What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 30, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Perla Fenton Bárcenas (Barcenas) - "Captain of Glass Bottom Boat" (self-employed; from Acapulco, Mexico)

Game 2: David Bennett - "Alarm Clock Salesman" (salaried; he sells the popular Big Ben model from Westclox; from Peru, IL)

Game 3: Shelley Winters (8/18/1920 - 1/14/2006) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. Jean Laparcerie (11/17/1900 - 1/1982) - "Head Chef at United Nations" (salaried; he donated his winnings to the March of Dimes; from East Meadow, 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)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Dorothy: (taking a wild guess at the line of the first contestant, evidently thinking of the previous week's panelist from the Canadian WML?) I think she's on the Mexican panel of What's My Line?

      • Fred: Do you have a regular television program?
        Shelley: I do not.
        Fred: Congratulations.

      • Fred: (while blindfolded) Do you... I know this isn't Miss Garbo having a night out. You don't want to be alone by any chance?
        John: Fred, I'm very sensitive, please don't make remarks like that.
        Fred: John, I can't see what I'm doing. You'll have to excuse me. I can't think in Braille.

      • Fred: Are you, uh... we don't have a worm for a Mystery Guest do we? Are you the opposite sex?
        Shelley Winters: Opposite of what?
        Fred: Well, opposite of me, for example.

      • Dorothy: Well, there's only one thing I can think of that wouldn't be under, inside, or on top of a bed in the bedroom.
        John: Bennett, all the time...
        Dorothy: Might this be found on or near the bedside table?
        David Bennett: Yes.
        Dorothy: Does it go tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock?
        David Bennett: Excuse me?
        Dorothy: Does it go tick-tock tick-tock tick-tock... brrrrrrrrinnnnnnnggggggg?

      • Fred: John, I know a fellow down in Acapulco who has a bifocal glass bottom boat.
        John: With prescription bottom, hum?
        Bennett: You know what the weather prediction is in Acapulco? Cold today. Hot tamale.
        (the joke is supposed to be told as: Chile today. Hot tamale.)

      • John: (after Mrs. Perla Fenton Barcenas was guessed after only four questions) Mrs. Barcenas wanted to know what she could do now. I have a definition of a worm that you could read. From Mr. Erwin C. Abbott, Certified Public Accountant. If you want to, I don't know. I've got to go home and get my glasses.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. Dorothy, with an assist from Bennett, had guessed that the contestant was associated with glass-bottom boats, but John did not make the panel fish for the exact line of "captain." John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran short. Immediately before this, Bennett guessed that this contestant worked for the United Nations, but the panel did not have any further time to try figure out just what this contestant did at the United Nations. This contestant donated his full prize to the March of Dimes. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) Besides the prior "regular rotation" airing of February 24, 2005 and the Shelley Winters tribute airing on January 21, 2006, GSN also aired tonight's "WML?" episode on July 10, 2008. The May 30, 1966 "IGAS" episode on which Miss Winters appeared was later aired in that show's regular rotation on June 18, 2008.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this evening's edition, the main sponsor was Stopette.
        (3) FRED ALLEN, NOW ON EVERY SUNDAY: Starting with last week's edition and continuing to tonight, Fred Allen has become a regular weekly fixture on the program, and will remain so until his death a year and nearly two months from now. Up to this point, from the time he took Steve Allen's place beginning with EPISODE #226 of September 26, 1954, Fred had been on every other episode, usually alternating with Robert Q. Lewis, with the sole exception of EPISODE #239 of January 2, 1955 on which Sam Levenson filled in. (Mr. Levenson will be on next week's show, only this time filling in for Bennett.)
        (4) MYSTERY GUEST SHELLEY WINTERS: Tonight was the first of five appearances by the famed actress, ranging in time from now to EPISODE #825 of August 7, 1966. In this year of 1955, Miss Winters appeared in five films: "I Am a Camera" (with Julie Harris and Laurence Harvey), "The Big Knife" (with Jack Palance, Ida Lupino and Rod Steiger), the now-famous Robert Mitchum vehicle "The Night of the Hunter," "The Treasure of Pancho Villa" (starring Rory Calhoun), and "I Died a Thousand Times" (also with Mr. Palance). Of these other actors just named, Mr. Palance and Mr. Mitchum appeared on "WML?" as mystery guests, and Mr. Harvey was both a mystery guest and guest panelist, but Mr. Steiger, Miss Lupino, Miss Harris and Mr. Calhoun were never on the program in the 17.5 years it was on CBS; however, Miss Harris was a mystery guest on the syndicated version in 1969 and 1972. Oh, and by the way, Miss Winters' nameplate tonight was the usual typeface for such plaques, Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (5) AIRLINE AND "WML" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This evening, American Airlines was mentioned in connection with travel arrangements, leading to the end credits cutting off after the "In association with the CBS Television Network" art card slide. Oblivious to this, GSN ran out of gas and crash-landed with its "crunching" of the end credits when airing this episode on July 10, 2008.
        (6) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - THREE MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: The July 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the February 20, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Dina Merrill. Once again, the opening was toyed with by GSN, from Miss Merrill's opening entrance to the opening titles, in apparent accordance with its self-appointed ban on vintage cigarette advertising. - W-B (2008)

        SHELLEY WINTERS TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on January 21, 2006 as part of a two-day tribute to Shelley Winters, who died on January 14, 2006. The airing of this episode was preceded by an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which originally aired on May 30, 1966, on which Miss Winters was the guest celebrity. The "IGAS" host at the time was onetime "WML?" regular panelist-turned-frequent guest panelist Steve Allen, and the panel consisted of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. GSN had last aired this "WML?" episode in regular rotation on February 24, 2005. - W-B (2006)

      • REVIEW: This was not only a successful night for the panel, it was a night of bad puns. Dorothy, with a huge assist from Bennett after a conference, correctly guessed that the first contestant was a glass-bottomed boat captain. The foreign guest only won $20, but John decided to flip the rest of the cards over, maybe due to the fact that she had traveled so far to appear on the show. The panel also correctly guessed that the second contestant sold alarm clocks. John had unwittingly given Dorothy a huge hint which allowed her to figure out that he dealt with alarm clocks, but she never determined exactly what he did with them. It wasn't until the clock questioning got back to Bennett that they figured out that the contestant sold them. Bennett also correctly identified mystery guest Shelley Winters, who showed why she was considered a glamour girl early in her career. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time with the head chef from the United Nations and he won the full prize by default. Just before Mr. Laparcerie left the stage, John announced that he was donating his winnings to the March of Dimes. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST: Shelley Winters was quite an attractive woman at this stage of her career. It wasn't until later on that she began to put on the weight that she became famous for. In fact, she first gained weight for her Academy Award winning role as "Mrs. Van Daan" in the classic 1959 film "The Diary of Anne Frank." Of course, in later years, her battles with her weight would become fodder for several comedians. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Much talk was made tonight about Shelley Winters appearing in two productions involving water. Her most famous cinematic encounter with water would be 17 years in her future. In 1972, Miss Winters would appear in the movie "The Poseidon Adventure," a disaster film about a luxury liner turning over in the water during a cruise. The mental image of the somewhat plump Miss Winters floating around trying to escape would be one many comics in the 70s and 80s (such as fellow WML? vet Johnny Carson) would refer to for a laugh. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

      • Shelley Winters promoted her upcoming February 7, 1955 appearance in a television production of "The Women" to be aired on "Producers' Showcase." - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Tonight, in reference to last week's episode, John informs the public that a worm is an annelid. One letter came from Erwin C. Abbott, CPA. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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