What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 19


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 11, 1953 on CBS
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Game 1: Wm. H. Stephenson (William H. Stephenson) - "Makes Drunkometers (To Test Intoxication)" (self-employed; he kisses Dorothy's hand during his panel walk-by!; he sells the meters to police departments; from Red Bank, NJ)

Game 2: Miss Stephanie Radziwanowski - "Manages Monkey Farm" (salaried; she manages a monkey farm for the March of Dimes Foundation for use in medical research; John provided a PSA - Public Service Announcement - for the March of Dimes January 1953 campaign; from Pritchardville, SC)

Game 3: Joe E. Brown (7/28/1892 -7/6/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Matilda Lenk (Matilda Lenk, MD) - "Chiropodist" (self-employed; from New Britain, CT; a chiropodist is a specialist in care for the feet; chiropody is the branch of medicine concerned with the feet; the terms more in use today in 2004 are podiatrist and podiatry; Dr. Lenk has a 2004 net reference showing an office at 55 W. Main St., New Britain, CT) . .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 (6)

      • Steve: And now, on my left, a young man who has just returned from a very successful trip to (slight pause) Walgreens. One of the top news commentators/moderators in the business, John Daly.
        John: Steve, you had me worried for a minute.

        This was an rare, non-commercial reference to a drugstore in a panel show. As of 2008, Walgreens is still in business and is one of the largest drugstore chains. - cattaur (2008)

      • Bennett: (to Stephanie Radziwanowski) Do you mind if we call you Miss Stephanie instead of the last name?

      • Arlene: Would you be considered a leading man?
        Joe E. Brown: Well, my mother does.

      • Arlene: What is the animal experimental group called?
        Steve: The University of North Carolina.

      • John (proudly pulling on his bow tie as he smiles after having a conference with Miss Stephanie) Picture of a man who loves his work!

      • Steve: Well, she's from Carolina. Her name is Radziwanowski. I think she's a South Pole.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. He did the same thing for the second contestant at six down, but Arlene had essentially ascertained the line. He flipped them all for the final contestant at three down because time had run out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: Tonight, both male panelists are attired in regular street clothes. And mystery guest Joe E. Brown's nameplate is in the same typesetting (Title Gothic Condensed No. 11) as that used for the nameplates of all the panelists and Mr. Daly.
        (2) The "drunkometer" (technically called the Drunk-O-Meter) which was manufactured by tonight's first contestant had been invented in 1938 by Indiana University professor Rolla N. Harger, M.D. It was the first stable instrument for testing breath alcohol. The application worked as follows: A person being tested for drunkenness blew into a balloon, then the air in the balloon was released into a chemical solution. A change in color of the chemical solution indicated alcohol in the breath, and the more intoxicated one was, the greater the color change of the solution. The blood alcohol levels would then be estimated on that basis, through simple mathematical equation. However, the "drunkometer" would go on to be superseded by a more portable device called the "Breathalyzer," which was invented in 1954 by another Indiana University professor, Robert F. Borkenstein, who chaired the university's department of police administration at the time. Even so, the older device will figure with two other contestants over the next twelve years, on EPISODE #370 of July 7, 1957 and EPISODE #712 of May 10, 1964. A picture of the "drunkometer" can be found at the following link below:


        (3) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show was veteran comedian Joe E. Brown's only "WML?" appearance. However, he would have some future connection to Steve Allen who, at this point, was still technically a guest panelist on this show. Mr. Brown appeared on the January 13, 1957 and August 25, 1957 editions of "The Steve Allen Show." On the former episode, the other guests included Julius LaRosa, Xavier Cugat and Abbe Lane, and Rocky Graziano; on the latter installment, The Coasters, Hedy Lamarr, singer Pat Kirby, and "Sheena, Queen of the Jungle" star Irish McCalla also appeared. In addition, Mr. Brown appeared on the October 29, 1956 edition of "The Tonight Show" which was hosted that night by a future "WML?" guest panelist, Ernie Kovacs.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On the most recent airing of this episode on March 31, 2008, GSN once more subjected the viewing audience to its natteringly nefarious and insanely invidious "crunching" of the end credit sequence.
        (5) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 10 SHOWS TO GO: Right after the March 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore with the regular panel lineup of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, which was first broadcast "live from New York" on April 13, 2008. The celebrity guest was actress/model Suzy Parker. - W-B (2008)

      • STEVE ALLEN'S BOOK: This episode is mentioned in the Steve Allen's book Bigger Than a Breadbox: The Wit and Humor of Steve Allen, published in 1967 by Doubleday & Company Inc. It is stated in the book that this evening was a "bitterly cold Sunday night" and that Steve Allen was also seen on This Is Show Business that same evening. Allen later substituted for Barry Gray on a three-hour radio broadcast. Allen mentions Stopette and quips, "I think there is a market right now for a product called Perspiration that gets rid of 'Poof.'" Later, it is mentioned that he filled in for Hal Block (whose name is misspelled as "Hal Bloch") on What's My Line?. Finally, Bill Silbert, a guest on the radio show, mentioned that there was a "very pretty girl" doing the commercials on that night's episode of What's My Line? He commented that he believed it was the first time that the program had a live commercial and Allen joked, "I've heard a few dead ones on the show."

        Notably, the episode immediately following this one was the first time Allen referenced a "breadbox" on the program. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • This was a pretty poor performance by the panel tonight. The first contestant made a good impression, especially after he graciously kissed Dorothy on the hand. However, they never figured out that he was a man who made drunkometers. The panel did have a little bit better luck with the second contestant who ran a monkey farm. Unfortunately, Arlene, who did guess that she had something to do with monkeys, never was able to narrow it down to the actual raising of monkeys. After the game, it was mentioned that the monkeys were used by the March of Dimes as part of their research into crippling diseases. In fact, John took time to remind the audience that January was "March of Dimes Month." Arlene did have better luck with mystery guest Joe E. Brown. She mentioned the fact that he recently returned from overseas where he entertained the troops. Also, it was very interesting that Brown made no attempt to disguise his voice, but he did provide a lot of humor. As was usually the case, the final contestant, a chiropodist, won by default as the panel ran out of time. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Bennett announces that Arlene will be opening in the starring role in the upcoming Broadway play, "Mile High." This play is not listed in Arlene's list of Broadway play roles at the IBDB (Internet Broadway Database) web site. - Suzanne (2004)

        A clip of the brief panel introduction segment of this episode is shown during WML's 15th anniversary show on February 14, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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