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  • EPISODE #222
    EPISODE #222
    Episode 52
    8/29/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Mary Hoffman - "Bar Room Bouncer" (salaried; she works at Steve Brodie's Bar - or maybe it is spelled Steve Brody's Bar - in her hometown of Philadelphia, PA)

    Game 2: Ivy Baker Priest (9/7/1905 - 6/23/1975) - "Ivy Baker Priest, Treasurer of United States" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but was asked to identify her line rather than her identity; from Utah; Arlene guessed her line after the game had ended but before taking off her blindfold)

    Game 3: Debbie Reynolds (b. 4/1/1932) (as Mystery Guest #2)

    Game 4: John A. McConaghy - "Sells Telephone Booths" (salaried; he works for the Telephone Booth Service Company; from Havertown, PA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #221
    EPISODE #221
    Episode 51
    8/22/54
    9.7
    Game 1: Mrs. Mary Detweiler - "Stitches Baseballs" (salaried; she works out of her home; from Perkasie, PA)

    Game 2: Frank Clancy - "Captain of Garbage Scow" (salaried; from New York, NY)

    Game 3: Johnnie Ray (1/10/1927 - 2/24/1990) (as Mystery Guest) . .
  • EPISODE #220
    EPISODE #220
    Episode 50
    8/15/54
    9.3
    Game 1: Major Daniel James, Jr. (2/11/1920 - 2/25/1978) - "Jet Fighter Pilot (U. S. Air Force)" (salaried; African-American; he is the commander of the 437th fighter interceptor squadron based at Otis Field; he flew 101 combat missions in Korea; from Pensacola, FL)

    Game 2: Benjamin Keeney (pronounced as Kinney) - "Operates Skirt-Blowing Machine (Amusement Park)" (salaried; he works at the Rockaways' Playland Amusement Park at Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY; from Richmond Hill, Long Island, NY)

    Game 3: Bob Smith (11/27/1917 - 7/30/1998) & Howdy Doody (as Mystery Guest Duo)

    Game 4: Mrs. Rozana Ruehrmund - "Bill Collector" (salaried; her time was limited and John failed to ask the name of her hometown, however, Gil Fates' logs indicate she was from Ohio) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #219
    EPISODE #219
    Episode 49
    8/8/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Stephan J. Zold - "Professional Wrestler" (self-employed; his professional name was not stated; from Riverside, Ontario, Canada)

    Game 2: Miss Nancy L. Taylor - "ANOTHER Professional Wrestler" (self-employed; her professional name is "Daisy Mae, the Hillbilly Wrestler"; from Columbia, SC)

    Game 3: Eva Gabor (2/11/1919 - 7/4/1995) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Betty Lehn - "Pretzel Bender" (salaried; she hand-twists pretzel dough; from Lititz, PA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #218
    EPISODE #218
    Episode 48
    8/1/54
    9.9
    Game 1: George Burnside (2/26/1895 - 8/1989) - "Manager of Grant's Tomb" (salaried; the tomb is run by a private association; from Lake Ronkonkoma, Long Island, NY)

    Game 2: James Nelson White (6/15/1912 - 2/12/1994) - "Runs Beauty Contests" (self-employed; he wore a lapel watch; height 6'3"; he ran the recent Miss Universe Pageant in South Carolina; from Spartanburg, SC

    Game 3: Jayne Meadows (b. 9/27/1920) (as Mystery Guest) The overlay screen read "Mrs. Steve Allen"

    Game 4: Mr. C. Ellis Harbesin - "Dog Psychologist" (salaried; he helps dogs with behavioral problems; from Darien, CT)
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  • EPISODE #217
    EPISODE #217
    Episode 47
    7/25/54
    9.3
    Game 1: William K. Murphy (3/14/1918 - 8/1983) - "Manufactures Murphy Beds" (self-employed; his father designed this bed which can be folded or swung into a cabinet when not being used; from Douglaston, Long Island, NY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Forrest Burright (Neva Burright aka Grandma Burright) - "Official Race Track Timer" (salaried; she times harness racing; she works at Sportsman's Park in Chicago, and also owns a racing horse; elderly; small handwriting which John called attention to; originally from Oregon, IL; currently from Cicero, IL; see notes below)

    Game 3: Dorothy McGuire (6/14/1916 - 9/13/2001) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Zita D. Landy - "Diamond Buyer" (salaried; she is employed by Van Cleef & Arpels; she has a French accent; from Forest Hills, NY)
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  • EPISODE #216
    EPISODE #216
    Episode 46
    7/18/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Miss Carol Rubin - "Lifeguard (At Army Camp)" (salaried; she works at the officer's club; Arlene won this game on the free guess and apologized multiple times; from Fort Monmouth, NJ)

