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What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 05, 1954 on CBS



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: After a particularly slow start, the panel had a pretty decent evening. The panel was totally stumped by the tall first contestant, who was one of the famed Radio City Rockettes. Although they did guess that music had something to do with her line, they never quite narrowed it down to the fact that she was a dancer, which probably would have really opened up some doors. They had better luck with the second contestant, who made flea powder. Dorothy figured out that he dealt with this substance, but she couldn't narrow it down. However, guest panelist Jack Carter managed to figure out that he made it. For the mystery guest round, the panel was put through the wringer as Duke Snider of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Sal Maglie of the Giants had fun with them. One way they really confused the panel was when Snider was asked if he were a Dodger and Maglie answered "no," and vice versa. However, they did manage to "see" through their charade and Bennett was able to correctly guess their identities. - Sargebri (2005)

      For the record, the Giants wound up winning the National League pennant that year and went on to win the 1954 World Series, defeating the heavily favored Cleveland Indians by sweeping the series 4-0. What most people remember about that series was a spectacular defensive play. Game #1 was held at the Polo Grounds and the fans in attendance witnessed what is considered by many to be the greatest defensive play in baseball history. With the opener tied at 2-2 (in the eighth inning) and two Cleveland runners on base, Willie Mays made a spinning, over-the-shoulder catch (of a 460-foot smash from Vic Wertz) in deep centerfield and fired a bullet to the infield that held the runners from tagging up and scoring. Despite a comeback rally later in the game, the Giants held on for the 5-2 win after pinch-hitter Dusty Rhodes (a .341 hitter in part-time duty) hit a three-run, tenth-inning home run off of Bob Lemon. The Indians never recovered after that, and as they say, the rest is history. - Sargebri (2005)

      Tidbits: Dorothy referred to guest panelist Jack Carter as a "brilliant comic" and said he had been a previous mystery guest. Since he has not been a previous mystery guest on the CBS television show, he possibly was a mystery guest on the 1952-1953 WML radio show. Bennett announced that an amateur statistician had reported that What's My Line? has won 32 national awards. - Suzanne (2005)

      Jack Carter (b. 6/24/1923)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack Carter, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Steve Allen had the night off.

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