What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 20, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Robert Kilby - "Sells Corn Pads" (salaried; from Berlin, IL)

Game 2: Mrs. Mary Baum - "Teaches Hula Dancing" (self-employed; from Riverdale, MD)

Game 3: Ann Sheridan (2/21/1915 - 1/21/1967) (as Mystery Guest)

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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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    • NOTES (4)

      • (1) THE TURNING POINT: This was the first episode to be preserved after producer Gil Fates put a stop to the disgracefully short-sighted practice of destroying "WML?" kinescopes after a certain point. From here on out, every remaining episode would be accounted for, although a few shows from within the next 15 years, over time, would slip through the cracks. In contrast to the pre-1952 period where only nine shows "officially" exist (that is, in the GSN and FremantleMedia collections), plus two episodes that exist in the collection of the Paley Center for Media and two others that either exist or are rumored to exist in private collections, there are 16 episodes from this point forward, for various reasons (accidentally destroyed or, in some cases, destroyed during the making of the 1975 "WML? At 25" special), that are today lost to history, as follows:

        (01) EPISODE #147 of March 22, 1953;
        (02) SPECIAL COMMUNITY CHEST EPISODE of September 27, 1953 (aired a few hours before EPISODE #174), in connection with the launch of President Dwight D. Eisenhower's National Community Chest Drive;
        (03) EPISODE #191 of January 24, 1954;
        (04) EPISODE #225 of September 19, 1954, the experimental color episode;
        (05) EPISODE #269 of July 31, 1955;
        (06) EPISODE #277 of September 25, 1955;
        (07) EPISODE #363 of May 19, 1957;
        (08) EPISODE #731 of September 20, 1964;
        (09) EPISODE #737 of November 8, 1964;
        (10) EPISODE #800 of January 23, 1966;
        (11) EPISODE #821 of July 10, 1966;
        (12) EPISODE #855 of March 26, 1967;
        (13) EPISODE #856 of April 9, 1967;
        (14) EPISODE #857 of April 6, 1967;
        (15) EPISODE #866 of June 18, 1967,
        (16) EPISODE #870 of July 23, 1967.