    Game 2: Miss Charlene Schaefer - "Makes Mouse Traps" (salaried; from Marengo, IL; this game is notable because Steve Allen's bow tie falls off during this game and he hams it up a bit)

    Game 3: Judy Canova (11/20/1913 - 8/5/1983) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: John Conrad - "Operates Lie Detector" (self-employed; he takes his portable unit to the public and goes into their homes; from New York) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #215
    EPISODE #215
    Episode 45
    7/11/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Mary Jane Hagen - "Underwater Ballerina" (salaried; she performs at the Marlin Beach Hotel in her hometown of Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

    Game 2: Arthur Valentine - "Racetrack Bookie" (self-employed; at Arlene's request, he gave a demonstration of his bookmaking hand/arm signals, but unfortunately the camera was not on him; from Wales, Great Britain)

    Game 3: Willie Mays (b. 5/6/1931) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Johnny Chick - "Makes Moth Balls" (salaried; from Jersey City, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #214
    EPISODE #214
    Episode 44
    7/4/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Harry Cintron - "Runs Elevator In Statue Of Liberty" (salaried; he performs his work on Bedloe's Island, where the Statue of Liberty is located; he is so nervous, he is barely able to smile; from New York)

     Game 2: Mrs. Lillian Wohl - "Teaches Course For Expectant Parents" (salaried; she works for the Red Cross and donated her winnings to them; from New York)

    Game 3: Spike Jones (12/14/1911 - 5/1/1965) (as Mystery Guest) Born "Lindley Armstrong Jones"

    Game 4: Mrs. Isabel Serrano - "Weight Guesser" (salaried; for perhaps the first time ever, John dispensed with the free guess due to a shortage of time; from Margate, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #213
    EPISODE #213
    Episode 43
    6/27/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Mrs. Nina Conard - "Delivers Newspapers" (self-employed; elderly; she delivers The Bulletin in a trundle cart; she has delivered newspapers for 37 years, but it is unknown if all of her years have been at The Philadelphia Evening Bulletin; from Bridesburg, PA, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA)

    Game 2: Arthur Rimpal - "Stuffs Boxing Gloves" (salaried; he puts horsehair padding in the boxing gloves; from New York, NY)

    Game 3: Senator Karl E. Mundt (6/3/1900 - 8/16/1974) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Bev Beman (probably Beverly Beman) - "Greeting Card Verse Writer" (salaried; she is employed by Hallmark Greeting Cards; from Ottumwa, IA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #212
    EPISODE #212
    Episode 42
    6/20/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Mildred Alkire - "Bricklayer" (self-employed; from San Diego, CA; John tells her that he knows another person in San Diego, the great newsman Paul White)

    Game 2: Leon C. Otis - "Dog Muzzle Manufacturer" (self-employed; he owns the Leathercraft Company and donated his winnings to the "Boys Work Fund" of the Optimist Club of West Philadelphia; from Philadelphia, PA)

    Game 3: Doris Day (b. 4/3/1924) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #211
    EPISODE #211
    Episode 41
    6/13/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Mrs. Mona Leese - "Corset Buyer" (salaried; she buys corsets for department stores; from Chicago, IL)

    Game 2: Mrs. Mary Monk - "Counts Nickels (From Parking Meters)" (salaried; she counts bucketfuls of nickles for the city of Pontiac, Michigan; from Pontiac, MI)

    Game 3: Les Paul (6/9/1915 - 8/12/2009) & Mary Ford (7/7/1924 - 9/30/1977) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

    Game 4: Joseph Carrieri (Joe Carrieri) (b. 10/25/1935) - "Bat Boy (New York Yankees)" (salaried; John asked him if he could call him Joe; from New York; see notes below)
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  • EPISODE #210
    EPISODE #210
    Episode 40
    6/6/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Al Buta - "Designs Sewer Manholes" (salaried; he is currently working on a design project in Miami, FL; John described the manhole as being the entire underground enclosed structure, not simply a hole with a cover; from Hollywood, FL)

    Game 2: Miss Brigitte Friang (b. 1/23/1924) - "War Correspondent (Indo-China)" (salaried; she has just recently returned from an assignment in Indochina, where she began her service there by parachuting in; Arlene had previously met her and voluntarily disqualified herself; from Paris, France)

    Game 3: Gracie Allen (7/26/1895 - 8/27/1964) & George Burns (1/20/1896 - 3/9/1996) (as Mystery Guest Duo) Gracie signed in for both of them as "George" "Gracie."

