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What's My Line?

Season 1 Episode 12


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 19, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: "Prison Warden" (a male)

Game 2: "Lifeguard" (a female)

Game 3: Rocky Graziano (1/1/1914 - 5/22/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Fight Referee" (a male)

Game 5: "Opera Singer" (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)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

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      • TRADE WINDS COLUMN: In Bennett Cerf's "Trade Winds" column in the February 17, 1951 edition of the Saturday Review magazine, Bennett reminisces about tonight's mystery guest segment. Bennett wrote:

        Louis Untermeyer asked Rocky Graziano, "Are you a pugilist?" Rocky had a hurried conversation with M.C. Daly and answered, "Nah - I'm just a fighter."

        - cerfnet (2008)

      • (1) It was ironic that guest panelist Florence Pritchett making her only "WML?" appearance in this now-lost episode tonight, filled in for Dorothy Kilgallen, as both women were employed by the New York Journal-American. Miss Pritchett worked at the paper as a fashion editor and food columnist. In addition, both women had been panelists at various points on the 1949-1954 TV series "Leave It to the Girls." In an eerie coincidence, Miss Pritchett died on November 9, 1965, aged only 45 -- just one day after Miss Kilgallen's passing. A website offering some details on Miss Pritchett's life and career can be found on the link below:


        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the only "WML?" appearance of famed middleweight champion Rocky Graziano, whose birth name was Thomas Rocco Barbella. Mr. Graziano's life and times formed the basis for the 1956 movie "Somebody Up There Likes Me," which starred Paul Newman as the boxer. Mr. Graziano was also the namesake and the inspiration for the character "Corporal Rocco Barbella," played by Harvey Lembeck on the 1955-1959 series "The Phil Silvers Show" (aka "You'll Never Get Rich" and Sergeant Bilko"), as the character name was derived from Mr. Graziano's birth name. In later years, Rocky appeared in commercials for an automotive repair shop, and also lent his name to a New York pizza parlor which is still located today (as of 2008) on Manhattan's East Side. - W-B (2008)

      • FIVE GAMES TONIGHT: This is the second "lost to history" episode to features a total of five contestants. Although somewhat common in the early years, this practice was never seen in the later episodes. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FIVE GAMES IN 1955: The only surviving episode to contain five games is EPISODE #267 of July 17, 1955. - Suzanne (2008)

      • PUBLICITY PHOTOGRAPHS: Behind-the-scenes photographs of this episode were taken, most likely for publicity purposes. It is very rare to find behind-the-scenes photos of this particular television series. - Brandy Beard (2007)

      • 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)

        Florence Pritchett (6/28/1920 - 11/9/1965)

        Panel: Florence Pritchett, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off.

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