What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 25, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: William K. Murphy (3/14/1918 - 8/1983) - "Manufactures Murphy Beds" (self-employed; his father designed this bed which can be folded or swung into a cabinet when not being used; from Douglaston, Long Island, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Forrest Burright (Neva Burright aka Grandma Burright) - "Official Race Track Timer" (salaried; she times harness racing; she works at Sportsman's Park in Chicago, and also owns a racing horse; elderly; small handwriting which John called attention to; originally from Oregon, IL; currently from Cicero, IL; see notes below)

Game 3: Dorothy McGuire (6/14/1916 - 9/13/2001) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Zita D. Landy - "Diamond Buyer" (salaried; she is employed by Van Cleef & Arpels; she has a French accent; from Forest Hills, NY)

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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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Regular Panelist (1953-1954)

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    • NOTES (5)

      • DAMAGED KINESCOPE: In the final segment of the program, up until Bennett's goodbye spot, there was nothing shown except a solid gray screen. The audio portion was still intact, but the picture was not there. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped five cards for the first contestant after the panel guessed his line at only two down. He flipped all remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2008)

        BENNETT'S "MACHINE GUN" WILD GUESS EXPLAINED: During the free guess segment with Mrs. Burright, the elderly woman who was identified as a race track timer, Bennett Cerf made the unusual -- and seemingly inappropriate -- guess that she made machine guns. Bennett made this remark because the contestant was from Cicero, Illinois; this is where Al Capone moved his criminal empire in order to operate outside of the jurisdiction of the Chicago police. - BuzzDawg (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight's installment, Remington electric shavers takes its turn to be displayed on the panel desk.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST DOROTHY McGUIRE: While there was a Dorothy McGuire who was part of The McGuire Sisters singing group, the Dorothy McGuire appearing tonight was the actress, in what would be her only "WML?" appearance. Miss McGuire's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set mostly in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, except for a very small "c" in the "McGUIRE" part of her nameplate, which was set in a style of type which today would be called "superscript." In this year of 1954, she was in two films, the most famous from today's perspective being "Three Coins in the Fountain" in which she played "Miss Frances." Five days prior to tonight's show, on July 20, 1954 -- exactly fifteen years to the day before man first set foot on the moon -- Dorothy was in an episode of "The United States Steel Hour" called "A Garden in the Sea," in which she co-starred with Anne Meacham, Donald Murphy and Mildred Natwick.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For its June 15, 2008 airing of this episode, GSN continued with its maddeningly mind-numbing and insanity-inducing "crunching" of the end credits.
        (4) Right after the June 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the April 25, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret." Host Steve Allen introduced the panel which, at the opening, consisted of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen and Bess Myerson. Henry Morgan then came out on center stage with Steve and spoke of his recent trip to the Greenland icecap, which Steve said was 700 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The purpose for the trip was to appear in a series of shows for the enlisted men of the United States Air Force. Henry was also accompanied on the USAF trip by the prior week's "IGAS" celebrity guest, Gretchen Wyler. Henry named the other celebrity entertainers, which also included impressionist Rich Little. Henry then narrated a film of his trip where his descriptions did not necessarily match what was happening onscreen. The April 18, 1966 "IGAS" on which Miss Wyler was a celebrity guest is not in GSN's archives, but it is likely that a color publicity photo of Steve and the panel originated from within that show, based on Mr. Morgan's outfit, as seen on a tribute page to Mr. Cullen (the picture on the lower right):

        As for this "IGAS" episode, the celebrity guest was Joe Garagiola, who would later be a host of such Goodson/Todman shows as the 1969-1970 syndicated "He Said, She Said," and the final 1977-1978 season of the syndicated "To Tell the Truth" on which Mr. Cullen was also a panelist. Both the full opening segment in which Mr. Garagiola spoke the words "I've got a secret," and the opening advertiser billboard for Phillips Milk of Magnesia, were shown by GSN for this "IGAS" installment. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had an okay night this particular evening. In the first game, after Steve and Arlene narrowed it down, Bennett guessed that the first contestant was the maker of the famous Murphy Beds. In fact, Mr. Murphy only got two "nos," so John decided to be a sport about it and flipped the rest of the cards so the guest would leave with more money. Unfortunately, the panel was totally stumped in the next game. The big mixup came when they mistakenly said the matronly time keeper was involved in "horse racing" instead of "harness racing." Also, they spent too much time trying to figure out what type of racing she was involved with. The real fun of the evening came when Dorothy McGuire came out for the mystery guest round. She got only one "no," and when Bennett knew who it was, he decided to pass to Dolly Mae, who then passed to Steve, who then passed to Arlene, who then passed back to Bennett, who made the correct guess! That multiple-pass technique was a first! Unfortunately, they ran out of time as they were questioning the French diamond buyer, and she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        BIG OOPS!!! The first game marked another occasion when the contestant should have signed in as "Mr. X," but WML is not yet using this technique which will become very common in later years. When the panel figured out that he was involved in beds, Bennett put two and two together and figured out that Mr. Murphy was responsible for the bed that bears his family name. This won't be the last time that a panelist recognizes a name. Another example was when Congresswoman Patsy Mink of Hawaii appeared on the show in 1965. Coincidentally, it was Bennett who recognized her name and photograph from the newspaper and quickly recalled what her line was. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Neva Burright (Neva Elizabeth Tomlinson Holman Burright) was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1994. More information at the link below. - Suzanne (2005)


      • In six days, on Saturday, July 31, 1954, Steve Allen will wed Jayne Meadows. They will have a son, bringing the "good night, boys" total to 4 sons! (His first 3 sons are with his former wife, Dorothy Goodman.) - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: On the previous episode, Steve Allen's bow tie fell off. This week, he tells us that viewers mailed him bow ties! He guaranteed his tie would stay on tonight, he humorously said it was taped on! - Suzanne (2005)

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

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