What's My Line?

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  • Season 1
    • EPISODE #1
      EPISODE #1
      Episode 1
      2/2/50
      9.4
      EPISODE EXISTS ON KINESCOPE.

      FIRST EPISODE WITH JOHN DALY AS MODERATOR, AND DOROTHY KILGALLEN AND LOUIS UNTERMEYER AS REGULAR PANELISTS.

      Game 1: Miss Pat Finch (b. 12/12/1926) - "Hat Check Girl" (salaried; from Sherman Billingsley's Stork Club; from Manhattan, New York)

      Game 2: Arthur Feinberg - "Diaper Service Executive" (salaried; he is a salesman for the Cascade Diaper Service; from Brooklyn, New York)

      Game 3: Dr. Seymour Kolodny (4/17/1916 - 4/1992) - "Veterinarian" (self-employed; S. W. Kolodny, DVM, works primarily with household cats and dogs; his veterinary office is in Greenwich Village, from Forest Hills, New York)

      Game 4: Phil Rizzuto (9/25/1917 - 8/13/2007) (as Mystery Guest, and his game was played last) His winnings were donated to the Heart Fund; he stated that he lives in New Jersey.

      Seventeen and one-half years later, the first 3 regular contestants also make an appearance on the final What's My Line? episode on September 3, 1967. Clips from this first episode are aired.

      EPISODES TO WATCH: These are the nine early episodes from 1950 to 1952 which are still in existence and will be aired on GSN: EPISODE #1, EPISODE #2, EPISODE #3, EPISODE #5, EPISODE #20, EPISODE #31, EPISODE #40, EPISODE #42, EPISODE #96. Then, from EPISODE #112 until the end of the series, EPISODE #876, only 16 more episodes are lost to history.

      All 876 individual "What's My Line?" episode synopses (and the guides for the 25 preempted weeks) have been written by Suzanne Astorino.
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    • EPISODE #2
      EPISODE #2
      Episode 2
      2/16/50
      10
      EPISODE EXISTS ON KINESCOPE.

      FIRST EPISODE WITH ARLENE FRANCIS AS A REGULAR PANELIST

      Game 1: Miss Caroline Weston - "Lady Wrestler" (salaried; from Queens, Long Island, NY)

      Game 2: Edward Eisen - "Income Tax Collector" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY; In 1950, the due date for filing U.S. individual income tax returns was March 15th. Congress did not change the IRS due date to April 15th until 1955.)

      Game 3: Elliott Roosevelt (9/23/1910 - 10/27/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: Miss Karen Archer - "Teaches Dancing" (salaried; from New York City, NY; in error, the television audience is not shown Karen's occupation, we simply have to play along with the panel)

      A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a private detective, who finally appeared on the following episode. - Suzanne (2004)
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    • EPISODE #3
      EPISODE #3
      Episode 3
      3/2/50
      10
      EPISODE EXISTS ON KINESCOPE.

      Game 1: Mr. Cormac McGowan (4/15/1895 - 2/1978) - "House Detective" (salaried; from the Bronx, NY; a house detective is an in-house private detective who is employed by a hotel or retail store; McGowan's comment that he works at the Hotel Commodore, mixed in with John's comment of Commodore Hotel, was barely audible over the applause and background panel chatter; for the record, the Hotel Commodore was located on 42nd Street between Lexington Avenue & Park Avenue in New York City)

      Game 2: Mrs. Linda Stone - "Housewife" (from the Bronx, NY; it's a wonder the panel got this one, because John said that she was "self-employed" when she is actually "unemployed"!)

      Game 3: Artie Shaw (5/23/1910 - 12/30/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: William Ulman - "Exterminator" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY)

      A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a high school principal, who eventually appeared on the "lost" EPISODE #7 of May 10, 1950. - Suzanne (2004)
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    • EPISODE #4
      EPISODE #4
      Episode 4
      3/16/50
      9.7
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      FIRST EPISODE WITH HAL BLOCK AS A REGULAR PANELIST

      Game 1: "Irish Consul" (a male)

      Game 2: "Lighthouse Keeper" (a male)

      Game 3: Gypsy Rose Lee (1/8/1911 - 4/26/1970) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Tree Surgeon" (a male)

      A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a female physician. - Suzanne (2004)

      I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2004)
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    • EPISODE #5
      EPISODE #5
      Episode 5
      4/12/50
      10
      EPISODE EXISTS ON KINESCOPE.

