What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 17

EPISODE #187

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 27, 1953 on CBS

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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

      (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This is the third straight week in which Remington electric shavers sponsored "WML?" -- the longest stretch since first joining as alternating sponsor with Jules Montenier, Inc.'s Stopette brand.
      (2) "SOMETIMES YOU FEEL LIKE A NUT...": In introducing Arlene and putting in a plug for her show "Talent Patrol," Peter Lind Hayes humorously refers to the program as airing "on another nutwork." Arlene enjoyed his joke and repeated it to make sure the audience heard it.
      (3) Tonight's show was the first of five mystery guest appearances by then-regular panelist Steve Allen. Not only did he appear on "WML?" as a regular panelist, guest panelist and mystery guest over 16 of its 17.5 years on the air, he also went on to appear as a regular contestant on EPISODE #818 of June 19, 1966 (his line: selling motorcycles), as well as making a cameo appearance on EPISODE #444 of December 14, 1958. In that sense, all this was a sketchbook example of Mr. Allen's being the proverbial "jack-of-all-trades," as was evident in his other enterprises throughout his long career. As with his regular panelist's nameplate, Steverino's plaque as displayed on the panel moderator's desk for his mystery guest spot is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. While his regular panelist nameplate reads "Mr. Allen," his mystery guest nameplate displayed his full name, "Steve Allen."
      (4) A PEEK INTO THE FUTURE: As with the whole of EPISODE #181 of November 15, 1953, for the fourth game with the Macy's complaint adjuster, John dispensed with the regular contestant's panel walk-by to save time. It would be another three years before this would become standard operating procedure on "WML?"
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN carried on with its malevolently maddening "crunching" of the end credits when running this episode on May 18, 2008.
      (6) Following the May 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the June 28, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the panel whom he had introduced on this occasion as "Ann Cullen's husband Bill," "Vinnie Marandino's wife Betsy," "Henry Morgan, who doesn't seem to belong to anyone," and "Arnold Grant's wife Bess Myerson" -- one of only two shows to date in the "Allen era" to have the particular panel order of Mr. Cullen, Miss Palmer, Mr. Morgan and Miss Myerson which was prevalent under prior host Garry Moore. The celebrity guest was another link to the "Moore era," onetime regular "IGAS" panelist (and Steverino's lovely wife) Jayne Meadows, making another rare appearance during the course of Mr. Allen's tenure as "IGAS" host for the remainder of its CBS run. The end credits look like they could have come from the otherwise "lost" September 14, 1964 episode on which Mr. Moore passed the baton to Mr. Allen, given that the 1962-1964 era typesetting and layout was used, rather than News Gothic with Bold which was the end credit typesetting throughout the "Allen era"; plus previous "IGAS" director Clarence Schimmel being credited rather than by-then current director Paul Alter, and Oscar Hobman credited as production supervisor. - W-B (2008)

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