What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 26, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Mearl Trantham - "Parole Officer at San Quentin" (salaried; his office is inside the prison; from San Francisco, CA)

Game 2: Miss Dorothy Miller - "Burns Money (Federal Reserve Bank)" (salaried; she is employed at the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank; from Detroit, MI)

Game 3: Jose Ferrer (1/8/1912 - 1/26/1992) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in using an accent in his first name, as José Ferrer.

Game 4: Miss Joan Carpenter - "Mambo Instructor" (salaried; earlier today she was Miss Joan Carpenter, which was her sign in name, but she is now Mrs. Joan Alimanestianu; she works at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio; she got married today, but that didn't stop her from appearing on WML!; she explained that her nose was sunburned from riding in a convertible automobile; from New York, NY) . .moreless

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Fred Allen

Fred Allen

Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bennett: On my left, our peerless panel moderator, one of the few people in America who thinks alligators are found in the home -- Mr. John Charles Daly.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FOR THE LOVE OF MONEY: The second contestant, Miss Dorothy Miller, burned money for the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. The panel was stumped by her line, as they would also be when the line "Burns Money" was presented in EPISODE #517 of June 12, 1960, this time with Mr. Thomas Hull who worked at the New York branch of the Federal Reserve Bank. - agent_0042 (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. Dorothy had correctly guessed that this contestant instructed in something and Bennett came up with "dancing" after the cards were flipped, but none of the panel got the exact line of "mambo instructor." Per what has been the standard operating procedure for a while now, John dispensed with the opening panel walk-by for this quick final game. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Effective with tonight's show, a new opening advertisement for this evening's main sponsor, Remington Rand, is unveiled. Additional modifications include changes to the sponsor billboard on the panel desk, changes to the logo on the top of the sign-in board, and changes to the imagery on the flip cards. It was five days after this episode, on July 1, 1955, that a merger between Remington Rand, Inc. and the Sperry Corporation was officially consummated, with the parent company becoming known as Sperry Rand Corporation. The "Remington Rand" branding continued to be used for several years afterwards, and throughout the remainder of the company's time as alternating sponsor for "WML?"
      (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT AND MYSTERY GUEST NAMEPLATE WATCH: For the first contestant, the layout of the occupation overlay screen is alternated between all capital letters and mixed case letters (both upper and lower case), so that it reads "PAROLE OFFICER for SAN QUENTIN." The second contestant's overlay is likewise laid out, only with a little error in arrangement: "BURNS MONEY (Federal Reserve) Bank." And while Jose Ferrer, making the first of two mystery guest appearances tonight, used the accent over the "e" in his first name while signing in, his nameplate on the panel moderator's desk -- set, as usual, in Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 -- has no such accent, reading as "JOSE FERRER."
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits cut off after the art card graphic for director Franklin Heller. When GSN aired this episode on July 31, 2008, they waited until the American Airlines card was on the screen for about a second before once again indulging in its putrid and pitiful penchant for "crunching" the screen.
      (4) The July 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by a rerun of the December 16, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Cliff Norton, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and celebrity guest Cesar Romero, whose original appearance on this 1952 "TNTS" episode came only two days after his mystery guest spot on "WML?" EPISODE #133 of December 14, 1952. - W-B (2008)

    • FRED MAKES A PUN! But, as is typical of much of Fred's humor, it's cerebral and whizzes past everyone - panel, guest, audience, even John. Fred is on the trail of the occupation of Miss Miller, and he has determined that if a woman has a lot of this on her, she would be more attractive to men. Assuming it's cologne or perfume, Fred asks, "If she had a lot on her, would we be able to smell it?" John answers "No," and flips the card for the first "no" of the round, showing us a FIVE on the flip card. Fred, in an aside, mutters, "Wrong Channel." If that's not a reference to CHANEL #5, the perfume, I'll eat my Stopette. Poof! - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      REVIEW: The streak of lousy performances by the panel continued with this episode. In the first game, the panel came close to guessing what the occupation of the first contestant was when they figured out that he worked in some capacity at San Quentin prison. Unfortunately, they never did figure out that he was a parole officer. In the second game, Dorothy figured out that the contestant dealt with money, but just like the first game, that's as far as it went. They never did figure out that she supervised the burning of old, worn out bills. The lone bright spot came in the mystery guest round when Dorothy, with a huge assist from Bennett, was able to identify Jose Ferrer. After the game, Jose brought up the fact that his lovely wife, Rosemary Clooney, had been on the show several weeks earlier. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time just as Dorothy narrowed down the pretty newlywed's profession to teaching. Bennett figured out that she was a dance instructor, but by the time he mentioned it, it was already too late as John had flipped the remaining cards over and she won $50 by default on the basis of time. - Sargebri (2005)

      BETTY WHITE: As Fred mentioned during his introduction of Betty White, she was about to start working on another Goodson-Todman panel show entitled "Make the Connection," which will premiere on July 7, 1955 on NBC. On that show, a celebrity panel had to figure out the connection between two people, whether it was working in the same building, going to the same college, or some other set of circumstances where their lives had crossed paths. The show also featured guest star appearances. Besides Betty, other panelists included Gloria DeHaven, Eddie Bracken and Gene Klavan. It was hosted at different times by future "Wide World of Sports" host Jim McKay and also by future "Match Game" host Gene Rayburn. The short-lived summer replacement show only aired for about three months before its run ended on September 29, 1955. - Sargebri (2005)

    • José Ferrer promoted his 1955 film "The Shrike" which is playing at the Victoria Theatre. He spoke highly of his co-star June Allyson. - Suzanne (2005)

      While introducing Betty White, Fred mentions she will appear on the upcoming show "Make the Connection"; another G-T variation on the WML?/IGAS formula whose handful of surviving episodes have been shown from time to time on GSN. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

    • Tidbits: Fred informs us that on July 7, 1955, Betty White will appear on the debut of a new Goodson-Todman Productions game show, "Make the Connection." GSN last aired a few episodes of this series in January 2004. The host is Gene Rayburn. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Betty White, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis has the night off. Bennett hinted that she might be in Las Vegas, Nevada tonight.