What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 20, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bennett: (following the previous week's decision by John that fireworks contain animal content -- specifically, animal fat on the wicks) And on my left, the fabulous character who not only has won an Emmy for newscasting and an award for panel moderating, but is the only man alive who can make firecrackers out of animals -- Mr. John Daly.

  • Notes

    • MYSTERIOUS WHISPERS: During the opening of the episode, before the introductions began, Arlene could be seen leaning over so that Bennett could whisper something in her ear. No explanation was given, so whatever was shared between the two remains a secret. - agent_0042 (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. This game was a bit of a trick on the panel, as Arlene had recently met this contestant at West Point, but she did not recognize him out of uniform. Lieutenant General Bryan had signed in using initials for his first and middle names, and to confuse the panel even further, he stated he was from a different location, Louisiana, than where he worked, New York. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The honors for sponsoring this edition of "WML?" fall onto Remington electric shavers.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST TERRY MOORE: For the actress's only "WML?" appearance tonight, her nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in a slightly smaller size of Gothic No. 13, which is a rare instance, by this point in time, of a mystery guest nameplate using a font other than the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The production crew list cuts off at the same point as last week, in yet another episode to plug American Airlines. And also remaining uncaringly unchanged, on GSN's July 17, 2008 airing of this episode, was its crude "crunching" of the end credits.
      (4) GSN's July 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the August 27, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel yet again consisting of Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Bill Cullen, and Cedric Hardwicke as the celebrity guest. This episode, like every other "TNTS" episode at this point (alternating with Swanson foods), was sponsored by Bendix home appliances which, as of 1952, was a division of AVCO Manufacturing Corporation. In 1945, seven years prior to this vintage "TNTS" edition, AVCO (a contraction of the name "Aviation Corporation") had acquired Crosley Broadcasting Corporation, an Ohio-based broadcaster whose properties at this point included WLW radio (700 AM) and WLWT television (Channel 5) in Cincinnati; WINS (1010 AM) in New York (sold in 1953 to Gotham Broadcasting, which in turn sold the station in 1962 to Westinghouse Broadcasting); WLWA-TV (Channel 11, now WXIA) in Atlanta, Georgia; WLWD (Channel 2, now WDTN) in Dayton, Ohio, and WLWC (Channel 4, now WCMH) in Columbus, Ohio. (WLWI, Channel 13, now WTHR, in Indianapolis, Indiana, first signed on in 1957.) In 1968, the "Crosley" name was retired in favor of AVCO Broadcasting Corporation (and syndication arm AVCO Embassy Television), and in 1976 AVCO sold what was left of its broadcasting properties to Multimedia, Inc. One of the most famous programs to originate from Crosley/AVCO Broadcasting was "The Phil Donahue Show," which began out of WLWD in 1967 and continued from various venues (including Chicago and finally New York) until 1996. In the years after this "TNTS" episode, AVCO expanded into other branches of the entertainment industry, acquiring Joseph E. Levine's Embassy Pictures and starting the AVCO Records label (formerly AVCO Embassy Records) whose most famous act was the R&B vocal act The Stylistics, and which also had a chart-topping hit in 1975 with Van McCoy's disco classic "The Hustle." - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This was a particularly rough night for the panel. In the first game, they were totally stumped by the first contestant who worked as a house detective. To be honest, the panel shouldn't be faulted due to the fact that if someone were to be looking at a very attractive lady like her, they probably wouldn't think she was a "house dick." The second game was very interesting because the panel was dealing with a relatively famous person in Lt. General Bryan. The panel probably sould have been blindfolded for this game, especially due to the fact that Arlene had recently taken part in anniversary festivities at West Point and had met the General! However, it was decided to leave the panel unmasked and the gamble worked, as they were totally stumped by him. Of course, Arlene gave a perfectly logical answer to why she didn't recognize him. Her excuse was that he was in civilian clothes this particular night and that the last time she saw him, he was in full uniform. The night wasn't a total loss, though, as Bennett correctly identified mystery guest Terry Moore, who was in town for both a movie premiere and to appear on the "US Steel Hour." - Sargebri (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST: Terry Moore's most famous roles were in the films "Mighty Joe Young" (1949) playing "Joe's" owner "Jill Young" and in the film version of "Peyton Place" (1957) where she played vixen "Betty Anderson." In addition, in 1953 she was nominated for an Oscar for her supporting role in the 1952 film, "Come Back, Little Sheba" in which she co-starred with Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster. She also would gain infamy years later when she claimed that she was married to eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes on his yacht in 1949. Though the claim was never substantiated, the Hughes estate did pay her an undisclosed settlement in 1984. - Sargebri (2005)

      WEST POINT: General Bryan wasn't the only Superintendent of West Point to appear on WML. Several years later in July 1960, the controversial General William Westmoreland would also appear on the show as a contestant. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Terry Moore promoted her upcoming appearance on Thursday at New York's Roxie Theatre for the premiere of the 1955 film "A Man Called Peter." She also said that a week from Tuesday, March 29, 1955, she would be appearing in a "The United States Steel Hour" production of a new, original play called "One Little Room." However, on IMDB, her production on this date is listed as a play called "Scandal at Peppernut." The reason for this discrepancy is unknown. Bennett commented that she had entertained the troops during the Korean War and had been known for wearing a "spectacular costume." As a starlet in the USO entertainment production called "Operation Starlift," she spent 10 days in Korea in December 1953, and received a lot of press for wearing a white ermine mink bikini for the troops. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Tidbits: On Friday, March 25, 1955, Edward R. Murrow's "Person to Person" series will feature Arlene Francis in her home. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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