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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 1

EPISODE #66

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 02, 1951 on CBS
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EPISODE #66
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LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

Game 1: "Makes Steam Cabinets" (a male)

Game 2: "Lobster Trapper" (a female)

Game 3: Buster Keaton (10/4/1895 - 2/1/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Mop Manufacturer" (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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Buster Keaton

    Buster Keaton

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Walter Slezak

    Walter Slezak

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Jinx Falkenburg

    Jinx Falkenburg

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • TRADE WINDS COLUMN: In Bennett Cerf's "Trade Winds" column in the September 1, 1951 issue of the Saturday Review magazine, Bennett writes about Hal Block's mother and her recent trip to New York. Bennett wrote:

        The mother of comedy-writer Hal Block came to New York for a wedding recently, and Hal took her on a round of the hot spots. His success on the "What's My Line?" TV program had enhanced his reputation to such a point that headwaiters and major domos obsequiously escorted him to ringside tables in the most exclusive boites. While Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis performed practically in their laps, Hal said proudly, "Well Ma, what do you think of your boy Hal now?" "Hmph," she snorted, "you must be some heavy tipper!

        - cerfnet (2008)

      • ERIKA SLEZAK: Guest panelist Walter Slezak's daughter Erika Slezak would later become an actress in her own right and would star as everyone's favorite multiple personality sufferer "Viki Lord" on the daytime drama "One Life to Live." - Sargebri (2004)

        WALTER SLEZAK: This was not to be the last time Walter Slezak would appear on the panel of a Goodson-Todman show. From March 14, 1955 to June 13, 1955, Mr. Slezak was a panelist on "The Name's the Same," from near the end of Dennis James' run as host, all through Bob and Ray's ill-fated stint hosting the program. Ironically, last week's "WML?" guest panelist, Joan Alexander, was a panelist on "TNTS" throughout its entire 1951-1955 run. - W-B (2008)

      • (1) GUEST PANELISTS: Tonight's now-lost episode marked the only times that legendary actress and radio/TV personality Jinx Falkenburg (1919-2003, sometimes known as Jinx McCrary) and famed character actor Walter Slezak (1902-1983) appeared on "WML?" Miss Falkenburg was famous for hosting the morning radio series "Tex and Jinx" with her husband, Tex McCrary (1910-2003; he died a scant 29 days before she did). A few years from tonight's show, Mr. McCrary and Miss Falkenburg sponsored a contest called "Junior Jinx," for the purpose of training young women for radio and television reporting. The winner was a young Sue Oakland, who not long thereafter became a panelist on Goodson-Todman's very short-lived "What's Going On?," and who, between 1966 and 1967, made nine guest panelist appearances on the CBS "WML?" (and further guest panelist appearances in two different weeks on the syndicated version in 1968 and 1969). (Source: Information on the "Junior Jinx" contest comes from an October 2, 1966 World Journal Tribune article on Sue Oakland.) As for Miss Falkenburg, unfortunately, her husband Tex McCrary never appeared on "WML?," either as a panelist or mystery guest. Meanwhile, as for Mr. Slezak, two credits of his from the 1960's (among his many film, stage and TV acting roles over his long career) stand out. He was one of the guest villains on the camp 1966-1968 TV series "Batman," appearing as "The Clock King" in the two-part episode "The Clock King's Crazy Crimes" (originally aired October 12, 1966) and "The Clock King Gets Crowned" (first aired October 13, 1966). Walter also appeared as "Father Richter" in the 1968 made-for-TV movie "Heidi," whose November 17, 1968 airing on NBC gained lasting infamy due to the fact that it began airing precisely at its scheduled time of 7:00 PM (EST), cutting short the network's coverage of the New York Jets-Oakland Raiders matchup on which, at that point, the Jets were leading 32-29. Because of the network's scheduling, irate football fans missed the final two minutes of play in which Oakland scored two touchdowns and beat New York 43-32. This scheduling controversy became forever known as the "Heidi Bowl," and led to the National Football League requiring the television networks to run football games in their entirety.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Tonight's show marked the first of two appearances by "The Great Stone Face," Buster Keaton. His second appearance, also as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #378 of September 1, 1957, was far more fortunate in that the kinescope of that later edition still exists today. - W-B (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)

      • Eugenia Lincoln "Jinx" Falkenburg (1/21/1919 - 8/27/2003)

        Walter Slezak (5/3/1902 - 4/21/1983)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Walter Slezak, Jinx Falkenburg, Hal Block.
        Bennett Cerf and Arlene Francis had the night off.

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