What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 25


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 04, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Dorothy Hoover - "Lady Iceman" (salaried; from Hopatcong, NJ; Louis puns that "she has a nICE job if you can get it")

Game 2: Mr. O. M. Resen (8/7/1895 - 5/1982) - "Wedding Ring Manufacturers" (self-employed; his company name is not given; from Kew Gardens, Long Island, NY)

Game 3: Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr. (10/30/1882 - 8/16/1959) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Admiral W. F. Halsey."

Game 4: Daniel Cohen - "Knits Women's Sweaters" (salaried; from the Bronx, NY)

The contestant in the 4th game was listed in Gil Fates' logs as the backup profession. The original scheduled final contestant who did not appear was a male "Movie Stand-In." - Suzanne (2008)

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Louis Untermeyer

Louis Untermeyer

Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

William F. Halsey

William F. Halsey

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Betty Furness

Betty Furness

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (1)

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: For the first time on an episode known to still exist, John flips the cards to $50 to signify that a contestant has won the full prize by default, due to time. With that flip, John begins a great tradition that will continue until the end of the series in 1967. John flipped the cards for the final contestant at nine down because the guest's game had run out of time. Arlene had figured out that the guest was associated with apparel, but this was as far as the panel got. - agent_0042 (2008)



      119 total appearances as a panelist (11 appearances as an early guest panelist, followed by 76 appearances as a regular panelist, and then 32 more appearances as a returning guest panelist).

      5 appearances as a mystery guest.

      1 appearances as a regular contestant with the "Sells Motorcycles" line.

      Grand total = 125 appearances.

      Suzanne (2008)

    • (1) HELLO, STEVERINO!!! This was the first appearance of yet another person who will become an integral part of "WML?" for the remainder of its CBS run, a certain bespectacled jack-of-all trades (comedian, actor, writer and musician) named Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. Around the time of this maiden "WML?" appearance of his, Steve became the host of a CBS-TV show called "Songs for Sale" which ran from 1950 to 1952; he took over the reins in 1951 from previous host Jan Murray. (While Mr. Murray became a fixture on the original, Peter Marshall-hosted version of "The Hollywood Squares" between 1968 and 1973, he never appeared on "WML?" in any of its versions, either as a panelist or mystery guest.) Over the remaining 16-plus years of "WML?'s" days on the network, Mr. Allen will, in a word, "do it all": serve a spell as a regular panelist, from EPISODE #145 of March 8, 1953 to EPISODE #225 of September 19, 1954; make further frequent guest panelist appearances (as a perennial "prodigal son") between 1956 and the very last EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967; and even make a few appearances as mystery guest over a period of a dozen years. Only Martin Gabel, the most prolific male guest panelist in "WML?'s" history, has made more guest panelist appearances on the program -- but his debut won't come for another 5.5 years from tonight.
      (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: There was a certain irony to this surviving episode coming after the previous surviving EPISODE #31 of December 31, 1950, as each show featured on the panel, at the "anchor" position, a different host of the 1952-1967 "I've Got a Secret." Garry Moore, the original host from 1952 to 1964, had been a guest panelist on the New Year's Eve 1950 edition; while Steve Allen, tonight's guest panelist, hosted "IGAS" from 1964 to its cancellation in 1967, and even also hosted the short-lived 1972-1973 syndicated revival. What's more, in an amazing coincidence, on both tonight's show and the New Year's Eve 1950 installment, Betty Furness is a guest panelist, sitting on the far end of the panel desk. As to Mr. Allen, he's the only male to wear the proverbial "street clothes" this evening; panel moderator Mr. Daly and the soon-to-be-outgoing Mr. Untermeyer are decked in the formal attire that in years to come will be a permanent part of the show.
      (3) THE LOOKS OF THINGS: On the opening ad for Jules Montenier, Inc.'s "Stopette" deodorant, the name of Dr. Montenier's firm, as superimposed over footage of the good doctor at work, is set in Tempo Heavy, a font which was available from a typesetting firm called Ludlow. The panel's and moderator's desks still have Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed used for the nameplates, and the occupation overlay screens are still hand-painted type. The sign-in board is becoming more fixed in place, with the Stopette logo on the top, yet still looks like a free-standing artist's easel.
      (4) MYSTERY GUEST: Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey's name turned up, in a sense, in a popular record more than twenty years from tonight's show. In 1971, former Beatle Paul McCartney and his wife Linda recorded a song, "Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey," that was included in the album "Ram" (Apple SMAS-3375) and released as a single on Apple 1837, the latter of which hit Number One on the singles chart in the summer of 1971. The lyrics, however, only mentioned the World War II hero's name once in the entire two-part song.
      (5) LOOKING INTO THE FUTURE - LOCAL NEWS CONNECTIONS: More than two decades down the road, Betty Furness will be under the same roof as a future guest panelist from the final 1966-1967 season, Pia Lindstrom, at WNBC-TV (Channel 4) in New York City. Miss Furness was the consumer reporter for the New York NBC flagship station from 1974 until 1992, and Miss Lindstrom worked there between 1973 and 1996 as a reporter, anchor and finally entertainment critic.
      (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's show is the first surviving kinescope to credit Bob Bach on the program. Through EPISODE #432 of September 14, 1958, Mr. Bach, who is credited with conceiving "WML?," will be listed in the end credits as Coordinator of Production; beginning with EPISODE #433 of September 21, 1958 and continuing to the end, he will be credited as one of the associate producers. The production company credit is still given as "CBS with Mark Goodson-Bill Todman." However, GSN ruined the viewing experience on March 3, 2008 with their woeful, wrenching and wretched (and just plain wrong) "crunching" of the screen during this end credit sequence.
      (7) Following the March 3, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the thirteenth-season premiere of "I've Got a Secret" which was first broadcast "live from New York" on September 9, 1963; host Garry Moore and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson are once more on board for what will turn out to be Garry's final season as moderator. During the opening chats, the talk turned to the move of Mr. Cullen's "The Price Is Right" to ABC, which Mr. Moore quipped had stood for "another broadcasting company," a twist on the old "another network" phrase used in those days. The celebrity guest this evening was Phil Silvers, who was on the show in connection with his ultimately short-lived sitcom "The New Phil Silvers Show." - W-B (2008)

