What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 14, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Bee Gatling - "Dynamite Tester" (salaried; she works for DuPont Corporation; she chemically analyzes the moisture content of the explosive; from Charlotte, NC)

Game 2: Mrs. Ann Breault - "Makes Boxing Gloves" (salaried; from the Bronx, NY; note - the way she signs her name, it looks like "Breailt" because she runs the "a" and the "u" together, but her surname is Breault)

Game 3: Cesar Romero (2/15/1907 - 1/1/1994) (as Mystery Guest)

Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth scheduled game, a female "Tax Collector." She eventually appears on EPISODE #135. - Suzanne (2008) . .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 (4)

      • Hal: (to Mrs. Breault) May I look at your ring?
        (She puts out her hand to show Hal her wedding ring, and he is disappointed.)
        Hal: Oh, you are married, aren't you?
        John: (in an example of a somewhat more cutting comment than the rapport he would later develop with Bennett Cerf) Just be sure it's on your finger when you get your hand back.

      • Dorothy: (during the second game, again using the curious word sometimes used instead of "idea") Oh, I have a weenie!

      • Hal: (taking a free guess as to the line of Miss Gatling) I think she's an Esquire calendar girl and I'd like to be one of her dates.

      • Hal: (introducing John Daly) A man who's going to do a new panel show for a Christmas tree program called What's My Pine?

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at five down. As previously noted, her line had been guessed, but Bennett admitted to having received a possible clue as to her line before the show. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: Once again, the male panelists and Mr. Daly were attired in formal or semi-formal wear. And there was a nameplate in place this week for Cesar Romero's mystery guest spot.
        (2) There was another irony to Dorothy's asking mystery guest Cesar Romero if he were Richard Widmark, in the context of GSN's March 27, 2008 airing of tonight's show, as this more recent screening followed the news that Mr. Widmark -- who would make his sole "WML?" appearance as a mystery guest on EPISODE #192 of January 31, 1954 -- had died on March 24, 2008 following a long illness at age 93.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN viewers seeing this episode on March 27, 2008 were once more subjected to the cable and satellite channel's recalcitrant, repulsive and retrograde "crunching" of the end credits, although they did wait until the first two end credit card graphics were flipped by the "WML?" production crew to do so.
        (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 14 SHOWS TO GO: GSN's March 27, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore with his regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, which first originated "live from New York" on March 16, 1964. The celebrity guest was Art Carney. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: Unfortunately, this was a rather poor performance for the panel tonight. For the first time in weeks, the panel wasn't able to guess every contestant. Even though Bennett did guess the first contestant, he almost immediately admitted that he met some DuPont photographers at the studio. He explained that when he noticed all the photographers buzzing about, he asked one of them where they were from, and the man answered that they were from DuPont. Being the nice guy that he is, and not wanting the game to appear as if it were rigged, John wound up giving the pretty contestant the full $50 by default. The next contestant really stumped the panel. No one could believe that she made boxing gloves. Cesar Romero really had fun stumping the panel. He had both the panel and the audience in stitches as he used a seal-like voice to really throw them off. Ironically, during the round, Dorothy asked Cesar if he played a role that required him to use a rather sinister laugh. She was incorrectly thinking that he was Richard Widmark, who used a sinister laugh in the 1947 film, "Kiss of Death." Of course, several years later, Romero would use a very sinister laugh in his portrayal of "The Joker" on the 1966 to 1968 camp classic television series "Batman." Another ironic thing about Dorothy's question is that the laugh that Richard Widmark used would later be imitated by Frank Gorshin, who played "The Riddler" on the show as well. No doubt, this was one night the panel would have liked to have forgotten about! - Sargebri (2004)

      • After the dynamite tester's game, Bennett admitted that he had a clue that the contestant might work for DuPont. While he said he was not specifically told her occupation, he did get some possible inadvertent help when he encountered photographers from DuPont at the studio before the show began. He must have known that DuPont had an explosives factory near her area, and this information, along with the presence of the DuPont photographers, gave him enough clues to identify her line. Due to Bennett's admission, John awarded the entire $50 game winnings by default.- Garrison Skunk (2004)

        Dorothy shows her competitive side again. As John announces that he's going to wind down the boxing glove maker round, she says, "Oh, I have a weenie!" and you can hear the poor dear whining in frustration like a puppy as John ignores her calls for a conference. However, once the profession is revealed, she gives no indication as to whether or not she was on the right track.- Garrison Skunk (2004)

        At the end of the episode, John takes a moment to thank the viewers who have sent in donation checks for Ed Murrow's Overseas Press Club Memorial Building Fund, which was discussed on the previous week's episode. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      • At the end of the show, John "plugs" or advertises the What's My Line? CBS radio program which is heard on Wednesday nights. This radio version of WML was broadcast from May 1952 to July 1953. Read more about the radio program in the notes to EPISODE #103. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: John seems quite entranced with Miss Gatling! His behavior is giddy, and notice how he holds her hand during her game. - Suzanne (2004)

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

    • ALLUSIONS (0)