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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 30, 1951 on CBS
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Game 1: "Makes Park Benches" (a male)

Game 2: Harold Stassen (4/13/1907 - 3/4/2001) (as Mystery Guest)

It is unknown why the mystery guest game was played as the second game, instead of the customary third game. - Suzanne (2008)

Game 3: "Runs Flea Circus" (a male)

Game 4: "Sergeant in Marine Corps" (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)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

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      • (1) GUEST PANELIST: Peter Donald (1918-1979) was a comedian who was a frequent fixture in the early years of television, appearing on such shows as the "Colgate Comedy Hour." Around the time of tonight's show, he was host of a program called "The Ad-Libbers," which was notable for one of the panelists being future film star Jack Lemmon. The program -- which ran on CBS from August 3, 1951 to August 31, 1951 -- is today regarded in some corners as a forerunner to the more recent "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Mr. Donald would later be a panelist on such shows as "Where Was I?" (in 1952), "Masquerade Party" (from 1954 to 1956) and "To Tell the Truth (for three consecutive shows in 1959). This long-lost episode was to be his only "WML?" appearance.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Harold E. Stassen (1907-2001), also making a one-time "WML?" appearance this evening, served as governor of Minnesota from 1939 to 1943. At the time of his election in 1938, he was the youngest person to be elected to that position (he was 31 years old then). He was the President of the University of Pennsylvania at the time of his appearance on tonight's show. He is more remembered these days, however, as a perennial Presidential candidate, making a total of nine failed runs for the Republican nomination between 1948 and 1992. Ever since, his name has come to be synonymous with futility, failure and "also-ran" status. For example, Gary Paul Gates, in his 1978 book "Air Time: The Inside Story of CBS News," characterized ABC News in the entire period up to the publication of his book (including John Charles Daly's 1953-1960 run as the anchor of its nightly newscast) as "the Harold Stassen of network journalism: not only a perennial loser, but a laughing stock to boot." Indeed, it wasn't until after "World News Tonight" was first launched in 1978 that ABC began achieving true journalistic respectability, as well as lasting ratings parity with CBS and NBC in the nightly news wars. - 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)

        Peter Donald (6/6/1918 - 4/20/1979)

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

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