What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 07, 1954 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Micheline Muselli (b. 1/5/1921) - "Criminal Lawyer" (self-employed; from Paris, France; she spoke good English with a French accent; listed in Gil Fates' logs as age 24; Dorothy Kilgallen guessed her line)

 Game 2: Charles Kling - "Makes Exploding Cigars" (salaried; he stumped the panel on the basis of time; John explained that there are two forms of exploding cigars -- one contains a piece of wood that has been impregnated with TNT, but for states where this is outlawed, an exploding steel spring is used instead; from the Lower Windsor Township community of Bittersville, PA)

Game 3: Andre Kostelanetz (12/22/1901 - 1/13/1980) (as Mystery Guest) He promoted his upcoming concert next Saturday, March 13, 1954, at Carnegie Hall; Steve Allen identified him.

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • STEVE'S GOOF: In the introductions, Steve accidently introduces Arlene as being the host of the "Today" show, but is corrected by Arlene, who is the host of "Home." Arlene's TV series was an afternoon news and entertainment show that was originated by Pat Weaver, the man who developed the "Today" and "Tonight!" shows. But, unlike "Today" and "Tonight!," which are still on the air today, "Home" would only last a few seasons, from 1954 to 1957. - ymike673 (2008)

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

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) THE GANG'S BACK AGAIN: As Bennett returns to his rightful place on the panel, Steve is wearing a regular suit with straight tie for the first time in about a year. A publicity cast photo was taken at some time during the summer of 1953, showing a blindfolded panel with Steve decked out in street clothes, albeit looking slightly disheveled due to an awry shirt collar. The panel's desk displays the "Stopette/Finesse" billboard. The photo was taken in the period between Arlene's return from the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and Remington becoming alternate sponsor, as both Arlene's and Dorothy's nameplates are the pre-1952 style, set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed. The photo can be seen at the link below, in a 2005 article on "WML?" in The New York Times. However, the photo is misdated as 1952.


      (3) MYSTERY GUEST ANDRE KOSTELANETZ: Famed music conductor Andre Kostelanetz (1901-1980) makes his only "WML?" appearance tonight. For his mystery guest spot, his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk -- which reads "Mr. Kostelanetz," in all likelihood as much due to his long surname as to his status -- is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font. Mr. Kostelanetz' popularity as a conductor spanned several decades, from the 1930's up until his death. One of his many records, "Clair de Lune" (Debussy) b/w "Pavane pour une Infante Defunte (Pavane for a Dead Princess)" (Ravel), was in print for decades after its original release in 12" 78 RPM form on Columbia Masterworks release #7361-M in 1940; over the years, it also came out on the label's short-lived 7" 33 1/3 RPM format (first as 3-518, then 3-7361-M), as well as on the conventional 45 RPM speed (initially as 4-7361-M and then reissued in 1953 as 4-4770), not to mention on LP, EP (Extended Play 45) and CD (compact disc). From the 1960's until his death, he was also putting out albums and singles of popular music along with his classical offerings, with the help of different arrangers including Tommy Newsom, who remains better known as the alternate conductor of the "Tonight Show" band during Johnny Carson's run as host. Mr. Kostelanetz was married to noted coloratura soprano Lily Pons from 1938 until their divorce in 1958, although their professional collaboration continued for more than a decade afterwards. Miss Pons will be a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #248 of March 6, 1955 -- one day shy of exactly one year from tonight's show.
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: During this period, and noticeable tonight, the order of the end credits is changed so that executive producer Gil Fates is followed by director Franklin Heller, then the slide card with the names of coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine (although, this evening, the slide for set designer Robert Rowe Paddock is not seen). None of this, alas, mattered to GSN, which continued its sorry record of "crunching" the screen on its May 26, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) Immediately following the May 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the October 25, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret." In what was a frequent practice in the Garry Moore era, but is now extremely rare, Henry Morgan is sub-hosting for Steve Allen, while Buddy Hackett is sitting in Mr. Morgan's usual seat on the panel, alongside regulars Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Alan King. - W-B (2008)

    • On January 9, 2005, GSN preempted and skipped this episode to present the second 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 27, 2002. - Suzanne (2005)

      After skipping this episode in 2005, GSN aired this episode in regular rotation on May 26, 2008. - W-B (2008)

      Tidbits: Welcome back, Bennett!

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.