What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 11


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 15, 1953 on CBS
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Game 1: Benjamin Essrig - "Drives Police Patrol Wagon" (salaried; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Miss Chrystal Conway - "Mermaid In Fishbowl (Nightclub Act)" (salaried; she does not perform in water, but in a "reflective and refractive" set per John; she has no music in her act; from San Francisco, CA)

Game 3: Louella Parsons (8/6/1881 - 12/9/1972) (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


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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped two cards for the first contestant at two down. Bennett had more or less guessed the line, but the contestant wanted to clarify that he drove a "police patrol wagon," not a "prison van." John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down because time was running short. Bennett had pretty much figured out the line right around the time the cards were being flipped. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this time out is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) A PARTIAL PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: While the absence of the regular contestants' opening walk-bys anticipated the post-1956 "WML?" episodes, it wouldn't be until after that time that the contestants would greet the panelists after their game was over, in the current manner of the mystery guests. Tonight, the regular guests still left the stage by walking behind Mr. Daly, exiting stage left (to the viewer's right) as they have been doing up to this point.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST - PART I: Louella Parsons, making the first of two "WML?" appearances tonight, was actually a colleague of Dorothy's in a sense, as both columnists were signed to the Hearst publishing empire. Miss Parsons' place of origin was another Hearst paper, the Los Angeles Examiner. Her next appearance, again as a mystery guest, will be on EPISODE #587 of November 5, 1961, which is ten days shy of eight years from tonight's show. For her appearance tonight, "Lolly's" nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
      (4) MYSTERY GUEST - PART II: Louella Parsons was frequently the butt of jokes over the years. One such joke came from one of Stan Freberg's 1957 radio shows. In the first of a series of sketches called "Herman Horne on Hi-Fi," which originally aired on August 4, 1957, Mr. Freberg presented a purported sound recording of the gossip columnist pouring ketchup on a clam sandwich at the Hollywood Brown Derby, ostensibly to show how faithfully a consumer home "hi-fi" (high fidelity) system would reproduce such sounds.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, it was headache-producing "crunch" time for GSN on the May 12, 2008 airing of this episode, much to the chagrin and dismay of the weary viewing audience.
      (6) GSN's May 12, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on May 17, 1965. The regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan was once again assembled, and the celebrity guest was actor George Hamilton. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: Tonight's show could almost be seen as a preview of what was to come within a few years when the panel walk-bys were abandoned altogether in 1956. As for the games themselves, the panel had a decent night. Bennett sort of guessed that the first contestant drove a police van, but he never really did nail it down. In spite of this, he was given credit for a correct guess. He also correctly guessed that the second contestant worked as a "mermaid in a goldfish bowl," but unfortunately, time had run out and John had flipped all the cards, allowing her to win the full prize by default. Dorothy, with help from Arlene, whom she thanked during the good nights, figured out that the mystery guest was gossip maven Louella Parsons. After the game, she and Dorothy embraced and talked for a little while. Of course, Miss Louella could have been seen as the original model for Dorothy. Her acid tongue as well as her reporting made her one of the most famous gossip columnists in journalism, along with Walter Winchell and her bitter rival, Hedda Hopper. She would continue writing her column, syndicated by the Hearst group, until 1965. She died in 1972 at the age of 91. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! The breadbox question wasn't asked this evening. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: For unknown reasons, John does not have any of the regular contestants perform the panel walk-by this evening. The walk-by resumes on the following episode. - Suzanne (2004)

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