What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 17


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



  • Notes

    • (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)