What's My Line?

Season 1 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 30, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: "Horse Trainer" (a female)

Game 2: "Glass Blower" (a male)

Game 3: Faye Emerson (7/8/1919 - 3/9/1983) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Sports Writer" (a male)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008) . .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)

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      • (1) Tonight's now-lost "WML?" episode marked the first of two appearances by Deems Taylor, noted composer and music critic, longtime intermission commentator for the New York Philharmonic, master of ceremonies in the 1940 Walt Disney animated feature "Fantasia," and one-time president of ASCAP (the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). His other "WML?" appearance, likewise lost to history, was as a guest panelist on EPISODE #39 of February 25, 1951.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: It was a different story, however, for Faye Emerson, who this evening made the first of a total of ten appearances on "WML?" Two of these appearances, including tonight, were as a mystery guest; the other eight were as a guest panelist. In seven of those guest panelist appearances, she filled in for Dorothy Kilgallen: EPISODE #55 of June 17, 1951 (likewise now lost); EPISODE #120 of September 14, 1952; EPISODE #121 of September 21, 1952; EPISODE #436 of October 12, 1958; EPISODE #437 of October 19, 1958; EPISODE #545 of January 1, 1961; and EPISODE #618 of June 17, 1962. In the lone remaining guest panelist appearance, she filled in for Arlene Francis: EPISODE #206 of May 9, 1954, making this the only time she sat on the panel with Dorothy Kilgallen. At the time of tonight's show, Miss Emerson was already known for a TV program, "The Faye Emerson Show," which ran on two different networks (CBS and NBC), at certain points simultaneously, and on which she became as known for her revealing gowns as for her gift of gab. In this year of 1950, she divorced onetime "WML?" mystery guest Elliott Roosevelt (who appeared in only the second episode of the series, the still-surviving EPISODE #2 of February 16, 1950) and married bandleader Skitch Henderson, who would go on to lead the baton in two different eras of NBC's "Tonight" show, the 1954-1957 Steve Allen "Tonight!" era and "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" from 1962 to 1966; her marriage to Skitch lasted up to 1957. Faye's best-known TV gig, however, was her six-year run (1952-1958) with another successful Goodson-Todman panel show, "I've Got a Secret," as one of the key panelists. In fact, her second "WML?" mystery guest appearance was part of a team, when she, Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows and Henry Morgan appeared on EPISODE #304 of April 1, 1956 to promote "IGAS." Even after "Faysie" left "IGAS" as a regular, she would return from time to time to make occasional guest panelist appearances through 1963. Miss Emerson would also make appearances in 1963 in three different weeks on the original version of another G-T program, "The Match Game." - W-B (2008)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Deems Taylor (12/22/1885 - 7/3/1966)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Deems Taylor, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Louis Untermeyer had the night off.

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