betty-Bob 471208 121 Martin And Hap Discuss Drakes.mp3
    31. Betty-Bob 471209 122 Newspapers Financial Problems Incrs.mp3
    32. Betty-Bob 471210 123 Evelyn Visits Bob At His Office.mp3
    33. Betty-Bob 471211 124 Sam Impressed Bobs Determination.mp3
    34. Betty-Bob 471212 125 Betty And Her Mother Discuss Bobs Plans.mp3
    35. Betty-Bob 471215 126 Betty-Bob Discuss Newspaper Plans.mp3
    36. Betty-Bob 471216 127 Drakes Have Taken Claire To Hopsital.mp3
    37. Betty-Bob 471217 128 Clair Has Given Birth To A Boy.mp3
    38. Betty-Bob 471218 129 Someone Broken Newspapers Files.mp3
    39. Betty-Bob 471219 130 Drakes Suspect Martin Anderson Guilty.mp3
    40. Betty-Bob Xxxxxx 381 Betty Making Progress.mp3
    41. Blind Date 450205 Host Arlene Francis.mp3
    42. Calv 400618 Susan B Anthony.mp3
    43. Calv 411208 Men In White.mp3
    44. Calv 411229 Gorgeous Hussy.mp3
    45. Calv 420706 Gentleman From Islands.mp3
    46. Calv 420928 Thunder From Mountain.mp3
    Volume 2 - 29 shows - total playtime 15 hours 30 minutes
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    1. Calv 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
    2. Calv 421116 Alaska Under Arms.mp3
    3. Calv 430215 War Comes To Dr Morgan.mp3
    4. Calv 430412 Lengthening Shadow.mp3
    5. Calv 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    6. Calv 430607 Enemy Is Listening.mp3
    7. Calv 430614 Make Way For Lady.mp3
    8. Calv 430621 Unsinkable Marble Head.mp3
    9. Calv 430628 Sky Nursemaid.mp3
    10. Calv 430719 Schoolhouse At Front.mp3
    11. Calv 430726 Diamonds At War.mp3
    12. Campbell Playhouse 390917 28 Ah, Wilderness.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 740805 I Thought You Were Dead.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 360801 003 Cartwheel.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 411102 025 Man With Platform.mp3
    16. First Fabulous Fifty 761031 Host Arlene Francis Part 4.mp3
    17. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole.mp3
    18. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    19. Mgm Theater Of Air 500120 15 Slightly Dangerous.mp3
    20. Mgm Theater Of Air 500224 20 Come Live With Me.mp3
    21. Second Husband Christmas Eve Opening Night.mp3
    22. Theater 5 650720 Flights Of Angels.mp3
    23. Whats My Line 206 Arlene Francis Afrts.mp3
    24. Whats My Line 511202.mp3
    25. Whats My Line AFRTS #206.mp3
    26. Whats My Line Arnold Stang.mp3
    27. Whats My Line Circus Strongman.mp3
    28. Whats My Line Crosby Brothers.mp3
    29. Whats My Line Nick Adams.mp3
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    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min
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    Volume 1 - 46 shows - total playtime 12 hours 2 minutes
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    1. Afrsv Voice of the Army 480000 415 Quite by accident.mp3
    2. Betty-Bob 470616 001 Returned To Their Home Town.mp3
    3. Betty-Bob 470617 002 Neighbor Shoots A Deputy Sheriff.mp3
    4. Betty-Bob 470618 003 Chet Atkins Meets Claire Evans.mp3
    5. Betty-Bob 470619 004 Rusacks Daughter Escapes From House.mp3
    6. Betty-Bob 470620 005 A Romance For Claire.mp3
    7. Betty-Bob 470623 006 Betty Tells Chet About Claires Problems.mp3
    8. Betty-Bob 470624 007 Expolice Chief Henderson Visits Drakes.mp3
    9. Betty-Bob 470625 008 Corruption In City Government.mp3
    10. Betty-Bob 470626 009 Anxious Control Of His Newspaper Again.mp3
    11. Betty-Bob 470627 010 Chet Comes To Visit Claira.mp3
    12. Betty-Bob 470630 011 Returning To Monroe Fight Corruption.mp3
    13. Betty-Bob 470701 012 Betty Has Found A House For Them To Buy.mp3
