What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 48


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 01, 1954 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Introductions:

      Off-screen Announcer: And now, let's meet our award winning "What's My Line?" panel. First, the popular columnist whose "Voice of Broadway" appears in the "New York Journal American" and papers coast to coast, Miss Dorothy Kilgallen.

      Dorothy: And tonight, never mind about our favorite humorist on this panel, but tonight we want to congratulate our favorite bridegroom, Jayne Meadows' husband, Mr. Steve Allen.

      Steve: (laughing) Thank you. Thanks Dorothy. Thank you. (to audience, then pauses until the end of applause) Thank you, very much. And on my left, one of TV's loveliest cover girls, Miss Arlene Francis.

      Arlene: Thank you, Steve. We don't feel we've lost a son, we've gained a daughter. And on my left, uh, one of the town's most terrific publishers on the one hand, and the man who makes the most terrible puns on the other hand, Mr. Bennett Cerf... and we love him.

      Bennett: Arlene, I must tell you... you don't make puns with the hand... upon my word.

      Arlene: (laughing) On the hand!

      Bennett: On my left is that paragon, that apotheosis of perfect panel moderators, Mr. John Charles Daly.

      John Daly: Thank you Bennett, thank you. Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to "What's My Line?" It's a very hot Sunday night, but we anticipate we'll cool the panel off very shortly, because we've got some very interesting contestants with some very interesting occupations. We trust the contestants will have some fun and, well, a small prize to take home in memory of a pleasant evening spent on "What's My Line?" We'll also have a special guest challenger a bit later, but I think it's time for the experts to meet our first challenger whose job has to be spotted. Would you sign in, please, sir?

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time ran short. In the last game, he flipped them all for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel might have identified the final guest's line with a bit more time -- they had identified an association both with psychology and with animals. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight's show, the main sponsor is Stopette.
      (2) This evening, Bennett wears a very light-tinted jacket. He will wear this kind of jacket on a few occasions over the next several years on "WML?"
      (3) ANOTHER CASE FROM "THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP" DEPARTMENT: Tonight, Jayne Meadows makes the first of fifteen appearances on "WML?" -- five (including tonight) as a mystery guest, and the remaining ten, up to her final appearance on EPISODE #872 of August 6, 1967 (thirteen years to the month from this installment) as a guest panelist. Of those ten guest panelist appearances, only one was without her (as of this evening's show) new husband, Steve Allen -- EPISODE #811 of April 10, 1966, on which future syndicated "WML?" host Larry Blyden made his first of five guest panelist appearances on the CBS version. As for Miss Meadows' mystery guest spot this evening, there was an upper-third overlay, set in the usual "last-minute" type font, reading "MRS. STEVE ALLEN" as she was signing in; and the usual nameplate, set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, reading "JAYNE MEADOWS" as displayed on the panel moderator's desk. This episode's June 16, 2008 airing by GSN came only three days after the cable and satellite channel ran the April 4, 1966 episode of "I've Got a Secret" on which the onetime regular panelist (from 1952 to 1959) sat in on one of that show's frequent "old home weeks," filling in for Betsy Palmer.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As always, GSN tested the patience of its viewing audience during the June 16, 2008 airing of this episode by its incessant predilection for "crunching" the end credits.
      (4) GSN's June 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen and the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, which first emanated "live from New York" on May 2, 1966. The celebrity guest was E.G. Marshall, who displayed a machine that put together a "composite drawing" of Mr. Cullen. It should be noted that it was on the day of this 1966 "IGAS" episode that several color publicity photos were taken of Mr. Allen and the panelists on the "IGAS" set. One such picture can be seen by clicking here. - W-B (2008)

    • BENNETT'S COMMENT EXPLAINED: After we learn that James Nelson White ran the Miss Universe Pageant, Bennett queries, "Where's Miss Stevenson?" Bennett was referring to Miriam Stevenson from South Carolina, Miss Universe 1954. - Suzanne (2005)

      THE FAREWELLS: This is the only known WML episode where the panel doesn't say good night in their usual fashion. Inspired by the "Dog Psychologist," Dorothy just makes some poodle-like yips, Steve follows with a husky barking, Arlene cheerfully growls out some arf arf's, and Bennett can only groan, his head sinking into his hands. John is momentarily stunned, but manages to deliver his standard goodbye and invitation for us to watch again next week. - stopette (2005)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a particularly rough evening. However, it was tempered by the fact that the previous day, Steve walked down the aisle with the woman he would be blissfully attached to for the rest of his life, Jayne Meadows. As for the games themselves, the panel was totally stumped by the first contestant who ran Grant's Tomb. They also were stumped by the man who ran beauty pageants. To look at him, it would be hard to believe that he had anything to do with them, as he seemed slightly unsophisticated. The panel finally got on track and had good luck with Steve's lovely bride Jayne, aka "Minnie Mouse" on this episode. Ironically, it was Arlene, not the groom, who guessed that Jayne was the mystery guest. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to form as they ran out of time with the dog psychologist, and he wound up winning the full prize by default. At the end of the broadcast, instead of saying their usual good nights, the panel "barked" their farewells for the evening by imitating dog barks. That was definitely a first for WML. It almost looked as if John was going to bark too, but then he didn't. - Sargebri (2005)

      STEVE AND JAYNE: When John wished that Steve and Jayne would have a long and happy marriage, little did he, or anyone else, know that the happy couple would be married for 46 very happy years until Steverino's passing in October of 2000. At the time of their marriage, Steve was nearing the end of his run as a regular on WML, while Jayne was a panelist on another Goodson-Todman show, "I've Got a Secret," where she would remain until 1959. Ironically, in 1964, Steve would take over as host of IGAS after the retirement of that show's host, Garry Moore. In later years, Jayne would become a frequent guest panelist on WML, especially during the final two years of the show's run. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy announced Steve's recent marriage during the introductions. This is the day after Steve Allen's July 31, 1954 wedding to mystery guest Jayne Meadows. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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