What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 29, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Walter Brent - "Boxes Kangaroo (Vaudeville Act)" (self-employed; from Chicago, IL)

Game 2: Robert Kloepper, Ph.D. - "Tests Atom Bombs" (salaried; he works for UCLA, and they have a contract with the Atomic Energy Commission; John said that Robert told him that he and his wife never miss an episode of WML; from Lawrence, KS)

Game 3: Victor Borge (1/3/1909 - 12/23/2000) (as Mystery Guest) He signs in as "Victor Borga" then changes the "a" to an "e" to read "Victor Borge" . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

    Victor Borge

    Victor Borge

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Steve Allen

    Steve Allen

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Herman Wouk

    Herman Wouk

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Fred Allen: Do you deal with animals?
        Walter Brent: Yes.
        Fred Allen: Do you train them in some sort?
        Walter Brent: Yes.
        Fred Allen: Large anim - um - animals larger than I am?
        Walter Brent: Um, no.
        John Daly: No, that's asking a lot, Fred. Two down and 8 to go, Mr. Allen.
        Steve Allen: Fred's not a very big animal. I don't know.
        Fred Allen: As they go.
        Steve Allen: Do you deal with four-footed animals?
        Walter Brent: Yes.
        Steve Allen: Hmmm, well, that eliminates a lot.
        Fred Allen: Well, that eliminates me!
        (loud laughter from audience)
        Steve Allen: I'm glad you said that and not me.
        John Daly: I want the record to show we never were thinking of Fred in this connotation.
        Steve Allen: No, the record will show I'm not even thinking. It's been so long since I played this game.

      • John Daly: Four down 6 to go, Miss Kilgallen.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Are they really smaller than Fred?
        John Daly: Well, I take Mr. Brent's word for it, and he has to play with them, so I'd say they are.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Well, as a layman, would you consider them smaller than Fred?
        John Daly: Well, yes, I could see it could very easily be so, Dorothy.
        Steve Allen: Fred, would you mind getting down on all fours for us?
        Fred Allen: Yes. (Fred stands up, bends over slightly with hands on knees and bounces slightly up and down.)

      • Fred Allen: I'd like to take a chance if you don't mind, John.
        John Daly: Well, go ahead, Fred.
        Fred Allen: Well, you know, my chances are fatal.

      • Herman Wouk: Well, the honor falls to me to introduce my old boss from radio days - America's Great Humorist - Fred Allen.
        Fred Allen: Thank, thank you, Herman. In the radio days, people left, they weren't fired as they are today. As a matter of fact, I wouldn't have recognized you tonight, except for the picture in the new Collier's coming out and your story in there. You looked so affluent in there, I didn't recognize you from the underpaid days that you were with me. But now, ladies and gentleman, I take pride in introducing my son - a famous Allen - Mr. Steve.
        Steve Allen: Thank you very much, Father.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at six down because time was running short. The panel had figured out that this contestant was involved in some sort of an entertainment act with a four-footed animal, but in spite of digging, the panel was never able to name the animal. In the second game, John flipped the sole remaining card for the second contestant at nine down. The panel never even came close to figuring out this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's edition was sponsored by Stopette. For the first time in several months, announcer Lee Vines used the longer introduction for Dorothy in which her home paper, the New York Journal-American, was mentioned. Speaking of whom, Dolly Mae was introduced first, although she was seated between guest panelist Herman Wouk and Mr. Wouk's former employer, Fred Allen. And although the sixth anniversary show was next week, the panel seating "gender arrangement" this week was identical to EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950: male, female, male, male. And on both the 1950 premiere and tonight's show, Miss Kilgallen was the lone gal on the panel. Finally, as Steve Allen was on the "anchor" end of the panel desk, he thus had the honor of introducing John tonight.
        (2) THE FIRST OF MANY "OLD HOME WEEKS": Former regular panelist Steve Allen this evening makes the first of 34 guest panelist appearances over the next eleven years, seven months and five days remaining of "WML?'s" CBS run, including the very last EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. Tonight (not to be confused with his then-current show of the same name) was Mr. Allen's first appearance since the now-lost experimental color EPISODE #225 of September 19, 1954. And in a strange coincidence, GSN's August 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show came one day after their rerun of the July 14, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same" on which Steverino was the celebrity guest.
        (3) STEVE ALLEN & FRED ALLEN - PART I: A side note to the sole joint panel appearance of Steve Allen and Fred Allen was that, the jokes about Steve being Fred's "son" notwithstanding, Steve was the only true Allen in the bunch; his full name was Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. "Fred Allen" was a stage name; his birth name was John Florence Sullivan. Adding to the humor was the fact that Fred was old enough to have been Steve's father.
        (4) STEVE ALLEN & FRED ALLEN - PART II: The two unrelated Allens made at least one more joint appearance on television prior to Fred's death. Around the time of tonight's show, they also appeared together on a local New York program called "Man of the Year 1935: Will Rogers," a tribute to the late humorist which was produced by WRCA-TV (Channel 4, now WNBC-TV) in associated with the Saturday Review (which published the "Fraser Young Literary Crypts" that were put together by Bennett Cerf's wife Phyllis Fraser Cerf and Edith Young, who were mystery guests on EPISODE #392 of December 8, 1957). The host was Richard D. Heffner, who later in 1956 started a program called "The Open Mind," which has run on various venues, including WRCA-TV, WPIX (Channel 11) and CUNY-TV (the cable channel of the City University of New York), to this day (as of this writing in April 2009). In a twist on the "father/son" recurring gag on tonight's "WML?," Mr. Heffner introduced Steve and Fred as "The Allen Brothers." This vintage 1956 episode can be found on the following link:


