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The Look of "What's My Line?', Flip Cards, Set Design & More

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    ymike673

    [41]Sep 16, 2005
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    The last few episodes have been sponsored by either Kelloggs or Florida Citrus Fruits. Does this mean its Helene Curtis is no longer a sponsor which also means the end for WML's original sponsored product "Stopette".
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    W-B

    [42]Sep 16, 2005
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    ymike673 wrote:
    The last few episodes have been sponsored by either Kelloggs or Florida Citrus Fruits. Does this mean its Helene Curtis is no longer a sponsor which also means the end for WML's original sponsored product "Stopette".

    First, Kellogg's took over alternate sponsorship on EPISODE #409. Second, Helene Curtis' sponsorship indeed ended effective with EPISODE #442 (thus severing the "Stopette" connection in place since EPISODE #5). Apparently Florida Citrus Fruits was a recurring "interim" alternate sponsor over the years, given their sponsorship of shows between the end of Remington Rand's sponsorship and the beginning of Kellogg's, then on EPISODES #443, 445, 446 and 448 -- and now, with Sunbeam electric appliances taking up the "alternating" slack with EPISODE #450 (I seem to recall they co-sponsored for quite a few years).
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    ymike673

    [43]Sep 19, 2005
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    About four episodes ago the back wall where the panel walks in was changed from a flat surface to a more decorative pattern. I believe this stays untill the show goes off the air.
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    astorino

    [44]Oct 7, 2005
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    CASINO NIGHT ROLLING JACKPOT! This "new look" is purely GSN's fault, and I'm getting mighty weary of it covering the first guest's sign-in board.
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    ymike673

    [45]Oct 7, 2005
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    Usually GSN has had a small rolloing sign on the bottom of the screen announcing some special show. This sign is just to large and annoying.
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    The1Factotum1i1

    [46]Oct 7, 2005
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    Further evidence of just how highly GSN regards WML? and it's fans.
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    dad1153

    [47]Oct 9, 2005
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    That blue Hummer 'CASINO NIGHT' on-screen graphic is appearing on every TV show in GSN's schedule so trust me, your misery is widely shared with everyone else on the GSN viewing public. Try watching 'Password Plus' or 'Super Password' with that giant blue sign covering the on-screen password at the bottom of the screen. Every time the blue graphic comes up I use my remote control or hand to block it so I won't be bothered to read whatever it is they're promoting. It's the least I can do to get back at them for ruining my viewing experience (and B&W Overnight taping).
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    victorkiam

    [48]Oct 9, 2005
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    dad1153 wrote:
    Every time the blue graphic comes up I use my remote control or hand to block it so I won't be bothered to read whatever it is they're promoting. It's the least I can do to get back at them for ruining my viewing experience (and B&W Overnight taping).


    I agree Daddy-O. There is no respect for directors, cinematographers, actors, et. al. in commercial television. The constant advertising ruins the integrity of the show and insults the craftsman who labored to create it.

    I suspect the constant bombardment of visual pollution, which dances across a large swath of the screen, is a subtle attempt to encourage consumers to purchase larger TVs and DVDs of mediocre shows.
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    ymike673

    [49]Oct 23, 2005
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    The closing theme "Rollercoster" has been absent from the last three episodes. The tune that has been used seems to fit with WML also.
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    W-B

    [50]Oct 23, 2005
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    ymike673 wrote:
    The closing theme "Rollercoster" has been absent from the last three episodes. The tune that has been used seems to fit with WML also.

    Which leads me to this question: Just exactly what was this "other" ending music, and was it used on any other G-T game show(s)?
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    astorino

    [51]Oct 24, 2005
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    W-B wrote:
    Just exactly what was this "other" ending music, and was it used on any other G-T game show(s)


    From Midge:

    Hi, everybody! I'm a longtime WML fan who loves the show and tries never to miss an episode. I even have the Gil Fates book and the Lee Israel biography of Dorothy Kilgallen. I'm happy to have found this forum to discuss my favorite show. I also love the tv.com website because it has lots of information on WML.

    Last night on tv.com I saw a review of a "What's My Line" episode that had just aired on GSN. (Season 11, episode 487, Phil Silvers as the mystery guest). A member of the site mentioned an unknown musical theme that had been used under the closing credits for the last few shows in place of the usual theme.

    I recognized the song right away and wanted to share this information. So I signed up to join the site. But when I tried to post, the site gave me an error message. It seems that, as a newbie, I have not yet earned posting privileges.

    I would really like to see the name of the music posted for those who may be interested. So here's the info: It's "The Toy Trumpet" by Raymond Scott.

    Best regards,

    Midge
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    astorino

    [52]Oct 24, 2005
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    Here is a sample of The Toy Trumpet, WML's substitute closing theme:

    Partial song sound file:
    http://raymondscott.com/TRUMPET.wav

    More Raymond Scott info:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raymond_Scott

    Now, we'll have to go back and listen to whatever they used on EPISODES #467, #468 and #469 and see if it was the same tune.

    Suzanne
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    ymike673

    [53]Oct 25, 2005
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    I believe the same tune was used on those episodes.
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    The1Factotum1i1

    [54]Oct 25, 2005
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    I think she's correct. Scott wrote a lot of mesmerizing little ditties that saturated the airwaves from the 30'sto 50's. A lot of it was used as background music for Warner Brothers cartoons. He lived until the 1990's. Goodson-Todman had an ear for the interesting novelty tunes of those days, and had memorable themes, most famous was LeRoy Anderson's "PLINK, PLANK, PLUNK" on I've Got a Secret.
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    astorino

    [55]Oct 30, 2005
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    For the record, The Toy Trumpet was used as the substitute closing theme on EPISODES #485 through #490.

    The earlier substitute theme used on EPISODES #465 through #469 is a complete mystery as to its identification.
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    ymike673

    [56]Nov 17, 2005
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    Saving this thread for another month.
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    Linneman

    [57]Nov 17, 2005
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    As they've noted on-air several times they changed the standard (non-mystery guest) game three shows ago. Instead of just noting "salaried or self-employed" JCD also tells the panel if the guest deals in a service or product.

    This is the biggest change since the elimination of the "blind guess" that used to be made by each panelist before they asked any questions. From memory this new added information is the last change of any import made in the game.

    This is the version I saw as a child.
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    W-B

    [58]Nov 23, 2005
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    I also noticed about the center stage at the show opening, from the pattern background to the entrance it seemed more spacious once they moved to the future "Studio 54" in 1960, as vs. when they were at what, later in 1960, was to become the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (ex CBS Studio 59, a.k.a. the Mansfield Theatre) - that, plus entering from the viewer's right side rather than from his/her left side.
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    mehitable

    [59]Nov 23, 2005
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    Oh, my! They are going to enter from the right? I don't think I can stand that much of a change.
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    ymike673

    [60]Nov 24, 2005
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    W-B wrote:
    I also noticed about the center stage at the show opening, from the pattern background to the entrance it seemed more spacious once they moved to the future "Studio 54" in 1960, as vs. when they were at what, later in 1960, was to become the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (ex CBS Studio 59, a.k.a. the Mansfield Theatre) - that, plus entering from the viewer's right side rather than from his/her left side.


    The curtains surrounding the walk-in entrance are angled away from the back giving the impression that the backstage area is larger.
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