    Game 4: Jack Dunham - "House Detective (Hotel Astor)" (salaried; he is an in-house private detective; John gave the panel 55 seconds for his game; from New York)
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  • EPISODE #209
    EPISODE #209
    Episode 39
    5/30/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Helen Cutillo - "Drives Trolley Car" (salaried; she works for the privately-owned Philadelphia Transit System; from Philadelphia, PA)

    Game 2: Ferd T. Hopkins (Ferdinand T. Hopkins, Jr.) - "Makes Seasick Remedy" (self-employed; elderly; his medication for seasickness comes in capsule form; although the name of his pharmaceutical product was not mentioned on the air in 1954, a 2008 net search reveals it was named "Mother Sill's Seasick Remedy"; from Somers, NY, in New York's Westchester County; the Hopkins Farm was known as the "Muscoot Farm on the Muscoot River")

    Game 3: Eartha Kitt (1/17/1927 - 12/25/2008) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss An'a Tarasevich (she included the apostrophe in her first name) - "Owns & Operates Bar" (self-employed; from Newark, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #208
    EPISODE #208
    Episode 38
    5/23/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Lt. Lewis Disney (1/15/1910 - 7/20/1976) - "Head of Uniformed Guards (ARMY-McCarthy Hearings)" (salaried; from Hyattsville, MD; see notes below about the Hearings)

    Game 2: Mrs. Cora Sayler - "Washes Cows (At Dairy Farm)" (salaried; she works for Walker-Gordon Dairy Farm; she cleans the cows with a hose; from Cranbury, NJ; as a joke on the panel, she also will appear on EPISODE #229 of October 17, 1954, and she will stump the panel for a second time!)

    Game 3: Ted Williams (8/30/1918 - 7/5/2002) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mrs. Dorothy Gerhardt - "Exterminator" (salaried; from Holyoke, MA)
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  • EPISODE #207
    EPISODE #207
    Episode 37
    5/16/54
    9.9
    Game 1: Mrs. Wilma Sacremento - "Traffic Cop" (salaried; at the end of her game, she said good night to her son Anthony; although referenced several times, her name is not spelled the same as Sacramento, the state capitol of California; from North Braddock, PA)

    Game 2: Jack Sirkin - "Makes Hair Growing Lotion" (salaried; his product, HAYR For HAIR, is sold only in barber and beauty shops; from Newark, NJ)

    Game 3: Art Carney (11/4/1918 - 11/9/2003) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Timothy J. Turpin - "Pizza Pie Factory Manager" (salaried; he manages the Giuseppe Pizza Restaurant in his home town of Philadelphia, PA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #206
    EPISODE #206
    Episode 36
    5/9/54
    10
    Game 1: Max Fogel - "Manufactures Anti-Snoring Device" (self-employed; to prevent snoring, his product ties under the chin and keeps the mouth closed; from Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 2: Abraham Moss (1899 - 6/20/1964) - "Lord Mayor of Manchester, England" (salaried; from Manchester, England; he is in America because BOAC Airlines has opened up the first direct airlink between Manchester, England and New York)

    Game 3: Gertrude Berg (10/3/1899 - 9/14/1966) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #205
    EPISODE #205
    Episode 35
    5/2/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Walter H. Jones - "Manages Garbage Dump" (salaried; he also has a part-time job as the mayor of his home town of Scotch Plains, NJ; after his game, he presented John with a small 3" sterling silver garbage can)

    Game 2: Mrs. Nell S. Lewallen (7/25/1897 - 10/26/1979) - "Makes Headache Powders" (self-employed; from Winston-Salem, NC; after her game, she gave John some product samples of her product, Goody's Headache Powders, which he briefly held up to the camera; see notes below)

    Game 3: Jeanne Crain (5/25/1925 - 12/14/2003) (as Mystery Guest) John said that this was red-headed Jeanne Crain's first television appearance. - Suzanne (2005)
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  • EPISODE #204
    EPISODE #204
    Episode 34
    4/25/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Jack London - "Professional Pickpocket (Vaudeville Act)" (self-employed; he does not give us a sample of his pickpocket act; from New York, NY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Estelle Gill - "Sells Bubble Bath" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA)

    Game 3: Arlene Dahl (b. 8/11/1928) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: John Miller - "Ferry Boat Captain" (self-employed; his ferry boat run is from Patchogue to Davis Park, four miles across the Great South Bay; Patchogue is on the mainland of Long Island; Davis Park is a hamlet on Fire Island; from Long Island, NY)
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  • EPISODE #203
    EPISODE #203
    Episode 33
    4/18/54
    10
    Game 1: Elmer Keys Burns - "Makes Arch Supports" (self-employed; from Waterbury, CT)

    Game 2: Fred Ford - "Knife Thrower (Ringling Brothers Circus)" (salaried; his act is a part of the circus sideshow; from Ashtabula, OH)

    Game 3: Ed Wynn (11/9/1886 - 6/19/1966) (as Mystery Guest) . .
  • EPISODE #202
    EPISODE #202
    Episode 32
    4/11/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Paul Parker - "Merry-Go-Round Manufacturer" (self-employed; from Leavenworth, KS)

