What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 28, 1952 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Nellie Kokoszka - "Tax Collector" (salaried; she works for the City of Dudley, Massachusetts; she holds an elected position; the specific type of tax she collects was not mentioned; from Dudley, MA)

 Game 2: Bob Troast - "Makes Mud Packs" (salaried; she works for the Edna Wallace Hopper Cosmetics Company; from Elkhart, IN)

Game 3: Sally Rand (4/3/1904 - 8/31/1979) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Madeline Woods - "Runs Pool Hall" (self-employed; from Belvidere, IL) . .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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Arlene Francis: (Arlene calls Robert a "cutie" by adding an extra initial to his name.) And on my left, the beautifully sunburned Robert "Q.T." Lewis!

      • Robert Q. Lewis: (inadvertently makes a pun referring to Sally Rand's trademark fan dance act as he pronounces "somebody" as "some body.") You have the most charming voice I ever heard. I wish I could attach it to some body.

      • Robert Q. Lewis: (realizing the identity of hte mystery guest after receiving the clue that she performs "more than 8 times a week" in her Broadway show) Oh, I knowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

    • NOTES (6)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at three down because time was running short. He did it again for the final contestant at five down. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) The male panelists' and Mr. Daly's respective attire this evening were the same as was the case the previous week. As for the overlay on Sally Rand's mystery guest spot, it was derived from her sign-in board, which differed markedly from the post-1955 practice of briefly showing the mystery guest's name on an overlay screen in the same type as used for regular contestants' occupations. Alas, there was no nameplate for her spot.
        (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The disheartening, deleterious and duplicitous trend of "crunching" the screen during the end credit sequence continued unabated on the most recent airing of this episode by GSN on March 29, 2008.
        (3) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 12 SHOWS TO GO: Following GSN's March 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the March 30, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with his usual panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest on this episode was Bette Davis. During the second game, the contestant was one Peter Best, who had been the prior drummer for The Beatles before he was fired in 1962 and replaced by Ringo Starr. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel batted .500 tonight. Bennett, who was returning after a short vacation, correctly guessed that the first contestant was a tax collector. She possibly collects property taxes. While on the subject of taxes, it brings to mind that in future years, a WML visit by anyone associated with income taxes (income tax collectors, income tax examiners, income tax attorneys, etc.) would become a WML staple. Their appearance would come especially around the month of April, as a way of reminding people to get their taxes filed on time. (Prior to 1955, though, income tax returns were due on March 15th of each year.) Moving on to tonight's second game, unfortunately, the panel was unable to guess that the second contestant made mud packs. Guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis acted as if he was going to bust a blood vessel after he figured out that the mystery guest was none other than famed exotic dancer Sally Rand. It was really funny to watch! Miss Rand's most famous performance took place took place at the 1939 New York World's Fair. It was after this performance that her fame spread throughout the world. Of course, as was customary, the panel ran out of time during the final game and the female pool hall operator won the game by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        MR. LEWIS: Robert Q. Lewis made several remarks about Arthur Godfrey during this episode. It was at this time that Lewis and Godfrey were feuding with each other. In fact, things got so heated between them that Godfrey often made snide remarks about Lewis. In one of his most infamous barbs, Godfrey questioned Lewis' sexuality by making the rather insulting remark, "I wonder what the Q in his name stands for?" - Sargebri (2004)

        ARLENE FRANCIS: I have a hard time recognizing Arlene Francis in these early WML episodes! She looks so different with short, curly dark hair! In a way, she almost resembles Kitty Carlisle! - JohnXXVII (2004)

      • SALLY RAND: During Sally Rand's game, while she is shown sitting in her chair, a brief shot superimposing her signature on the sign-in board appears for a few seconds. This is the first time they have used this experimental technique, unless it was used during one of the early "lost" episodes. Rather than a goof, this undoubtedly was intentional, and was a precursor to the future technique of superimposing a more formal, printed name overlay screen after the mystery guest signed in, and sometimes again during the game. This was necessary at times to remind the home viewers of the identity of the mystery guest, either because the guest worked behind the scenes, was from another era of popularity, or was an "owl" who would possibly be unfamiliar on sight to the audience. Miss Rand probably fit in the second category. In his 1978 WML book, Gil Fates describes an "owl" as a mystery guest who made the producers ask "Whoooo?" when they heard his name. Meaning, the star was so little known that they didn't recognize his name when he was discussed as a potential mystery guest. Gil said that this was more of an issue on the syndicated version of WML, when they had to come up with five mystery guests per week. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        SALLY RAND: Sally Rand is the mystery guest this evening. In the 1930s, she performed a famous "Fan Dance" act where she would dance completely naked behind fans. She would maneuver the fans in such a way that she kept herself covered, while keeping herself and the fans in constant motion. She performed her act in the 1934 film "Bolero" with George Raft and Carole Lombard. As of 2003, this film has never been released on video. Her reputation for burlesque was one of the reasons she wasn't sure if she was a "lady" when Bennett asked her if she was one. - Suzanne (2003)

        More about Sally Rand at the URL below:


        SALLY RAND: Four years, two months and twelve days from tonight's show, Sally Rand appeared on another Goodson-Todman panel show, "To Tell the Truth," alongside two impostors on the March 12, 1957 edition, which was most recently aired by GSN on December 13, 2008. On that "TTTT" episode, she was introduced under her birth name of Helen Beck. - W-B (2009)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis. Hal Block had the night off.

      • Tidbits: Robert Q. Lewis is still tan from his trip to Miami Beach, FL.

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