What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 35


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 02, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Walter H. Jones - "Manages Garbage Dump" (salaried; he also has a part-time job as the mayor of his home town of Scotch Plains, NJ; after his game, he presented John with a small 3" sterling silver garbage can)

Game 2: Mrs. Nell S. Lewallen (7/25/1897 - 10/26/1979) - "Makes Headache Powders" (self-employed; from Winston-Salem, NC; after her game, she gave John some product samples of her product, Goody's Headache Powders, which he briefly held up to the camera; see notes below)

Game 3: Jeanne Crain (5/25/1925 - 12/14/2003) (as Mystery Guest) John said that this was red-headed Jeanne Crain's first television appearance. - Suzanne (2005)

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (9)

      • Bennett: Do I have the pleasure of knowing you personally?
        Jeanne Crain: No, I don't have that pleasure.
        John: Oh, the back-scratching here!

      • John: Three down and seven to go, Mr. Allen.
        Steve: Do you sing?
        Jeanne Crain: Yes, yes I do sing a little.
        Steve: (matter of factly) That's nice. (audience laughs) Are you ever appearing in a musical picture? Have you ever appeared in a musical picture?
        Jeanne Crain: I have, yes.
        Steve: Was it something like - am I correct in assuming that it's not unusual for you to appear in a musical?
        John: Do you mean, "Would it be more normal for our guest to appear in a musical rather than a dramatic picture?" Is that the question?
        Steve: I don't know what I mean John, you know that! (audience laughs) I'll start all over again. Do you ordinarily appear most often in non-musical pictures? (audience laughs)
        John: And this week's circumlocution medal goes to Steve Allen!
        Jeanne Crain: (in an exaggerated Southern accent) Well, Dahhhhhling, no, for most often.
        Steve: Now I don't know what we're talking about!

      • John: That's eight down and two to go panel, and I think I'm going to bring down the curtain on this one since you're so far off the road, though you're not often off the road. Miss Lewallen makes headache powders.
        Arlene: I didn't know anyone had headaches down South!
        (Mrs. Lewallen gives John a small package after she gets up and turns to leave.)
        John: (after she leaves) Miss Lewallen said that she gave you all a headache and I can give you the powder after we get through, alright?

      • John: I'm going to give you one more minute, see what you can do with it. Mr. Allen.
        Steve: Nothing.

      • Steve: (after having strung along a number of "gambit" questions and gotten bigger laughs each time) Either I'm way off the track, or else these are very happy people.

      • John: (reading as the first contestant signs in) Walter H. ... Jones (Mr. Jones shakes John's hand, then starts to walk over to the panel, but John yanks him back into camera range.) Wait, wait, wait! Where are you going? Where are you from, Mr. Jones?
        Walter H. Jones: Scotch Plains, Mr. Daly.
        John: Scotch Plains?
        Walter H. Jones: New Jersey.
        John: Oh, in New Jersey, huh? Well, that's fine. What's it near?
        Walter H. Jones: Between Westfield and Plainfield.
        John: Between Westfield and Plainfield? Well, you're between here and there, and you have to go over there, because the panel doesn't know you but they'd like to. So, would you go over and see them?
        (Mr. Jones does so.)
        Bennett: May I shake hands, Mr. Jones? (They do.) Ow!
        (Mr. Jones shakes hands with Arlene)
        Arlene: Sturdy as an oak!
        (Mr. Jones goes to shake hands with Steve)
        Steve: I'll take care of him! (He pretends to crush Mr. Jones hand in a handshake.)

      • Walter H. Jones: Before I leave here, I'd like to leave this little sterling garbage can for you to remember me, for I'll surely remember you.
        John: I always wanted a sterling garbage can! And I've got one now!

      • Arlene: (trying to guess the line of the first contestant, but running out of garbage-based occupations) He's a garbage head.

      • Dorothy: Is this attractive man a garbage man?
        John: Well, actually, that's not close enough. He's got a...
        Steve: Close enough for us.
        Arlene: I'm satisfied.
        John: Four down, six to go.
        Steve: He... uh... sells it. (audience and John laugh) Gotta do something with it. Can't just keep it!

    • NOTES (5)

