What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 20


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 18, 1953 on CBS



  • Notes

    • John announces that WML won yet another award! This most recent honor came from Chicago's "TV Forecast" magazine. WML won the award for the best quiz show. In April 1953, this magazine was bought out by Walter Annenberg of Philadelphia. He also purchased local television guides in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. Once merged, they evolved into TV Guide Magazine. - Suzanne (2004)

      "Baby June" Havoc was unhappy over the content of her sister's musical memoir, "Gypsy," which became a monstrous hit on Broadway in 1959 and was made into a 1962 film. The estrangement between the two lasted over a decade and only ended when Gypsy told June she was dying of cancer and wanted to make amends. - IMDB Trivia - Suzanne (2004)

      First Breadbox Reference: This is the first episode where Steve Allen asks a question referencing the size of a breadbox. He asks, "It's a product, I take it then, that you would use outside of the home, huh? Don't know how that came to me all of a sudden. Is it a large product, if you want to accept as a norm, something the size of a breadbox, let's say?" His question will eventually evolve to "Is it larger than a breadbox?" or "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" and becomes very famous. It will be frequently asked on all the remaining years of WML by both Steve Allen and other regular panelists and guest panelists. Often, when others ask this question, they will preface it with, "Is it larger than Steve Allen's breadbox?" This phrase becomes part of the American vernacular and has been used by cartoonist Gary Larson and many others. - Suzanne (2004)

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