What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 5

EPISODE #20

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

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    • WELCOME TO THE PANEL MR. CERF!!! Unknown to the panel this night, this episode would be a historic occasion. For the very first time, Bennett Cerf sits in on the panel as a guest panelist. Of course, it would be another year and a half before he takes up his regular seat on the panel. Ironically, he is sitting in the "anchor" position, which he would occupy for 14 years from 1953 to 1967. He does ask many intelligent questions, which would be his future trademark. However, he never gets a chance tonight to display his best feature, that of telling the worst puns ever heard on television. As for the rest of the panel, it is a fairly successful night. Arlene makes the last-second "save" as she guesses that Mr. Martini is a seal trainer. She also correctly guesses that the second contestant is a cosmetics buyer. The panel as a group are also successful in guessing mystery guest Gloria Swanson. Miss Swanson was on the show to promote her new radio show which would be debuting soon. Also in 1950, she would appear as faded film star "Norma Desmond" in the classic film "Sunset Boulevard." Directed by Billy Wilder, Gloria's co-stars were William Holden and Erich Von Stroheim. Also featured is a cameo by Cecil B. DeMille. (I'M READY FOR MY CLOSEUP, MR. DEMILLE). The story that was the basis for the film would later be adapted into a successful 1994 Broadway musical featuring Glenn Close as "Norma." Unfortunately, the time ran out as they were questioning the tea taster, so he won the game by default. All in all, this was a good night for the panel. - Sargebri (2004)

      SUNSET BOULEVARD REVISITED: The 1994 Broadway musical "Norma" was not the only project to have been based on "Sunset Boulevard." Beginning in 1972 with a parody of the movie and continuing to about 1977, Carol Burnett did a recurring series of comedy sketches which were very loosely based on the film, generally referred to as "Nora Desmond," on her long-running 1967-1978 variety show. Miss Burnett played the aging screen actress as "Nora Desmond," while the Erich von Stroheim character of her butler, "Max," was played by Harvey Korman as "Max von Stroheim." Between 1961 and 1966, Miss Burnett made four mystery guest appearances on the CBS network "WML?" - W-B (2008)

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