      • THE PRODUCT IS... GARBAGE?: Once again, after the first contestant told Steve Allen that there was a product associated with his line, John left the panel tacking in the wind as they attempted to figure out the line of the first contestant who managed a garbage dump. Though they did more or less identify the line, it was no help that they were left to stumble upon the fact that the supposed product he dealt with was "garbage." This was not the first time that John led the panel to believe that somebody associated with garbage dealt in a product rather than provided a service. Generally, by most standard definitions, if it were said that someone drove a garbage truck or managed a garbage dump, it would be said that they dealt in a service. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2008)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Remington electric shavers. Also, future regular (1955-1961) "WML?" announcer Hal Simms fills in for then-current regular announcer Lee Vines this evening.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett, in introducing the "great news analyst and panel moderator," called John "a reminder of a big current movie hit, because he's both an executive and he's sweet." This, one of Mr. Cerf's better efforts (relatively speaking), was a play on the title of the 1954 film "Executive Suite," and a reference to John's position as vice-president for news and special events at "other network" ABC.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST JEANNE CRAIN: Tonight, actress Jeanne Crain makes the first of two "WML?" appearances; she will be on again, also as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #459 of April 5, 1959. A few months from tonight's show, Miss Crain co-starred in the 1954 movie "Duel in the Jungle"; that film's main star, Dana Andrews, went on to make four appearances on "WML?," all as a guest panelist, between EPISODE #422 of July 6, 1958 and EPISODE #597 of January 14, 1962. On this occasion, Miss Crain's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Yet again, GSN's grossly galling habit of "crunching" the end credits was on disgusting display when this episode was screened on June 3, 2008.
        (5) Following GSN's June 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret," which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on January 3, 1966. On this first show of the new year -- which was "IGAS's" last full year on CBS -- host Steve Allen started off with a gag involving the then-current New York City transit strike, before introducing the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Hugh O'Brian. - W-B (2008)

      • Army-McCarthy Hearing references: When the first contestant is subjected to the "free guesses," Steve says, "I think he cuts colonels out of Army photographs!" Arlene guesses, "I think he raises livestock," and Bennett tops her with, "I think he raises points of order!" What are the boys talking about? Both are referencing the Army-McCarthy hearings, then in its second week. Senator McCarthy had offered a photo showing his recently drafted aide, Private David Schine, smiling and talking with the Secretary of the Army Stevens, implying the Army was trying to suck up to McCarthy through Schine. (They were being investigated by the Senator.)
        The Army's consul, the slithery Joe Welch, countered with an expanded version of the same photo, now showing the (Fort Dix) base commander on Schine's right, putting Schine now in the middle. He denounced the earlier photo version "shamefully cut-down," declaring that the addition of another important Army figure hanging out with a "wet behind the ears" buck private canceled out any implied conspiracy.
        Bennett's reference was the officious phrase used during the hearings to clarify things brought up, or just to interrupt the opposition, decided by the investigation chairman, Senator Karl Mundt.
        MAD magazine did a parody of the hearings, which were covered gavel-to-gavel for over a month by both ABC and DuMONT Networks. MAD called it "WHAT'S MY SCHINE?" and it was drawn by Jack Davis. I've read it, and the combination of the two "shows" (presented in a "TV screen" motif) was a poor fit, the satire pretty lame. - stopette (2005)

      • The company that Nell "Nellie" Shippy Lewallen owned, Goody's Headache Powders, eventually evolved into Goody's Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Her husband, Alvis Thad Lewallen, started the business in 1932. Together, they ran it until her husband's death in 1945. Later, their daughter Ann Lewallen Spencer ran the corporation until it was sold to Block Drugs in 1994. In 1995, Ann gave a speech at the Walker College of Business which includes several highlights of the history of Goody's. The web page is listed below. - Suzanne (2005)


      • REVIEW: This was a pretty decent night for the panel. After Dorothy opened the door for her, Arlene got credit for figuring out Mr. Jones' line. Technically, though, Arlene didn't actually name his occupation. She said that he was an executive with a garbage collection service, but she didn't correctly say he managed a garbage dump. However, she was given credit for the win because she came close. Unfortunately, the panel was totally stumped in the second game by the woman who made headache powders. In the mystery guest round, Bennett made the last-second save as he figured out that the mystery guest was the lovely Jeanne Crain. Ironically, just like last week, the panel got their redheads mixed up as Steve thought that Miss Crain was Rhonda Fleming. The previous week, Bennett thought that Arlene Dahl was Miss Fleming. Her name will also come up again on the next episode! Miss Fleming will not appear on the show until 11 months later on the April 10, 1955 broadcast. That will be her one and only appearance. - Sargebri (2005)

      • GOOD NIGHT, BOYS: Steve Allen ends each show with a personal good night to his three sons by saying, "Good night, boys." Tonight, Arlene jokingly asked him, "Why don't you ever say 'Good night, girls'? Steve replied, "I don't have any girls!" One of his sons - named Steve Allen also - appeared on "The Name's the Same" with him. The mother of his three sons is Dorothy Goodman. Later, when Steve marries Jayne Meadows, he has one more child - a boy, his fourth son! - Garrison Skunk & Suzanne (2005)

        GIFTS: Both contestants brought gifts with them. Mr. Jones brought John a sterling miniature garbage can, and Mrs. Lewallen brought a sample of headache powders for the panel. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        BENNETT'S "TRADE WINDS" COLUMN IS BACK: Bennett Cerf was editing a book titled "An Encyclopedia of Modern American Humor" and took a leave of absence from the "Trade Winds" column from the beginning of February 1954 until the beginning of May 1954. During these three months, substitutes continued to write the column while Bennett edited the book which was published by Doubleday & Company in 1954. - cerfnet (2009)

        Tidbits: Arlene said that Bennett's "Trade Winds" column is back again in the Saturday Review Magazine. John had been invited to Louisville, Kentucky by his good friend Toots Shor, the owner of Toots Shor's Restaurant in NYC. They had attended the Kentucky Derby. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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