What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 27, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Nina Conard - "Delivers Newspapers" (self-employed; elderly; she delivers The Bulletin in a trundle cart; she has delivered newspapers for 37 years, but it is unknown if all of her years have been at The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin; from Bridesburg, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Arthur Rimpal - "Stuffs Boxing Gloves" (salaried; he puts horsehair padding in the boxing gloves; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Senator Karl E. Mundt (6/3/1900 - 8/16/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Bev Beman (probably Beverly Beman) - "Greeting Card Verse Writer" (salaried; she is employed by Hallmark Greeting Cards; from Ottumwa, IA) . .moreless

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett: John-- John?
        John: Yes?
        Bennett: (making a play on the name of Senator Mundt) In -- in the publishing business, we've even named something after him -- the "Book of the Mundt Club" it's called.
        John: Whew! We will now get back to the regular program and, uh, let's see what you can do with a final challenger.

    • NOTES (4)

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

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL NAMEPLATE WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Remington electric shavers. And for Phyllis Cerf's sole guest panelist appearance, her nameplate reads "MRS. CERF."
        (2) The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, for which tonight's first contestant Nina Conard delivered newspapers, was famous at the time as the owner of Philadelphia's CBS affiliate, WCAU-TV (Channel 10). In 1958, the Bulletin sold WCAU-TV/AM/FM to CBS outright; the network remained owner of the TV station until 1995, when Westinghouse (Group W)-owned KYW-TV (Channel 3) switched its network affiliation from NBC to CBS in anticipation of Westinghouse's takeover of CBS later that year, and Channel 10 switched network ownership and affiliation to NBC, which remains owner of WCAU as of June 2008. (CBS still owns the radio stations, now known as WPHT [1210 AM] and WOGL [98.1 FM], respectively.) After unloading WCAU, the Bulletin became owners of Scranton, PA television station and CBS affiliate WDAU-TV (Channel 22, now WYOU) for several years.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: Tonight, for Senator Karl E. Mundt's only appearance on "WML?," his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk reads "Sen. MUNDT" - with "Sen." in a noticeably smaller size of type than his surname and set in Gothic No. 13, unlike the "MUNDT" part of his plaque which was set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: With the same level of recklessness as a certain Senator of the period of tonight's show, GSN carried on with its "crunching" of the end credits when they aired this episode on June 11, 2008.
        (5) GSN's June 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, which originated "live from New York" on March 14, 1966. For the first time in a long time, as screened by GSN, an "IGAS" episode had the celebrity guests -- in this case, the "To Tell the Truth" panel of Kitty Carlisle, Orson Bean, Peggy Cass and Tom Poston -- appearing in the opening moments of the program, as well as an opening sponsor billboard -- on this show, Post cereal. For their segment, the "TTTT" panel went up against the regular "IGAS" panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan in a radio and TV quiz. The first game featured singer and actor Tony Darrow, whose secret was that he could hold a note twice as long as in a song he had sung before his game was played. - W-B (2008)

      • NEWSPAPER HISTORY: Mrs. Conard's newspaper was the PHILADELPHIA EVENING BULLETIN, which went out of business on January 29, 1982, after 134 years of publishing. In November 2004, a new newspaper bearing its name started up in Philadelphia. Incidentally, there never was a Hearst paper in Philly, and Dorothy's column appeared in the tabloid PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS. - stopette (2005)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a fairly good evening after a slow start. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, an elderly lady who worked for the Philadelphia Bulletin delivering newspapers. Having warmed up a bit, the panel then correctly identified the second contestant's occupation. Dorothy correctly guessed that he had something to do with boxing gloves, but Bennett was the one who figured out that he put the stuffing in them. Bennett also correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Senator Karl E. Mundt, who was part of the McCarthy/Army hearings. The panel ran out of time as they were questioning the pretty young verse writer and she wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        FAMILY MEMBERS ON THE SHOW: Tonight, we see two spouses together on the panel. We see the spouse of an active, regular panelist sitting in as a guest panelist. Of course, this is in reference to Bennett's lovely wife, Phyllis, who was filling in for Arlene. Phyllis would appear a few more times as both a guest panelist and as a mystery guest. Arlene's husband, Martin Gabel, would begin appearing on the show a few years later and would go on to hold the record for the most appearances by a guest panelist. Also, Phyllis wasn't the only member of the Cerf family to appear on the show. Bennett's younger son, Jonathan, appeared on EPISODE #853 of March 12, 1967, along with Arlene and Martin's son, Peter Gabel, during their junior year at Harvard University. - Sargebri (2005)

        HUSBAND & WIFE PANELISTS: Up to this point in the history of "WML?," this was the second time that two spouses appeared together on the panel. The first time was when Dorothy Kilgallen's husband, actor and Broadway producer Richard "Dick" Kollmar, appeared alongside Dorothy, Arlene and Hal Block on the now-lost EPISODE #110 of July 6, 1952. Also, while Phyllis Cerf made a total of four appearances on "WML?" including tonight, this was to be the only time she sat alongside her husband, Bennett Cerf, on the panel. All her other appearances were as a mystery guest. - W-B (2008)

      • Senator Karl Earl Mundt (1900-1974) served as the Republican Representative from South Dakota from January 3, 1939 until December 30, 1948. He then served as a Senator from December 31, 1948 until January 3, 1973. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Phyllis Cerf is Bennett Cerf's wife. This is her first of four WML appearances. Also mentioned were their sons, Christopher and Jonathan. - Suzanne (2005)

        Phyllis Cerf (4/13/1916 - 11/25/2006)

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

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