What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 28, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Lilly Daché (10/10/1898 - 12/31/1989) - "Ladies Hat Designer" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the "regular contestant" questioning format was used; self-employed; see notes below)

Game 2: Harold Sander & Art Asquith - "Garbage Collectors, Allegheny State Park, NY" (salaried; they are college students and this is their summer job; one attends Ithaca College and the other attends Wayne University; they also credited their driver Len Osgood; both are from Little Valley, NY; see notes below to read the lyrics of the song they sang as their farewell)

Game 3: Peggy King (b. 2/16/1930) (as Mystery Guest #2) The occupation overlay screen read, "George Gobel's Girl" - see notes below

Game 4: Sal Salanto - "Penguin Keeper, Bronx Zoo, N.Y." (salaried; from New York, NY) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (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)

    Lilly Dache

    Lilly Dache

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Peggy King

    Peggy King

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the pair of contestants at four down. The panel had not gotten anywhere with this occupation, mainly because they were trying to identify a product, rather than a service, which is a problem that has plagued them with many previous garbage-related occupations. John flipped the sole remaining card for the final contestant at nine down. There had been only a very brief time allotted for this game, so the panel went with more specific guesses, in the hopes of getting lucky, rather than asking broad-ranging general questions which take up more time. As has been the standard practice for a while now, John dispensed with the opening panel walk-by to allow more time for this game. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND SET WATCH: For this episode, which marked the debut of a curtain background that lasted up to and including EPISODE #450 of February 1, 1959, Stopette was the main sponsor. And based on the last few episodes, it appears that Hal Simms has assumed the post of regular announcer which he will hold through 1961.
        (2) INTRODUCTORY QUIPS GALORE: In another example of how Fred Allen's wit has rubbed off on Dorothy Kilgallen, she introduced the humorist as having "just stepped on Arlene Francis' train." Mr. Allen then remarked, "The train wasn't going anywhere," and then in his own introduction of Miss Francis, mentioned that she "has kindergarten eyes -- you know, kindergarten eyes with those small pupils." It should be noted that Fred's glasses now have actual lenses.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: The first mystery guest Lilly Daché's nameplate on the panel moderator's desk matches her "LADIES' HAT DESIGN" overlay -- both are set in Kabel Heavy. The other regular contestants' overlays alternate between all capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters: "GARBAGE COLLECTORS - Allegheny State Park N.Y." for the second contestants, "PENGUIN KEEPER (Bronx Zoo N.Y.)" for the final contestant. The second mystery guest Peggy King's upper-third overlay of "GEORGE GOBEL'S GIRL" seen as she was signing in, was set in the "last-minute" font, while her nameplate was set in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11.
        (4) MORE ON MYSTERY GUEST PEGGY KING: Besides appearing on "The George Gobel Show," Miss King had the distinction of being in the last movie Abbott & Costello ever made for Universal-International, "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy," which was released in June of 1955. In the musical sequence, she performed "You Came a Long Way (From St. Louis)," which had been a moderate hit for Ray McKinley and Some of the Boys (as they were credited on RCA Victor single #20-2913) in 1948. "Abbott & Costello Meet the Mummy" also featured Marie Windsor as "Madame Rontru" and Richard Deacon as "Semu." This was six years before Mr. Deacon landed the role of "Mel Cooley" on the 1961-1966 sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Neither he nor Miss Windsor made any appearances on "WML?" during its CBS run, though Mr. Deacon was a mystery guest three times on the syndicated "WML?" between 1972 and 1974.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after director Franklin Heller's art card. Even so, the time window was still enough for the picture window to be shrunk by GSN -- more infamously known as their "crunching" practice" -- on its August 8, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) Following the August 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN reran the February 10, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Jerry Lester, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and celebrity guest Robert Montgomery. This was the first episode of "TNTS" following the merger of ABC with United Paramount Theatres which took effect on February 9, 1953, creating a new entity called American Broadcasting-Paramount Theatres, Inc. Two days after this "TNTS" show, on February 12, 1953, ABC's Chicago flagship station, WENR-TV (Channel 7), changed its call letters to WBKB, following the sale of the original WBKB (Channel 4) to CBS, which changed the call letters to WBBM-TV, followed on July 5, 1953 to a switch in dial position to Channel 2. It was from WBBM's studios that the special Chicago-based "WML?" EPISODE #323 of August 12, 1956 would originate. As for the new WBKB, these calls applied to Channel 7 through October of 1968 when the calls were changed to the current WLS-TV. - W-B (2008)

