What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 42

EPISODE #160

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 21, 1953 on CBS
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EPISODE #160
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Game 1: Miss Nancy James - "Lifeguard" (salaried; very cute; she works at Palisades Park Beach at Palisades Amusement Park in New Jersey; she also teaches swimming and diving; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Nick Christopher - "Breeds Worms" (self-employed; he is left-handed; from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

Game 3: Olsen & Johnson (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Ole Olsen (11/6/1891 - 1/26/1963)
Chic Johnson (3/5/1896 - 2/25/1962)

Game 4: Marshall Levine - "Bridal Consultant" (salaried; from Rochester NY) See notes below regarding a 2001 American Heritage Magazine article written by Marshall's son, David Levine, regarding David's search for a copy of this episode with his father's appearance on "WML?"
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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)

    Olsen & Johnson

    Olsen & Johnson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Chic Johnson

    Chic Johnson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Ole Olsen

    Ole Olsen

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

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      • AN ARTICLE BY HIS SON: Read a nice magazine article written by David Levine, the son of the final contestant, Marshall Levine. - Suzanne (2008)

        By David Levine, "Who Wants to Be a Mid-Two-Figures-Aire?," American Heritage Magazine, July/August 2001, pages 62-68.

        Who Wants to Be a Mid-Two-Figures-Aire?

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped a single card for the first contestant because her line was guessed at only one down and he said that he didn't feel she should have to leave with only $5. John flipped them all for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "STOPETTE" WATCH: After a week off, the newer opening advertisement showing both their lineup of products and a photo of Dr. Jules Montenier has returned.
        (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND FONT WATCH: Once again, the older nameplates for the female panelists are in use while the male panelists and John have the newer nameplates. This will spill over to early in the next season. For Olsen & Johnson's mystery guest spot (which marked their only "WML?" appearance), their nameplate is set in the same typeface as the newer nameplates, with the exception that the ampersand ("&") between their respective surnames is in a smaller and possibly different font.
        (3) "HELLZAPOPPIN'": In the late 1930's and early 1940's, Olsen & Johnson became major stars through their production of "Hellzapoppin'." In late 1976, an attempt to revive "Hellzapoppin'" was made, with Jerry Lewis as the star, Lynn Redgrave as his co-star, and Abe Burrows as one of the writers. All but Miss Redgrave had been on "WML?" during the course of its run on CBS; Lynn would be a frequent guest panelist during the final 1974-1975 season of the syndicated "WML?," and even put in an appearance as a mystery guest that same season. The new "Hellzapoppin'," which also featured Herb Edelman and Joey Faye, had tryouts in Baltimore and Boston, but flopped miserably to the point where it closed before it could even reach Broadway, with its final performance in Boston on January 22, 1977. This failed revival later became the subject of litigation between Mr. Lewis and the producers, as well as an article in "New York" magazine dealing with the various backstage strife, most involving Jerry himself. Nor was this the only time "Hellzapoppin'" failed to make it in the "modern" era; another attempt to revive it for the stage in 1967, with future syndicated "WML?" panelist Soupy Sales in the lead, likewise fizzled, never making it past Montreal, Canada. The producer of both failed revival attempts was Alexander H. Cohen, whose wife, Hildy Parks, was a panelist on "To Tell the Truth" within the early months of its long run on CBS in 1956-1957.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As always at the time of the April 21, 2008 rerun of this episode, GSN once again succumbed to its ever-maddening temptation to "crunch" the end credits, much to the dismay of the vexed viewing audience.
        (5) The April 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by a rerun of the December 14, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen and the panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson -- a seating order that had last been seen on the program during the Garry Moore era. At the opening, Mr. Allen called attention to the show's being pre-taped by referring to the weather as "hot, cool, rainy or snowy." The celebrity guest on this "IGAS" edition was Steve Lawrence. - W-B (2008)

      • OLSEN & JOHNSON: Ole Olsen (born John Sigvard Olsen) and Chic Johnson (born Harold Ogden Johnson) make up the zany vaudeville lunatic comedy team of Olsen & Johnson. Both men were of Swedish descent, and were born in the 1890s. They were very popular for decades. The pair made several films, among which the most successful (and most representatively loony) was "Hellzapoppin" in 1941. They are listed by both their individual names and stage name so they show up in the correct databases. - Suzanne (2004)

        MORE ABOUT OLSEN & JOHNSON: In Olsen and Johnson's hilarious film followup to "Hellzapoppin," titled "Crazy House" (1943), there is a moment that shows just how wonderful this amazing team was. During a nightclub sequence, the boys are asked to come to the stage and say hello. They perform a small portion of their vaudeville act. It is so funny and infectious, the orchestra behind them is out of control with laughter and it is not staged. This is a rare occurrence in a major studio film but these two guys were about the biggest thing in vaudeville. Audiences loved them because they love the audience. In the stage version of "Hellz," they would invite audience members up on stage with them. At the end, they would give them a present, which was usually a tie that was embossed with the line, "Stolen from Olsen and Johnson". - Stan16mm (2008)

      • DOROTHY MATERNITY WATCH 1 of 10: Yes, Dorothy Mae Kilgallen is, or will soon be, "on the nest." Somewhere around this time vicinity, Dorothy Kilgallen becomes pregnant with her third and last child, a boy. She already has a son "Dickie" and a daughter "Jill." Dorothy will be 40 years old next month. Red-headed Kerry Kollmar will be born to Dorothy and her husband Richard "Dick" Kollmar on March 19, 1954. Dorothy appears on What's My Line? up until five days before his birth. - Suzanne (2004)

      • REVIEW: The panel was hot, both literally and figuratively, this particular evening. Dorothy got things off to a blazing start when she guessed the female lifeguard fairly quickly. Bennett, however, had the most success this evening. He wound up guessing that the second contestant had a particularly unusual occupation due to the fact that he raised worms. He also guessed that the mystery guests were longtime vaudeville favorites Olsen and Johnson. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time before they were able to guess that the final contestant was a bridal consultant. He therefore won by default. Also, after the game, John informed the panel that if they had concentrated on the service instead of the product, they might have guessed his occupation. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Neither Steve nor the rest of the panel asked the breadbox question this evening. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene sports a new hair style. She has it swept up on top of her head, with soft pin curls all around. It may have been a fashion mistake even in 1953, but Bennett gives her accolades. Next week, she is back to her normal hairdo. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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