What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 6


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 07, 1951 on CBS
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LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE Game 1: "American League Umpire" (a male) See notes below: this contestant was possibly Bill Summers, Joe Paparella or Johnny Stevens. Game 2: "Makes Fuller Bath Brushes" (gender not noted in log) This occupation referred to a product manufactured by the Fuller Brush Company. Game 3: Clayton Moore (9/14/1914 - 12/28/1999) (as Mystery Guest) He appeared as The Lone Ranger. Game 4: "Makes Babies' Panties" (gender not noted in log) 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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      • BASEBALL HISTORY: At the time of tonight's October 7, 1951 show, the 1951 World Series was taking place in New York between the Yankees and the Giants. Tonight's show was broadcast on an off-day between Game Three and Game Four.

        WHICH AMERICAN LEAGUE UMPIRE? On this lost episode, the first game featured an "American League Umpire" as the contestant. However, we do not know his name. At the time this episode originally aired, there were three possible men who could have appeared and attempted to fool the panel. They are named below:

        A) Bill Summers (11/10/1895 - 9/12/1966) was a professional umpire for 38 years. He began his career in the Eastern League, serving from 1921-1932. He made his Major League debut on April 12, 1933. As an American League arbiter, Summers represented the league at the All Star Game a record seven times. He also worked 47 games over eight World Series (1936, 1939, 1942, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1955 and 1959). His final game as an umpire was the last game of the 1959 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox. He was the home plate umpire in the 1951 World Series for Game One and Game Five.

        B) Joe Paparella (3/9/1909 - 10/17/1994) was an American League Umpire from 1946-1965. Paparella holds the record for most games umpired in a season. In 1962, he umpired 176 games, including 30 doubleheaders, in a 162 game season. He broke his own record, since in 1950, he had umpired 169 games in a 154 game season, including 31 doubleheaders. Given the modern-day current policy on umpire assignments, his record is unlikely to be broken. He umpired in four World Series (1948, 1951, 1957 and 1963). He was the home plate umpire in the 1951 World Series for Game Three and had the best view of yesterday's game.

        C) Johnny Stevens (5/14/1912 - 9/9/1981) was an American League Umpire from 1948-1975. In the 1951 World Series, he and National League umpire Artie Gore switched outfield positions, umpiring the left and right field lines for each of the six games. The four other umpires rotated around the infield from game to game and never worked the outfield. Stevens umpired in four World Series (1951, 1954, 1960 and 1967). - cerfnet (2008)

      • (1) GUEST PANELIST: Rudolph Halley (1913-1956), making his only "WML?" appearance in this episode which tragically no longer exists, was a chief counsel to Senator Estes Kefauver's committee on organized crime in the same year, 1951, as tonight's show. In 1953, Mr. Halley ran on the Liberal-Fusion ticket in the New York City mayor's race against the eventual victor (and future "WML?" mystery guest), Robert F. Wagner.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: Clayton Moore, aka "The Lone Ranger," is another "WML?" one-timer in this long-lost episode. In later years, long after "The Lone Ranger" ended production of new episodes in 1957, Mr. Moore made regular public appearances with the iconic mask that the character had worn. For a few years from the late 1970's to the early 1980's, Mr. Moore was legally prohibited from wearing his "Lone Ranger" mask for public appearances, due to Wrather Productions Corporations's plans to make a movie based on the character, and for the duration he wore sunglasses instead. The film, "The Legend of the Lone Ranger" (1981), was a flop at the box office, and after the new version was long forgotten, Mr. Moore resumed wearing the mask. Mr. Moore is the only major cast member from the program to appear on "WML?"; his "Lone Ranger" co-star, Jay Silverheels, who played his loyal sidekick "Tonto," made no appearances of any kind on the panel show. - W-B (2008)

      • Clayton Moore appeared as "The Lone Ranger." - 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)

        Rudolph Halley (6/19/1913 - 11/19/1956)

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

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