What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 05, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Makes Mouse Traps" (a male)

Game 2: "Policewoman" (a female)

Game 3: Yogi Berra (b. 5/12/1925) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Writes Singing Commercials" (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)

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    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)

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      • 1951 NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE: In the August 6, 1951 edition of the NY Times, the sportswriter covering the Yankee doubleheader victory writes about Yogi Berra:

        "His hitting might not have shown it, but Berra was nervous all day. Yogi was listed to appear on the "What's My Line?" television program last night in the role of mystery guest. The only words he would have to utter would be "yes" or "no." "I wish," Yogi wished, "they would write down the answers for me."

        Yogi was very famous for his malapropisms and at one point was quoted as having said, "I really didn't say half of the things I said." - cerfnet (2008)

      • TODAY'S BASEBALL GAMES: On Sunday, August 5, 1951, the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Browns met in a doubleheader at Yankee Stadium. Yogi Berra, tonight's "WML?" mystery guest, was the catcher in both games of the twin bill. In the first game, he went 2 for 4 and scored a run in the seventh inning as the Yankees won 6-2. In the second game, he went 0 for 4 but called an impressive 13 strikeout performance by Allie Reynolds and the Yankees won again, 4-3. At the time of his appearance tonight, he was hitting .297. He was part of a Yankee team who later won a third consecutive World Series. - cerfnet (2008)

      • Besides being Robert Q. Lewis' "WML?" debut, this long-lost episode also marked the first of three mystery guest appearances by famed New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra. His two other mystery guest shots -- on EPISODE #571 OF July 2, 1961 and EPISODE #710 of April 26, 1964 -- were more fortunate than tonight's show in that the kinescopes of both later episodes still exist. The only "WML?" panelists to have been on all three of Mr. Berra's mystery guest appearances were Dorothy Kilgallen and Bennett Cerf. - W-B (2008)

      • ROBERT Q. LEWIS DEBUT EPISODE: This is the first appearance of Robert Q. Lewis on "What's My Line?" Between now and the end of the series in 1967, including tonight, Mr. Lewis was a guest panelist 42 times and a mystery guest once, on EPISODE #268 of July 24, 1955. - Suzanne (2004)

        THE NAME'S THE SAME: Robert Q. Lewis was the host of another Goodson-Todman show at this time, "The Name's the Same." He hosted that 1951-1955 series from 1951-1954. Unlike most of the panel shows in the Goodson-Todman family, "TNTS" aired on ABC rather than CBS. - Sargebri (2004)

        HIS NICKNAME: During Robert's stint as the moderator of "The Name's the Same," Robert often referred to himself as "Q-sie." He once even referred to himself as "Bobby Q-sie." - 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 Q. Lewis (4/25/1921 - 12/11/1991)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis. Hal Block had the night off. - Suzanne (2004)

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