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What’s The Story?

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This innocuous panel show had the distinction of being the last surviving entertainment show on the dying DuMont TV network – only a few scattered sports events were continued into 1956 and the DuMont network was but a memory.

What’s The Story? consisted of a celebrity panel which attempted to identify important news events from clues provided by the moderator and his helpers.

Panellists were generally well-known newspaper columnists, with Harriet Van Horne of the New York World Telegram, Robert Sullivan of the New York Daily News and Jimmy Cannon of the Post the longest-running regulars.

Bosley Crowther of the New York Times made frequent guest appearances, and John McCaffery’s English bulldog, Porthos, was the show’s mascot for a time.

Moderator
Walt Raney (1951)
Walter Kiernan (1951-1953)
Al Capp (1953)
John K. M. McCaffery (1953-1955)

Panellists
Harriet Van Horne (1952-1955)
Robert Sullivan (1952-1953)
Jimmy Cannon (1952-1955)