What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 3


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 20, 1953 on CBS



  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: The first contestant's game ended when the cards were at five down, but the panel had not fully identified the guest's line. Normally, under these circumstances, John will flip all the cards, but in this instance, he didn't. He may have been distracted by the panel's continued attempts to guess the contestant's exact product. Surprisingly, before the mystery guest game, John then made an announcement that the first guest was going to receive the full prize. For the final contestant, John reverted to the now normal practice of flipping the remaining cards when the game ran out of time at five down. Bennett had guessed her line, but his correct identification came too late, just as the cards were being flipped. - agent_0042 (2008)

      "PROPS" TO THE PANEL: During Dorothy's questioning of the sculptor of wooden Indian statues, one can hear the rumble of a propeller airplane passing nearby. This is not the first (or last) time that such a sound is evident during the show; one can also hear a propeller plane on EPISODE #141 and on EPISODE #435. It's surprising that airplane noise is not heard more often, as four commercial airports operated within a five-mile radius of the various studios used by "WML?" during its network run: LaGuardia, Newark, Idlewild (now known as JFK) and Floyd Bennett Field (which closed in 1971). - BuzzDawg (2008)

      VARIOUS STUDIOS: For a 1950 to 1967 timeline of the CBS studios used by "What's My Line?," see the notes to EPISODE #1. You'll need to click "All EPISODE #1 Notes" since the notes are now on the second page of that guide. - Suzanne (2008)

      (1) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND FONT WATCH: It is now two months and counting since the pre-1952 nameplates for Dorothy and Arlene have been displayed on the panel desk. For mystery guest Wally Cox's appearance, his nameplate as displayed on the panel moderator's desk is set in the customary nameplate typeface of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (2) "HAVE NO FEAR, WALLY COX IS HERE!" - Besides his two guest panelist appearances on "WML?" and occasional appearances on "I've Got a Secret," tonight's mystery guest Wally Cox was also an occasional panelist on yet another Goodson-Todman game show, "The Match Game," in 1964-1965. He also made a 1965 appearance on the CBS "Password." All this was before he became one of the original "squares" in "The Hollywood Squares," starting with its premiere in 1966 and continuing to his February 15, 1973 premature death. Alas, Mr. Cox passed away only a few months before the more "wild and crazy" incarnation of "Match Game" premiered in 1973.
      (3) "WML?" CONTESTANT PREVIEW WATCH: After two straight episodes where GSN cut out the part towards the end of the show where a preview photo of one of the coming week's contestants was briefly shown, the cable and satellite channel ran tonight's preview in full on May 4, 2008.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's blatantly boorish and grievously galling "crunching" of the end credits continued unabated and undeterred on the May 4, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) Following GSN's May 4, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the March 22, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen. The panel this time out consisted of Carol Channing (filling in for Betsy Palmer), Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and the celebrity guest was "The Lucy Show" co-star Vivian Vance. - W-B (2008)