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What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 14, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Yolande Reed - "Runs Nudist Camp" (self-employed; from Perryville, PA) Game 2: Mrs. Wynelle Davis - "Sells Fireworks" (self-employed; from Atlanta, GA) Game 3: Margaret Chase Smith (12/14/1897 - 5/29/1995) (as Mystery Guest) Senator from Maine. Game 4: Mrs. Eileen Tatro - "Fortune Teller" (self-employed; from Jacksonville, FL) . .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 (7)

      • Dorothy: Is there a spiritual aspect to your work?
        Steve: Do you mean, is she a bartender?

      • John: We'll give you a qualified "yes." Actually, it could improve them in some way. It would depend certainly to some degree upon a subjective interpretation of the form and nature of the service and the specific circumstances under which it was stated.
        Steve: Well, that goes without saying.
        Arlene: (laughing) It does, eh?

      • Steve: (quoting a then-popular phrase often used by Arthur Godfrey to introduce a new commercial) Friends, I'm glad you asked me that...

      • John: Well, we'll have a small conference.
        Steve: Have a -- have a big one. I have nothing on my mind.
        Steve: (now singing, as John has his conference) Off they go into the wild blue yonder...
        Steve: (spoken after the conference ends) And now they come back with the latest returns.

      • Steve: (digging for the line of the nudist camp owner) Might it change me in any way?
        John: What do you mean by that, uh, Mr. Allen?
        Steve: What do you mean, "What do I mean?"
        John: What do you mean by "What I mean you don't mean" that you think you mean?
        Steve: Would it change me in any little way at all?
        John: Yes, I think so.
        Steve: Would it possibly change my appearance? (laughter from audience)

      • Arlene: Well, do you have, uh...
        (Arlene pauses, remembering the "yes" Dorothy got for asking "Would I be likely to use your services?" and turns to Dorothy.)
        Arlene: Dorothy, I don't think you'd go!
        Dorothy: I certainly wouldn't!
        Bennett: (laughing) I'd go with her, I'll tell you that!
        Arlene: Do you operate some sort of a nudist colony?

      • Arlene: (probing for the line of the nudist camp owner) Are the people who come to you dressed...
        (Arlene pauses, searching for a word, while the audience laughs and tips off Dorothy. This in turn causes Dorothy to loudly gasp. Arlene looks quizzically at Dorothy, puts 2 and 2 together, smiles, looks back and alters her original question.)
        Arlene: Oh, are the people who come to you, shall we say, hardly dressed at all?

    • NOTES (5)

      • LADIES NIGHT: All contestants on this episode, including the mystery challenger, were female. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. (We can only wonder if the fortune teller knew that the panel wasn't going to be able guess her line before time ran out?) - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "STOPETTE" WATCH: The opening Stopette advertisement which was shown tonight reverted to an earlier, retrograde version, the one which shows a layout of the company's three brands (Stopette, Poof! and Finesse) but not Dr. Jules Montenier.
        (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND FONT WATCH: With Arlene back at her usual spot on the panel, the nameplates for both her and Dorothy are the ones used up to the end of 1952, set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed. Only the male panelists' and Mr. Daly's nameplates are the newer ones, set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. This nameplate anomaly will persist for the next several episodes. As for Senator Margaret Chase Smith's nameplate for her mystery guest spot, it reads "Sen. MARGARET CHASE SMITH" and is set in a slightly smaller size of Gothic No. 13, with the layout along the lines of the initial nameplates used at the point of "WML?'s" debut more than three years earlier.
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was the first episode to assign credit for the set design. Robert Rowe Paddock is the first to be credited for "settings"; his card comes before that for executive producer Gil Fates. All this was shown, alas, in the usual "crunched" manner that GSN has taken upon itself to inflict on its long-suffering viewers, on the airing of April 20, 2008.
        (4) Following the April 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the December 7, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret." Host Steve Allen introduced the panel as "Hoagy" Palmer, "Johann Sebastian" Cullen, "Wolfgang Amadeus" Myerson and "Pyotr Ilyich" Morgan. Metropolitan Opera star Robert Merrill was the celebrity guest, and on this episode he performed four different songs, each titled "I've Got a Secret" and written by each of the panelists. - W-B (2008)

      • Mystery Guest Senator Margaret Chase Smith (a Republican from Maine) was elected to the U.S. Congress after the death of her husband, Representative Clyde H. Smith. Her own political career spanned more than three decades from 1940-1973. She was the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House and Senate. - Suzanne (2004)

        The seeds of "Political Correctness" are germinating as early as 1953: After her occupation is revealed as a "nudist colony," Yolande Reed admonishes the panel by explaining, "A nudist colony is no longer polite. It's a nudist park resort." - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Arlene's new play, "The Road to Rome," opens tomorrow in Philadelphia, PA. Bennett's article on Marilyn Monroe is appearing in Esquire Magazine. - Suzanne (2004)

      • The panel had a pretty decent performance this particular evening. The first contestant, a nudist camp operator, provided a lot of the humor. The big laughs came as the normally buttoned-down Steve asked if he could enjoy her services. He also got a lot of laughs when he asked if her services could improve his eyesight. Arlene eventually guessed her occupation, especially after Dorothy gasped. Unfortunately, the panel wasn't as lucky with the second contestant who sold fireworks. Dorothy did manage to guess that the mystery guest was Senator Margaret Chase Smith. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time when trying to guess that the final contestant was a fortune teller, and she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steve used his pet breadbox question during the second game when he asked the fireworks maker if her product were bigger than a breadbox. Her response to him was "sometimes." - Sargebri (2004)

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

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