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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 19

EPISODE #84

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 06, 1952 on CBS
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EPISODE #84
AIRED:
EPISODE EXISTS IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION AT THE PALEY CENTER FOR MEDIA, NEW YORK, NEW YORK.
(FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO)

Game 1: Bette Lucas - "Bartender" (salaried; he works at The Old Stone Inn; from Trenton, NJ)

Game 2: Dorothy Bernard - "Sells Horse Meat" (no home town given)

Game 3: Oscar Hammerstein II (7/12/1895 - 8/23/1960) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Hubert Groves - "Sells Axes and Hatchets" (from Dallas, TX)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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      • MYSTERY GUEST: This was the first appearance of legendary songwriter Oscar Hammerstein II. His collaborator from 1943 to 1959, Richard Rodgers, had made his own first, solo mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #52 of May 27, 1951 (which sadly no longer exists, unlike tonight's show which at least is in the collection of the Paley Center for Media, formerly the Museum of Television and Radio, and before that, the Museum of Broadcasting). In addition, the award-winning songwriting team would make memorable mystery guest duo appearances on EPISODE #298 of February 19, 1956 and EPISODE #492 of November 29, 1959. Thus, both composers each made a total of three "WML?" appearances. - W-B (2008)

      • Unbeknownst to Gil Fates, a kinescope of this episode exists at The Museum of Television & Radio in New York City. Read the review from "ymike" below. - Suzanne (2005)

        The Museum of Television & Radio in New York City has 40 episodes of What's My Line?, including the complete EPISODE #84 of January 6, 1952 which is not aired on GSN.

        REVIEW:

        John Daly starts the program by thanking all the viewers who sent Christmas cards to the show.

        1 - Bette Lucas (from Trenton, NJ) Bartender (The Old Stone Inn)
        On the first round of questioning, Hal Block thought she was in medicine. By the time it came back around to him, he had figured out that she was a bartender.

        2 - Dorothy Bernard (No location given) Sells Horse Meat
        On the panel walk-by, Hal asked her to close her eyes. She replied, "Is it safe?" Bennett felt her muscle. Bennett got a big laugh when he asked if it tastes good. She completely stumped the panel. After the game, John Daly informed the panel that it was illegal to sell horse meat for human consumption in NY. Before she left, Dorothy Bernard said goodbye to her kids watching at home.

        3 - Oscar Hammerstein II
        The panel had a rather easy time guessing who he was. After Arlene got a "no" for his being an actor, Hal asked if he was a producer, got a "yes," and passed to Dorothy. She got a "no" when she asked if he wrote music. Bennett got a "no" when he asked if his current show was on 45th St. (It was on 44th St.) This left it to Arlene to guess who he was. It took about 2 minutes.

        4 - Hubert Groves (from Dallas, TX) Sells Axes and Hatchets
        Because the mystery round went so fast, this game was played in full and the panel was stumped again. So, it was not a very good night for the panel.

        The main commercial had the voice of a "What's My Line?" reporter asking people what they wanted in a deodorant. There was no voice-over on the closing credits, but when the CBS eye symbol appeared, we heard the voice of Marie Wilson telling viewers to watch her new TV show, "My Friend Irma."

        By the way, the museum also has the WML 25th anniversary special in their collection.

        from "ymike" - Jan 14, 2005

      • 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, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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