What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 26

EPISODE #196

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 28, 1954 on CBS
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EPISODE #196
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Game 1: Miss Eve Witt - "Fuller Brush Man" (salaried; she sells and demonstrates Fuller brushes and combs; the panel guessed her line; from Plainville, CT)

Game 2: Harry Ball - "Horse Dentist" (self-employed; he stumped the panel; from Syracuse, NY; Dr. Ball will also be a contestant on EPISODE #868 of July 9, 1967, and on that future show, tonight's 1954 episode is mentioned; in addition, by 1967, Dr. Ball had moved to Orlando, FL; on both of his episodes, we never find out if Harry is a nickname for Harold or Harrison, but net research indicates his name may have been Harold R. Ball; it is reasonable to assume that Harry Ball is a veterinarian, DVM, yet John calls him Mr. Ball on both episodes; on the 1967 episode, we learn that Harry has been in this occupation since 1941; see additional notes below)

Game 3: Helen Traubel (6/16/1999 - 7/28/1972) (as Mystery Guest) Arlene identified her.
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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Wally: Are you in show business or any related business, such as, uh, miming, or (loud laughter from audience) swimming (more laughter) or, um, collecting stamps?

      • Wally: (regarding the second contestant's closely-related product to his service) Could it be a h-o-r-s-e? (loud laughter from audience) Well, is it a horse?
        Harry Ball: Yes. (loud applause, Wally takes a sip of water)
        John: Spelled "h-o-s-s." You have got the -- uh -- what is worked on, but you've got to tell us what it is that Mr. Ball does to the h-o-s-s.
        Wally: I'd rather not. (audience laughter)

    • NOTES (3)

      • A web page titled "RESIDENTS OF LYNDON, NY, CIRCA 1940-1960" written by Edward and Jean Hutchison contains the following text:
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        (begin quote) Louis J. "Doc" Ball and Frances Ball lived on Knollwood Rd. by 1942, having lived before on Cornwall Dr. in DeWitt. Mr. Ball was born in Syracuse on 5-6-1877. He was the proprietor of the Knollwood Riding Academy, and stables where he trained harness horses. Mr. Ball was also a veterinarian dentist. Mrs. Ball was born about 1882, and the couple wed in about 1905. They were living at 316 Lexington Ave., in Syracuse, when Mr. Ball died at the Ben White Race Track in Winter Park, FL, on 1-26-1955. They had a son, Harold R. Ball. (end quote)
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        The son that is mentioned, Harold R. Ball, is most likely our contestant. One can see that he took up his father's profession. - Suzanne (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the second contestant at nine down because time was running short. The panel had identified his connection with horses fairly quickly, but was not able to identify the exact line, which would have been a doozy to guess on any night. - agent_0042 (2008)

        (1) Having been skipped in 2005, GSN aired this episode on May 25, 2008. In addition, because the prior EPISODE #195 (with Lucille Ball as mystery guest) is in a private collection and not in either GSN's or FremantleMedia's archives, the cable and satellite channel went directly from EPISODE #194 to tonight's show in sequence order.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, Stopette is the main sponsor.
        (3) This is the first of two guest panelist appearances by Wally Cox, who evidently made a better impression here than he did on his second panel appearance, and third overall appearance, on "WML?" EPISODE #251 of March 27, 1955.
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST: Famed opera star Helen Traubel makes her only "WML?" appearance tonight. At the time of this episode, it had been about a year since her run with the Metropolitan Opera had come to an end in 1953, after Miss Traubel came to blows with its director, Rudolf Bing, over his refusal to allow her to perform in nightclubs. Up to that point, she had performed in 176 Met productions, all but eight of which were Wagnerian operas. In the years following her "WML?" appearance tonight, she would perform in Las Vegas, appear at clubs such as the Copacabana, and be a foil to the likes of Red Skelton, Groucho Marx and Jerry Lewis on television. Miss Traubel was also, for several years, a part owner of the American League's St. Louis Browns, which was named among "The Worst Teams of All Time" in Bruce Nash and Allan Zullo's 1986 book "The Baseball Hall of Shame 2" over its 52-year won-lost record (3,414-4,465 between 1902 and 1953) during their run in that city; by the time of her appearance tonight, the team had been sold to a group of Baltimore businessmen who transformed the franchise into today's Baltimore Orioles. Miss Traubel's nameplate, as displayed on the panel moderator's desk for her mystery guest spot this evening, is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. As a side note, Rudolf Bing never made any appearances of any kind on "WML?"
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After a day off, GSN reverted to form with its endlessly egregious "crunching" of the end credits on May 25, 2008.
        (5) The May 25, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 18, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. Funnyman Buddy Hackett was the celebrity guest on this "IGAS" episode. - W-B (2008)

      • On January 8, 2005, GSN preempted and skipped this episode to present the first of a three-episode run of syndicated WML episodes as a tribute to the late Jerry Orbach, who had passed away on December 28, 2004. This episode was last seen on GSN on November 26, 2002. - Suzanne (2005)

        Wally Cox (12/6/1924 - 2/15/1973)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Wally Cox. Bennett Cerf had the night off. He was on a lecture tour in California.

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