What's My Line? - Season 6

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  • EPISODE #262
    EPISODE #262
    Episode 41
    6/12/55
    10
    Game 1: Mrs. Ella Carver (Ella "Grandma" Carver) - "High Diver - Dives 90 Ft. Into Flaming Pool" (self-employed; sweet personality; hard of hearing; elderly; when she dives 90 feet off the tower and into the tank, her body is also on fire; she works at what sounded like Jack Smead's Supermarket or maybe Jack's Meat Supermarket; from Jacksonville, Florida, although she is not a Florida native; John did not state this, but she is also professionally known as Grandma Carver; several net references; see notes below)

    Game 2: Bernard Spindel (Bernie Spindel)(11/9/1923 - 2/3/1971) - "Professional Wire Tapper" (self-employed; Bernie signed in with his initials of "B.B.S." for Bernard Bates Spindel to fool the panel; John called him Mr. S; from New York, NY)

    Game 3: Tom Ewell (4/29/1909 - 9/12/1994) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Owen Deane - "Makes Prams (Baby Carriages)" (self-employed; he is in America to attend the golden anniversary convention of the Rotary Club; from London, England)
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  • EPISODE #254
    EPISODE #254
    Episode 33
    4/17/55
    10

    NEW GAME RULES: MYSTERY GUEST QUESTIONING FORMAT CHANGE

    NEW GAME RULES: NO FREE GUESS (BUT THE PANEL WALK-BY REMAINS)

    Game 1: Mrs. V. Sedlmayr (Victoria Sedlmayr, her friends call her Vic, her professional name is Victoria Zacchini)(10/3/1914 - 12/1/1991) - "Human Cannon Ball" (self-employed; she is a member of the Flying Zacchinis; Arlene previously met her two brothers on the TV series Soldier Parade; from Tampa, FL; see notes below)

    Game 2: Lt. Dean Axene (8/1/1923 - 12/19/2008) - "Executive Officer of Atomic Submarine (U.S.S. Nautilus)" (salaried; from Columbus, OH)

    Game 3: Barbara Ann Scott (5/9/1928 - 9/30/2012) (as Mystery Guest) An overlay screen read "Famous Ice Skating Star"

    Game 4: Miss Jean Little - "Makes False Eyelashes" (salaried; from Westbury, NY)
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  • EPISODE #241
    EPISODE #241
    Episode 20
    1/16/55
    9.9

    Game 1: Sam Nadler - "Sells 'Eyeglasses' For Chickens" (salaried; he works for the National Farm Equipment Company located at 142 Green Street, Brooklyn, NY; between 2 and 3 million of the chicken eyeglasses are sold each year; while wearing the glasses, the chicken fight less; John humorously tried on a pair of the diminutive 'fowl' eyeglasses; from Borough Park, Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 2: Miss Anna Ceccacci (Dr. Anna Ceccacci) - "Administers Anesthetic, Bellevue Hospital, N.Y." (salaried; Anna Ceccacci, M.D. is an anesthetist, delivering anesthesia to her patients at Bellevue Hospital in New York; originally from Rome, Italy; currently from New York)

    Game 3: Esther Williams (8/8/1921 - 6/6/2013) (as Mystery Guest) . .

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  • EPISODE #261
    EPISODE #261
    Episode 40
    6/5/55
    9.8
    Game 1: Mrs. Elizabeth Rowens - "Attendant in Public Bath (City of Baltimore)" (salaried; she works for the city's free public bath; from Baltimore, Maryland)

    Game 2: William Gourlay - "Drives Patrol Wagon (N.Y.C. Police Dept.)" (salaried; he is a civil servant employee who drives a paddy wagon for the New York City Police Department; from Brooklyn, New York)

    Game 3: Conrad Hilton (12/25/1887 - 1/3/1979) (as Mystery Guest) - The overlay screen read "Famous Hotel Owner"

    Game 4: Alex Tansman - "Makes Davy Crockett Hats" (self-employed; he wrote his name on the board so small that John and Bennett humorously tried to decipher what he had written; there were only 90 seconds for his game; he donated his winnings to the Heart Fund; from New York, NY; see notes below) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #240
    EPISODE #240
    Episode 19
    1/9/55
    9.8
    Game 1: Mrs. Juliet Stephan - "Models Girdles" (salaried; from Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    Game 2: Victor Jackson - "Piano Tuner - Tunes Liberace's Piano" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA; see notes below)

