What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 23, 1956 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Bennett Cerf follows an unfruitful line of questioning by focusing on a product in the game with the female pawnbroker.)

      Bennett Cerf: Might this product come under the heading, then, of jewelry?
      John Daly: It might, yeah.
      Brenda Feldman: Yeah. Mm-hmm.
      Bennett Cerf: You're leading me up an alley, I feel.
      John Daly: No. No, no. I'm leading you up a thruway.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for Jayne Meadows and Steve Allen at three down after they specifically requested that their winnings be donated to the Foster Parents' Plan for War Children. Mystery guests were paid an undisclosed appearance of $500, but it is unknown exactly how much was donated to charity. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at one down. John gave the panel credit for "getting close" on this one, but they got off the beaten path by focusing on a product, rather than the service aspect, given that a pawnbroker can deal with any number of products. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This is the fifth straight week in this stretch where Remington "Rollectric" shaver for men has been the main sponsor.
      (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Most of the overlays for tonight were set in Futura Demi Bold. However, the lower-third overlay for the mystery guests -- who were displayed as "Mr. & Mrs. Steve Allen" -- was set in Futura Medium.
      (3) At the time of tonight's show, Steve Allen was a month away from leaving his position as "Tonight!" show host, which he'd held since its national NBC debut on September 27, 1954, and before that (since June of 1953) on local New York station WNBT (Channel 4) on what was called, at varying points, "The Knickerbocker Beer Show," "Knickerbocker Beer Presents The Steve Allen Show," and of course, "The Steve Allen Show" -- the same-named variety show of which was running on "another network" (NBC) opposite Ed Sullivan on Sunday nights as of this episode. Mr. Allen's 1956-1961 variety show made household names of such performers as Louis Nye, Tom Poston and Don Knotts. Mr. Poston would go on to be a regular panelist on Goodson-Todman's "To Tell the Truth," which was being unveiled around the time of tonight's show, and Mr. Knotts would gain eternal fame on such sitcoms as "The Andy Griffith Show" (as "Sheriff Barney Fife") and "Three's Company" (as landlord "Jack Furley"). As a side note, it should be mentioned that the "Tonight!" title did not truly take effect until the show "went national, coast to coast," and that the local 1953-1954 show was developed by the New York NBC stations' then-general manager, Ted Cott (whose second wife, Sue Oakland, was a recurring "WML?" guest panelist in 1966-1967). This evening, Mr. Allen and his lovely wife, Jayne Meadows, were attired in the formal wear associated with "WML?"
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after Gil Fates' art card, and as always, GSN was at the ready to unleash and impose its unwanted and wildly inconsiderate "crunching" of the screen on its October 15, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) Following GSN's October 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the June 22, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same." For the third straight week, Clifton Fadiman was subbing for regular host Robert Q. Lewis, while the panel of Roger Price, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander remained in place. The celebrity guest was Van Johnson. - W-B (2008)

    • TWO MORE SHOPPING DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!!! This was the final show before Christmas and the panel probably wished they had taken the night off. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the friendly gondolier from Venice. Bennett probably would have guessed his line after asking about transportation, but he got a "no" when he specifically asked about trains, planes and automobiles. In the second game, they really were put through the wringer with the chicken vaccinator. They did get relatively close when they figured out he had something to do with chickens, but they never nailed it down. However, Bennett would agree, they did give it a good "shot." They redeemed themselves in the mystery guest round when they correctly identified the prodigal son Steve Allen and his lovely wife, "I've Got a Secret" panelist Jayne Meadows. Unfortunately, in the final game, the panel ran out of time so the female pawnbroker won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: MERRY CHRISTMAS 1956: John wishes everybody a Merry Christmas from Franklin Heller, Gil Fates and himself. A clip of Martin Gabel from this episode is shown on the final EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions