What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 32


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 11, 1954 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF - WRONG PUBLICATION PLUGGED: During the introductions, the off-camera show announcer incorrectly stated that Dorothy's articles appear in Screen Guide magazine. At the end of the program, during the good nights, Steve Allen set the record straight and informed us that Dorothy's articles appear in Screenland magazine, not Screen Guide magazine. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Quotes

    • Bennett: I want to say Arlene's quite a pitcher too. I don't want to tell you what she pitches. Good night, John.

    • Dorothy: (during a panel conference, while blindfolded) I don't get a chance to see much of these shows with stories.
      (later, after the game, while shaking William Bendix's hand)
      Dorothy: (politely backpedaling, in reference to his TV show) And that's one I do see.

    • Arlene: (regarding his TV show) Is it on this network?
      William Bendix: Uh, Nooooo.
      Arlene: What are you doing on our show?

    • Dorothy: (regarding the second contestant's product, baby bottles) Does this thing have any locomotion at all involved?
      John: You mean, in of itself, does it locomote?
      Dorothy: Well, you could give it a little shove.

    • Steve: Would you say that this thing is in more general use now than it was, say, uh, fifty years ago, or something like that? (laughter from audience)
      Denver Kathary: Yes.
      John Wait a minute. Conference!
      Steve: Better make that 50,000. Just to be on the safe side.
      Arlene: This is the longest conference John has had with a man. (more laughter)
      John: (starting as Arlene is finishing speaking) All right. Mr. Kathary and I really, earnestly consulted on this matter, Steve, and we don't want to mislead you. So we're gonna give you a "no."

    • John: Let's start the questioning with Steven Allen.
      Steve: Alright, Jonathan.

    • Dorothy: Is it in either the ferris wheel or merry-go-round department?
      Paul Parker: Yes.
      Dorothy: Oh, now I have to figure if it's this way (she makes a vertical circle with her finger) or this way. (she makes a horizontal circle with her finger)

    • Steve: (taking a free guess at the line of the first contestant, referring to the Parker Pen Company) I think Mr. Parker makes fountain pens.

    • John: Paul... Parker. Is that right, sir? Where are you from, Mr. Parker?
      Paul Parker: Leavenworth, Kansas.
      John: Leavenworth, Kansas? When did you get out? Oh, no, wait a minute, that's not the question. Nice to have you here - I'm sure you came here voluntarily. I shouldn't ask questions like that! Well, there are some immanently respectable citizens over there, one or two of them who should be around your hometown right about now, but they never will be. Why don't you go say "Hi" to them.
      Arlene: Let me see your hand, Mr. Parker. No, you haven't been cutting any wires.

    • Steve: And on my left, one of the lovely ladies of radio and TV, who also has her own show on another network - same one in fact - with her own daily afternoon program, Miss Arlene Francis.
      Arlene: (laughing) It's in the morning, Steve! You don't watch?
      Steve: Well, I get up late.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: In a move that has become much less common and would eventually disappear altogether, John flipped five cards for the final contestant at zero down, awarding her a prize of $25. Bennett had guessed her line without a single "no" answer. Eventually, John would no longer bother with only flipping a few cards and would simply flip them all if given any reasonable justification, especially if the contestant was a pretty woman. This was another acknowledgment of the game's more social nature and that few people really cared about the prize amount (which never varied throughout the program's run) given its relatively small nature. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) Tonight, the "jack-in-the-box" opening is once again used -- indicating that the sponsor is Jules Montenier, Inc.'s Stopette and Poof! brands.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST WILLIAM BENDIX: Tonight marks the first of actor William Bendix's five appearances on "WML?" -- three, including this evening, as a mystery guest; and two, including his final appearance on EPISODE #498 of January 24, 1960, as a guest panelist. For his mystery guest spot tonight, his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in Gothic No. 13, to the point where the ends of his name almost touch each end of the nameplate. It was during this 1953-1954 season that Mr. Bendix was finally able to star on TV in "The Life of Riley"; this version lasted until 1958. In addition, during this period, he co-starred in a film, "Dangerous Mission," in the role of "Chief Ranger Joe Parker. Of this picture's other major stars, Vincent Price, Piper Laurie and (in a small supporting role) Dennis Weaver made appearances on "WML?" in later years; only the movie's star, Victor Mature, never appeared on "WML?" in any way, shape or form.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As always, the end credit sequence was marred by GSN's indescribably unjustified "crunching" procedure when this episode aired on May 31, 2008.
      (4) Right after the May 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the November 29, 1965 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was former "Route 66" co-star George Maharis. - W-B (2008)

    • HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. BENDIX! GSN aired this episode on January 14, 2005. By coincidence, William Bendix was born on January 14, 1906, so his WML appearance was shown on what would have been his 99th birthday. He died very young in 1964 - he was almost 59 years old. It was odd that he gave the panel such a hard time. His voice was hard to disguise. - Tom Weinstein (2005)

      Even though William Bendix has appeared in over fifty movies to date, will go on to appear in more than a dozen more, was featured in Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town" two years ago and currently stars in his own 1953-1958 hit comedy, "The Life of Riley," the panel still struggles over his identify. At one point, Arlene asks, "Are you a blond?" Given an affirmative answer, she is a bit taken aback and comically quips, "What do you know? Are you Marilyn Monroe?" Amid the laughter that follows, Steve tosses in, "If this is Vaughn Monroe again, I quit, I'll tell you that." - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      Although the panel has almost as much trouble guessing the identity of Mystery Guest William Bendix as they did two weeks ago identifying Vaughn Monroe, and although the panel does even more poorly guessing the occupations of the merry-go-round manufacturer and the baby bottle manufacturer, Bennett Cerf scored a notable coup when he single-handedly - with a series of 11 consecutive "yes" questions - nailed that Dolores Lee was a professional baseball pitcher. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

    • AMERICAN GIRLS BASEBALL LEAGUE: Although John never mentions Dolores Lee's league or team name, she is a member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League, and plays for the Rockford Peaches of Rockford, IL. This is the team that was used as a model for the 1992 film, "A League of Their Own." There is a 1952 photo on the net showing Dolores' nickname was "Dolores 'Pickles' Lee." In checking the cast list of the 1992 film, we see that Dolores played a part as an "extra" in the movie! She played the role of "Lady in bleachers" and is listed by the name of Dolores 'Pickles' Dries. The WML EPISODE #116 of August 17, 1952 also featured another contestant from this 1943-1954 all-girls baseball league. - Suzanne (2005)

      Steve Allen comes "thisclose" to free guessing the lady baseball pitcher, but he says "softball" instead of "baseball." - Garrison Skunk (2005)

    • ANOTHER AWARD!!! During the introductions, it was announced that WML was named favorite game show by the readers of Radio/Television Mirror. As for this episode, the panel had a pretty good night. Steve correctly guessed that the first contestant was a merry-go-round manufacturer. The second contestant, the baby bottle maker, was an ironic choice of occupations, especially in light of the fact that Dolly Mae had her blessed event a couple of weeks earlier. Unfortunately, the panel was completely stumped by the second guest and he managed to win the full prize. The panel did rebound when Steve correctly guessed that the mystery guest was William Bendix. The real highlight of the evening was when Bennett correctly guessed that the final contestant was a pitcher for an all-girl baseball team and he did it without receiving a "no." However, John showed he was a good sport by flipping over a few cards so that she wouldn't leave empty-handed. - Sargebri (2005)

      Tidbits: Another award for WML! Radio TV Mirror Magazine has named "What's My Line?" as their readers' "Favorite TV Quiz Show" in a recent poll. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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