What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 7


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 19, 1952 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Sounds of New York - A car horn can be heard faintly in the background as Dorothy asks the garlic salesman, "Is this something used by both men and women?" Then, a distinctly different sounding horn can be heard as she pauses in the middle of her query, "Is this an accessory...to a meal rather then a main dish?" - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Quotes

    • Arlene: And, on my left, a fellow who is simply dimply, Hal Block.
      Hal: I might say, mutely, I thought you did it cutely.

    • Hal: (as John introduces MRS. Gorman, yet another married female contestant) We're in a rut.

    • Arlene: (playfully zeroing in on the mystery challenger) I don't know if you were #1 with "Wish You Were Here," but aren't you #1 with an awful lot of bobbysoxers, and aren't you a very attractive, curly haired sort of fellow?
      Hal: Would you like to be alone with this boy?
      Arlene: Yes!

    • Bennett: (quizzing the mattress saleswoman on what room her product would be used in) Would you say that that room would be -- the bedroom?
      Hal: You're getting into my territory now!

    • Dorothy: (as she shakes Eddie Fisher's hand) Well, I made my boo-boo for the evening.

    • Bennett: Are those shoulders on the level?
      (Bennett, taking a somewhat odd interest in the contours of the garlic salesman's shoulders, regarding the possibility of thick shoulder pads in his suit, while making something of a visual pun ("on the level" - "being at right angles to the neck.")

  • Notes

    • OLD TIME RADIO DAYS: Immediately following the March 2008 airing of this WML episode, GSN ran an "I've Got A Secret" episode that should be archived for posterity. During the historic thirty minute broadcast, viewers got to see a reunion of many of their favorite radio personalities of the past. Included were Brace Beemer (The Lone Ranger), Brett Morrison (The Shadow), Al Hodge (The Green Hornet) and Richard Kollmar (Boston Blackie). Of course, Dick Kollmar was our own Dorothy Kilgallen's husband. Also reunited were the Quiz Kids and four radio soap opera stars. This was one night of memories indeed. - Stan16mm (2008)

      NOTHING QUITE AS SWEET AS WHEN YOU SLEEP: The second contestant demonstrated mattresses for the Sealy Posturepedic mattress company in Ohio. Sealy Posturepedic remains a popular brand of mattress. Sealy's products are described as "orthopedically correct" and promoted as being the "Mattress Made for Sleep." They have an official website at sealy.com - agent_0042 (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John awarded the full prize to the final contestant at eight down because time ran out, but flipped all the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" FONT WATCH: The occupation overlay screen for the first contestant is hand painted; however, the type does closely resemble Futura Extra Bold, the particular variation of which is available for computer systems today via Monotype as Twentieth Century Ultra Bold (Twentieth Century is Monotype's version of the Futura family). And for the first time in several weeks, there is a nameplate (set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11) for the mystery guest's spot.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of four "WML?" mystery guest appearances by singer Eddie Fisher. He also had a fifth brief appearance (a cameo appearance) on an episode in which his then-future wife, Debbie Reynolds, was the mystery guest. His final appearance will be on EPISODE #741 of December 6, 1964. At this point, in 1952, Mr. Fisher was just beginning his rise to superstar status in the music business, having recently scored a Number One hit with "Wish You Were Here" (RCA Victor 20-/47-4830).
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Yet again, GSN viewers were subjected to the cable and satellite channel's horrific and hellacious habit of "crunching" the end credits during the March 19, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 22 SHOWS TO GO: Following GSN's March 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, which emanated "live from New York" on January 20, 1964. The panel on this occasion consisted of Bill Cullen, Rosemary Clooney (subbing for Betsy Palmer), Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Arthur Godfrey, who was celebrating his 30th anniversary with CBS. - W-B (2008)

    • As John said, "small world." During the post-game conversation, pretty Rondi Stratton said that she had been performing a mattress demonstration in Tiedtke's Department Store in Toledo, Ohio at the very same time Bennett had been in the store! At this point, Hal interjects, "And you didn't watch?" Rondi said Bennett had been there last Friday to have lunch with the store manager, Mr. Kobacker. Bennett then sweetly said that he'd wasted his time in Toledo! (Mr. Kobacker was the store owner, as the famous Tiedtke Brothers had sold their department store to the Kobacker family from Columbus in 1925.) - Suzanne (2004)

      REVIEW: The panel had a really good night tonight, especially the big three of Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett. Dorothy got the ball rolling when she correctly guessed that the first contestant sold garlic. However, for the record, he not only sold it, but bought it as well. It was then Bennett's turn to score for the panel as he correctly guessed that the second contestant demonstrated mattresses. After the round, she said that she was in Toledo doing demonstrations at the same time that Bennett was there. Dorothy would have had two correct guesses, but after a long line of questioning, she incorrectly guessed that the mystery guest was Vic Damone. It was then up to Arlene to correctly identify Eddie Fisher, which she did. This was during the period when Fisher was serving in the U.S. Army and was touring the world in a non-combat capacity. Three years after this appearance, he would marry Debbie Reynolds in 1955. However, his career was essentially destroyed when he dumped "America's Sweetheart" and left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. Of course, the story behind the start of their affair was that when Taylor's then-husband and Fisher's best friend, producer Mike Todd, was killed in a tragic airline crash, Fisher went over to comfort Taylor. However, the two of them wound up falling in love, causing Fisher to leave Reynolds and take up with Taylor. The resulting negative fallout caused irreparable damage to Fisher's career. Later, the tables were turned when Taylor left Fisher to marry Richard Burton, her co-star in the 1963 film "Cleopatra." The final contestant won by default when the panel failed to guess that she was a lady iceman. - Sargebri (2004)

    • The man whose preview picture is shown at the end of EPISODE #124 obviously could not make the show, because his picture is also featured as the preview photo at the end of EPISODES #130 and #131. Therefore, he does not appear on this show. The only male guest tonight, the garlic salesman, appeared instead as a substitution. In addition, the garlic salesman's occupation overlay screen is printed in a different typeface than the others. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      Eddie Fisher appears on this episode wearing a United States Army uniform. John mentions that Fisher is just back from Korea, where he entertained the troops by singing at the front lines. He'll be leaving for Europe on November 1, 1952, where he will also be entertaining the troops. Fisher said that he took his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas. He then said he was assigned to the U.S. Army Band in Washington, D.C., and has now been in the Army for 18 months. He said the Army offers wonderful opportunities, and John said it was good to hear him speak positively of the Army. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: During this episode, John Daly again refers to Hal Block as "Brother Block." I feel that this is a reference to both of them being Elks members. (BPOE - The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks) On an earlier episode, Hal had mentioned seeing John at an Elks convention. Elks members refer to each other as "Brother." Another possibility is that they were both Masons, as the Masonic fraternal organization members also refer to each other as "Brother." However, given the prior reference to the Elks, this is my best guess. - Suzanne (2004)

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

  • Allusions