What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 21, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Fred Allen: (introducing Arlene) And at my left, ladies and gentlemen, a young lady who told me that it was so hot today, that she saw two policemen following a shady character to get out of the sun. And here she is to refute it, Miss Arlene Francis.

    • Bennett: Audrey, last time I saw you, you were going out and burning money. Did you do it?
      Audrey Meadows: Yes! I certainly did! I burned several million dollars in the federal reserve.
      Arlene: In Las Vegas?
      Audrey Meadows: No. That was the toughest thing I ever had to do. They have it all cut up first, so it has to be burned.
      John: What, was that for that other program, "The Name's the Same," on another network, as they put it?"
      Audrey Meadows: (trying to think of the title, but she never does) No, this was for a CBS show.
      Bennett: (offering the name of another G-T show) "Make the Connection."
      Audrey Meadows: No. I seem to have forgotten the name of it.
      Arlene: CBS burns money? That's why we don't get paid!
      Fred: Actors burn money, the executives don't.

      Note from Suzanne: The name of the show Audrey could not remember was "What's Going On?" and GSN aired 4 episodes of it in April 2005. (2005)

    • Fred: Are you one of the numerous Meadows sisters?
      Audrey Meadows: Uh huh.
      Fred: (surprised) Really?
      Arlene: Do you know the first name?
      Fred: Audrey?
      John: Yes, it's Audrey!

    • Fred: Is your show on film? Your television show on film? (Audrey Meadows motions John for a conference.)
      John: Sorry, have to have a conference.
      Fred: Hasn't she seen it lately? (big laughter from audience) Is it still on?
      John: Fred, would you ask that question again?
      Fred: Is this young lady's television show on film? Is it a filmed show? Or is it a live show?
      Audrey Meadows: Um...
      Fred: Yes or no? ... Alive or dead?
      Audrey Meadows: Um...yes and no.
      Fred: At the same time?
      Audrey Meadows: Um...no...I...I work a lot.
      Dorothy: What did she say?
      Arlene: She said she works a lot...alive and dead.
      (Loud laughter and applause from audience, followed by a brief period of silence.)
      Arlene: Are you through, Fred?
      Fred: Yes.
      Arlene: I mean that in the nicest possible way!
      Fred: Oh, sure. John weakened... John had a short lapse and I got two questions in.

    • John: Are the blindfolds in place, panel?
      Fred: Yes, Mr. Daly.
      Arlene: I wish mine was air-conditioned!

    • Arlene: Well, it seems he's in a business quite contrary to the business Mr. Morris is in.
      Fred: Must be.
      Arlene: I have a feeling Mr. Parker works for the law in some way. Do you, Mr. Parker?
      Bill Parker: Yes, I do.
      Arlene: He arrests the man who goes to the school where the croupier ... (drowned out by audience laughter)
      Fred: You're looking for Mr. Morris, I'm sure.
      Arlene: (pointing upstage) He went that-a-way!

    • Fred: (during Bill Parker's panel walk-by) Have you seen Mr. Benny?
      Bill Parker: He's not in my age group.
      Fred: Well, no one can be as old as that!

    • John: I went out there to cover one of those atom bomb tests, and that was very interesting. But I want you to know, Las Vegas was very interesting too!

    • Bennett: (prying the first contestant for information during the panel walk-by) Where are you from, Mr. Morris?
      Rod Morris: The person before told me not to say where I come from.
      Bennett and Arlene: Ah-hah!

    • John: And I would now remind you that you are talking to the Chief of Police of Los Angeles, California, William H. Parker - the famous technical adviser for Dragnet! You've seen that name more times probably than you've seen your own!

