What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 51


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



  • Notes

    • (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)

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