What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 24, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Eleanore Falik - "Makes Water Pistols" (salaried; the company she works for was not mentioned; from Brooklyn, NY) Game 2: Norman Ruppert - "Makes Dental Chairs" (salaried; the company he works for was not mentioned; from Louisville, OH) Game 3: Don Ameche (5/31/1908 - 12/6/1993) (as Mystery Guest) There was not enough time left for a fourth game. - Suzanne (2004) . .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 (1)

    • Steve: I don't believe your sex has been determined. By us, I mean."
      John: Of course.
      Steve: (voice cracking and raising pitch as he tries to recover from laughing) Are you a woman?
      Don Ameche: No.
      Steve: Better luck next time.
      John: Six down, four to go, Miss Francis.
      Arlene: I'd like to say, Steve's voice changed!
      Steve: I wonder if my sex has been determined.

  • NOTES (5)

    • STOPETTE WATCH: This is the first episode to feature a new version of the "Stopette" commercial during the opening introduction. The sponsor's new commercial shows a photograph of its inventor, Dr. Jules Montenier, while his name is being mentioned. - puzzlingpixie (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) After previewing the way he would appear for the remainder of "WML?'s" run on last week's show, John reverted to his 1950s Garry Moore/Bud Collyer-style "semi-formal" attire tonight.
      (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE FONT WATCH: Mystery guest Don Ameche's nameplate is set in the same type as the nameplates for the panelists and Mr. Daly.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of two "WML?" appearances by veteran actor Don Ameche. He will also be on the show as a guest panelist on EPISODE #374 of August 4, 1957. To old-time radio buffs, Mr. Ameche was well-known for co-starring with Frances Langford in the 1946-1951 radio series "The Bickersons," whose overall tone has often been cited by historians as an influence on future TV shows such as Jackie Gleason's "The Honeymooners" and the 1987-1997 Fox television sitcom "Married... with Children." Alas, Miss Langford never made any appearances of any kind on "WML?"
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In terms of its disheartening, devious and deleterious tendency to "crunch" the end credits, GSN once again didn't disappoint when the April 17, 2008 airing of this episode came around.
      (5) Right after the April 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, which was originally transmitted on the "educated estimate" date of November 2, 1964 or November 9, 1964. The celebrity guest was Victor Borge. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a rough outing tonight. Arlene had the first contestant's product identified, but unfortunately, she then incorrectly guessed that the contestant tested water pistols. Luckily, Bennett was there to pick up the pieces when he correctly guessed that she made them. Had he made the wrong choice, the guest would have won the full prize since there was one question left to go. Unfortunately, the panel was unable to guess in the allotted time that the second contestant made dental chairs, so he won the full prize by default. The panel also was totally stumped by mystery guest Don Ameche. Ironically, Arlene and Dorothy asked if he was a moderator. In fact, Dolly Mae was more specific when she asked if he moderated a panel show. What made it so ironic was the fact that three years after Ameche's appearance on WML, he was one of the finalists, along with Mike Wallace, to host another panel game, the classic "To Tell the Truth." Of course, he was beaten out by Bud Collyer, but Ameche did become a regular panelist on the show. Also, several years after this appearance, Ameche would win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his appearance in the 1985 film "Cocoon." He would also appear in the 1983 comedy classic "Trading Places." There was no fourth game tonight. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steve uses his trademark breadbox question in the second game while questioning the contestant. - Sargebri (2004)

    • COKE TIME: John said that Don Ameche had been a host on Eddie Fisher's show. John didn't name the show, but the series referred to is Eddie's 1953-1957 "Coke Time." - Suzanne (2004)

      Tidbits: Dorothy is just back from Butte, Montana. American Weekly Magazine voted WML the "Panel Show Most Likely to Succeed" award. Next week, Arlene and UK WML panelist Barbara Kelly will be trading places. Arlene will be a panelist on the UK version of WML, and Barbara Kelly will be here, sitting in for Arlene. - Suzanne (2004)

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