What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 7

EPISODE #229

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

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    • (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)

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