What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 30, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Florence Chadwick (11/9/1918 - 3/15/1995) - "Florence Chadwick, Famous Channel Swimmer" (self-employed; she does not sign in, John simply calls her Miss X, she wore glasses in an attempt to disguise herself from the panel; she set a new swimming record, 13 hours and 55 minutes to swim the English Channel from England to France)

Game 2: Mrs. Darlene Sellek - "Trains Chimpanzees" (self-employed; sweet personality; from Aurora, IL)

Game 3: Jean Simmons (1/31/1929 - 1/22/2010)(as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Edward Cairns - "Makes Firemen's Hats" (self-employed; he states his height is 6'4"; he presents John with what he calls a "little token," a miniature fireman's hat with a shield that reads "What's My Line?, Chief John Daly"; from Upper Montclair, NJ)

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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)

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. Even though time was short, John did have the guest perform the before-game panel walk-by. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL INTRODUCTION WATCH: For tonight's show, the old "Remington Electric Shavers" sponsor billboard is once more on display on the panel desk. And for the second straight week, the shorter intro, "The popular Broadway columnist..." is used for Dorothy.
        (2) JEAN SIMMONS: This was the only appearance of the famed actress on "WML?" It is also the third straight week where the mystery guest's name was set on a lower-third overlay displayed for a few seconds on the screen after signing in, and no nameplate was displayed on the panel moderator's desk. Because of this trend, this will be the last week where nameplate holders are on the mystery guest's side of that desk; they are removed thereafter, and are completely absent from next week's show onwards. As a side note, Miss Simmons' then-husband, Stewart Granger, never appeared as either a guest panelist or mystery guest on "WML?"
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Just as last week, the end credits sequence cut off after executive producer Gil Fates' art card, following the American Airlines plug. And as is their custom modus operandi, GSN snuck in their usual "crunching" procedure on the August 16, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) THE BEGINNINGS OF THE CARL REINER ERA ON "TNTS": Immediately after the August 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the April 14, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis. Carl Reiner sat in for the first time alongside Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson on the panel, though it would be a few weeks before Mr. Reiner appeared on a regular basis. The celebrity guest was Charles Coburn. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's stellar performance, the panel batted .500 this week. Dorothy got things off to a great start when she correctly identified Florence Chadwick. When Chadwick entered, she didn't sign in and she didn't make the panel walk-through. In the future, they will have guests with a famous name, but somebody whose face might not be recognizable to the panel, sign in as Mr. X, Miss X, or Mrs. X. In this case, the panel probably should have been blindfolded, because Dorothy said that she thought she recognized her. Dorothy first asked if she were married, later explaining that her first thought was that Miss Chadwick was married to someone famous. However, when the questioning got back to Dorothy, she was able to put it all together and make the correct identification. Dolly Mae also figured out that the second contestant worked with chimps. Unfortunately, it was after all the questions had been used up and the cards had been flipped, so the pretty chimp trainer won the full $50. In the mystery guest round, Bennett blew the door wide open when he asked mystery guest Jean Simmons if she had anything to do with the upcoming film release of "Guys and Dolls." When she answered "yes," that pretty much made her easy pickings and Arlene made the ID. However, the only "no" answer she gave was to Fred, who mistakenly called her "Joan." In the final round, the panel ran out of time with the fireman's hat manufacturer just as Bennett had narrowed down the fact that the product had something to do with the area of the head. As a result, the contestant won the prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        After the mystery guest round, John referred to Jean Simmons as Mrs. Granger. At the time of her appearance on the show, she was married to actor Stewart Granger. They were married from December 1950 until their divorce in August 1960. - Sargebri (2005)

        During the introductions, Fred mentioned the fact that Arlene was turning back the watches for Bulova due to the return to standard time. Ironically, when GSN reran this episode in April 2005, it was the night before the clocks were scheduled to "spring forward." - Sargebri (2005)

      • During the introductions tonight, Fred mentions that Arlene helped "Mr. Bulova" turn all his clocks back an hour. In doing so, he gave the Bulova Watch Company a free plug. As it so happens, just under 24 hours after this episode aired on Saturday, April 2, 2005, 3:30 EST on GSN, most Americans will turn their clocks ahead one hour on April 3, 2005, 2:00 AM to participate in Daylight Savings Time. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        Florence Chadwick set English Channel distance swimming records from France to England (1950) and England to France (1951 and 1955). She was the first woman to swim the English Channel in both directions. Later in life, she was a stockbroker. - Suzanne (2005)

        Jean Simmons promoted her upcoming 1955 fim, "Guys and Dolls," in which she co-stars with Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. The movie is due to open on Thursday. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: During the introductions, Bennett read a Western Union telegram that had been sent to John Daly. Bennett stated that he didn't think John had seen the wire yet. The message was signed by P. S. Little, but no town or address was listed. The wire stated that John had been voted as the most likely person that women would like to prospect uranium with. In addition, the telegram asked John to be the master of ceremonies at the annual sowbelly dinner on February 4, 1955. From the net, we learn that the Clear Creek County Metal Mining Association had their 62nd annual sowbelly supper on Saturday, May 17, 2003 in Idaho Springs, Colorado, which is near Denver, CO. There is probably a connection! The yearly miner's dinner is named after sowbelly, or salt pork, which is cooked with beans to make "pork and beans," a traditional mining food. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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