What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 26, 1954 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Carlo Gugenheim - "Dress Designer" (self-employed; he has a nice sense of humor and jokes with the panel; from Rome, Italy)

Game 2: Sergeant Robert Giff - "Deep Sea Diver" (salaried; left-handed; he is enlisted in the U.S. Army; part of his underwater work involves using explosives; from Detroit, MI)

Game 3: Edgar Bergen (2/16/1903 - 9/30/1978) (as Mystery Guest) Edgar signed in as "Edgar Bergen & Friend" and appeared with his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth scheduled game. However, the contestant who was originally scheduled for the fourth game was Sgt. Robert Giff, the deep sea diver, but he instead appeared as the contestant in the second game. The originally scheduled guest for the second game had the occupation of "Professional Flautist (Plays Flute)" but this person did not appear tonight or on any subsequent "WML?" episode. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Fred Allen: (regarding the first contestant's product) Is this bigger than a kumquat? (loud laughter) Is -- I know Steve took the breadbox away with him, we can't do that.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. Dorothy had identified his line, but John said that he'd flip them because the contestant came "all the way from Rome." In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down. The panel had figured out that he was involved with using explosives on things underwater, but they were unable to name the exact line of "deep sea diver." John flipped all the cards at three down for the night's mystery challenger because time was running perilously short, however, Dorothy figured out his identity before the cards were flipped. Arlene begged for a performance from Charlie McCarthy, but John Daly apologetically put a damper on the notion -- there just wasn't enough time. In spite of this, Charlie McCarthy did manage to speak a short sentence and said, "It's a lousy evening as far as I'm concerned." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this final show of 1954, which fell on December 26 (which is a holiday called "Boxing Day" in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand and Australia) the main sponsor is Remington electric shavers. This was the third such stretch in 1954 where the company was the main sponsor for three consecutive weeks apiece.
        (2) FRED ALLEN QUIP WATCH: In Fred's introduction of Arlene, he asserted that she told him that "the first No-Cal baby ever born in this country grew up to be Frank Sinatra." As a joke about Mr. Sinatra's small body frame, Mr. Allen was probably making a reference to No-Cal Soda, the first no-calorie soda which was introduced to the market in 1952 and was manufactured in New York. Zero-calorie soft drinks gained momentum in the 1960s and have been prevalent ever since.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST EDGAR BERGEN: This was the first of three mystery guest appearances by the famed ventriloquist of radio and television fame, and the only time he appeared with his most famous creation, "Charlie McCarthy." However, the regular size nameplate was used for his mystery guest spot this evening, and only Mr. Bergen's name was printed, in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. On EPISODE #308 of April 29, 1956, he appeared with his other "dummy," "Mortimer Snerd," on a program where Paul Winchell and "Jerry Mahoney" were guest panelists, and in his final appearance on EPISODE #781 of September 12, 1965, Mr. Bergen appeared with his flesh-and-blood daughter, actress Candice Bergen.
        (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was the third consecutive show in this stretch to be directed by Frank Satenstein. Whoever was directing, however, made no difference to GSN, which continued to "crunch" the end credits on its July 5, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - EIGHT MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: The July 5, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the January 9, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with celebrity guest Robert Merrill. (The kinescope of the previous "IGAS" episode of January 2, 1967, with celebrity guest Phyllis Diller, is apparently lost to history.) Host Steve Allen presided over the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and (as Steve called him) "irascible old" Henry Morgan. It should be noted that in the end credits sequence (which cut off after mentioning producer Chester Feldman), the 1964-1966 "A Telecast Enterprises, Inc. Production" overlay, with the 1959 "Seal of Good Practice" emblem, has returned to use, as the newer overlay, which had the updated 1965 "Television Code" insignia, only read "Telecast Enterprises." - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel did well and won two out of three games this particular evening. Dorothy got things off to a good start when she figured out that Mr. Gugenheim was an Italian dress designer. Arlene probably would have guessed his line earlier, but she made somewhat of an error. At this point, the panel's luck turned south, and they had a lot of trouble with the Army deep sea diver. Fred discovered part of his occupation, but they ran out of time before they figured his main line. As a result, he won the full prize by default. Of course, who would have thought that someone in the Army would have something to do with things that were underwater? The panel also was put through the wringer when mystery guest Edgar Bergen and his "associate" Charlie McCarthy hit the stage. They pretty much had Bennett running around in circles and he wound up passing to Dorothy, who eventually figured out that it was Bergen. For unknown reasons, after she officially identified him, John flipped over all the cards. The panel had a good performance tonight, and they also had a lot of fun. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Edgar Bergen was accompanied by his "dummy" Charlie McCarthy. He promoted his Sunday night radio show which is heard from 9-10 PM and is sponsored by Kraft Foods. It was obvious that John felt genuine admiration for Bergen. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: Bennett mentioned John's Christmas eve television appearance on Edward R. Murrow's 1953-1961 documentary series, "Person to Person." Bennett said that John's 9-year-old daughter, Buntsy, stole the show, and John concurred! Buntsy is the nickname for John's daughter, Helene Grant Fitzgerald Daly, his third child with Margaret Katherine "Kit" Daly. The holiday show aired from John's Rye, New York home. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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