What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 01, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Herbert Lamson - "Teaches Course in Marriage" (salaried; he works at Boston University in Boston, MA) Game 2: Miss Peggy Heckman - "Designs Ladies' Bathing Suits" (salaried; from Portland, OR; no company name was mentioned, but until 2002, Portland was the home of Jantzen Swimwear Corp., and she may have worked there; one other possibility is the White Stag Corp., another former Portland company which made swim suits among other items of apparel) Game 3: Irene Dunne (12/20/1898 - 9/4/1990) (As Mystery Guest) There was not enough time left for a fourth game. - Suzanne (2004) . .moreless

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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 (3)

    • Arlene: (to the first contestant) Since you are involved with a non-profit, are you associated with a university or college (pause) or high school?
      Contestant: (after another pause) Yes.
      Arlene: I was wondering how far I was going to have to go.
      John: We believe in giving you as much rope as you need!

    • Hal Block: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant) I think he manufactures twelve foot poles for people who you can't touch with a ten foot pole.

    • Hal Block: (after the mystery guest round) And what's done is Dunne.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at seven down because time ran short. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WE NOW JOIN TONIGHT'S KINESCOPE, ALREADY IN PROGRESS": Because the original kinescope was damaged, when GSN aired this episode on April 3, 2008, they came in at the point where John greeted the first contestant after he signed in. See previous notes regarding GSN's 2004 broadcast.
      (2) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: The male panelists' attire is as described for last week's show. For Irene Dunne's mystery guest spot, for which she makes the first of two "WML?" appearances, her nameplate is set in the now-customary Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's scandalously stupefying and infinitely impudent custom of "crunching" the screen during the end credits took center stage once more on the April 3, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 7 SHOWS TO GO: Following the April 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, which originally aired "live from New York" on May 4, 1964. Woody Allen filled in for Bill Cullen on this edition, while the remainder of the "classic '60's" panel -- Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson and Betsy Palmer -- remained in place. The celebrity guest was Lloyd Bridges. Of interest is the panel arrangement which, in seating order, was the exact reverse of how the regular "IGAS" panelists would be seated after Steve Allen assumed the reins of host beginning with the next season. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This is really one night the panel probably would like to forget. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, a man who taught marriage classes. It was not for lack of trying, but they just simply ran out of time and he wound up winning by default. The panel was also stumped by the second contestant, a woman who designed bathing suits. Dorothy did manage to figure out that she had something to do with them, but they never were able to figure out that she designed them. However, the evening wasn't a total loss as Arlene, with an assist from Dorothy, successfully guessed that the mystery guest was Irene Dunne. After the game, Arlene mentioned Miss Dunne's appearance on a television special on behalf of the March of Dimes. John also took time to make a plea for the charity after Miss Dunne had left the stage. - Sargebri (2004)

    • ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #2 of 4: Arlene Francis is yet again wearing a black eyepatch on this episode. She also wore an eyepatch for two episodes (#119 and #120) in September 1952. John calls her "Miss Hathaway of 1953." This is a reference to the Hathaway Shirt Company's ads featuring a man wearing an eyepatch. In her 1978 autobiography, Arlene explains her second eyepatch: "A second accident happened when I was reading a telegram while cradling a phone between my shoulder and cheek. The phone slipped and the hand holding the wire [Western Union telegram] automatically went up to catch it while my head went forward, giving me a paper cut across the iris, so painful that I passed out." Arlene will have two more eyepatch incidents in December 1957 and May 1960. - Suzanne (2004)

      ALL EYEPATCH INCIDENTS: Notes to each incident can be found on the guides to to following episodes. - Suzanne (2008)

      ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #1 of 4: EPISODE #119 of September, 7, 1952
      ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #2 of 4: EPISODE #140 of February 1, 1953
      ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #3 of 4: EPISODE #391 of December 1, 1957
      ARLENE'S EYEPATCH INCIDENT #4 of 4: EPISODE #515 of May 29, 1960


      Second Breadbox Reference: Steve Allen is now refining his "breadbox" line of questioning which began on EPISODE #138. Tonight, during the second game, we hear him ask, "Is this thing, uh, is it as large as a breadbox?" and "Is it ever smaller than a breadbox?" - Suzanne (2004)

      Dorothy said to the first guest during his panel walk-by, "Now that Jack O'Brian has explained it, may I take a look at your hands?" This was a reference to journalist, columnist and TV critic Jack O'Brian of Dorothy's newspaper, the NY Journal-American. He evidently wrote about Dorothy's habit of inspecting contestants' hands. It can be assumed that Dorothy was looking for signs of rough skin which might indicate an occupation in manual labor. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Damaged Kinescope - The original kinescope is damaged, and the opening of this episode is missing, including the credits, the panel introductions and the first contestant's actual sign-in. The program starts with the panel walk-by. The contestant's name is visible on the sign-in board. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this would have been the "third anniversary" show. However, no mention of this was made on this episode. - Suzanne (2004)

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