What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 03, 1954 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: During the first game, after Robert Q. Lewis received a "no," John reported the score as "one down and nine to go" when, in fact, he was flipping the $10 card and should have said "two down and eight to go." John did not make any additional scoring errors and there was no noticeable reaction seen on the program to this minor gaffe. However, to keep John in line with the scoring, handwritten notes (such as "this" down and "this" to go) were written on the back of the cards and are often visible as John flips the cards. This explains why John made no more errors, but it does not explain John's mistake in the first game. The error can only be attributed to lack of attention to the score. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped five cards for the second contestant at two down. Her line had been guessed, but John felt that she couldn't leave with such a small prize, after having come all the way from Oklahoma to New York. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) MORE ABOUT "RECLINING FIGURE": Martin Gabel's new Broadway production, "The Reclining Figure," will open this coming Thursday. Written and directed by occasional "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Abe Burrows, "Reclining Figure" played on Broadway in two theatres -- first the Lyceum Theatre, then the Holiday Theatre -- from October 7, 1954 to January 15, 1955, for a total of 168 performances. Co-producer Martin Gabel played "Jonas Astorg" in the play; but of special note was that future "60 Minutes" newsman Mike Wallace -- in his only appearance in a Broadway production -- played the role of "Samuel Ellis."
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST JEFF CHANDLER: The famed 1950's hunk makes his only "WML?" appearance tonight, for which his nameplate is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11, with the type size the same as on the nameplates for the panelists and Mr. Daly. In 1954, Mr. Chandler had major roles in two movies, "Yankee Pasha" and "Sign of the Pagan"; in addition, he appeared uncredited as "the dying Cochise" in "Taza, Son of Cochise."
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Like the start of summer, GSN's overbearing "crunching" of the end credits was another sure thing in this world, if the June 24, 2008 airing of this episode is of any indication.
      (5) Following GSN's June 24, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel repeated the September 26, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Soupy Sales. - W-B (2008)

    • ED MONTAGUE: Long before he was a baseball scout, Ed Montague played in the major leagues from 1929-1933 as an outfielder for the Cleveland Indians - the very team his Giants just beat in the 1954 World Series! As of 2005, his son, Ed Montague, Jr., is currently a veteran MLB (Major League Baseball) umpire, and was the crew chief of the umpiring crew which just worked the 2004 World Series. Ed Jr. has been a MLB umpire for 30 years now - one of the longest careers in major league umpiring history. Only Bill Klem (36 years), Bruce Froemming (34 years and counting) and Tom Connolly (30 years) have umpired in the bigs as long. Ed Montague, Sr. passed away on June 17, 1988. - exapno99 (Lou) (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST: Jeff Chandler used several good impersonations during his game. His "domestic affairs" problems were briefly mentioned. They may have been regarding his 1954 divorce from his wife, Marjorie Hoshelle. He closed his game by saying "good night" to his two daughters, Jamie and Dana. Chandler's life came to a sad end. At age 42 in June 1961, he died of blood poisoning following surgery for a slipped spinal disc. - Suzanne (2005)

      For more about Jeff Chandler, visit the URL below. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      Jeff Chandler at Brian's Drive-In Theatre


    • REVIEW: After a slow beginning, the panel had a pretty decent showing this particular evening. It also was a preview of things to come as the panel walk-bys were skipped tonight. However, they won't be eliminated until early 1956. As for the games themselves, Dorothy came close in the free guesses of Ed Montague. She said that he was a baseball umpire, but he actually was a scout for the New York Giants, who had just won the 1954 World Series, sweeping the Cleveland Indians 4 games to 0. The panel did bounce back rather nicely when Bennett correctly guessed that the second contestant was a female bronco buster. Of course, Arlene blew the doors wide open when she figured that the guest had something to do with horses. Unfortunately, she got a "no" due to a technicality. Bennett also correctly guessed that the mystery guest was screen idol Jeff Chandler, who showed his funny side by using several funny voices to try to throw the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      GO WEST, YOUNG MAN: It was interesting that Ed Montague said he was from San Francisco, but was a scout for the New York Giants. Three years after his appearance on the show, the Giants would leave New York and move to Montague's hometown. Of course, at the same time that the Giants were making their move, the Dodgers decided to leave Brooklyn and move to Los Angeles. This not only helped to expand baseball's popularity to the west, but within a few years, other teams would either move there (The A's from Kansas City to Oakland) or new teams would go into business (the San Diego Padres and Seattle Pilots (later Milwaukee Brewers) in 1969 and the Seattle Mariners in 1976. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: There are no guest walk-bys before the panel this evening. Robert reported that Martin Gabel's new Broadway production, "The Reclining Figure," will open this coming Thursday. Arlene reported that Bennett's Random House Publishing Company just published "No Time For Sergeants." - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Fred Allen had the night off.

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