What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 6


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 11, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Thomas Phillips - "Dog Catcher" (salaried; she includes the "Mrs." in her signature, abbreviates Thomas as Thos, and John never asks her what her first name is; in addition to catching dogs, she also issues dog licenses; this sweet elderly lady has no teeth and tries her best to keep her mouth closed or covered; from Morristown, NJ)

Game 2: Mrs. Nell Brisendine - "Sells Men's Long Underwear" (salaried; from Atlanta, GA)

Game 3: Edward G. Robinson (12/12/1893 - 1/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Fred Burg - "Makes Breadboxes" (salaried; from Bellerose, Long Island, NY) . .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


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    • QUOTES (3)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped four cards for the final contestant at one down, to make it five down, and then flipped four more for a grand total of nine down. The panel, however, got this line without much difficulty, but much merriment. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show marked the first appearance of screen legend (and onetime "tough guy") Edward G. Robinson. He did have some professional ties in the past to "WML?" regular Arlene Francis, as they were both in the 1948 movie "All My Sons." Mr. Robinson will make four more appearances on "WML?," all as a mystery guest, ending with his final appearance on EPISODE #793 of December 5, 1965. As evidenced, 1953 was a busy year for Mr. Robinson. Exactly one month to the day from tonight's show, on November 11, 1953, Edward G.'s latest film, "The Glass Web" (in which he played "Henry Hayes") had its New York premiere. Also in 1953, he was in two other films, "Vice Squad" (in which he co-starred opposite future "WML?" guest panelist Paulette Goddard") and "Big Leaguer" (as "John B. 'Hans' Lobert," head of a training camp for the New York [baseball] Giants). Additionally, he also made a TV dramatic appearance on "Lux Video Theatre" on September 17, 1953, as "Wilfrid Robarts" in a production of Agatha Christie's "Witness for the Prosecution," which would be made into a movie in 1957. (However, Mr. Robinson's role would be played in the film version by another future occasional "WML?" mystery guest, Charles Laughton). For his debut mystery guest appearance this evening, Mr. Robinson's nameplate as on the panel moderator's desk is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight, it's Stopette's turn as main sponsor of the show. Also, the opening announcer sounds a bit different from then-regular announcer Lee Vines.
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Due to the end-of-show plug for Remington electric shavers, the end credits for tonight's show don't go past the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" slide card graphic. Alas, GSN's despicably disturbing predilection for "crunching" the end credits once again manifested itself on the May 7, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) GSN's May 7, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, which was first transmitted "live from New York" on April 12, 1965. Once again, the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan was back in business, and Morey Amsterdam was the celebrity guest. As with the March 29, 1965 "IGAS," this episode, as shown by GSN in 2008, came in at the point where, over the opening titles, announcer John Cannon intoned, "Live from New York..." The promo for the upcoming "The Lucy Show" episode, as heard over the "IGAS" end credits, was voiced by a CBS staff announcer of the time, Stuart Metz. - W-B (2008)

      • STEVE ALLEN TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on Sunday, November 5, 2000 as part of a tribute to Steve Allen, who had passed away the week before, on October 30, 2000.

        At this point in time in 2000, GSN (then known as Game Show Network) only showed one hour of black & white game shows per week - two randomly-picked episodes that aired under the title "Black and White Sunday Night."

        Starting with a black screen, the following words were written in white lettering and appeared one by one, centered on the television screen.







        These words were then replaced with a graphic featuring Steve Allen sitting at his place behind the WML? panel desk.


        (picture of Steve)

        December 12, 1921-October 30, 2000

        This screen then faded out and GSN aired the usual graphics for "Black and White Sunday Night" with the title SALUTE TO STEVE ALLEN. The announcer said "Welcome to Black and White Sunday Night. Tonight, it's a salute to game show great and Hollywood legend Steve Allen, as Game Show Network remembers one of their own."

        Following this episode of What's My Line?, GSN aired an episode of "I've Got a Secret" hosted by Steve Allen, after he had taken over hosting duties from Garry Moore.

        - Garrison Skunk (2005)

      • REVIEW: After a slow start, the panel, in particular Steve, gave a pretty good performance this evening. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, a lady dog catcher. However, Dorothy did come close to guessing her with "nine down and one to go." Unfortunately, she made the wrong choice. Steve did a good job when he figured out that the second contestant sold men's long underwear. He also figured out that the mystery guest was Edward G. Robinson. Robinson showed his humorous side as he answered the panel in a German accent. He was on the show to promote the celebration of the 3000th anniversary of the city of Jerusalem, which was taking place at Madison Square Garden. Over the years, Robinson would make four more appearances on WML. If the appearance was in December, he would always promote the annual Hanukkah Festival, which also took place at Madison Square Garden. For the final contestant, the panel really had fun as they quickly figured out, and understood the joke, that he made breadboxes. Dorothy started the questioning and Steve quickly batted it off. This was definitely a fun evening. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! In the first game, Steve asked if the product was as big as a birdbath. In the second game, he used the breadbox question and Dorothy used the birdbath question. We all know what happened in the final game, because it was entirely centered around breadboxes! - Sargebri (2004)

      • Edward G. Robinson, who smoked a cigar during his game, is in New York to make an appearance on October 20th at Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 3000th anniversary of the city of Jerusalem. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Dorothy's "behind the scenes feature on Hollywood stars" makes its debut in Screenland Magazine. On October 13, 1953, Arlene will open in the Broadway play "Late Love," which was performed at both the National Theatre and the Booth Theatre. This comedy play ran from October 13, 1953 to January 2, 1954, for a total of 95 performances. Arlene mentions that Bennett publishes The Landmark Books, which are children's American history books. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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