What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 13, 1953 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Barbara Wright - "Teaches Course For Expectant Mothers" (self-employed; in addition to teaching prenatal courses, she is also a nurse and works with women during delivery; from Plymouth, MI)

Game 2: Mrs. Hermina Wurtz - "Fur Trapper" (self-employed; from Bayfield, WI)

Game 3: Dave Garroway (7/13/1913 - 7/21/1982) (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 (1)

    • Arlene: (to the first contestant, who taught a course for expectant mothers) No product, eh?
      Bennett: (seemingly thinking of diapers) It's an "end" product.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: The second contestant nearly won the full prize due to time, but the panel figured out her line after much digging. Her game ended at four down ($20), but as a consolation prize, John flipped two more cards, bringing her to a grand total of six down ($30). - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The sponsor for tonight's show is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This is the first of two "WML?" appearances by then-"Today" show host Dave Garroway. His next appearance will be as a guest panelist on EPISODE #619 of June 24, 1962. There is also a smattering of a "portent of the future" aspect here, as within less than a year of tonight's show, Mr. Garroway and Miss Francis will be part of the same "other network" lineup (that is, NBC), via Arlene's hosting of the late-morning series "Home." Of those who would later be involved in "Today" in the years since Dave's mystery guest appearance tonight, only Betsy Palmer (a "Today" hostess during 1958-1959) and Joe Garagiola made subsequent appearances on "WML?" in the course of its CBS run. As for Hugh Downs, "Today's" host from 1962 to 1971, he was never on the CBS "WML?," but did appear as a mystery guest on the syndicated version in 1969; and 1964-1976 "Today" co-host Barbara Walters was a mystery guest in 1973.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While the "WML?" panel tonight scored an essential perfecto in the games department, GSN scored its own perfecto in the "highly annoying" and "grating on the nerves" departments once again, with its continued "crunching" of the end credits on its May 16, 2008 screening of this episode.
      (4) After the May 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the June 14, 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 in tow. The celebrity guest was Don DeFore, then co-star of the sitcom "Hazel," which at the time of this "IGAS" episode was but a few months away from moving from NBC to CBS; alas, by the time of the move, Mr. DeFore and fellow co-star Whitney Blake had left the Shirley Booth vehicle. - W-B (2008)

    • For those of us who fondly remember Dave Garroway (1913-1982) from the 1950s "Today" show, and remember also the excellent (though not particularly flattering) portrayal of him by Barry Levinson in the Robert Redford directed 1994 movie "Quiz Show," it is great to see the real McCoy as mystery guest in this week's episode. We think at first that Bennett Cerf is going to snare another win, but he is oddly on the wrong track, and Dorothy Kilgallen nails the identification of one of early television's most creative and beloved regulars. - Lee McIntyre (2004)

    • REVIEW: Congratulations are once again in order as both the panel and John have been awarded some more hardware, this time, from Look magazine. The show won for best panel show and John won for best moderator. As for this evening's show, it turned out to be a good one. It was more than fitting that Dolly Mae correctly guessed that the first contestant taught courses to expectant mothers, especially since she is inching ever closer to her own blessed event, the birth of her youngest son Kerry. In the next game, after a conference, the panel figured out that the second contestant was a fur trapper. Dorothy then scored the coup de gras when she figured out that the mystery guest was original "Today" host, Dave Garroway. There was not enough time for a fourth game. All in all, this was a very successful night. - Sargebri (2004)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! In the second game, Steve asked if the product the fur trapper dealt with was smaller than his legendary breadbox. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Shown at the beginning of this episode is the 32nd television award to have been won by What's My Line? Wow! Tonight's featured award is the Look TV Award from Look Magazine. The series won the "Best Panel Show of 1953" award and John Daly won the "Best Panel Moderator of 1953" award. Bennett has a new humor book out, "Laughter Incorporated." - Suzanne (2004)

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