What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 40

EPISODE #210

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 06, 1954 on CBS
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EPISODE #210
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Game 1: Al Buta - "Designs Sewer Manholes" (salaried; he is currently working on a design project in Miami, FL; John described the manhole as being the entire underground enclosed structure, not simply a hole with a cover; from Hollywood, FL)

Game 2: Miss Brigitte Friang (b. 1/23/1924) - "War Correspondent (Indo-China)" (salaried; she has just recently returned from an assignment in Indochina, where she began her service there by parachuting in; Arlene had previously met her and voluntarily disqualified herself; from Paris, France)

Game 3: Gracie Allen (7/26/1895 - 8/27/1964) & George Burns (1/20/1896 - 3/9/1996) (as Mystery Guest Duo) Gracie signed in for both of them as "George" "Gracie."

Game 4: Jack Dunham - "House Detective (Hotel Astor)" (salaried; he is an in-house private detective; John gave the panel 55 seconds for his game; from New York)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

    Gracie Allen

    Gracie Allen

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    George Burns

    George Burns

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Margaret Truman

    Margaret Truman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: We have to explain, Bennett, we are very fearful that if you were to hear the voices of our guest, or the voice of our guest, or the various accents of our guests immediately, uh, you would learn too much, so that the answers will come to you by knocks for a little while.

    • NOTES (4)

      • IN REMEMBRANCE: On Friday, June 4, 1954, former New Jersey Governor Harold G. Hoffman died. He had been a panelist on the first two episodes of "What's My Line?" - cerfnet (2009)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel had not even gotten close on this one. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at just one down because time ran out, which was to no one's amazement, since he had only allotted fifty-five seconds for this game at the beginning of the round. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The opening sponsor this evening is Stopette. Also, Hal Simms is filling in at the announcing microphone tonight for regular announcer Lee Vines.
        (2) "WML?" PANEL AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: Due to the counterclockwise introductions of the panel, Margaret Truman once again has the honor of introducing, in her own words, "our moderator, Mr. Daly," as she had on her first guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #199 of March 21, 1954. The same "Miss Truman" nameplate as seen on that earlier show, set in the slightly wider Gothic No. 13, is used once again tonight.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: The full names of mystery guest duo George Burns and Gracie Allen were printed on one line on their nameplate during their spot, requiring a smaller size of typeface than what was regularly used for the nameplates of the panelists, host John Daly, and other mystery guests who appeared prior to 1955. This particular type size would only occasionally be used in later years, most notably with the pseudonymous "Suzy Knickerbocker" (the 1960s pen name of journalist Aileen Mehle), on a few shows in the 1966-1967 period, including Suzy's debut on EPISODE #798 of January 9, 1966, when her nameplate read "MISS KNICKERBOCKER." Because this nameplate was so difficult to read from far away angles, many of her subsequent guest panelist appearances displayed her nameplate as "SUZY" to keep the size of type the same as the nameplates for the other panelists and Mr. Daly.
        (4) MORE ON TONIGHT'S MYSTERY GUESTS: This episode marked the only time Gracie Allen ever appeared on "WML?" Her husband and comedy partner George Burns, however, went on to make two more appearances on the show, both as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #569 of June 18, 1961 and EPISODE #698 of February 2, 1964. Mr. Burns' birth name of Nathan Birnbaum is believed to have formed the basis for a now-famous line in one of the "Classic 39" episodes of "The Honeymooners." In the episode "Hello, Mom," which first aired December 3, 1955, "Ed Norton" (Art Carney) explained to "Ralph" (Jackie Gleason) and "Alice" (Audrey Meadows) that a fellow sewer worker named "Nat Birnbaum" didn't spell his name with a "G," in the context of a crossword puzzle hint, "Three-letter word for insect." In the late 1960's, Mr. Burns made a few appearances on "The Jackie Gleason Show," and was also a commercial spokesperson for Tiparillo cigars which advertised on the show.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As always, on the June 8, 2008 airing of this episode, GSN inflicted its nefarious, pernicious and insidious predilection for "crunching" the screen during end-credits time upon the hapless, and decidedly unhappy, viewing audience.
        (6) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF JOHN CHARLES PATRICK CROGHAN DALY: Following the June 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the February 21, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the panel configuration largely consisting here of Betsy Palmer, Arthur Godfrey (filling in for Bill Cullen), Bess Myerson and Phyllis Diller (partially subbing for Henry Morgan; though Mr. Morgan later joined the other panelists for the latter half of this episode, so that there were five panelists by the end). The celebrity guest was "WML?'s" own panel moderator, John Charles Daly who, during his spot, gave the panel a quiz on past news events, in keeping with maintaining his image as a news commentator and analyst. Earlier in the program, Henry Armstrong, who once held the world boxing titles of featherweight, lightweight and welterweight champion simultaneously (in 1938), was the second contestant. The announcer heard over the end credits promoting the upcoming "Lucy Show" episode sounds like it could be Don Robertson, better known as the "Voice of CBS Sports" for three decades, up to his retirement in 1993. - W-B (2008)

      • PST TIME: George Burns told John Daly that he always watched What's My Line?, and that it came on at 7:30 PM in California. Later on, WML would be shown in California at 10:30 PM, time-shifted by way of the kinescope. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: This is another night the panel probably should have stayed home. They ran out of time with the first contestant who designed manholes, and he wound up winning the full prize by default. The second game became complicated when Arlene voluntarily disqualified herself because she had previously interviewed Miss Friang, so the panel flew without her. Also, almost every question they asked her got a "no" answer and the war correspondent wound up totally stumping the panel. The panel also suffered because Margaret Truman is not the experienced game player that Dorothy is. The highlight of the night was when George Burns and Gracie Allen stepped from behind the curtain. The really had the audience in stitches as they did the old "knock twice for yes" and "knock once for no" routine. The highlight of the round came when John asked that they use their real voices. Of course, Grace did exactly that and mentioned her husband's name, which really brought down the house. The capper to this rather dismal evening was when the panel ran out of time when questioning the house detective and he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        WAR: As the audience saw, Miss Friang was a foreign correspondent covering the French Indochina War of 1946-1954. This war was fought in a country that would become all too familiar to America as it was fought in the country that would become known as Vietnam. Just a month prior to this episode, the French Army as well as units of the French Foreign Legion were soundly defeated in the decisive battle at Diem Bien Phu. The French were financially and logistically supported by the U.S. during the later stages of this conflict. The French retreated in 1954, and this defeat ended France's hold over their colonies in Indochina. After the war, the country was partitioned along the 17th parallel. The communists under Ho Chi Minh controlled the North and the democratic regime under the control of Emperor Bao Dai controlled the South. Promises of elections to decide what form of government to use when the country was reunified unfortunately never took place, and war broke out between the two countries. Of course, in later years, America would become involved and this action would divide the country for years to come. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Bennett, who criticized Hal Block's style of humor in his posthumously published autobiography "At Random," made a remark as crude as any of Hal's when he asked the lady from Paris to do the can-can as she walked by the panel. She ignored him. - markrosz (2005)

        This mystery guest segment with Burns and Allen has been shown many times on "clip shows." After a few rounds of desk-knocking, Daly asks George and Gracie to verbalize their responses. Gracie says, "Don't answer, George!" - giving the game away. Steve Allen has the good sense to adlib, "I know! It's Desi and Lucy!" - davemackey (2005)

        Tidbits: The panel was introduced in reverse order, with Bennett speaking first. They were seated in the usual order, though. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Margaret Truman, Steve Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off. She is in Europe.

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