What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 16

EPISODE #31

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 31, 1950 on CBS
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EPISODE #31
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Game 1: David Roads "Parachute Jumper" (salaried; from Cleveland, OH; John mentioned having seen him perform at the Cleveland Air Races)

Game 2: Miss Gloria Lella - "Lingerie Model" (salaried; from New York City, NY; she models nightgowns and slips for Yolanda's Corporation)

Game 3: Guy Lombardo (6/19/1902 - 11/5/1977) (as Mystery Guest) He donated his game winnings to charity.

Game 4: Nathan Turkenitch - "Seltzer Manufacturer" (from Brooklyn, NY; he is self-employed but his company is not named)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

    Guy Lombardo

    Guy Lombardo

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Betty Furness

    Betty Furness

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Garry Moore

    Garry Moore

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In this early episode, John simply flipped the cards back to zero, but stated that the contestant would be winning the full prize. He did this for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. He also did it for the final contestant at three down because, again, time had run out. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • (1) GSN aired this rare early "WML?" episode on December 31, 2007, in commemoration of New Year's Eve - exactly 57 years to the day after its original airing. The cable and satellite channel next aired this episode in regular rotation on March 2, 2008. In addition, this only live New Year's Eve edition of "WML?" had another special airing on New Year's Day, January 1, 2009. - W-B (2007, 2008 & 2009)
        (2) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: For tonight's show, the male panelists wore the yet-to-be-standard formal tuxedo attire that would come to be associated with the program for most of its network run. On the panel desk, the nameplates for all panelists, host John Daly, and mystery guest Guy Lombardo are now set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed. And given what was used for the sign-in board, which was a board on a freestanding artist's easel, after Mr. Lombardo signed in, he walked behind the board before taking his seat next to Mr. Daly. Mr. Lombardo has a nameplate printed for his mystery guest spot, positioned to the left of Mr. Daly's desk. Indeed, this is the first surviving kinescope on which a mystery guest has a nameplate during his or her spot, as will be the standard procedure up to EPISODE #279 of October 9, 1955. For the occupation overlay screen, the type is once again hand-painted. It would be some time before the production crew settles on actual existing typefaces for the overlay screens. The main fonts would be Kabel Heavy from 1952 until 1956, Futura Demi Bold from 1956 until the end of the network "WML?" in 1967, and News Gothic Bold on the 1968-1975 syndicated version (and some network episodes that aired between 1963 and 1965).
        (3) SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT, TAKE TWO: After tonight's show, "WML?" would air only one more New Year's Eve edition, EPISODE #595 of December 31, 1961. That show, alas, was taped five weeks in advance. Tonight's episode was the only live "WML?" New Year's Eve edition in its history.
        (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As mentioned in the notes to EPISODE #20 of October 15, 1950, the typesetting layout and background for the closing "WML?" credits of early years (pre-1954) are already in place, but are on flip cards rather than on 35mm slides as in later years. Also, the production origin for the show is once again given as "CBS with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman." While GSN's special December 31, 2007 airing showed the end credits in full screen, it was a different matter entirely on its regular rotation March 2, 2008 airing, when the cable and satellite channel conducted its ugly, unwarranted, unjust and unappreciated "crunching" of the screen during such sequence. The cable and satellite channel's special January 1, 2009 airing was likewise plagued by their eternally and utterly undesirable "crunching" habit, thus putting a surefire damper for the viewing audience on the transition to the New Year. (However, this special New Year's Day 2009 airing was distinguished by the showing of a "Happy New Year 1951" art card from CBS which directly followed the original airing of this episode.)
        (5) "BLACK AND WHITE OVERNIGHT" CHANGE: The airing of the 1950 "WML?" and 1962 "I've Got a Secret" episodes (as seen below in the latter case) on December 31, 2007 ushered in a new scheduling format for GSN's "Black and White Overnight" block. From that point, "B&W Overnight" resumed daily airings, and consisted of "classic" episodes of "WML?" followed by "IGAS." This block had previously run once a week, with "WML?" and a different Goodson/Todman show per week, since October of 2006. - W-B (2007 & 2008)
        (6) Following the special December 31, 2007 airing of this New Year's Eve edition, GSN aired a New Year's Eve episode of "I've Got a Secret" which aired "live from New York" on December 31, 1962, and was hosted by Garry Moore, who was the guest panelist on the New Year's Eve 1950 "WML?" episode. At this point, the opening "IGAS" logo had already been changed to what it would be for the rest of its CBS run. We also hear the newer theme by Norman Paris, which premiered early in the 1962-1963 season; this theme had replaced an interim theme whose arrangement was based on the theme from "A Summer Place"; and that short-lived theme, in turn, had replaced the original "IGAS" theme music, Leroy Anderson's "Plink, Plank, Plunk." This New Year's Eve 1962 episode was notable for Mr. Moore picking an audience member, Margo Anne Larrenc (not sure of the spelling, but the surname was French-derived), to fill in on the panel for Bess Myerson who was in California to cover the Tournament of Roses parade; the other panelists were the remainder of the "classic '60's" lineup of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen and Henry Morgan. A major theme of this episode was Garry's reading audience members' minds. Also as on the 1950 "WML?," Guy Lombardo, Mr. "New Year's Eve" himself, was the celebrity guest. It should be noted that by 1961-1962, Mr. Moore had dispensed with the bow ties that he had worn throughout the 1950's, and was now wearing straight neck ties with his suits, as he would do for the rest of his career, including his 1969-1976 stint as host of the syndicated "To Tell the Truth." Coincidentally, Franklin Heller was director of both the 1950 "WML?" and 1962 "IGAS" New Year's Eve shows. - W-B (2007 & 2009)
        (7) The March 2, 2008 "regular rotation" airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the July 15, 1963 edition of "I've Got a Secret," the last "original" show of the 1962-1963 season. Once again, as on the July 1, 1963 installment, Henry Morgan is sub-hosting for Mr. Moore, and the panel on this occasion consisted of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Merv Griffin and Bess Myerson (though Mr. Morgan introduced them in reverse, in another variation of the kind of curtain entrance that was by then standard procedure on "WML?"). The celebrity guest was Peter Lawford. - W-B (2008)
        (8) Following GSN's special January 1, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the August 6, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth." For the second straight week in this stretch, Ralph Bellamy was substituting for regular host Bud Collyer, and the panel consisted of Polly Bergen, Jack Paar, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. (Mr. Paar's panel appearance on this occasion came only one week and one day after he assumed hosting duties of the "Tonight" show, effective July 29, 1957.) The first game featured John Anderson (Commodore of the United States Lines fleet and master of the SS United States, the world's fastest ocean liner at the time; John had previously been a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #297 of February 12, 1956) and two impostors; the second game featured knife thrower and fire eater Vieta de Villa (spelling unknown; name approximate) and two impostors; and the third game featured Doris Tempest (one of the few women barristers of the British law courts at the time) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • John said that Guy Lombardo's winnings would be donated to Guy's favorite charity. - Suzanne (2004)

        FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS - This was an entertaining episode, but Miss Kilgallen was sorely missed. Listen for an interesting "New York City public transportation history" reference when Betty mentions that "starting tomorrow, bus drivers would no longer be able to make change." This new rule was probably enacted as a time-saving feature on the bus routes. Garry Moore was charming, as always! - fiveninegal (2004)

      • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This was the final show for the year 1950 and the panel rang it out in okay fashion. Guest panelist Garry Moore not only added a great deal of fun to the evening's festivities, but he also was able to figure out that the first contestant was a skydiver. Unfortunately, they were unable to figure out that the second contestant was a lingerie model. Of course, if the contestant were modeling today in 2004, she probably would be modeling less clothing than slips and nightgowns. Arlene was able to figure out that the mystery guest, appropriately enough, was Canadian-born Guy Lombardo. After this broadcast, he would be heading over to the famed Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to lead his band, the Royal Canadians, in their traditional New Year's Eve show. In fact, this was the 12th consecutive year in which he had performed New Year's Eve broadcasts since 1929, and his annual shows would continue until 1976. They were first broadcast on radio, and later on television. Lombardo passed away in November 1977, just two months shy of what would have been the 59th broadcast. In later years, Lombardo's show at the Waldorf would be superseded by Dick Clark and his annual "New Year's Rockin' Eve" show. More on Moore: This was Garry's second appearance on the panel. He would make four more appearances on the show as either a panelist or mystery guest. Of course, a little over a year after this episode aired, Garry would become host of another successful panel show in the Goodson-Todman family, "I've Got a Secret." Not only would he host that show from 1952 to 1964, but he also would host his highly successful variety series, "The Garry Moore Show," from 1958 to 1964. That show would help to launch the careers of Carol Burnett, Alan King and Dorothy Loudon. However, in 1964 he decided to briefly retire from show business, but that retirement only lasted until 1967 when he decided to return with another variety show. Unfortunately, that show only lasted one season, but in 1969 he would return to host the syndicated version of "To Tell the Truth." He stayed with that show until 1977, when he retired for a second, and final, time. - Sargebri (2004)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, a kinescope of this episode exists. It was last shown on GSN On October 3, 2004 and again on December 31, 2007. - Suzanne (2004)

        THE LOOK OF THINGS - Since so many shows are lost to history, we don't know when the change occurred, but now the sign-in board is finally black. Previously, it had been white. The contestant now signs in with the usual white chalk instead of a black felt marker. - Suzanne (2004)

        Tidbits: Happy New Year's Eve! Tonight's short film, seen prior to the opening scrolling credits, features a lineup of tonight's regular contestants. Garry Moore said that both he and John commute from Rye, New York, in Westchester County. John smokes a cigarette during game one, but the panel refrains. At the end of the show, a preview photo of a girl who is one of next week's regular contestants is shown. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Betty Furness, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Garry Moore. Dorothy Kilgallen and Hal Block had the night off.

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