    Game 3: Tony Curtis (6/3/1925 - 5/29/2010) (as Mystery Guest #1) This game was not played, because the identity of this mystery guest had been leaked to the press by Chicago columnist Irv Kupcinet. In Gil Fates' logs, next to Tony's name, Gil wrote: "Not Played (Tipped)" - Suzanne (2008)

    Game 4: Billy Talbert (9/4/1918 - 2/28/1999) (as Mystery Guest #2) "Captain - U.S. Davis Cup Tennis Team"
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  • EPISODE #224
    EPISODE #224
    Episode 2
    9/12/54
    9.8
    Game 1: Lee Meriwether (b. 5/27/1935) (as Mystery Guest #1) "Miss America 1955"

    Game 2: Paul Haas - "Fits Men's Corsets" (salaried; he fits corsets for both cosmetic and medical purposes; from Milwaukee, WI)

    Game 3: Alfred Hitchcock (8/13/1899 - 4/29/1980) (as Mystery Guest #2) Next to his name, he drew his famous "face profile" on the sign-in board.

    Game 4: Miss Tala Forman (formerly known as Natasha Lytess) - "Marilyn Monroe's Dramatic Coach" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA; Bennett won this game on the free guess; she spoke with an accent; see notes below) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #267
    EPISODE #267
    Episode 46
    7/17/55
    9.8
    Game 1: G. W. (Walt) Fisher - "Justice of the Peace (Married the Clark Gables This Week)" (salaried; Justice Fisher married Clark Gable and his new wife, Kathleen (Kay) Williams Spreckles; he said they simply rang the doorbell, nothing was planned in advance; read a family account of the story in the "notes" section below; from Minden, NV)

    Game 2: Mrs. Eva Shular - "Operates Pool Room" (self-employed; she runs a pool hall in Chesley, Ontario, Canada)

    Game 3: Fred Allen (5/31/1894 - 3/17/1956) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Simon Guillemot - "Sailor (From French Battleship 'Jean Bart')" (salaried; he is the head waiter on this French ship which came into port a couple of days ago; from the Brittany section of France)

    Game 5: George Ito - "Professional Fire Eater" (salaried; John allotted 1 minute and 15 seconds for his game; he performs in "The Arabian Nights" show at Jones Beach Amphitheater, also sometimes incorrectly spelled as Jones Beach Amphitheatre; from New York, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #247
    EPISODE #247
    Episode 26
    2/27/55
    9.8
    Game 1: Miss Dorothy Schoech - "Designs Bridges" (salaried; she works for the Missouri State Highway Commission; she donated her winnings to the Cerebral Palsy Association in care of Mrs. Doris A. Baxter; from Columbia, MO)

    Game 2: Norman Ebinger - "Social Director in Resort For Honeymooners" (salaried; he works at the Honeymoon Haven Resort; from Dingmans Ferry, PA; see notes below)

    Game 3: Portland Hoffa (1/25/1905 - 12/26/1990) (as Mystery Guest) The overlay screen read "Mrs. Fred Allen"

    Game 4: Mrs. Mabel Doerfler - "Jail Matron" (salaried; from Joliet, IL)
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  • EPISODE #256
    EPISODE #256
    Episode 35
    5/1/55
    9.8
    Game 1: Jacob Foss (Joseph Jacob Foss) (4/17/1915 - 1/1/2003) - "Governor of South Dakota" (salaried; John met Joe Foss in Las Vegas at the atomic testing site; he wore his Congressional Medal of Honor lapel pin, won for action over Guadalcanal in 1942-1943; Republican SD governor from 1955-1959)

    Game 2: Mrs. Margaret Oldham - "Dresses Chorus Girls, Latin Quarter Nite Club" (salaried; from New York, NY)

    Game 3: Gracie Fields (1/9/1898 - 9/27/1979) (as Mystery Guest) The overlay screen read, "British Music Hall Star"

