What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 16


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Dec 18, 1955 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: At the end of the final game, John twice accidently calls the guest "Hedrick" instead of the correct "Herdick." - Suzanne (2005)

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John stated during this episode that he was in a "card-flipping mood." The statement couldn't have been more true, as each of the night's games ended with cards being flipped over. The panel won the first game at seven down, but John went ahead and flipped the cards anyway. He did this again for the second game at eight down after Bennett made a particularly bad pun. Still in a flipping mood, John flipped them for mystery challenger Margaret Sullavan at one down. She stated that she was donating her winnings to The Seeing Eye. Unannounced to the public, all mystery challengers were paid a fee of $500 regardless of the outcome of their game, so it is unclear exactly how much was donated to the charity. Finally, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. The panel had figured out that this contestant was involved with some sort of animal, but they never made it to the exact identification. Following the normal custom at this point, John dispensed with the opening panel walk-by for this brief final game. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: It's now been eight weeks in this stretch -- nearly two months -- that Remington Rand has been sponsoring "WML?" non-stop; this week, Remington electric shavers is the brand displayed on the panel desk billboard. As history shows, alternating sponsor Stopette will return prior to Dr. Jules Montenier's sale of his company (and his Stopette, Poof! and Finesse lines) to Helene Curtis Industries, Inc.
      (2) MARGARET SULLAVAN: The veteran film, stage, radio and TV actress makes her only appearance on "WML?" tonight, more than four years prior to her death on New Year's Day 1960. Miss Sullavan's ex-husbands included director William Wyler, Henry Fonda, and Broadway, film and TV producer Leland Hayward; the latter marriage produced three children, including a daughter who grew up to become an actress in her own right, Brooke Hayward. Mr. Wyler was the only one of these "exes" not to have appeared on "WML?," and Mr. Fonda made four mystery guest appearances between 1961 and 1966. As for Mr. Hayward, his only "WML?" appearance, as a guest panelist on EPISODE #89 of February 10, 1952, is unfortunately lost to history today.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In a typical example during this period, the American Airlines plug was followed by truncated end credits which cut off after a brief glimpse of the art card for executive producer Gil Fates. Still, GSN was once again able, to its eternal discredit, to indulge in its shameful "crunching" of the screen on its August 23, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) Following the August 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the June 9, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel this week consisting of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Dane Clark, and "Our Miss Brooks" star Eve Arden as the celebrity guest. Mr. Clark's brief run as a "TNTS" panelist was more of a godsend to today's viewers, in relation to his lone "WML?" appearance as a mystery guest on EPISODE #110 of July 6, 1952, which, as with over 100 more 1950-1952 episodes, no longer exists. - W-B (2008)

    • Dorothy Kilgallen appears a bit "off" tonight. Her speech is deliberate and a bit slurred. She has trouble gathering her thoughts and asks questions that aren't necessarily related to the line of questioning. Did anyone else notice this? - scorpshockey (2005)

      Yes, indeed. Dorothy was not her usual sharp self, asking at least one question that had been previously asked. As you mentioned, she spoke in a slow manner. While it may have been fatigue instead of some kind of "under the influence," she was definitely impaired tonight. It might only be noticeable if a person has seen hundreds of Dorothy's episodes, since her unusual behavior was subtle. - Suzanne (2005)

    • John Daly mentioned the New Year's resolution, "Help Keep Your City Clean." Toward the end of this episode, Mr. Daly stated that New York City had started a campaign to "clean up the city." Mr. Daly urged listeners to use the trash cans because he was "tired of Europeans coming to our country and complaining about our dirty cities." - Suzanne (2003)

      Margaret Sullavan, who was called Maggie Sullavan tonight, promoted her Broadway play, "Janus." It ran from November 24, 1955 to June 30 1956 at the Plymouth Theatre in New York City, with a total of 251 performances. She donated her winnings to The Seeing Eye in Morristown, NJ. This is the well-known organization that helps blind people live independent lives through the use of seeing eye dogs. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Tidbits: Was he kidding? Probably not. Fred Allen announced that a "real estate dealer" named Ed Schellenberg had donated one square foot of land in Delray Beach, Florida, to each panel member. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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