What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 32

EPISODE #253

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 10, 1955 on CBS

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    • LAST "OLD RULE" MYSTERY GUEST QUESTIONING EPISODE: This is the last episode where the panelists rotate questioning of the mystery guest after a "no" answer, although nothing about the upcoming demise of this feature is mentioned on this episode. In the future, they will be allowed only one question each for the mystery guest, regardless of the answer. John Daly's new mantra will become "One question, in turn, rotating clockwise." In his 1978 book, WML Producer Gil Fates said this change was made because Bennett Cerf was too good at guessing who the mystery guest was!

      Gil Fates wrote: (begin quote) "Bennett prided himself on his ability to identify the mystery guest, and each Sunday night he used to come into the studio with a scribbled list of the suspects he knew to be in town. Just before the program took to the air he would stand alone backstage with his glasses pushed up onto his forehead and a scrap of paper held close to his nose, squinting at their names in the dimmish light. Onstage, Bennett was not exactly a team player. He was burdened with no ethic of showmanship to restrain him from blurting out a name even though the mystery guest had been onstage for only twenty seconds. We tried to circumvent this by changing the rules of the mystery guest game to allow each panelist only one question at a time. We would then start the game with Bennett, on the theory that he wouldn't dare make a guess without even having heard the guest grunt. With this devise we guaranteed that each panelist would get at least one question before it came around to Bennett again and he batted it off." (end quote) - Suzanne (2005)

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      LAST FREE WILD GUESS EPISODE: This is the last episode which allows the "Free Guess" or "Wild Guess," although nothing about the upcoming demise of this feature is mentioned on this episode. Historically, prior to game play, each panelist was given the opportunity to randomly guess the contestant's occupation. This feature dates back to the first episode in 1950. On a few occasions, a panelist did indeed correctly guess the occupation! A few other times, they were very close. If the wild guess was incorrect, then the game would start as normal. - Suzanne (2005)

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