What's My Line?

Season 4 Episode 52

EPISODE #170

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 30, 1953 on CBS

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    • (1) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show was the first of three appearances by Ann Sothern. Only tonight's telecast and her final appearance on EPISODE #747 of January 17, 1965 are still extant on kinescope. Her second appearance, on EPISODE #363 of May 19, 1957, is one of the sixteen post-1952 episodes that tragically no longer exist. For her appearance tonight, her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is sloppily misspelled as "ANN SOUTHERN" and is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Her daughter, Tisha Sterling (from her 1943-1949 marriage to actor Robert Sterling) later became an actress herself, and among her many roles included a younger version of Miss Sothern's character, "Tisha Doughty," in the 1987 film "The Whales of August" which proved to be Ann's last movie appearance.
      (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As woefully expected, GSN indulged in its deplorable and despicable procedure of "crunching" the end credits on the May 1, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (3) Right after the May 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 1, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen. On this show, a "civilian," Lorraine Bloy, who had been selected (out of the audience) as this week's guest panelist in the prior episode, filled in for Bess Myerson on the panel. She bravely sat alongside Henry Morgan, Buddy Hackett (who himself was subbing for Bill Cullen) and Betsy Palmer. The celebrity guests were Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland, who were then appearing in the movie "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte." It should be noted that the opening sponsor was edited out by GSN on that 2008 airing. Since they have been showing the Toni Home Permanents, Jello Gelatin, and Dream Whip ads, maybe this week was sponsored by a cigarette manufacturer, which is now verboten to air on GSN, per the policies of the network. - W-B (2008)

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