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What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 21, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jill Kollmar (b. 7/16/1943) & Dickie Kollmar (b. 7/11/1941) (as Mystery Guest Duo) "Dorothy's Other Children" They took turns signing in as "Jill and Dickie Kollmar"

Game 2: Mrs. Bette LeVan - "Deals Cards in Gambling Casino" (salaried; she works at the Condado Beach Hotel; from San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Game 3: Fredric March (8/31/1897 - 4/14/1975) (as Mystery Guest #2) His nameplate is misspelled as Frederic March.

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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)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

    Jill Kollmar

    Jill Kollmar

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Dickie Kollmar

    Dickie Kollmar

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Fredric March

    Fredric March

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Guest panelist Margaret Truman is the daughter of former President Harry S. Truman, and a good friend of Dorothy's.)

        John: (at the end of the show) We got a call from Dorothy Kilgallen. She says, "Margaret looked wonderful and beautiful," with which we all agree. She hoped that former President Harry was watching because future President Kerry was asleep.

      • Arlene: I had what Dorothy called a "weenie."
        Steve: Would you mind passing it over here? I'm going hungry myself.

    • NOTES (5)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers.
        (2) GUEST PANELIST MARGARET TRUMAN INTRODUCES JOHN DALY: Due to the counterclockwise introduction of the panel tonight, former First Daughter Margaret Truman becomes the third female panelist overall, and the second female guest panelist, to introduce John Daly (on the extant episodes). Deborah Kerr had that distinction on EPISODE #195, and Dorothy Kilgallen had already introduced Mr. Daly on three prior occasions. It will certainly not be the last time in any case. Speaking of Miss Truman, making the first of four appearances on the panel this evening, her nameplate on the panelists' desk is set in Gothic No. 13; as is that for mystery guest Fredric March (or, as incorrectly spelled on his nameplate, "Frederic March") as displayed on the panel moderator's desk during his spot. On the other hand, Jill and Dickie Kollmar had no nameplates for their game, but as they were signing in, an upper-third overlay reading "Dorothy's Other Children" and set in the "last-minute" font used from time to time on the show, was displayed on the screen.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST FREDRIC MARCH: Veteran actor Fredric March is one of many notables who only made one "WML?" appearance in its entire 17.5-year CBS run. Less than two months from tonight's show, the film "Executive Suite" in which Mr. March played executive "Loren Phineas Shaw" had its U.S. release. Of that flick's other major stars, William Holden, who starred as "McDonald 'Don' Walling," was a mystery guest on EPISODE #329 of September 23, 1956; and the other major co-stars, June Allyson, Walter Pidgeon, Shelley Winters and Paul Douglas all appeared on "WML?" at one time or another, either as guest panelists, mystery guests or both. On the other hand, Barbara Stanwyck, who played "Julia O. Tredway" in the movie, never made any kind of appearances on "WML?" at any time in its long history, nor did Louis Calhern or Dean Jagger. Of note is that the offscreen, uncredited narrator at the beginning of the film is Chet Huntley, more than two years before he was first teamed with David Brinkley, initially on NBC's 1956 Presidential convention coverage and then on "The Huntley-Brinkley Report" which ran from October 29, 1956 to July 31, 1970.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: To the surprise of no one -- and the dismay of everyone -- GSN's largely uninterrupted and uniformly disgusting habit of "crunching" the end credits continued once again when this episode was screened on May 28, 2008.
        (5) Following the May 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was first transmitted "from New York" on November 8, 1965 -- the exact same day as longtime "WML?" panelist Dorothy Kilgallen's untimely death. Host Steve Allen tickled the ivories on the piano as he introduced the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. Vivian Vance, who recently left "The Lucy Show" as a regular, was the celebrity guest on this "IGAS" episode. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This may have been a so-so night for the panel, but it was also a very special night as the panel celebrated Dolly Mae's blessed event. In fact, the first two guests were Dorothy's two oldest children, Dickie and a very cute Jill Kollmar (who was the spitting image of her mother). The two little tykes put the panel through the wringer as they utterly confused them. However, the panel was able to see through their shenanigans. Guest panelist Margaret Truman figured out that the only real contestant of the night was a card dealer, after the doors were opened for her by the rest of the panel. Her reaction to this was priceless. For the main mystery guest round, her reaction, as well as the panel's, was equally as priceless after they found out that the second mystery guest of the night was Fredric March. He utterly fooled the panel using both an English accent and a tough guy voice. This definitely was a very special night. - Sargebri (2005)

