What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 05, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Kay M. Chavin - "Raises Hair On Bald Heads" (salaried; John said she is with "The Thomas People" and she then stated that she has been a trichologist for 23 years; from Albany, New York)

Game 2: Joseph Ciaccio - "Monkey Keeper (Lincoln Park Zoo)" (salaried; he chewed gum during his round; from Chicago, Illinois)

Game 3: Judy Holliday (6/21/1921 - 6/7/1965) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Sidney R. Brown - "Sauerkraut Salesman" (self-employed; as he is standing up and shaking hands with John after his game, he says, "Walker Valley is proud of me tonight." - he evidently has roots in Walker Valley, NY, but during his sign-in he said he was from Brooklyn, New York) . .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)

      • (Bennett gets the last word in after John gives him a "no" when asked if eating Mr. Brown's product would adversely effect the breath.)

        Bennett: Good night, Mr. Daly. And if I spoke to you closely after five plates of sauerkraut, you'd know it!

      • Judy Holliday: Bennett Cerf is too smart!

      • Dorothy: Are you more with one type of animal than another?
        Mr. Ciaccio: Yes. (Steve Allen snickers.)
        Dorothy: Is it an animal that's not particularly attractive to be around this time of year?
        John: Ummm. Would you care to give us your idea of an animal that's not particularly attractive to be around this time of year?
        Steve: (to Dorothy) I can move, you know.

      • Dorothy: Is it a place where they have cages with animals in it?
        Steve: (referring to the popular Chicago hotel) The Hotel Sherman, that's it.

      • Bennett: Are you connected then, with the Department of Parks and Roads? Do you help keep the parks in reasonably clean condition?
        Mr. Ciaccio: No.
        John: That makes it four down and six to go.
        Arlene: He dirties them up!
        John: But, we hasten to say that he does his bit to be a good citizen. Beyond that, no.

      • Steve: (upon being informed that Mr. Ciaccio works for a large organization) And they don't make any money there, huh? Sounds like the Pittsburgh Pirates! (audience laughs) Oh dear, what's big and makes no money?
        Bennett (jokingly) Soldier's Field?
        Steve: Soldier's Field. Did you ever work for Soldier's Field? I'll go along with that.

      • Steve: Does it change the actual appearance of the person, to who it's applied?
        Miss Chavin: Yes, yes it can.
        Steve: Does it change them from the waist up?
        Miss Chavin: Yes.
        Steve: From the chest up?
        Miss Chavin: Yes.
        Steve: Neck up?
        Miss Chavin: Yes.
        Steve: Seven-Up, anyone?

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

        (1) WHAT EXACTLY DID BENNETT MEAN? - During the intros, Mr. Cerf described John as a "news moderator, panelist, suburbanite and indulgent father." What did Bennett mean by panelist? Was this a reference to John's employment on a panel show? Or was this simply a "slip of the tongue" by the usually accurate Bennett?
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show was the first of four mystery guest appearances by actress and musical comedy star Judy Holliday. By an interesting coincidence, her final appearance on the show was exactly five hundred episodes from now -- on EPISODE #661 of April 28, 1963. For her spot this evening, Miss Holliday's nameplate is set in Gothic No. 13.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, to nobody's delight, GSN tortured its viewing audience with their crazed and crackpot "crunching" of the end credits when last airing this episode on April 23, 2008.
        (4) The April 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the January 4, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Jack E. Leonard. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel made a good accounting for themselves this particular evening. Steve figured out that the first contestant had something to do with scalps, but he never figured out that she raised hair on bald heads. However, since he was close, John gave him credit for a correct guess. Next, it was Dorothy's turn, and she correctly guessed that the second contestant was the monkey keeper at the Lincoln Park Zoo. It was then Bennett's turn as he figured out that the mystery guest was Oscar winner Judy Holliday. Bennett later admitted that he identified her because he recognized her deep vocal disguise, and the audience groaned at his honest admission. He later requested that she speak in the voice she used in her Oscar winning 1950 performance in "Born Yesterday," which she happily granted. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the final contestant sold sauerkraut, and he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question wasn't asked on this particular episode. However, on an August 1953 episode of "The Name's the Same" that GSN aired prior to this episode, there was a reference to it. The TNTS guest star had been Gloria DeHaven. - Sargebri (2004)

      • From Glenn McMahon of the Judy Holliday Resource Center (2004)



        After nearly three years of being blacklisted from appearing on the show due to communist allegations, Judy makes her long-awaited entrance and signs her name on the blackboard. She sits down with moderator John Daly and the questioning begins with Arlene Francis. Francis asks questions like, "Are you a member of the entertainment world?" and "Have you ever appeared in pictures?" Judy responds in a deep male voice, "Yes." Francis, unable to figure out if the mystery guest is male or female, asks if the person is a male. Getting a "no" answer, the questioning moves to Bennett Cerf. Cerf asks, "May I presume that when you're in a more amiable frame of mind that you speak with a sweeter tone than you have right now?" Judy responds with a gruff-sounding, "Sometimes." Cerf asks, "Have you also played on the New York stage?" and "Did you play a leading role in the play in which you appeared?" Judy inexplicably changes voices and answers, "yes" in a high, squeaky voice. Cerf, now having a good idea who it is, asks if the play was produced by Max Gordon and was she in a nightclub act before doing the play. Speaking in her real voice, she grudgingly says, "Yes." Cerf concludes, "Well, I can't stall around any longer, because that beautiful voice you started with could only belong to the lovely Judy Holliday." John Daly inquires to how Bennett knew it was her, and Bennett confesses that he overheard Judy using that male-sounding voice once before while sitting next to her at the Dutch Treat Club. Before she leaves, Bennett Cerf and John Daly put her on the spot and request that she say, "Bennett Cerf is too smart" in the Billie Dawn voice. She paused for a few seconds to get the voice exactly right in her head before saying the line aloud. To hear her say the line, visit this URL:


        With the cast and audience still laughing, she leaves the moderator's desk, shakes hands with the panelists and departs. Her appearance lasted 3 and one-half minutes.

      • Tidbits: Dorothy most always introduces Steve Allen as "young." So, what's his age? He's currently 31 years old. Arlene mentions that Bennett's column "The Cerf Board" appears in "This Week Magazine." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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