    Game 2: Mr. Denver Kathary - "Makes Baby Bottles" (salaried; he wore a Masonic ring; from Mt. Vernon, OH)

    Game 3: William Bendix (1/14/1906 - 12/14/1964) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Dolores Lee (b. 4/15/1935) - "Professional Baseball Pitcher" (salaried; from Jersey City, NJ; see notes below)
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  • EPISODE #201
    EPISODE #201
    Episode 31
    4/4/54
    8.0
    Game 1: Miss Jean Desmond - "Tests Girdles" (salaried; she test-wears Biflex Girdles for Biflex International Inc.; from Hewlett, Long Island, NY; see notes below)

    JEAN DESMOND UPDATED: Jean Desmond, who appeared as a girdle tester on EPISODE #201 on April 4, 1954, was a guest on the "What's My Line? - Live On Stage" show in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, May 25, 2005, with the same occupation. She stumped the panel, too. Marty Ingels, who was a guest on WML in 1964, was on the 2005 panel. J. Keith Van Straaten was the moderator. - Suzanne (2005)

    Game 2: Mrs. Elizabeth J. Bancroft - "Sword Swallower" (salaried; she performs with the Ringling Brothers Circus which is currently in NY; from North Hampton, MA; she has such a severe case of laryngitis that she can barely speak!)

    Game 3: Janet Leigh (7/6/1927 - 10/3/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Greta Morgan - "Manages Boiler Factory" (salaried; from Vienna, Austria) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #200
    EPISODE #200
    Episode 30
    3/28/54
    9.5
    Game 1: Mrs. Rosebud Caparruva - "Issues Marriage Licenses" (salaried; from Elizabeth, NJ)

    Game 2: Mrs. Carol Foley - "Riveter" (salaried; she works for Republic Aviation Corporation; from Massapequa Park, NY)

    Game 3: Vaughn Monroe (10/7/1911 - 5/21/1973) (as Mystery Guest) . .
  • EPISODE #199
    EPISODE #199
    Episode 29
    3/21/54
    9.5
    Game 1: Jill Kollmar (b. 7/16/1943) & Dickie Kollmar (b. 7/11/1941) (as Mystery Guest Duo) "Dorothy's Other Children" They took turns signing in as "Jill and Dickie Kollmar"

    Game 2: Mrs. Bette LeVan - "Deals Cards in Gambling Casino" (salaried; she works at the Condado Beach Hotel; from San Juan, Puerto Rico)

    Game 3: Fredric March (8/31/1897 - 4/14/1975) (as Mystery Guest #2) His nameplate is misspelled as Frederic March.
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  • EPISODE #198
    EPISODE #198
    Episode 28
    3/14/54
    10
    Game 1: Miss Audrey Conti - "Brewery Guide" (salaried; pretty girl; she is employed by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer; from Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Bennett Cerf guessed her line)

    Game 2: Mr. Oran Nance, Jr. - "Exhibits Stuffed Whale (On Tour)" (salaried; he said that he just completed a successful tour with Winnie The Whale and humorously announced that if anybody was in the market for a whale keeper, he would be interested; when asked where Winnie was, he replied that Winnie was in drydock; from Los Angeles, CA; Dorothy Kilgallen guessed his line, and he garnered laughs when he said that it was a shame that Dorothy was not gone this week, delivering her baby)

    Game 3: Louis Armstrong (8/4/1901 - 7/6/1971) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Louis Satchmo Armstrong" and was quickly identified by Bennett Cerf. As a surprise to the panel and the stage crew, he sang a little ditty on his way out, advertising his engagement at Basin Street.

    Game 4: Mr. George Vozella - "Diaper Inspector" (salaried; from Walpole, MA; he stumped the panel on the basis of time) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #197
    EPISODE #197
    Episode 27
    3/7/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Mrs. Micheline Muselli (b. 1/5/1921) - "Criminal Lawyer" (self-employed; from Paris, France; she spoke good English with a French accent; listed in Gil Fates' logs as age 24; Dorothy Kilgallen guessed her line)

    Game 2: Charles Kling - "Makes Exploding Cigars" (salaried; he stumped the panel on the basis of time; John explained that there are two forms of exploding cigars -- one contains a piece of wood that has been impregnated with TNT, but for states where this is outlawed, an exploding steel spring is used instead; from the Lower Windsor Township community of Bittersville, PA)

    Game 3: Andre Kostelanetz (12/22/1901 - 1/13/1980) (as Mystery Guest) He promoted his upcoming concert next Saturday, March 13, 1954, at Carnegie Hall; Steve Allen identified him.
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  • EPISODE #196
    EPISODE #196
    Episode 26
    2/28/54
    10
    Game 1: Miss Eve Witt - "Fuller Brush Man" (salaried; she sells and demonstrates Fuller brushes and combs; the panel guessed her line; from Plainville, CT)

