What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 06, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • John: (digging up the "worm" subject one more time) A worm is a caterpillar that took off its fur coat.
      (John states this cute saying had been seen in the children's publication "Weekly Reader" and had been brought to his attention by one of the "WML?" technicians.)

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT AND WALK-BY WATCH: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down because time was running short. The panel had figured out that this contestant sang in a musical comedy, and even spoke a few lines of dialogue in the play, but they could not identify the exact line. The panel walk-by segment was dispensed with for this game, which was played in celebration of the program's fifth anniversary. Pat Finch had been the very first contestant on the series, and amongst tonight's panelists, Dorothy was the only one who was present on the panel of the first show. In the second game, John flipped the cards for the second contestant at seven down because time was running a bit short again and the panel wasn't even close on this one. For the final contestant, John once again led the contestant directly to the moderator's desk without performing the panel walk-by -- a very common practice lately, with the walk-bys soon be retired completely anyway. John flipped the remaining cards for this final contestant at three down because time had run out. The panel had been stumped, once again for the evening, by this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's main sponsor is Remington electric shavers. Also, this was Sam Levenson's third and final "WML?" appearance, the last two (including tonight) as a guest panelist.
      (2) "HOWDY, PEARLIE MAE": This was the first of a total of three appearances, made between now and EPISODE #828 of August 28, 1966, of legendary singer Pearl Bailey. For her initial mystery guest spot, Miss Bailey's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. Coincidentally, this episode's July 11, 2008 airing by GSN came five days after the cable and satellite channel's July 6, 2008 airing of the January 23, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret" on which Miss Bailey was a celebrity guest -- a show which followed "WML?" EPISODE #239 of January 2, 1955 (which also featured Mr. Levenson as guest panelist) in GSN's airing sequence.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Though there was a respite from the vintage plug for airline travel arrangements in the end credits, thus allowing time for the complete crew members credits to be rightfully displayed, to GSN it made no difference, judging from their continuing heartless "crunching" of the screen during this sequence on the July 11, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - TWO MORE EXTANT SHOWS TO GO: Right after the July 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the February 27, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," with host Steve Allen, the usual panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Woody Allen. The original 1967 airing of this episode was apparently postponed from January 16, 1967, based upon vintage TV Guides of the era. (Source: TV Guide [New York Metropolitan Edition], January 14-20, 1967.) Meanwhile, another "IGAS" episode, originally to have aired on this February 27 date, ended up being postponed to April 3, 1967 which turned out to be the last show of the series. More notes on this "IGAS" swan song will come in the notes to "WML?" EPISODE #246. - W-B (2008)

    • FIVE YEARS DOWN, 12 TO GO (on CBS that is; twenty if you count the syndicated version). Even though this was a very happy anniversary in terms of the show, it was not a happy night for the panel, who had a very poor performance, game-wise. It also was "ladies night" as all of the contestants were women. The first contestant was none other than Pat Finch, the very first contestant on WML on February 2, 1950, who was just as lovely five years earlier as she was on this night. The panel did figure out that she was in a musical, but never was able to figure out that she was in the chorus of the musical "Fanny," so John decided to flip all the cards. The panel also was stumped by the female fight manager and she won her full prize by default when John threw in the towel in that game as well. Arlene made up for the earlier goofs when she did a stunning solo run and figured out that the mystery guest was Pearl Bailey. Pearly Mae later admitted that she knew she was going to bomb and had intended to bring out a hammer and use it to knock once for yes and twice for no. Arlene commented upon her lovely and expressive hands. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to form and was totally stumped by the Salvation Army captain. After the game, John did a public service announcement promoting the group's 75th anniversary. And thus ended the fifth anniversary show of "What's My Line?" - Sargebri (2005)

      An ironic thing about this broadcast is that Arlene was not on the very first episode of What's My Line? She was supposed to appear on that week's panel, but due to a prior engagement she wasn't able to make the show. Another irony is the fact that she was dressed almost exactly the same as when she made her 1950 debut, except for the fact that she was wearing black evening gloves in 1950, while she wore no gloves tonight. - Sargebri (2005)

      As was mentioned earlier, Pat Finch would make one more appearance on WML. The occasion for her return was the final episode in September of 1967. In the intervening years, she would get married and become a mother while still pursuing her career on Broadway. Also appearing with her on the final show were the other two regular contestants from that very first show, Arthur Feinberg and Dr. Seymour Kolodny. Unfortunately, for some reason, the very first mystery guest, "The Scooter" Phil Rizzuto, was not on the final show that night. - Sargebri (2005)

      As the end credits were rolling, it was announced that Louis Jourdan, who appeared as a mystery guest a few weeks earlier, would join the panel next week taking Bennett's seat. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Pat Finch, a contestant on the very first show, EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950, returned on this episode with a new occupation. She is no longer a hat check girl from Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, she is now a chorus girl in a Broadway play. She will also make an appearance on the very final show, EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. To see Pat's list of Broadway performances, visit this web site below. - Suzanne (2005)


    • HAPPY FIFTH ANNIVERSARY! Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this was the "fifth anniversary" show. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Sam Levenson. Bennett Cerf has the night off, he is vacationing in Hawaii.

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