What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 13, 1956 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, the main sponsor was Remington electric shavers.
      (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: This was the third-last episode to employ Kabel Heavy as the primary overlay font for regular contestants' occupations and mystery guest names. This typeface was used for all overlays this evening.
      (3) PETER LAWFORD: At the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Lawford did not have any movies on the docket, but he did make a few appearances on TV in 1956. His appearances included the role of "Bert" in a November 4, 1956 episode of "Studio 57" entitled "My Friends, the Birds"; an installment of "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars" entitled "Once Upon a Time" that aired on November 30, 1956; and the title role in the December 13, 1956 "Playhouse 90" episode "Sincerely, Willis Wade." Mr. Lawford's longest-running TV role came a year from now, when he played "Nick Charles" in the 1957-1959 TV series version of "The Thin Man." As a side note, Phyllis Kirk, who played "Nora Charles" on the show, made no appearances on "WML?," either as a panelist or mystery guest. It should also be noted that William Powell, who played "Nick" in a series of "Thin Man" theatrical motion pictures released between 1934 and 1947, was likewise never on "WML?," but his co-star, Myrna Loy, the original "Nora," was a mystery guest on EPISODE #524 of July 31, 1960.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: A modified logo card for American Airlines is unveiled with tonight's show; the layout is the same as the previous card, but the "AMERICAN AIRLINES" is a slightly different font -- which, as with the prior card, was hand-painted. Alas, this evening's end credit sequence cuts off after a few seconds of showing this card, thus stymieing GSN in its efforts to "crunch" the screen on its September 13, 2008 airing of this episode -- and enabling the viewing audience to see this all-too-brief sequence in full screen and with original audio. GSN did, however, subject viewers to a brief rogue closed-captions feed for "High Stakes Poker" during this airing. Fortunately, this captioning lasted only up until Arlene's introduction, before, presumably, somebody noticed it and cut it off.
      (5) The September 13, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the November 3, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same." This was the first of two consecutive shows where Brian Aherne guest-hosted for Robert Q. Lewis; the then-regular panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern was still in place. The celebrity guest was Jan Murray. - W-B (2008)

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