    Game 2: Harry Ball - "Horse Dentist" (self-employed; he stumped the panel; from Syracuse, NY; Dr. Ball will also be a contestant on EPISODE #868 of July 9, 1967, and on that future show, tonight's 1954 episode is mentioned; in addition, by 1967, Dr. Ball had moved to Orlando, FL; on both of his episodes, we never find out if Harry is a nickname for Harold or Harrison, but net research indicates his name may have been Harold R. Ball; it is reasonable to assume that Harry Ball is a veterinarian, DVM, yet John calls him Mr. Ball on both episodes; on the 1967 episode, we learn that Harry has been in this occupation since 1941; see additional notes below)

    Game 3: Helen Traubel (6/16/1999 - 7/28/1972) (as Mystery Guest) Arlene identified her.
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  • EPISODE #195
    EPISODE #195
    Episode 25
    2/21/54
    9.8
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    VIEWING ALERT: In May 2008, this entire lost episode was posted on www.YouTube.com, in three segments. - Suzanne (2008)

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    EPISODE EXISTS IN A PRIVATE COLLECTION.

    Game 1: Mrs. Frances Vaughn - "Movie Censor (Kansas State Board)" (salaried; from Bonner Springs, KS; she stumped the panel)

    Game 2: Cliff Olsen - "Sells Maternity Clothes" (salaried; from Hickory, NC; the panel identified his line but John flipped all the cards for fun)

    Game 3: Lucille Ball (8/6/1911 - 4/26/1989) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Tom Wiswell (4/25/1910 - 11/14/1998) - "World's Champion Checkers Player" (self-employed; from Brooklyn, NY; he won by default of time; Tom reigned undefeated as the world's professional checkers champion from the early 1950s to the mid 1970s. He also authored books, wrote 10,000 proverbs and taught other checkers players.)
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  • EPISODE #194
    EPISODE #194
    Episode 24
    2/14/54
    10
    Game 1: Mr. Nils Brekke - "Owns and Operates Model Agency" (self-employed; his company is the Patricia Stevens Agency in his home town of Washington, D.C.)

    Game 2: Mrs. Cecile Salomon - "Hog Breeder" (self-employed; she donated her winnings to the March of Dimes; from Escondido, CA)

    Game 3: Julius LaRosa (b. 1/2/1930) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #193
    EPISODE #193
    Episode 23
    2/7/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Eve Aldrich - "Snake Charmer" (salaried; from Waterloo, IL)

    Game 2: Leo Stein "Bullet-Proof Vest Maker" (self-employed; from Chicago, IL)

    Game 3: John Hodiak (4/16/1914 - 10/19/1955) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Dick LaVangie (probably Richard LaVangie) - "Jelly Bean Polisher" (salaried; from Boston, MA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #192
    EPISODE #192
    Episode 22
    1/31/54
    10
    Game 1: Mr. J. L. May (Julius L. May) "Prints Parking Tickets" (salaried; he prints these tickets for many cities around the country; he wears a hearing aid; he donated his $50 winnings to the March of Dimes; from New York, NY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Ammie E. (Shorty) Greer (Mrs. Charles Greer) - "Gorilla Hunter" (self-employed; very petite; John said that she hunts for gorillas in French Equatorial Africa; from Houston, TX)

    Game 3: Richard Widmark (12/26/1914 - 3/24/2008) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #191
    EPISODE #191
    Episode 21
    1/24/54
    7.6
    LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING COMPLETE KINESCOPE

    Game 1: "Makes Scotsman's Kilts" (a female Scottish kilt maker from California)

    Game 2: Dean Martin (6/7/1917 - 12/25/1995) & Jerry Lewis (b. 3/16/1926) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

    Game 3: Guy Madison (1/19/1922 - 2/6/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

    There was no time left for a fourth game.