    Game 4: Harvey LeFevre - "Sells Second Hand Locomotives" (self-employed; from Forest Hills, NY)
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  • EPISODE #268
    EPISODE #268
    Episode 47
    7/24/55
    9.8
    Game 1: Miss Lee Chona LaClaire - "Professional Wrestler" (salaried; she had an accent, and didn't appear to understand English very well, but we were never told her nationality; this is her professional name, and a Google search brings up two vintage wrestling photos; from Huntington, WV)

    Game 2: Mrs. Lorraine Straka - "Motorcycle Cop" (salaried; she rides a three-wheel motorcycle and gives out parking tickets; if she needs to make an arrest, she uses her 2-way radio to call for help; from Cicero, IL)

    Game 3: Robert Q. Lewis (4/25/1921 - 12/11/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mrs. Pat Branton - "Tests Seasick Pills" (salaried; she works for Charles Pfizer & Company and tests their Bonamine motion sickness pills for weight properties and other chemical characteristics; Arlene stated that this brand was an improvement over Dramamine; from Brooklyn, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #270
    EPISODE #270
    Episode 49
    8/7/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Miss Jane Iden - "Sets Pins in Bowling Alley" (salaried; from Hollywood, CA)

    Game 2: Jimmie Mitchell (11/27/1927 - 11/10/1979) - "Trains Elephants" (salaried; from Pomona, CA; this is not actually his real full name, but rather, his first and middle names; this contestant was arrested by the police on August 8, 1955 after having been recognized as a car thief by a television viewer who alerted the WML? production staff; see notes below)

    Game 3: Burl Ives (6/14/1909 - 4/14/1995) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mr. Colin Bloor - "Paints White Lines on Highways" (salaried; he is a student and this is his summer occupation; he works for Erie County, Ohio; very sweet personality; he donated his winnings to the Heart Fund; from Sandusky, OH; see notes below)
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  • EPISODE #253
    EPISODE #253
    Episode 32
    4/10/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Mrs. Amelia Adler (9/1/1919 - 6/16/1999) - "Lady Clown (Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus)" (salaried; the panel is blindfolded and John calls her Mrs. X; she appears in full clown costume; the circus is currently at Madison Square Garden; John states she is also known as Mrs. Felix Adler; her husband Felix Adler was a longtime clown with the Ringling Brothers Circus; he was of no relation to the screenwriter of the same name who wrote for The Three Stooges; from Richmond, VA)

    Game 2: Mrs. Celia Abrams - "Counts Money (Brink's Inc.)" (salaried; she works for Brink's Armored Car Service; from Maplewood, NJ)

    Game 3: Rhonda Fleming (b. 8/10/1923) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Ben Burley - "Harmonica Tuner" (self-employed; from Metuchen, NJ)
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  • EPISODE #250
    EPISODE #250
    Episode 29
    3/20/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Miss Virginia Hall - "Hotel House Detective" (salaried; she is an in-house private detective for The Great Northern Hotel; from New York, NY)

    Game 2: B. M. Bryan (Lt. General Blackshear Morrison Bryan) (2/8/1900 - 3/2/1977) - "Commanding General of U. S. Military Academy (West Point)" (salaried; West Point is celebrating their 153rd anniversary; originally from Alexandria, LA; currently from West Point, NY)

    Game 3: Terry Moore (b. 1/17/1929) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #239
    EPISODE #239
    Episode 18
    1/2/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Miss Pearl Snell - "Plasterer, Union Member, Local 131, Dayton, Ohio" (salaried; she is the only female plasterer union member on the North American continent; she works for Key Plastering Company, and they are currently doing a job in Florida for the Mackle Construction Company; from Fort Lauderdale, FL)

    Game 2: Sergeant Daniel Dragel - "Tests Auto Drivers For Intoxication" (salaried; he works for the Chicago Police Department; he thanked Commissioner O'Connor for allowing him to appear; from Chicago, IL)

