What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 17, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Frances Johnson - "Lighthouse Keeper" (salaried; from Whitehall, MI)

Game 2: Edward Davies - "Makes Leg Make-Up" (salaried; he makes "Velva Film" for the Elizabeth Arden Cosmetics Corp. ; from Astoria, Long Island, NY)

Game 3: Mickey Mantle (10/20/1931 - 8/13/1995) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: William L. K. Galloway - "Bagpipe Instructor" (salaried; he is a civil servant instructor for the U. S. Army Musical Department; from Washington, DC) . .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 (5)

      • (Punning on the Johnson & Johnson brand of adhesive bandages.)
        Steve: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant) I think Mrs. Johnson makes Band-Aids.
        John: Miss Francis?
        Arlene: (demonstrating the type of wordplay normally done by Steve) I think Mrs. Johnson aids bands.

      • Bennett: (once the leg make-up occupation is disclosed) I never heard of it!
        John: You're not supposed to. Leg make-up, yeah. I've heard of it, Bennett. You see what happens when you start publishing books and you get in the sanctuary of your own office and you don't find out about things like leg make-up?
        Bennett: Our authors don't need it.

      • Dorothy: I would like to get back to the matter of the hours in which this is worn. Is this anything that - Arlene, let's say - would...
        Arlene: (interrupting) Why am I the guinea pig in this?
        Dorothy: (to Arlene) I just don't want to get into this, whatever it is! (continuing on, to John) That Arlene, if she were wearing it, would be more likely to be wearing in the privacy of her home than when she was meeting Steve somewhere? (laughter from audience)
        Arlene: (showing mock alarm) Please! The scandal!

      • Steve: If Arlene were wearing one of these, would it be correct to guess that I wouldn't know it?
        John: (after consulting with the leg makeup manufacturer) I would say this -- I would think that, um, I must give you a "no" on that on the assumption that if you chose to know it, you would know it. Five down and five to go, Miss Francis.
        (Arlene comically looks down over her bust, then over at Steve, wonderingly.)
        Steve: (to Arlene) In case you're wondering, I don't choose to know it.

      • Steve: We've never done this badly in the 18 years I've been on this show! (to the lighthouse keeper) Why don't you guess what we do.
        (Steve pretty much sums up the panel's poor performance on this episode.)

    • NOTES (5)

      • TODAY'S BASEBALL GAME: On May 17, 1953, the New York Yankees played the St. Louis Browns at Yankee Stadium. Tonight's mystery guest, Mickey Mantle, went hitless in only two official times at bat. He was walked the other three times he came up to hit. This dropped his batting average to .333, which was sixth in the American League at this early point of the season. The Yankees won today's game 6-5 in 10 innings to continue to lead the American League with a win loss record of 18-9. The Yankees would go on to win their fifth World Series in a row later this year. - cerfnet (2009)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 9, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the world of baseball, as connected with the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. - W-B (2006)

        "I LOVE MICKEY": In 1956, two years after his mystery guest appearance tonight, Mickey Mantle participated in a tribute record, "I Love Mickey," credited to "The Voice of Mickey Mantle with Teresa Brewer" (released on Coral single #[9-]61700). Unfortunately, Miss Brewer, who died on October 17, 2007 at age 76, never made any appearances of any kind on "WML?" during its long CBS run; however, she would appear as a mystery guest on the syndicated version in 1973. - W-B (2007)

        (1) GSN "REGULAR ROTATION" TALLY AS OF 2008: GSN aired tonight's show in "regular rotation" on April 16, 2008. Previously, it had aired in "regular rotation" on November 25, 2004, and before that, on October 18, 2002.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight was Mickey Mantle's only "WML?" appearance. His nameplate, like those of the panelists and Mr. Daly, is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font. As a side note, his future Yankee teammate Roger Maris, whose 61 home runs in 1961 surpassed Babe Ruth's 60 homers in 1927, never appeared on "WML?"
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The subversive, slippery (as an eel) and downright stinky proclivity of GSN to "crunch" the end credits was once more in sorry evidence when this episode was last repeated on April 16, 2008.
        (4) Following the April 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN, the cable and satellite channel reran the October 26, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen. The celebrity guest was Ray Walston from "My Favorite Martian," and for the occasion, Mr. Allen introduced the panel as "My Favorite Venusian" Betsy Palmer; "My Favorite Mercurian" Bill Cullen; "My Favorite Saturnian" Bess Myerson; and "My Favorite Earthling, by Jupiter" Henry Morgan. - W-B (2008)

