What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 3


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 21, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • John forgets to remove the mystery guest's nameplate until play begins on the fourth round. So, for a few seconds, Franklin Lasky is incorrectly identified as "Mme. Schiaparelli." - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Quotes

    • Bennett: (after the beer tester's game - a pun on "laugh") Anything for a quaff.

    • Hal: (as the mistletoe saleswoman walks in front of the panel) Did you ask whether it was "Miss" or not?
      John: Yes, it's "Miss."
      Hal: (to the lady, in a rare moment of self-censorship) Can I look at your hands? Now would you like... eh, better not do it.

    • Hal Block: (to John Daly after he gets tongue-tied as he explains why he didn't accept the guess of "Beer Taster") John, have you been drinking it?

    • Arlene Francis: Is it a liquid with any alcohol content in it? (question is answered in the affirmative) Oooh, what I said! Um, would it be taken...
      John Daly (cutting her off) Internally?
      Arlene Francis (laughing) For medicinal purposes...
      John Daly: Only of course. I'm sorry.
      Arlene Francis: Is it a grape product?
      John Daly: A grape product? No. Two down and eight to go, Mr. Block.
      Hal Block: I got loaded just listening to you!

    • Faye Emerson: (filling in for the vacationing Dorothy Kilgallen) May I see your hands please, Mr. Steiner? I don't know what good it will do, but Dorothy always does this.
      Bennett Cerf: Check the label inside his coat, too. (Faye indicates she doesn't want to.)
      Arlene Francis: Next time.
      Hal Block: Would you like to untie his tie?

    • John Daly: (introducing the first contestant, a New Jerseyian) Caldwell, New Jersey? Well, it's always nice to have someone from the neighboring state of New Jersey. There are four New Yorkers over there, so beware of them, but take a walk down in front of them anyway.

  • Notes

    • SPONSOR WATCH: Going into the break before the mystery challenger, John Daly stated, "Here's news of a new scientific discovery." This likely had to do with some item of chemistry related to the product Stopette spray deodorant. - agent_0042 (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John awarded the full prize to both the second and final contestants due to time, but in both instances, he flipped the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: The typesetting on Faye Emerson's nameplate is the same as on last week's show; however, the nameplate for mystery guest Mme. Elsa Schiaparelli -- who is making her only "WML?" appearance tonight -- is set in Gothic No. 13. Amongst the still-extant "WML?" episodes, this is the first time since EPISODE #42 of March 18, 1951 that the male panelists and Mr. Daly are all decked out in formal attire or a reasonable facsimile.
      (2) A SMALL DETAIL: As the "Ladies' Hairdresser" overlay is shown over the final contestant, Franklin Lasky, John's removal of the "Mme. Schiaparelli" nameplate is noticeably visible.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's totally torrid, torturous (to the audience) and trying tendency to "crunch" the screen was yet again in sorry evidence as of the cable and satellite channel's most recent airing of this "WML?" episode on March 15, 2008.
      (4) The March 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, as first broadcast "live from New York" on December 9, 1963. The magician Michel de la Vega was the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

    • FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS: This is a very entertaining episode! I loved the fake eyepatch Hal wore to tease Arlene. I also loved Faye's remark about looking at the contestant's hands, "I don't know why, but Dorothy always does it!" (Love those Dorothy references! Out of sight is NOT out of mind!) I couldn't believe John saying to the ladies hairdresser, "You're probably as big a man as I've seen in many, many moons." (!!) An interesting occurrence happens when an audience member yells something. John looks out, then signals the panel to keep going. He did not look pleased, in any case. - fiveninegal (2004)

    • This was a pretty decent outing for the panel. Guest panelist Faye Emerson almost guessed that the first contestant was a beer tester, but she only got part of his job right when she guessed he was a beer taster. Arlene and Hal correctly guessed that he tested beer. The only hiccup the panel had this evening was with the second contestant. Unfortunately, they never were able to close in on what she sold, which was mistletoe. The next game was the mystery guest round, and Bennett did a good job in figuring out that the mystery guest was Elsa Schiaparelli (aka Mme. Schiaparelli). Finally, in the final round, Faye Emerson was able to make up for her earlier goof when she made the last-minute save and figured out the rather huge contestant was a ladies hairdresser. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Oddly enough, I had mistakenly read the first occupation as "Beer Taster" instead of "Beer Tester" so I was a bit puzzled as to what John was reaching for. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      Mr. Franklin Lasky was a very fun contestant! Despite all the (now) politically incorrect jokes being thrown his way, including John's "grow them big in Amsterdam" comment about his being overweight, he was really into the game! Another "weight" comment came from Hal, when John said that Lasky could be Hal's brother, and Hal retorted that Lasky could be TWO of his brothers. In spite of this, Lasky had personality and spirt! At one point during the game, Lasky says, No, no" then turns to John and asks, "Do I get two (card flips) for that?" In addition, on one occasion when he thought John missed a "no," he enthusiastically jabs at the cards as if he's going to turn them over himself. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      The mistletoe saleswoman was the contestant previewed at the end of EPISODE #120. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      The mystery guest is Mademoiselle Elsa Schiaparelli, who is an Italian woman who began her career as a designer in 1930s Paris. While others designed easy, soft clothes, Elsa Schiaparelli designed unusual, almost shocking garments. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: We are told that Dorothy is "vacationing." Faye says that Bennett Cerf's newspaper column has 11 million readers. Arlene has no eyepatch tonight, but that doesn't stop Hal from joking about it! During the introductions, Hal says, "Call me EYE-lene" and mockingly tapes an eye protector over his right eye. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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