    14. Betty-Bob 470702 013 Drakes Go Out With Jamersons.mp3
    15. Betty-Bob 470703 014 Henderson Has News About City Council.mp3
    16. Betty-Bob 470704 015 Margaret Jamerson Hit Girl With Car.mp3
    17. Betty-Bob 470707 016 Betty Visits Ellsworth Jamerson.mp3
    18. Betty-Bob 470812 037 Mrs Warner Pays Betty Back.mp3
    19. Betty-Bob 470813 038 Ellsworth Jameson Suspects Chet.mp3
    20. Betty-Bob 471124 111 Bob To Convince Evelyn To Leave Town.mp3
    21. Betty-Bob 471125 112 Bob Takes Evelyn To Dinner.mp3
    22. Betty-Bob 471126 113 Sam Has Proposed To Evelyn.mp3
    23. Betty-Bob 471127 114 Betty Talks With Evelyn About Sam.mp3
    24. Betty-Bob 471128 115 Evelyn Decides Not To Marry Sam.mp3
    25. Betty-Bob 471201 116 Evelyn Heads For Martins Office.mp3
    26. Betty-Bob 471202 117 Evelyns Conversations With Hap.mp3
    27. Betty-Bob 471203 118 Discuss Events Surrounding Sam.mp3
    28. Betty-Bob 471204 119 Evely Purposely Encounters Bob.mp3
    29. Betty-Bob 471205 120 Betty Doesnt Trust Evelyns Story.mp3
    30. Betty-Bob 471208 121 Martin And Hap Discuss Drakes.mp3
    31. Betty-Bob 471209 122 Newspapers Financial Problems Incrs.mp3
    32. Betty-Bob 471210 123 Evelyn Visits Bob At His Office.mp3
    33. Betty-Bob 471211 124 Sam Impressed Bobs Determination.mp3
    34. Betty-Bob 471212 125 Betty And Her Mother Discuss Bobs Plans.mp3
    35. Betty-Bob 471215 126 Betty-Bob Discuss Newspaper Plans.mp3
    36. Betty-Bob 471216 127 Drakes Have Taken Claire To Hopsital.mp3
    37. Betty-Bob 471217 128 Clair Has Given Birth To A Boy.mp3
    38. Betty-Bob 471218 129 Someone Broken Newspapers Files.mp3
    39. Betty-Bob 471219 130 Drakes Suspect Martin Anderson Guilty.mp3
    40. Betty-Bob Xxxxxx 381 Betty Making Progress.mp3
    41. Blind Date 450205 Host Arlene Francis.mp3
    42. Calv 400618 Susan B Anthony.mp3
    43. Calv 411208 Men In White.mp3
    44. Calv 411229 Gorgeous Hussy.mp3
    45. Calv 420706 Gentleman From Islands.mp3
    46. Calv 420928 Thunder From Mountain.mp3
    Volume 2 - 29 shows - total playtime 15 hours 30 minutes
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    1. Calv 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
    2. Calv 421116 Alaska Under Arms.mp3
    3. Calv 430215 War Comes To Dr Morgan.mp3
    4. Calv 430412 Lengthening Shadow.mp3
    5. Calv 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife.mp3
    6. Calv 430607 Enemy Is Listening.mp3
    7. Calv 430614 Make Way For Lady.mp3
    8. Calv 430621 Unsinkable Marble Head.mp3
    9. Calv 430628 Sky Nursemaid.mp3
    10. Calv 430719 Schoolhouse At Front.mp3
    11. Calv 430726 Diamonds At War.mp3
    12. Campbell Playhouse 390917 28 Ah, Wilderness.mp3
    13. Cbsrmt 740805 I Thought You Were Dead.mp3
    14. Columbia Workshop 360801 003 Cartwheel.mp3
    15. Columbia Workshop 411102 025 Man With Platform.mp3
    16. First Fabulous Fifty 761031 Host Arlene Francis Part 4.mp3
    17. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole.mp3
    18. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days.mp3
    19. Mgm Theater Of Air 500120 15 Slightly Dangerous.mp3
    20. Mgm Theater Of Air 500224 20 Come Live With Me.mp3
    21. Second Husband Christmas Eve Opening Night.mp3
    22. Theater 5 650720 Flights Of Angels.mp3
    23. Whats My Line 206 Arlene Francis Afrts.mp3
    24. Whats My Line 511202.mp3
    25. Whats My Line AFRTS #206.mp3
    26. Whats My Line Arnold Stang.mp3
    27. Whats My Line Circus Strongman.mp3
    28. Whats My Line Crosby Brothers.mp3
    29. Whats My Line Nick Adams.mp3
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    75 recordings on 29 Audio CDs
    total playtime 27 hours, 33 min