      • On EPISODE #284 of November 13, 1955, the female panelists wear mystery guest masks specially made for them by Lilly Dache. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: After last week's remarkable performance, the panel came back down to Earth by batting .500 this week. However, the evening did begin on a promising note when Arlene correctly identified the first mystery guest as designer Lilly Dache. Of course, the main reason for the blindfolds was the fact that they could have recognized her, especially Arlene, who had worn some of Mademoiselle Dache's designs in a fashion show. Unfortunately, the panel was completely stumped in the second game by the two "pretty boy" garbage men. However, this probably wouldn't have happened if they had answered "no" to Fred's question of whether they dealt in a product. The panel probably would have been more successful if they had asked if the pair dealt in a service. The panel spent too much time trying to identify the product, and of course, the answers varied widely and only served to lead the panel down the famous garden path. The panel did rebound nicely in the mystery guest round when Fred correctly identified singer Peggy King. It was about time the producers put her on, as the panel has been unsuccessfully guessing her name all year! Unfortunately, the panel reverted to their earlier form and was totally stumped by the penguin keeper. At the end of the show, Dolly Mae provided the most humorous moment of the night when she rushed off to catch a plane for Los Angeles. But, it also might have been due to the fact that the panel did so poorly in the final game. - Sargebri (2005)

      • PEGGY KING: Hailing from Greensburg, PA, "Pretty Perky Peggy King," as she was widely billed, toured with the bands of Charlie Spivak, Ray Anthony and Ralph Flanagan before cutting a jingle for Hunts tomato sauce that got her signed by Mitch Miller to the Columbia record label. In 1955, she was nominated for an Emmy for Best Female Singer, and was named Best New Singer by Down Beat magazine in 1956. Miss King is identified in the screen overlay on this week's show as "George Gobel's girl." She wasn't his daughter, however. She was the girl vocalist from 1954-1956 on "The George Gobel Show" which aired from 1954-1960. She also performed vocally on many other television series and specials. A picture of her taken in May 2001 shows that she was just as pretty and just as perky in 2001 as she was in the mid-fifties. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        At the end of the show, John Daly calls Dorothy "Flash Kilgallen," and explains that she must leave immediately to catch a plane to Los Angeles. John tells us that tomorrow night, Dorothy's husband, producer Richard Kollmar, has a play called "Plain and Fancy" opening at the Biltmore Theatre. Her timing was apparently so tight that she got up from her seat and dashed off stage as she blurted, "Good night, John. Good night, Fred." To paraphrase, "Poof! There goes Miss Kilgallen." - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        SONG: Game #2 features two of the most photogenic garbage collectors you'll ever hope to see. Harold Sander & Art Asquith apparently serenade the folks on their route, for at the end of the round, they "announced" their occupation to the panel and the audience in perfect two-part barbershop-style harmony by singing the following. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        We are your jolly "G" men,
        We come around each day.
        We pick your garbage up for you,
        And haul it right away.

        We bring a cheerful greeting,
        To all you happy folks.
        We brighten up your cloudy days,
        With little songs and jokes.

        And now your cans are empty,
        The entertainment, too.
        It's time for us to move along,
        We bid you all adieu.

      • Lilly Daché was born in France in 1898, and began her fashion career there as a milliner (hat maker and designer). She emigrated to New York, New York, USA, in 1924. She met her future husband in 1929 in New York on a blind date! On March 13, 1931, she married French-born Jean Despres, and they had many happy years together. Dache is reported to have said, "Glamour is what makes a man ask for your telephone number. But it also is what makes a woman ask for the name of your dressmaker." Lilly's daughter Suzanne Daché was also a mystery guest contestant 17 years later on the syndicated WML! Suzanne Dache is also a New York hatmaker, having taken over her mother's famous millinery business when Lilly retired in 1968. In 2004, Suzanne Dache stated that her mother often spoke of Dorothy Kilgallen of the New York Journal American with enormous affection and admiration, and also sadness over the fact that Miss Kilgallen died so young. - Suzanne (2005)

        SARCASM TIME: Tonight, we see the beginning of what will eventually become a weekly ritual -- Bennett and John being "jokingly mean" and sarcastic with each other. Tonight, John seemingly shoots the first arrow when he jokes that the garbage men should come back and collect Bennett. The audience laughed loudly. In the future, the viewing public will become so upset over this on-air sarcasm, that John and Bennett will have to make public disclaimers that they really love each other and are just having fun. Most longtime "WML?" viewers feel that their sarcasm was all in good-natured kidding. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Bennett announces that John was named as the constable of his hometown of Harrison, NY. Arlene looks cute with her hair in bangs and a curly ponytail. It was one way to beat this summer heat! The temporary waffle-check background is now gone. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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