    Game 3: Eve Arden (4/30/1908 - 11/12/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Earl Hallman - "Refrigerator Salesman" (salaried; he told Betty Furness that he sold Westinghouse; from South Orange, NJ) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #271
    EPISODE #271
    Episode 50
    8/14/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Lt. Al Fowler (Alfred Fowler) - "Hurricane Hunter (U.S. Navy Flier)" (salaried; he flies a Lockheed Neptune patrol surveillance airplane; he recently flew into Hurricane Connie and described it as "very turbulent, very hot, very uncomfortable" but said that the eye of the hurricane is about 30 miles in diameter and the air is "relatively still" at about 20 mph; from Waterloo, IA)

    Game 2: Miss Phyllis Raber & Miss Anne Lindsay - "Run Dog Washing Service" (self-employed; they are students and this is primarily their summer occupation; the name of their business is "The Dog Washing Service" and they charge from 75 cents to $1.25 depending on the of the pooch; it was not explained why Phyllis was wearing dark sunglasses; from Freeport, Long Island, NY)

    Game 3: Paul Muni (9/22/1895 - 8/25/1967) (as Mystery Guest) Game 4: Howard Buehler - "Pilots Ships Thru Panama Canal" (salaried; from The Canal Zone, Panama; see notes below) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #230
    EPISODE #230
    Episode 9
    10/31/54
    9.7
    Game 1: Miss Gudny Thorgeirsdottir - "Race Horse Jockey" (salaried; from Iceland)

    Game 2: Wm. L. Jenkins (William L. Jenkins) - "Guards the Gold At Fort Knox" (salaried; he is the supervisor of all the Ft. Knox guards; from Lexington, KY)

    Game 3: Ray Milland (1/3/1907 - 3/10/1986) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Oscar Ansell - "Sells Voting Booths" (salaried; from Springfield, IL) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #255
    EPISODE #255
    Episode 34
    4/24/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Miss Norma C. Dodd - "Hog Buyer" (salaried; from Washington Court House, OH)

    Game 2: Henry S. Toogood - "Butler" (salaried; from Old Lyme, CT)

    Game 3: Rosemary Clooney (5/23/1928 - 6/29/2002) (as Mystery Guest)

     Game 4: Mrs. Dale Strom (4/11/1906 - 4/5/2005) (her professional name is Dale Messick; birth name Dalia Messick) - "Comic Strip Artist (Creator of 'Brenda Starr')" (salaried; left-handed; she draws the artwork for this comic strip; from Gary, IN) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #242
    EPISODE #242
    Episode 21
    1/23/55
    9.7
    FRED ALLEN'S FIRST EPISODE AS A REGULAR PANELIST. (FOR THE PAST 4 MONTHS, ALONG WITH ROBERT Q. LEWIS, HE HAS BEEN AN ALTERNATE GUEST PANELIST.)

    Game 1: Mrs. Nicole Germain (11/29/1917 - 2/11/1994) - "What's My Line? Panelist on Canadian TV" (salaried; very personable; the French Canadian CBC version of "What's My Line?" was called "Chacun son Métier" which translates from French to English as "To Each His Job" or "To Each His Trade"; after Nicole's game, she took a guest panelist seat on the panel and played Game 2 only, sitting on Bennett's left; from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; this alternate Canadian version was aired in Canada from 1954 to 1959; on EPISODE #448 of January 18, 1959, the host of the French Canadian version, Louis Morisset, appears as a contestant)

    Game 2: Mrs. Alice Crisafulli - "Raises Worms" (self-employed; from Boiceville, NY)

    Game 3: Dennis Day (5/21/1916 - 6/22/1988) (as Mystery Guest) Born Eugene Dennis McNulty, he is in his 16th year with Jack Benny. He worked with Jack from 1939 until Jack's death in 1974.
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  • EPISODE #264
    EPISODE #264
    Episode 43
    6/26/55
    9.7
    Game 1: Mr. Mearl Trantham - "Parole Officer at San Quentin" (salaried; his office is inside the prison; from San Francisco, CA)

    Game 2: Miss Dorothy Miller - "Burns Money (Federal Reserve Bank)" (salaried; she is employed at the Detroit branch of the Federal Reserve Bank; from Detroit, MI)

    Game 3: Jose Ferrer (1/8/1912 - 1/26/1992) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in using an accent in his first name, as José Ferrer.

