What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 41

EPISODE #211

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 13, 1954 on CBS
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EPISODE #211
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Game 1: Mrs. Mona Leese - "Corset Buyer" (salaried; she buys corsets for department stores; from Chicago, IL)

Game 2: Mrs. Mary Monk - "Counts Nickels (From Parking Meters)" (salaried; she counts bucketfuls of nickles for the city of Pontiac, Michigan; from Pontiac, MI)

Game 3: Les Paul (6/9/1915 - 8/12/2009) & Mary Ford (7/7/1924 - 9/30/1977) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Game 4: Joseph Carrieri (Joe Carrieri) (b. 10/25/1935) - "Bat Boy (New York Yankees)" (salaried; John asked him if he could call him Joe; from New York; see notes below)
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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)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

    Les Paul

    Les Paul

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Mary Ford

    Mary Ford

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Margaret Truman

    Margaret Truman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • John Charles Daly: "Where do you come from, Mrs. Monk?
        Mrs. Mary Monk: Pontiac, Michigan.
        Bennett Cerf: Pontiac?
        John Charles Daly: Pontiac, Michigan.
        Steve Allen: (off-camera) Beep, beep.

      • Margaret Truman: (to New York Yankees bat boy) You don't play?
        Joseph R. Carrieri: No.
        John Charles Daly: That's been elicited, that he is not a player.
        Steve Allen: Then he could be on several teams I could think of, on that basis!

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down. The panel had figured out her association with corsets within due time, but in spite of guessing many possibilities (designs them, makes them, sells them, tests them, etc.) they never pinpointed the fact that she was a corset buyer for department stores. In the fourth game, which was allotted less than two minutes, the panel quickly deduced the line of the final contestant, whom they suspected from the very beginning of being involved with athletics. There were only three cards down, but John decided to flip a few more for a total of seven down. - agent_0042 (2008)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor is Remington electric shavers. And again, future regular "WML?" announcer Hal Simms is subbing for Lee Vines this evening.
        (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND FONT WATCH: Once again, Margaret Truman's nameplate on the panel desk is in the same Gothic No. 13 font as it had been since her first guest panelist appearance. As for Les Paul and Mary Ford, making their only "WML?" appearance this evening, their names on their plaque as displayed on the panel moderator's desk during their mystery guest spot are all printed on one line, set in a smaller size of Gothic No. 13, which was so small that it was hard to read in the "double shot" of the guests and John Daly. When Les and Mary filled the screen in closeups, their plaque was legible. Also, there was little consistency on some of the overlays, especially with the sub-headings in parentheses; during the second game with regular contestant Mary Monk, the second part of her overlay which read "(From Parking Meters)" was in upper and lower case letters; while the second part of the overlay for final regular contestant Joseph Carrieri, which read "(NEW YORK YANKEES)" was all in capital letters.
        (3) In an interesting coincidence, GSN's June 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show fell exactly on Les Paul's 93rd birthday.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In a continuation of a disturbing and distressing trend, GSN once again engaged in its usual M.O. (modus operandi) of "crunching" the end credits, on its June 9, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF "OLD HOME WEEK" - "IGAS" STYLE: The June 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was originally transmitted "live from New York" on February 28, 1966. Host Steve Allen presided over the panel which consisted this time out of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows (in her fourth appearance on the "IGAS" panel since her husband assumed the hosting reins; she was filling in this time for Bess Myerson) and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Vivian Vance, who brought along a panel of four 5th grade children for her segment, to compete with the "IGAS" panel. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was another unimpressive night for the panel. Part of the problems they have faced in recent weeks could be due to the more unusual occupations the panel must try to figure out, especially in the case of the first two contestants. In the first game, the panel was able to figure out that the first contestant had something to do with corsets. Unfortunately, they were unable to narrow down what she did with them, which was buying them for department stores, so John threw in the towel and she won the prize by default. The second contestant, a woman who counted nickels from parking meters, really had the panel running in circles. She completely stumped the panel and by the time she left, they were utterly confused. However, they did get some redemption as Steve figured out that the mystery guests were the husband and wife mystery duo of Les Paul and Mary Ford. He also correctly guessed that the final contestant was a bat boy. However, due to the fact that Joseph won only $15, John threw over some more cards and he left with a grand total of $35. - Sargebri (2005)

        MUSICAL MYSTERY GUESTS: Les Paul and his then wife Mary Ford were probably one of the most popular musical duos in America at the time of their appearance on the show. However, Les would gain fame for a couple of inventions that would revolutionize music and recording technology. Perhaps his biggest innovation was the solid body electric guitar. The Les Paul signature series of guitar, manufactured by Gibson, would become the standard of excellence for years to come. Among its users were Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Pete Townshend of The Who, Duane Allman and Dickey Betts of the Allman Brothers Band and Peter Frampton. Les also was a pioneer in the use of multi-track recordings. In addition, Les was one of the great spotters of talent. One of his discoveries was a young guitarist out of Texas by the name of Steve Miller. The Steve Miller Band would go on to have several highly successful recordings with million-sellers like "The Joker," "Rock 'n Me" and "Abracadabra." However, Les' most famous discovery was a wild young black guitarist from Seattle by the name of Jimi Hendrix, who would become one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock and roll. Les Paul was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (under the category Early Influences) in 1988. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Joseph R. Carrieri, Yankee batboy from 1949 to 1955, authored a book titled "Searching for Heroes: The Quest of a Yankee Batboy" which was published in hardcover by Carlyn Publications in March 1995. He has written other books as well, which can be found on Amazon.com. As of 2005, he is currently an attorney, practicing in Mineola, New York. - Suzanne (2005)

        Les Paul and Mary Ford were married from December 1949 until their divorce in 1963. Mary passed away in 1976, but as of GSN's January 23, 2005 airing (and also GSN's July 9, 2008 airing) Les Paul is still living. - Suzanne (2005) and cattaur (2008)

        Tidbits: Margaret Truman will soon begin her tour on the summer theatre circuit. Steve jokes that Arlene has sat next to him for 17 years. Arlene then says that she hopes she'll be here for 17 more years. Wow! Counting the 1968-1975 syndicated show, little did she realize that she would indeed be on WML for all of those next 17 years, and then some! - 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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