What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 07, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Howard Lane - "Runs Roulette Wheel (Las Vegas)" (salaried; he works at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino; originally from Brooklyn, NY; currently from Las Vegas, NV)

Game 2: George Green - "Sells Limburger Cheese" (salaried; from LaPorte, Indiana)

Game 3: Eddie Bracken (2/7/1915 - 11/14/2002) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Phyllis Iannaci - "Steeplejack" (self-employed; John is short of time and does not ask her what city she is from.)

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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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    • QUOTES (5)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: For the past few episodes, when a contestant has won the game due to time running out, John Daly has flipped all the cards back to $0. Tonight, however, when time ran out in the final game, John flipped all of the remaining cards forward, awarding the full prize of $50. - agent_0042 (2008)

        WHAT'S MY LOCATION?: The panel was told that the first contestant was "originally" from Brooklyn, New York. Although finding out where he currently lived would have been very useful in determining his line, the panel did not attempt to do so, nor did they seem to even take notice that the contestant's current place of residence had not been given. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight, the regular "WML?" announcer of the time, Lee Vines, returns to the mic to introduce "our 'What's My Line?' panel of well-known personalities whose lines you already know." Hal Simms, who would be the regular announcer from 1955 to 1961, had filled in all through the stretch since regular preservation of "WML?" episodes commenced with EPISODE #112 of July 20, 1952.
        (2) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: The first contestant's occupation overlay screen is a hybrid of preexisting typesetting (Kabel Heavy, for the occupation itself) and hand painted type (for the "(LAS VEGAS)" part). And there was no nameplate for mystery guest Eddie Bracken's spot.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST: This was Eddie Bracken's first and last "WML?" appearance. The veteran actor, at this point, was one of many panelists who came and went on the then-new Goodson-Todman game show "I've Got a Secret." Two months from tonight's show, in November 1952, Mr. Bracken was replaced as panelist by Henry Morgan, who will remain on the "IGAS" panel until its cancellation in 1967.
        (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credits cut off tonight after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" card. The words "hip," "cool" and "stylish" were all adjectives used over the years to describe "WML?" in its heyday, but cannot - and should never be - used at any time to describe GSN's continued putrid practice of "crunching" the end credits, which once more manifested its ugly self on the March 13, 2008 airing of this "WML?" episode.
        (5) SPEAKING OF HENRY MORGAN: The March 13, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore with the usual panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, which was originally telecast "live from New York" on November 18, 1963. The celebrity guest was Allan Sherman, once an "IGAS" co-producer as well as the show's co-creator, now at the peak of his career with his "My Son, the..." series of albums, and his hit single "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)." This episode marked his return to "IGAS" following his ignominious firing from the program after the June 17, 1958 episode on which Tony Curtis was the celebrity guest, and on which Mr. Morgan had sub-hosted for Mr. Moore. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty good night, especially for the "Big Three" of Arlene, Bennett and Dorothy. Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant was a roulette dealer. Of course, as many contestants would do on the show, he said where he originally came from rather than where he currently lived, so as not to give the panel a hint to his profession. It was then Dorothy's turn to score as she correctly guessed that the second contestant sold "that cheese." This was her cute way of saying "limburger," which is the most pungent of all cheeses. Arlene then made it a clean sweep as she correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Eddie Bracken. Unfortunately, time ran out before they could guess that the final contestant was a female steeplejack. The contestant then won the game by default. - Sargebri (2004)


        Proof of Dorothy's determination to win: During the cheese salesman's game, Hal asks for a conference. Immediately after his request, the camera shows a long shot of the panel. You can see Bennett leaning toward Dorothy, as she shows him her notes written on her notepad. After Dorothy hears Hal's request for a conference, and holds her index finger up to her mouth, non-verbally telling Bennett "Shhhh." She obviously doesn't want Bennett volunteering "her" idea during the conference! She doesn't really want the panel to win, she wants to win for herself! Bennett does as he's told and keeps mum. Hal ends up passing to Dorothy anyway. Dorothy then asks if the product is cheese, and wins. It's quite a little drama! - Suzanne (2004)

      • ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #1 of 4: Arlene is wearing a black eyepatch over her left eye this evening. In her 1978 autobiography, Arlene explains her scratched cornea: "The first accident to my eye came about because my son, Peter, was sitting on my lap, watching a Disney cartoon on television and something in the movie scared him. He turned to bury his head in my shoulder, at the same time lifting his hand, and the scratch on my cornea to which I referred was the result." When Bennett introduces Arlene, he calls her the "Miss Hathaway Shirt of 1952." This is a reference to Hathaway's extremely popular September 1951 "The Man in the Hathaway Shirt" advertising campaign which featured a man wearing a Hathaway shirt and sporting an eyepatch. The advertisement series ran for years and was the brainchild of advertising legend David Ogilvy. Arlene will have three more eyepatch incidents in February 1953, December 1957 and May 1960. - Suzanne (2004)

        ALL EYEPATCH INCIDENTS: Notes to each incident can be found on the guides to to following episodes. - Suzanne (2008)

        ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #1 of 4: EPISODE #119 of September, 7, 1952
        ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #2 of 4: EPISODE #140 of February 1, 1953
        ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #3 of 4: EPISODE #391 of December 1, 1957
        ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #4 of 4: EPISODE #515 of May 29, 1960

      • Tidbits: Bennett's new book, "Good For a Laugh," is being previewed in the upcoming Tuesday issue of Look Magazine. Hal Block helped to raise $188,000 for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation in their recent television marathon in Philadelphia, PA. - Suzanne (2004)

        John didn't say "Tilton," but he did refer to his "prep school" located in "the New Hampshire hills." He said he used to put Limburger cheese on the radiator, and almost got kicked out of school! - Suzanne (2004)

        The Limburger cheese salesman was the person previewed at the end of EPISODE #118. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

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

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