What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 22, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: In the last game, the contestant's occupation should have read "Housewife, Mrs. America, 1956" but it read "1955" instead. She corrected John after her game. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Quotes

    • Fred: (to the final contestant) Do your looks have anything to do to enable a girl to -- er -- sort of get into the profession which you're in?
      Ramona Deitemeyer: Yes.
      Fred: Looks are --
      John: Yeah, I would say they help, Fred.
      Fred: Looks are helpful.
      John: Now, this is to presume, you know, that appearance always plays a part in acquiring any, uh, particular place or position.
      Fred: John, if you ever -- if you ever have to eat your words, you'd be at them all day long. The longest meal in history.

  • Notes

    • OCCUPATION - HOUSEWIFE: Following Mrs. Ramona Deitemeyer's game, John said, "We've done something we've wanted to do for a long time." This was, however, not the first time that a contestant whose stated line was "housewife" was seen on the program, although it would be the last. This "line" was also seen near the beginning of the program's run, on EPISODE #3 of March 2, 1950. - agent_0042 (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down. There had not been much time for this game, even though John had dispensed with the opening panel walk-by segment. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: For the third straight week in this stretch, Stopette is the main sponsor. This is the first of many episodes over the remaining twelve years of "WML?'s" CBS run on which Arlene, once again sitting on the far end of the panel desk, is introduced as "The delightful star of stage and television." And tonight's show is Mary Healy's second and final turn as a guest panelist.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST (THIS TIME) VAN JOHNSON: As with his would-be mystery guest spot on EPISODE #182 of November 22, 1953, Mr. Johnson's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk is set in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11. In this month of May 1955, the film "The End of the Affair," in which he co-starred with former "WML?" mystery guest and guest panelist Deborah Kerr, was released to theatres.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: At GSN's July 26, 2008 airing of this episode, viewers were witness to the odd spectacle of the screen being "crunched" during the middle of the panel's good nights, primarily during Fred's and Mary's spots. The video then inexplicably returned to full screen for most of Bennett's good night, John's sign-off, the "WML?" title card, and the American Airlines travel arrangements plug. (The production crew art cards were not shown tonight.) In spite of the video crunching, GSN at least had the dignity to preserve the original audio soundtrack, so we could hear the panel members saying good night to each other.
      (4) The July 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the November 5, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with Abe Burrows, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson on the panel, and 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom as the celebrity guest. Mr. Rosenbloom's appearance on this "TNTS" episode, in terms of vintage 1950's Goodson-Todman shows still in existence, was considerably more fortunate than his mystery guest appearance on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #27 of December 3, 1950. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This was another decent showing for the panel. Bennett got things rolling when he correctly identified Mr. Draper (aka Colonel Draper) as the pilot of President Eisenhower's plane, The Columbine. Bennett also was given credit for a correct guess in the second game when he said that Mrs. Brice bottled pickles, after Fred had correctly guessed that she had something to do with them. However, Mrs. Brice actually owned the whole factory. Fred really stunned everyone in the mystery guest round when out of the blue he correctly identified Van Johnson. John later recounted Van's previous appearance when Walter Winchell spoiled all the fun by spilling the beans that Johnson would be on. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so Mrs. Ramona Deitemeyer of Lincoln, Nebraska, the then current Mrs. America, wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      PRESIDENTIAL PLANE: Col. Draper stated that President Eisenhower's plane, The Columbine, was still a propeller driven craft. The first jet to be dubbed Air Force One wasn't in existence yet. It wouldn't be until 1962 that the first jet to fly under that moniker would be put into service. That craft, a Boeing 707, would be used for several years. However, its most famous use came in November 1963 when it carried the body of President Kennedy back to Washington D.C. after he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Shortly after JFK's body was loaded on the plane, Vice-President Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President in the cabin area of the plane. - Sargebri (2005)

      PRESIDENTIAL PLANE: There were three Eisenhower "Columbine" planes, all named after the official state flower of Colorado, which was Mamie Eisenhower's adopted home state. General Dwight Eisenhower flew "The Columbine I" when he was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces in Europe. As U.S. President, he flew in "The Columbine II." There is an interesting story surrounding "The Columbine II" which had a call sign of "Air Force 610." On a 1956 flight to Florida, Ike's plane was briefly confused with "Eastern 610," a commercial passenger flight. No problems arose, but the pilot, Colonel Bill Draper, thought that there might be serious misunderstandings in the future, so he swiftly picked a unique call sign, "Air Force One." The press discovered this catchy new call sign and attached it to the presidential aircraft. From then on, all U.S. President's planes - props and jets alike - have been called "Air Force One." Other sites on the net state this term was used prior to this time. The last one, "The Columbine III," is currently located at the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio. - Suzanne (2005)

      PARTY AT BENNETT'S: During game 2, Bennett stated that the Mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, is in the audience in the front row. He was not named. What was mentioned - several times - was the big party that Bennett hosted last night. - Suzanne (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST Van Johnson is currently filming his 1956 film "Miracle in the Rain" which co-stars Jane Wyman. John referenced WML EPISODE #182 of November 22, 1953, when Van Johnson was the scheduled mystery guest, but his game was not played because the press had leaked his upcoming appearance. - Suzanne (2005)

    • LITTLE GREEN MEN - Dorothy Kilgallen alleged that the British government had recovered a crashed UFO. One newspaper her article appeared in was the Los Angeles Examiner edition of Monday, May 23, 1955. She wrote the following under the headline of:

      "Flying Saucer - Wreckage Assures Britons of Reality"

      (begin Kilgallen quote)

      I can report Sunday on a story which is positively spooky, not to mention chilling. British scientists and airmen, after examining the wreckage of one mysterious flying ship, are convinced that these strange aerial objects are not optical illusions or Soviet inventions, but are actually flying saucers, which originate on another planet. The source of my information is a British official of cabinet rank who prefers to remain unidentified. "We believe, on the basis of our inquiries thus far, that the saucers were staffed by small men - probably under four feet tall," my informant told me. "It's frightening, but there is no denying the flying saucers come from another planet." This official quoted scientists as saying a flying ship of this type could not possibly have been constructed on Earth. The British government, I learned, is withholding an official report on the "flying saucer" examination at this time, possibly because it does not wish to frighten the public. In the United States, all kinds of explanations have been advanced. But no responsible official of the U.S. Air Force has yet intimated the mysterious flying ships actually vaulted from outer space.

      (end Kilgallen quote)

      Gordon Creighton, writing in "Flying Saucer Review" (Volume 25, Number 4 from November 1979 & Volume 31, Number 1 from October 1985) had researched this story in detail and stated he believed Kilgallen's source was Earl Mountbatten of Burma. Possibly, Kilgallen heard the story at a cocktail party hosted by Mountbatten in May 1955. - Suzanne (2005)

    • The folks at G-T must have really liked William Draper, the Presidential pilot. Two years later, on 5/21/1957, he appears as a central character on "To Tell the Truth," with the same occupation. - Kevin (2005)

      Tidbits: During the introductions, Fred reads a letter from a Buffalo, NY attorney, Matthew X. Wagner. The lawyer wonders if the panel's daily introductory comment of "on my left" should be phrased "at my left." Bennett lets us know that "the other night" Mary Healy and Peter Lind Hayes were featured on Edward R. Murrow's program "Person to Person." - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Fred Allen, Mary Healy, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen has the night off. She is vacationing in France for 2 weeks.

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