What's My Line?

EPISODE #256

Season 6, Ep 35, Aired 5/1/55
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: Jacob Foss (Joseph Jacob Foss) (4/17/1915 - 1/1/2003) - "Governor of South Dakota" (salaried; John met Joe Foss in Las Vegas at the atomic testing site; he wore his Congressional Medal of Honor lapel pin, won for action over Guadalcanal in 1942-1943; Republican SD governor from 1955-1959) Game 2: Mrs. Margaret Oldham - "Dresses Chorus Girls, Latin Quarter Nite Club" (salaried; from New York, NY) Game 3: Gracie Fields (1/9/1898 - 9/27/1979) (as Mystery Guest) The overlay screen read, "British Music Hall Star" Game 4: Harvey LeFevre - "Sells Second Hand Locomotives" (self-employed; from Forest Hills, NY) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

  • Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

  • Gracie Fields

    Mystery Guest

  • Laraine Day

    Guest Panelist

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Fred Allen: (introducing Laraine Day) And on my left, ladies and gentlemen, a young lady who told me only tonight that she knows the meanest baseball pitcher in either league; this pitcher is so mean, he won't even walk his dog -- Miss Laraine Day.

    Notes (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down. Dorothy had correctly guessed this line, but she made the exact identification after she had received a "no" answer and was seeking a clarification, so John awarded the full prize on this technicality. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel had come reasonably close on this one, but was unable to identify the exact line. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Remington electric shavers. (2) FRED ALLEN QUIP WATCH: Introducing guest panelist Laraine Day, Mr. Allen asserted that she knew a baseball pitcher who was so mean that he wouldn't even walk his dog. Fred was not only making reference to Miss Day's then-marriage to New York Giants manager Leo Durocher (whose run with the Giants ended after the 1955 season came to a close), but he was also alluding to her hosting a local pre-game TV interview show on which she interviewed various players with the team. The program ran during the early 1950's on WPIX (Channel 11), which carried Giants games until their final season in New York in 1957. (3) OCCUPATION OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: The overlay for the second contestant -- "Dresses Chorus Girls - Latin Quarter Nite Club" -- was set in the "last-minute" font used from time to time throughout the show's run. The first and last contestants' overlays utilized the usual Kabel Heavy font. (4) MYSTERY GUEST GRACIE FIELDS: The veteran English entertainer makes the first of two "WML?" appearances this evening, for which her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Also, the upper-third overlay reading "British Music Hall Star" which was seen during her sign-in was professionally set in Kabel Heavy, unlike the second contestant's overlay. (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN once again showed their consistency in their "crunching" of the end credits on their July 23, 2008 airing of this episode which, like many shows of this period, cut off after production crew members Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine following the plug for American Airlines. (6) GSN's July 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 8, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis and the panel of Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson. The celebrity guest was opera star Lauritz Melchior, whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode fared far better in the preservation department than his mystery guest spot on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #49 of May 6, 1951. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel did a somewhat decent job and probably would have won more than one game if not for a technicality. In the first game, Bennett should have been given credit for two correct guesses. He correctly figured out that Joe Foss was a governor, but unfortunately could not identify which state. The other panelists then either passed or made incorrect guesses. Guest panelist Laraine Day correctly guessed that it was one of the Dakotas, but then named North Dakota, the wrong one. That did, however, open the door for Bennett, and he finally figured out that Mr. Foss was the governor of South Dakota. Dorothy also mentioned the fact that Mr. Foss was a Congressional Medal of Honor winner for his service in World War II where he was an ace in the Pacific. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant was a dresser for chorus girls. However, when she made her guess, it was after her turn and the contestant won the full prize. Dorothy did make up for her goof in the mystery guest round when she figured out, with a huge assist from Bennett, that the mystery guest was British music hall legend Gracie Fields. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the used locomotive salesman wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005) JOE FOSS: As was mentioned earlier, four and one-half years after this broadcast aired, Joe Foss would take another high profile job when he became the commissioner of the fledgling American Football League on November 30th, 1959. Foss held the AFL position until April 1966 when he was replaced by Oakland Raiders general manager Al Davis, who then served until July 1966. Foss helped to make the league into a viable alternative for the older National Football League. - Sargebri (2005) JOE FOSS: Joe Foss was a celebrated WWII pilot and later in 1959 became the first commissioner of the American Football League, which eventually merged with the NFL. - Glenn (2005)

    • During the closing credits, the announcer voiceover invites viewers to watch "Remington Rand's other television show, 'Masquerade Party,' on another network." Produced by Allan Sherman, "Masquerade Party" ran from 1952-1960. Over the years, it appeared on all three of the major networks. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

    • Tidbits: Laraine Day is Mrs. Leo Durocher. They were married from 1947 until their divorce in 1960. Laraine is a guest panelist on EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958 which was broadcast from Hollywood, CA. - Suzanne (2005) Leo Durocher appeared on What's My Line? twice, both times as a mystery guest, on the now-lost EPISODE #35 of January 28, 1951, as well as on EPISODE #157 of May 31, 1953. - agent_0042 (2008) Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Laraine Day, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis has the night off. She is vacationing in Paris, France.

    Trivia (1)

    • BENNETT INTRODUCTION GOOF WATCH: In introducing the news analyst/panel moderator, Bennett incorrectly calls him "John Francis Daly." Mr. Cerf would occasionally use the "Francis" name in his introductions of Mr. Daly over the next several years. John's correct birth name is John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. - W-B (2008)

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