What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 01, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Seymour Rabinowitz (5/8/1926 - 7/11/2007) - "Judge (He Married Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller)" (salaried; he signed in as X to avoid name recognition; he donated his winnings to the Washington Irving Boy Scouts Council; from White Plains, NY)

Game 2: Miss Betty Miller (Seaman Betty Miller, USN) - "Navy Barber (Men Only)" (salaried; she works at the Naval Security Station in Washington, DC; from Walton, NY)

Game 3: Sugar Ray Robinson (5/3/1921 - 4/12/1989) (as Mystery Guest) "Middleweight Champion"

Game 4: Don Stewart - "Sells Baby Bottles" (salaried; he stated that he sells the Hygeia brand of baby bottle made by Ball Brothers Company of Muncie, Indiana; he donated his winnings to the American Cancer Fund; from Hillsdale, MI)

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (4)

    • Judge Robinowitz passed away on November 5, 2006. The Winter 2006 "Hebrew Institute of White Plains Bulletin" offers condolences to "Charles and David Robinowitz on the death of their father, Judge Seymour Robinowitz." - exapno (2008)


      FLIP REPORT: In the first game, even though Bennett correctly guessed the identity of Judge Rabinowitz, John flipped all the cards at four down because the judge was donating his winnings to the Boy Scouts. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed the line of the barber at one down. However, during the short post game chat with the barber, Dorothy urged John to flip all of the cards, which he happily did, with no further explanation. In the final game, no "free" flipping was necessary, because the guest stumped the panel. - Suzanne (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor was Helene Curtis.
      (2) As a side note about the first contestant, Judge Seymour Rabinowitz, it should be mentioned that not only did Marilyn Monroe never appear on "WML?," neither did her then-new husband, playwright Arthur Miller.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Speaking of the first contestant, his overlay not only combined capital letters with mixed case (upper and lower case) letters -- reading as "JUDGE (He Married Marilyn Monroe & Arthur Miller)" -- but it also was hand-painted. The occupation overlays for the second and the final contestants were set in Futura Demi Bold; this same typeface was also used for mystery guest Sugar Ray Robinson's name, but the "MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION" text of his overlay was set in the "last-minute" font.
      (4) SUGAR RAY ROBINSON: The legendary welterweight and middleweight boxing champion makes his second and final "WML?" appearance tonight -- and his only appearance to still exist on kinescope. His first appearance, on EPISODE #38 of February 18, 1951, sadly no longer exists. It should be noted that because of the fighter, a blind rhythm-and-blues (R&B) singer/songwriter/pianist who was born as Ray Charles Robinson adopted the more famous stage name of Ray Charles.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, the full production crew credits were shown following the American Airlines plug. And like clockwork, GSN went into their usual time-tested "crunching" mode on the September 20, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (6) Immediately after the September 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the December 22, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and celebrity guest Kirk Douglas -- whose appearance on this "TNTS" episode came only two days after his "WML?" mystery guest spot on EPISODE #186 of December 20, 1953. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel had an exceptional night this particular evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant was the judge who married Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller. Bennett seemed to take great pleasure in this, especially since Marilyn was the biggest sex symbol in the world at the time. After the game, Judge Rabinowitz requested that his winnings be donated to the Boy Scouts. In the second game, Dorothy made mincemeat of the female Navy barber as she correctly guessed her line with minimal damage. Ironically, the only "no" the lady barber gave was to guest panelist Jack E. Leonard. In fact, the audience broke out in hysterics after the "follicly-challenged" Jack asked if he could avail himself of her services. Also, because she won so little money, Dorothy demanded that John flip all the cards over so that she wouldn't go home with only $5. Jack got the last laugh in the mystery guest round, though, as he correctly identified middleweight boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard. However, before Jack made the correct guess, he made a lot of humorous remarks about one of Ray's losses, but the champ pretty much laughed it off. Unfortunately, the panel fizzled in the final game as the panel failed to figure out that the contestant sold baby bottles. When the game ended, John informed the panel, as well as the audience, that Leonard was donating his winnings to the cancer society. And so ended a very charitable night. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Judge Seymour Rabinowitz, the first guest, married playwright Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in a civil ceremony on June 29, 1956. The stars divorced on January 20, 1961. - Suzanne (2005)

      Tidbits: Arlene introduced Jack E. Leonard as "The New Body Beautiful" in reference to his recent weight loss. Later, he was called "The former Mr. America and parts of Canada." - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Jack E. Leonard, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.