What's My Line?

EPISODE #260

Season 6, Ep 39, Aired 5/29/55
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: Ed Fritz - "U. S. Customs Inspector (Checked Dorothy Kilgallen's Luggage 2 Days Ago)" (salaried; he checked Dorothy's suitcases upon her return from her vacation in Paris, France; from Hollis, Long Island, NY) Game 2: Elliott Wisbrod - "Makes and Tests Bullet Proof Vests" (self-employed; he has an involuntary tic which causes him to frequently turn his head to both the right and the left; from Alameda, California) Game 3: The McGuire Sisters (as Mystery Guest Trio) Christine McGuire (b. 7/30/1926) Dorothy McGuire (2/13/1928 - 9/7/2012) Phyllis McGuire (b. 2/14/1931) Game 4: Jack Conroy (aka John Conroy) - "Builds Swimming Pools" (self-employed; he is also a National Guard Flyer, and John said he flew an F86 Sabre Jet from Los Angeles to New York, and back again to Los Angeles, all in one day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner; from Los Angeles, California) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

  • Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

  • Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

  • The McGuire Sisters

    Mystery Guest Trio

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Fred: John, if words were automobiles, your mouth would be like the Lincoln Tunnel, on a weekend.

    Notes (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down. The panel had been able to figure out quite a bit, but they never got a bead on this contestant's product, so John finally called the game due to time. John flipped the remaining card for the final contestant at nine down because time ran out. Once again, the panel had come somewhat close, but they never got a solid fix on the product. As has been the norm of late, John skipped the panel walk-by in the final game, to allot as much time as possible to game play. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: After a month off, Remington electric shavers has resumed its place as main alternating sponsor this evening. (2) "SINCERELY...": Tonight marked the first appearance by the singing McGuire Sisters. Between now and EPISODE #711 of May 3, 1964, Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis will be mystery guests a total of five times, tying with Bob Hope in terms of total mystery guest appearances during "WML?'s" 17.5-year CBS run. Their nameplate on the panel moderator's desk reads "McGUIRE SISTERS," with the "c" in a slightly smaller size of type than the rest of the nameplate, which, as usual, is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, the end credits managed to show the entire production crew, right on down to set designer Robert Rowe Paddock, in spite of the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines. And once again, GSN, on its July 27, 2008 airing of this episode, managed to get under the skin of its viewing audience with its creepy, crawly "crunching" of the screen during such sequence. (4) Immediately subsequent to the July 27, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the November 19, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis. This time out, the panel consisted of Morey Amsterdam, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and the celebrity guest was noted songwriter Hoagy Carmichael. - W-B (2008) ANOTHER MARILYN MONROE: The first contestant on the November 19, 1952 episode of "The Name's the Same" was a woman from Chattanooga, Tennessee named Marilyn Monroe. Panelist Joan Alexander figured out her name and won the game. One of the questions Joan asked the guest was, "Are you relatively new to motion pictures?" Miss Monroe and Robert Q. Lewis agreed that the answer was yes. Indeed, this episode was originally broadcast in November 1952, before the premiere of "Gentleman Prefer Blondes." - stopettearoma (2008)

    • At the urging of the panel, the McGuire Sisters broke into song at the end of their appearance, singing the first line of their hit, "Goodnight, Sweetheart." Their version was a cover of the 1954 composition written for The Spaniels by Calvin Carter and James (Pookie) Hudson (lead singer for The Spaniels). The McGuire Sisters' close three-part harmony was in distinct contrast to the earthy rhythm-and-blues style that helped make the Spaniels a premiere doo-op act. - Suzanne (2005) The McGuire Sisters are Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis. (They are listed by both their individual names and group name so their appearance will be listed in their respective databases.) - Suzanne (2005) Fred Allen had met Elliott Wisbrod before - long before - 17 years ago! If he recognized him, he didn't let on. On the net, there is a listing of vintage radio logs showing an April 6, 1938 radio program of Fred's that featured "Elliott Wisbrod, bullet proof salesman" in an "Amateur Show" episode of "The Fred Allen Show - Town Hall Tonight." The radio show segment summary: "Elliott Wisbrod, of the Armored Police Vest Company, invented the bullet-proof vest in 1926 and has demonstrated it around the country. Fred declines to shoot at Mr. Wisbrod and tells announcer Harry Von Zell to do it." Also seen on the net: "Steel armored vests were designed by Elliott Wisbrod in U.S. in late 1920's and early 1930's. President F.D. Roosevelt & Stalin are among those who wore Wisbrod vests." - Suzanne (2005)

    • WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! After two weeks in France, Dorothy has returned to America safe and sound. Immediately, the WML producers tried pulling a fast one on her by having the customs inspector who checked her luggage appear on the show. Dorothy was the first one to question him, showing no signs of recognition. Finally, it was Bennett who made the identification. Unfortunately, the panel was totally stumped by the bullet proof vest maker/tester. In fact, John threw in the towel and flipped all the cards because he felt the panel was way off track. In the mystery guest round, Fred almost pulled off the same feat as he did the previous week, when he blurted out who the mystery guest was. At one point, he thought the guest was former mystery guest Jane Froman, but when his turn came up again, he did correctly identify the mystery guests as the lovely McGuire Sisters. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game and the swimming pool builder won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005) MCGUIRE SISTERS: At the time of their appearance as mystery guests, the McGuire Sisters were still appearing on Arthur Godfrey's show. It was quite amazing, especially since Dorothy McGuire had contributed to events that led to the firing of Godfrey's biggest discovery, Julius LaRosa. As it would be revealed years later, Dorothy and Julius were having an affair while Dorothy's husband was in the military service in Korea. Godfrey warned them to stop, but the affair continued. It was at this point that Godfrey decided to fire LaRosa. However, nothing happened to the McGuires. The incident would cause Godfrey's career to go into decline due to the fact that the public thought he was angry at LaRosa for hiring an agent. But in reality, Godfrey decided to take the bullet rather than have a scandal rock his happy family. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy Kilgallen is back from vacationing in France for 2 weeks. Fred picks up where he left off on the English grammar lessons of last week. Both he and Arlene said they had received letters informing them that "to my left" was the preferred verbiage. - Suzanne (2005) Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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