What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 24, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Dr. Walter Baro - "Psychiatrist" (self-employed; Walter Baro, MD is in NY for an American Legion convention; from North Hollywood, CA)

Game 2: Edward Fay - "Sells Flea Powder" (salaried; from New York City, NY; he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, which is a Catholic fraternal service organization)

Game 3: Andy Devine (10/7/1905 - 2/18/1977) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Harold Fisk - "Fire Chief" (salaried; from Tacoma, WA)

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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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • (1) "WML?" ANNOUNCER WATCH: Once again, Hal Simms is at the announcing mic.
      (2) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: While the male panelists' attire is the same as was seen on most of the shows in the stretch since EPISODE #112 of July 20, 1952, John's outfit tonight bears more of a resemblance to the kind of formal attire he will wear for most of the rest of the show's run. The first and final regular contestants' occupation overlay screens are set in a sans-serif font called Kabel Heavy (called Sans Serif Bold by Monotype), in the first instances of this font being used on "WML?" This typeface will be in use for most occupation overlay screens up until EPISODE #312 of May 27, 1956, towards the end of that stretch also being used from time to time on mystery guest overlays which first became customary starting with EPISODE #283 of November 6, 1955. However, the second contestant's overlay is in the heretofore customary "hand painted" type. And mystery guest Andy Devine's nameplate was set in the same Gothic No. 13 font as those for Mr. Daly and the two male panelists.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST: At the time of tonight's show, Andy Devine was appearing in the role of "Deputy Marshal Jingles P. Jones" in the syndicated series "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok." A few months from tonight's show, he will appear in a movie, "Montana Belle," which starred Jane Russell (who will appear on "WML?" as a mystery guest in 1957 and again in 1962) and George Brent (who never appeared on "WML?"). In 1955, following the death of "Smilin' Ed's Gang" host "Smilin'" Ed McConnell the previous year, Mr. Devine was tapped to take over as host of the TV program which was promptly retitled "Andy's Gang." The children's show remained in production through 1960 and was in reruns for some years thereafter. Tonight's show was to be Mr. Devine's only "WML?" appearance.
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" card is seen for only a few milliseconds before the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" card comes up. The only crew members credited tonight are coordinator of production Bob Bach and director Franklin Heller. The experience of seeing all this was ruined on the March 11, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN's continuing crummy, caddish, cruel and cringe-inducing "crunching" of the screen during that end credit sequence.
      (5) Following the March 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, which was first transmitted "live from New York" on November 4, 1963. Mr. Moore's longtime variety show announcer/sidekick, Durward Kirby, was the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

    • FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS: Arlene is SO funny! During the questioning of the psychiatrist, she asks, "Do you work in a horizontal position... no... wait... vertical?" The look on her face when she caught herself making the slip-up was adorable! The psychiatrist had a terrific sense of humor - after Hal asked, "Could I use your services?" he responded, "I think it would be a good idea. I've been watching you for over 2 years!" Then, upon exiting, he handed his business card to Hal! Later, during the mystery guest questioning, Hal was commenting on how quiet Andy Devine was when he said, "Comedians are usually loud." to which John jumped in and teased, "Yes, I KNOW!" Another classic moment occurred when Dorothy exclaimed, "Not a weenie in the world!" What IS this? I'm anxious to find the origins of this strange, yet humorous, expression. It's not just a Dorothy-ism, because John has used the phrase also. In any case, she makes me laugh each time she says it! - fiveninegal (2004)

      This was an excellent night for the panel. Bennett opened the door a bit when he figured out the first contestant was a doctor and Arlene blew it wide open when she figured out that he worked on the mind. Unfortunately, she called him an analyst instead of a psychiatrist. However, Hal was able to pick up the pieces and make the correct guess. Arlene made up for her earlier gaffe when she was able go correctly guess that the second contestant sold flea powder. She also guessed that the mystery guest was cowboy cut-up Andy Devine. Bennett, with a lot of help from Dorothy, managed to guess that the final contestant was the fire chief of Tacoma, Washington, just as time was about to run out. - Sargebri (2004)

    • The fire chief from the fourth game was the person previewed at the end of EPISODE #116. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      HAL BLOCK - In a twist of programming fate, prior to the October 2004 broadcast of this episode of WML, GSN aired the December 2, 1952 episode of "The Name's the Same" featuring Hal Block as a guest panelist and Nelson Eddy as the guest star. There were a number of WML references made on "The Name's the Same." One WML reference occurred during the "I'd Like to Be" portion of the game, when it was revealed that Nelson Eddy wanted to be someone who was on the stage. Nelson had chosen Robert Q. Lewis as his alter-ego, but of course this was unknown to the panel. However, this tidbit of information about the person being on the stage led Hal down the wrong path, and he started asking a long group of questions, thinking it was himself. His questions included: "Is this person a regular on a particular panel show?"; "Does this person have curly dark hair?" (Asked while rubbing his own hair.); "Is this a funny person?"; "Does this person do well with the ladies?" Hal finally asked, "Well, in all modesty, would you like to be Hal Block?" Host Robert Q. Lewis gleefully replied, "No!" Hal then said, "You know, you have a little John Daly in you!" Robert Q. Lewis then replied, "And you, some Bennett Cerf!" Another WML reference occurred at the end of the show when the panel was adding up how much money they had lost during the game. Ironically, Hal said, "I think I did worst of all, I think I lost What's My Line?" Little did Hal know that he would be fired by Goodson-Todman in early February 1953. His final WML show was EPISODE #144 of March 1, 1953. Yes, he literally, and sadly, had lost What's My Line? - Garrison Skunk (2004)

    • During the mystery guest game, Dorothy uses her pet word "weenie" which was discussed in the previous episode guide. She states to Hal that she is without any ideas by saying that she has "Not a weenie in the world." Someday, I hope we find out how this word got its unusual meaning! Maybe it came from an advertising slogan. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: During the introductions, both Phyllis Cerf and Martin Gabel are mentioned. Hal Block then mentions that he's unmarried. - Suzanne (2004)

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