Who Said That? is a 1947–55 NBC radio-television game show, in which a panel of celebrities attempts to determine the speaker of a quotation from recent news reports. The series was first proposed and edited by Fred W. Friendly, later of CBS News.[1]

Who Said That?
GenreGame show
Presented byRobert Trout
Walter Kiernan
John Charles Daly
John Cameron Swayze
H. V. Kaltenborn
Boris Karloff
Peggy Ann Garner
Deems Taylor
Frank Conniff
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7 (3 partial seasons)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time23-25 minutes
Original networkNBC/ABC
Picture formatBlack and white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseDecember 9, 1948 –
July 26, 1955

Broadcast historyEdit

Who Said That? began in 1947 as an NBC Radio program with John Cameron Swayze as the emcee.[2] It moved to television in December 1948, with Swayze as a regular panelist and the CBS news correspondent Robert Trout as the emcee until February 18, 1951, when the series ended for 14 months. Walter Kiernan took over as the second television emcee during an interrupted schedule from April 5 to 26, 1952, and April 13, 1953, to July 5, 1954. John Charles Daly, long-time host of What's My Line? on CBS, was the emcee for the final shortened season of the series, February 2 to July 26, 1955, when it aired on ABC. Recurring panelists included Morey Amsterdam, Al Capp, June Lockhart,[1] Kitty Carlisle, Bennett Cerf, Oscar Levant, and columnists Bob Considine and Earl Wilson.[3]

Sometimes, the source of the quotation was featured in silhouette delivering his own quotation. A home viewer who submitted a quotation used on the program won a prize, determined by the extent to which the panelists had erred in determining the source of the quotations.[1]

Panelists and guest starsEdit

For a time, journalist H. V. Kaltenborn and the actor Boris Karloff were also panelists. Kaltenborn was a former radio commentator known for his precise diction and recitations from memory. In 1948, he had called the election of Governor Thomas E. Dewey to the U.S. presidency. Before the night ended, however, Kaltenborn retracted his projection to verify the victory of President Harry S. Truman. Later in jest, Truman did a celebrated impersonation of Kaltenborn.[4] Karloff was a mystery and adventure film star who later hosted the NBC series Thriller.[5]

Other Who Said That? panelists included Groucho Marx, [6] Frank Conniff, Deems Taylor, former child actress Peggy Ann Garner, Vanderbilt family heir Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt,[7] and the American actress Dagmar, born Virginia Ruth Egnor (1921–2001), who used only the single name for identification.[8]

Time slotEdit

During much of its run, Who Said That? aired in the last half-hour of prime time, at 10:30pm on Mondays. From 1953 to 1954, it followed the anthology series Robert Montgomery Presents and aired opposite the live drama, Studio One on CBS.[9]

British VersionEdit

A British version of the show aired on BBC-tv from 26 July 1955 to 19 September 1958. It's hosts included Alan Melville, Lionel Hale, and Gilbert Harding.


  1. ^ a b c Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). "Who Said That?". The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows - 1946-Present (Ninth edition). p. 1513. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  2. ^ "Show Overview: Who Said That?". tv.com. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  3. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 911
  4. ^ "H. V. Kaltenborn". coutant.org. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  5. ^ "Celebrating the Legend of Boris Karloff and Thriller". yesweekly.com. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  6. ^ "Who Said That" broadcast of 10 May, 1955
  7. ^ "Who Said That?". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Dagmar". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved June 12, 2011.
  9. ^ McNeil, Total Television, Network television schedule, appendix

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