What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 25


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 20, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Arthur Berk - "Maternity Dress Salesman" (salaried; he works for Top Notch Products; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Dr. F. Henry Burkhardt (Frederick Henry Burkhardt, Ph.D.) (9/13/1912 - 9/23/2007) - "President of Women's College, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont" (salaried; he said that a few males have been admitted to the college; he donated his winnings to Bennington College's scholarship fund; from Bennington, VT; he served as Bennington's president from 1947-1957)

Game 3: Dorothy Lamour (12/10/1914 - 9/22/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Fred: (trying to figure out the line of the maternity dress salesman and most likely playing a series a gambit questions to their conclusion) Well, tell me -- uh, I'll ask you a frank question, Mr. Berk -- I hope you'll, uh -- is Jack Benny going around in 1905 model of one of these? (laughter from audience)

    • Arlene: Ezio, since you haven't been here before, I just wanted to tell you that now is the time that you have a message for John Daly.
      Ezio: Thank you. (begins singing in magnificent tones) Happy birthday to you / Happy birthday to you / Happy birthday, dear John / Happy birthday to you.
      John: Thank you. Thank you. What a wonderful surprise. And thank you very much, Ezio. This will be a birthday I'll long remember. It is not everybody who has the great Ezio Pinza to sing "Happy Birthday" to them.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down. Dorothy had managed to guess the line of "president" after asking for one more guess, but John flipped the cards anyway because the contestant had specified that his winnings be donated to the scholarship fund of his college. - agent_00042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: For this evening's edition, Remington electric shavers had the honor of being the main sponsor. And this was the last of guest panelist Ezio Pinza's two "WML?" appearances; he died two years, two months and 17 days later, on May 9, 1957.
      (2) FRED ALLEN QUIP WATCH: In his introduction of Arlene this evening, Fred asserted that Arlene knew a schoolteacher who once went into Birdland, thinking that "it was a branch of the Audubon Society." Birdland was the name of a world-famous jazz nightclub on Broadway and West 52nd Street in midtown Manhattan that was in operation from 1949 to 1965. The club's name was derived from the nickname of jazz legend Charlie "Bird" Parker, as was the composition "Lullaby of Birdland." One of the Birdland club's owners was Morris Levy, who went on to greater fame as the head of Roulette Records.
      (3) "PARDON MY SARONG": This was the first of two appearances, both as mystery guest, by Dorothy Lamour; she was also on EPISODE #423 of July 13, 1958. She was the second of the major co-stars in the "Road" series of pictures, after Bob Hope, to appear on "WML?"; alas, Bing Crosby made no such appearances on the program. Also of note was Joan Collins, who was in the final Hope/Crosby "Road" picture, "The Road to Hong Kong" (1962); she later appeared on "WML?" as both a guest panelist and mystery guest. For Miss Lamour's mystery guest spot tonight, the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font was used for her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Even though the end credits were shortened by the American Airlines travel arrangements notice -- with only the title card shown before and after the "AA" card -- GSN nonetheless maintained its loathsome "crunching" of the screen just the same on its July 13, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF "IGAS" - THIS IS THE END!!! Following the July 13, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN aired the April 3, 1967 edition of "I've Got a Secret." Host Steve Allen presided over this final show of the series with the regular panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan who were assembled for what turned out to be the last time, and Lynn Redgrave (then starring in the film "Georgy Girl") was the celebrity guest on this edition which was postponed from February 27, 1967. It should be noted that while regular "IGAS" announcer John Cannon was heard on the "From New York, here is..." intro and ending prerecorded notice, the opening sponsor billboard for Tegrin medicated shampoo was voiced by Johnny Olson, who otherwise had not worked on the program during its CBS run; however, Mr. Olson would announce for "IGAS" in its 1972-1973 weekly syndicated incarnation. Also, the final goodbyes were taped subsequent to the original recording of this episode, with Mr. Allen and the panelists dressed exactly as on the rest of the show; compared with the ending comments on the final "WML?" EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967, the goodbyes on this swan-song CBS "IGAS" edition were more perfunctory and pro forma. "IGAS" was the first of the CBS nighttime Goodson-Todman game shows to leave the airwaves; "To Tell the Truth" and "Password" aired at night for the last time on May 22, 1967, followed by "WML?" exactly five months to the day from the end of "IGAS."- W-B (2008)


