What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 18, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Chicken Plucker" (a male)

Game 2: "Sells Men's Underwear" (a female)

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

Game 4: "Candy Taster" (a male)

A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a female "Taxi Cab Driver," who eventually appeared on the "lost" EPISODE #43 of March 25, 1951. - Suzanne (2008)

I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

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    • NOTES (4)

      • MYSTERY GUEST: Sugar Ray Robinson is considered, pound for pound, by many boxers and boxing experts to be the greatest boxer of all time . On February 14, 1951, Sugar Ray Robinson fought Jake LaMotta for the sixth time. This fight became known as "The St. Valentine's Day Massacre." Robinson won the undisputed World Middleweight Title with a 13th round technical knockout. Robinson out-boxed LaMotta for the first 10 rounds, then unleashed a series of savage combinations on LaMotta for three rounds. This was the first knockout loss for LaMotta in 95 professional bouts. This fight, along with the other five matches between these two, was depicted in the 1980 motion picture "Raging Bull," with Robert De Niro portraying Jake La Motta and Johnny Barnes portraying Sugar Ray Robinson . - cerfnet (2008)

      • 1951 "TRADE WINDS" REVIEW BY BENNETT CERF: In the February 17, 1951 issue of the Saturday Review magazine, Bennett Cerf, who had been a one-time guest panelist on "What's My Line?," devotes part of his "Trade Winds" column to this year-old game show. Transcription below, with original punctuation:

        (begin quote of Bennett Cerf)

        It seems to me that the program called "What's My Line," visible every Sunday night on CBS at 10:30, Eastern time, is the most consistently amusing TV panel show that's been devised in years. It's a Goodson-Todman production, sponsored by "Stopette" and the regular panelists are those two unfailingly amusing and "hep" girls Arlene Francis and Dorothy Kilgallen, plus prankster Hal Block and the gravel-voiced poet and pundit Louis Untermeyer. John Daly is a suave and disarming M.C. Each week four or five contestants parade in turn before the experts, who are then faced with the problem of guessing the contestants' occupations. Their question can only be answered by a "yes" or a "no," and for each "no" the contestant receives five dollars in cash. To complicate the problem, the most glamorous and slinky females usually turn out to be chiropodists' assistants and males who look like fullbacks on the Chicago Bears reveal themselves ultimately as pet-shop proprietors or tea tasters. Every week in addition there's one "mystery celebrity." The panel is blindfolded and must guess the identity of the celeb by the sound of his (or her) voice (usually disguised) and the evasive answers to pointed questions.

        One Sunday Dizzy Dean was the mystery celebrity. The panel established the facts that he was from the South and that he was a sports figure but then frankly was stumped. Dorothy Kilgallen broke up the show by declaring, "If he didn't sound so intelligent, I'd swear he was Dizzy Dean!" Elsa Maxwell attempted to mislead the panel by speaking in a squeaky soprano voice. When a few moments later she answered in her normal deep tones Arlene Francis opined, "Whoever she is, she's just aged twenty years." One of the biggest audience howls went up when Block asked Mystery Celebrity Artie Shaw, "Have you ever been married?" And the night Untermeyer asked Rocky Graziano, "Are you a pugilist?" Rocky had a hurried consultation with M.C. Daly and answered, "Nah-I'm just a fighter." The regular contestants who evoked the biggest laughs on the program were respectively, a mattress tester, a diaper service man, and a girl disc jockey. You can imagine for yourselves the questions that caused the most confusion.

        Tune in on "What's My Line" some Sunday evening, I think you'll enjoy it.

        (end quote of Bennett Cerf)

        - cerfnet (2008)

      • (1) GUEST PANELIST: Margaret Hayes (1916-1977), aka Maggie Hayes, was an actress who appeared in film since the 1940's, and had made appearances on various television shows since 1946. Perhaps her most famous movie role was in "Blackboard Jungle" (1955) as "Lois Judby Hammond." Her last acting credits were in 1964. Miss Hayes was married twice; her first husband, to whom she was married for all of one month in 1942, was actor Leif Erickson who would go on to play "Big John Cannon" in the 1967-1971 TV western "The High Chaparral," and her second husband was TV and film producer and director Herbert B. Swope, Jr. This long-lost episode was to be Miss Hayes' only appearance on "WML?"
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first of two appearances by legendary middleweight boxing champ Sugar Ray Robinson. His second, on EPISODE #317 of July 1, 1956, is the only one of his "WML?" appearances to survive on kinescope today. - W-B (2008)

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, no kinescope of this episode exists. It was destroyed by CBS before Gil Fates noticed the destruction policy in 1952 and began saving the kinescopes. Only about 10 episodes exist from February 1950 to July 1952. - Suzanne (2004)

        Gil's logs list Margaret Hayes as "Maggie Hayes." - Suzanne (2008)

        Margaret Hayes (12/5/1914 - 1/26/1977)

        Panel: Margaret Hayes, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off. - Suzanne (2008)

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