What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 2


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



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This was a pretty decent night for the panel. Bennett correctly guessed that the mystery guest was the then new Miss America, and future star of the small screen, Lee Meriwether. Ironically, Arlene thought that Lee was another former Miss America, Bess Myerson. At the time, Bess was a panelist on another Goodson-Todman panel game, ABC's "The Name's the Same," which was hosted by guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis. Unfortunately, in the second game, even though they did guess that the contestant had something to do with corsets, they never were able to figure out that he fitted them and he wound up with the full prize by default. They did bounce back nicely in the mystery guest round when Dorothy correctly guessed that the mystery guest was the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock. Mr. Hitchcock was on the show to promote his latest release, the classic "Rear Window" which starred James Stewart, Grace Kelly and Raymond Burr. The big event of the night occurred when Bennett, during the free guesses, correctly guessed that the final contestant was a drama coach. However, it was Robert Q. Lewis who correctly guessed that she was the dramatic coach of Marilyn Monroe, who was in New York filming the comedy classic "The Seven Year Itch." - Sargebri (2005)

      MISS AMERICA: The previous night, Lee Meriwether joined that wonderful list of young ladies who were crowned Miss America. However, she belongs to an even smaller sorority, the Miss Americas who were successful in their entertainment careers long after their one-year reign. Miss Meriwether would go on to have a successful career as an actress. Her first major role was in the 1956 science fiction film "The 4-D Man," which also starred Robert Lansing, James Congdon and a 13 year old actress by the name of Patty Duke. However, her biggest success would come on the small screen. In 1966, she would take on the role of "Doctor Ann MacGregor" in the 1966-1967 Irwin Allen science fiction series "The Time Tunnel." However, her most famous role was that of "Betty Jones," the daughter-in-law and secretary of Buddy Ebsen's "Barnaby Jones" in the 1973-1980 series of the same name. She also was famous for playing the second "Catwoman" in the 1966 film version of the campy "Batman" series. Unfortunately, Lee's string of successes seemed to come to an end when she took the role of "Lily Munster" in the 1988-1991 television series, "The Munsters Today," which was an ill-advised remake of the 1964-1966 classic ghoul comedy series "The Munsters." However, Lee was not the only woman to have a successful career outside of being Miss America. The first was Bess Myerson, Miss America 1945, who went on to a highly successful run on two Goodson-Todman panel shows, "The Name's the Same" and "I've Got a Secret." After Bess and Lee, there was Mary Ann Mobley, who won the crown for 1959 after a rather steamy "mock striptease" talent contest performance. She would go on to have a successful career in films and television, most notably in the 1965 Elvis Presley film "Harum Scarum." Still another member of this club was Phyllis George, Miss America 1971, who for several years appeared as the female member of the pregame crew for CBS's broadcasts of National Football League games. But perhaps the most famous, or infamous, member of this club was the woman who won in the crown for 1984, Vanessa Williams. Not only was she the first black Miss America, she also was the first one forced to relinquish her crown after nude photos she took a few years earlier surfaced in Penthouse magazine. However, she did bounce back quite nicely by becoming a highly successful recording artist and actress. - Sargebri (2005)

      BASEBALL: During the introductions, Arlene mentioned Bennett's love for the New York Giants and that year's National League pennant race. The Giants not only wound up winning the pennant, but the World Series as well, when they defeated the heavily favored Cleveland Indians in a four game sweep. - Sargebri (2005)