What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 17, 1954 on CBS



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  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down. The panel had figured out the association with cows, but was given time for little else. This game was a trick that was played on the panel, because this contestant had previously appeared on the show. However, it was obvious that "no bells" went off in the minds of the panel members, because they were thoroughly bamboozled by this fun trick. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final pair of contestants at five down. At the outset of this game, he had warned the panel that they had only a minute to guess the occupation. Due to such a short amount of questioning time, the panel never came close on this one. - agent_0042 (2008)

      BAD PUN ALERT: During the "wild guess" segment of the first game with Ruth Ezekiel, the dentist from Bombay, India, Bennett guessed, "I think Miss Ezekiel has been taking Gandhi from babies." This was a play on words of the phrase "taking candy from babies." Instead, Bennett made a reference to Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), who was a political and spiritual leader of India. To make matters worse, Bennett's pronunciation of "Gandhi" as "Gandy" caused it to rhyme with "candy." - Suzanne (2008)

      SAY CHEESE: While John Daly is standing at the sign-in board and greeting Ruth Ezekiel, immediately after John says the word "trip," a bright camera flash can be seen illuminating the two. Possibly, somewhere in the CBS photograph archives exists a still photo of John Daly and Ruth Ezekiel. - Suzanne (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this episode, which was a portent of the future development of the show's opening, Remington electric shavers had the honors of being the main sponsor.
      (2) FIRST CURTAIN ENTRANCE: In addition to the 2005 notes regarding tonight's opening, this particular "curtain entrance" was quite literal, as the panelists and the master of ceremonies/news analyst (per Bennett's introduction of John) all emerged from behind a curtain at the center of the stage.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST MERLE OBERON: The famed actress's "WML?" appearance tonight was the only one she would make within its 17.5-year CBS run; the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font was utilized for her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk. Only four days prior to this episode, on October 13, 1954, Miss Oberon played "Maggie Cutler" in a television adaptation of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's "The Man Who Came to Dinner" that aired that evening on the 1954-1955 CBS series "The Best of Broadway." Two of the actors in the 1942 movie version, Monty Woolley and Reginald Gardiner, replayed their respective roles of "Sheridan Whiteside" and "Beverly Carlton"; and Joan Bennett, who appeared in one of the "lost" "WML?" editions of the 1950-1952 period, was "Lorraine Sheldon," the role another former "WML?" mystery guest, Ann Sheridan, had played in the film version twelve years before. (As a side note, "The Best of Broadway" later became the title of a late-night movie show that ran on New York station WABC-TV, Channel 7, between 1963 and 1970.) Miss Oberon's 1954 movie credits were comprised of "All Is Possible in Granada" (as "Margaret Faulson"), "Desirée" (as "Empress Josephine"), and the Sigmund Romberg biopic "Deep in My Heart" (as "Dorothy Donnelly," who had co-written "The Drinking Song" with Mr. Romberg).
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While "WML?" tonight broke new ground in its opening sequence, GSN trod the same old ground in its disdainful, despicable and detestable "crunching" of the end credits when last running this episode on June 26, 2008.
      (5) Immediately subsequent to the June 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the October 10, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest John Gary. - W-B (2008)

    • GOOD SPORT - ROBERT Q. LEWIS: The panel was running short on time for the final game, so John began the game by telling the panel that they would be allotted one minute for game play. The questioning started with Dorothy and quickly moved to Robert Q. Lewis. Bennett thought that Robert Q. Lewis was taking too long with the phrasing of his question, so Bennett interrupted Robert by saying, "One minute." Robert quickly gave up his stalling and began a series of rapid-fire questions. However, on EPISODE #868 of July 1967, shortly before CBS "WML?" went off the air, guest panelist Henry Morgan cut Bennett off from making a long introduction. When these tables were turned, though, Bennett didn't move on like Robert did tonight. Bennett was hurt and lashed back at Henry on the following EPISODE #869. - Suzanne (2005)

      REVIEW: This episode could have been seen as a sign of things to come. As was mentioned earlier, the panel came out from behind a curtain and immediately introduced each other, rather than introducing each other while sitting in their chairs. In the future, the panelist will walk out from backstage, walk over to their spot at the desk, stand behind their chair, and then introduce the next panelist. This later format will become the norm. As for this evening's show, game-wise, this was one night the panel would love to forget. They were totally stumped by the first contestant, a female dentist from Bombay. The big surprise came in the second game when John informed the panel that the matronly-looking contestant had been on the show six months earlier. He told the stymied panel that she had stumped them then - and now she had stumped them again! Adding insult to injury, the only correct guess came in the mystery guest round and it wasn't one of the regulars who made the identification. The correct guess came from guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis, who successfully identified the very beautiful Merle Oberon. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to form for the final contestants as they ran out of time. The identical twin female lawyers then won their full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

    • FIRST CURTAIN ENTRANCE! This is the first episode where the panel walks on stage through the curtain after each panelist is introduced. However, this won't become a permanent feature until November 1955. Next week, the panel will be seated again. This curtain entrance differs from the future format, though, since each panelist introduced the next panelist while standing at their curtain entry spot. - Suzanne (2005)

      Tidbits: At the end of the show, John announces that Dorothy will be leaving for Cleveland to cover the Sam Sheppard trial. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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