What's My Line?

Season 2 Episode 50


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 26, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Makes Bed Springs" (a male)

Game 2: "Professional Fire Eater" (a male)

Game 3: Bernarr Macfadden (8/16/1868 - 10/12/1955) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Makes Dog Muzzles" (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)

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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    • Bernarr Macfadden (born 1868 - died 1955) - Macfadden became world famous as an early pioneer of physical fitness and bodybuilding. He authored many books and magazine articles on the positive benefits of fitness and how this also helped to maintain good mental health. There are many net references about him. - Suzanne (2004)

      In Gil Fates' 1978 WML book, in Appendix A of mystery guests, Bernarr Macfadden's name is accidently misspelled as Bernarr McFadden. In addition, Bernarr Macfadden did not capitalize the "f" in his surname. - Suzanne (2004)

      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)

      Guest panelist Joan Alexander was a regular panelist on another Goodson-Todman game show, "The Name's the Same," which was hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. - Suzanne (2004)

      This was not to be the last time Hal Block and Joan Alexander would sit together on a panel. The next time, and the only surviving evidence of such an occasion, was the December 2, 1952 edition of "The Name's the Same," on which Mr. Block was a guest panelist. This 1952 "TNTS" episode was aired on GSN on July 29, 2008, and prior to that, on October 19, 2004. - W-B (2008)

    • Mystery guest Bernarr Macfadden played an unwitting role in the birth of a New York radio dynasty. In the early to mid-1920's, he hosted a daily exercise program on WOR Radio (710 AM), then based in Newark, New Jersey (its city of license would be moved to New York in 1941). One day in 1925, Mr. Macfadden failed to show up for work and an engineer for the station, one John B. Gambling, was asked to fill in for him. The result was so successful that Mr. Gambling was given his own radio program, initially titled "Gambling's Musical Clock," and by 1942 the show had moved to mornings and was renamed "Rambling with Gambling," which it would be called for the rest of its run. The program was one of many popular offerings on WOR, along with other respective shows hosted over the years by "WML?" stalwarts Dorothy Kilgallen and Arlene Francis. In 1959, John B., who died in 1974, retired and passed on the reins to his son, John A. Gambling (1930-2004), who hosted the program up to his own retirement in 1990, after which John A.'s son, John R. Gambling, became the host until WOR pulled the plug on the long-running program in 2000. From then until 2008, John R. hosted a daily program on WABC (770 AM), the former Top 40 powerhouse which, since 1982, has been a news/talk station. In 2008, John R. Gambling returned to WOR, as host of what is now called "The John Gambling Show." - W-B (2008)

      1) The history of WOR Radio.
      2) John A. Gambling's obituary in the January 10, 2004 edition of The New York Times.

    • 1952 Joan Alexander article transcribed by stopette.

      Article Title: "A GAL AMONG GUYS" from TV DIGEST (Philadelphia, PA) 12 July 1952

      Joan Alexander is the lone but able representative of her sex. As the only female panelist of "The Name's The Same," her keen insight, humor, charm and poise offer a smart spark to a scintillating show. There's no trace of rivalry with the men on the show, for Joan's rapier wit and broad range of knowledge has long since dispensed with the "weak sister" attitude - if there ever was any. As an outstanding woman among women, it wouldn't take long to brush such attitudes away.

      Joan Alexander is undoubtedly the busiest woman on the air waves. Besides serving as a panelist on "The Name's The Same" (Wednesdays at 7:30 P. M. on Channel 6) and acting in four radio shows, she works conscientiously at being a wife and mother.

      How she is able to accomplish so much - half of what she does would drive the average woman to exhaustion - is largely explained by the tremendous energy which is her outstanding characteristic. Slim and wiry, she exudes vitality like an electric force. It takes a genius for organization to plot and carry out the schedules of her busy days.

      Heavy Schedule

      A typical day runs something like this: Up at eight - Household chores, such as ordering supplies, making menus; spend some time with daughter Jane, just past five; dress. 10 A.M., first radio show, "Lone Journey." 11:15 "Wendy Warren." 12:15, lunch, manicure, errands; 1:15, plays Della Street in "Perry Mason"; 2:30 "Bright Day." 3:15 shopping, visits to hairdresser, have photographs taken, pick up Jane at school. 5:30, home - plays with Jane, reads to her and watches TV. 7, dinner. After dinner is the time for relaxation with her surgeon husband, provided he is not called out on an emergency. That's when Joan indulges in her favorite pastime-solving double acrostics, a hobby which her husband shares.

      Although Joan has acting in her blood - she's been at it since she was sixteen - she insists she would gladly give up her career if it conflicted in any way with her home life. She's been married six and a half years and despite the fact that the marriage seemed to offer every obstacle to success, it is an unusually happy one. Joan and her husband are of different religious faiths, and when they were married she was earning thirty times what he was - he was a resident in a hospital at the time.

      Separate Careers

      Today, however, their incomes are pretty evenly matched, so there's no chance of friction on that score. Joan's husband, who insists on remaining anonymous as far as her career publicity is concerned, is as great a success in his profession as she is in hers. She respects his desire to keep his professional life completely separate from hers.

