What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 21

EPISODE #242

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 23, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #242
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FRED ALLEN'S FIRST EPISODE AS A REGULAR PANELIST. (FOR THE PAST 4 MONTHS, ALONG WITH ROBERT Q. LEWIS, HE HAS BEEN AN ALTERNATE GUEST PANELIST.)

Game 1: Mrs. Nicole Germain (11/29/1917 - 2/11/1994) - "What's My Line? Panelist on Canadian TV" (salaried; very personable; the French Canadian CBC version of "What's My Line?" was called "Chacun son Métier" which translates from French to English as "To Each His Job" or "To Each His Trade"; after Nicole's game, she took a guest panelist seat on the panel and played Game 2 only, sitting on Bennett's left; from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; this alternate Canadian version was aired in Canada from 1954 to 1959; on EPISODE #448 of January 18, 1959, the host of the French Canadian version, Louis Morisset, appears as a contestant)

Game 2: Mrs. Alice Crisafulli - "Raises Worms" (self-employed; from Boiceville, NY)

Game 3: Dennis Day (5/21/1916 - 6/22/1988) (as Mystery Guest) Born Eugene Dennis McNulty, he is in his 16th year with Jack Benny. He worked with Jack from 1939 until Jack's death in 1974.
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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)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

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      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER INTRO WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Remington electric shavers. During the opening, the announcer tried out another alternative, albeit short and sweet, introduction for Dorothy: "The popular Broadway columnist."
        (2) FRED ALLEN QUIP WATCH: Ever the man with the dry wit, Fred introduced Arlene as "the oldest living president of a Jessica Dragonette fan club." Miss Dragonette (1900-1980) -- who supplied the singing voice of "Princess Glory" in Max Fleischer's 1939 animated feature "Gulliver's Travels" -- never made any appearances on "WML?," either as a guest panelist or mystery guest.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: The overlay for the first contestant, Nicole Germain, is set in all capital letters, with the exception of the word "on," which is set in lower case, thus producing this effect: "WHAT'S MY LINE PANELIST on CANADIAN TV" -- note that the overlay did not contain the usual question mark after the show title.
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST DENNIS DAY: The popular "Irish tenor" and longtime regular of "The Jack Benny Program" made his only appearance on "WML?" this evening; Mr. Day's nameplate, as with most mystery guests, was set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Dennis is the third regular performer from the long-running series -- after Eddie "Rochester" Anderson and Mr. Benny himself -- to appear on "WML?" Alas, three other major cast members never made any kind of appearances on this soon-to-be Sunday night institution: Jack's wife Mary Livingstone; longtime announcer Don Wilson; and "The Man of a Thousand Voices," Mel Blanc. More than a month prior to tonight's show, on December 18, 1954, Mr. Day appeared as "Tommy Tucker" in a TV production of "Babes in Toyland" on NBC, directed and produced by the legendary Max Liebman of "Your Show of Shows" fame.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, it was "crunch" time for GSN on its July 9, 2008 airing of this episode, carrying on its usual with its disdainful, disrespectful and disgusting shrinkage of the screen during the end credits sequence.
        (6) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - FOUR MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: Following GSN's July 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the February 13, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret." Host Steve Allen started out at the opening by jumping up and down on a trampoline, before introducing the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was Cliff Robertson, then a few months away from appearing in the film "The Honey Pot"; on this "IGAS" episode, he drove around the stage in a vehicle called a "Jigger." - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty decent night tonight. Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant was a member of the Canadian WML panel. After the game, Nicole was invited to sit down with the panel and play the game. So - for the second time in WML history - a game was played with five people on the panel. Unfortunately, they were totally stumped by the second contestant who raised worms. The panel, particularly Dorothy, was more successful in the mystery guest round. Dolly Mae pretty much had it nailed down and correctly guessed that it was Dennis Day, who tried to use a wide variety of dialects to fool the panel. He might have fooled Bennett, but he ran into a buzzsaw with Dorothy Mae Kilgallen. After the game, John mentioned Dennis' old boss, Jack Benny. This gave Fred the perfect opportunity to get a good dig into his friend/sparring partner. All in all, it was a good evening. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Tidbits: In addition to telling the panel that a worm is a "domesticated" animal, John incorrectly speculates that a worm is a member of the "larvae family." This prompts the public to send him letters, and he refers to three of them next week. Between now and the end of WML's run, this is only one of many times that John or a panel member is confused over "what animal" belongs to "what group." - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Nicole Germain was a partial guest panelist, playing Game two only. She is a regular panelist of the French-Canadian version of What's My Line?

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