      Below is a list of key "IGAS" talent, and what became of them since CBS pulled the plug on the program in 1967. - W-B (2008)

      THE HOSTS:

      GARRY MOORE - At the time "IGAS" reached the end of its run on April 3, 1967, Garry Moore's attempted comeback variety show had long left the air, having been replaced by "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" which lasted to 1969. Later that year, 1969, Mr. Moore was tapped to host a daily syndicated revival of "To Tell the Truth"; like the syndicated "WML?" that premiered a year earlier, elements of "IGAS" were on the new "TTTT." In addition, he was reunited with longtime "IGAS" panelist Bill Cullen on the new venture (see below). Mr. Moore remained with the syndicated "TTTT" until he was sidelined with throat cancer in 1976 which required an operation; on the first show of the 1977-1978 season, he came out and officially announced his retirement from television, passing the reins to Joe Garagiola who had filled in for him during the second half of the 1976-1977 season. Mr. Moore died of emphysema in 1993 at age 78.

      STEVE ALLEN - Right on the heels of "IGAS's" demise, Mr. Allen hosted a summer-replacement series, "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," for CBS, as well as being a frequent guest panelist on "WML?" for its final months on the network. From 1968 to 1971, Steverino hosted another talk show called -- what else? -- "The Steve Allen Show" (originally "The New Steve Allen Show"). Then in 1972, he hosted a new syndicated version of "IGAS" which only lasted a year; besides frequent appearances by his lovely wife Jayne Meadows and fellow CBS "IGAS" panelist Henry Morgan, the new version was notable for another panelist, Richard Dawson, who went from that show to the new "wild and crazy" version of "Match Game," staying there from its 1973 debut until 1978. Perhaps Steve's longest-running latter-day effort was "Meeting of Minds" which ran on PBS from 1977 to 1981; Jayne was among those on the show who played countless historical figures. During Mr. Allen's run with that show, he did a special on PBS parodying many of that network's shows, including a takeoff of "Cosmos" in which he impersonated host Carl Sagan, explaining that "Most of the show's budget goes towards turtleneck sweaters -- that's because I have the neck of a turtle." His last major network endeavor was the 1980-1981 NBC series "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour," one of whose regulars, Catherine O'Hara, was on a respite from the Canadian sketch comedy series "Second City Television" ("SCTV") at the time. Mr. Allen continued to do frequent TV and film appearances up to his death in 2000 at age 78.


      BILL CULLEN - At the time "IGAS" ended in 1967, Bill Cullen had begun a long run with producer Bob Stewart when he hosted the former G-T staffer's first independent production, "Eye Guess." Other shows Mr. Cullen hosted for Mr. Stewart included "Three on a Match" and the syndicated "$25,000 Pyramid." In the late 1960's and through the 1970's, his main, if not only, connection to G-T was his run as panelist on the syndicated "TTTT," which lasted throughout its 1969-1978 run and, just as with "IGAS," outlasted Garry Moore's. Bill also hosted the ill-fated 1976 CBS revival of "IGAS," for which Henry Morgan was again a frequent panelist. One of the odder credits in Mr. Cullen's encyclopedic resume was a short-lived 1977 public-access game show out of Columbus, Ohio called "How Do You Like Your Eggs?"; he handled it with the same panache he applied to all his other endeavors. Bill hosted two more shows for G-T, "Blockbusters" and "Child's Play," before closing out his career as host of "The Joker's Wild" on CBS and in syndication after original host Jack Barry's death in 1984. Mr. Cullen died from lung cancer in 1990 at age 70.

