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The Name's the Same 

Guests who have the same name as famous persons, fictional characters, or things, are quizzed by celebrity panelists who try to determine their name.




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Series cast summary:
Joan Alexander ...  Herself - Panelist / ... 132 episodes, 1952-1955
Robert Q. Lewis ...  Himself - Host 94 episodes, 1952-1954


Guests who have the same name as famous persons, fictional characters, or things, are quizzed by celebrity panelists who try to determine their name. Each panelist has ten questions; if they fail, they have to give the guest a check for a small amount. A famous person also visits with a secret wish that the panelists guess. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

5 December 1951 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The screen credit for ABC staff artist Hy Bley appears in the form of a scribbled signature on the closing credits, among many other scribbled signatures like "Abraham Lincoln" and "A. Goldfish". Bley was possibly the artist who prepared the show's cartoon graphics revealing the guests' names. See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Audrey Meadows (1955) See more »


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Performed by Sidney Torch
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The Name's The Same
31 October 2005 | by csidhuSee all my reviews

I was born in 1956, and remember, however vaguely, watching a segment of "The Name's the Same," many, many moons ago. Anyway, last night, I woke up to watch one of my all-time favorites, "What's My Line?" It airs 12:30 a.m., everyday. "Beat the Clock" usually runs one-half hour before that; however, last night, "The Name's the Same" was aired at 12 midnight. I tell you I've never laughed so hard in such a long time: it felt really good. I am a real critic when it comes to comedy, any kind of comedy: stand-up, movie, etc. (and I never watch "sitcoms"). I can sit through the majority--if not all--"comedy" movies these days without so much as cracking a grin. But, I really must have bust a gut last night. "The Name's the Same," last night, featured Eddie Albert, and the panelists included Bess Myerson and Gene Rayburn. The host, Mr. Lewis, alone, was fabulously entertaining. Laughter from the audience oozed throughout the show. I, too, had tears in my eyes less than ten minutes after the game had started. The formal wear and presentation of the panelists combined with the casual, free and easy approach to questioning toward solving the name was for many in the 1950's, a most delightful recipe for comedy, and is for me now, too.

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