What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 14, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Hal Block: (about mystery guest Miss America) Is this a beautiful girl?
      John Daly: Yes, sir!
      Hal Block: Is this the kind of girl that I would like to be out with after the show?
      John Daly: Well, I think it's only fair to say we have yet to find one that you wouldn't like!

    • John Daly: I always put my hand in my pocket. Gotta stop it.

    • Hal Block: (as Arlene pried for the cancan dancer's place of employment) Wherever it is, I'll find it.

    • Hal Block: This is the first time in my life I've ever sat next to a private eye.
      Arlene Francis: A private eyelash.

    • Tommy Kalmanir: (asking how Arlene got his line on her free guess) What gave it away?
      Arlene Francis: Your shoulders, man.

    • Hal Block: (commenting about the football player) Maybe we'll put him on a new show called What's My Lineup?

  • Notes

    • MORE ABOUT TOM(MY) KALMANIR: Tommy was a split end in a Ram backfield that included Hall of Famer Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch and Verda "Vitamin T" Smith. Tommy had the nickname "Cricket" and later served as an early receivers coach for the Oakland Raiders in the early 1960s. - exapno (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: When the second regular contestant's line was ascertained on Arlene's free guess, John was disappointed that they didn't get to play a game and randomly flipped some cards. He didn't award the full amount, but ended up tossing five cards over for a prize of $25. The final contestant was awarded the full prize at five down due to time, but John once again flipped the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: Guest panelist Faye Emerson's nameplate is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, which at this point is only being used for guest panelists and mystery guests. It won't be until after the panel's and moderator's desks are replaced within the next year when this font will be used for all participants. Speaking of the panel moderator, John is wearing a regular business suit with straight necktie tonight, for the first time since EPISODE #112 of July 20, 1952.
      (2) "THERE SHE IS" - MYSTERY GUEST: It was usually customary on "WML?," in the years up to 1955, for then-current Miss Americas to have the nameplate used for their mystery guest slot to read "MISS AMERICA." Tonight, this nameplate is set in Gothic No. 13, suggesting that it was likely also used the previous year on the show. As for Miss America 1953, Neva Jane Langley, the Miss America website has a biography and a more recent picture of her, and discusses what she has done in the years since her reign:


      (3) NOT JUST FLY SWATTERS: The vinyl resin called "Vinylite" wasn't just used to manufacture fly swatters as was done by the final contestant of tonight's show, Mima Novick. Vinylite is perhaps more famous as the material used to manufacture "non-breakable" 33 1/3 and 45 RPM vinyl records, going back to the 1948-1949 period when the two configurations were introduced (by Columbia Records and RCA Victor, respectively) in what became known as the "Battle of the Speeds." By the time of tonight's show, the battle had long ended, with each label using the other's invention, and all the major labels (and, at this point, some independent record labels as well) using both speeds. Still, the 78 RPM speed was still king for singles, but by 1955, the 45 pushed past the 78 in sales, with the older speed declining steadily at first, and then precipitously, until 1958 when the majors pulled the plug on 78 releases.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, GSN's aggravating, asinine and highly annoying predilection towards "crunching" the end credits was on atrocious display during the March 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) BACK-TO-BACK "MISS AMERICA'S": Right after the March 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran a "live from New York" edition of "I've Got a Secret" which first aired on December 2, 1963. (The show was preempted the previous week, November 25, 1963, for continuing coverage of the assassination and funeral of President John F. Kennedy.) The usual gang of host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson (Miss America 1945) are once again in place, and the celebrity guest was Troy Donahue. A few months from this "IGAS" show, in early 1964, Mr. Donahue married actress Suzanne Pleshette with whom he'd co-starred in a few films, notably "Rome Adventure" (1962), but the marriage had ended by the fall of 1964. Miss Pleshette, who passed away on January 19, 2008 at age 70, went on to greater fame on the small screen as "Emily Hartley" on the 1972-1978 sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show." Her third and final husband was Tom Poston, a longtime panelist on Goodson-Todman's "To Tell the Truth," as well as a former regular on future "IGAS" host Steve Allen's 1956-1961 variety show, and co-star of two of Mr. Newhart's shows (the aforementioned 1970's series and the 1982-1990 "Newhart"), who died on April 30, 2007 at age 85. - W-B (2008)

