Sunday, April 24, 2011

►Salvador Dali - What's My Line?

►A trip back in time to the 1950′s, the decade of sock hops, hula hoops, Elvis and 'What's My Line?' - the weekly game show that originally aired in the United States (1950-1967). Its premise was basically a guessing game: contestants were to guess the "line" (line of work) and name of a guest, by asking only questions that could be answered with a 'yes' or a 'no'. The game tasked celebrity panelists with questioning contestants in order to determine their occupations.

On January 27, 1957, Salvador Dali appeared as a contestant on 'What's My Line?', making it one of the more entertaining and popular episodes. Although the artist doesn’t speak much more than to answer "yes" or "no", the segment is quite humorous and definitely worth watching in full.
Witness the verbal gymnastics the poor host John Daly must go through in order to be both fair to the contestants, and simultaneously not offend Dali's sensibilities... "I think it would be too misleading to suggest that our guest had a basic affiliation with sports - this is not to say that it's not within the compass of his enjoyment to indulge in this particular endeavour." Dali's answers, and the questions asked of him, become slightly surreal (pardon the pun) as the segment goes on. :)

His performance is here in its entirety,... Enjoy!

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