What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 12, 1955 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers.
      (2) FRED ALLEN QUIP WATCH: In his introduction of Arlene, he asserted that she told him the weather outside was so foggy that she saw Superman walking through midtown Manhattan.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: For the first contestant Mrs. Ella Carver, her overlay of "High Diver - Dives 90 Ft. Into Flaming Pool" was set in the customary "last-minute" font; the other two regular contestants had their overlays set in Kabel Heavy. In the case of the last contestant for this evening, Owen Deane, Mr. Daly removed the nameplate for mystery guest Tom Ewell after Mr. Deane's occupation was shown on the screen.
      (4) MYSTERY GUEST TOM EWELL: The veteran film, stage and TV actor made his only "WML?" appearance tonight, for which his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk appears to be set in two different typefaces -- Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 for his first name and Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed for his last name. In 1960, Mr. Ewell co-starred with future "To Tell the Truth" panelist Peggy Cass, former "Phil Silvers Show" (aka "Sergeant Bilko") co-star Paul Ford, John McGiver and future "Bewitched" co-star Alice Ghostley on Broadway in "A Thurber Carnival," based on the works of James Thurber and directed by Burgess Meredith. It played at the ANTA Theatre (now the Neil Simon Theatre) from February 26, 1960 to November 26, 1960, for a total of 223 performances. The original cast album was released on Columbia Masterworks (KOL 5500/KOS 2024); in that production, there were two "Word Dances" that in their structure anticipated the "cocktail party" segments of the 1968-1973 TV series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Of the above individuals involved in "A Thurber Carnival," only Mr. McGiver and Miss Ghostley never made any kind of appearances on "WML?" at any time in its 17.5-year run on CBS, although Mr. McGiver was a mystery guest on the syndicated "WML?" in 1969.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: A new graphic for American Airlines is unveiled for tonight's show during the travel arrangements plug in the end credits, which cut off after the art card for executive producer Gil Fates. GSN showed the airline art card in full screen for a brief period on their July 29, 2008 airing of this episode, before indulging in their usual pathetic procedure of "crunching" the end credits.
      (6) A BLAST FROM "WML?'S" PAST ON "TNTS": Following the July 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 2, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel here assembled as then-"WML?" regular Hal Block, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and Nelson Eddy as the celebrity guest. It was the second time Miss Alexander and Mr. Block sat on a panel together; the first time was on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #65 of August 26, 1951, on which Miss Alexander made what proved to be her only "WML?" appearance. This 1952 "TNTS" episode marked the unveiling of a new logo and opening title sequence for "TNTS," with the title now set in a custom-made bold serif font rather than Dom Casual, and the end credits now set in Cheltenham Bold Condensed; as well as a change in design to the set background and a new sponsor, Johnson's Wax, coming on board. It was also the first episode to be directed by Herbert Hirschman, who would later be the producer of the first few hour-long episodes of the 1963 season of "Twilight Zone"; Mr. Hirschman succeeded previous "TNTS" director Jerome Schnur, who would return to the show for its last months in 1955. - W-B (2008)

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