What's My Line?

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 24, 1950 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: "Baseball Umpire" (a male)

Game 2: "Flying Instructress" (a female)

Game 3: Harry James (3/15/1916 - 7/5/1983) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Motorcycle Cop" (a male)

Game 5: "Ventriloquist" (a female)

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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Louis Untermeyer

    Louis Untermeyer

    Regular Panelist (1950-1951)

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    • NOTES (5)

      • FREE WILD GUESS: Arlene most likely won a "free wild guess" for the contestant in game four, the motorcycle cop. Arlene Francis said the following in a December 20, 1952 TV DIGEST (Philadelphia) article: "Before the questioning begins, the panelists are allowed, of course, a 'wild guess.' Some are pretty wild, but on two occasions we hit the target right off. I made the first correct 'wild guess' on the show, when I identified a motorcycle cop. I even said his name might be Maloney. How'd I do it? I once was stopped by a motorcycle cop named Maloney and I never forgot his name."

        For a history of the free wild guesses, see the notes to EPISODE #253 of April 10, 1955. - Suzanne (2008)

      • FIVE GAMES TONIGHT: In the early years, because John Daly did not chat as much with the contestants after their games, several of the "lost" 1950-1952 episodes feature a total of five games. This alone makes their loss to history even more significant. In later years, when the post-game chat increased, the episodes only contained three or four games per episode. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FIVE GAMES IN 1955: The only surviving episode to contain five games is EPISODE #267 of July 17, 1955. - Suzanne (2008)

      • MYSTERY GUEST: Legendary big-band leader and trumpeter Harry James, famous for such smash hits as "I Don't Want to Walk Without You," "I've Heard That Song Before" and "It's Been a Long, Long Time," makes his only appearance on "WML?" tonight, in an episode unfortunately lost to history. He is not, however, the only one in the James household to have this dubious distinction. His then-wife, screen star Betty Grable, to whom he was married from 1945 to 1965, had made a mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #866 of June 18, 1967 which is likewise lost to history, due to the kinescope's having been accidently destroyed during the making of the 1975 special "What's My Line? At 25." The only "WML?" appearance of Miss Grable's to survive on kinescope today was her first mystery guest appearance, on EPISODE #779 of August 29, 1965, which was within the same year that she and Mr. James divorced. - 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)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Louis Untermeyer, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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