What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 20, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John Anderson (2/14/1899 - 2/15/1976) - "Skunk Breeder" (self-employed; from Forestburg, TX)

Game 2: Lee Quinn & Mary Ann Quinn - "Steeplejacks" (self-employed; husband and wife; two years from tonight, they will make an appearance on "To Tell The Truth"; from Los Gatos, CA)

Game 3: Art Linkletter (7/17/1912 - 5/26/2010) (as Mystery Guest) While signing in, Art drew a "smiley face" as the dot over the "i" in his surname.

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Art Linkletter

    Art Linkletter

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Hedda Hopper

    Hedda Hopper

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Ronald Reagan: And it's my pleasure, ladies and gentlemen, to introduce a man whose genial, kindly personality makes our living room warmer and more cheerful every Sunday night, John Daly.

      • Ronald Reagan: (before his first question of the night, hoping to avoid one of John's long, confusing explanations) If I could only think of something to ask that won't get John talking at me.

    • NOTES (5)

      • THE STEEPLEJACKS ON MAY 20, 1956 "WML?": Lee Quinn and Mary Ann Quinn made an additional appearance on a Goodson-Todman show when they were contestants in the first game of "To Tell The Truth," as originally aired on May 20, 1958. Their appearances on these game shows were exactly two years apart from one another. - Suzanne (2009)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down, even though Hedda Hopper had correctly guessed the skunk breeder's line. John explained that he flipped the cards because "we had so much fun with that." In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the steeplejacks at eight down, due to a shortage of time. Robert Q. Lewis had come very close with his last-minute guess of "house painting." - Suzanne (2008)

        NO MORE FINAL BEFORE-GAME PANEL WALK-BY: On EPISODE #300 of March 4, 1956, Arlene Francis asked viewers to write in if they would like to see the panel walk-bys eliminated. The final walk-by was performed on last week's show, EPISODE #310 of May 13, 1956. None were performed tonight and the practice has now been entirely eliminated. John made no comments about the cessation of the longstanding custom. - Suzanne (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Helene Curtis. This episode was the first time since EPISODE #294 of January 22, 1956 that Dorothy sat on the far end of the panel, and the first time since EPISODE #295 of January 29, 1956 that she was introduced first. And with Miss Kilgallen being the only regular panelist on this evening, announcer Hal Simms varied his opening introduction to say, "And now, let's meet the 'What's My Line?' panel."
        (2) "WML?" FONT WATCH: This was the next-to-last episode where the overlay screens were set in Kabel Heavy.
        (3) ART LINKLETTER - PART I: This was the first of a total of ten appearances by the legendary radio and TV personality. His final appearance, on EPISODE #768 of June 13, 1965, was also as a mystery guest; all his other appearances on "WML?" were as a guest panelist. His long-running series, "Art Linkletter's House Party," had begun on CBS radio on January 15, 1945 and lasted until October 13, 1967. Its run on CBS television commenced on September 1, 1952 and ended on September 5, 1969; in its final season on the air (1968-1969) it had been retitled "The Linkletter Show." After the death of his daughter, Diane, on October 4, 1969, Mr. Linkletter moved to NBC -- where he had hosted "People Are Funny" for 18 of its 19 years on the air -- with a new daytime show, "Life with Linkletter," which ran from December 29, 1969 to September 25, 1970.
        (4) ART LINKLETTER - PART II: Mr. Linkletter's hosting style was the subject of parody over the years. One example was the 1959 Bugs Bunny/Daffy Duck cartoon "People Are Bunny," directed by Robert McKimson. At one point in the cartoon, Daffy ended up on a program called "People Are Phony," hosted by "Art Lamplighter" (voiced by Daws Butler). This pun on Mr. Linkletter's name also suggested a reference to "The Old Lamplighter," a hit for the country music singing trio The Browns in 1959; the show title was an obvious takeoff on Mr. Linkletter's "People Are Funny." The TV studio building as shown in long shots appeared to be modeled after the CBS Television City building in Hollywood, and the phony call letters of "QTTV" were most likely a takeoff of those of Los Angeles television station KTTV (Channel 11).
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was one of these rare instances, after the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, that there was something resembling an end credit sequence tonight, although it cut off after the art card with the names of coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine. But it mattered not a whit to GSN, which soldiered on with its "crunching" of the screen on its September 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) Right after the September 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the November 10, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same." For the second week in a row, Brian Aherne guest-hosted for Robert Q. Lewis, thus preventing GSN viewers in 2008 from seeing a double-dose of "Q-sie" on this occasion. The panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern still held court, however, and the celebrity guest was John Payne. - W-B (2008)

