What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 51


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



  • Notes

    • 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)