What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 22, 1954 on CBS



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: After having two terrific weeks in a row, the panel was bound for a horrible one and this was it. The were totally stumped by the first contestant who stitched baseballs. The second contestant, a garbage scow captain, also put them through the wringer as well. The critical error came when they decided to concentrate on the product rather than the service he provided. If they had focused more on service, they might have had a chance. Fortunately, they redeemed themselves when they correctly guessed that the mystery guest was "The King of Sobs" Johnnie Ray. Ironically, the first person to question him was the woman with whom he would be forever linked, Dorothy Kilgallen. But, it was Arlene who eventually made the correct guess and identified him. During the post game conversation, Johnnie mentioned his upcoming 1954 film, "There's No Business Like Show Business," in which he starred with Ethel Merman, Donald O'Connor, Marilyn Monroe, Dan Dailey and Mitzi Gaynor. In spite of accidentally first calling it "The Robe," Ray also plugged his appearance at the premiere of "The Egyptian" for which the proceeds would go to the March of Dimes Emergency Fund. Of course, one year later, Jonas Salk would discover the vaccine to the fund's main target, polio. - Sargebri (2005)

      THE PRODUCT IS... GARBAGE?: The fact that the panel had a difficult time with the second contestant's line of "Captain of Garbage Scow" was partly John's fault, as he once again led them down the garden path by allowing the panel to believe that the contestant dealt in a product, when it would have been more accurate and fair to say that the contestant provided a service. This has, unfortunately, been the custom in past episodes as well and has generally tripped up the panel pretty consistently. - agent_0042 (2008)

      WHEN JOHNNIE MET DOLLY!!! This might have not been the first time that Dorothy met Johnnie Ray, but a few months later, the two of them would begin their disastrous love affair. In addition to Johnnie's open bisexuality, another scandalous aspect to their affair was the fact that Dorothy was 13 1/2 years older than Johnnie. Also, many people have speculated that her breakup with the "Prince of Wails" was one of the leading factors in the worsening of the substance abuse problems that would plague her until her sad passing in November 1965. - Sargebri (2005)