        FREDRIC MARCH: After the game, John took time to pay tribute to Fredric March and say that it was his talents that allowed him to fool the panel. Of course, March is one of a handful of actors to win two Best Actor Oscars. He won for the 1931 horror classic "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" as well as for the 1946 post-WWII drama "The Best Years of Our Lives." In fact, March's win for "Doctor Jekyll" marked the first time that an actor won for a horror film. - Sargebri (2005)

        CONGRATULATIONS DOLLY MAE!!! As was mentioned earlier, Dorothy finally gave birth to her youngest son Kerry two days earlier. It was a very nice touch to invite her two older children Dickie and Jill to appear on the show as part of the celebration. Also of note, Dorothy will have additional visits to the LeRoy Sanitarium, where she gave birth, for future bouts with both anemia and substance abuse problems. - Sargebri (2005)

        TRUMAN ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT: It was very ironic that a card dealer from San Juan, Puerto Rico would be on the show the same night as Margaret Truman. Two Puerto Rican extremist nationalists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attempted to assassinate President Truman on November 1, 1950. They arrived in Washington, D.C. the day before from the Bronx in New York City, where they were active in the Puerto Rican Nationalist Party. They thought the assassination would call attention to Puerto Rico and advance the cause of Puerto Rican independence. On the morning of November 1, they prepared for the assault. Torresola, a skilled gunman, taught Collazo how to load and handle a gun. They familiarized themselves with the area near Blair House, across the street from the White House, where they would stage the assault. (The Truman family stayed in the Blair House during renovation of the White House from 1948 to 1952). Collazo and Torresola planned to approach the house from opposite directions and shoot their way inside. In the ensuing gun battle, Collazo and Torresola traded gunfire with White House policemen and secret service agents. They wounded three White House policemen but never reached the interior of the house. One of the wounded policemen, Private Leslie Coffelt, managed to fire one bullet and hit Torresola in the side of the head, killing him instantly. Coffelt died later that day at the hospital. Two other policemen, Donald Birdzell and Joseph Downs, were each hit more than once but recovered from their wounds. Collazo reached the steps of Blair House before collapsing with a gunshot wound to the chest. It was later found that only one shot fired by Collazo had hit anyone - his first shot, which wounded Private Birdzell. Torresola had inflicted all the other gunshot wounds on the three White House policemen. President Truman was taking a nap upstairs in Blair House when the shooting began. He rushed to a window and saw Collazo below on the front steps. A White House guard saw the President in the window and shouted to him to him to get down. The President obeyed. Collazo was sentenced to death for the attempt; one week before his scheduled execution in 1952, Truman commuted the sentence to life imprisonment. President Carter commuted the life sentence of Collazo in September 1979, and he was freed from prison. He died in Puerto Rico on February 20, 1994 at the age of 80. - Sargebri (2005)

      • WEENIE WATCH - During the first game, after Arlene suddenly says, "Oh!" because she has an idea, and John asks her to contain herself, she explains her interruption by saying, "I had what Dorothy called a 'weenie.'" For the second sighting, during the mystery guest game, John notes that guest panelist Margaret Truman "has a weenie, I think." - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        OSCAR NIGHT: John said that Fredric March will be presiding over the Academy Awards this coming Thursday. - Suzanne (2005)

        KERRY ARDAN KOLLMAR: It was announced that Kerry was born on March 19, 1954 at the LeRoy Sanitarium Hospital in New York City and weighed 7 lbs. 14 oz. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Dorothy Kilgallen's two oldest children, Jill Kollmar (born 1943) and Dickie Kollmar (born 1941), are the first mystery guests. The panel is blindfolded. Dorothy's youngest child, a boy named Kerry Kollmar, had been born on March 19, 1954, just two days before this episode aired! Dorothy is off on a short maternity leave, but she'll be back next week! She's a hard-working mom! The children's father is Richard "Dick" Kollmar. After the youngsters' game, while shaking hands with the panel, Jill was adorable as she curtsied to the panel members. Dickie respectfully bowed his head. - Suzanne (2005)

        Here is a screenshot of Dickie and Jill Kollmar from this episode:

        Kollmar Youth Video Capture



        On February 2, 2005, on the 55th anniversary of the start of What's My Line?, Jill Kollmar appeared as a special contestant in a live production of "What's My Line? - Live On Stage," held at the Acme Comedy Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Her occupation was "Interior Designer," and she stumped the panel. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: The panel was introduced backwards tonight, yet maintained their normal seating order. Bennett, who spoke first, announced the birth of Dorothy's little boy. He also mentioned that Arlene's diamond heart necklace pendant has also "given birth" and now has a little diamond inside of the heart. Steve Allen had entertained in Washington, D.C. at the White House Press Photographer's annual banquet. - Suzanne (2005)

        Margaret Truman (2/17/1924 - 1/29/2008)

        Panel: Margaret Truman, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off for a very short maternity leave.

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