    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 #190
    EPISODE #190
    Episode 20
    1/17/54
    10
    Game 1: Mrs. Janet May - "Lingerie Model" (salaried; she receives a lot of whistles from the audience; from Mission, KS) Game 2: Charles Morris - "Sells Worms" (self-employed; he orders 1000 mudworms from Maine, sells them and reorders; from Brigantine, NJ) Game 3: Joan Fontaine (b. 10/22/1917) (as Mystery Guest) Game 4: Ed Cunniffe - "Salami Stuffer" (salaried; comments are made about his colorful clothes, even though he is wearing a suit; from Jackson Heights, NY) MYSTERY IN 2005: In an unusual move, John stated that there was no time for the next scheduled guest and named him. It sounded like John said Mr. Bernaise Johnson or perhaps Mr. Bernays Johnson. Maybe it was even Bern "Ace" Johnson - the spelling is unknown. - Suzanne (2005) MYSTERY SOLVED IN 2010: I believe that the contestant who wasn't able to appear on this episode of the show was Mr. Bernays Johnson, an inventor. He was a neighbor of my mother's as I was growing up in Wayne, New Jersey. If you Google his name, you will find links to some of his inventions. - SusanDeYoungB (2010) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #189
    EPISODE #189
    Episode 19
    1/10/54
    9.9
    Game 1: Ghislaine Alexander (7/1/1922 - 4/25/2000) - "Panelist on What's My Line? in England" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; John asked the panel to merely identify her line rather than figure out her identity; however, a still-blindfolded Dorothy was able to name Ghislaine Alexander after her occupation was identified; Ghislaine donated her game winnings to an unnamed charity; she joined the panel for the second game only) Game 2: Walter Goss - "Makes Handcuffs" (salaried; he works for Smith & Wesson Firearms Corp.; from Agawam, MA) Game 3: Brandon de Wilde (4/9/1942 - 7/6/1972) (as Mystery Guest #2) Game 4: Miss Joan Myers - "Teaches Hawaiian Hula Dancing" (salaried; from Union Beach, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #188
    EPISODE #188
    Episode 18
    1/3/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Miss Sydell Shaw (Sydell Shaw, DDS)(b. 10/18/1929) - "Dentist" (salaried; Dr. Shaw specializes in root canal therapy; from the net, we learn that she is one of the first female endodontists in the United States; from New York)

    Game 2: Art Gasior - "Sells Marilyn Monroe Calendars" (salaried; see notes below; from Chicago, IL)

    Game 3: Robert F. Wagner, Jr. (4/20/1910 - 2/12/1991) (as Mystery Guest) "The New Mayor of New York City"

    Game 4: Miss Gella Block - "Makes Matzoh Balls" (salaried; in spite of Steve Allen's witty "wild guess" comment of "I think Miss Block is here looking for Hal," she is no relation to the former 1950-1953 "WML?" panelist Hal Block; from New York, NY)
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  • EPISODE #187
    EPISODE #187
    Episode 17
    12/27/53
    10
    Game 1: Alfred Laurence - "Champagne Salesman" (salaried; he is employed by the New York State Wine Association; he is a wholesaler, not a dealer, in the Finger Lakes area of Upstate New York; he donated his winnings to Father Flanagan's Boys Town; from New York, NY)

    Game 2: Simon Pilshaw - "Makes Ice Bags" (salaried; from Middleboro, MA)

    Game 3: Steve Allen (12/26/1921 - 10/30/2000) (as Mystery Guest) After his game, he joined the panel for the final game.

    Game 4: Miss Jennie Gatto - "Complaint Adjuster (Macy's Department Store)" (salaried; from Carlstadt, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #186
    EPISODE #186
    Episode 16
    12/20/53
    9.4
    Game 1: Ed Butters - "Raises Reindeer" (self-employed; he explained to Dorothy that antlers are shed annually, while horns stay with the animal for life; from Coldwater, MI)

    Game 2: Mrs. Joyce Meier - "Packs Mistletoe" (salaried; from Comanche, TX)

    Game 3: Kirk Douglas (b. 12/9/1916) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Charles Winzelberg - "Sells Wedding Rings" (salaried; from New York, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #185
    EPISODE #185
    Episode 15
    12/13/53
    9.3
    Game 1: Mrs. Barbara Wright - "Teaches Course For Expectant Mothers" (self-employed; in addition to teaching prenatal courses, she is also a nurse and works with women during delivery; from Plymouth, MI)

    Game 2: Mrs. Hermina Wurtz - "Fur Trapper" (self-employed; from Bayfield, WI)

    Game 3: Dave Garroway (7/13/1913 - 7/21/1982) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #184
    EPISODE #184
    Episode 14
    12/6/53
    9.5
    Game 1: John F. Short (John Fulton Short) (5/25/1932 - 2/20/1998) - "Bullfighter" (self-employed; he is a Matador and a member of the Mexican Bullfighters Union; from Philadelphia, PA)

    NOTE: John Fulton Short later changed his name to John Fulton because Spanish-speaking people had trouble pronouncing "Short." He makes a second "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #722 of July 19, 1964, however, tonight's December 6, 1953 appearance is not mentioned on that future episode. - Suzanne (2008)

    Read about John Fulton at the John Fulton Society Website:
    http://johnfultonmatador.com/about.html

    Game 2: Wm. H. Hall (William H. Hall) - "Sells Flea Powder" (salaried; his flea powder is for use on household pets; salaried; from Miami, FL)

    Game 3: Nat King Cole (3/17/1919 - 2/15/1965) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #183
    EPISODE #183
    Episode 13
    11/29/53
    9.5
    Game 1: Rudy Turilli (he signed in with his birth name Serafino Turiello) - "Owns and Operates Caves (Meramec Caverns Missouri)" (self-employed; John explained that he signed in with his natal name because he had been the subject of a column Dorothy Kilgallen had once written, and they did not want her to recognize his name; his caves have stalagmites and stalactites and the tours are accompanied by music; his caves have the occasional bat or two; he wore a Lions Club lapel pin; originally from the Ozarks area of MO; he has several net references regarding the Jesse James Museum he also operated)

