What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 30


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Mar 29, 1953 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • When GSN aired this episode on April 10, 2008, Zsa Zsa Gábor was amongst the oldest living "WML?" contestants who are still living. Most sources list the Hungarian-born Gábor's birth date as February 6, 1917. - BuzzDawg (2008)

  • Quotes

    • Bennett: I can't call you Mr. Buck.
      John: Call him "sir." You were a private once.
      Bennett: I certainly was.

    • Dorothy Kilgallen: (referring to the military abbreviation for "kitchen police" / mess hall duty) I'm trying to rule out things like KP duty.
      James Buck: Do, do! Rule them out! Way out!

    • Dorothy Kilgallen: Now I just have to find out what uniform it is.
      James Buck: You can try.

    • Steve Allen: (trying a slightly different tack) Is it smaller than a typewriter, let's say?
      James Buck: No.
      John Daly: What's the matter with the breadbox, Mr. Allen?

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time had run out. Very little time had been available for this game, and he stated that the panel would have had a good shot at it if they had been given more time. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) LONG ISLAND NEWSPAPER WATCH: The full name of the newspaper which Arlene, during the introductions, incorrectly cited as where Bennett's wife Phyllis Fraser Cerf wrote, was the Long Island News and Owl, which was published from 1919 to 1998. (Source: "Long Island Journal: Amid Ashes, Newspapers Salvage the Past" by Marcelle S. Fischler, The New York Times, August 8, 2004.) Another prominent paper in that region was the Long Island Daily Press, which had been known by that title since the 1920's (before then, it had been known as the Long Island Farmer). From 1967 (the year that "WML?'s" long run on CBS came to an end) until it ceased publication in 1977, it was known as the Long Island Press. There is today a free alternative newsweekly called the Long Island Press; however, it bears no relation to the now-defunct daily newspaper of the same name. As for Phyllis's paper of the time, Newsday, which was founded in 1940 by Alicia Patterson (the daughter of New York Daily News founder Joseph Medill Patterson), it was acquired by Times Mirror (publishers of the Los Angeles Times) in 1970, and since 2000 has been published by the Tribune Company (an irony in and of itself, given the Chicago Tribune's onetime corporate connection to the Daily News, coupled with who founded Newsday). In addition, for a brief period around 1970, Bill Moyers, former press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson and future PBS mainstay, was a publisher of Newsday.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: In her first two mystery guest appearances -- on tonight's show, and on EPISODE #376 of August 18, 1957 -- Zsa Zsa Gabor was on episodes where sitting on the panel was a host of the "Tonight" show in its early years on the air. Besides the esteemed Mr. Allen this evening, on the 1957 show there was Ernie Kovacs who, from 1956 to 1957, alternated hosting duties with Steverino. What's more, on both shows, the panel was pre-seated (at the time of the 1957 show, Arlene was recuperating from an injured ankle). For her spot tonight, Miss Gabor's nameplate is set in Headline Gothic.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On the April 10, 2008 airing of this episode by GSN, the end credits were once again "crunched" in their usual unwelcome, unbecoming and utterly unappreciated fashion.
      (4) "NOW, FROM NEW YORK, HERE IS THE END OF THE GARRY MOORE "IGAS" ERA!": Following GSN's April 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the June 22, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret." This pre-taped episode was the last "IGAS" installment which Garry Moore hosted solo -- and indeed, the last existing show to be hosted by him, period. Mr. Moore will be on hand for the fourteenth-season "IGAS" premiere of September 14, 1964 on which he co-hosted with, and officially passed the torch to, his successor Steve Allen; unfortunately, this later show, like "WML?" EPISODE #731 of September 20, 1964, has become lost to history. On this pivotal edition which last aired in 2007 on GSN when their "Black and White Overnight" block aired once a week, the celebrity guest was Sam Levenson. The panel, which will remain in place (as will announcer John Cannon) after the hosting switch, consisted, as always throughout this period, of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. - W-B (2008)

    • When Zsa Zsa signed in, her signature featured an accent on her last name: Gábor. This accent was usually omitted by her, but it definitely belongs there in the Magyar language of Hungary. Ernie Kovacs had an accent in his name, too: Kovács. Again, it was not used by him professionally. His real first name was probably Ernö, so that he was Ernö Kovács, or so I would assume, despite his American birth. - Dan Albertson (2004)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty good performance this particular evening. Bennett was successful in guessing that the first contestant was a paratrooper. The young-looking man definitely made a good impression as he showed Dorothy his hands before she even asked for them. It also was mentioned that he was on his way to Korea tomorrow. The fighting was still going on there at that point, but it would soon be ending. For the second game, Dorothy blew the door wide open for Steve to guess that the contestant was a snake keeper. Dorothy had mistakenly said that she raised snakes rather than kept them. It was then Arlene's turn to be the winning panelist as she guessed that the mystery guest was Zsa Zsa Gabor, who was promoting the film "Moulin Rouge." At the time she appeared on this show, she was married to husband #3 of 9, George Sanders. The couple divorced in 1957. She later would be embroiled in a major 1989 controversy when she was accused of slapping a police officer in Beverly Hills. She was eventually convicted and sentenced to several days in jail and community service. Of course, in 1965, John Daly would work with her sister Eva Gabor in the premiere episode of "Green Acres." The panel ran out of time during the final game and the female contestant, who ran a training camp for fighters, won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Zsa Zsa Gabor promoted her 1952 film, "Moulin Rouge," in which she co-starred with Jose Ferrer. - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: The announcer said that this week, Dorothy was again selected as one of America's "Best Dressed" women. Steve Allen's play, "The Pink Elephant," opens on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Unfortunately, this play folds after 5 performances on Broadway. Arlene said that Bennett's wife, Phyllis, has a column in the Long Island News newspaper. Bennett corrected her to say it is in Newsday. We learn John lives in Rye, NY. - Suzanne (2004)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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