What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 10, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Roswell W. Yorke - "Makes Telephone Booths" (salaried; from Massapequa, Long Island, NY)

Game 2: Mr. Les J. Jackson - "Operates Skirt Blowing Machine" (salaried; he works at the Steel Pier Amusement Park in Atlantic City, New Jersey; from NJ)

Game 3: Marilyn Maxwell (8/3/1921 - 3/20/1972) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Kathryn Mrazik - "Inspects Ammunition" (salaried; from New Haven, CT; see notes below) . .moreless

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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 (11)

      • Bennett: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant) I think he raises those famous Long Island ducklings and sells "quackers."

      • Arlene: Is there anything unpleasant about this product?
        Steve: Yes, we can't guess it.

      • Dorothy: (to the fourth contestant) Is it smaller than a phone booth?

      • Steve: Do you sing?
        Contestant: Yep.
        Steve: Do you dance?
        Contestant: Yep.
        Steve: What are you doing after the show?
        (Audience laughs)
        Steve: Are you married?
        Contestant: Nope.
        John: Wow! Now what are you going to do after the show, Mr. Allen?

      • Dorothy: Are you brunette?
        Marilyn Maxwell: No.
        Steve: Are you a blonde?
        John: (sarcastically) Very good, Mr. Allen.
        Steve: Well, there's always green, you know.

      • Bennett: You are female, I take it?
        Marilyn Maxwell: Last time I looked.
        Bennett: When was that?

      • (Dorothy, having just gotten an idea as to a contestant's line, gasps off camera, causing audience laughter.)
        John: Dorothy just had a weenie.

      • John: I don't think that, uh, on the specific point of improving of appearance, considering the norms and standards that we can say....
        Steve: Arlene, get ready.
        John: (laughing) One down, nine to go, Miss Francis.

      • Steve: (referring to the famous General Stonewall Jackson) I think Mr. Jackson builds stone walls.

      • Arlene: Is this in any way a product with moving parts?
        (Off camera, the contestant says "yes" as John Daly apparently makes a facial expression of concern, causing Arlene do a slight double take.)
        Arlene: Is John dubious?
        John: (without missing a beat) No, no, I'm John Daly. John Dubious is over there.

      • Steve: (about the phone booth) It's larger than a breadbox I presume? Just wanted to get that out of the way.

    • NOTES (5)

      • DAMAGED KINESCOPE: This kinescope of this episode shows some fairly severe scratches (seen as dark vertical lines) during the opening introductions, and continuing into the first contestant's segment. - BuzzDawg (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel was getting close and likely could have gotten the line with a bit more digging. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show proved to be Marilyn Maxwell's only "WML?" appearance. For her mystery guest spot, Miss Maxwell's nameplate is set in the same font as the nameplates for the panelists and Mr. Daly.
        (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, on GSN's April 15, 2008 airing of this episode, it was "crunch" time for the end credits, much to the everlasting dismay of the cable and satellite channel's viewing audience.
        (3) DOUBLE YOUR STEVERINO - AGAIN: Following the April 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired an edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen and panelists Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, as originally broadcast "live from New York" on October 19, 1964. The celebrity guest was Julie Newmar, who was then appearing in the ill-fated sitcom "My Living Doll." During the opening moments, Mr. Allen spoke with Mr. Cullen about the latter's panel appearance earlier that evening on "To Tell the Truth." It was Bill's debut on Goodson-Todman's other successful panel show (after "WML?" and "IGAS"). Three months after this, he and his fellow "IGAS" panelists swapped positions with the "TTTT" panel of Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle in what would be called the "Night of the Big Switch" on January 18, 1965. Mr. Cullen, of course, would go on to become one of the main panelists on the syndicated version of "TTTT" throughout its entire 1969-1978 run; ironically, as on "IGAS," his stint outlasted that of original host (of both the CBS "IGAS" and syndicated "TTTT") Garry Moore. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty fair performance this particular evening. The panel was totally stumped by the first contestant who made telephone booths. In fact, they never even got close to identifying what he made. However, Arlene, with a huge assist from Dorothy, was able to guess that the second contestant operated a skirt blowing machine at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Over the years, Steel Pier would provide several contestants for What's My Line?, especially contestants who performed with the famous diving horses. Dorothy correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Bob Hope associate Marilyn Maxwell. Ironically, Arlene thought that she was another famous actress with the initials M.M., Marilyn Monroe. As usual, the panel ran out of time with the final contestant before they were able to figure out that she was an ammunition inspector. She therefore earned the full $50 by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steve's trademark breadbox question was used twice this evening. First, by Steve, when he was questioning the phone booth manufacturer and secondly, by Dorothy, when she was questioning the ammo inspector. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Per the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Kathryn M. Mrazik passed away on Thursday, August 19, 1999. She was born April 15, 1917, in New Haven, Connecticut. At the time of her death, she was a retired executive housekeeper in a hotel, a 29-year resident of Las Vegas and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Women's Auxiliary. She is survived by her husband, James Mrazik Sr. of Las Vegas, NV; daughter, Kathryne Oler of Fort Mohave, AZ; son, James Mrazik Jr. of North Las Vegas, NV; brother, Edwin Mursko of West Haven, CT; sister, Evelyn Lee of North Haven, CT; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. - Suzanne (2004)

        Marilyn Maxwell promoted her 1953 film, "Off Limits," in which she co-stars with Bob Hope and Mickey Rooney. Two more 1953 films of hers include "East of Sumatra" and "Paris Model." She had previously toured with Bob Hope on his USO Tours. - Suzanne (2004)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS - This is the last episode with the old worn-out panel desk featuring Stopette advertising lettering on the front. On the next episode, the panel receives a newly-designed desk, which will feature both Stopette and Finesse. On EPISODE #146, John Daly received a new host desk. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: John announces that this week, TV Guide Magazine features an article about the WML producers, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. John says that the article, titled "TV's Golden Boys" states that Goodson and Todman "are rumored to not only produce this program, but 110% of all other shows on TV." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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