What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 24

EPISODE #245

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 13, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #245
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Game 1: Mrs. Flo Peterson (Florence Peterson) - "Pogo Stick Tester" (salaried; from Maple Shade, NJ)

Game 2: Mr. Lou Fuller (Louis Fuller) - "Director of Smog Control for Los Angeles" (salaried; he is a government official for the County of Los Angeles; John stated that the recent smog problem in Los Angeles is "all cleared up now"; Fuller stated that he had heard that New York also had a similar air pollution problem being called "smaze," which refers to a mixture of smoke and haze, John laughed but didn't comment; from North Hollywood, CA)

Game 3: Senator John L. McClellan (2/25/1896 - 11/28/1977) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first contestant at nine down because time was running short. The panel had figured out that the contestant was associated with pogo sticks just before the card went over and the line of "tester" was guessed before John actually revealed it. In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down because time was again running short. The panel had not gotten at all close on this rather difficult line. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for tonight is Stopette. And this is the first of two guest panelist appearances by actor Louis Jourdan.
        (2) OCCUPATION OVERLAY FONT AND MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: The layout for the second contestant, smog control director Lou Fuller, alternates between all capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case combined), so that it reads "DIRECTOR of SMOG CONTROL for Los Angeles." And for the mystery guest, making his only "WML?" appearance this evening, the bigger-in-height type of nameplate is used so "SENATOR" is on one line while "JOHN L. McCLELLAN" (with the "c" in "superscript" layout but still readable) is on the other line. Both lines of type were set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (3) AIRLINE TRAVEL ARRANGEMENT, "WML?" END CREDITS AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: Tonight, American Airlines is mentioned as providing travel arrangements; even so, most of the crew credits are mentioned, only cutting off at the art card slide for coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine. However, GSN still held fast and furious to its unbending and uncaring practice of "crunching" the end credits on the July 12, 2008 airing of this episode. In addition, as if the usual credits-crunching wasn't bad enough, viewers of this airing who use closed-captions were once again subject to one of GSN's occasional mistakes -- a rogue closed-captioning feed for its "High Stakes Poker" program. These captions could be seen up until the wild guess segment for the second contestant, at which point, somebody at GSN woke up and turned them off. This extraneous closed-captioning feed problem would generally only be noticeable to those in the habit of always keeping the closed-caption feature on their television turned on, as GSN has never considered "What's My Line?" worthy of providing closed-captioning for.
        (4) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - ONE MORE EXTANT SHOW TO GO: GSN's July 12, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the March 20, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, with the regular "gang" of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Jim Backus, whose "Gilligan's Island" television series (in which he played millionaire "Thurston Howell III") was reaching the end of its three-year run. It should be noted that for two straight weeks -- March 6 and March 13, 1967 -- "IGAS" had been preempted, a sure sign of its nearly 15-year run coming to an end. The first game featured four men who flew paper airplanes; when one of the men went down to one of the aisles in the audience section to fly one of his creations, there was a brief shot of the Norelco PC-60 cameras then in use at CBS Studio 50 (the future Ed Sullivan Theatre) where "IGAS" and "WML?" emanated that final season for both shows -- and therefore, a rare shot of the entire "IGAS" set. Also of note is that while this "IGAS" episode was the next-to-last extant show, it was the third-last overall. The actual next-to-last episode, originally aired on March 27, 1967 and tragically lost to history today, featured Steve's lovely wife, and former regular "IGAS" panelist, Jayne Meadows as the celebrity guest (source: TV Guide [New York Metropolitan Edition], March 25-31, 1967). In the three years of Mr. Allen's run as "IGAS" host, Miss Meadows made a total of eight "old home week" appearances -- six as guest panelist, two as celebrity guest. The guest panelist tally includes another now-lost episode from March 28, 1966, with basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain as celebrity guest (source: TV Guide [New York Metropolitan Edition], March 26-April 1, 1966). Jayne will go on to make frequent appearances on the panel of the short-lived 1972-1973 weekly syndicated version of "IGAS" which Steverino also hosted. - W-B (2008)

