What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 21

EPISODE #294

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 22, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #294
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Game 1: Mr. M. A. Palmaro (7/20/1907 - 11/21/1969) - "Consul General From Monaco" (salaried; he hopes to kiss the bride, Grace Kelly, at her upcoming April 19, 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier; his first name was never announced; currently from New York, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Max Allen McKay - "Jailer" (salaried; elderly but with a regal presence; she has been the jailer at Bardstown Jail since 1950 when she succeeded her husband; from Bardstown, Kentucky)

Game 3: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. (7/5/1902 - 2/27/1985) (as Mystery Guest)
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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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      • FLIP REPORT: In an unusual move, John flipped a single card for the first contestant before his game even began, after the contestant said he had been regularly following the show. John said this came out of the "general fund" and so he allowed the panel an extra question once all the cards were over, but as it was, the panel had been thoroughly stumped by this contestant -- except for Dorothy -- who recognized him and had disqualified herself. In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down because time ran out. The panel never even came close to guessing this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2008)

        BLINDFOLDS OFF: In several recent episodes, the panel was asked to put on their blindfolds for the first game, something which they were loathe to do. In the past couple of episodes, they have not been asked to do so, but have been evidently worried that they would be asked to. As John delivers his introduction in this episode, he speaks of "mixing things up" and a couple of the panelists can be seen reaching for their blindfolds. John soon notices what is happening and gives them the pleasant news that they do not have to put on their blindfolds for the first game. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The panel desk's sponsor billboard tonight reads as Remington Rand Business Machines.
        (2) As a side note about the first contestant, the Consul General from Monaco, the soon-to-be bride Grace Kelly, later to be known as Princess Grace, never appeared on "WML?"
        (3) HENRY CABOT LODGE JR.: The veteran politician and diplomat (born July 5, 1902 - died February 27, 1985) makes his only "WML?" appearance this evening. There were two overlays shown for him: an upper-third display reading "U. S. Representative to United Nations" as he was signing in, and the customary lower-third "Henry Cabot Lodge Jr." as he was taking his seat. He was the grandson of Henry Cabot Lodge (1850-1924), who served as U.S. Senator from Massachusetts from 1893 to his death. The elder Lodge was famous, or infamous, for launching and leading a successful opposition to President Woodrow Wilson's efforts to make the United States a member of the League of Nations -- an ultimately ill-fated predecessor in concept to the U.N. to which the younger Lodge was U.S. Ambassador at the time of tonight's show. Lodge (the younger) was also a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, from 1937 to 1944 and again from 1947 to 1953; he was defeated in his latter run (in 1952) by John F. Kennedy, who later defeated the Republican ticket of Richard M. Nixon and Lodge (the younger) in the 1960 Presidential race.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits only go so far as the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card before cutting off. And as usual, when airing this episode on August 28, 2008, hard-hearted GSN carried forth with its incessantly maddening procedure of "crunching" the screen.
        (5) ANOTHER BLAST FROM "WML?'S" PAST ON "TNTS" - AND THE END OF AN ERA: Following GSN's August 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel repeated the July 14, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. This was the final appearance of early regular Meredith Willson, who sat for the last time alongside Carl Reiner and Joan Alexander. Steve Allen, then in the middle of his run as a "WML?" panelist, was the celebrity guest, appearing after a young kid who shared his name. The celebrity Steverino would like to have been was movie cowboy Gene Autry; this was nearly three months before Mr. Autry's own mystery guest appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #175 of October 4, 1953. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a rather forgettable night for the panel. In the first game, Dorothy voluntarily disqualified herself because she recognized the Consul General for the Principality of Monaco. She later said she would soon be asking him for a visa. After this, it was downhill from there as the panel was stumped by their distinguished guest from Monaco's Consulate in New York. The panel was also stumped by the grandmotherly jailer in the second game. However, in the mystery guest round, Fred proved to be the savior of the night when he correctly identified the mystery guest, UN ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. Other than that, it was a very poor night, game-wise. There was no time for a fourth game. - Sargebri (2005)

        In the post-game chat with Mr. Palmaro, the discussion turned to a certain wedding that would be happening later that year. Of course, the wedding they were talking about was the marriage of Oscar winning actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Ironically, eight days before this episode aired on GSN on April 14, 2005, Prince Rainier died in Monaco on April 6, 2005. Princess Grace died years earlier in a car accident in September 1982. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., U.S. Representative To United Nations, Born: December 12, 1893, Died: July 05, 1985. He was appointed in 1953 and served until 1960. He was also the campaign manager for Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1952 and served as U.S. Ambassador to South Vietnam from 1963-1964 and again from 1965-1967. He was Ambassador to West Germany from 1968-1969; and was Chief U.S. representative to the Paris peace talks on Vietnam in 1969. Republican. - Suzanne (2005)

        Henry Cabot Lodge was also Richard Nixon's presidential election running mate in 1960. - Scott V. (2005)

      • Tidbits: Dorothy makes a rare on-air reference to the WML studios when she mentions that they are currently located in the Mansfield Theatre. Bennett Cerf is leaving for California for a few weeks, and will miss two episodes. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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