    Game 2: Mrs. Ruth Vanneman - "Sells Garbage Cans" (self-employed; petite; she sells large metal trash cans; from Vinings, GA; see notes below)

    Game 3: George Raft (9/26/1901 - 11/24/1980) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #182
    EPISODE #182
    Episode 12
    11/22/53
    9.4
    Game 1: Mrs. Hattie Sholes - "Packs Sardines" (salaried; elderly; from Rockland, ME)

    Game 2: Everett Meador - "Makes Horses' Feedbags" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 3: Van Johnson (8/25/1916 - 12/12/2008) (as Mystery Guest) No actual game was played due to a leak in the press.

    Game 4: Miss Lynne Gordon - "Hypnotist" (self-employed; from New York City, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #181
    EPISODE #181
    Episode 11
    11/15/53
    9.4
    Game 1: Benjamin Essrig - "Drives Police Patrol Wagon" (salaried; from Philadelphia, PA)

    Game 2: Miss Chrystal Conway - "Mermaid In Fishbowl (Nightclub Act)" (salaried; she does not perform in water, but in a "reflective and refractive" set per John; she has no music in her act; from San Francisco, CA)

    Game 3: Louella Parsons (8/6/1881 - 12/9/1972) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #180
    EPISODE #180
    Episode 10
    11/8/53
    9.5
    Game 1: Mrs. Carin Clareus - "Makes False Teeth" (self-employed; from Jackson Heights, NY)

    Game 2: Mr. Logan A. Gallagher (5/4/1891 - 5/30/1967) - "Manages All-Girl Baseball Team" (self-employed; he is the manager of the Hagerstown Mollies baseball team; from Hagerstown, MD; the Hagerstown Mollies of Hagerstown, Maryland were not a team of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League which was in existence from 1943-1954; John said that his wife's mother comes from Hagerstown; at this time, John was married to Margaret Katherine "Kit" Daly)

    Game 3: Lauren Bacall (b. 9/16/1924) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Howard Harris (2/15/1912 - 3/22/1986) - "TV Gag Writer (For Jackie Gleason)" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA)
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  • EPISODE #179
    EPISODE #179
    Episode 9
    11/1/53
    9.8
    Game 1: Mr. Roswell H. Johnson, Ph.D. - "Marriage Counselor" (salaried; he works at the American Institute for Family Relations; elderly; from Los Angeles, CA)

    Game 2: Bruce Stout - "Makes Prison Locks" (salaried; he works at the Yale Lock Company; from Stamford, CT; after his game, he presented John with gold keys for John and the panel members)

    Game 3: Ezio Pinza (5/18/1892 - 5/9/1957) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #178
    EPISODE #178
    Episode 8
    10/25/53
    9.6
    Game 1: Miss Sunee Parker - "Men's Barber" (salaried; she is employed at the historic Sheraton Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore; Bennett uses the word "tonsorial" and confuses both John and the contestant; the word tonsorial is an adjective meaning "of or relating to barbers and barbering" such as "tonsorial work"; from Baltimore, MD)

    Game 2: Mr. J. D. Myers (Jess D. Myers) - "Manages Burlesque Theatre" (salaried; he runs the Empire Theatre in his home town of Newark, NJ; see link below)

    Game 3: Greer Garson (9/29/1903 - 4/6/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Fred Elsea - "Makes Halloween False Faces" (salaried; from Findlay, OH)
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  • EPISODE #177
    EPISODE #177
    Episode 7
    10/18/53
    9.3
    Game 1: Charles Meshech Frost - "Makes Chewing Tobacco" (salaried; he works for Bloodhound Chewing Tobacco Company, whose brand motto was "A Dog-Gone Good Chew"; from North Carolina, city not named; he said he has a son named Jack, but this may have been a pun on Jack Frost, or maybe he truly does have a son named Jack; there is no way of knowing) Game 2: Mr. Ray Jones - "Bathtub Salesman" (salaried; from Maplewood, NJ) Game 3: Eleanor Roosevelt (10/11/1884 - 11/7/1962) (as Mystery Guest) Former First Lady of the United States from March 4, 1933 to April 12, 1945. Game 4: Mrs. Edith Hemstead - "Writes Television Commercials" (salaried; from Bellerose, Long Island, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #176
    EPISODE #176
    Episode 6
    10/11/53
    9.5
    Game 1: Mrs. Thomas Phillips - "Dog Catcher" (salaried; she includes the "Mrs." in her signature, abbreviates Thomas as Thos, and John never asks her what her first name is; in addition to catching dogs, she also issues dog licenses; this sweet elderly lady has no teeth and tries her best to keep her mouth closed or covered; from Morristown, NJ)

