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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 03, 1952 on CBS
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Game 1: "Makes Dog Biscuits" (a male)

Game 2: "Sweater Model" (a female)

Game 3: Sam Levenson (12/28/1911 - 8/27/1980) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Mayor Red Bank" (a female)

The final contestant was most certainly Katharine E. White (Katharine Elkus White - Democrat (11/25/1906 - 4/24/1985). She was the Mayor of Red Bank, New Jersey, serving three terms from 1951 to 1956. She was the first elected female mayor of any town in New Jersey. She also served as the U.S. Ambassador to Denmark from 1964-1968. Red Bank, NJ is located in Monmouth County. Related notes below. - Suzanne (2008)

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)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (4)

      • VINTAGE ARTICLE SNIPPET: As printed in Time Magazine, Friday, March 13, 1964, in an article titled "Ladies' Day," which listed several women that President Johnson had appointed to various administrative jobs, including Katharine White, who was eventually named the United States Ambassador to Denmark. She served in this capacity from June 2, 1964 to September 9, 1968. - Suzanne (2008)

        (begin Time quote)

        Mrs. Katharine E. White, 57, onetime mayor of Red Bank, N.J., chairman of the New Jersey Highway Authority, daughter of the late Abram I. Elkus, Woodrow Wilson's Ambassador to Turkey. Job: ambassador. In his rush to get all the appointments sorted out in time for the announcement, Johnson did not get around to selecting a country to which Ambassador-Designate White will go. But he plans to notify her the minute one turns up.

        (end Time quote)

      • (1) GUEST PANELIST: Tonight's long-lost show marked the only "WML?" appearance of noted songwriter Howard Dietz. His longtime collaborator, Arthur Schwartz, had been a guest panelist on last week's EPISODE #87.
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This episode also marked the first appearance of humorist Sam Levenson on "WML?" He will appear two more times, both as a guest panelist, on EPISODE #239 of January 2, 1955 and EPISODE #244 of February 6, 1955, both of which still exist today. The latter show was notable in that it was the second of three appearances by the very first "WML?" contestant from EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950, Patricia (Pat) Finch. - 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)

      • Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this would have been the "second anniversary" show. - Suzanne (2003)

        Howard Dietz (9/8/1896 - 7/30/1983)

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

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