What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 18


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 04, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Ruth Mouzakes - "Grease Monkey on Locomotives" (salaried; she is a member of the AFL-CIO Firemen and Oilers Union, and works for the Long Island Railroad; from East Meadows, NJ)

Game 2: Mr. Sylvan M. Edison - "Monocle Manufacturer" (self-employed; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Rosalind Russell (6/4/1907 - 11/28/1976) (as Mystery Guest)

Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a female who "Teaches Hula Dancing." - 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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Bennett: (making a pun on "rabbit" after Arlene incorrectly guesses that the first contestant has an association with robots) She pulled a robot out of her hat!
      John: (after an awkward moment) We shall now pause a moment to bury that which Mr. Cerf has put forward.

    • Arlene: (taking a free guess as to the line of Mr. Edison) I think he salts nuts. No offense, Steve.
      Steve: (sounding bewildered and just as confused as to why Arlene is apologizing as the viewers are) Uh... all right.

    • John: (making a pun in regards to the second contestant's name) Well, Mr. Edison, perhaps the panel will be able to shed some light on this one.

    • Steve: (stopping his question to the maker of monocles in midstream) Are there certain Hollywood actresses who would...um, I think I'll pass to Miss Kilgallen.
      Dorothy: Steve, would you like to whisper the rest of that question to me?

  • NOTES (4)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: For this new show of the new year of 1953, and the first to boast the "classic" lineup of Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Steve Allen, all four panelists have new nameplates on the panel desk, all set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. (This same font will also be used for mystery guest Rosalind Russell's nameplate during her spot.) While some later shows will use the earlier nameplates for a bit, at least within the next few months, the types of nameplates as seen tonight will hold, in essence, for the rest of "WML?'s" CBS run. Bennett is the only one of the male panelists tonight to wear a regular suit with straight tie, Steve is decked out in the formal attire that will be associated with the program starting within a few years from this evening's edition, and John at this point is still going half-and-half, in a kind of semi-formal attire that was more reminiscent of what fellow Goodson-Todman host Bud Collyer frequently wore, both on the original "Beat the Clock" and, starting a few years from tonight, "To Tell the Truth."
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: "Gypsy" (1962) was not the only film to be associated with Rosalind Russell towards the twilight of her long career. Four years prior, in 1958, she landed the title role in the movie version of the musical adaptation (with songs by Betty Comden and Adolph Green) of Patrick Dennis' book "Auntie Mame." Two of the actresses who played the role, each in different productions, in the later musical version called "Mame" (with songs by Jerry Herman) would also be mystery guests in later years: Angela Lansbury, who originated the role on Broadway in 1966, made her only "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #839 of December 4, 1966; and of course, Lucille Ball, who played the character in the disastrous 1974 movie version, and who was the most prolific female mystery guest in "WML?'s" history. As for Miss Russell, tonight's show will be her only "WML?" appearance. In an ironic coincidence, her death on November 28, 1976 at age 69 came three weeks and one day following the death of "Auntie Mame" author Patrick Dennis on November 6, 1976.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, during GSN's most recent airing of this episode on March 30, 2008, the cable and satellite channel yet again subjected the "WML?" viewing audience to its endlessly egregious and blatantly boorish predilection for "crunching" the end credits.
      (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 11 SHOWS TO GO: The March 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which originally emanated "live from New York" on April 6, 1964. The usual gang of host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson were once again assembled in place. The celebrity guest was Wally Cox who, between his disastrous final "WML?" appearance as a guest panelist on EPISODE #251 of March 27, 1955 and his landing a spot as one of the main "squares" on NBC's "The Hollywood Squares" from the show's debut in 1966 until his death in 1973, appeared in a few other G-T shows besides "IGAS." Mr. Cox's other credits in that realm include a few editions of the 1962-1969 NBC version of "The Match Game" (sadly, he passed away before the more raucous 1970's version commenced), a 1964 installment of the original, Cullen-hosted version of "The Price Is Right," and a 1965 episode of the CBS "Password" on which his fellow celebrity contestant was former "Your Hit Parade" singer Dorothy Collins. This "IGAS" episode came only a few months before Mr. Cox landed the title role in the TV cartoon series "Underdog." The first game featured Colonel Harland Sanders of Kentucky Fried Chicken fame; his "IGAS" appearance here came four months and five days after his memorable "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #689 of December 1, 1963. - W-B (2008)

    • The ABC show "Talent Patrol" debuted January 19, 1953 with Steve Allen as host. Steve did not last long, however. Three months later, he was replaced by Bud Collyer and in June of that year, a new host took over... Arlene Francis! Arlene served as host of the Monday night show until 1955. We might see some reference to this in the WML intros as 1953 unfolds. - markrosz (2004)

      Sylvan M. Edison brings "free sample" monocles for the panel. After his game is over, John holds up four containers and tells the panel that Mr. Edison has brought these gifts for them. In hindsight, what a nice thing to do! - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      This was one night the panel probably would have preferred to forget. They were totally stumped by the female grease monkey. Of course, who could blame them for not thinking she was one? The lady looked as if she could have been someone's grandmother. The panel also had trouble with the second contestant who made monocles. Steve came fairly close when he figured out that he had something to do with eyeglasses. Unfortunately, he put his guess in the plural rather than in the singular. If he had put his guess in the singular, he probably would have figured out that the guest made monocles. However, the night wasn't a total loss, as Bennett correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Rosalind Russell. Miss Russell's appearance provided a lot of humor as she answered the panel in a voice so deep that Dorothy thought she was a man. Also, when Dolly Mae realized that Miss Russell was a female, she asked if she had had a baby in the past year. Dorothy probably thought that she was Lucille Ball, who, a few months earlier, had given birth to Desi Jr.. In any event, even though the panel had a rough time, it still was a very fun evening. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Rosalind Russell provided a hilarious mystery guest segment! Her deep vocal disguise had Dorothy convinced she was a male. In almost "Groucho Marx fashion," Rosalind delighted in supplying the "wrong" answers to the questions. It takes a self-assured mystery guest to be able to do this. She promoted her 1952 film, "Never Wave at a WAC." She also promoted her upcoming Broadway musical comedy play, "Wonderful Town." She spoke of her husband, Frederick Brisson, and explained to Bennett that it is her father-in-law, Carl Brisson, who is the singer. Rosalind and Frederick were married from October 1941 until her death in November 1976. Unknown to her now, Rosalind will have a future "connection" to the mystery guest in two weeks, June Havoc, who is the sister of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee. In the 1962 film "Gypsy," Rosalind Russell will play the mother of the two girls. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Dorothy reports that Steve Allen is soon to start his own television show. This would probably be the series "Talent Patrol" which ran from 1953 to 1955. Two Look Magazine award plaques are shown tonight: WML won the "Best Panel Quiz Show Award" and John Daly won the "Emcee of the Year Award." - Suzanne (2004)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Steve Allen. Hal Block had the night off.