What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 25


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 22, 1953 on CBS
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Game 1: William Hartnett - "Rainmaker" (self-employed; he uses silver iodide to increase natural rainfall; he donated his game winnings to Father Flanagan's Boys Town; from St. Louis, MO)

Game 2: Bernard Spooner - "Makes Bulletproof Vests" (self-employed; from Manhattan, NY, NY)

Game 3: The DeMarco Sisters (as Mystery Guests) They signed in as "The 5 DeMarco Sisters" - They are:

Anne DeMarco (11/1/1923 - 7/27/2004)
Gina DeMarco (b. 5/11/1925)
Gloria DeMarco (6/20/1928 - 8/1/1997)
Terri DeMarco (9/29/1930 - 9/3/1999)
Arlene DeMarco (1/28/1933 - 2/13/2013)

Game 4: Mrs. Daisy Whitten - "Makes Heating Pads" (salaried; from Asheboro, North Carolina)


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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 (10)

      • Hal: (taking a wild free guess at the line of the second contestant, with a pun on "Naval Inspector") I think he's a navel inspector in an orange grove.

      • Hal: Is it have to do with water?
        Contestant: Yes.
        Hal: Now, I'd like to have a conference.
        Arlene: I don't know, I had the idea, he might be in the rainmaker business. (The audience cheers and applauds.)
        John: Alright, Mr. Block.
        Hal: (jokingly) Now let's see, could that be it?

      • Dorothy: I hate to ask a lady this question, but have you more than one head?
        One of the DeMarco Sisters: Um hum.
        Hal: She has???!!!

      • Arlene: Is it worn? Would it be considered a piece of apparel?
        John: When it is worn, it would come under the general category of apparel, yes.
        Arlene: So, would this be worn on some special occasion? (Dorothy gasps loudly, causing Hal to lean forward and around Arlene as she asks her next question.)
        Hal: What just happened?
        Arlene: (to Hal) Down, Joe Morrison!
        Steve: (referring to Dorothy) She acts like she forgot to wear one. (The audience, panel and John laugh.)
        Arlene: I think that since Dorothy was the butt of that joke, if we could have a conference for a minute because she had an idea.
        John: 15 seconds for a conference.
        Steve: (to Dorothy) What were you laughing at?
        Hal: (again leaning forward and around Arlene) Yeah, what haven't you worn, Dorothy?
        John: (somewhat jokingly) Mr. Block, will you sit down, please!?

      • Dorothy: There are two? Are there more than two?"
        One DeMarco Sister: Um hum.
        Dorothy: Are there more than two?
        Another DeMarco Sister: Um hum.
        Dorothy: Are there three?
        A Third DeMarco Sister: Uh huh.
        Hal: This may be bigger than all of us!

      • The 5 DeMarco Sisters: (sung in beautiful five-part harmony) Thank you so much, dear Panel.

      • Hal: There are more than five there, there's six over there!
        John: (in a deep voice) Yeah, but I can't sing, and they don't need a bass, unhappily. I'd love to sing with them. (in his normal voice) I must say, it was wonderful to watch your face, Dorothy, when you tried to figure out how many heads she had over here.

      • Arlene: (taking a wild guess at the line of the final contestant) I think she's a mathematician and Hal wishes he had her number.

      • Hal: (giving his next-to-last sign off) So where are the DeMarcos? Goodnight, John.

      • Dorothy: When it's used, it's taken out of the closet or drawer, is that it?
        Steve: No, they crawl in.

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at two down. The panel had guessed the line and John flipped all the cards at Hal Block's suggestion after it was revealed that the contestant was donating his winnings to Boys Town. John flipped them all for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. John likewise flipped them for the final contestant at six down because time had run out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) Once again tonight, the male panelists are dressed in the "formal" attire that in years to come will be synonymous with the CBS version of "WML?," while John still has the "semi-formal" look as evident in most of the extant shows from 1952 up to this point.
        (2) There was no nameplate made up for The DeMarco Sisters' mystery guest spot.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's tediously tepid travesty of a tendency to "crunch" the end credits was once more on pathetically sorry display as of the cable and satellite channel's April 6, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) GARRY MOORE "IGAS" COUNTDOWN WATCH - 4 MORE SHOWS TO GO: GSN's April 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by a rerun of an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which originated "live from New York" on May 25, 1964. Host Garry Moore, during the introductions, provided various flowers to the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson; Miss Palmer got the biggest bouquet of all, in honor of her appearing on Broadway in "Roar Like a Dove," which ran at the Booth Theatre from May 21, 1964 to June 6, 1964, for a total of 20 performances. Betsy played the role of "Lady Dungavel" in this short-lived production. The Smothers Brothers were the celebrity guests, and for their spot in which they sported paper bags over their heads at the outset, they brought along alliterative relatives of theirs (including their mother who had been the basis for the famed "Mom always liked you best!" routine). This "IGAS" episode largely consisted of musical performances by relatives of famous people, including the son of Mickey Rooney. - W-B (2008)

      • The panel had a so-so evening this particular broadcast. Dimples, with a huge assist from Arlene, made short work of the rainmaker. Technically, the guest didn't make rain, he just increased the amount that fell during a rainstorm. The next contestant really gave the panel fits, because they never could figure out that he made bulletproof vests. They were going so far off the track that John decided to end the game and give the guest the full prize by default. However, that particular game did provide a very funny moment when Dorothy gasped as if she knew the line. Unfortunately, her incorrect assumption was that he made some kind of restraint. She probably was thinking that he made either a straightjacket or a girdle. The panel did make up for their earlier mistake when Arlene was able to figure out that the mystery guests were The DeMarco Sisters. As was the case when there was a fourth contestant, the panel ran out of time and they never did figure out that she made heating pads. Lucky her, she walked home with $50 tonight by default! - Sargebri (2004)

        In an odd juxtaposition, John Daly makes a pitch for Brotherhood Week, just before introducing a man who makes bulletproof jackets. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      • THE 5 DEMARCO SISTERS - John never tells us the names of The 5 DeMarco Sisters, who are Anne DeMarco, Gina DeMarco, Gloria DeMarco, Terri DeMarco and Arlene DeMarco. (The girls were not related to the famous ballroom dancers Tony DeMarco and Sally DeMarco.) The 5 DeMarco Sisters (aka The Five DeMarco Sisters; The DeMarco Sisters; and The De Marco Sisters) were a five-part harmony singing group from Rome, New York. They grew up in Brooklyn, NY, per Gloria. In the mid-to-late 1940s, for four years, they appeared regularly on Fred Allen's radio show called "The Fred Allen Show," earning one thousand dollars per week, again per Gloria. They opened his show each week by harmoniously chiming, "Oh, Mr. Allen?" as a set-up for Fred's humorous opening line. They also appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 26 times and sang 3 songs in the 1952 MGM movie "Skirts Ahoy!" In addition, they have an uncredited appearance in the 1936 film "Home Run on the Keys." Anne DeMarco married Remo Pisani, and their son, Stephen Pisani, has a web site and a page on IMDb. - Suzanne (2004 & updated 2009)

        HAL BLOCK FIRING WATCH: Hal has been fired, but you wouldn't know it from his demeanor. He's all smiles and laughs, a true professional. For more information about Hal's firing, see the guide notes from EPISODE #141 to EPISODE #144. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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