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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    • 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)

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