What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 08, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Operates Skirt Blowing Machine" (a male)

Game 2: "Vaccinates Chickens" (a male)

Game 3: Sherman Billingsley (3/10/1896 - 10/4/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Draft Board Clerk" (a female)

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

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  • Re-appearance of contestants from lost episodes

    It appears that the shows made an effort to get those who appeared as contestants on the lost episodes to re/-appear again on saved episodes. An example would be Les Jackson who appeared on the episode that aired on 5/10/53. A person with the same odd occupation appeared on the lost episode that aired on 7/8/51.
John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Hal Block

Hal Block

Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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    • (1) MYSTERY GUEST - PART I: Famed Stork Club proprietor Sherman Billingsley makes his only "WML?" appearance tonight in this edition which, like the majority of 1950-1952 episodes, is tragically lost to history. Around this time, Mr. Billingsley hosted a television series bearing the same name as his club, which ran on CBS from 1950 to 1953 and on ABC from 1954 to 1955. The Stork Club's location of 3 East 53rd Street is today Paley Park. One of the Stork Club's many patrons included a certain Chicago-born gal named Dorothy Mae Kilgallen, better known as the "Voice of Broadway" columnist for the New York Journal-American and papers coast to coast -- and, until her death in 1965 (the same year the Stork Club shut down), a regular panelist on "WML?"
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST - PART II: This year of 1951 would also be cited in later years by historians as the year in which Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club, for years the epitome of "café society," began a long, slow decline. A few months after tonight's show, legendary entertainer Josephine Baker accused the Stork Club of racism after she and her friends were refused service there. In 1956, the Stork Club lost money, and the next year began a long and bitter labor dispute which led to the loss of many employees, customers who would not cross the picket lines, and Mr. Billingsley's friendships with the likes of columnist Walter Winchell and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. The Stork Club closed forever on October 4, 1965, one month and four days prior to Miss Kilgallen's death. As a side note, Miss Baker never made any appearances of any kind on "WML?" - W-B (2008)

    • Sherman Billingsley was the owner of New York's famous Stork Club. - Suzanne (2003)

      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)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.