What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 19

EPISODE #240

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 09, 1955 on CBS

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    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers. And of Janet Leigh's "WML?" appearances, this was to be the only time she was a guest panelist.
      (2) WOULD-BE MYSTERY GUEST: This proved to be the only time Miss Leigh's then-husband, Tony Curtis, appeared on the program in any of its forms. This is at least the second time that a mystery guest appearance came to naught due to a columnist's "leak" in the papers; a previous occurrence came when Van Johnson appeared on EPISODE #182 of November 22, 1953, after Walter Winchell leaked his upcoming appearance to the press. As for Mr. Curtis's new movie "Six Bridges to Cross," this was not to be the last time he would appear in a movie that was based on a recent crime, especially one that took place in Boston. In 1968, the year the syndicated "WML?" debuted, Tony starred as "Albert DeSalvo" in the film "The Boston Strangler." For his appearance tonight, Mr. Curtis had a nameplate displayed on the panel moderator's desk, even though his mystery guest spot ultimately wasn't.
      (3) SECOND MYSTERY GUEST OVERLAY FONT AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: For the ultimate actual mystery guest, Billy Talbert, his upper-third "Captain - U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team" overlay (seen as he was signing in) was one of the few such displays at this point to be professionally typeset, in this case, in Kabel Heavy. As with Tony Curtis, Mr. Talbert's nameplate was set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (4) "WML?" TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was the first "WML?" episode to mention American Airlines as providing travel arrangements for certain contestants. (United Airlines had been mentioned in EPISODE #236 of December 12, 1954.) The notice may have had something to do with the end credits cutting off after the art card which credited coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine. Alas, all the same, GSN continued with its jet-laggy and air-sickening practice of "crunching" the end credits on its July 7, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - SIX MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: GSN's July 7, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the January 30, 1967 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, and celebrity guest Soupy Sales. - W-B (2008)

      LT. DIETER DENGLER: Navy Pilot Dieter Dengler (1938-2001) was one of the contestants on the January 30, 1967 episode of "I've Got a Secret." His secret, as told to host Steve Allen, was that he had escaped from a POW camp in Laos. He had been shot down on February 2, 1965 and had been captured by the Pathet Lao and held prisoner until his escape on June 29, 1966. He was retrieved by U.S. forces twenty-three days later on July 22, 1966. He said that his weight had dropped to 93 pounds. During his appearance on "I've Got a Secret," both of his hands were bandaged in large casts. Dieter explained that he had recently cut his tendons by accidentally falling through a sheet of plate glass. - Suzanne (2008)

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