What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 01, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Roswell H. Johnson, Ph.D. - "Marriage Counselor" (salaried; he works at the American Institute for Family Relations; elderly; from Los Angeles, CA)

Game 2: Bruce Stout - "Makes Prison Locks" (salaried; he works at the Yale Lock Company; from Stamford, CT; after his game, he presented John with gold keys for John and the panel members)

Game 3: Ezio Pinza (5/18/1892 - 5/9/1957) (as Mystery Guest) . .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 (3)

    • Dorothy: Well, let's get off my sex for a minute. Can men use this item?

    • John Daly's biggest belly laugh of the evening came during the appearance of the first guest.

      Dorothy: (to Dr. Roswell Johnson, marriage counselor) Do people consult you?
      Dr. Johnson: No.
      John: Now, wait a minute; gotta have a conference.
      (They consult briefly.)
      John: (with a giggle) Oh! Mr. Johnson thought you said insult!

      During the 11-second round of general guffawing that followed, Steve Allen laughed so hard he appeared almost to lose his spectacles.

      Dr. Johnson: I'll change the answer to yes.

      Dorothy then went on to guess his profession.

    • Announcer: And now, let's meet our award-winning What's My Line? panel. First, the DELIGHTFUL Dorothy Kilgallen.
      Dorothy: And, on my left, the DARLING Steve Allen.
      Steve: I guess we got a little something going here. In that case, here's the DELICIOUS Arlene Francis.
      Arlene: I like that. And on my left, the DEVASTATING Bennett Cerf.
      Bennett: Well, on my left, I would say, you are now going to have a look at the DEVIOUS and DEBATABLE John Daly.

      (Later, during game play, as the first guest performed the panel walk-by.)

      Arlene: Let's give Mr. Johnson a "D" too. He can be DEVIL-MAY-CARE.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, Remington Electric Shavers opened the program, and the brand was displayed on the panel desk.
      (2) A PORTENT OF THE FUTURE? - Announcer Lee Vines' lead-off intro of "the delightful Dorothy Kilgallen" appeared to pave the road for the future introduction of Arlene Francis as "The delightful star of stage and television" whenever Miss Francis sat on the far end of the panel desk. However, on two occasions (in 1957 and 1959), Dorothy was erroneously introduced with the description meant for Arlene, and on a few 1966-1967 "WML?" shows, Phyllis Newman was likewise introduced in that manner.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of two "WML?" appearances by opera singer Ezio Pinza. For his mystery guest spot, Mr. Pinza's nameplate is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. He will next appear as a guest panelist on EPISODE #246 of February 20, 1955. Besides the short-lived sitcom "Bonino" in which he starred during this period, Mr. Pinza is perhaps better known for his role as "Emile de Beque" opposite Mary Martin as "Ensign Nellie Forbush" on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific," as well as participating with her in the landmark 1949 original Broadway cast album that was recorded on the then-new magnetic tape format, and released on Columbia Masterworks in the likewise then-new long-playing (LP) record format (original catalogue number ML 4180). As a side note, Miss Martin never made any appearances of any kind on "WML?"
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the first time in three weeks, the full end credits are shown on "WML?," which would seem to indicate that the Stopette plug, if one originally existed, was placed after the credits. But in any case, such a plug was not seen on GSN's May 10, 2008 screening of this episode, the end credits of which, alas, were once again "crunched" in their usual fingernails-on-a-blackboard-style manner by the cable and satellite channel.
      (5) Following the May 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN, the cable and satellite channel ran the May 3, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest William Frawley -- whose secret was that he had been the first person to sing and introduce the song "My Melancholy Baby" to the public in 1912, at the Mozart Cafe in Denver, Colorado. After his game, Mr. Frawley performed the song, accompanied by Norman Paris and his orchestra. Ironically, given that Ezio Pinza was the "WML?" mystery guest on this set of GSN's 2008 screenings of "WML?" and "IGAS," Mr. Allen mentioned at the beginning of this "IGAS" that Miss Palmer would be appearing in a Miami, FL stage production of "South Pacific." Miss Palmer played the part of "Ensign Nellie Forbush." Also seen on this musically-inspired "IGAS" episode was an appearance and performance by a young Keith Green (Keith Gordon Green, 1953-1982) who, at age eleven, had just been signed to a 5-year contract by Decca Records. As for the "IGAS" end credits, this is one of several "IGAS" episodes of this period where no end credits are shown, which would indicate that either the show ran overtime or, more likely, the overlay billboard on the lower left corner of the screen during the end credits was a cigarette brand, the showing of which is irrationally prohibited by GSN. - W-B (2008)

    • Ezio Pinza promoted his short-lived 1953 comedy television series, "Bonino." During his game, a blindfolded Steve Allen asked if the mystery guest was Rudolph Halley. After he received a "no" response, Steve explained that this was a "local joke" and that there had been a possible leak of the mystery guest printed in the paper. Steve wanted to clear up the matter before beginning his questioning. - Suzanne (2004)

      There was a little irony about Steve's asking if mystery guest Ezio Pinza were Rudolph Halley. That's because Mr. Halley himself made an appearance on "WML?," as a guest panelist, on the now-lost EPISODE #71 of October 7, 1951. - W-B (2008)

      By coincidence, the second guest was from Stamford, CT, and mystery guest Ezio Pinza died there in 1957. - Dan Albertson (2004)

    • REVIEW: Delightful, Darling, Delicious and Devastating had a pretty good performance this particular evening. Ironically, Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant was a marriage counselor. Of course, it would become well-documented that Dorothy's marriage to Dick Kollmar wasn't all that it was cracked up to be. Unfortunately, the panel ran into problems with the second contestant who made prison locks. They got so far off-track that "Devious and Debatable" pulled the plug and the guest won the full prize by default. Steverino got things back in order when he figured out that the mystery guest was Ezio Pinza. A very interesting fact about Pinza's appearance is that when Steve was questioning Pinza on his first turn, he asked Pinza if humility had anything to do with his talent. Steve was obviously wondering if the mystery guest was Julius LaRosa, who had been fired by Arthur Godfrey on live television on October 19, 1953. Arthur Godfrey said he had fired LaRosa because he felt that LaRosa lacked humility. The previous week on WML, there were also references made to Julius LaRosa and his newsworthy on-air firing by Godfrey. Julius LaRosa will be an upcoming mystery guest on EPISODE #194 on February 14, 1954. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Often, Steve Allen will look upwards while pondering a question. When he does, you can see rows upon rows of bright stage lights reflected in his eyeglass lenses. - Suzanne (2004)

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