What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jan 18, 1953 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: For the second straight week, Mr. Cerf and Mr. Allen are attired in regular business suit and straight tie, while Mr. Daly, as is usual during this period, is semi-formally attired, in a style which in later years would come to be associated with long-time NBC News economics correspondent Irving R. Levine. Steve's blindfold is the same as that worn recently by Robert Q. Lewis. And for June Havoc's nameplate in her mystery guest spot, a different font, Headline Gothic, is used. This typeface is not the same as that which is commercially available today from digital typeface libraries, but more along the lines of such fonts as Railroad Gothic, Gothic No. 13 (aka Tourist Gothic per Monotype parlance), and the usual "WML?" nameplate font of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. A page showing this particular Headline Gothic (from American Type Founders, aka ATF) is linked here, and here.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of two appearances on the show by June Havoc. She will next appear on EPISODE #832 of September 25, 1966, as part of the mystery guest cast of the Broadway production of "Dinner at Eight" in which Arlene co-starred at the time. By coincidence, this was less than six months before her sister Gypsy Rose Lee's infamous guest panelist appearance (and "WML?" swan song) on EPISODE #854 of March 19, 1967. A month following Miss Havoc's appearance tonight, she will appear in a production of the 1951-1953 television series "Hollywood Opening Night" called "The Romantic Type" which aired on February 23, 1953. In that installment, she co-starred with Don Defore who would go on to play "George Baxter" in the 1961-1966 series "Hazel."
      (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Not only did Steve Allen's famous "breadbox" question debut tonight (albeit in a different form than that which would be most famous on the show), but this is also the first extant "WML?" edition since EPISODE #5 of April 12, 1950 to list Gil Fates in the closing credits. Tonight he is credited as executive producer, a position he will hold for the rest of the show's CBS run. Mr. Fates' card comes before that for coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine in the end credit sequence which was rushed for time. As is typical of GSN, though, its April 1, 2008 airing of this episode showed the end credits in their usual, unrelenting and unconscionable "crunched" manner.
      (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 9 SHOWS TO GO: GSN's April 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was first presented "live from New York" on April 20, 1964. Host Garry Moore introduced his panel this time out as "IGAS" co-creator turned song parodist Allan Sherman (who was filling in for Bill Cullen), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. During the intros, Mr. Moore noted that Mr. Sherman "taught Bill and all of us" how to play the game 12 years prior. As with his upcoming "WML?" guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #712 of May 10, 1964, Allan Sherman is not wearing his trademark glasses. Ed Begley was the celebrity guest on this "IGAS" installment. - W-B (2008)