    Game 4: Miss Joan Carpenter - "Mambo Instructor" (salaried; earlier today she was Miss Joan Carpenter, which was her sign in name, but she is now Mrs. Joan Alimanestianu; she works at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio; she got married today, but that didn't stop her from appearing on WML!; she explained that her nose was sunburned from riding in a convertible automobile; from New York, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #238
    EPISODE #238
    Episode 17
    12/26/54
    9.7
    Game 1: Carlo Gugenheim - "Dress Designer" (self-employed; he has a nice sense of humor and jokes with the panel; from Rome, Italy)

    Game 2: Sergeant Robert Giff - "Deep Sea Diver" (salaried; left-handed; he is enlisted in the U.S. Army; part of his underwater work involves using explosives; from Detroit, MI)

    Game 3: Edgar Bergen (2/16/1903 - 9/30/1978) (as Mystery Guest) Edgar signed in as "Edgar Bergen & Friend" and appeared with his dummy, Charlie McCarthy.

    Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth scheduled game. However, the contestant who was originally scheduled for the fourth game was Sgt. Robert Giff, the deep sea diver, but he instead appeared as the contestant in the second game. The originally scheduled guest for the second game had the occupation of "Professional Flautist (Plays Flute)" but this person did not appear tonight or on any subsequent "WML?" episode. - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #232
    EPISODE #232
    Episode 11
    11/14/54
    9.7
    Game 1: Hal Gold (Lt. Harold I. Gold) - "Fireman" next screen "Put out fire at Dorothy Kilgallen's home" (salaried; from New York, NY; he is an officer in the Fire Department of the City of New York and he extinguished a fire at Dorothy's apartment which occurred in the morning on 12/15/1953; Bennett Cerf guessed his line at $35; because the fire happened almost a year earlier than tonight's show, Dorothy did not recognize him, but she praised the work of the FDNY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Zana Stanley - "Handles Bad Checks (For District Attorney's Office)" (salaried; from San Antonio, TX; she won the full $50)

    Game 3: Elizabeth Taylor (2/27/1932 - 3/23/2011) (as Mystery Guest) Dorothy Kilgallen guessed her identity at $5.

    Game 4: Tony Provenzano - "Tests Whistles on Whistling Teakettles" (salaried; he is employed by the Alcoa Aluminum company; from New Kensington, PA; he won the full $50)
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    EPISODE #235
    Episode 14
    12/5/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Charles W. Howard - "Runs Santa Claus School" (self-employed; he is the Dean of the Charles W. Howard School for Santa Clauses; he is also a farmer; from Albion, NY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Jean M. Howie - "Destroys Obsolete Bombs From World War II" (salaried; she works for the Scottish government; this was a fun game as John and the panel frequently spoke with Scottish accents; from Kilmarnock, Scotland)

    Game 3: Louis Jourdan (b. 6/19/1921) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Barbara Viafora - "Physical Instructor at Y.M.C.A." (salaried; she donated her winnings to the Improvement Fund of the Huguenot Y.M.C.A. in New Rochelle, NY; from Huntington, Long Island, NY)
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  • EPISODE #237
    EPISODE #237
    Episode 16
    12/19/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Miss Lili Lisande Wieland - "Christmas Shopper For Men Only (5th Avenue Department Store)" (salaried; she works at Saks Fifth Avenue; she is also studying to become an actress and has been in America for six months; originally from Geneva, Switzerland; currently from New York)

    Game 2: Mrs. Molly Keselmen - "Collects Traffic Fines (Miami Police Department)" (salaried; she thanked Chief Headley [aka Walter E. Headley Jr.], Captain Allen and - what sounded like - Mr. Rackstraw for allowing her to be on the show; from Miami, FL)

    Game 3: Dan Dailey (12/14/1915 - 10/16/1978) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Stephen C. LeSauvage - "Buys and Sells Ocean Liners" (salaried; he is a broker for ocean-going vessels; from Garden City, Long Island, NY)
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    EPISODE #266
    Episode 45
    7/10/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Dudley Woodman (Ernest Dudley Woodman)(6/3/1900 - 1963) - "Mayor of Stratford-on-Avon, England" (salaried; he is in America because The Theatre Guild is opening a Shakespearean center in the United States with the help of founder and Administrative Director Lawrence Langner; from Stratford-on-Avon, in the county of Warwickshire, England)

    Game 2: Master Sergeant Steve Mozeleski - "Tests Army Shoes" (salaried; he tests new military shoes and boots by walking on a track for a month or two; from Scranton, PA)

    Game 3: Sheree North (1/17/1932 - 11/4/2005) (as Mystery Guest) She signed in as Sheréé North, with two acute accents placed roughly over the final "e" of her first name.

