What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 5


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



  • Notes

    • In Gil Fates' 1978 WML book, in Appendix A of mystery guests, film producer Sam Goldwyn is incorrectly listed as a mystery guest on 10/14/1950, which could have been a typo for the date of this episode. However, Sam Goldwyn did not make an appearance on this episode. His appearance was actually on the episode of 10/14/1951, which is unfortunately lost to history. - Suzanne (2004)

      This is Bennett Cerf's first appearance on What's My Line? as a guest panelist. He eventually becomes a permanent panelist on EPISODE #42 of March 18, 1951 and stays with the show until its cancellation in 1967. He then makes frequent guest appearances on the syndicated version of WML, but never becomes a regular panelist on the syndicated series. A clip of Bennett Cerf from this episode is shown on the final CBS network EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. - Suzanne (2004)

      Gloria Swanson's hat was quite amazing. It fit all-over snug to her head and was accented by a tree growing out of the top! Yes, a tree with branches! On the branches were sparkly decorations. Gloria promoted her new radio program which was scheduled to begin two weeks from tomorrow. Also mentioned was her upcoming Command Performance for the British Royal Monarchy, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of England. These are the parents of the future Queen Elizabeth II. In what was very amazing to see, during Gloria's post game conversation, a female model walked on stage wearing a stylish ladies' suit designed by Elsa Schiaparelli. John told Gloria that the suit was a gift to her, compliments of the sponsor, Jules Montenier, Inc. and Schiaparelli. Gloria was very pleased. - Suzanne (2004)

      Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, a kinescope of this episode exists. Gloria Swanson is again a mystery guest on the 15th anniversary show on February 14, 1965. This episode is referenced. - Suzanne (2004)


      FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS - It was great to see Bennett's first appearance on the panel. Little did he know then what was to come! Because it kept fading in and out of focus, I found the kinescope of this episode very challenging. But, hey, I'm just glad it's still around! There is a funny moment when Louis starts discussing something with DK and John reminds them, "There's been no request for a consultation, panel!" Challenging John, Dorothy responds with, "Oh, there was I thought. I asked Louie if he wanted one!" (Good try, DK!) Arlene was SO CLOSE on her wild guess for contestant #2 when she said "Department Store Buyer"! She was very wise to keep going down this line of reasoning, as she quickly guessed the woman's profession. Gloria Swanson seemed so sweet and professional! A truly lovely and charming person. Her appearance makes me want to run out and see all of her films! Even though the day and time switch first happened on EPISODE #18 on October 1, 1950, John made an announcement of the new time slot at the end of this episode: Sundays at 10:30 PM Eastern Time. It would stay there for many, many years to come. I love this show! - fiveninegal (2004)