FREE WILD GUESS WIN HISTORY FOR WHAT'S MY LINE? - CBS 1950 - 1955
"Wild Guesses" or "Free Guesses" were won on the following 9 episodes:
EARLY LOST EPISODE - MOST LIKELY EPISODE #8 of May 24, 1950 - "Motorcycle Cop" - Arlene Francis said the following in a December 20, 1952 TV DIGEST (Philadelphia) article: "Before the questioning begins, the panelists are allowed, of course, a 'wild guess.' Some are pretty wild, but on two occasions we hit the target right off. I made the first correct 'wild guess' on the show, when I identified a motorcycle cop. I even said his name might be Maloney. How'd I do it? I once was stopped by a motorcycle cop named Maloney and I never forgot his name."
EARLY LOST EPISODE - MOST LIKELY EPISODE #16 of September 13, 1950 - "Atomic Scientist" - Arlene Francis said the following in a December 20, 1952 TV DIGEST (Philadelphia) article: "Miss Kilgallen correctly wild-guessed an atomic scientist, because she said, 'If I were casting a play, he'd be just right for the part.'" This win was also mentioned on EPISODE #216. One contestant on EPISODE #16 of September 13, 1950 is an "Atomic Engineer."
EARLY LOST EPISODE - MOST LIKELY EPISODE #30 of December 24, 1950 - "Santa Claus" - This win was mentioned on EPISODE #216. Winning panelist unknown.
EPISODE #120 of September 14, 1952 Arlene Francis wins with a guess of "Football Player" for Tommy Kalmanir.
EPISODE #149 of April 5, 1953 Arlene Francis wins with a guess of "Trapeze Performer" for Sara Marlowe.
EPISODE #175 of October 4, 1953 Dorothy Kilgallen wins with a guess of "Umpire" for Ed Hurley.
EPISODE #216 of July 18, 1954 Arlene Francis wins with a guess of "Lifeguard" for Carol Rubin.
EPISODE #224 of September 12, 1954 Bennett Cerf wins with a guess of "Dramatic Coach" for Tala Forman.
EPISODE #248 of March 6, 1955 Bennett Cerf wins with a guess of "I think he fixes those one-armed bandits so that every one man in a million gets the jackpot" for Walt Hollingsworth, a contestant who "Repairs Slot Machines."
Tally of wins:
Arlene Francis won 4 times.
Dorothy Kilgallen won 2 times.
Bennett Cerf won 2 times.
Unknown - 1 time.
This "Free Wild Guess" game feature was discontinued after tonight's EPISODE #253 of April 17, 1955.
Three guesses were won on early shows that are lost to history. We have no record of them other than Arlene's interview and recollections of the panel on subsequent wins. On other occasions, the panelists were very close, but John did not allow them to win. For additional detailed comments, see the individual episode guides listed above. - Suzanne (2005)