    Game 4: Jack B. Corn - "Professional Rain Maker" (self-employed; he seeds clouds with silver iodide; he is also a pilot, but does not pilot the plane while seeding the clouds; from Ft. Worth, TX)
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  • EPISODE #233
    EPISODE #233
    Episode 12
    11/21/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Edward Morse - "Casting Director For Paramount Pictures" (salaried; from Los Angeles, CA)

    Game 2: William J. Vana - "Makes Mustard Plasters" (salaried; from Chicago, IL)

    Game 3: Ginger Rogers (7/16/1911 - 4/25/1995) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Gerhard Williams (2/23/1911 - 2/2/1988) - "Governor of Michigan, G. Mennen 'Soapy' Williams" (salaried; he wore glasses and a straight tie to fool the panel; he gave polka-dot bow ties to John and the panel; he donated his winnings to the Muscular Dystrophy Association; from Detroit, MI) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #246
    EPISODE #246
    Episode 25
    2/20/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Arthur Berk - "Maternity Dress Salesman" (salaried; he works for Top Notch Products; from Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 2: Dr. F. Henry Burkhardt (Frederick Henry Burkhardt, Ph.D.) (9/13/1912 - 9/23/2007) - "President of Women's College, Bennington College, Bennington, Vermont" (salaried; he said that a few males have been admitted to the college; he donated his winnings to Bennington College's scholarship fund; from Bennington, VT; he served as Bennington's president from 1947-1957)

    Game 3: Dorothy Lamour (12/10/1914 - 9/22/1996) (as Mystery Guest)
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  • EPISODE #248
    EPISODE #248
    Episode 27
    3/6/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Luis Ross (he signed in as Louis Ross to fool the panel) - "Bullfighter" (self-employed; he fights bulls in Mexico and Spain; it was not stated if he was a full Matador; if his professional bullfighting name differed from Luis Ross, it was not announced; from Cincinnati, OH)

    Game 2: Walt Hollingsworth - "Repairs Slot Machines" (salaried; he works at The Colony Club casino in Reno, Nevada; Bennett took a cue from his location of Nevada and guessed his occupation on the free guess; from Reno, NV)

    Game 3: Lily Pons (4/12/1904 - 2/13/1976) (as Mystery Guest) Famed French-American coloratura soprano opera star. In addition, she is Mrs. Andre Kostelanetz.

    Game 4: Steve Ellis - "Hypnotist" (self-employed; from New York, NY)
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  • EPISODE #252
    EPISODE #252
    Episode 31
    4/3/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Miss Edle Iversen - "Men's Barber" (self-employed; she works at the historic Hotel Touraine, 62 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts; charming Norweigian contestant, full of laughs; her first name is pronounced ED-lee; from Boston, MA)

    Game 2: Eugene White - "Sells Garbage Cans" (salaried; he sells the Red Label line of outdoor trash cans for Wheeling Corrugating Company of Wheeling, West Virginia; from Lancaster, PA)

    Game 3: Fred Astaire (5/10/1899 - 6/22/1987) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Lillian Saul - "Airplane Salesman" (salaried; she works for the Cessna Aircraft Company; from Columbus, OH) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #231
    EPISODE #231
    Episode 10
    11/7/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Mrs. Iris Blitch (4/25/1912 - 8/19/1993) "Congresswoman (Just Elected)" (salaried; representing Georgia in the U. S. House of Representatives; Democrat; from Homerville, GA; more than a dozen times during her game, she had the unusual habit of sticking her tongue out of her mouth, presumably to wet her lips)

