What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 08, 1954 on CBS



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    • FLIP REPORT: It was a good night for the panel, but it was also a good night for flipping cards, though none of the contestants were actually awarded the full prize of $50. John flipped three cards for the first contestant after Dorothy guessed his line at four down. John felt that Mr. Zold should get something extra for "answering with conviction." For the second contestant, John flipped three cards at four down. Steve had identified her line after Bennett made a joking comment that perhaps the second contestant wrestled with the first contestant. The "WML?" producers were, of course, playing a little joke on the panel, but the panel had the last laugh once Bennett opened the door for Steve to correctly identify her line. Finally, John flipped six cards for the final contestant when her line was guessed at one down. Arlene had suggested a possible association with pretzels during her wild guess and Dorothy came up with the line, following some prompting from Arlene. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This week, the main sponsor being displayed on the panel desk is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) A LITTLE DETAIL - CONFIRMED: During her intro of Bennett, Arlene mentions his height as 6' 1" - which confirms IMDb's assertions of how tall he stood. Miss Francis also mentioned that Bennett's wife, Newsday columnist Phyllis Fraser Cerf, stood 5' 3" tall. Also, Mr. Cerf's jacket is darker in tint than the one he wore last week, but lighter than the jacket worn by Steve Allen this evening.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST EVA GABOR: Tonight is the first of three mystery guest appearances by the Gabor sister who, over the years, would be referred to as "the Gabor with talent." Besides her aforementioned 1966 mystery guest spot in tandem with her "Green Acres" co-star Eddie Albert, Eva was a mystery guest on EPISODE #389 of November 17, 1957. For her spot this evening, Miss Gabor's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the customary Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's foolhardy fondness for "crunching" the end credits once more violently manifested itself to the ever-abused viewing audience when the cable and satellite channel showed this episode on June 17, 2008.
      (5) Following the June 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an edition of "I've Got a Secret" which originated "live from New York" on May 23, 1966. Host Steve Allen started out without his usual desk, due to the fact that the first contestant, Harold Bierack (spelling approximate), was accompanied by about twenty-five women; Harold's secret was that he had been the "best man" at all their weddings -- except for one couple who was slated to be married on June 5, 1966. The desk for the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, however, remained in place, and for the second contestants' game and celebrity guest Hugh O'Brian's segment, the host's desk returned to its rightful spot on set designer Ronald Baldwin's "IGAS" set. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This has to be a night the panel was dreaming about, a night when they were perfect. What really made this night fun was that it appealed to people who were into occupations that involved twisting things. Dorothy got things rolling when she figured out that the first contestant was a professional wrestler. He did create some confusion when he said that his sport could be done in the snow and that it involved teams. Of course, he probably was referring to tag team wrestling. It was very fitting that Steve made the correct guess, with an assist from Bennett, due to the fact that Steve at one time was a pro wrestling announcer. Dorothy correctly guessed that the mystery guest was Eva Gabor, a person known for "twisting" the English language. The capper of the evening was when Arlene nearly got the final contestant's occupation on the wild guesses, but Dorothy managed to take John's inadvertent hint and correctly guessed that she was a pretzel twister. And that ended a very perfect night. - Sargebri (2005)

      WRESTLING: As previously mentioned, at one point in Steve Allen's broadcasting career, he was a commentator for professional wrestling. It has been written that Steve admitted that in order to juice up his commentary, he made up the names of wrestling holds! Tonight, however, he didn't recognize Mr. Zold or Miss Taylor. It might have been either because they were not very famous or it might have been due to the fact that Steve worked for one promoter and never had a chance to see either one of them in action. Of course, this was during the days when wrestlers were limited to certain territories and rarely, if ever, ventured to work for other promotions. Also, the promoters only operated within certain boundaries and rarely ventured out of them. This all changed in 1984 when Vince McMahon decided to take his northeastern-based World Wrestling Federation and expand it nationwide. After that, the smaller regional promotions began dying out and McMahon built his company into a multi-billion dollar empire. - Sargebri (2005)

      GREEN ACRES: Eleven years later in 1965, John would appear on the premiere of a 1965-1971 comedy television series that featured Miss Gabor and starred Eddie Albert, "Green Acres." A few months after the premiere, Eddie and Eva returned the favor and had a very humorous turn as mystery guests on WML EPISODE #804 of February 20, 1966. - Sargebri (2005)

    • CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR: Amazingly, Arlene was very close on the free guess on game four, but John didn't allow her to win. Arlene had guessed, "I think she makes those wonderful Pennsylvania pretzels." John hesitated, but said that while the panel came close, they were not close enough. Dorothy then zeroed in on Arlene's wild guess and identified the product. Also coincidental is that Steve Allen's wild guess in game two was "Pretzel Bender," the exact occupation of the guest in game four. - Suzanne (2005)

      ODD WILD GUESS: I felt that something fishy was going on with Mr. Allen. For his wild guess for the second occupation, he guessed "pretzel bender" and was wrong. The fourth occupation WAS "pretzel bender." No one said, "HEY! Steve said that for the second game!" I found it very odd. I mean, what are the chances? - Cindy Trellis (2005)

      FOUR MINUTE MILE: Bennett introduces John as being unfortunately unable to run a four-minute mile, and John agrees. They are referring to Roger Bannister's breaking the four-minute time barrier, which was probably the biggest sports news of 1954. Bannister was named "1954 Sportsman of the Year" by Sports Illustrated magazine on January 3, 1955, but his feat took place on May 6, 1954. Bannister, a Briton, soon toured the United States, but what made it so topical as to mention it on August 1, 1954 was probably the numerous attempts by American runners to equal or surpass the new world's record. It is funny how May 1954 was such a momentous month - the four-minute mile, the Army-McCarthy hearings and the French collapse in Indo-China were all hot topics - but all that's recalled today is Brown vs. Topeka Board of Education, which caused few headlines then. - stopette (2005)

    • Tidbits: Arlene mentions that Bennett Cerf is 6"1" tall and that Phyllis Cerf is 5"3" tall. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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