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What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 45


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 08, 1956 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Kim Meyer - "Egg Farmer" (self-employed; she is also Miss Florida; she is the co-owner of Russell's Poultry Farm with her father; she purchased her fashionable shoes from Joseph LaRose in her hometown of Jacksonville, FL - we know this because Dorothy asked her!)

Game 2: Miss Carol Tegner (Tegnér) - "Teaches Judo" (self-employed; with her brother, she runs the National Judo Association judo schools in Hollywood and Sherman Oaks, California; she holds the rank of first degree brown belt; she also works with judo dogs; from Hollywood, CA)

Game 3: Margaret Truman (2/17/1924 - 1/29/2008) (as Mystery Guest) "Mrs. Clifton Daniel" (daughter of President Harry S. Truman)

Game 4: Ed Staley and Mario J. Collura - "Train Announcers, Pennsylvania Station, NY - Arrivals / Departures" (both salaried)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bennett Cerf: John, I'm wondering why you need two train announcers working together. It's hard enough to understand one. But good night!
        John Daly: And Bennett's going answer all the mail from the train announcers. That's all I want to know.

      • John Daly: (complimenting the first contestant's looks at the end of her game) We never talk about color television on this program, but we will talk about it if I let you stick around here very long.

    • NOTES (5)

      • NOT A HORSE, OF COURSE: While questioning the evening's final pair of contestants, Bennett mentioned "the last two fellows we had were the front and rear ends of a horse" and then asked if they did anything of that sort. Bennett was thinking all the way back to EPISODE #280 of October 16, 1955 when one of the night's games featured a man who played the rear end of a horse in a vaudeville act. The final scheduled game on that night was the man who played the front end of the horse, but there wasn't enough time for the panel to actually play the game. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: In the second game, John flipped all the cards at seven down due to a shortage of time. The panel only got as close as associating her line with sports, when Arlene made this guess after John had flipped the cards. In the final game, which John only allotted two minutes of game play, he flipped the remaining card at nine down, after a "joke" question from Jack E. Leonard. By coincidence, earlier in their game, Jack E. Leonard had come close to guessing their line when he asked if they were subway workers. - Suzanne (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor tonight is Remington electric shavers, but the Remington Rand logo is atop the sign-in board.
        (2) When the first contestant, Kim Meyer, left the stage, as the camera was focusing on her shoes, the behind-the-camera production crew thus revealed how and where the contestant exited the stage after the game was over. This logistical information was also seen on EPISODE #316 of June 24, 1956, when 11 members of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team left the stage at the end of their game. This manner of departing the stage has been in place since the change of contestant's exit last year. It will therefore be a while before the contestant's exit from the stage will be the same as the mystery guest's, by greeting the panelists after the game.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The regular contestants' overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold, but mystery guest Margaret Truman's lower-third overlay was set in Futura Medium.
        (4) It was ten years from tonight's show, in 1966, that the destruction of the original Pennsylvania Station, where the final contestants worked at the time of this episode, had been completed after a three-year process. The controversy that erupted from the tearing down of the original Penn Station -- which was cleared to make room for today's Madison Square Garden (aka Madison Square Garden IV) -- was what led to the eventual creation of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, and in the 1970's, a mass movement that stopped the planned razing of Grand Central Station dead in its tracks.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the first time in a while, the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines was followed by truncated end credits that cut off after the art card for executive producer Gil Fates. Full or abbreviated, it made no difference whatsoever to GSN, which on its September 21, 2008 airing of this episode persisted with its "crunching" of the screen which is as controversial in 2008 as the razing of the original Penn Station was in 1963-1966.
        (6) GSN's September 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 29, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and Rocky Graziano as celebrity guest. As with several guest celebrities who appeared on "TNTS," Mr. Graziano's guest spot on this episode was more fortuitous in its still being around to be enjoyed by viewers more than five decades after its original live transmission, as opposed to his mystery guest appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #12 of July 19, 1950, which is sadly lost to history. - W-B (2008)

        SPEAKING OF SHOES: Canada's Second City Television - "SCTV" - once satirized the original "WML?" itself, with a comedy sketch called "What's My Shoe Size?" starring Catherine O'Hara as "Dorothy Kilpatrick," Dave Thomas as "Bennett Cerb," Andrea Martin as "Arlene Franklin," Joe Flaherty as guest panelist "Kirk Dugglis" and Eugene Levy as panel moderator "John Charles Bailey." John Candy played contestant "Barry Steubing," who wore a "Size 16."

        The guest panelist character named "Kirk Dugglis" is a play on the real name of Kirk Douglas, who made two "WML?" mystery guest appearances, on EPISODE #186 of December 20, 1953 and EPISODE #533 of October 2, 1960. He never appeared as a guest panelist, although his second wife, Anne Buydens, aka Mrs. Kirk Douglas, was a guest panelist on EPISODE #809 of March 27, 1966.

        Andrea Martin's impersonation of Miss Francis was a bit ironic, given that both were of partial Armenian descent. In addition, Catherine O'Hara, like Miss Kilgallen, came from an Irish Catholic family. - W-B (2005 & 2008)

      • If it weren't for the final duo contestants being male, this could easily have been called "ladies night," because all the contestants would have been women, including mystery guest Margaret Truman. However, it didn't turn out that way. As for the games themselves, the panel had a .500 night. In the first game, Dorothy quickly dispatched the first contestant, the egg farming beauty queen. Dorothy also got some of the biggest laughs of the night when she inquired about where Miss Meyer bought her shoes. Unfortunately, the panel couldn't repeat Dolly Mae's performance and was totally stumped by the almost equally attractive judo instructor. The big problem came when they concentrated on her work in the entertainment field rather than asking if her work was instructional. If they had done that, they probably would have succeeded in guessing her line. The fun really picked up in the mystery guest round as Margaret Truman had the audience in stitches with her playful demeanor. Also, when she stepped from behind the curtain, she signed in using her married name of Mrs. Clifton Daniel. Bennett had essentially figured out her identity when he asked if she ever was on the panel. Dorothy then correctly guessed that it was her good friend, Margaret. In the post game chat, John announced that Margaret would be filling in for Dorothy while Dorothy was on vacation in Europe. In the final game, the panel was utterly stumped by the two Penn Station announcers, so they won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      • ABOUT THOSE SHOES: The shoes Dorothy so admired were light-colored high-heeled slip-on "mules" with no back or fitting around the heel. The astute cameraman zoomed in on the footwear as the contestant was leaving the stage, so America could see the shoes that struck a fancy with Dorothy. For more about the now-legendary Joseph J. LaRose shoe store, visit the URL below. - Suzanne (2005)

      • The issue of Life magazine dated September 9, 1946 contains an article titled "Children's Judo with Carol Tegner." - Suzanne (2005)

        Margaret Truman was still a newlywed when she appeared on this episode. She had married Clifton Daniel on April 21, 1956. Their union produced four children, all sons. They had been married nearly 44 years when Clifton died in February 2000, just two months shy of their anniversary. - Sargebri (2005)

        Tidbits: Dorothy introduced Jack E. Leonard as "That former extra-padded attraction" in reference to his recent weight loss. Next week, Bennett Cerf is publishing "Don't Go Near the Water." Tuesday, John Daly will appear in an article in Post magazine. Next week, Dorothy is off to Europe. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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