      • ARLENE'S QUESTION EXPLAINED: While trying to guess Senator McClellan, a blindfolded Arlene asked if he had said something about President Eisenhower's statement on Formosa, and also that he seemed unsure whether he was a Democrat or Republican. Both comments were made because she was sure it was Senator Wayne Morse. Ike's statement (January 1955) was on defending Formosa (Taiwan) from the Communist Red Chinese. Morse, who famously switched from Republican to Democrat, was highly critical of any support of Chiang Kai-shek's government. - stopette (2005)

        REVIEW: The panel had a pretty rough night this particular episode. They were puzzled by the pogo stick tester, but Arlene managed to partially figure out her line. During a last-minute conference, pogo sticks were mentioned by Arlene, but it was too late for the panel. John had already called time and the guest won the full prize by default when John flipped over all the cards. The panel also was totally stumped by the smog control director from Los Angeles. However, Fred managed to keep the evening from being a total loss when he "backed into" his correct identification of Senator McClellan. Also, as far as Louis Jourdan's performance as a guest panelist, he really didn't ask many good questions and did a better job as a mystery guest rather than a panelist. - Sargebri (2005)

        Bio on Senator McClellan from Congress.gov: a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Sheridan, Grant County, Ark., February 25, 1896; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1913, when he was seventeen; commenced practice in Sheridan, Ark.; during the First World War served in the United States Army as a first lieutenant in the Aviation Section of the Signal Corps 1917-1919; moved to Malvern, Ark., in 1919 and continued the practice of law; prosecuting attorney of the seventh judicial district of Arkansas 1927-1930; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth Congress; reelected to the Seventy-fifth Congress (January 3, 1935-January 3, 1939); was not a candidate in 1938 for reelection but was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; resumed the practice of law in Camden, Ark.; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1942; reelected in 1948, 1954, 1960, 1966 and 1972 and served from January 3, 1943, until his death; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in Executive Departments (Eighty-first and Eighty-second Congresses); Committee on Government Operations (Eighty-fourth through Ninety-second Congresses), Select Committee on Labor Management Relations (Eighty-fifth and Eighty-sixth Congresses), Committee on Appropriations (Ninety-second through Ninety-fifth Congresses); died in Little Rock, Ark., November 28, 1977; interment in Roselawn Memorial Park. Also, in a touch of irony, GSN showed this episode on February 26, 2005, the day after what would have been the Senator's 109th birthday. - Sargebri (2005)

      • GSN MISSED THIS ONE: Usually, GSN cuts out the part of the show where John Daly informs viewers how to become a contestant on WML. Tonight, this part of the show was left intact. Toward the close of the show, John tells viewers to send in their photograph, along with their name, address and occupation to:

        What's My Line?
        CBS
        485 Madison Avenue
        New York 22, New York

        In his 1978 WML book, Gil Fates said that very few contestants were actually chosen from the mail-in submissions. - Suzanne (2005)

      • "What, me worry?" - Alfred E. Neuman meets John Daly: After CBS moved to the modern skyscraper on 6th Avenue that it built in 1965, one of the tenants to move into its former headquarters at 485 Madison Avenue was MAD Magazine, which stayed there for 30 years. For years, the address on MAD's masthead was put forth as: 485 MADison Avenue, New York, New York 10022. - exapno99 (2005)

        Senator John L. McClellan, a Democrat from Arkansas, was born in 1896. He served as a Senator from 1943 to 1977, and died in office in 1977. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Louis Jourdan opens on Wednesday in a Broadway production called "Tonight in Samarkand." He plays the part of Sourab Kayam, a crystal ball gazer. The melodrama runs for only 29 total performances. - Suzanne (2005)

        Louis Jourdan (b. 6/19/1921)

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

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