What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 31


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 04, 1954 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Jean Desmond - "Tests Girdles" (salaried; she test-wears Biflex Girdles for Biflex International Inc.; from Hewlett, Long Island, NY; see notes below)

JEAN DESMOND UPDATED: Jean Desmond, who appeared as a girdle tester on EPISODE #201 on April 4, 1954, was a guest on the "What's My Line? - Live On Stage" show in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, with the same occupation. She stumped the panel, too. Marty Ingels, who was a guest on WML in 1964, was on the 2005 panel. J. Keith Van Straaten was the moderator. - Suzanne (2005)

Game 2: Mrs. Elizabeth J. Bancroft - "Sword Swallower" (salaried; she performs with the Ringling Brothers Circus which is currently in NY; from North Hampton, MA; she has such a severe case of laryngitis that she can barely speak!)

Game 3: Janet Leigh (7/6/1927 - 10/3/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Greta Morgan - "Manages Boiler Factory" (salaried; from Vienna, Austria) . .moreless

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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)

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    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time ran out. He flipped them for the final contestant at five down because time had once again run out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) IF IT'S THE "MASKS," IT MUST BE REMINGTON: As has been the case the past few weeks, we see that tonight's edition, sponsored by Remington electric shavers, uses the earlier "masks" opening, as opposed to the Stopette-sponsored episodes with the newer "jack-in-the-box" animated opening titles. It will be a while before a version of the "jack-in-the-box" opening which pans to Remington's products, is unveiled.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST JANET LEIGH: Tonight's show was the first appearance on "WML?" of actress Janet Leigh. Between now and EPISODE #591 of December 3, 1961, she will be on the show a total of four times, three of which, including tonight, were as a mystery guest; her other appearance was as a guest panelist, on EPISODE #240 of January 9, 1955. For her mystery guest spot this evening, Miss Leigh's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set, as usual, in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN viewers were once more victimized by the "Curse of the Crunch" when the May 30, 2008 airing of this episode came around and the cable and satellite channel did as they always do whenever the end credits come up.
        (4) The May 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 22, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Ethel Merman, and the first contestant was Satchel Paige, who was celebrating 40 years in baseball. This was the first "IGAS" episode in several months on which a celebrity guest (in this case, Miss Merman) introduced him/herself and then said "...and 'I've Got a Secret'," before the opening titles came up. - W-B (2008)

        GSN has been cutting out the opening of "IGAS" so we do not get to see the celebrity guest at the start of the show. - ymike673 (2008)

      • To clarify the references made on WML to Steve Allen's late night program: Steve Allen did not start hosting the national network "Tonight!" show until 9/27/54. Prior to that, he hosted a local late night show called "Tonight!" on the NBC flagship station WNBT in New York only. Any references to his late night show made prior to 9/27/54 on WML are referring only to the local New York program. - Gary16 (2004)

      • REVIEW: This was definitely "Ladies Night Out" as all the contestants this particular evening, including mystery guest Janet Leigh, were women. Unfortunately, the panel had a pretty rough time. The first contestant seemed to be having lots of fun. She gave very confident answers and looked as if she were enjoying herself. Even though Arlene opened the door, the panel never figured out that she tested girdles. The panel also was totally stumped by the grandmotherly-looking sword swallower. Ironically, she was suffering from laryngitis! However, the evening wasn't a total loss, as Bennett figured out that the mystery guest was Janet Leigh. Miss Leigh was on the show to promote her upcoming film "Prince Valiant," which was based on the popular King Features comic strip. She played "Princess Aleta" opposite Robert Wagner, who played "Prince Valiant." The film also starred James Mason as "Sir Brack" and Debra Paget as "Ilene." However, things went back to the status quo on this episode, as time ran out while they were questioning the female boiler factory manager. She then won the game and the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2004)

        BREADBOX WATCH!!! Dorothy asked the breadbox question in the final game. She also asked if the contestant's product was bigger than a car. - Sargebri (2004)

        After a one week absence, the "masks" are back for the opening sequence. The "Jack in the Box" opening which had its debut on EPISODE #198 will return on the following episode. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Janet Leigh promoted her 1954 film, "Prince Valiant." She had previously sprained her ankle, and limped off stage. - Suzanne (2004)

        Janet Leigh passed away on October 3, 2004. As a tribute, GSN aired her 4 WML appearances. This episode was broadcast on October 13, 2004. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        Tidbits: Dorothy is featured in an article in the current issue of Look magazine. Dorothy said that the current issue of Cosmopolitan Magazine calls Steve Allen an "intellectual night owl." This is a reference to the fact that he is the host of the "Tonight!" show. This kinescope suffers from a damaged sound track, with distortion and noise. - Suzanne (2004)

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

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