    Game 2: Mrs. Nell Brisendine - "Sells Men's Long Underwear" (salaried; from Atlanta, GA)

    Game 3: Edward G. Robinson (12/12/1893 - 1/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Fred Burg - "Makes Breadboxes" (salaried; from Bellerose, Long Island, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #175
    EPISODE #175
    Episode 5
    10/4/53
    9.5
    Game 1: Ed Hurley (he signed in as "John Doe" to avoid name recognition)(9/20/1908 - 11/12/1969) - "World Series Umpire" (salaried; he is the umpire behind second base; no game was played because Dorothy guessed his occupation during the free guess segment; from Holyoke, MA)

    Game 2: Mrs. Blanche Hays - "Smokes Fish" (self-employed; from Fort Pierce, FL)

    Game 3: Gene Autry (9/29/1907 - 10/2/1998) (as Mystery Guest) He wore a white cowboy hat.

    Game 4: Miss Mitzie LaForm (b. 8/30/1922) - "Flying Trapeze Artist" (salaried; she is a member of The Flying LaForms and works with her parents Joe and Lilly; although not stated, she is with the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus; from San Gabriel, CA; see notes below)
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  • EPISODE #174
    EPISODE #174
    Episode 4
    9/27/53
    9.4
    TWO SHOWS IN ONE DAY

    10:30 PM REGULARLY SCHEDULED CBS EPISODE:

    Game 1: Mrs. Dorothy Hughes - "Mud Bath Attendant" (salaried; she works at the Calistoga Hot Springs in northern California; from Calistoga, CA)

    Game 2: Miss Madge Taggart (2/2/1897 - 6/9/1993) - "Judge" (salaried; she works for the City of Buffalo; from Buffalo, NY)

    Game 3: Lena Horne (6/30/1917 - 5/9/2010) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: George Wishansky - "Chicken Plucker" (salaried; from New York, NY)

    DETAILS BELOW ABOUT THE 1:00 PM SPECIAL COMMUNITY CHEST EPISODE WHICH WAS THOUGHT LOST TO HISTORY UNTIL IT SURFACED IN JUNE 2009. - Suzanne (2009)
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  • EPISODE #173
    EPISODE #173
    Episode 3
    9/20/53
    9.4
    Game 1: Mr. Thayne Robertson - "Makes Wooden Indians" (self-employed; because of his first name, John said he must have some Scotch blood, and Thayne replied "some"; during his game, a propeller airplane can be heard passing overhead; from Boise, ID)

    Note: An unusual occurrence happened with this first game. The game ended when the score was at $25 and the line was not fully guessed. Later in the program, immediately before the mystery guest round, John announced that Mr. Robertson was going to receive the full $50 prize. John explained that the panel had not fully discerned the guest's line. It is unknown whether the producers, on their own, decided to award the prize, or whether the payment was made in response to a complaint lodged by the contestant. - Suzanne (2008)

    Game 2: Mrs. Elfrieda L. Fritz - "Repairs Zippers" (self-employed; from an "inaudible town" - because she spoke so softly - which she described as being "outside of Buffalo," NY)

    Game 3: Wally Cox (12/6/1924 - 2/15/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mrs. Jeanne P. Schikowski - "Justice of the Peace" (salaried; she is not a lawyer; from Huntsburg, OH) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #172
    EPISODE #172
    Episode 2
    9/13/53
    9.3
    Game 1: Frank Allen - "African Hunting Guide" (self-employed; he is visiting America from his home country of England; he is a professional big game hunter in Nairobi and Kenya, where he is known as a "great white hunter"; he was the technical advisor and the guide for the cast of the 1953 film "Mogambo" which features Clark Gable and tonight's mystery guest Ava Gardner)

    Game 2: Mrs. Charlotte M. Durofchalk - "Runs Maternity Hospital" (self-employed; from Johnson City, NY)

    Game 3: Ava Gardner (12/24/1922 - 1/25/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Ann Meservie - "Wraps Moustache Wax" (salaried; from Jersey City, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #171
    EPISODE #171
    Episode 1
    9/6/53
    9.4
    Game 1: Miss Dolores Krilow - "Lipstick Demonstrator" (salaried; she works for Hazel Bishop, Inc., and demonstrates their "No-Smear" line of lipsticks; from Cleveland, OH)

    Game 2: George A. Conner, Jr. - "Racetrack Pari-Mutuel Clerk" (salaried; from Coral Gables, FL)

    Game 3: Roy Campanella (11/19/1921 - 6/26/1993) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Fred Houston - "Rabbit Breeder" (self-employed; from Warwick, NY) . .moreless
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