    • FIVENINEGAL'S THOUGHTS - This fun episode was made historic by Steve Allen, who won't become a regular panelist until 1953. Just FYI, his hair wasn't going anywhere! I'm still missing Dorothy, although Betty Furness is a good game player, even in that hilarious blindfold which was made to look like she is winking! Something I found VERY funny was a comment made by Arlene to Louis. During the "walk-bys," Louis is always interested to see the person's ring(s), since his family is in the jewelry manufacturing business. After contestant #2 walked by, Arlene jokingly said to Louis, "You always think you'll be able to tell what they do by their wedding rings!" As it turned out, this contestant was indeed a wedding ring manufacturer! There's insight for you, Arlene!! Speaking of Arlene, was that some sort of uniform she was wearing? She looked very bundled up, in a military sort of way. Very interesting. - fiveninegal (2004)


      Steve Allen makes his first appearance on the show as a guest panelist. He will become a regular panelist from 1953 to 1954. A clip of Steve Allen from this episode is shown on the final EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. This is Louis Untermeyer's next-to-last episode. He was fired under the "communist red scare" of the times. Since the next episode is lost to history, this is Untermeyer's last surviving show. - Suzanne (2004)

      THE LOOK OF THINGS - Since so many shows are lost to history, we don't know when the change occurred, but we no longer see a short WML promo film prior to the opening scrolling credits. Instead, we see a Stopette Deodorant commercial featuring a chemist in a white lab coat surrounded by beakers and equipment. The chemist shown is none other than the inventor of Stopette, Dr. Jules Montenier! He is billed as "the famous cosmetic chemist." Later, on EPISODE #297 of February 12, 1956, Dr. Montenier will be a mystery guest. John smokes a cigarette during the show, but the panel refrains. The guests are now exiting the stage by walking behind John. At the end of the show, a preview photo of a man who is one of next week's regular contestants is shown. - Suzanne (2004)

      William F. Halsey, Jr. was the United States Navy Fleet Admiral who directed most of the United States campaign against Japan during World War II. Nicknamed "Bull Halsey," General Douglas MacArthur once called him "America's greatest fighting admiral." Bill Halsey also served in WWI. Admiral Halsey donated his show winnings to the American Red Cross. - Suzanne (2004)

    • WELCOME ABOARD STEVE!!! Little did anyone know at the time, but Steve Allen would become an important person in the history of WML. Two years after this appearance, he became a regular panelist, replacing Hal Block. Steve not only would serve as a regular panelist from 1953 to 1954, but he would also pop up from time to time until the very final show of the series. He always displayed the classic wit that made him so popular. On many occasions, especially during the final two seasons of the show, he would be joined by his beautiful wife Jayne Meadows, but this episode was broadcast before the two got married. One question Steve didn't ask tonight was his most famous contribution to the show, "Is it bigger than a breadbox?" He won't ask that question until EPISODE #138 on January 18, 1953, his third show as a regular panelist. As for the game itself this evening, the panel had a so-so night. They were completely stumped by the lady ice man. However, Louis did correctly guess that the second contestant made wedding rings. Louis also guessed that the mystery guest was the legendary Admiral William "Bull" Halsey. The admiral not only donated all of his winnings to the American Red Cross, but he also pleaded with the viewers to donate to the cause. Unfortunately, they ran out of time with the final contestant who knitted ladies' sweaters. Even so, nothing could dampen this historic night. - Sargebri (2004)

    • Tidbits: Ever since the first episode, John often has trouble turning the cards over, due to the "loose" binder rings at the top of the flip cards. He also constantly straightens the pile of cards. A design improvement won't come until EPISODE #139 of January 25, 1953. At that future time, the loose rings will finally be replaced by a more efficient rigid set of binder rings. - Suzanne (2004)

      Steve Allen (12/26/1921 - 10/30/2000)

      Panel: Betty Furness, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Steve Allen. Dorothy Kilgallen and Hal Block had the night off.