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What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 26, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Toni Muir - "Policewoman" (salaried; from Greensboro, NC)

Game 2: Saul Strone - "Marriage Matchmaker" (self-employed; from the Bronx, NY)

Game 3: Herb Shriner (5/29/1918 - 4/23/1970) (as Mystery Guest) Host of "Two for the Money" from 1952-1956. (Sam Levenson was the host for the series' final year, 1957.)

Game 4: Miss Elizabeth Gilfillan - "Face Lifter" (self-employed; currently from New York City, NY; she said that she was born in Minnesota, her father was a missionary to the Indians, and she went barefoot until she was 19 years old; she said that she is nearly 73 years old; she is very articulate and has lots of spunk and humor; she performs facelifts by teaching facial exercises, not by surgery) . .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 (7)

      • Arlene: And, on my left, one of my favorite wags who never lags with the gags, Hal Block.

      • Miss Gilfillan: (after Hal runs up to the precious contestant and plants a kiss on her cheek) At last, I've been kissed by a man.

      • Hal: (to Miss Gilfillan) Honey, you may be 73, but you got the Spirit of '76.

      • Hal: (joking about the name of Herb Shriner's new show "Two for the Money") What's the name of that new show? What's My Shriner?

      • Hal: (his wild guess about the line of first contestant, Miss Muir) Well, I think she's a bill collector, and if she is, just call me "Bill."

      • John: (being ever so sweet, regarding Arlene's necklace) That heart of Arlene's catches a lot of attention. As a matter of fact, she catches a lot of hearts, let's face it.

      • Hal: And , on my left, one of my favorite news commentators, the man who's gonna do a show for all the losing football teams called Where's My Line?, Mr. John Daly.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John awarded the full prize to the final contestant due to time at three down, but he flipped the cards back to $0. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) Tonight's show marked the first time Mr. Daly's nameplate on his moderator's desk was set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 (aka Gothic No. 543). The previous typeface for his nameplate had been Gothic No. 13 (aka Gothic Condensed No. 140). Also, after John announces of the regular contestants, "We'll let the audience in the theatre and the audience at home know exactly what your line is," tonight is one of the first times where the studio audience applauds as the respective occupation overlay screens come up. (They are set, as is customary on most shows over the next three years, in Kabel Heavy aka Sans Serif Bold.) The nameplate for mystery guest Herb Shriner, like that for Mr. Daly, is also set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. This will be Mr. Shriner's only "WML?" appearance, unlike the frequent appearances on the show of Herb's eventual successor as "Two for the Money's" host, Sam Levenson.
        (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On GSN's March 20, 2008 airing of this episode, their garish, grating (on the nerves) and gory "crunching" of the end credits was once more in full view (unlike the said screen).
        (3) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 21 SHOWS TO GO: Right after the March 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 27, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore. The regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson was back together again after two weeks where Miss Palmer was off (although this episode was pre-taped), and the celebrity guest was Alan King. In an interesting coincidence, this 1964 "IGAS" episode's sponsor was Toni Home Permanents -- while the first name of the first contestant on the 1952 "WML?" episode shown prior thereto was also Toni. - W-B (2008)

      • Regarding the charming face-lifter Miss Gilfillan, who stated she was nearly 73 years old: From the Social Security Death Index - Elizabeth Gilfillan (last residence New York, New York) born January 25, 1880; died February 1972, at age 92. - cpdelta (2004)

        In 2000, somewhere between the time "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" ("WWtbaM?") became a megahit and the new remake of "Twenty One" flopped, Herb Shriner's son, Wil Shriner, had reportedly looked into hosting an updated version of his father's quiz/comedy show "Two for the Money." The original 1952-1957 version of "Two for the Money" featured two contestants, generally a husband and wife, alternating answers in a category. They would start at $5.00 an answer and rack up as many correct answers as they could in 30 seconds, without repeating an answer or giving an answer that didn't fit the category. If they did give an incorrect answer or otherwise break the rules, the judge would sound the buzzer and the current prize winnings would be announced, for example, 6 correct answers for $30.00. The team would then go to the next category, where each correct answer would be worth $30 each. When the buzzer sounded, the winnings for the round were again tallied, for example, 10 correct answers for $300.00. Then, for the final round, each question would be worth $300.00 apiece. (Note the format: one round's grand total became the dollar figure that became the prize for the correct answer in the following round.) With a good team, people generally took home between $700 and $1500 (plus gift packs of Old Gold cigarettes, of course). Wil Shriner's idea was to do the same thing (without the cigarettes, of course) but start out with prize money of $100.00 for each correct answer. I believe a pilot was indeed made, but by that time, the remake of "Twenty One" had bombed, "Weakest Link" was going nowhere, "Survivor" had ushered in the new wave of reality shows and the project to bring back a revamped "Two for the Money" was dropped. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        The panel continued their streak of good outings, especially Dorothy. Dolly Mae said that she couldn't believe that the very attractive first contestant was a policewoman, but she did nevertheless identify her line. Dorothy also was able to figure out that the second contestant was a matchmaker, even though she couldn't figure out the correct name for his profession. Of course, this was in the days before computer and video dating, and people in his profession were often called upon to arrange marriages. Mentioned during his game was the old 1951 television series "Bride and Groom." Bennett cooled off the "Dorothy Express" when he figured out that the mystery guest was funnyman Herb Shriner. Shriner was on the show to promote his current quiz show, Goodson-Todman's "Two for the Money," which he said was sponsored by Old Gold Cigarettes and shown on Tuesdays. Ironically, this show had somewhat of a WML connection, due to the fact that its original host was supposed to be future WML panelist Fred Allen. However, Fred became ill and Shriner became host instead. Also, Fred would later become guest host of the show whenever Herb was absent. Also, Herb Shriner was not the only one in his family to go into show business. His twin sons Wil and Kin would go on to have successful careers as actors. Kin would go on to play "Scotty Baldwin" on the hit daytime soap "General Hospital" and Wil would not only become a successful actor in his own right, he also would go on to host a daytime talk show, as well as become a successful director of several television shows. As always, time ran out before the panel could figure out that the final contestant was a face lifter. She therefore won the game by default. However, the panel did have a lot of fun with her, especially Hal. - Sargebri (2004)

      • THANKSGIVING WEEKEND SPECIAL: For four days, from November 25, 2005 through November 29, 2005, GSN preempted both "Beat the Clock" and "What's My Line?" to broadcast 8 episodes of the Goodson-Todman Productions 1952-1957 television series "Two for the Money." Shown were 7 episodes with Herb Shriner as the host and 1 episode with Sam Levenson as the host. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: During the introductions, Bennett said that Arlene is marketing "thousands of replicas" of her signature diamond heart-shaped necklace. Dorothy looks sharp tonight in a leopard print dress! - Suzanne (2004)

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

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