        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after a brief glimpse of the art card for director Franklin Heller. And as standard operating procedure for GSN, its August 29, 2008 airing of this episode carried on with its arrogant and defiantly unrepentant "crunching" of the end credits.
        (6) The August 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the July 21, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and celebrity guest Ronald Reagan. This was only two days after the future California Governor and U.S. President's mystery guest appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #164 of July 19, 1953. - W-B (2008, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: This was another night the panel probably would have wanted to forget. One thing that might have contributed to it was the fact that Arlene and Bennett were absent this particular night. However, Fred's prodigal son Steverino made a surprise appearance on the panel this evening, as did former mystery guest, and Fred's former writer, author Herman Wouk. For Wouk's first guest panelist appearance, he asked some decent questions and showed that he had an aptitude for the game. As for the panel's overall game performance, it was poor. In the first game, the panel only got as far as figuring out that the contestant worked with animals, but other than that, they were very far off track. The same could be said about what happened in the second game. The panel was so off track in that game that Professor Kloepper won the full prize by default. The lone bright spot came when Steve correctly guessed that the mystery guest was that other famous piano playing comedian, Victor Borge. Other than that, the panel pretty much should have stayed home. - Sargebri (2005)

        After the mystery guest round, John briefly mentioned Victor Borge's side business of raising Cornish hens. Several years after this appearance, on EPISODE #485 on October 11, 1959, Borge again appears as a mystery guest, and the blindfolded panel must figure out his line of "Poultry Farmer." - Sargebri (2005)

        Dorothy seemed a little tipsy this particular evening. Could it be that she imbibed before she got to the studio? - Sargebri (2005)

      • Victor Borge promoted the fact that on Friday, his one-man show, "Comedy in Music," is going on the road after 2 1/2 years at New York's John Golden Theatre. Victor tried to disguise his voice by speaking through a wax-paper wrapped comb, but he was not too successful. His voice was too distinctive for him to disguise. John gave Victor's side business of raising and selling Cornish game hens a plug. - Suzanne (2005)

      • From Mr. Kloepper, 2004: My father was a guest on this show. I have a phonograph record of the dialogue as well as photographs made from two TVs at the time. For the record: My father's name is Dr. Robert M. Kloepper, and he signed in under the occupation of "Tests Atom Bombs." He had earned a PhD in Nuclear Physics and worked at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory in J-Division (testing) from 1952 to 1960. Potential questions had been reviewed in advance with the Lab, so my father was prepped to respond to them (e.g., "Is it bigger than a breadbox?") without giving away nuclear secrets. The lab is now known as the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and is located in Los Alamos, New Mexico.

        When the panel made their entrance, the "MR. ALLEN" name plate in front of where Steve Allen was going to sit was inexplicably concealed by a plain white card. Due to their identical surnames, the last two chairs on the panel were taken by "MR. ALLEN" and "MR. ALLEN." - davemackey (2005)

        The introduction on this show was most unusual. Dorothy Kilgallen came out first and stood behind the second chair. She then introduced Herman Wouk, who stood behind the first chair. Herman introduced Fred Allen, who took the 3rd chair. Finally, Fred jokingly introduced Steve Allen as his "son," and Steve took the 4th chair. - cpdelta (2005)

        Tidbits: This is the only joint appearance of Fred Allen & Steve Allen as panelists. They are not related to one another, in spite of the "father/son" joking that takes place! - Suzanne (2005)

        Herman Wouk (b. 5/27/1915)

        Panel: Herman Wouk, Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Steve Allen. Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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