What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 31

EPISODE #252

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 03, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #252
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Game 1: Miss Edle Iversen - "Men's Barber" (self-employed; she works at the historic Hotel Touraine, 62 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts; charming Norweigian contestant, full of laughs; her first name is pronounced ED-lee; from Boston, MA)

Game 2: Eugene White - "Sells Garbage Cans" (salaried; he sells the Red Label line of outdoor trash cans for Wheeling Corrugating Company of Wheeling, West Virginia; from Lancaster, PA)

Game 3: Fred Astaire (5/10/1899 - 6/22/1987) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Lillian Saul - "Airplane Salesman" (salaried; she works for the Cessna Aircraft Company; from Columbus, OH) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

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      • FLIP REPORT: The panel came somewhat close on the final contestant, but eventually ran out of time for this short game. However, in an attempt to allow as much time as possible for game play, John dispensed with both the panel walk-by and the wild guess segments. (Tonight's program was just two episodes before the wild guess feature was eliminated for good). As such, John flipped the remaining cards for this final game at six down. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight, it's Remington electric shavers' turn to be the main sponsor.
        (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Robert Q. Lewis appears for the first time since EPISODE #241 of January 16, 1955. For four months, between September 26, 1954 and January 16, 1955, Mr. Lewis alternated weekly with Fred Allen, each in the role of alternating guest panelist. Tonight, however, Mr. Lewis is filling in for the by-now regular panelist Fred Allen, who became a permanent member of the panel effective with EPISODE #242 of January 23, 1955.
        (3) "PUTTIN' ON MY TOP HAT...": For the first of two mystery guest appearances by dancing legend Fred Astaire, his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As is becoming custom in this stretch where American Airlines is given a plug, the end credits finish without mentioning all production crew members, cutting off after the art card slide showing coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine. All this, mind you, shown in GSN's usual "crunched" manner on the July 19, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF "Q-SIE": Following GSN's July 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the September 10, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel consisting this time out of Morey Amsterdam, Joan Alexander and Bill Cullen. The celebrity guest was Eddie Bracken, whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode came just three days after his "WML?" mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #119 of September 7, 1952 -- and during the course of his short-lived run as a panelist on the then-new "I've Got a Secret." Alas, the man who succeeded him as "IGAS" panelist, Henry Morgan, did not make any known appearances on "TNTS." - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's surrealism, it was good to see the panel have a winning night this particular evening. It also was nice to see Robert Q. Lewis back on the panel after a few weeks off. His appearance seemed to spark the panel to a prosperous night. Dorothy got things rolling by correctly guessing that the beautiful young lady from Boston - via Norway - was a lady barber. What made the first game fun was the fact that Edle seemed to enjoy herself and her enjoyment rubbed off on the panel and John. Dorothy also correctly guessed that the second contestant sold garbage cans. "Q-sie" should get partial credit since he figured out the type of product. Unfortunately, he didn't say what Mr. White did with them and after a couple of more "no" answers, Dolly Mae was able to narrow it down to "sells them." In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified the always-classy Fred Astaire. Fred was on the show to promote his upcoming film release "Daddy Long Legs," which co-starred Leslie Caron. Also, as Fred was walking towards the panel to shake hands with them, they asked him to "do a step" and he happily obliged - not only doing one, but two graceful soft-shoe steps. Unfortunately, in the final game, the panel ran out of time and failed to guess the contestant's line of airplane salesman - or in her case, saleswoman - and she won the full prize by default. So, after last week's weirdness, it was good to see the panel back to normal. - Sargebri (2005)

        For some of the younger readers out there, Fred Astaire's long-time dance partner was, of course, Bennett's lovely cousin-in-law, Ginger Rogers. She was the first cousin of Bennett's wife, Phyllis Cerf. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Fred Astaire promoted his appearance in the 1955 film "Daddy Long Legs." He gave high praise to his co-star Leslie Caron. Recent mystery guest Terry Moore also appears in the movie. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: During the second game, John said that one of his (currently two) sons was present in the audience. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Fred Allen had the night off.

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