What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 08, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Barmaid" (a female)

Game 2: "Poet" (a male)

Game 3: Basil Rathbone (6/13/1892 - 7/21/1967) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Airline Pilot" (a male)

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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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      • (1) Tonight's long-lost episode marked the only "WML?" appearances of not one, but two individuals: guest panelist Robert Alda and mystery guest Basil Rathbone. Two decades from tonight's show, Robert's son, Alan Alda, at the time a star on the 1972-1983 series "M*A*S*H," became a frequent panelist not only on the syndicated version of "WML?" but also on another New York-based, first-run syndicated Goodson-Todman revival, "To Tell the Truth." Thus, both Aldas were one of a few cases of two successive generations who appeared on the "WML?" panel in different versions. The other well-known example was Meredith MacRae, a frequent panelist on the syndicated "WML?," who was the daughter of entertainers Gordon and Sheila MacRae, each of whom made separate guest panelist appearances on the CBS version, and the latter of whom also appeared occasionally on the syndicated "WML?" panel.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Basil Rathbone remains to this day associated with the role of "Sherlock Holmes" that he played in 12 movies beginning with 1939's "The Hound of the Baskervilles," up to the 1946 release "Dressed to Kill," as well as countless radio programs. But his long resume in films, stage and TV also included such works as "Captain Blood" and "A Tale of Two Cities" (both 1935), "The Adventures of Robin Hood" (1938), "The Mark of Zorro" (1940), the Broadway play "The Heiress" in 1946, and, towards the end of his long and distinguished career, films ranging from "Tales of Terror" (1962, directed by the legendary "King of the 'B' Movies,' Roger Corman) to a Bob Hope picture, "Casanova's Big Night" (1954). Alas, Mr. Rathbone's "Sherlock Holmes" co-star Nigel Bruce, who played his assistant "Dr. Watson," never made any "WML?" appearances whatsoever. - W-B (2008)

      • In 1951, Billboard Magazine contained an interesting review of this 45th episode, which had an all-British theme. All the contestants were flown in from England, and the flip cards had British monetary units. The reviewer didn't think too much of guest panelist Robert Alda, and said that Louis Untermeyer was sorely missed. - cpdelta (2004)

        One month prior to tonight's episode, Louis Untermeyer had been fired under the "communist red scare" of the day. His final appearance was on the now-lost EPISODE #41 of March 11, 1951. Louis Untermeyer's permanent seat on the panel was taken over by Bennett Cerf. - Suzanne (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)

        Robert Alda (2/26/1914 - 5/3/1986)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Alda, Arlene Francis, Hal Block. Bennett Cerf had the night off. - Suzanne (2008)

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