What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 19, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Lili Lisande Wieland - "Christmas Shopper For Men Only (5th Avenue Department Store)" (salaried; she works at Saks Fifth Avenue; she is also studying to become an actress and has been in America for six months; originally from Geneva, Switzerland; currently from New York)

Game 2: Mrs. Molly Keselmen - "Collects Traffic Fines (Miami Police Department)" (salaried; she thanked Chief Headley [aka Walter E. Headley Jr.], Captain Allen and - what sounded like - Mr. Rackstraw for allowing her to be on the show; from Miami, FL)

Game 3: Dan Dailey (12/14/1915 - 10/16/1978) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Stephen C. LeSauvage - "Buys and Sells Ocean Liners" (salaried; he is a broker for ocean-going vessels; from Garden City, Long Island, NY)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped five cards for the second contestant at four down for a total of nine down. Robert Q. Lewis had guessed this line with an assist from Bennett Cerf. John flipped all of the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. The panel had figured out that there was an association with some type of large boat, but they didn't figure out the exact line in the time allotted. As John was flipping the cards, Dorothy could be heard, off-camera, saying "ocean liner," which was correct, but too late to count. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening's edition was Remington electric shavers.
        (2) ONE "HOLIDAY" SHOW AIRING ON ANOTHER HOLIDAY: There was a special irony to GSN's July 4, 2008 airing of tonight's "WML?" and "IGAS" duo of shows. The original December 19, 1954 CBS "WML?" air date fell near Christmas, and the 2008 GSN airing of this "WML?" episode, as well as the GSN airing of the 1966 Christmas-era episode of "I've Got a Secret," both fell on Independence Day, July 4, 2008.
        (3) "WML?" DIRECTOR WATCH: This was the second of three consecutive shows to be directed by Frank Satenstein in this particular stretch.
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST DAN DAILEY: The song-and-dance man appeared on "WML?" for what turned out to be the only time during the show's long CBS run. Appearing at the time in the movie "There's No Business Like Show Business," Mr. Dailey, over the next few years, became a fixture on the small screen, later starring or co-starring in three different series: the British-produced "The Four Just Men" (1959-1960, as "Tim Collier"); "The Governor & J.J." (1969-1970, as "Governor William Drinkwater"); and "Faraday & Company" (1973-1974, as "Frank Faraday"). For his mystery guest spot, Mr. Dailey's nameplate as on the panel moderator's desk is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While Independence Day represents a celebration of the United States' declaration of independence from British colonial rule, when it came to GSN's July 4, 2008 airing of this episode, there was no such independence for the over-taxed viewing audience from the tyranny of the cable and satellite channel's relentlessly oppressive "crunching" of the end credits.
        (6) Following GSN's July 4, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel repeated the Christmas edition of "I've Got a Secret" which was originally telecast on December 26, 1966. Host Steve Allen presided over what turned out to be the last "IGAS" show on CBS to fall around Christmastime with the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The "IGAS" studio set was festively decorated with Christmas wreaths and garlands. The celebrity guest was Paul Anka, who presided over a group of 24 people, assembled in groups of two, whose combined names were similar to the various gifts in the Yuletide standard "The Twelve Days of Christmas" which was performed during Mr. Anka's segment. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: After last week's disastrous performance, the panel rebounded nicely. What made it especially nice was that this was the last show before Christmas. Dorothy got things rolling when she correctly guessed that the first contestant was a Christmas shopper for men. It later was revealed that she was in New York to study acting. In the second game, Robert Q. correctly guessed that the matronly-looking contestant collected fines for the Miami Police Department. Also, even though she won only $20, John threw over five more cards, so she ended up winning $45 for traveling all the way from Florida. The mystery guest round was especially humorous as Dan Dailey used a faux Yiddish accent to try to fool the panel. Unfortunately for Dan, Bennett was on to him and all but identified him. However, after Bennett successfully narrowed down the mystery guest's identity, he abruptly stopped and decided to pass to Dolly Mae for her Christmas present - and she promptly blew it when she said that it was his "There's No Business Like Show Business" co-star Donald O'Connor. When it came time for Q-sie to make the guess, he promptly passed to Arlene who correctly guessed that it was Dailey. Unfortunately, the panel didn't have a perfect night, as they ran out of time with the ocean liner broker, and he won the full prize by default. However, that didn't spoil this from being a Merry Christmas for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Tidbits: Bennett mentions that on Christmas eve, John will be seen on Edward R. Murrow's program, "Person to Person," and that the show will be broadcast from John's home in Rye, NY. During the goodbyes, John mentioned that Dorothy no longer had to return to Cleveland for the Sheppard trial. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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