What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 23, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Madeleine Park - "Buys Elephants For Circuses" (self-employed; from Katonah, NY)

Game 2: Jerry Krandall - "Owns Diamond Mine" (self-employed; his diamond mine is in Brazil; he donated his winnings to an unnamed Detroit charity; from Detroit, MI)

Game 3: Billy Rose (9/6/1899 - 2/10/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: James Coan - "Minister" (salaried; from Ferrum, VA) . .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 (8)

      • Arlene: (giving her good night to Bennett) What can I say, Bennett? You may not be bigger than an elephant, but you're better!

      • (Free guesses about Rev. Coan, from Virginia.)

        Steve: I think he sells ice cream. I believe he's one of the "ice cream Coans."
        (after a beat to recover from Steve's pun...)
        John: Miss Francis?
        Arlene: I think he smokes Virginia hams.
        John: Mr. Cerf?
        Bennett: Well, judging by the way he smiled at that camera, I think he is a Virginia Ham!
        John: Panel, you're hot tonight!

      • Dorothy: Did you ever produce a musical show on Broadway?
        Billy Rose: Yup.
        Dorothy: Did you have shows that were noted for beautiful girls?
        Billy Rose: Yup.
        Dorothy: Would they be noted for beautiful girls wearing, in some instances, a few beads?
        John: (standing up in mock shock) I beg your pardon?
        Dorothy: I'm just trying to narrow this down.
        John: Well, I would say this: These were what we called "musical comedies" and that some of the young ladies wore costumes that were considered equitable in the theatre, but not necessarily for street wear.

      • Dorothy: May I ask a question? What did Arlene get a "no" on?
        Arlene: He does not purchase them for sale. And he does not cut them... or polish them.
        Steve: (after a beat) He's a thief.

      • Arlene: Are you a diamond...ummmmm...in the rough?
        Steve: He buys diamonds for elephants.

      • John: (indicating Mr. Krandall's size during his sign-in): Bigger than you are, Bennett.
        Arlene: He must be an elephant.

      • Bennett: Would this product of yours ever be alive?
        Mrs. Madeleine Park: Yes.
        Bennett: It is? It's some kind of animal you're connected with?
        Mrs. Madeleine Park: Yes.
        Bennett: Is it...and you said it was as large as I am? It must be an elephant!

      • Dorothy: (trying to untangle John's response to Bennett) Either Bennett's been thrown a curve or I've been in Pittsburgh all evening.

    • NOTES (4)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR BILLBOARD WATCH: As with last week, the "Stopette/Finesse" billboard is seen in full on the panel desk. Conversely, there is less emphasis on the glittery, bold "WHAT'S MY LINE?" sign that has been hanging over the panelists since EPISODE #165 of July 26, 1953.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: During the "wild guess" part of the game with the fourth contestant, minister James Coan, Steve suggested that he sold ice cream and could be "one of the 'ice cream' Coans." A variation -- or is it a twist -- on this kind of pun would be uttered by Bennett on EPISODE #570 of June 25, 1961, during a game with a person who baked ice cream cones. After the cards were flipped, Mr. Cerf quipped, "I thought the 'cones' were at Columbia Pictures." Bennett's witticism was a double-pun, not only on the contestant's product of ice cream cones, but also the surname of Columbia Pictures chief Harry Cohn. On that 1961 show, John retorted with a retaliatory pun of his own: "That was pretty cone-y, Mr. Cerf."
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST AND "WML?" NAMEPLATE FONT WATCH: Tonight's show was the only "WML?" appearance of noted impresario Billy Rose, who was also famous for his Times Square nightclub, "Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe," which was in operation from 1938 to 1951. A movie was released under that same title in 1945; the three major stars of the film were individuals who had appeared in the past or would appear in the future as mystery guests on "WML?": Betty Grable, Dick Haymes and Phil Silvers. Mr. Rose's nameplate as displayed on the panel moderator's desk was set partly in Gothic No. 13 and partly in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11; the "BILLY" part appeared pasted over, as if the nameplate in question was originally intended for music conductor David Rose (who was of no relation to Billy and, in any event, made no appearances of any kind on "WML?"). Given that the previous regular contestant was the owner of a diamond mine, it was an ironic coincidence that he was followed by a mystery guest who once ran the "Diamond Horseshoe."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: To the surprise of no one, GSN once more pulled off its customary and (for them) routine "crunching" of the end credits when airing this episode on April 30, 2008.
        (5) The April 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the February 22, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and panelists Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Buddy Hackett. - W-B (2008)

      • During the Diamond Mine Owner's round, Bennett mentions Marilyn Monroe, and John admonishes him by saying, "Bennett, no plugs, please." The 1953 movie Bennett referred to, "Gentleman Prefer Blondes," contained Miss Monroe's signature song "Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend," and was released a little over a month before this episode aired. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      • REVIEW: The panel really had their "A game" tonight, especially Dorothy and Bennett. Dolly Mae got things rolling when she guessed that the first contestant was involved in some way with the buying and selling of animals. It was obvious that she reveled in this discovery of hers, because she pointed out that this was her first correct guess in four weeks. It was then Bennett's turn as he correctly guessed that the second contestant was the owner of a diamond mine. After the game, the guest said that he had a lot of fun during his appearance. Bennett also was the one who guessed that the mystery guest was producer Billy Rose. Rose was on the show to promote the fact that he was shortly going to resume writing his column. It then was Dorothy's honor to put a capper on a perfect night when she identified that the final contestant was a minister. In doing so, for the first time in a long while, the panel was able to guess the final occupation before the time ran out. This truly was a special evening. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question was used, sort of, by Bennett. He asked it in the first game when he asked the elephant trainer if her product was larger than Steve's "outmoded" bread basket. - Sargebri (2004)

        BILLY ROSE: Billy Rose was one of the greatest producers in the history of the New York stage. Among his many productions were "Carmen Jones," "Jumbo" and many Broadway reviews. He also was an accomplished lyricist and a theatre owner. In addition, he was known for his many marriages. He was married and divorced five times to four different women. Among his wives were actress Fanny Brice, Olympic gold medalist Eleanor Holm and Doris Warner Vidor. He was married to actress Joyce Mathews twice, who was also married to Milton Berle twice! Rose died of pneumonia in February 1966. Several years later, he was portrayed by James Caan in the 1975 film "Funny Lady." Future mystery guest Barbra Streisand played the role of Fanny Brice. This film was a sequel to 1968's "Funny Girl," which had earlier been a hit on Broadway. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Tidbits: The producers evidently tried out an experiment for the panel introductions. There was no small talk. They simply introduced each other by stating "and on my left is" and the panelist's name. Even John got into the swing of things by announcing, "And on my left is, the audience." - Suzanne (2004)

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

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