      "I never talk about my work at home," she says. "When I'm with my husband, I am his wife and nothing more. He has no objection to my having a career, but seems to have little interest in it. His work is of paramount importance to him, and since it is so much more vital than mine, I see no reason for inflicting my career on him. I try not to allow it to take much of the time that I should devote to my home."

      Doctor's Wife

      "Fortunately, I have a competent maid and nurse who look after our Sutton Place apartment and take care of Jane when I'm not there. But I try to spend as much time with Jane as possible. As the wife of a doctor, I think I'm fortunate to have a career. At least I don't have to sit around and wonder when he's coming home from a case or feel sorry for myself for being left alone so much. A career is a wonderful solution for a doctor's wife."

      Joan believes that a career for a married woman should be an asset to the marriage, not a drawback. She enjoys her double role of career woman and housewife because "It makes for a balanced life." A career keeps a woman busy and interested. It leaves her little time for thoughts that might cause friction. It keeps her mentally alive and on a more equal footing with her husband.

      No Time For Sports

      The one thing Joan regrets about her busy life is that she no longer has time for the sports she loves, particularly riding. she used to belong to the Fairfield County (Connecticut) Hunt Club and Golden's Bridge (N. Y.) Hounds, for the latter of which she rode in the horse shows at Madison Square Garden. The only chance she gets to ride now is when she's teaching little Jane.

      "The cheapest way to dress is to buy a few good clothes, not a lot of cheap ones," she says.

      Joan, who's played on the stage in such plays as "Hamlet" with Leslie Howard and "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse" with Sir Cedric Hardwicke, finds television acting wearing in comparison. You're always conscious of how you look," she says. "You have to be because there's no camouflage on television. Then there are the long hours of rehearsal and that time element that you're always fighting against."

      The End.

    • Joan Alexander information:

      (married name Joan Alexander Stanton)


      People have been asking for some info on Joan Alexander which seems pretty hard to come by. I just listened to an episode of the radio interview series that Richard Lamparski did in the 1960's called "Whatever Became of..."

      The guests on the episode which aired in December 1968 were Bud Collyer and Joan Alexander. The episode was "Whatever Became of Superman" and of course Joan played Lois Lane.

      Joan did not provide too many details of her life and did not mention her years on "The Name's the Same" but here are some things that she mentioned.

      She began in radio in 1940.

      She has 4 children. In December 1968, one daughter was in college at the time and a son named Timmy was 8 years old.

      She loved radio because she was never recognized in public.

      She had done some theatre in the last few years (on Broadway in a play written by Jean Kerr) and her husband was very happy when the play closed because he liked her to be home for dinner.

      She also mentioned that she had recently been on "To Tell The Truth" and had been looking forward to seeing Bud but he was not there for the tapings.

      shecky465 - March 2005


      MORE ABOUT JOAN ALEXANDER: On "The Name's the Same" in 1953, Joan Alexander mentioned that she and panelist Dane Clark had known each other since they were young children. Dane Clark was born in Brooklyn and Joan was born in Minnesota, which makes one wonder if very early on her family had moved to New York City. - Brklnbern (2008)


      MORE ABOUT JOAN ALEXANDER: According to a 1953 TV Guide profile of Joanie, she was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, but "educated at St. Angelus Hall, Brooklyn and St. Joseph's Academy, Brentwood, Long Island." According to the article, Joan got her start doing panel games by sitting in for a vacationing Arlene Francis on "WML?" in 1950. The article also says (a little cryptically) that "an auto accident in 1939 turned her from a movie career to radio." It obviously didn't affect her good looks, but it may have left her with some other kind of physical impairment. - Matt Ottinger (2008)



      New York Times, Obituaries, Published Thursday, January 22, 1987.

      Arthur Stanton, 69, Chairman Of Distributor of Volkswagen:

      Arthur Stanton, chairman of World-Wide Volkswagen of Orangeburg in Rockland County, N.Y., died of heart failure Tuesday, January 20, 1987, in Maui, Hawaii. Mr. Stanton was attending a business meeting in Maui. He was 69 years old and lived in Manhattan.

      Arthur Stanton, chairman of World-Wide Volkswagen of Orangeburg in Rockland County, N.Y., died of heart failure Tuesday in Maui, Hawaii. Mr. Stanton was attending a business meeting in Maui. He was 69 years old and lived in Manhattan.

      He had been a partner in World-Wide Volkswagen for 35 years with his brother, Frank, and Victor Emaleh. The company is the distributor of Volkswagen and Audi vehicles in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

      In 1986, the West German Government awarded Mr. Stanton the German Officer's Cross for his contributions in furthering trade between West Germany and the United States.

      Mr. Stanton, who was born in Brooklyn, graduated from Columbia University. In World War II, he was a lieutenant commander in the Navy and served in the Pacific.

      In addition to his brother, he is survived by his wife, the former Jane Alexander; a daughter, Jane Hitchcock of Manhattan, and three sons, Jonathan, of Los Angeles, and Adam and Timothy, both of Manhattan.

    • Joan Alexander (4/16/1915 - 5/21/2009)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Joan Alexander, Hal Block. Arlene Francis had the night off.