      • PET SKUNKS: Over a span of 25 years, domestic skunk breeders appear twice on the classic CBS WML and two or three more times on the syndicated WML, as well as on other Goodson/Todman game shows. A memorable TTTT featured a "Pet Skunk Breeder." One of the imposters was later identified - with great humor - as the chairman of the company that makes Airwick Air Freshener. For the record, domestically bred and raised skunks are very affectionate, cute, smart and loyal pets. See photos and movies of a cute pet skunk at the URL below. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        Pet Skunk Basil


        The URL takes you to a directory list where you can then click on the files.

      • REVIEW: For a night with two rookies on the panel, they did pretty good this evening. In the first game, Hedda correctly guessed that the first contestant was a skunk breeder. They lost their stride in the second game, and the panel was totally stumped by the husband and wife steeplejacks. In the mystery guest round, Robert Q. helped to end the evening on a positive note by guessing Art Linkletter. The ironic thing about the round was the fact that Linkletter had been on the same flight from California to New York with Hedda. In trying to keep his WML engagement a secret from her, Art had told Hedda that he would be appearing opposite her that night. Needless to say, she thought he meant that he would be on another network! - Sargebri (2005)

        ROOKIE NIGHT! This particular episode marked the first appearances of Ronald Reagan and Hedda Hopper on the panel. Miss Hopper did a fairly good job, especially in the first game when she correctly identified the skunk breeder. As for Mr. Reagan, he was a better president than a panelist. He did ask some good questions, but on a couple of occasions, he seemed to be unfamiliar with the rules. - Sargebri (2005)

        Appearing on this episode are Art Linkletter and Ronald Reagan, who are two of the three hosts in the "Dateline: Disneyland" live telecast of the opening of Disneyland on July 17, 1955. Coincidentally, Hedda Hopper mentions the third host, Bob Cummings, in her questioning. Disneyland, however, is not mentioned. - Bill Savage (2005)

      • ART LINKLETTER, born on July 17, 1912, was host of two of the longest running shows in broadcast history: the Monday-Friday daytime series "House Party," which ran on CBS TV and radio for 25 years, and the weekly nighttime show "People Are Funny," which ran on NBC TV and radio for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children, particularly on his live midday "House Party" series. A favorite question sure to bring eye-opening responses from innocent five-year-olds was his guileless, "What did your mommy tell you not to talk about today?" Classic responses from his young guests were brought together in his best-selling book, "Kids Say the Darndest Things," first published in 1957, and revised, updated and covered (by Bill Cosby) numerous times since. In 1969, in the waning years of his career, Linkletter's 20-year-old daughter Diane committed suicide, apparently as the result of an LSD "trip." Already famous as a celebrity product endorser, advertising everything from life insurance to hearing aids, Linkletter became an ardent spokesperson in the war against drugs for the rest of his career. The title of his 23rd book is aptly titled, "Old Age Is Not for Sissies" (1990). Now recently retired from public life, Linkletter is a ripe 92 years of age as of the writing of this article on May 2, 2005. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        REAGAN: This is Ronald Reagan's second and final appearance on WML. His first appearance was as a mystery guest on EPISODE #164 on July 19, 1953. - Suzanne (2005)

        THE LOOK OF THINGS: Just for the record, a few episodes ago, John started cutting to the first "30 second" commercial break a few minutes into the start of the show, before the first guest. Also of late, the closing credits announce the TV series "Caesar's Hour" which ran from 1954-1957 and starred Sid Caesar and Carl Reiner. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Hedda Hopper appears without her trademark hat. In a cryptic statement, she said they would not allow her to wear one. John coughs on this episode and apologizes for the "bug" he says he has. - Suzanne (2005)

        Hedda Hopper (5/2/1885 - 2/1/1966)

        Ronald Reagan (2/6/1911 - 6/5/2004)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Hedda Hopper, Ronald Reagan. Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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