What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 13

EPISODE #286

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 27, 1955 on CBS
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EPISODE #286
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Game 1: Edmund Baughman (5/21/1905 - 11/6/1978) - "Chief of U.S. Secret Service" (salaried; next week, he will be featured in Look magazine with both his picture and story, because he is one of ten people who have won the first annual Career Service Award which is being given by the Civil Service League; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Mike Bizic (probably Michael Bizic) - "Dog Catcher" (salaried; he showed his many credentials on television; from Sewickley, PA)

Game 3: Jack Palance (2/18/1919 - 11/10/2006) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Louise Engelke - "Makes Santa Claus Beards & Moustaches" (salaried; from Astoria, Long Island, NY) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Mike Bizic: Those are my commissions and credentials for the state that I am...
        Fred Allen: Well, the dogs can't read them, how do they know that you're...
        (loud laughter from audience)

      • Fred Allen: (introducing John Daly) Ladies and gentlemen, statistics prove that the average male baby only requires one babysitter to keep him company, but when that baby grows up and becomes John Daly, he requires four sitters. And now that the four sitters are here, may I present the former baby who has grown up to become our moderator, Mr. John Daly.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the cards for the first contestant at two down. The panel was awarded a win for this game and the cards went over at Dorothy's urging. John flipped the cards for the final contestant at eight down because, as usual, time ran out. Following tradition at this point in time, John dispensed with the panel walk-by for this final short game. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's show, for the fifth straight week in this particular stretch, was sponsored by Remington Rand, with the panel desk billboard reading "Remington Rand Typewriters." GSN's August 20, 2008 airing of this episode marked the first time in about a week that the full opening sequence, here with the animated Remington Rand "atomic" advertisement, was shown, as opposed to the practice of starting with the ending part of the "WML?" opening animation with the "jack-in-the-boxes" closing in sequence. And not only did Fred sit on the "anchor" end of the panel desk and introduce John, but this was the third time in the show's history that Arlene was introduced first, and she therefore sat on the far end of the desk; she was introduced by the announcer as "The popular star of television and the theatre." In addition, as Bennett mentioned, this was the first time the publisher/panelist introduced Dorothy.
        (2) OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: Tonight, the show was all over the map in the typesetting department, with three different typefaces used for the overlays. The first contestant's "Chief of U. S. Secret Service" overlay was set in the last-minute font, while the lower-third overlay for mystery guest Jack Palance -- making the first of two "WML?" appearances this evening -- was the only one tonight to be set in the then-prevalent Kabel Heavy font. The other two overlays, for the second and final contestants ("Dog Catcher" and "Makes Santa Claus Beards & Moustaches," respectively), were set in Futura Medium. This was more than six months before Futura Demi Bold became the designated "WML?" overlay font.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the ending credits cut off after the art card for director Franklin Heller. And while GSN restored the full opening sequence on its August 20, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel's consideration unfortunately did not extend to the end credits, which as usual were "crunched." In addition, to add insult to injury, viewers who regularly keep closed-captioning turned on were once again subjected to a rogue closed-caption feed for GSN's "High Stakes Poker" program. Unlike certain other airings where this feed was present only for a short while, the rogue captions continued throughout tonight's program, even extending into the crunched closing credits. As for "WML?" itself, GSN has never provided closed-captioning for any broadcast of the program.
        (4) The August 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the May 12, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson. The celebrity guest was Marilyn Maxwell, whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode came only two days after her original mystery guest spot on "WML?" EPISODE #154 of May 10, 1953. - W-B (2008)

      • Jack Palance promoted two concurrent 1955 movies, "I Died a Thousand Times" and "The Big Knife." Ever busy, he also released "Kiss of Fire" in 1955. - Suzanne (2005)

      • REVIEW: This was a very good night for the panel. Except for the final game, the panel nearly had a perfect night. In the first game, the panel had no trouble in guessing the first contestant's occupation. They didn't guess that he was the chief, but Dorothy was given credit for the correct guess. After the game, John explained that if he had come on next week, the panel would have had an advantage due to the fact he was going to be featured in the coming week's Look magazine. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was a dog catcher. In the mystery guest round, the panel had a little trouble with Jack Palance and had gotten up to the $40 mark when Dolly Mae was able to correctly identify him. The only bump in the road the panel hit was with the final contestant - so, on the basis of time, the woman who made Santa Claus beards won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      • THE LOOK OF THINGS: CURTAIN ENTRANCE - As a permanent format change, the panel will now enter through the curtain. Two episodes previously, John had explained that the public wanted to see the ladies' gowns. Tonight, no mention was made of the format change - it just took place - and will remain in place until the end of the series. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Due to the unusual seating order, Fred Allen introduces John Daly for the first time ever. He will have the opportunity to do so again on EPISODE #296. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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