What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 24, 1950 on CBS
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Game 1: "Shepherd" (a male)

Game 2: "Pretzel Bender" (a male)

Game 3: Santa Claus (as Mystery Guest) The name of the person portraying Santa Claus is not mentioned in Gil's logs.

Game 4: "Diamond Cutter" (a female)

A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a male "Auto Stunt Driver," who eventually appeared on the "lost" EPISODE #33 of January 14, 1951. - Suzanne (2008)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

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      • "WML?" AT CHRISTMAS TIME: This long-lost episode -- one of a majority of 1950-1952 editions that tragically no longer exist -- was the only show on which the jolly, bearded fat man from the North Pole was a mystery guest. Over the next 16 Christmas-period episodes, "WML?" had more conventional mystery guests, the list of which is as follows:

        (a) EPISODE #82 of December 23, 1951 (mystery guest Xavier Cugat; episode lost to history)
        (b) EPISODE #134 of December 21, 1952 (mystery guest Jeanette MacDonald)
        (c) EPISODE #186 of December 20, 1953 (mystery guest Kirk Douglas)
        (e) EPISODE #237 of December 19, 1954 (mystery guest Dan Dailey)
        (f) EPISODE #290 of December 25, 1955 (mystery guest duo Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy)
        (g) EPISODE #342 of December 23, 1956 (mystery guest duo Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows)
        (h) EPISODE #394 of December 22, 1957 (mystery guest Cyril Ritchard)
        (i) EPISODE #445 of December 21, 1958 (mystery guest Jayne Meadows, who was initially decked out in a Santa suit)
        (j) EPISODE #495 of December 27, 1959 (mystery guest Maureen O'Hara; "WML?" was preempted on December 20, 1959)
        (k) EPISODE #544 of December 25, 1960 (mystery guest spouses Richard Kollmar, Florence Gibbs Randall, Martin Gabel and Phyllis Cerf)
        (l) EPISODE #594 of December 24, 1961 (mystery guest Hugh O'Brian)
        (m) EPISODE #644 of December 23, 1962 (mystery guest Liberace)
        (n) EPISODE #692 of December 22, 1963 (mystery guest duo Mark Goodson and Bill Todman)
        (o) EPISODE #743 of December 20, 1964 (mystery guest Jack E. Leonard)
        (p) EPISODE #795 of December 19, 1965 (mystery guest Lauren Bacall)
        (q) EPISODE #842 of December 25, 1966 (mystery guest Eva Marie Saint)

        Only three editions -- EPISODE #290 of December 25, 1955, EPISODE #544 of December 25, 1960 and EPISODE #842 of December 25, 1966 -- fell exactly on Christmas Day. The 1955 episode was the only one which was aired live on Christmas Day. From 1960 onwards, virtually all remaining Christmas time episodes would be pre-taped, with the lone exception of EPISODE #795 of December 19, 1965 which aired live. - W-B (2008)

      • On this Christmas episode of What's My Line?, what better mystery guest than Santa Claus? The producers had a sense of humor! - Suzanne (2003)

        Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Betty Furness, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off. - Suzanne (2008)

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