    Game 2: Mrs. Ruby Warren - "Counts Fish in Columbia River (For U. S. Government)" (salaried; she works for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, counting salmon and other fish as they navigate the fish ladder to swim up and over the Bonneville Dam; from Skamania, WA)

    Game 3: Dick Powell (11/14/1904 - 1/2/1963) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Jack Walsh - "Professional Strongman" (self-employed; John said that he back-lifted 4,235 lbs.; from Trenton, NJ; see notes below) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #243
    EPISODE #243
    Episode 22
    1/30/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Mrs. Perla Fenton Bárcenas (Barcenas) - "Captain of Glass Bottom Boat" (self-employed; from Acapulco, Mexico)

    Game 2: David Bennett - "Alarm Clock Salesman" (salaried; he sells the popular Big Ben model from Westclox; from Peru, IL)

     Game 3: Shelley Winters (8/18/1920 - 1/14/2006) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mr. Jean Laparcerie (11/17/1900 - 1/1982) - "Head Chef at United Nations" (salaried; he donated his winnings to the March of Dimes; from East Meadow, NY)
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  • EPISODE #258
    EPISODE #258
    Episode 37
    5/15/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Mr. Masakazu Kobayashi - "Manufactures Ladies' Stockings" (self-employed; he is one of 20,000 foreign Rotarians visiting America and will attend an event in Chicago on Sunday, May 29, 1955 to celebrate the 50th 'golden' anniversary of the Rotary Club; his stockings are made of nylon, not silk; from Tokyo, Japan)

    Game 2: Milton Gschwind - "Builds Jail Cells" (salaried; the G in his surname is silent; from Petersburg, KY)

    Game 3: Marge Champion (b. 9/2/1919) & Gower Champion (6/22/1919 - 8/25/1980) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

    Game 4: Miss Marlene Gornall (b. 7/31/1931) - "Demonstrates Reducing Exercises on Television" (salaried; brunette; John never mentioned the name of her program or the call letters of the station it airs on; from Pittsburgh, PA)
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  • EPISODE #234
    EPISODE #234
    Episode 13
    11/28/54
    9.6
    Game 1: Len Dobbins (Leonard Dobbins) - "Football Referee, Worked Yesterday's Army Navy Game" (salaried; he is also a zipper salesman for the Anchor Slide Fastener System company; from Freeport, Long Island, NY)

    Game 2: Miss Betty Skelton (b. 6/28/1926) - "Test Driver For Automobile Factory" (salaried; she test drives for Dodge; she holds the women's stock car world record at a speed of 143.44 MPH; she donated her winnings to a polio ward in Detroit; originally from Cypress Gardens, FL)

    Game 3: Herbert Marshall (5/23/1890 - 1/22/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

    Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth scheduled game, a contestant whose line involved "Bird Cages." - Suzanne (2008) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #263
    EPISODE #263
    Episode 42
    6/19/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Jack Adam - "Runs Alligator Farm" (self-employed; on next week's episode, it is clarified that he raises rather small footlong alligators to be used as household pets; from Mesa, Arizona)

    Game 2: Mrs. Carolyn Weinberg - "Models Maternity Clothes" (salaried; she is not "in a family way," to use 1950s verbiage; from Los Angeles, California)

    Game 3: Arnold Stang (9/28/1918 - 12/20/2009) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: William Gunn - "Makes Guns" (salaried; he is a superintendent at the Smith & Wesson gun factory; from Suffield, Connecticut)
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  • EPISODE #260
    EPISODE #260
    Episode 39
    5/29/55
    9.6

    Game 1: Ed Fritz - "U. S. Customs Inspector (Checked Dorothy Kilgallen's Luggage 2 Days Ago)" (salaried; he checked Dorothy's suitcases upon her return from her vacation in Paris, France; from Hollis, Long Island, NY)

    Game 2: Elliott Wisbrod - "Makes and Tests Bullet Proof Vests" (self-employed; he has an involuntary tic which causes him to frequently turn his head to both the right and the left; from Alameda, California)

    Game 3: The McGuire Sisters (as Mystery Guest Trio)

