What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 04, 1955 on CBS



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  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. Though Dorothy, during a conference, had suggested that this contestant might be involved with dynamite, the panel never came back and explored that avenue of questioning. John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at just one down. Dorothy came somewhat close in the brief time that was allotted for the game, but the panel never figured out any specifics about this line. Following normal custom at this point, in the final game, John dispensed with the opening panel walk-by segment to save time. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's main sponsor is Remington Rand; it was the first time since EPISODE #262 of June 12, 1955 that the old "Remington Electric Shavers" billboard was displayed on the panel desk. And in keeping with the end of the long, hot summer, Arlene is wearing a ponytail this evening.
      (2) At the time the first mystery guest, Secretary of Labor James P. Mitchell, signed in, the upper-third overlay of "SEC. OF LABOR OF THE UNITED STATES" was professionally typeset in Kabel Heavy (as were the overlays for both regular contestants tonight). His nameplate on the panel moderator's desk was the one with the bigger height that enabled two lines to be printed, so that "SEC. OF LABOR" was on the first line and "JAMES MITCHELL" was on the second line, both in the regular Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font. This was to be his only "WML?" appearance.
      (3) "BONJOUR, MON AMI": Tonight was the first of four appearances by Jean Pierre Aumont. Only one of these appearances, on EPISODE #511 of May 1, 1960, was as a guest panelist, whereas all other appearances after tonight, right up to and including his final run on EPISODE #823 of July 24, 1966, were as mystery guest. Monsieur Aumont's name was so long that a smaller size of type was used for his nameplate this evening; however, the typeface used in his case was Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits had cut off after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. Yet again, GSN demonstrated its propensity for setting the viewing audience's teeth on edge with its scandalous "crunching" of the end credits on its August 9, 2008 airing of this episode. And unlike in 2005, the CBS eye was not shown in 2008.
      (5) Following GSN's August 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel repeated the February 17, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Jerry Lester, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and Dennis O'Keefe as celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: Except for the mystery guest round, this was a rather poor night for the panel. The show also had a very international flavor as the two regular contestants, as well as the second mystery guest, were from countries other than the U.S.. In the first game, they were totally stumped by the then Secretary of Labor, James P. Mitchell. The panel did come close by guessing pretty much every cabinet position except for labor. What really made it ironic was the fact that this episode was broadcast on Labor Day weekend 1955. In the second game, the panel also came close to guessing that the pretty lady from Greece sold dynamite. In fact, during the conference, Dorothy said out loud that she might have had something to do with dynamite, but the rest of the panel didn't go with her. The panel had better luck in the mystery guest round when Bennett, with a lot of help from Arlene, correctly identified Jean Pierre Aumont, who was on the show to promote the play "The Heavenly Twins." In the final game, Dorothy was on the right track, but John threw over all the cards after time had run out, so the snake hunter from Acapulco, Mexico won the full $50 by default. - Sargebri (2005)

    • In this episode, Fred asks the Greek dynamite saleslady, "Whatever happened to Parkyakarkus?" He's talking about 1930's radio star Harry Einstein (aka Harry Parke) who essayed the character Parkyarkarkus ("park-yuh-carcass"), a cheerful, scheming mangler of English, wid de gret beeg Grik accent. He was most famously heard on Eddie Cantor's various shows. His famous tag line, after plans had gone awry: "Well howww d'you lak tat?" Einstein didn't do much on film or TV, which probably prompted Fred's question. He died in 1958, immediately after finishing a speech at the Friar's club "roast" of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. He's the father of Albert Einstein (aka Albert Brooks) and Bob Einstein (aka Super Dave Osborne). - stopette (2005)

    • Jean-Pierre Aumont promoted his 1955 Broadway play "The Heavenly Twins" which ran at the Booth Theatre from 11/4/1955 to 12/3/1955 for a total of only 35 performances. His co-star was Faye Emerson. - Suzanne (2005)

      James Paul Mitchell (1900-1964) was the U.S. Secretary Of Labor from 1953 to 1961, under President Eisenhower. Born in Elizabeth, NJ. Buried at St. Gertrude's Cemetery, Rahway, NJ. - Suzanne (2005)

      SHADES OF YESTERYEAR: At the very end of this episode, after the WML end credits, we see a rare glimpse of the CBS EYE logo that GSN failed to edit out. - Suzanne (2005)

      Tidbits: Tomorrow is Labor Day 1955. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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