What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 48

EPISODE #166

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 02, 1953 on CBS
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EPISODE #166
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Game 1: Mrs. Candy Sheridan or Sheridon (illegible signature) - "U. S. Weather Man" (salaried; she works on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts; originally from Nashville, TN)

Game 2: Al French - "Builds Prison Cells" (salaried; he works for Van Dorn Iron Works in Cleveland, Ohio; from Cleveland, OH)

Game 3: Charles Coburn (6/19/1877 - 8/30/1961) (as Mystery Guest) He drew a monocle and cigar next to his signature on the sign-in board.

Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a male who was a "Toothpick Salesman." - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • Bennett: (to John, using the slang term for President, alluding to John's new Vice-President title at ABC) Good night, Prexy Daly.
        John: (to Bennett) Good night, Beans. Nice to have seen you.

        (As of 2008, we don't know why John refers to Bennett as Beans, but John also did this at the end of the previous episode, and yet again on the following episode.)

      • Steve: (taking a free guess as to the line of the second contestant) I think Mr. French fries potatoes.

      • John: (during the first contestant's game) We'll have to have a small conference -- I've been looking for an excuse anyway.

    • NOTES (4)

      • (1) A "CRYSTAL BALL" MOMENT FROM BENNETT: During the intros, Bennett once more mentions John's recent appointment as an ABC vice president, and assures the "WML?" audience that despite all rumors to the contrary, John will stay with the panel show, as Mr. Cerf says, "I hope from here to eternity." Not only did this come to pass -- Mr. Daly will host all but four "WML?" editions right up to the show's cancellation in 1967, even appearing as mystery guest on the very last episode -- but indeed, his run as "WML?" panel moderator ended up outlasting his run with ABC which came to an end in late 1960.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This episode was the only appearance on "WML?" of veteran character actor Charles Coburn. His trademark monocle was no affectation, rather, it was used to correct an eye deficiency; he preferred the monocle to wearing conventional eyeglasses. For his spot tonight, Mr. Coburn's nameplate is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 typeface.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual for GSN, on April 27, 2008, the cable and satellite channel once more succumbed to its customary temptation to "crunch" the end credits of this episode, to the eternal dismay of its cross-eyed viewing audience.
        (4) The April 27, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which first emanated "live from New York" on February 1, 1965. Host Steve Allen introduced the panel, seated in reverse order, as Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson, Bill Cullen and Betsy Palmer. The celebrity guest was Kaye Ballard, then more than two years away from landing the co-star's spot in the 1967-1969 sitcom "The Mothers-in-Law." - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent performance by the panel tonight. However, things did get off on a rocky start as the panel failed to guess that the first contestant was the weather man (or woman) for the island of Nantucket. However, despite the fact that they blew that particular game, they did have a lot of fun. Perhaps they were trying to help make it easy for the obviously nervous Mrs. Sheridan. Things did improve as Arlene guessed that the second contestant built prison cells. Mystery guest Charles Coburn also provided a lot of humor. His rather off-color "four dimensional" remark about "Gentleman Prefer Blondes" was an obvious reference to the ample "assets" of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. This really was a fun night. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steve used his famous breadbox question during the mystery guest round when he asked Mr. Coburn if he were bigger than a breadbox. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Charles Coburn promoted his 1953 movie, "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" in which he co-starred with Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell. Perhaps a bit on the risque side for 1953 television, he told John that the movie was "four dimensional" and received many laughs from the panel and the audience. - Suzanne (2004)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS: On this episode, we see a new Stopette opening sequence featuring blindfolds. The next episode reverts back to the previous Stopette opening sequence. We won't see the blindfolds again until EPISODE #172. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: John announces an article written by Maurice Zolotow in the current week's Saturday Evening Post magazine. John states that the "fine piece of writing" details the What's My Line? panel and "this phenonomon of television called the panel program." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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