What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 18, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: "Breeds Bloodhounds" (a female)

Game 2: "Bottles Cod Liver Oil" (a male)

Game 3: Cecil B. DeMille (8/12/1881 - 1/21/1959) (as Mystery Guest)

 Game 4: "Makes Artificial Eyelashes" (a male)

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)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Hal Block

Hal Block

Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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    • MYSTERY GUEST: Cecil B. DeMille, the legendary film producer and director, and host of the long-running radio series "Lux Radio Theatre," makes his only "WML?" appearance in an episode which, like most 1950-1952 episodes, has become lost to history. At the time of tonight's show, he was likely promoting his spectacular "The Greatest Show on Earth." One of the film's co-stars, Charlton Heston, would go on to play "Moses" in the final picture Mr. DeMille would direct, "The Ten Commandments" (1956). Mr. Heston would appear as a mystery guest on EPISODE #334 of October 28, 1956, which most recently aired on GSN on April 13, 2008 as a tribute to the actor who passed away on April 5, 2008 at age 84. - W-B (2008)

    • CBS "WHAT'S MY LINE?" RADIO SHOW DEBUTS IN TWO DAYS: The Columbia Broadcasting System, Inc., in a futile attempt to help bring radio back to what it had once been, aired a weekly radio version of What's My Line? for over a year from May 1952 to July 1953. The current four panelists, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Hal Block, along with host John Daly, premiered the radio version of their show on Tuesday, May 20, 1952, while still performing the Sunday night telecast. The debut mystery guest, in her only What's My Line? appearance ever, was Marlene Dietrich. Marlon Brando also made his only What's My Line? appearance on the radio program that aired on December 3, 1952. The radio show continued through the "Hal Block era" into the "Steve Allen era" while moving its broadcast from Tuesday to Wednesday. The finale was aired on July 1, 1953. The radio shows were thought to have been recorded, and rumor has it that several are buried somewhere in the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. It is currently unknown how the producers let the audience know what the contestant's occupation was. Possibly, announcer Lee Vines, who was that era's TV and radio voice of WML?, might have delivered the contestant's occupation or the name of the mystery guest in a low voice, sotto voce. If the producers followed a format similar to the TV show, this method would have informed the radio listeners of the facts. If this were the case, it predated by nine years what Goodson-Todman did with the password on their television series "Password." - 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)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.