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. The panel had guessed his line, but John happily flipped the cards because Chief Parker donated the full winnings to the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down. Arlene had actually guessed her line, but John had been about to flip the cards due to time running out, so he went ahead and did it anyway. Following the normal custom at this point, John dispensed with the opening walk-by segment for this short final game. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The sponsor billboard on the panel desk reads "Remington Rand - Systems for Business" this evening.
      (2) INTRODUCTION VARIATIONS: Tonight bore witness to Arlene introducing the Random House publisher by his full name of Bennett Alfred Cerf. Bennett, meanwhile, as he has done occasionally over the years, simply introduces the news analyst/panel moderator as John Daly.
      (3) As a side note about the second contestant, Los Angeles Police Chief William H. Parker, it should be mentioned that "Dragnet" producer/director/star Jack Webb never made any kind of appearances on "WML?"; nor did any of his on-screen partners on the show, including Ben Alexander (who played "Officer/Sergeant Frank Smith" from 1952 to 1959) and Harry Morgan (who played "Officer Bill Gannon" in the 1967-1970 version).
      (4) "TO THE MOON, ALICE": With her only "WML?" appearance tonight, Audrey Meadows becomes the fourth person connected with "The Jackie Gleason Show" -- after Art Carney, writer Howard Harris, and Mr. Gleason himself -- to appear on the panel show. (Joyce Randolph, who played "Trixie Norton," never appeared on "WML?") Miss Meadows also proved to be a shrewd businesswoman in one respect: Around the time that negotiations for the "Classic 39" episodes of "The Honeymooners" were taking place, Audrey made a deal whereby she would receive residuals for perpetuity, long after the other stars, including Mr. Gleason, stopped receiving payments for reruns after a certain cycle amount. The arrangement Miss Meadows made in that respect -- in no small part due to her brothers being lawyers -- effectively made her a pioneer in the television business. As to Miss Meadows' nameplate on the panel moderator's desk, it is set in the usual Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was one of the rare times in this period where there was time for the full production crew credits after the American Airlines travel plug. Franklin Heller is back at the director's booth, if those shows with end credits that contain director's credits are of any indication ("Honeymooners" director Frank Satenstein was credited on EPISODE #268 of July 24, 1955), and Jack Landau is once more credited for "scenic design." All this was yet again shown by GSN in its usual "crunched" manner on its August 7, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (6) GSN's August 7, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the February 3, 1953 airing of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis and the panel of Jerry Lester, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson. The celebrity guest was Chester Morris, who never appeared on "WML?," but in the next decade made appearances on two other Goodson-Todman shows, "Password" and the original 1962-1969 version of "The Match Game." - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel. This could be credited as a perfect night even though John flipped all the cards in the final game. Dorothy got things rolling - after a well-timed conference - when she correctly identified the croupier instructor. Dorothy also correctly identified William Parker as a police chief, but it was Arlene who correctly said he was Chief of Los Angeles. After the game, John flipped all the cards and informed the panel and the audience that Chief Parker was donating his winnings to the Police and Fire Department pension fund. In the mystery guest round, Fred correctly identified the mystery guest as good old Steverino's sister-in-law, Audrey Meadows. Arlene capped off the evening when she correctly guessed that the pretty young girl from Harrison, New York was a lifeguard. However, John was in the process of flipping all the cards due to time, but Arlene did get credit for the correct guess. And so ended what technically was a perfect night. John noticed too, and congratulated the panel on a job well done. - Sargebri (2005)

      As John mentioned, Audrey was on the panel show "The Name's the Same," which was also produced by Goodson-Todman, but was seen on ABC instead of CBS. However, Audrey wasn't the only member of her family to appear on a panel show. Audrey's sister, Jayne Meadows, was appearing at the same time on "I've Got a Secret." Jayne's husband, and Audrey's brother-in-law, Steve Allen, was a previous regular panelist on WML and would still show up from time to time to appear on the show, very often with Jayne. Also, he would eventually become host of "I've Got a Secret" in 1964. However, by that time, Jayne had already left to work on other shows. - Sargebri (2005)

      As John mentioned, Chief William Parker was known to millions as the main technical director for the classic police drama "Dragnet." However, Parker was also one of the most controversial police chiefs in the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. He ruled the department with an iron hand and whatever he said went. It was during his reign that the police would be accused of being particularly harsh on African-American citizens. This would be demonstrated in full detail during the August 1965 Watts riots that lasted for six days starting on August 11, 1965. Parker, as well as future mystery guest Sam Yorty, would be accused of standing by and doing nothing while the situation got out of hand. Nearly 27 years later in April/May of 1992, one of Parker's proteges, Chief Daryl Gates, would also be accused of the same thing as another set of riots engulfed the city of Los Angeles in the wake of the Rodney King verdicts. - Sargebri (2005)

    • THE CLASSIC 39: Mystery Guest Audrey Meadows mentions that the week following this week, she, Jackie Gleason, Art Carney and Joyce Randolph would begin work on filmed episodes of "The Honeymooners." These filmed episodes would become what is known as the "Classic 39" episodes which would be rerun continuously until 1985 when Jackie Gleason syndicated the tapes of the live sketches as "The Lost Honeymooners." The episode Miss Meadows would start work on was titled "TV or Not TV" and was about the misadventures Ralph and Norton face when they co-own a new television set. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

      Along with Audrey's appearances on "The Honeymooners," it is also mentioned that Audrey is currently a regular panelist on the G-T game show, "The Name's the Same" which airs on ABC. Episodes of the 1955 "Dennis James" and "Bob & Ray" hosted era of TNTS were airing on GSN in the time slot immediately preceding WML when this episode was aired on March 24, 2005. Indeed, Audrey was a TNTS panelist, and a good one, too! - Garrison Skunk (2005)

    • On the night of July 16, 1966, after receiving a commendation from the LAPD, Chief Parker was stricken with a fatal heart attack. In 1969, the Department's administrative headquarters at 150 N. Los Angeles Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012, was officially named Parker Center in his honor. He is listed on IMDB as W.H. Parker. - Suzanne (2005)

      Tidbits: John tells Miss Armstrong that he is also from Harrison, NY. Previouolsy, it has been stated that John is from Rye, NY. Harrison and Rye are two New York communities which are right next to one another. Tonight is the final night for the temporary waffle-check background. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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