Who Said That?

NBC (ended 1955)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 7

    2/18/1951

    Aired 2/18/51

  • S 4 : Ep 6

    2/11/1951

    Aired 2/11/51

  • S 4 : Ep 5

    2/4/1951

    Aired 2/4/51

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    1/28/1951

    Aired 1/28/51

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    1/14/1951

    Aired 1/14/51

  • Cast & Crew
  • Robert Trout

    Emcee (1948-1951)

  • Walter Kiernan

    Emcee (1951-1954)

  • John Daly

    Emcee (1955 on ABC)

  • John Cameron Swayze

    Panelist

  • Oscar Levant

    Panelist

  • show Description
  • "Who Said That" began as an NBC radio program in 1947 devised and emceed by John Cameron Swayze. It graduated to NBC television in 1948 with CBS Radio correspondent Robert Trout serving as the first TV emcee. John Cameron Swayze was a regular panelist. The game was simple: panelists were read a quotation from the current news headlines with their goal being to identify the person being quoted. Sometimes the actual person "who said that" would appear in silhouette to deliver their line. News reporters and celebrities made up the panel each week, which included frequent appearances by Kitty Carlyle, Bennett Serf, Earl Wilson, and Oscar Levant. Emcee duties were assumed by Walter Kiernan from 1951-1954 and then, during it's 1955 run on ABC, John Daly.moreless

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    • This episode was reviewed in Billboard magazine's 1/22/1949 edition. The critic complained that visually the telecast offered nothing one couldn't get from the radio version. He pointed to the panelists huddled around a wooden table with "all the decoration of an Army mess hall" and the empty studio wall behind them. He also complained that simply cutting back and forth between the host and panelists was tedious after a half hour.

    • In its "Program Comment" column of 11/26/1949, Billboard magazine praised panelist Oscar Levant for his knowledge and sparkling wit which enlivened the program. They also pointed out Bob Considine for his deadpan humor. The magazine, again, complained of the program's total lack of anything visually interesting.

    • It's not known which Paul Porter appeared on this episode. It could have been the economist, or the actor as both were active at that time.

    • The program is now airing Sunday afternoons at 12:15pm for thirty minutes. It's not clear if it's a network offering at this point, or a local show airing just on WNBT in New York.

    • The program is now airing Sunday afternoons at 12:30pm for thirty minutes. It's not clear if it's a network offering at this point, or a local show airing just on WNBT in New York.

    • The program is now airing Sunday nights at 11:15pm for thirty minutes. It's not clear if it's a network offering at this point, or a local show airing just on WNBT in New York.

    • The series is now scheduled on Sunday nights at 10:30pm Eastern time.

    • It's not clear if a program aired next Sunday (1/21/1951). In the New York market, a program on Civil Defense Week from Mayor Impellitteri aired in the timeslot.

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