      BETSY PALMER - In 1969, two years after "IGAS's" cancellation, Miss Palmer succeeded Virginia Graham as host of ABC's daytime gabfest "Girl Talk"; whereas under Miss Graham, the show could be considered a precursor to "The View," Betsy brought her trademark sweetness to the show which reached the end of its run in 1970. A year after that, in 1971, Betsy's marriage to OB-GYN Dr. Vincent J. Marandino ended in divorce after 17 years; among her 1970's credits included a stint as Allen Funt's co-host on the syndicated "The New Candid Camera." Perhaps Miss Palmer's most famous role, one which she initially hated, was that of "Mrs. Pamela Voorhees" in the original "Friday the 13th" movie which was released in 1980. Betsy's still going strong, as of 2008; she also has a page on the MySpace website and occasionally participates in the "What's My Line? - Live on Stage" recreations of "everybody's favorite panel show."

      HENRY MORGAN - The controversial curmudgeon made four appearances as a guest panelist on "WML?" following the end of "IGAS," including the now-infamous EPISODE #868 of July 9, 1967 in which he rudely interrupted Bennett Cerf. That was the end of his stay on the show for what was left of its CBS run, but he would make frequent appearances on the panel on the 1968-1975 syndicated version; as well as on the syndicated versions of "TTTT" and "IGAS." In 1969, Mr. Morgan hosted an ultimately unsuccessful pilot for a proposed game show called "What's the Law?"; the panelists were Linda Lavin, Barry Nelson, Joan Rivers and Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Later in 1969, Henry was a part of the cast of the short-lived sitcom "My World and Welcome to It" which was loosely based on the works of James Thurber; Mr. Morgan's character was "Phil Jensen." He also appeared occasionally on the 1970's version of "Match Game," and also returned to the medium of radio, on which he cut his teeth in the 1980's, for a few local shows in New York. Mr. Morgan wrote his autobiography, "Here's Morgan" (named after one of his many radio series), in 1994, a few months before his death from lung cancer (the same disease that claimed Bill Cullen) at age 79.

      BESS MYERSON - After the end of "IGAS," Bess Myerson continued on as Allen Funt's co-host on "Candid Camera," but that show reached the end of its CBS run on the same day in 1967 as "WML?" Thereafter, Miss Myerson left the field of show business and entered the world of politics. In 1969, she was appointed by New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay to be Commissioner of Consumer Affairs, a post she held until 1973. During her time in that position, she enacted the most far-reaching consumer protection legislation up to that time. In 1977, Bess actively campaigned with Edward I. Koch in his ultimately successful run for his first term as Mayor of New York; however, she failed in a 1980 run for the U.S. Senate seat previously held by Jacob K. Javits, losing by a slim margin to eventual Democratic candidate Elizabeth Holtzman. Bess later served as Commissioner of Cultural Affairs under Mr. Koch from 1983 to 1987, until a series of scandals that would be dubbed by the media as "The Bess Mess." Miss Myerson survived a bout with ovarian cancer in 1973, and a stroke several years later. Since the aforementioned scandals, Bess has remained out of the public eye.

    • HAPPY 41st BIRTHDAY, JOHN DALY! During the introductions, Ezio Pinza serenaded John with the full "Happy Birthday Song," a cappella and in an operatic style, of course! It was quite unexpected and special. John said he'd never forget this birthday. - Suzanne (2005)

      Ezio Pinza sang "Happy Birthday" to John instead of introducing him. - SigninStar (2005)

    • REVIEW: This episode was very memorable due to the fact that Ezio Pinza sang such a lovely rendition of "Happy Birthday" to John, who seemed truly touched by it. As far as the games themselves, the panel had an okay night. Dorothy, with help from Arlene, figured out that the first contestant had something to do with maternity dresses. Unfortunately, when Dorothy had to specifically say what he did with them, she mistakenly said he designed them. It then was up to Fred, who correctly said that he sold them. In the second game, the panel pretty much was stumped by the women's college president. However, even though Dorothy was given credit for the correct guess, John had flipped all the cards over on the basis of time. Also, there was another reason for John's generosity with the cards. It was agreed that any money won by Dr. Burkhardt would be donated to the school's scholarship fund. Dorothy did make up for her earlier goof when she correctly identified tonight's mystery guest, "Sarong Girl" Dorothy Lamour. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: During the introductions, Fred mentions Birdland, the famous Broadway night club which opened in December 1949 and was named after the famed jazz saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. In less than a month, Charlie Parker will die at age 34. - Suzanne (2005)

      Ezio Pinza (5/18/1892 - 5/9/1957)

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