What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 20, 1954 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This exchange with Doris Day must have been very embarrassing for John Daly:

      John Charles Daly (to Doris Day): "I certainly enjoyed your picture, 'Young at Heart.'"

      (John says a few more sentences. Then, Doris Day responds in the sweetest voice:)

      Doris Day: "John, I haven't made 'Young at Heart' yet."

      John: "Haven't you?"

      Doris: "I'm going to make it."

      John: "You're going to make 'Young at Heart'?"

      Doris: "With Frank Sinatra."

      John: "Oh. Well, wonderful."

      John then jokes and asks her if she could use a broken-down baritone, and she replies that yes, she can.
      - Lee McIntyre (2005)

  • Quotes

    • John: (trying to keep Bennett from placing too much emphasis on the answer to a particular question) And yet, it is not our intention to in any way mislead you. We will give you an affirmative reply to the question which you posed. At the same time, hope that you will not, in weighing it in the balance with the other questioning, come to an incorrect solution.
      Bennett: Have you -- have you finished with your filibuster?

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: In the second game, the panel guessed the line of the dog muzzle manufacturer with only a single card down. The contestant stated that he was donating his winnings to the Boys Work Fund of the Optimist Club of West Philadelphia, at which point John flipped six cards for a total of seven down. - agent_0042 (2008)

      (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor is Stopette and Poof! And while the standard "Steve Allen era" seating arrangement is in place tonight, the panel introductions are counterclockwise, meaning that for the fourth time in "WML?'s" history (among those episodes that are still in existence), Dorothy has the honors of introducing panel moderator John Daly, whom she describes as "our devastating and delightful moderator."
      (2) "SIGN IN" AND MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: For this, the first of two "WML?" appearances by singer/actress Doris Day, John's wording for summoning her was, "Would you come out, mystery challenger, and sign in, please?" This was an alternative to the "come in and sign in" wording Mr. Daly used within the first decade for mystery guests on the show, as well as for regular contestants for a few years after tonight's show up to 1960-1961. This same "come out and sign in" wording would also be used on the very last EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967, when John spoke such words before taking his turn as the show's very last mystery guest. As for Miss Day's nameplate, it is set in the regular typeface used for such plaques, Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (3) MORE ON MYSTERY GUEST DORIS DAY: If counting her years with Les Brown and his Orchestra (on one of whose best-known hits, 1945's "Sentimental Journey," she had sung), Doris Day was associated with Columbia Records from 1944 through 1966; her solo career had begun in 1948 with the equally classic "It's Magic." Her last single for the label, which wasn't released until mid-1967 (about a half year after her run with Columbia ended), was "Sorry" b/w "Caprice" (4-44150; the latter from the movie of the same title). After leaving Columbia, Miss Day recorded several tracks for a proposed album, which wasn't released until 27 years later, in 1994, when it was put out by Concord Records under the title "The Love Album." As for the gold record John held for "Secret Love," the record shown was in the 78 RPM speed, with the label appearing to have been printed at Columbia's East Coast pressing plant in Bridgeport, Connecticut. It was not an "official" gold record, which, in any case, wouldn't become standard until 1958 when the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) began issuing "Gold Award" plaques for singles and albums which reach one million dollars in sales. (The criteria was changed in 1975 to be based on the number of copies sold, with singles and albums selling 500,000 copies awarded the "Gold Award.") It should be noted that the instrumental bridge on the 78 RPM release of "Secret Love" (#40108) was slightly longer (by a few bars) than on the 45 RPM single (4-40108). In addition, the 78 and 45 releases each had a slightly different vocal take in the first five lines of the song than the rest of the piece.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In what has become a boringly predictable routine, GSN once more tortured its ever-suffering viewing audience with its outlandishly offensive "crunching" of the end credits on the June 10, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) Immediately after the June 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 7, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the panel consisting here of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Lee Remick (sitting in for Bess Myerson) and Henry Morgan. During the opening, Steve came out and danced energetically while a rock band, The Hi-Five, played some music; Steve then said, "Good evening and welcome to 'I've Got a Pain in My Whole Chest' from doing that." In hindsight, there was some sad ironic significance to this intro, given Mr. Allen's subsequent death from a heart attack following a car accident in 2000. "Petticoat Junction" co-star Edgar Buchanan was the celebrity guest; he brought along his longtime stand-in, Jack Henderson. The secret was that Mr. Buchanan (actually, Dr. Buchanan, or Edgar Buchanan, DDS) had been trained as a dentist and had pulled Mr. Henderson's tooth after the latter suffered a toothache. - W-B (2008)

      MORE ABOUT THE HI-FIVE -- aka THE HI-5: The five-member (four guys and one gal) teen rock band, The Hi-Five (alternately called The Hi-5; pronounced The High Five) that appeared tonight on the March 7, 1966 episode of "I've Got a Secret performed their own composition titled "Did You Have To Rub It In?" The members introduced themselves as Seth Evans, Jeffrey Comanor, Tedd Baron, Vic King and Pam Robins. In addition, Steve Allen announced that they were opening tomorrow (March 8, 1966) in Greenwich Village at the "Cafe Wha?" Their secret was shown to the audience in two overlay screens: "There are four barbers backstage." and "They're going to give us normal haircuts tonight." Indeed, at the conclusion of their game, the four male members with "Beatles' style" long hair reluctantly had their locks clipped. At the end of the program, for comparison, each male teen stood by a large photo of himself which was taken prior to the haircuts. View their performance at the video link below. - Suzanne (2008)

