What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 26, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jacob Hertzberg - "Makes Men's Spats" (self-employed; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Miss Norma Moyer - "Rivets Army Cots" (salaried; she rivets Army cots made out of wood and canvas; from Wapwallopen, PA)

Game 3: Harold Lloyd (4/20/1893 - 3/8/1971) (as Mystery Guest)

There was not enough time left for a fourth game. - Suzanne (2004)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • (Referring to the round glasses that were a Harold Lloyd trademark in his pictures.)

        Steve: (while blindfolded, to mystery guest Harold Lloyd): Wanna borrow my glasses?

      • (Even in 1953, the contestant is amazed that the game winnings are so low.)

        John Daly: Every time you get a "no" answer out of them, it will cost them five dollars.
        Jacob Hertzberg: That's all? Five dollars?
        John Daly: Only five dollars.

      • Bennett: (introducing John) And on our left is our peerless newscaster, panel moderator, leader, and occasionally mis-leader, Mr. John Charles Daly.

    • NOTES (5)

      • SKIPPED IN 2008: GSN inexplicably skipped this episode when it should have aired as part of the 2008 "regular rotation" cycle. This unusual action came after the previous EPISODE #151 had been skipped on April 13, 2008 to air EPISODE #334 of October 28, 1956 as a tribute to Charlton Heston who passed away on April 5, 2008 at age 84. Instead, on April 14, 2008, the cable and satellite channel ran EPISODE #153, which originally aired the week after tonight's show. - W-B (2008)

        It has been GSN's longstanding norm to skip one "regular rotation" episode when they return from airing a special tribute, but skipping two episodes is an unfortunate and sorry first. This episode last aired in regular rotation on November 22, 2004, and before that, on October 15, 2002. - Suzanne (2008)

      • The panel did just okay this particular evening. The first contestant, who made spats, was very funny and provided a lot of humor. However, Bennett was able to guess his occupation with three questions to go. For the record, spats are a sort of shoe covering that were very popular at the turn of the century. Made of cloth or leather, they cover the instep and ankle when strapped on the shoe and buttoned or buckled. Unfortunately, the panel was completely stumped by the woman who riveted army cots, even after they figured out that she had something to do with them. They did recover nicely as Dorothy guessed that the mystery guest was silent film legend Harold Lloyd, who was on the show to promote the re-release of his 1925 silent classic "The Freshman." Unfortunately, there was no time to play a fourth game. - Sargebri (2004)

      • In October 2000, the granddaughter of Harold Lloyd sued the Walt Disney Co. for $50,000. The lawsuit claimed that Disney's 1998 film "The Waterboy," featuring Adam Sandler, is a virtual copy of Lloyd's 1925 film "The Freshman." Suzanne Lloyd Hayes filed a lawsuit, Hayes v. The Walt Disney Company, on behalf of the Harold Lloyd Trust, and claimed that the two films have 56 specific common characteristics. By 2002, both the lower court and the appellate court had ruled against her, claiming that the similarities cited were generic to many movies. - Suzanne (2004)

      • While posing for publicity photos in August 1919, at the height of his acclaim, Harold Lloyd was badly injured by the explosion of what he thought was a fake bomb. While holding the bomb in his hand, he lit it with his cigarette and it exploded. It was front-page news. He was temporarily blinded and lost the forefinger and thumb from his right hand, a fact hidden in his films by the use of a prosthetic device. - jh55 (2004)

      • Silent film star comedian Harold Lloyd mentions he is in town for the reopening of his 1925 film "The Freshman." The movie, originally silent, now has scored background music, he stated, but still no dialogue. Lloyd said adding dialogue was unnecessary. The rerelease is taking place at The Paris Theatre in New York. Lloyd has an impressive list of 213 films on IMDB! He was famous for performing his own stunts. His most famous film is 1923's "Safety Last!" in which he hangs from the hands of a clock on the outside of a tall building. His final film was released in 1947, and he passed away in 1971 at age 77. Twice during his mystery guest round, a double exposure of his sign-in signature was flashed on the screen. I must say, he had a beautiful signature! However, no standard desk name plaque is used. In addition, he did not wear a prosthetic device on his right hand. When he shakes hands with the panel after his game, it is evident that his right hand is missing the thumb and index finger. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Dorothy is just back from a trip to San Antonio, Texas. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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