What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 09, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Max Fogel - "Manufactures Anti-Snoring Device" (self-employed; to prevent snoring, his product ties under the chin and keeps the mouth closed; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Abraham Moss (1899 - 6/20/1964) - "Lord Mayor of Manchester, England" (salaried; from Manchester, England; he is in America because BOAC Airlines has opened up the first direct airlink between Manchester, England and New York)

Game 3: Gertrude Berg (10/3/1899 - 9/14/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (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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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel had not come close to guessing his product. The panel did figure out the line of the second contestant, Mayor, but for fun, John asked them to fish for the name of the city that the contestant governed, and at this point, John flipped a couple of cards to make it two down. After several guesses were made, including the correct one, John then flipped five more cards for a total of seven down, under the flimsy excuse that when Bennett identified the town of Manchester, he didn't say "England" along with the town name. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening's edition is Stopette and Poof!
        (2) FAYE EMERSON: Tonight is the fourth of eight guest panelist appearances Faye Emerson made on "WML?" between 1951 and 1962. Her appearance this evening stands out in that she was subbing for Arlene Francis, and that this was the only time Miss Emerson sat on the panel alongside Dorothy Kilgallen. On all Faye's other guest panelist appearances, she had filled in for Dorothy. Also, this was a case of the present and future of "I've Got a Secret" being represented on the panel tonight, as "Faysie" was a panelist from 1952 to 1957, while Mr. Allen hosted "IGAS" from 1964 to 1967.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST GERTRUDE BERG: For the first of three appearances Gertrude Berg made on "WML?," her nameplate tonight -- which reads "Molly Goldberg," the character she played on "The Goldbergs" -- is set in Headline Gothic. Miss Berg's other two appearances, the last being on EPISODE #583 of October 1, 1961, were likewise as a mystery guest.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In the "surprise, surprise" department, GSN continued its perfect record of confounding and dismaying their vexed viewing audience by their continued "crunching" of the end credits on June 4, 2008.
        (5) MEANWHILE, ON FAYE EMERSON'S OLD STOMPING GROUNDS: Immediately after the airing of tonight's show, GSN reran the January 17, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and panelists Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The four separate celebrity guests on this mostly musical-themed episode were, respectively, the son of Art Carney (Brian Carney); the son of Durward Kirby (Dennis Kirby); the son of Frank Fontaine (Bobby Fontaine); and the son of Steverino himself (David Allen). - W-B (2008)

      • Army-McCarthy Hearing references: In his introduction, Bennett Cerf makes reference to "questions" at hearings in Washington. The Army-McCarthy anti-communist hearings took place from April to June of 1954. Fledgling network ABC carried the hearings live (although Los Angeles, among other affiliates, opted out), while established CBS and NBC continued with regular programming, not wanting to risk the loss of advertising revenue. (Aside: So, the networks' treatment of the 2004 party conventions is nothing new!) Exactly one month after this episode of WML, the beginning of the end of McCarthyism came with the famous Joseph Welch quote, "Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?" Years earlier, original WML panelist Louis Untermeyer had been caught up in the HUAC anti-communist entertainment industry blacklist in the 1950s, and this led to his firing from WML. - Scott V. (2005)

        REVIEW: After a slow start, the panel wound up having a pretty decent night. In the first game, the panel had all sorts of trouble trying to figure out what the contestant made, which was an anti-snoring device. Finally, John threw over all the cards and he won the full prize by default. In the second game, Dorothy figured out that the contestant was a mayor in England without getting a single "no." However, John decided that he shouldn't leave empty-handed, so he asked the panel to try to guess the town where he was mayor. They got to the $20 dollar mark before Bennett blurted out that he was from Manchester. Also, in the spirit of international good will, John flipped over a few more cards and he wound up leaving with an extra $15. Mystery guest Gertrude "Molly Goldberg" Berg was absolutely hilarious using a fake British accent and gave the panel a little trouble. However, during the conference, Steve blurted out that it was Gertrude and was given credit for a correct guess, even though it was actually Dorothy's turn. After the game, Gertrude had a brief conversation with the panel using her more familiar Brooklyn accent. - Sargebri (2005)

      • MISS BERG: Mink-stole wrapped Gertrude Berg promoted her DuMont Network character "Molly Goldberg" in the 1949-1954 television series, "The Goldbergs." - Suzanne (2005)

        I'M DEAD: During the mystery guest segment, Dorothy mutters, "Well, I'm dead." This is a common phrase she often uses and will continue to use up until her untimely death in 1965. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Bennett said that he had promised the people of Corning, NY that he would announce the correct pronunciation of the kind of glass that is made there, Steuben Glass. He said it is pronounced Steu-BEN glass, not STEU-ben glass. Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Faye Emerson, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis had the night off.

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