    • For a list of the episode numbers and dates that the 1950 to 1955 "Wild Guesses" or "Free Guesses" were won, see EPISODE #253. - Suzanne (2004)

      WOW! Arlene Francis nails the second contestant's occupation during the panel's "Free Guess" feature! She correctly guesses that Thomas John Kalmanir, Jr. is a pro football player. The look on Tommy's face is one of utter disbelief! Arlene said his well-built shoulders gave him away, and said she has never seen him before. John calls off the game, and both John and Arlene apologize to the contestant. His occupation overlay screen is never shown. Arlene promises to attend his upcoming football game. GSN aired this episode on October 22, 2004. Sadly, Tommy Kalmanir passed away just days before, on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, in Fresno, CA. He was 78 years old and died of pneumonia. - Suzanne (2004)

      GSN next aired this episode in regular rotation on March 14, 2008. - Suzanne (2008)

      WOW IS RIGHT!!! The look on Arlene's face as she guessed that the second contestant was a football player was priceless. It definitely was the highlight of a night when the panel did an exceptional job. First, Bennett was able to figure out that the first contestant was a cancan dancer. Of course, Arlene guessed that Tommy Kalmanir was a football player before his game even began! He was in town for an annual charity football game sponsored by Dorothy's newspaper, The New York Journal-American. Hearst also sponsored this Free Milk Fund For Babies charity game, pitting the then-NFL champs, the Los Angeles Rams, against the New York Giants. The game was to be held at The Polo Grounds in New York on Thursday, September 18, 1952. This early-1950s time period was several years before pro football gained the popularity that it later did, and it definitely was in the days before the creation of the Super Bowl. Years later, in 1994, the Rams left Los Angeles for St. Louis, MO. As a consolation prize, John randomly flipped the cards over and told John that he would win whatever was shown on the top card, which was only $20. Hal took great pride in guessing that the mystery guest was the new Miss America. After the round was over, he got up and gave her a nice kiss on the cheek. However, this was probably the type of uncontrolled behavior from him that Goodson-Todman didn't like, and it led to his eventual firing. Unfortunately, the time ran out before the panel could figure out that final contestant made fly swatters and she wound up winning by default. - Sargebri (2004)

    • HIGBEE'S: During the "Wild Guess" portion of Mrs. Novick's game, Bennett guesses that she has something to do with Higbee's Department Store. This store, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has since been sold to the Dillards Department Store chain. The downtown Cleveland location of the original Higbee Department Store closed in the early 1990s. The indoor and outdoor store scenes in the 1983 holiday comedy, "A Christmas Story" were filmed at Higbee's. This is the cute film where "Ralphie," a determined young boy growing up in the 1940s, dreams of receiving a Red Ryder Carbine Action, 200 Shot, Range Model Air Rifle for a Christmas present. - Gus (2004)

      MISS AMERICA: Neva Jane Langley was crowned Miss America 1953 on Saturday, September 6, 1952. She replaced Miss America 1952, who was Colleen Hutchins from Salt Lake City, Utah. - cpdelta (2004)

    • FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS: I loved the CBS eyepatch Arlene was wearing! Bennett introduces her as "the gal who would give her left eye for CBS!" The audience was very cute as they applauded Miss Georgescu's occupation. Bennett was equally cute when he asked if he could say the word "cancan" on the air. I agree that the look on Arlene's face when her wild guess turned out to be correct was PRICELESS! Well done, Mrs. Gabel! - fiveninegal (2004)

      Tidbits: It is stated that Dorothy Kilgallen is in Europe. They didn't tell us what she's doing over there, though! Arlene is still wearing an eyepatch, but now it has been decorated with the CBS "eye" logo! It's too funny! - Suzanne (2004)

      Panel: Faye Emerson, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off.

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