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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 39


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 25, 1952 on CBS
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Game 1: "Catches And Sells Bats" (a male)

Game 2: "Inspector In Zipper Factory" (a male)

Game 3: Lilli Palmer (5/24/1914 - 1/27/1986) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. Emanuel Ress - "Makes Political Campaign Buttons" (a male)

We know the name of the final contestant because he makes a repeat appearance on EPISODE #635 of October 21, 1962. Tonight's 1952 episode was referenced on that future 1962 episode, where he hands out four square buttons featuring 1952 photos of John, Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy. - Suzanne (2008)

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: Actress Lilli Palmer is one of over one hundred celebrities whose appearances on "WML?" from the 1950-1952 period have become lost to history. Even more tragic, this was to be her only "WML?" appearance. A few months after her appearance here tonight, Miss Palmer and her then-husband, Rex Harrison, starred in a 1952 film called "The Four Poster" whose opening titles were created by the cartoon studio UPA (United Productions of America, of "Mr. Magoo" and "Gerald McBoing-Boing" fame). When "The Four Poster" was released in the then-Yugoslavia in 1953, a group of animators were inspired to create their own studio, Zagreb Film (in what is now Croatia), which over the years produced 600 animated films, 14 feature films, roughly 600 documentaries, 800 commercials, and 600 educational films (Source on studio's origins: "Of Mice and Magic," by Leonard Maltin.) As of 2008, Zagreb Film is still in business. As a side note, "Sexy Rexy" was never a panelist or mystery guest on "WML?," not even during the years he was appearing on Broadway as "Professor Henry Higgins" in "My Fair Lady." - W-B (2008)

      • One contestant on this episode is Emanuel Ress, who makes political campaign buttons for the company he owns, the Emress Specialty Co. He is also a guest on WML EPISODE #635 of October 21, 1962. On that future show, he passes out four buttons he made featuring 1952 photos of John, Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy, and gave them to John and the panel. This episode was referenced by John in 1962. - Suzanne (2006)

      • 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.

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