        Of this tally, a full 31.25 percent -- five shows -- of these now-lost post-1952 episodes were from the final year of 1967 alone. In addition, there are a few episodes that still exist and are in the Fremantle and GSN collections which have either missing or badly-edited segments -- namely, EPISODE #301 of March 11, 1956 (with Dinah Shore's mystery guest appearance lost to history) and EPISODE #760 of April 19, 1965 (where portions of Marian Anderson's mystery guest segment were taken out for inclusion in the "WML?" At 25" special). Also, two shows -- EPISODE #195 of February 21, 1954 (with mystery guest Lucille Ball) and EPISODE #533 of October 2, 1960 (with mystery guest Kirk Douglas) -- are in private collections. Finally, it has been rumored that a color videotape of the final EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967 exists and is in the Fremantle collection. A very "clean" color opening segment was posted on YouTube, with the "gunshot" at the end, which was not present on the syndicated opening. This prompted one mailing-list "WML?" fan to speculate that Fremantle had refused to allow GSN to air this purported color "WML?" swan-song, thus further speculating that the cable and satellite channel can only run the black-and-white kinescope of this last show of the CBS series that had been preserved by Mr. Fates. These rumors and speculations are both unfounded and unverified, and have never been fully corroborated, and in any event, such a scenario is highly unlikely at this point. Yet, when all is said and done, the number of shows that still survive today and are available to be repeated, and therefore enjoyed by new generations of viewers, are nothing short of remarkable.
        (2) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: A new opening sequence is seen on tonight's show, which will run for about another year or so. The title is shown in a variation of the sign-in board, with the Stopette logo on top, a horizontal line right below it, and the title shown in the open area. On the opening with the panel already pre-seated, the male panelists' attire is exactly as on the last extant episode in the FremantleMedia and GSN canon up to this point, EPISODE #96 of March 30, 1952. However, tonight John himself, for probably the first time since the surviving EPISODE #3 of March 2, 1950 (among those shows still in existence), is decked out in regular "street" clothes. This evening, the nameplates for the female panelists are still set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed, while those for the male panelists and Mr. Daly are set in Gothic No. 13. The "sign-in" board has been altered somewhat, with a fancy-designed wooden piece now taking up the lower part of the board. Once again tonight, the occupation overlay screens are in "hand painted" type. And for Ann Sheridan's mystery guest appearance, her nameplate is set in the yet-to-be customary nameplate font of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (3) "WML?" ANNOUNCER WATCH: Unless other now-lost episodes from up to this point had one or more sub-announcers from time to time, on tonight's show future regular (1955-1961) "WML?" announcer Hal Simms fills in for current announcer Lee Vines.
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST: Actress Ann Sheridan (1915-1967) was known throughout her career as the "Oomph Girl," though she would come to detest the nickname. Among her most memorable film roles included "Lorraine Sheldon" in the 1942 movie version of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner," "Randy Monaghan" in "Kings Row" (also 1942), the title role in "Nora Prentiss" (1947), and "Lieutenant Catherine Gates" in "I Was a Male War Bride" (1949). Towards the end of her life, Ann played the role of "Henrietta Hanks" on the comedy-western series "Pistols 'n' Petticoats" which ran on CBS from September 17, 1966 to March 11, 1967. She also appeared as "Kathryn Corning" on the NBC soap opera "Another World" from 1965 to 1966. This was to be her only "WML?" appearance, though unlike the 100-plus episodes where many mystery guests' one-time-only appearances have been lost to history, Miss Sheridan's appearance this evening still survives.
        (5) "WML?" END CREDITS, CREDITS CRUNCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: This time out, the cards for Goodson-Todman Productions and CBS came before those for production coordinator Bob Bach and director Franklin Heller in order of appearance. (Though Gil Fates intervened to ensure that all future "WML?" episodes from tonight's edition onwards were to be saved, his name has not returned to the credits just yet.) Alas, on GSN's March 6, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel once more subjected its audience to the grossly gag-inducing and grotesque procedure of "crunching" the screen during the end credits. Marring the viewing experience even further, a rogue feed for GSN's "High Stakes Poker" was displayed on the closed-captioning throughout the broadcast. As for "WML?" itself, GSN has never provided closed-captioning for any broadcast of the program.
        (6) GSN's March 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" hosted by Garry Moore with the regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, which first came "live from New York" on September 30, 1963. For this show, Henry dispensed with his usual bow tie and was wearing a straight necktie, which he would be wearing more regularly towards the end of "IGAS's" run and on most subsequent game show appearances. The celebrity guest on this occasion was Gordon MacRae. - W-B (2008) with updates to section (5) by agent_0042 (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a so-so night for the panel. Hal got things rolling when he figured out that the first contestant sold corn pads. Dorothy discovered that the second contestant was a dance instructor, but it took a few more guesses before Dorothy was able to pin down that the guest was a hula instructor. The panel was totally thrown by mystery guest Ann Sheridan. Unless a mystery guest spoke a foreign language earlier in one of the "lost" episodes, this might have been the first example of a mystery guest using a foreign language to fool the panel. Well, the trick worked, as Miss Sheridan completely stumped the panel. Another interesting point about Miss Sheridan's appearance is the fact that as Bennett was questioning her, he asked if the two of them were in any way related. He undoubtedly was referring to his wife's cousin, Ginger Rogers. Bennett didn't explain the relationship on the air, and nobody asked him. It is unknown when the connection will first be explained in more detail, or if it occurred in one of the "lost" episodes. What we do know is that Ginger will be both a future mystery guest and a guest panelist. She'll make her first of several WML appearances in 1954. In addition, her name will frequently pop up on WML, since Bennett's question will become one of his favorite pet questions to ask of the mystery guest, probably whenever his famous dancing cousin-by-marriage is in town. - Sargebri (2004)

      • THANK YOU, GIL FATES! - At this point in time, Gil Fates noticed and stopped the CBS destruction of the kinescopes. Prior to this episode, only about ten episodes exist on kinescope. The rest of the early kinescopes up to now were destroyed. For more information about this, see the notes to EPISODE #1. Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, a kinescope of this episode exists. - Suzanne (2004)

        Listen for John's sweet comment as he refers to Dorothy and Arlene as "lovely flowers of womanhood." Awwww, what a kind man! - fiveninegal (2004)

        Tidbits: John still introduces a preview photo of one of next week's contestants. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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