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What's My Crime

What's My Crime? is a television game show that Jasper and Horace watch in the Disney 1961 film One Hundred and One Dalmatians. The show is only shown in one scene in the film. The show is about a contest where a criminal comes before a panel that has to guess their exact illegal activity. If they fail to guess correctly in ten questions, the criminal wins a 2-week vacation at a seaside resort "all expenses paid", but only after they finish serving time for their crime.

Panel

  • Inspector Graves
  • Miss Birdwell
  • Mr. Simpkins

Contestant

The only known contestant is Mr. Percival Fauncewater, an acquaintance of Jasper and Horace.

Appearances

One Hundred and One Dalmatians

What's My Crime? first appears when Cruella De Vil is ordering Jasper and Horace to "get the job done tonight." She turns off the TV when they fail to acknowledge her and the two criminals inform her that the puppies aren't big enough for the amount of coats she wants. Cruella tells them to settle for what they can get and leaves vowing to call the police if they fail to complete "the job" by morning. Horace and Jasper choose to finish watching the show anyway, and they see their former acquaintance, Mr. Fauncewater, as a contestant for that specific episode, calling him "Old Meathead". While the criminals watch the show, the puppies escape with help from Sergeant Tibbs and the panel only manages to ask three questions, the answer to all of which being "no", before the show's time expires. After it is over, Jasper and Horace prepare to do their job, only to find the puppies have escaped.

Trivia

  • The show is a parody of the classic game show, What's My Line? that ran on CBS from 1950 to 1967.
    • Walt Disney himself appeared on the show as a mystery guest on one 1956 episode.
  • The female panel, Miss Birdwell, is voiced by Betty Lou Gerson, who also voiced Cruella in the movie.
    • She also shares the same name with the fictional island, a major setting in the cartoon series Clifford the Big Red Dog, in which the name of the island is also inspired by author Norman Bridwell.
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