What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 14


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



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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the remaining cards for the first contestant at just one down. Dorothy Kilgallen and Robert Q. Lewis had combined to guess this line -- proof that the panel was on alert for Christmas holiday-related occupations with the calendar having reached December. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at just two down. Dorothy had quickly identified this line, but John flipped the cards because the contestant stated she was donating her winnings to the Improvement Fund of the Huguenot Y.M.C.A. The panel walk-by segment was dispensed with for this game, though the panel was allowed the free wild guess segment - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: After nearly a month, Stopette is back as tonight's main sponsor.
      (2) "THANK HEAVEN FOR" LOUIS JOURDAN: The French-born actor makes his first of a total of four "WML?" appearances this evening, for which his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set this time in Headline Gothic. Interestingly, Mr. Jourdan's appearances were spaced in spurts, a few months apart, in groups of two, over a period of ten years; half of his appearances were as mystery guest, while the other half, including his final appearance on EPISODE #744 of December 27, 1964, were as a guest panelist. At the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Jourdan had been in 1954's "Three Coins in the Fountain," plus TV appearances on such programs as "Your Show of Shows," "Robert Montgomery Presents" (in a production titled "Wages of Fear") and "The Elgin Hour" (in a production called "Warm Clay").
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, GSN carried on with its particularly demoralizing "crunching" of the end credits on its July 2, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) GSN's July 2, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 5, 1966 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan - or rather - "Mr. Henry Morgan, Esq.," as he was introduced by Steve. The acerbic humorist had on display an unusual (and temporary) sign reading "MR. MORGAN" -- with "MR." prominently shown in text that was over twice the size of "MORGAN," all printed in capital letters. This stunt was an apparent parody of the nameplates on "WML?" The celebrity guest was Bud Collyer, whose "To Tell the Truth" TV series was returning to the weekly prime-time schedule -- on Mondays at 10:00 PM, once again preceding "IGAS" -- after spending the last three months on Sundays at 5:00 PM, where it was susceptible to frequent preemptions for football games and other sporting events. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: After two consecutive "perfect shows," the panel failed in their bid for a third one. However, they did have an excellent evening. "Q-sie" managed to correctly identify the Santa instructor, after Dorothy opened the door wide open for him. Unfortunately, in the second game, they "bombed" when they couldn't figure out that the second contestant was a female bomb disposer. The highlight of the evening was when French film idol Louis Jourdan used an excellent American accent to try to fool the panel. Fortunately, Arlene saw through it and was able to identify him. Dorothy had the pleasure in putting a capper on the evening's festivities when she correctly guessed that the final contestant of the evening was a physical education instructor. Also, even though she won only $10, John flipped the rest of the cards over when it was announced that she was donating her winnings to the Huguenot YMCA. Even though the evening was less than perfect, the panel did manage to put in a very impressive performance. - Sargebri (2005)

    • SANTA SCHOOL: Brenda Tremblay of NPR member station WXXI reports on Charles W. Howard, who became one of Santa's best known helpers during the 1950s and 1960s and founded a Santa school that bears his name.

      The NPR "Morning Edition" sound clip is 4 minutes, 39 seconds in length, and plays on Real Audio. The clip contains a snippet from this What's My Line?. Visit the link below. - Suzanne (2005)

      NPR Santa School Clip



      Read a CBS News article from December 15, 2002 about the Charles W. Howard Santa School in Midland, Michigan. - Suzanne (2005)

      Charles W. Howard School



      My grandfather, "Charlie Howard," appeared on this episode. However, he didn't wear his Santa suit! In addition to being a farmer, he was the Dean of the Charles W. Howard School for Santa Clauses. He was once called "The Walt Disney of Christmas." He also wrote a "do's and don'ts" guide book for Santas. Over the years, he also made appearances on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson," "The Kate Smith Show" and "Meet the Press." He was featured on radio programs as well. He was part of the annual New York Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for two decades following WWII. He passed away in 1966. The Santa Claus School and Christmas Park that he founded in 1937 in Albion, NY still bears his name. As of 2004, it is still in business, but under different ownership. It is currently located in Midland, MI.

      Visit the web page:

      CWH Santa Claus School


      - Charles Bergeman, September 2004 (written by Suzanne with information supplied by Mr. Bergeman and the NPR clip)

    • Tidbits: Robert Q. Lewis has a hit record called "Collegiate" which was released on the Coral label [#(9-)61292]. Last night, Arlene Francis was awarded a citation for outstanding service in her profession from Emerson College in her hometown of Boston, Massachusetts. John announced that Dorothy will be travelling back to Cleveland for continued reporting on the Sheppard trial. John also said that after four years, they were losing Franklin Heller as a director. John said Heller was going to take on "executive duties and wider production services at Goodson-Todman, Inc." John said that Heller would be missed. As we know from history, Heller later returns to "What's My Line?" - Suzanne (2005)

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

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