What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 10


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 08, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Mrs. Carin Clareus - "Makes False Teeth" (self-employed; from Jackson Heights, NY)

Game 2: Mr. Logan A. Gallagher (5/4/1891 - 5/30/1967) - "Manages All-Girl Baseball Team" (self-employed; he is the manager of the Hagerstown Mollies baseball team; from Hagerstown, MD; the Hagerstown Mollies of Hagerstown, Maryland were not a team of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which was in existence from 1943-1954; John said that his wife's mother comes from Hagerstown; at this time, John was married to Margaret Katherine "Kit" Daly)

Game 3: Lauren Bacall (9/16/1924 - 8/12/2014) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Howard Harris (2/15/1912 - 3/22/1986) - "TV Gag Writer (For Jackie Gleason)" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA)


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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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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for second contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel had been closing in on his line, but never really made it. John flipped those that were left for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. During their free guesses, the panel seemed to suspect some involvement with the entertainment world, but did not really continue this angle during the general questioning. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND SET WATCH: The main sponsor whose billboard is displayed on the panel desk tonight is Stopette. Also, the bold, glittery "WHAT'S MY LINE?" sign displayed over the panelists is still seen during the regular contestants' walk-bys and mystery guest Lauren Bacall's exiting greeting of the panel.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: In one of the earliest examples of Bennett's penchant for lame plays on words in the opening moments, not to mention his tendency to make double references in doing same, he introduces John this evening as "our distinguished -- very distinguished -- news analyst, panel moderator, and the 'Poof!' in our pudding." This pun on the phrase "the proof is in the pudding" was sponsor-related, as Mr. Cerf was making reference to the Poof! brand which was among the products sold by Jules Montenier, Inc.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST - PART I: This was the first of three "WML?" appearances by actress Lauren Bacall. Her third and final appearance, on EPISODE #870 of July 23, 1967, is among the 16 post-1952 episodes to have become lost to history. In this year of 1953, Miss Bacall co-starred with Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe in the motion picture "How to Marry a Millionaire." Of these three, only Miss Monroe never made any kind of appearances on "WML?"; for that matter, nor did Lauren's first husband, screen legend and future icon Humphrey Bogart. In 1951-1952, Mr. Bogart and Miss Bacall starred in the syndicated radio adventure series "Bold Venture." He played seagoing "Slate Shannon" while she played his ward and sidekick, "Sailor Duval." A reported 78 episodes were produced, of which 31 are confirmed to survive today. For her mystery guest spot tonight, Miss Bacall's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the regular font of Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, unlike her 1965 and 1967 appearances, by which time "WML?" had long dispensed with mystery guest nameplates, in favor of showing their names on a lower-third overlay screen for a few short seconds after the sign-in.
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST - PART II: The movie "How to Marry a Millionaire," in which Lauren Bacall co-starred, was the first post-1948 color film to have been shown by any of the major TV networks when it was aired on September 23, 1961 as the debut episode of "NBC Saturday Night at the Movies." The success of this landmark movie series, which ran on that day until 1978, led, over time in the 1960's, to the other networks (first ABC, then CBS) to run their own movie series, as well as NBC itself adding another night (Monday) to its lineup. By the time "WML?" was cancelled by CBS in 1967, only to be revived as a five-day-a-week syndicated show a year later, there were as many as nine network movie shows running per week in prime time. The movies that were aired, of course, were heavily laden with interruptions for commercials, unlike today's "premium" cable and satellite movie channels.
        (5) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The then-usual Kabel Heavy font is used for all occupation overlay screens tonight; however, in final contestant Howard Harris' case, the "(For Jackie Gleason)" part of his overlay is set in a smaller size of Futura Medium.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Unable to help itself, GSN once more made it a point of marring the viewing experience by their customary "crunching" of the end credits of this episode on May 11, 2008.
        (7) Right after the May 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the May 10, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret." As far as the cable and satellite channel was concerned, this episode last aired on the "broadcast day" of May 10, 2008, which would have made it 43 years from the original transmission. At the opening, host Steve Allen presented flowers to panelist Betsy Palmer because it was her 11th wedding anniversary. (She was married to Vincent J. Marandino, M.D. from 1954 until their divorce in 1971. Although many web references list Dr. Vincent Marandino as a pediatrician, on more than one occasion, comments made on "IGAS" indicated him to be an OB-GYN, not a pediatrician. For instance, the first guest tonight was an eleven year old boy. His secret was that Dr. Marandino had to leave his own wedding party festivities to deliver him. Because the boy was born after midnight, his actual birth date was the day after Betsy and Vince were married.) After Steve introduced Betsy, he then introduced the remaining panelists, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest on this installment was Eydie Gorme. This is one of several "IGAS" episodes from this time period to leave out much of the opening and come in at the point where announcer John Cannon intones, "From New York..." - W-B (2008)

      • The fourth contestant, Howard Harris, would go on to write episodes of a number of now-classic 1960s sitcoms, including Gilligan's Island, Here's Lucy!, Petticoat Junction, That Girl and The Pruitts of Southampton. - Garrison Skunk (2006)

        During the mystery guest segment, the expression on John Daly's face a few seconds after he finishes his first conference with Lauren Bacall, and just before the director cuts away, is absolutely classic. You'd think John had died and gone to heaven! - Arne (2004)

      • REVIEW: The panel had an up-and-down performance this particular evening. Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant made false teeth. Unfortunately, they weren't as lucky with the manager of the all-girl baseball team. Dorothy and Steve came close when they narrowed his line down to management of a team sport, but John called the game due to lack of time and the guest won by default. Arlene did a good job in figuring out mystery guest Lauren Bacall, who was using a French accent to try to fool the panel. However, her very distinctive voice still managed to give her away. The panel ran out of time during the final game and couldn't figure out that the final contestant was Jackie Gleason's gag writer Howard Harris. He therefore won the full $50 by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        An interesting fact about Lauren Bacall is that she and her husband, screen legend Humphrey Bogart, were part of a group of celebrities that formed a sort of "drinking society" in Beverly Hills. Other "high society" members included Tony Curtis and his wife Janet Leigh. One person who eventually joined the group was Dolly Mae's favorite singer, Frank Sinatra. After Bogie's death in 1957, Sinatra became the group's unofficial leader. Soon, people such as Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. joined also. This group would eventually evolve into entertainment's most famous, or infamous, clique, the Rat Pack. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! The Steverino Allen breadbox question was never asked tonight. - Sargebri (2004)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS: This episode opening was evidently botched by CBS in 1953, and shown that way by GSN in both 2002 and 2004. The introduction gets aired twice, as such: The first Stopette introduction plays. The announcer says "What's My Line?" and the camera pans to the silent panel. Next, an oddball vintage WML logo appears with the "Doctor, Lawyer, Chief" graphics. The announcer's voice can be heard in the background. Next, the Stopette introduction repeats. - Suzanne (2004)

        Lauren Bacall promoted her 1953 film, "How to Marry a Millionaire," in which she co-starred with Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: On Tuesday night, Steve Allen will be appearing in his second episode of the 1950-1955 TV series "Danger." Steve's second episode on the anthology show was titled "Flamingto," and also starred his future wife Jayne Meadows. In addition, Steve wrote the script himself! Arlene's play, "Late Love," is moving to the Booth Theatre in NY. Bennett's Landmark Books for kids are again mentioned. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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