    Arlene Francis Disc A001

    1. Betty-Bob Xxxxxx 381 Betty Making Progress
    2. Second Husband Christmas Eve Opening Night
    3. Whats My Line 206 Arlene Francis Afrts

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    Arlene Francis Disc A002

    1. Whats My Line AFRTS #206
    2. Whats My Line Arnold Stang

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    Arlene Francis Disc A003

    1. Whats My Line Circus Strongman
    2. Whats My Line Crosby Brothers

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    Arlene Francis Disc A004

    1. Whats My Line Nick Adams
    2. Columbia Workshop 360801 003 Cartwheel

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    Arlene Francis Disc A005

    1. Mercury Theater 380822 07 Affairs Of Anatole

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    Arlene Francis Disc A006

    1. Mercury Theater 381023 16 Around World In Eighty Days

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    Arlene Francis Disc A007

    1. Campbell Playhouse 390917 28 Ah, Wilderness

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    Arlene Francis Disc A008

    1. Calv 400618 Susan B Anthony
    2. Columbia Workshop 411102 025 Man With Platform

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    Arlene Francis Disc A009

    1. Calv 411208 Men In White
    2. Calv 411229 Gorgeous Hussy

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    Arlene Francis Disc A010

    1. Calv 420706 Gentleman From Islands
    2. Calv 420928 Thunder From Mountain

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    Arlene Francis Disc A011

    1. Calv 421005 I Was Married On Bataan
    2. Calv 421116 Alaska Under Arms

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    Arlene Francis Disc A012

    1. Calv 430215 War Comes To Dr Morgan
    2. Calv 430412 Lengthening Shadow

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    Arlene Francis Disc A013

    1. Calv 430531 Mr Lincolns Wife
    2. Calv 430607 Enemy Is Listening

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    Arlene Francis Disc A014

    1. Calv 430614 Make Way For Lady
    2. Calv 430621 Unsinkable Marble Head

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    Arlene Francis Disc A015

    1. Calv 430628 Sky Nursemaid
    2. Calv 430719 Schoolhouse At Front

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    Arlene Francis Disc A016

    1. Calv 430726 Diamonds At War
    2. Blind Date 450205 Host Arlene Francis
    3. Betty-Bob 470616 001 Returned To Their Home Town

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    Arlene Francis Disc A017

    1. Betty-Bob 470617 002 Neighbor Shoots A Deputy Sheriff
    2. Betty-Bob 470618 003 Chet Atkins Meets Claire Evans
    3. Betty-Bob 470619 004 Rusacks Daughter Escapes From House
    4. Betty-Bob 470620 005 A Romance For Claire

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    Arlene Francis Disc A018

    1. Betty-Bob 470623 006 Betty Tells Chet About Claires Problems
    2. Betty-Bob 470624 007 Expolice Chief Henderson Visits Drakes
    3. Betty-Bob 470625 008 Corruption In City Government
    4. Betty-Bob 470626 009 Anxious Control Of His Newspaper Again

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    Arlene Francis Disc A019

    1. Betty-Bob 470627 010 Chet Comes To Visit Claira
    2. Betty-Bob 470630 011 Returning To Monroe Fight Corruption
    3. Betty-Bob 470701 012 Betty Has Found A House For Them To Buy
    4. Betty-Bob 470702 013 Drakes Go Out With Jamersons

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    Arlene Francis Disc A020

    1. Betty-Bob 470703 014 Henderson Has News About City Council
    2. Betty-Bob 470704 015 Margaret Jamerson Hit Girl With Car
    3. Betty-Bob 470707 016 Betty Visits Ellsworth Jamerson
    4. Betty-Bob 470812 037 Mrs Warner Pays Betty Back
    5. Betty-Bob 470813 038 Ellsworth Jameson Suspects Chet

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    Arlene Francis Disc A021

    1. Betty-Bob 471124 111 Bob To Convince Evelyn To Leave Town
    2. Betty-Bob 471125 112 Bob Takes Evelyn To Dinner
    3. Betty-Bob 471126 113 Sam Has Proposed To Evelyn
    4. Betty-Bob 471127 114 Betty Talks With Evelyn About Sam

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    Arlene Francis Disc A022

    1. Betty-Bob 471128 115 Evelyn Decides Not To Marry Sam
    2. Betty-Bob 471201 116 Evelyn Heads For Martins Office
    3. Betty-Bob 471202 117 Evelyns Conversations With Hap
    4. Betty-Bob 471203 118 Discuss Events Surrounding Sam

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    Arlene Francis Disc A023

    1. Betty-Bob 471204 119 Evely Purposely Encounters Bob
    2. Betty-Bob 471205 120 Betty Doesnt Trust Evelyns Story
    3. Betty-Bob 471208 121 Martin And Hap Discuss Drakes
    4. Betty-Bob 471209 122 Newspapers Financial Problems Incrs
    5. Betty-Bob 471210 123 Evelyn Visits Bob At His Office

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    Arlene Francis Disc A024

    1. Betty-Bob 471211 124 Sam Impressed Bobs Determination
    2. Betty-Bob 471212 125 Betty And Her Mother Discuss Bobs Plans
    3. Betty-Bob 471215 126 Betty-Bob Discuss Newspaper Plans
    4. Betty-Bob 471216 127 Drakes Have Taken Claire To Hopsital
    5. Betty-Bob 471217 128 Clair Has Given Birth To A Boy

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    Arlene Francis Disc A025

    1. Betty-Bob 471218 129 Someone Broken Newspapers Files
    2. Betty-Bob 471219 130 Drakes Suspect Martin Anderson Guilty
    3. Afrsv Voice of the Army 480000 415 Quite by accident

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    Arlene Francis Disc A026

    1. Mgm Theater Of Air 500120 15 Slightly Dangerous

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    Arlene Francis Disc A027

    1. Mgm Theater Of Air 500224 20 Come Live With Me
    2. Whats My Line 511202

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    Arlene Francis Disc A028

    1. Theater 5 650720 Flights Of Angels
    2. Cbsrmt 740805 I Thought You Were Dead

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    Arlene Francis Disc A029

    1. First Fabulous Fifty 761031 Host Arlene Francis Part 4

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