What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 3


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 01, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: Marion Hickey - "Bartender" - (a female)

Game 2: Dick Troy - "Mosquito Inspector" - (works for Nassau County, NY)

Game 3: Kathleen Winsor (10/16/1915 - 5/26/2003) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Florian Obuchouski - "Butcher" - (from Stanford, CT)

Game 5: "Butler" (a male)

This episode was the first consecutive Sunday weekly show. - Suzanne (2008)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008)


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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

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      • Author Kathleen Winsor's appearance on tonight's episode coincides with the release of her new book, "Star Money." The six books she wrote after "Forever Amber" did not reach the status of her initial effort. - cerfnet (2009)

        Book review for Kathleen Winsor's most recent book, "Star Money," taken from the April 17, 1950 issue of "Time" magazine. - cerfnet (2009)

        STAR MONEY (442 pp.)
        Author: Kathleen Winsor
        Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts
        Original selling price: $3.

        "There are only two ways to make a lot [of money] while you're young," says the heroine of Kathleen Winsor's second novel. "One is to entertain the public; and the other is to cheat it." To make a lot of money while she was young, Kathleen wrote a novel called 'Forever Amber.' It sold more than 1,750,000 copies and entertained or cheated more readers than almost any novel about a predatory female since 'Gone With the Wind.'

        Last year, with the memory of Amber's sales still green in her publisher's bank account, Kathleen asked a whopping $50,000 advance for her second novel, 'Star Money.' The publisher (Macmillan) regretfully declined. So did another big publishing house. Kathleen finally talked Appleton-Century-Crofts into forking over the huge advance.

        Sex & Sales. Despite the caution of the first two publishers, Novelist Winsor has almost certainly produced another bestseller; not an avalanche like 'Amber,' but a book that is likely to start a right jolly little bookslide. She has done it, as before, by main shrewdness, by the use of a prose so obvious that it can (and almost has to) be read under a hair-dryer, and by a skill in mixing the formula for bestselling pap that should keep her customers cooing for more.

        The base of the Winsor formula is still a viscous glob of sex. In 'Amber,' it was diluted in a little English history. In 'Star Money,' it is stirred into the well-publicized life of the author herself. That is not to say that 'Star Money' is autobiographical. Novelist Winsor primly asserts: "This novel is in no sense autobiographical." Yet the book gives a come-on as broad as the devil's front porch to the thousands who may buy the book for its confessional interest: the heroine, Shireen Delaney, is a beautiful doll who at 26 publishes a historical novel that is a tremendous bestseller.

        Shireen is unfaithful to her husband, who is on duty in the Pacific, with a succession of his brothers-in-arms. Some of these cozy activities are described with a searing tenderness that may melt the dental braces of gaping adolescents -- as when, in her lover's embrace, Shireen is suddenly "aware of a spreading ease, as though inside her a flower had burst open its petals."

        Martinis & Wisdom. In the end, Shireen collects the wages of sin. She loses her husband and her peace of mind, and is left with nothing but a shrinking money bag, a swank flat, and what passes for wisdom across dollar Martinis: "Man cannot live by caviar alone."

        But a friend has made a saving suggestion: "Why don't you write a book about yourself in the twentieth century -- like you wrote one about yourself in the eighteenth?" By page 352, Shireen has slipped some paper into a typewriter and made a start. If Shireen has sense enough to make her central character a beautiful doll named Kathleen Winsor, it should be a bestseller too.

      • FIVE GAMES TONIGHT: This is the fourth "lost to history" episode to feature a total of five contestants. Although somewhat common in the early years, this practice was never seen in the later episodes. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FIVE GAMES IN 1955: The only surviving episode to contain five games is EPISODE #267 of July 17, 1955. - Suzanne (2008)

      • Mystery guest Kathleen Winsor (1919 - 2003) was the author of the novel "Forever Amber," which was turned into a movie in 1947. The film, which received a condemnation from the Catholic Legion of Decency upon its release, starred Linda Darnell as "Amber St. Clair" and Cornel Wilde as "Bruce Carlton," and also featured Richard Greene, George Sanders and Jessica Tandy in key supporting roles. - W-B (2008)

        DAY & TIME & FREQUENCY CHANGE. Now airing on Sunday evenings at 10:30 PM EST until the end of the run in 1967. The schedule was also changed to weekly broadcasting. - Suzanne (2004)

        The scheduling history is as follows: This primetime game show debuted on Thursday February 2, 1950 at 8:00 PM EST and aired on alternating weeks. On Wednesday April 12, 1950, the broadcasting was changed to alternate Wednesday evenings at 9:00 PM EST. On Sunday October 1, 1950, CBS moved the game show to Sunday at 10:30 PM EST, finally airing weekly. - Suzanne (2004)

        Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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