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What's My Line?

Season 3 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 16, 1952 on CBS
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Game 1: "Wine Taster" (a male)

Game 2: "Runs Honeymoon Lodge" (a female)

Game 3: Renzo Cesana (10/30/1907 - 11/8/1970) as "The Continental" (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: "Pawnbroker" (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) . .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)

    Hal Block

    Hal Block

    Regular Panelist (1950-1953)

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      • MYSTERY GUEST: This long-lost episode was Renzo Cesana's only "WML?" appearance. He is one of a 100+ gallery of mystery guests and/or guest panelists whose appearances have sadly become lost to history. - W-B (2008)

      • The mystery guest is listed in Gil Fates' 1978 WML book as simply "The Continental." This refers to the actor Renzo Cesana, who played the debonair role of "The Continental" in the television series of the same name. It was broadcast twice-weekly from 1952 to 1953. This 15-minute program first aired on KTLA, a local Los Angeles, CA station. It later made its CBS network debut on Tuesday, January 22, 1952, following the 11:00 PM local news. Differing reports state that it was an afternoon show, and had also been seen on the DuMont Network. At any rate, later it would air on ABC before being canceled in 1953. Italian-born actor Renzo Cesana, who had been a priest in the 1950 film "Stromboli," portrayed a suave and sexy Italian bachelor. Wearing his elegant dinner jacket, he sat in a living room set reading romantic love poetry to the camera. He sipped on a glass of wine. He seduced his viewers, who presumably were bored, love-starved housewives, with lines such as, "I haven't any right to do the things I do" and "Do not be afraid, darling, you are in a gentleman's apartment." He was quite a sensation for his day. Tony Mottola conducted the background orchestral music. As you can imagine, "The Continental" was parodied a number of times over the years. Red Skelton performed a parody skit in 1952 when the original program was still being broadcast. On his television show, future WML guest panelist Ernie Kovacs portrayed a character called "The County-Nental," who was a country-bumpkin gigolo in denim overalls who poured moonshine from a jug. The County-Nental would look into the camera lens, and with whisky-soaked breath say, "Don't be feared, this is only a man's silo." In the 1980s and 1990s, Billy Crystal and Christopher Walken also spoofed this "Latin Lover" on differing skits on the comedy program "Saturday Night Live." Fun was also poked at the character on the AMC series about an old radio station, "Remember WENN." - 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)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis, Hal Block.

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