What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 6


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

Game 1: Miss Regife Westerby (John pronounced her first name as Reggie, probably a nickname) - "Gold Miner" (self-employed; tall blond attractive woman; she has a gold mine in Spearfish, South Dakota; John said she has holdings in Arizona also; from Spearfish, SD)

Game 2: Edward Kaczynski - "Dog Catcher" (salaried; he works for the city of Passaic, New Jersey; from Passaic, NJ)

Game 3: Ethel Barrymore (8/15/1879 - 6/18/1959) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Walter Biggs - "Sells Ether" (salaried; he works for the Squibb Company and sells many products, including ether; from New York City) . .moreless

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (10)

      • Bennett: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant) I think she's International Spy XY621.

      • Dorothy: (referring to Bennett's question during the game about the possibility of Mr. Bigg's item being used in the making of martinis) And obviously John, you've never had a martini at Bennett's house.

      • John: We've run out of time, so Mr Biggs wins by default. He, uh, sells ether, among other things. He works for the Squibb company, and one of his main items is ether.
        Dorothy; (referring to the somewhat purringly way Arlene asked her questions of Mr. Biggs) Well, he's had that effect on Arlene, you see that.

      • Bennett: (to the Mystery Guest) If I may borrow a phrase from Hal Block... are you feminine?
        Hal: And if she is, can I borrow her from you?

      • Hal: (regarding Regife Westerby) Well, I don't know whether she came in on a whistle-stop, but if she did, I'd never stop whistling.

      • Dorothy: (trying desperately to remember the term "dog catcher") Well, do you, uh, pick up animals off the streets of a town and city and put them, uh, inside a conveyance?
        Contestant: Sometimes.
        Dorothy: Well, do you when you take them inside this conveyance and then transport them to someplace where something is done to them or where they are kept for a while?
        Contestant: Yes.
        Dorothy: What is that called?
        John: Oh, Dorothy!
        Hal: Ummmmm....
        Dorothy: It's not a truant officer, I know! (loud laughter from audience)
        Hal: (off camera) A dog catcher!
        Dorothy: A dog catcher!
        John: A dog catcher is right!

      • Hal: Well, he said a lot of time dogs come to him?
        John: Sure.
        Hal: Then sometimes you go to the dogs?

      • Hal: (in love as usual, speaking about Miss Westerby) After seeing that blond, next week this might be What's My Mind?

      • Dorothy: May I respectfully suggest that Miss Westerby is more suited for gold digging rather than gold mining?

      • John: (making an unintentional pun as the line of the gold miner is displayed) But the panel's going to have to dig.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John awarded the full prize to the final contestant at two down because time had run out, but once again flipped the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" FONT WATCH: The occupation overlay screens for both the first and last regular contestants, while using the then-regular overlay font of Kabel Heavy, are set in upper and lower case type, rather than the usual, customary practice of setting the occupation in all capital letters as would be used for the second regular contestant this evening. And for mystery guest Ethel Barrymore -- making her only "WML?" appearance tonight -- there is once again no nameplate.
        (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN yet again displayed their coarsely cavalier contempt for their viewing audience by indulging in their persistent and painful predilection for "crunching" the end credits on their most recent airing of this edition on March 18, 2008.
        (3) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 23 SHOWS TO GO: The March 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Garry Moore, which first came to you "live from New York" on January 13, 1964. During the opening moments, one of the show's program staff, Judy Crichton, displayed a photograph of one of the previous week's regular contestants pictured with President Lyndon B. Johnson. Mr. Moore then used political motifs to introduce the panel of Bill Cullen, Phyllis Diller (filling in for Betsy Palmer), Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. In Miss Myerson's case, such introductions were ironic, given her subsequent involvement in New York City government. The celebrity guest was Carol Channing, then about to start performing in "Hello, Dolly!" as "Dolly Gallagher Levi." In one game while the panel was blindfolded, three of Phyllis Diller's five children appeared as contestants. This installment was notable in that it was the first "IGAS" episode to list the "Audio" (audio engineer) credit, which on this occasion was filled by Tom Perkins. - W-B (2008)

      • The female gold miner was the person previewed at the end of EPISODE #123. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        The male contestant preview picture shown at the end of this episode will also be shown at the end of EPISODES #130 and #131. Obviously, the guest couldn't make the show and a last-minute substitution was used for the following episode. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      • This was a pretty decent evening for the panel this episode. Bennett was able to make the save for the panel when he guessed that the first contestant was a gold miner. The panel went off track thinking that she had something to do with apparel or jewelry, but Bennett's quick thinking managed to save the day. Unfortunately, the game was somewhat marred by a somewhat tactless statement by Dorothy, when she said that the contestant, who was a beautiful woman, would probably be more suited for gold digging than gold mining. This was insulting, because a "gold digger" is a woman who marries a rich man only for his money. Speaking of Dolly Mae, she did guess that the second contestant was a dog catcher, in a very humorous fashion. Hal was next to score when he guessed that the mystery guest was Ethel Barrymore. Of course, Miss Barrymore was part of the first family of American theater. Her brothers John and Lionel were both very active in both theater and film. In fact, Lionel's most two most famous roles were that of "Doctor Gillespie" in the "Doctor Kildare" film series and that of skinflint "Mr. Potter" in the Frank Capra holiday classic "It's a Wonderful Life." Also, some thirty years after Miss Barrymore's appearance, her grand-niece, Drew Barrymore, would begin her long and successful career in films when she appeared as "Gertie" in the classic 1982 movie, "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial." Unfortunately, time ran out on the final contestant, an ether salesman, and he won the game by default. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Ethel Barrymore: Franklin Heller recalled this episode in his 1987 videotaped interview with Museum of TV and Radio official Loring Mandel (at the old New York location). Mr. Heller said that Ethel Barrymore was suffering from emphysema at the time of her appearance, and that she collapsed immediately after she left the soundstage, after having shaken hands with the panelists. It would be interesting to note if John Daly showed any tension or shock on his face during his subsequent close-ups. Of course, nobody would have mentioned Ms. Barrymore's condition on the air. Newspapers probably ignored it. Fortunately, she lived for six more years. - Jan Simonson (2004)

        Tidbits: As she so often does, Arlene introduced Hal as "Hal 'Dimples' Block." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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