      • EIGHTEEN YEARS: It is interesting that Steve makes the comment about being on WML for 18 years. Little does he know, four years into the run of the series, that it would indeed almost reach that mark in its original form, albeit not with him as a regular panelist the whole time. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        MANTLE ON TWO 1953 PANEL SHOWS: This is the first of two May 1953 panel show appearances for one of the best and most popular players in baseball, the legendary Mickey Mantle. Not only does he grace What's My Line? this evening, but in nine days he will similarly grace "The Name's the Same," another Goodson-Todman series on a different network. On that show, Mantle appears in the "I'd Like to Be" segment, in which he pretends that he would like to be Prince Philip. His TNTS episode originally aired on May 26, 1953, and was hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. The May 26th date was arrived at by several clues that were given on "The Name's the Same." The Yankees had played a four-hour game the night before on May 25th, and Robert Q. Lewis noted this on TNTS, kidding that the game lasted 12 hours. The Yankees were not playing a game on the 26th and TNTS panelist Carl Reiner said "Off tonight?" to Mantle at the end. Being "off" on the 26th gave Mantle the chance to make his TNTS appearance. On both shows, his famous 563-foot home run that he hit in Washington on April 17, 1953 was mentioned. TNTS panelist Meredith Willson asked if it was 562 or 563 feet, and Mantle replied "562," prompting Meredith to call him an "honest man." On his WML appearance, Bennett brought up the home run and settled it at "562 and-a-half." It was too bad Bennett nailed Mantle so quickly, as it would have been nice to have seen his mystery guest round last a little longer. However, I guess we should be glad for what we do have with both shows! GSN last aired this WML on November 25, 2004, and aired TNTS on November 19, 2004. - sixtyfivealive (2004)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a particularly poor night on this evening's episode. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, who was a lighthouse keeper. Of course, who would believe that a woman who looked like a typical housewife would do such a job? They also were stumped by the second contestant who made leg makeup. Their failure to identify these occupations could be seen as a sign that people with more and more unusual occupations were being invited on the show. The evening wasn't a total loss, though, as Bennett quickly and correctly guessed that the mystery guest was New York Yankees outfielder, and future Hall of Famer, Mickey Mantle. Bennett later admitted that for the past eight weeks he had hoped that the mystery guest would be the popular Yankee slugger. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to their unusually poor form when they failed to guess that the final contestant was a bagpipe instructor, who then won the game by default. Even though the panel performed dismally, they had a lot of fun this particular evening. - Sargebri (2004)

        FASHION WATCH!!! Dorothy looks particularly chic in a leopard skin print dress. Also, John is wearing a tuxedo this particular evening. He wears one every now and again, but not every night. Later in the series, it will become his standard attire, except for the Fred Allen and Dorothy Kilgallen memorial shows. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! None of the panel members ask Steve Allen's breadbox question this evening. - Sargebri (2004)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS - On this episode, the panel gets a newly-designed desk with new advertising lettering on the front. Their previous desk had shown signs of wear and tear. The shiny new desk has a curved molding under the name plates. New lettering is seen on the front of the desk. In addition to Stopette, we now see Finesse, and graphics of both bottles. The front of the long desk now reads, "Stopette, Finesse present What's My Line?" On EPISODE #146, John Daly received a new host desk. Now, the WML new furniture upgrade is complete. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Bennett announces that the June 1953 issue of Radio TV Mirror Magazine contains an article about John Daly. Also, at the beginning of the show, John Daly took a minute to offer heartfelt "get well wishes" to Bert Lee, a What's My Line? technician who had suffered a heart attack. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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