What's My Line?

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 21, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: "Corset Salesman" (a male)

Game 2: Florence Johnson - "Lady Barber" (a female; see notes below)

Game 3: Dizzy Dean (1/16/1910 - 7/17/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Roller Derby Skater" (a female)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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      • MYSTERY GUEST: Major League baseball great Jerome Hanna "Dizzy" Dean was the last National League pitcher to win 30 games, going 30-7 with a 2.66 Earned Run Average during the 1934 season. He won two more games to lead the "Gashouse Gang" St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series championship over the Detroit Tigers. One teammate on the baseball club was future "first repeat" "WML?" mystery guest Leo Durocher, who was a reserve infielder on the Cardinals that year. At the time of tonight's 1950 appearance, Dizzy had just joined Hall of Famer Mel Allen in the radio booth, broadcasting for the New York Yankees, a job he held for two seasons. Dizzy began his legendary radio broadcasting career in St. Louis, Missouri in 1941. He broadcast Cardinal games from 1941-1946. When the exclusive rights for broadcasting Cardinal games were not awarded to his radio station, he moved over to the American League's St. Louis Browns (later Baltimore Orioles) and worked from 1947-1949. By this time, television was becoming increasingly popular, and from 1955-1965, Dizzy was employed as the CBS "Game of the Week" announcer on TV. He entertained the fans on Saturdays (when the game was slow or not interesting) with renditions of "Wabash Cannonball" and other popular songs. He once told his audience that the rival-station NBC Dodger v. Giant game was a more interesting game than the one he was broadcasting! Dizzy passed away on July 17, 1974 at age 64 due to a heart attack. Many people feel that he was one of the finest pitchers in baseball history. It is a shame that his early "WML?" appearance has been lost to history. - cerfnet (2008)

      • TRADE WINDS COLUMN: In Bennett Cerf's "Trade Winds" column in the February 17, 1951 edition of the Saturday Review magazine, Bennett reminisces about tonight's mystery guest segment with Dizzy Dean. Bennett wrote:

        One Sunday, Dizzy Dean was the mystery celebrity. The panel had established the facts that he was from the South and that he was a sports figure, but then frankly was stumped. Dorothy Kilgallen broke up the show by declaring, "If he didn't sound so intelligent, I'd swear he was Dizzy Dean!"

        - cerfnet (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight's show marked the first of a total of six "WML?" appearances of Garry Moore. Between now and EPISODE #582 of September 24, 1961, Mr. Moore will appear a total of six times, twice as a mystery guest and four times, including tonight, as a guest panelist. Beyond his occasional "WML?" appearances, Garry will go on to make a greater impression on Goodson-Todman down the road. Two years from tonight's show, in 1952, Mr. Moore began a 12-year run as the host of "I've Got a Secret," and from 1969 to his retirement in 1977, he hosted the syndicated version of another famous G-T panel show, "To Tell the Truth." At the time of this unfortunately lost episode, Garry hosted a daytime variety show which ran for most of the 1950's, on which announcer Durward Kirby and singer Denise Lor were among the regulars. He also attempted two nighttime variety shows within this period, the first running from June to December 1950, the other from October to December 1951. This was years before his better-known 1958-1964 variety show on which such future legends as Carol Burnett and Dorothy Loudon got their big breaks.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Legendary baseball pitcher-turned-radio announcer Dizzy Dean makes his only "WML?" appearance on tonight's show. That this episode, like the majority of "WML?" episodes before July 1952, have disappeared into non-existence is a tragedy in another sense, because if this show had survived, it would in all likelihood have been very much a part of GSN's month-long (July-August 2006) airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one baseball-related figure, as part of a tribute to the Baseball Hall of Fame on its 70th anniversary. - W-B (2008)

      • In EPISODE #10, the "lady barber" contestant is named Florence Johnson. This episode doesn't exist any longer, but Florence appeared on a WML episode of the syndicated version of the series in 1974, and they mentioned as part of her segment the exact date of her original appearance. - Matt Ottinger (2004)

        The "line" or occupation seen most frequently on WML was "Lady Barber." It seems absurd today that this was such a novel profession for a woman, however, from 6/21/50 (show #10) through 6/18/67 (show #866), Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky found 13 women in this profession who would "Sign in, please." Bennett was never happier and never had his hair cut more frequently! - WML Fan (2004)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Garry Moore (1/31/1915 - 11/28/1993)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Garry Moore, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Louis Untermeyer had the night off.

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