What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 29, 1954 on CBS



  • Notes

    • WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: When the cards are at $10 down, John Daly calls for a conference with Debbie Reynolds. Right after they confer, Debbie's pearl choker necklace falls off, but she immediately catches it on her chest and professionally carries on as if nothing had happened. - Suzanne (2005)

      REVIEW: After an impressive start, the panel batted .500 this particular evening. Arlene got things rolling when she figured out that the matronly-looking first contestant was a bouncer. Also, because she only won $10, John flipped over a few more cards so she wound up with $35. For the second game, the panel was asked to blindfold themselves for fear that they might recognize the second guest, United States Treasurer Ivy Baker Priest. The plan worked a little too well, as they were totally stumped by her. After the game, John asked if she could sign some $100 bills he was carrying! Mrs. Priest quickly and humorously responded, "I never sign anything on Sundays." Debbie Reynolds had the panel going for a couple of minutes with her phony European accent. However, when Bennett asked if she were seen on the covers of several newspapers smooching it up with her then-boyfriend Eddie Fisher, she knew the jig was up. After the round, Eddie came out from backstage for a couple of minutes and waved at the audience. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time with the phone booth salesman and he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher really looked like a happy couple this particular evening. A year later, they would marry. Unfortunately, in 1959, a few years after this episode aired, Eddie would leave "America's Sweetheart" for Elizabeth Taylor, who was the widow of his close friend Mike Todd. The story behind the whole episode is that when Todd was killed in a plane accident, Eddie and Debbie would visit Liz every day to keep her company. However, as this was going on, Eddie and Liz were growing extremely close. They eventually fell in love and Eddie left Debbie for Liz. This immediately snowballed into one of the biggest scandals in Hollywood history. As a result, Eddie received a lot of negative press and his career was all but destroyed. Yet another Eddie Fisher scandal occurred a few years later, when Liz dumped Eddie for Richard Burton during the filming of "Cleopatra." - Sargebri (2005)

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