What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 13


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 29, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Rudy Turilli (he signed in with his birth name Serafino Turiello) - "Owns and Operates Caves (Meramec Caverns Missouri)" (self-employed; John explained that he signed in with his natal name because he had been the subject of a column Dorothy Kilgallen had once written, and they did not want her to recognize his name; his caves have stalagmites and stalactites and the tours are accompanied by music; his caves have the occasional bat or two; he wore a Lions Club lapel pin; originally from the Ozarks area of MO; he has several net references regarding the Jesse James Museum he also operated)

Game 2: Mrs. Ruth Vanneman - "Sells Garbage Cans" (self-employed; petite; she sells large metal trash cans; from Vinings, GA; see notes below)

Game 3: George Raft (9/26/1901 - 11/24/1980) (as Mystery Guest)

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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 (1)

      • In Game #2, Arlene called for a conference to try to get a handle on Mrs. Ruth Vanneman's as-yet-unidentified product, garbage cans. She suggested to the panel that it couldn't be a garbage pail because they don't have moving parts.

        Dorothy Kilgallen: Would handles be moving parts?
        Steve Allen: (always thinking outside the box) Flies? They move!

    • NOTES (4)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight, it's Remington Electric Shavers' turn to be displayed on the panel desk, sign-in board, and flip cards.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This evening, veteran movie tough guy George Raft makes his only "WML?" appearance. Besides his upcoming appearance on "The Name's the Same" which aired on December 1, 1953, Mr. Raft also appeared on the December 2, 1953 edition of "I've Got a Secret." He made one film that was released in 1953, "The Man from Cairo," in which he played "Mike Canelli." But during this period, Mr. Raft was starring in an early syndicated, and long since forgotten, crime series called "I'm the Law" in the role of "Lieutenant George Kirby." "I'm the Law," which ran for 26 episodes in 1953-1954, was notable in that the series' executive producer was a certain Lou Costello -- yes, THE Lou Costello of Abbott and Costello fame. In addition, this series was one of only two programs that Mr. Costello's production company, TCA (Television Corporation of America), put out. The other, of course, was "The Abbott and Costello Show" which would go on to live in reruns for decades. As a side note, neither Mr. Costello nor his long-time straight man, Bud Abbott, made any appearances, whether joint or solo, on "WML?"
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: When last run on GSN on May 14, 2008, the end credits of this episode were once again painfully subjected to the cable and satellite channel's unnecessary "crunching" of the screen.
        (4) Following GSN's May 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," which originated "live from New York" on May 31, 1965. Because this episode was first presented on Memorial Day, host Steve Allen introduced the panel as "Second Lieutenant Betsy Palmer of the United States Navy Nurses Corps," "Lieutenant Commander Bill Cullen," "Commodore Myerson," and "Vice-Admiral Henry Morgan." Miss Palmer was in costume for her stage role in a City Center production of "South Pacific" as "Ensign Nellie Forbush." The celebrity guest was Liza Minnelli. On this 1965 "IGAS" episode, the opening was truncated, as on many shows of this period, and there were no end credits shown by GSN. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: After a rough start, the panel regrouped quite nicely to have a fairly successful evening. The panel got completely stumped by the cave owner. However, the joke really was on Dorothy as she failed to recognize Mr. Turilli, who signed in using his birth name, Serafino Turiello. However, after Arlene and Bennett opened the doors wide open for her, Dorothy made up for her earlier "miss" when she guessed that the second contestant sold garbage cans. Steve also did his part to make the evening a success when he guessed that the mystery guest was tough guy/dancer, George Raft. There wasn't enough time left for a fourth game. All in all, the panel had a fun evening and more than made up for their loss in the first game. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Steverino used his wildly famous breadbox question in the second game. In fact, he not only asked if the product was bigger than one breadbox, but if it were bigger than two! - Sargebri (2004)

        TNTS: A couple of nights after GSN aired this WML in December 2004, GSN aired a December 1953 episode of "The Name's the Same" featuring Mr. Raft in their "Secret Wish" portion of the program. His secret wish was to be a 21-year-old again. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Mrs. Ruth Vanneman might be Ruth Carter Vanneman, great-great-granddaughter of Hardy Pace who originally settled Vinings, Georgia. If this is the same person, when she passed away in 1992, she donated land and money which formed the Ruth Carter Vanneman Foundation, Inc. which established the Vinings Historic Preservation Society in 1992. - Suzanne (2004)

        Ruth Carter Vanneman would have been approximately the age of the Ruth Vanneman we saw on WML. They were both from Vinings, GA (near Atlanta). And to top it off, according to the Vinings Historical Society, philanthropist Ruth Carter Vanneman owned "The Forty-Forty Building," which was "a general store built by Mr. Reuben F. Hill circa 1890. On the main floor was a seed and feed room and the site of the village post office." Certainly anyone who owned a general store would "sell garbage cans"! - Lee McIntyre (2004)

        Tidbits: For the record, John and the male panel members still wear suits each evening. They have not yet switched to wearing tuxedos on a nightly basis. - Suzanne (2004)

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

    • ALLUSIONS (0)