What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 25

EPISODE #195

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 21, 1954 on CBS

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    • CLIP SEEN ON PBS: A small part of the Cliff Olsen segment was used in the one-hour January 2008 PBS documentary "Pioneers of Television." The four-part documentary focused on TV's early days and its key personalities. This segment was used on the "Game Shows" episode, primarily to highlight Steve Allen's career. - sixtyfivealive (2008)

      CLIFF'S SEGMENT: Cliff Olsen's film clip, as aired by PBS, showed him in the following activities: standing at the sign-in board with John Daly; performing the panel walk-by; taking his seat by John Daly; and answering a game question posed by Steve Allen. During the panel walk-by, a visibly pregnant Dorothy Kilgallen was shown. - Suzanne (2008)

      DOROTHY MATERNITY WATCH 9.5 of 10: Dorothy Kilgallen is currently eight months pregnant. References are made on this episode regarding her condition. On March 19, 1954, she will give birth to her third and last child, a red-headed baby boy named Kerry Kollmar. - Suzanne (2006)

      ON THE NEST: Until this evening, no mention of Dorothy's pregnancy had been made on any of the preceding "What's My Line?" episodes. Even tonight, the word "pregnant" is not used, because it is considered taboo to use the word in polite society. Rather, in the second game, Arlene asks the seller of maternity clothes if his product has anything to do with "motherhood." Other euphemisms common in the 1950s were "with child," "in a family way," "in a delicate condition," "has a bun in the oven" and "on stork watch." What a contrast this is to the less restricted mores of contemporary society. - Lee McIntyre (2008)

      Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, the master kinescope of this episode is lost. At least one full-length sub-kinescope formerly owned by Gil Fates is known to exist in a private collection. Yet another copy of this episode was purchased on eBay in 2005. It is also obvious that Lucille Ball was given a sub-kinescope at the time of appearance, since the mystery guest round portion of this episode shows up on "Lucy" compilation videotapes. But, since this episode is not in the GSN/Fremantle archive, it is considered "officially" lost and will never be seen on GSN. - Suzanne (2005)

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