      FIRST EPISODE SPONSORED BY STOPETTE DEODORANT, MANUFACTURED BY JULES MONTENIER, INC.

      Game 1: Arthur Eldridge - "Circus Chimpanzee Trainer" (salaried; he works for Ringling Brothers Circus, which we only find out about because Louis asks him; from Elgin, IL)

      Game 2: Miss June Harbour (b. 1919) - "Lawyer" (salaried; she works for a small firm; from Long Island, NY)

      Game 3: Elsa Maxwell (5/24/1881 - 11/1/1963) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: Walter Seidel - "Chimney Sweep" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY)

      A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for a song plugger. - Suzanne (2004)
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    • EPISODE #6
      EPISODE #6
      Episode 6
      4/26/50
      9.6
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Circus Sword Swallower" (a female)

      Game 2: "Weatherman" (a male)

      Game 3: Abe Burrows (12/18/1910 - 5/17/1985) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Deep Sea Diver" (a male)

      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
    • EPISODE #7
      EPISODE #7
      Episode 7
      5/10/50
      9.7
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "High School Principal" (a male)

      Game 2: "Wig Maker" (a female)

      Game 3: James Farley (5/30/1888 - 6/9/1976) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Osteopath" (a male)

       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
    • EPISODE #8
      EPISODE #8
      Episode 8
      5/24/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      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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    • EPISODE #9
      EPISODE #9
      Episode 9
      6/7/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Babysitter" (a female)

      Game 2: "Landlord" (a male)

      Game 3: Dick Haymes (9/13/1918 - 3/28/1980) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Hypnotist" (a male)

      A backup profession was listed in Gil Fates' notes for an iceman. - 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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    • EPISODE #10
      EPISODE #10
      Episode 10
      6/21/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Corset Salesman" (a male)

      Game 2: Florence Johnson - "Lady Barber" (a female; see notes below)

      Game 3: Dizzy Dean (1/16/1910 - 7/17/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Roller Derby Skater" (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
    • EPISODE #11
      EPISODE #11
      Episode 11
      7/5/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Oyster Opener" (a male)

      Game 2: "Disc Jockey" (a female)

      Game 3: Tommy Dorsey (11/19/1905 - 11/26/1956) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Marriage Counselor" (a male)

       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
    • EPISODE #12
      EPISODE #12
      Episode 12
      7/19/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Prison Warden" (a male)

      Game 2: "Lifeguard" (a female)

      Game 3: Rocky Graziano (1/1/1914 - 5/22/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Fight Referee" (a male)

      Game 5: "Opera Singer" (a male)

      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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    • EPISODE #13
      EPISODE #13
      Episode 13
      8/2/50
      10
      EPISODE EXISTS IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION.

      Game 1: Ron Brownell - "Bank President" (salaried; from Mount Kisco, NY)

      Game 2: Bob Montana - "Elephant Keeper At Zoo" (salaried; from Yonkers, NY)

      Game 3: William O'Dwyer (7/11/1890 - 11/24/1964) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: Kurt Prinz - "Good Humor Ice Cream Vendor" (salaried; from Long Island, NY)
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    • EPISODE #14
      EPISODE #14
      Episode 14
      8/16/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Bill Collector" (a female)

      Game 2: "Junk Dealer" (a male)

      Game 3: Jackie Robinson (1/31/1919 - 10/24/1972) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Tuba Player" (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 (2006) . .moreless
    • EPISODE #15
      EPISODE #15
      Episode 15
      8/30/50
      0.0
      LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

      Game 1: "Horse Trainer" (a female)

      Game 2: "Glass Blower" (a male)

      Game 3: Faye Emerson (7/8/1919 - 3/9/1983) (as Mystery Guest)

      Game 4: "Sports Writer" (a male)

       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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