What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 18

EPISODE #239

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 02, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #239
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Game 1: Miss Pearl Snell - "Plasterer, Union Member, Local 131, Dayton, Ohio" (salaried; she is the only female plasterer union member on the North American continent; she works for Key Plastering Company, and they are currently doing a job in Florida for the Mackle Construction Company; from Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Game 2: Sergeant Daniel Dragel - "Tests Auto Drivers For Intoxication" (salaried; he works for the Chicago Police Department; he thanked Commissioner O'Connor for allowing him to appear; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Eve Arden (4/30/1908 - 11/12/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Earl Hallman - "Refrigerator Salesman" (salaried; he told Betty Furness that he sold Westinghouse; from South Orange, NJ) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Eve Arden

    Eve Arden

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Betty Furness

    Betty Furness

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Sam Levenson

    Sam Levenson

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • GHOSTS GALORE: This episode is filled with many "ghost" artifacts. For instance, as the second contestant is walking over to sit down next to John, the remnants of the Stopette logo on the panel desk can be seen on the screen. Later, during the mystery guest spot, additional ghosting with Eve Arden's nameplate and the flip cards is visible. Also, at the very beginning of the end credits, the ghost of the original vintage Stopette ad can be seen. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at two down because time was running short. He had specified only a minute-and-a-half for this game and, as was generally the case at this point, dispensed with the panel walk-by and free wild guess segments for this very short game. The panel only came as close as figuring out that the contestant was involved with a rather large product often sold in department stores. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" DIRECTOR AND SPONSOR WATCH: Not only did this episode mark the return of Franklin Heller to the director's chair, but tonight's show also saw the return of Stopette to the panel desk billboard and top of the sign-in board, as well as the silhouette of one of their products returning to the flip card layout. Coincidentally, prior to Mr. Heller's ultimately temporary "departure" from "WML?," Stopette sponsored the prior show he had helmed, EPISODE #235 of December 5, 1954.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST EVE ARDEN: This was the only appearance on the CBS "WML?" of the popular comedic actress who, at the time of this edition, was starring as teacher "Connie Brooks" on the long-running series "Our Miss Brooks" which ran on radio from 1948 to 1957 and on television from 1952 to 1956. (She will appear as a mystery guest again on the syndicated "WML?" in 1973.) It should be noted that on "Our Miss Brooks," one of the supporting players was a character actress named Jane Morgan as the landlady, "Mrs. Margaret Davis." This character actress (1890-1972) has often been confused with the same-named singer Jane Morgan (b. 1920) who had a big hit in 1957 with "Fascination," was a popular musical guest on variety shows through the 1960's and up to the early 1970's, and replaced Angela Lansbury on Broadway in "Mame" in 1969. After the radio run of "Our Miss Brooks" ended in 1957, Miss Arden attempted another TV sitcom, "The Eve Arden Show," but that was cancelled after one year. She later became one of the co-stars of the 1967-1969 Desi Arnaz-produced sitcom "The Mothers-in-Law" in the role of "Eve Hubbard." For her mystery guest spot tonight, Eve's nameplate is set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font. As a side note, of the "Our Miss Brooks" co-stars over its long run on both radio and TV, only Jeff Chandler (who played biology teacher "Philip Boynton") appeared on "WML?"; two other notable co-stars, veteran comic foil Gale Gordon (who played principal "Osgood P. Conklin," and later became Lucille Ball's TV nemesis after 1963) and Richard Crenna (who played student "Walter Denton") were never on "WML?" in the 17.5 years it was on CBS, though only Mr. Crenna was a mystery guest on the 1968-1975 syndicated version, early in its first season in 1968.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While "WML?'s" once-and-future director came back to helm the program, it was business as usual for GSN which, on its July 6, 2008 airing of this episode, once again indulged in its particular weakness for "crunching" the end credits.
        (4) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - SEVEN MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: Immediately subsequent to the July 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the January 23, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Pearl Bailey. Miss Bailey's opening shot was aired by GSN, but then the film went directly to the ending part of the opening titles with announcer John Cannon's opening "From New York, here is..." It is unknown whether this was the sequence of events in the original kinescope -- or whether GSN edited the kinescope to eliminate a possible opening cigarette sponsor. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This particular evening marked a subpar performance by the panel. It might have had something to do with the fact that neither Arlene, Fred, nor Fred's alternate, Robert Q. Lewis, were present this evening. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the rather shy female plasterer. One factor that might have led to this defeat was that this was a time when most women didn't work in blue-collar manual trades such as plastering and bricklaying. The panel also was utterly stumped by the second contestant who tested people for intoxication. They did partially redeem themselves in the mystery guest round when Dorothy correctly identified Eve Arden, who used a funny horn to give her "yes" and "no" answers. The reason she used the horn was probably due not only to her very distinctive voice, but also because she stated she had a case of laryngitis. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the refrigerator salesman won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        WESTINGHOUSE: John mentioned that the refrigerator salesman was brought on in order to play a trick on guest panelist Betty Furness. Miss Furness was a spokesperson for Westinghouse refrigerators. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Back so soon? Or old closing credits? This episode again showed Franklin Heller as the director. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: Wow! Bennett announced that Ernest Hemingway had said that "Dorothy Kilgallen was one of the great reporters of the country." - Suzanne (2005)

        Sam Levenson (12/28/1911 - 8/27/1980)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Sam Levenson, Betty Furness, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis had the night off.

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