What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 15, 1950 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) WELCOME ABOARD, BENNETT CERF!!! Tonight's show marked the first appearance of a man who would go on to make a huge impact on "WML?" in the years to come, Random House publisher Bennett Cerf. This initial guest panelist appearance by the soon-to-be-designated "publisher/panelist" was notable in two ways: First, it was the only time Bennett appeared on the panel alongside Louis Untermeyer, whom he would replace in the second chair beginning with EPISODE #42 of March 18, 1951; and second, Mr. Cerf was filling in this evening for Hal Block, whom he would replace in the "anchor" position of the panel desk effective with EPISODE #145 of March 8, 1953. With this first appearance of Bennett's, the nucleus of the "WML?" panel as viewers will come to know it begins to come together, but again, it will be a few more months before the pieces truly assemble for the balance of the show's run on CBS.
      (2) "WML?" TYPESETTING WATCH: As with the last "official" show up to this point to be preserved, EPISODE #5 of April 12, 1950 (though unbeknownst to once and future "WML"?" producer Gil Fates, EPISODE #13 of August 2, 1950 also exists, but is not part of the GSN "canon"), the panelists' nameplates are still set in Stymie Extra Bold, and now likewise is Mr. Daly's nameplate on his moderator's desk; and the occupation overlay screens are still done in "hand-painted" type.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credit card graphics for "WML?" have now settled on the design and layout that will be in use through 1954, with a background of diagonal lines set at a 45-degree angle, the "Directed by" line set in Franklin Gothic Condensed, and the names set in a script type called Gillies Gothic Bold. The production credit is now given as "CBS with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman," again anticipating the 1958 change in production order of the show. Of the production crew, only director Franklin Heller is credited this evening. And GSN's virulent, venomous and vile practice of "crunching" the screen during the end credits continued without interruption on its most recent airing of this landmark episode on March 1, 2008.
      (4) GSN's March 1, 2008 airing was followed by the July 1, 1963 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with Henry Morgan sub-hosting for Garry Moore, and the panel introduced here as Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Alan King and Bess Myerson. The celebrity guest was Jack E. Leonard. - W-B (2008)