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What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 50


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 16, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Donald Utz - "Sells Milking Machines" (salaried; from Newark, DE)

Game 2: Mrs. June B. Wolfe (June Byers) (5/25/1922 - 7/20/1998) - "Professional Wrestler" (salaried; left-handed; managed by Billy Wolfe; she signed in with her promoter's surname Wolfe to avoid name recognition; John stated that she was the world champion lady wrestler; from Houston, TX; see notes below)

Game 3: Fred Allen (5/31/1894 - 3/17/1956) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Fred Allen, P.S. In Person"

Game 4: Mrs. Peggy J. Smith - "Repairs Motorcycles" (self-employed; mechanic; from Columbus, OH)

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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


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    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel had identified an association with a vehicle and likely would have made the correct identification with more time. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR BILLBOARD WATCH: For the first time since EPISODE #163 of July 12, 1953, the "Stopette/Finesse" billboard on the panel desk is in full view, and likewise the Stopette logo on the sign-in board and the Stopette bottle outline on the flip cards have returned. However, the glittery "WHAT'S MY LINE?" sign that had been displayed over the panelists since EPISODE #165 of July 26, 1953 is still in place, as seen during the regular contestants' walk-bys.
        (2) "THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP" - EXAMPLE #6 7/8: For the series' first appearance of tonight's mystery guest, and future regular "WML?" panelist, Fred Allen, his nameplate as displayed on the panel moderator's desk is set in Headline Gothic. This was to be the first of two mystery guest appearances by the legendary radio humorist; his second, on EPISODE #267 of July 17, 1955, was during his run as a regular panelist, after he recovered from an appendectomy. That 1955 episode was the only extant "WML?" show to have five games, which was a frequent occurrence during its first, and mostly lost, year on the air. Fred will make his first panel appearance (as a guest panelist) on EPISODE #220 of August 15, 1954, which marked the first appearance of the other "classic 'WML?'" panel of Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf, although at that point it would be another six shows before he joined the panel on a regular basis, after Steve Allen left to tend to his "Tonight!" show which was going "national" on the full NBC network, after having started as a local program on its New York flagship station, WNBT, in 1953. (Within a month of the show going national, the station changed its call letters to WRCA-TV, which it would remain up to 1960, after which Channel 4 adopted its current call letters of WNBC-TV).
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, GSN "crunched" the end credits of this episode on its April 29, 2008 airing, much to the ever-loving dismay and eternal detriment of its viewing audience.
        (4) Following GSN's April 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen, which first came "live from New York" on February 15, 1965. The regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan was in place for the most part; however, Miss Palmer, Mr. Morgan and Miss Myerson were also the celebrity guests, and for their segment -- which had something to do with Bill Cullen's upcoming birthday on February 18, 1965 -- Mr. Cullen's substitute panel-mates were three male individuals who shared his birthday, "civilians" Thomas Moffett, Francis Mahon and Henry Miller. The first game featured an appearance by then 17-year-old electronics genius Raymond Kurzweil, whose musical composition he played on the show was created to a computer. Mr. Kurzweil went on to create several different companies, including Kurzweil Computer Products (which he would later sell to Xerox) and Kurzweil Music Systems (which would subsequently be sold to a Korean musical instrument maker, Young Chang). Among the devices he invented, developed and/or perfected were the flatbed scanner, an optical character recognition (OCR) program which would be used most famously by the LexisNexis news database, and the Kurzweil K250 music synthesizer which was capable of reproducing the sound of actual musical instruments. Perhaps the most famous beneficiary of Mr. Kurzweil's musical-based inventions was legendary singer/songwriter and political activist Stevie Wonder. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was an average night for the panel. With the first contestant, they were totally stumped, and even though they were getting close, they couldn't figure out that he sold milking machines. It was very appropriate that Steve was the first person to question June Wolfe (real name June Byers). As many people know, Steve was a wrestling announcer during the early stages of his career. However, he wasn't the one who correctly guessed her. Bennett identified her after she only had two "no" votes. It was also fitting that Steve was the one who correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Jack Benny's longtime sparring partner Fred Allen. A year after his appearance as a mystery guest, Fred would replace Steve on the panel and would appear on the show up until his death. He was on the show to promote his upcoming talent show on NBC. Unfortunately, even though they were getting close, the time ran out before they could guess that the final contestant was a motorcycle mechanic. As a result, she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question wasn't asked on tonight's show. - Sargebri (2004)

        JUNE WOLFE: June Wolfe (born DeAlva Sibley, 1918-1998) professionally wrestled under the name of June Byers to become the world women's wrestling champ. Under the training of famous Billy Wolfe and others, Byers won many matches including a 13-woman world championship tournament in June 1953 in Baltimore, MD. In August 1954, she won a hotly-contested match over Mildred Burke in Atlanta, GA. Byers would hold on to her championship belt until 1964 when she was forced to retire after suffering injuries in an automobile accident. She was married to wrestler/promoter/manager Frank "Sam" Menacker for several years. She is considered one of the best female wrestlers of her day. She died of pneumonia on July 20, 1998. - Sargebri & Suzanne (2004)

      • Mrs. Peggy J. Smith appears to be the contestant previewed on EPISODE #167, but it's hard to be certain since she wears obstructing glasses on the show, but not in the preview photograph. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS: The flip cards again feature the outline of the Stopette bottle. - Suzanne (2004)

        DOROTHY MATERNITY WATCH 3 of 10: Dorothy Kilgallen is now two months pregnant. No announcement has been made on WML yet. Her son Kerry Kollmar will be born on March 19, 1954. - Suzanne (2004)

        This is Fred Allen's debut appearance on WML. He promoted his upcoming Goodson-Todman show, "Judge For Yourself," which was not specifically named by either Fred or John. We were told that it will be sponsored by Old Gold Cigarettes, it will be a 30-minute comedy and talent show, and it will begin on Tuesday at 10 PM on NBC. It lasted from 1953 to 1954. Fred Allen will become a much-admired regular panelist on WML from 1954 until his untimely 1956 death. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Steve Allen will be filling in daily for 2 weeks on The Garry Moore Show. Arlene mentioned a second humor column of Bennett Cerf's called "Try and Stop Me." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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