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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    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this elusive episode is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) GUEST PANELIST DEBORAH KERR: At the time of her second and final "WML?" appearance tonight, Deborah Kerr was appearing on Broadway in "Tea and Sympathy." After her Oscar-nominated role in 1953's "From Here to Eternity," it was another two years before she appeared in another movie, when in 1955 she played "Sarah Miles" in "The End of the Affair." Less than three months from tonight's show, on May 14, 1954, Miss Kerr was one of two guests on that evening's edition of "Person to Person"; the other was Wally Cox. The actress introduced the panel moderator this evening as "the one, the only John Daly," borrowing from the intro for future "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Groucho Marx on his wildly successful quiz show, "You Bet Your Life." Miss Kerr thus becomes the first female guest panelist, among the extant "WML?" episodes, to introduce Mr. Daly, a distinction already held on three occasions by regular panelist Dorothy Kilgallen.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The three regular contestants' overlay screens are set, as always during this period, in Kabel Heavy. However, while Mrs. Vaughn and Mr. Wiswell have their overlays set all in capital letters, which is the norm, second contestant Cliff Olsen's overlay of "Sells Maternity Clothes" is set in both upper and lower case.
      (4) FROM "THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP" DEPARTMENT: Tonight marked the first of six "WML?" appearances, all as a mystery guest, by the star of the highly successful "I Love Lucy," Lucille Ball. The "First Lady of Television" will go on to be the most prolific female mystery guest on the show in its 17.5-year CBS run, with her final appearance being on EPISODE #774 of July 25, 1965. For her uproarious mystery guest spot this evening, Miss Ball's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (5) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: It is probably with tonight's show that the end credits order is changed to what will be described in EPISODE #197. After executive producer Gil Fates comes director Franklin Heller, followed by the slide with the names of coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine, and finally, set designer Robert Rowe Paddock. The two-name end credit slide and Mr. Heller's slide had their order reversed from what it had been up to this point. Also, because this episode is not in either GSN's or FremantleMedia's archives, there are therefore no end credits for the cable and satellite channel to impose its intrusive "crunching" procedure on its viewing audience. - W-B (2008)

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