      See their "IGAS" performance on YouTube:

      YET MORE ABOUT THE HI-FIVE: Of the members of The Hi-Five, Jeffrey Comanor later went on to become a songwriter; perhaps his most famous composition was "We'll Never Have to Say Goodbye Again" which was a hit for England Dan and John Ford Coley in 1978. Pam Robins had also been in The Serendipity Singers later on in that group's run; she later became part of a folk-rock group called "Wings" (not to be confused with Paul McCartney's 1970's band of the same name) which released a self-titled album on Dunhill Records (DS-50046) in 1968. A link to a page relating to this album can be found here. Seth Evans also became a songwriter; he has his own page at sethevans.net. - W-B (2008)

    • TONIGHT'S reference to the recently-ended (June 17, 1954) Army-McCarthy hearings: Steve jokingly commands John, "Have that read back to me." John obliges by picking up his notes (Steno pad sized cards) and shuffles them around, pretending he's looking for a certain citation. - stopette (2005)

      PAUL WHITE: United Press editor; Radio news pioneer; CBS News Director; author of "News on the Air" in 1947; later worked at KFMB San Diego; he died at age 53 in 1955; the "Paul White Award" exists in his honor and is bestowed upon newsmen who have shown distinguished service to broadcast journalism. When Dan Rather accepted his award in 1997, he spoke highly of White. - Suzanne (2005)

    • WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! After being away for two weeks in Europe, Dorothy comes home. - Sargebri (2005)

      REVIEW: After a rather slow start, the panel, in particular Arlene, had a pretty good night tonight. The panel was utterly stumped in the first game, though who could blame them? She had to be the prettiest bricklayer ever. However, they did come back strong when Arlene guessed that the second contestant made dog muzzles. Also, although he won only five dollars, John flipped over some more cards after Mr. Otis announced that he was donating all of his winnings to a local boys' club in his hometown. Arlene also figured out that the mystery guest was Doris Day. After the game, John presented Miss Day with a gold record for her hit single "Secret Love." Also, as John mentioned, this was her first appearance on television. It wouldn't be her last though. In 1968, after her film career ended, she was the star of her own 1968-1973 sitcom, "The Doris Day Show." - Sargebri (2005)

      DORIS DAY'S SON: Doris wasn't the only member of her family to work in the music business. Several years later, her son Terry Melcher would make a name for himself in music. He began his career as part of the duo Bruce & Terry with future Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston. After he and Johnston broke up, Melcher decided to turn his attention to producing, where he would achieve his greatest success producing such acts as The Byrds as well as his friends the Beach Boys. It was through the Beach Boys that Terry would meet someone that would go down in infamy, Charles Manson. Manson, of course, wanted to break into the music industry and tried to get Terry to produce some of his songs. However, when that relationship soured, Manson vowed to get even. In fact, it has been widely speculated that Melcher was the real target of Manson and his "family" the night that members of the "family" slaughtered Sharon Tate, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Voyteck Frykowski and Steven Parent due to the fact that Melcher once lived in the Cielo Drive house. Melcher escaped unharmed and continued to produce music until his death at age 62 in 2004 from melanoma. - Sargebri (2005)

      DORIS DAY: John announced that this is Doris Day's first television appearance. After she was identified, he presented her with a Columbia Gold Record, mounted on a wooden plaque, representing one million sales of her song "Secret Love" from the 1953 movie "Calamity Jane." John also told a story of meeting Doris four years ago in Louis & Armand's Restaurant in New York. He said this was right before she made her trip to Hollywood to begin her acting career. Doris could not have projected a sweeter or more kind impression tonight if she tried! - Suzanne (2005)

      DEFINITION: Alliterative - having the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or stressed syllables. Both Steve's incorrect guess of "Marilyn Maxwell" and Arlene's correct guess of "Doris Day" fit this example. So, Arlene was correct when she asked if the mystery guest's name was alliterative. - Suzanne (2005)

    • LOOK AT BENNETT: It's always enlightening to watch Bennett Cerf's expression when the camera pans the panel after the panel has been stumped and an occupation is revealed. Whereas Steve always looks shocked with a "Duh!" expression and Arlene almost always offers an almost cooing "Oohhhhhh," watch Bennett. If he has been thoroughly stumped, he will have a most pleasant and engaging smile. If he overlooked the obvious, he'll bury his head in his hand. But if he feels that any of the answers were in any way misleading, you'll see a look of profound consternation cloud his visage. Of all the panelists, Bennett alone seems to do a quick analysis of every answer, and by the time the camera gets to him (always panning from left to right), you know exactly how he felt: amused, snookered or misled. On tonight's show he is amused by the bricklayer. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      DORIS DAY: Doris Day's persona was that of a wholesome, farm-fresh girl. Hollywood image, or true life? We may never know. Groucho Marx, Samuel Goldwyn of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Oscar Levant and Victor Borge are all credited with having said the obvious wisecrack, "I remember Doris Day before she was a virgin." This is a reference to her "good girl" image in her films. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

    • Tidbits: The panel was again introduced backwards, with Bennett speaking first. Dorothy then introduced John, since the panel was in their usual seating order. Tonight is the opening of the New York Summer Festival of 1954. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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