What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 21


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 25, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: William C. Lantaff (7/31/1913 - 1/28/1970) - "U.S. Congressman" (salaried; he is representing the state of Florida; from Miami, FL; see notes below)

Game 2: Sol Jacobson - "Sells Policemen's Nightsticks" (self-employed; from Franklin Square, NY)

Game 3: Margaret Truman (2/17/1924 - 1/29/2008) (as Mystery Guest)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Dorothy: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant) I think he makes alligator bags.
        John: Mr. Allen?
        Steve: I think he makes alligators.

      • Hal: (after the panel identifies the seller of policemens' nightsticks) This is one of the few clubs I wouldn't like to belong to.

    • NOTES (5)

      • DOROTHY AND MARGARET ARE NEIGHBORS: From the following exchange, we learn that Dorothy Kilgallen and Margaret Truman probably live in the same apartment building in NYC. During the mystery guest segment, Hal asks if the guest is Mamie Eisenhower, which gets a large laugh from the audience and a great look from the actual mystery guest, Margaret Truman. After Margaret replies "no," Hal then says, somewhat offhandedly, that it would be funny if it was someone related to a president. Following Hal's lead, Dorothy asks if the guest lives in New York and if they would have had occasion to ride in the same elevator. Upon receiving a "yes," Dorothy correctly identifies Margaret Truman. - cattaur (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) Last week, Steve Allen first presented a variant of the soon-to-be-famous "breadbox" question; tonight we saw the beginnings of the "award-winning" intros that will become de rigueur over the next eight years, as announcer Lee Vines mentions their "Motion Picture Daily" award prior to introducing Miss Kilgallen. Mr. Allen is the only male panelist tonight to wear a regular suit with straight tie; the returning (but, as it would turn out, not for long) Hal "Dimples" Block and John are semi-formally attired. Hal's nameplate is the same old one, set in Gothic No. 13, which -- sort of like Mr. Block himself by this point -- stood out like a sore thumb alongside the more "modern," Title Gothic Condensed No. 11-set nameplates of the other panelists and Mr. Daly. And though he's still technically a guest panelist, starting with tonight's show, Steverino is now occupying the chair that he will sit in after he's named a regular panelist in more than a month from now. This is also the same position where he will mostly be seated, with few exceptions, in the last 11 years of the CBS run, during his occasional "old home week" guest panelist appearances.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first appearance on "WML?" of Margaret Truman, the daughter of now ex-President Harry S. Truman. Her nameplate is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Between now and EPISODE #319 of July 15, 1956, she will be on the show a total of six times. Only on one more of these shows -- her next-to-last appearance, EPISODE #318 of July 8, 1956 -- will she also appear as a mystery guest; all of her other "WML?" appearances will be as a guest panelist. Besides this edition airing in "regular rotation" on GSN on April 2, 2008, it could have doubly served as a possible tribute, as Margaret died on January 29, 2008 at age 83.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As always with GSN as of the April 2, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel indulged in their petulant, pompous and pungent predilection for "crunching" the screen when the end credits ran. This perpetuating practice is positively punitive.
        (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 8 SHOWS TO GO: Following the April 2, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which originated "live from New York" on April 27, 1964. This time out, host Garry Moore introduced the panel by order as Henry Morgan, Betsy Palmer, Louis Jourdan (who subbed here for the vacationing Bill Cullen) and Bess Myerson. Legendary screen star Olivia de Havilland was the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty good night for the panel. Hal, with a huge assist from Arlene, managed to correctly guess that the first contestant was an incoming congressman. Arlene would have identified him, but she made the mistake of asking if he was in the Senate and not the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, for the second contestant, the panel had an extremely hard time figuring out his line, which was making billy clubs. It wound up providing much of the humor this particular evening, especially after the man presented John with a billy club he made. John then mockingly pointed it at the panel as if to say that he was really in charge now. It was doubly appropriate that the mystery guest was Margaret Truman, the daughter of President Harry S. Truman. This episode was broadcast a few days after his term had ended. Also, she was very active in the March of Dimes. Dorothy had the pleasure of guessing who she was, with a big assist from Hal. After the game, Margaret made a plea to the audience at home and in the theater to give generously to the March of Dimes. She also reminded everyone that the previous year, 1952, saw the worst polio epidemic in history. Coincidentally, shortly after this show aired, Jonas Salk developed the polio vaccine. The news of his discovery was made public on April 12, 1955. Within a few years, the disease was no longer the major threat that it had once been. - Sargebri (2004)

      • William Courtland Lantaff (1913-1970) Born in Buffalo, Erie County, NY, July 31, 1913. Graduated from the University of Florida in 1935 and from its law school in 1936; Democrat; State court judge in Florida, 1939; member of Florida state house of representatives, 1947; U.S. Representative from Florida 4th District, 1951-1955. Served in the Florida National Guard; Died January 28, 1970. Interment at Woodlawn Park Cemetery, Miami, Florida. - Suzanne (2004)

        Studio Set Improvement - Finally, the binder rings on the flip cards have been improved. The loose rings that had given John Daly trouble for years have finally been replaced by larger rings that are held firmly upright in place. The new rings are anchored to the wood unit that holds the cards and are now immobile. As John flips the cards over, the cards now stay neat and orderly in one aligned pile. Previously, John used to constantly straighten the set of cards. Now, this is no longer necessary. This is one set improvement that is long past due. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Tidbits: Welcome back Hal. Arlene states that Hal has been vacationing in Miami, FL. It is mentioned that WML has won an award from "Motion Picture Daily" magazine as the "Best Panel Show on TV." Arlene wears a rhinestone crown that has three hearts that match her necklace. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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