What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 24

EPISODE #142

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 15, 1953 on CBS

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  • Trivia

    • GOOF: John asks the bear trainer his name a second time when he means to ask where he comes from. This is a rare mistake on the part of John Charles Daly. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

  • Quotes

    • Dorothy: Mr. Walldorf, may I see the label in your suit to see if you shop in West New York?
      Hal: (as Dorothy looks) If he has a Delaware label, we're dead!
      Dorothy: He does! Yes, he's loyal to West New York, NJ!
      John: Alright, Mr. Walldorf, since you're loyal to West New York, New Jersey, come over here to East New York, Manhattan, and sit down with me for a moment, if you will.

    • John: And now, panel, let's see what you can do with another challenger. Would you sign in, please? Gustov....Walldorf. Is that right, sir? Gustov Walldorf?
      Gustov Walldorf: Yes.
      John: Ah, would you be good enough, Mr. Walldorf, to tell us your name?
      Gustov Walldorf: Gustov Walldorf.
      John: Gustov Walldorf. Then, be good enough to tell me where you're from?
      Gustov Walldorf: West New York, New Jersey.
      John: West New York, New Jersey. Well, it's been a great program! West New York, New Jersey!

    • Paul Douglas: I didn't even get to 'Dimples.' (Mr. Douglas commenting on being guessed in three questions, breaking Hal's winning streak.)

    • Hal: (upon hearing Mrs. Beyer's company name of Englewood Milk Farm) It's a Grade A place!

    • Hal: Do you deal with women?
      Marie Beyer: Yes.
      Hal: That's a nice thing to deal with!

    • John: (after being presented with an honorary staff membership by Mr. Gellman) Well, I think probably panel, you better watch out. As you already know, I'm a.... working for Jack Hoyle in Westchester as a Deputy Sheriff, now I'm an Assistant District Attorney in Niagara County. I'm gonna be the most dangerous man in the City... State of New York!

    • John: (considering a question) Well, there's a tenuous relationship I think, perhaps.
      Jack E. Gellman: Well, we'll give you a qualified yes. (The panel, John and the audience laugh in surprise.)
      Hal: Our new Master of Ceremonies!
      John: Meet my successor. I'll be leaving right now!

    • John: (considering Arlene's question) Uh, I'm of half a mind to give Arlene another... "Are you a criminal lawyer?" No, I guess we can't. 8 down, 2 to go, Mr. Block.
      Hal: Well, half a mind is better than none, John.
      Dorothy: Ooooh!
      Hal: (looking to Dorothy) Do you have a...? (looking back to John) I think I feel a weenie coming on with Dorothy.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: The second contestant's game ended at only one down. John flipped a couple of cards to make it three down, for a prize of $15. He flipped all the cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) The male panelists and Mr. Daly tonight are attired formally or semi-formally. Mr. Allen, especially, is wearing the exact kind of attire that will, within a few years of tonight, become forever associated with the CBS version of "WML?" And for Paul Douglas' mystery guest spot, his nameplate appears slightly hand-painted but does bear some resemblance to Gothic No. 13. In any case, his nameplate appears more professional-looking than would be used for most of Buddy Hackett's guest panelist appearances in the coming decade.
      (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Like the proverbial fingernails on a blackboard, GSN's penchant for "crunching" the end credits was yet again in evidence on the April 5, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (3) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 5 MORE SHOWS TO GO: The April 5, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by a "live from New York" edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, which was first broadcast on May 18, 1964. For this special edition which was in honor of "Armed Forces Week," the regular panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson was back in business. This "IGAS" episode most recently aired on GSN on May 27, 2007 during the Memorial Day weekend, at a time when GSN's "Black and White Overnight" block was only shown once a week. - W-B (2008)

    • HAL BLOCK FIRING WATCH: He's been fired, but you'd never know it. Not one clue is evident. He scratches his head, but he always does this, and tends to place his hand over his mouth at times when he is speaking. These "bad habits" were evidently nervous traits he had acquired that he was unable to control. For more information about Hal's firing, see the guide notes from EPISODE #141 to EPISODE #144. - Suzanne (2004)

      Hal Block seemed slightly nervous, but otherwise showed no outward signs that he had been fired. In a nice generous touch, maybe out of sympathy for his being dismissed, Dorothy shares a "weenie" with him, allowing him to guess the D.A. This is an abrupt turn-around from the cheese incident of EPISODE #119, when she kept her ideas to herself. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      SUBTLE HINTS OF HAL'S FIRING? In this episode, Hal Block doesn't refer to John Daly as his favorite newsman. He had done so in several previous episodes but here is the first indication that something was different. After being fired the previous week, Hal was a little guarded. There is also a moment at the beginning when he twitches his face. It looks like a dose or a moment of reality for him. He almost certainly was feeling pain and it must not have been easy for him to see Arlene, with her tiara, sitting right next to him, too. - Stan16mm (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a great performance this particular evening. Hal, with a huge assist from Dorothy, was able to guess that the first contestant was a district attorney. Jack seemed like a pretty fun person as he engaged the panel in conversation as they were playing the game. For the second round, the panel was in shock as Hal correctly guessed that the rather obese woman ran a reducing farm. The one drawback was the fact that the panel made several unflattering remarks about her weight. In today's climate, if any of those jokes were made, the switchboard over at CBS would probably be overloaded with complaints. However, she seemed to take it all in fun. The panel continued their hot streak when they guessed that the mystery guest was Paul Douglas. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the bear trainer, so he won the full $50 by default. However, this still was a great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2004)

      My grandfather, Jack E. Gellman, appeared on this episode as the first contestant. Here is how he came to be on the show: After returning from his service in the U. S. Air Force during the Second World War, Jack settled in Niagara Falls with his wife Betty and started a family. He had a very affable and warm personality. He decided to go into politics, and soon after became the District Attorney of Niagara Falls. This position is what led him to appear on What's My Line? He attended a District Attorney convention in New York City and someone scouting for the show, either through a recommendation or meeting him at the convention, asked him to be a guest on the February 15, 1953 episode. Of course, he agreed! Jack E. Gellman left politics in the mid-1950s and became a successful businessman as a real estate developer. He passed away five years ago in 1999 at the age of 85. Incidentally, he was not the only person in the family to appear on television. His cousin, also named Jack Gellman, changed his name to Jack Gilford after being discovered by Jack Benny and went on to be a star in Hollywood. Jack Gilford is remembered for scores of films such as 1966's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," and for appearing in the long-running 1960s TV commercials for Cracker Jack. - Erik Gellman, December 2004

    • Paul Douglas promoted his 1953 film, "Never Wave at a WAC," in which he co-starred with Rosalind Russell and Marie Wilson. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Arlene again wears her rhinestone-studded heart crown. During game one, Hal uses Dorothy's word "weenie" in place of "idea." We learn that in 1953, a diet weight-loss farm is called a milk farm. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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