    Christine McGuire (b. 7/30/1926)
    Dorothy McGuire (2/13/1928 - 9/7/2012)
    Phyllis McGuire (b. 2/14/1931)

    Game 4: Jack Conroy (aka John Conroy) - "Builds Swimming Pools" (self-employed; he is also a National Guard Flyer, and John said he flew an F86 Sabre Jet from Los Angeles to New York, and back again to Los Angeles, all in one day, for breakfast, lunch and dinner; from Los Angeles, California)
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  • EPISODE #236
    EPISODE #236
    Episode 15
    12/12/54
    9.6
    Game 1: C. C. Nash (aka Clarence Charles Nash)(12/7/1904 - 2/20/1985) - "Voice of Donald Duck (Walt Disney Studios)" (salaried; he spoke a few words in Donald Duck's voice; from Glendale, CA)

    Game 2: Bud Cline (aka George Cline) - "Sewer Cleaner" (self-employed; from Akron, OH)

    Game 3: Bob Hope (5/29/1903 - 7/27/2003) (as Mystery Guest) He signed in as "Bing Crosby" - which he said he'd also done previously on the British "What's My Line?"

    Per Gil Fates' logs, there was not enough time for the fourth scheduled game, a contestant whose line involved a "Pickle Factory." A person with this occupation does eventually appear on EPISODE #259 of May 22, 1955. - Suzanne (2008)
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  • EPISODE #272
    EPISODE #272
    Episode 51
    8/21/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Rod Morris - "Teaches Gambling (Runs School For Croupiers)" (self-employed; from Las Vegas, NV)

    Game 2: Bill Parker (6/21/1905 - 7/16/1966) (William H. Parker) - "Chief of Police, Los Angeles, California" (salaried; W.H. Parker is also the technical director for the 1951-1959 police TV series Dragnet; he donated his winnings to the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension Fund; from Hollywood, CA)

    Game 3: Audrey Meadows (2/8/1922 - 2/3/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Joan Armstrong - "Life Guard" (salaried; tall, blond and pretty; she is a student and this is her summer occupation; from Harrison, NY)
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  • EPISODE #245
    EPISODE #245
    Episode 24
    2/13/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Mrs. Flo Peterson (Florence Peterson) - "Pogo Stick Tester" (salaried; from Maple Shade, NJ)

    Game 2: Mr. Lou Fuller (Louis Fuller) - "Director of Smog Control for Los Angeles" (salaried; he is a government official for the County of Los Angeles; John stated that the recent smog problem in Los Angeles is "all cleared up now"; Fuller stated that he had heard that New York also had a similar air pollution problem being called "smaze," which refers to a mixture of smoke and haze, John laughed but didn't comment; from North Hollywood, CA)

    Game 3: Senator John L. McClellan (2/25/1896 - 11/28/1977) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #244
    EPISODE #244
    Episode 23
    2/6/55
    9.6
    Game 1: Miss Patricia Finch (b. 12/12/1926) - "Chorus Girl (in Musical Hit 'Fanny')" (salaried; she sings and dances; from New York, NY; see notes below)

    Game 2: Mrs. Ruth Whitney - "Manages Prize Fighter" (self-employed; John stated that she manages prize fighters, plural, but the overlay screen differed; no fighters were mentioned by name; from Binghamton, NY)

    Game 3: Pearl Bailey (3/29/1918 - 8/17/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Eunice Blackie - "Salvation Army Captain" (salaried; John stated that this is the 75th anniversary of the Salvation Army and asked for donations; from New York, NY)
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  • EPISODE #265
    EPISODE #265
    Episode 44
    7/3/55
    9.5
    SET CHANGE: NEW SIGN-IN BOARD

    FORMAT CHANGE: NEW CONTESTANT EXITS (BUT THE BEFORE-GAME PANEL WALK-BY REMAINS)

    Game 1: Curt King - "Professional Flagpole Sitter" (self-employed; John announces that he is the first person to use the new "write-in board"; from Elkhart, IN)

    Game 2: Miss Judith Sherwin - "Sells False Teeth" (salaried; from Ferndale, MI)

    Game 3: Audie Murphy (6/20/1924 - 5/28/1971) (as Mystery Guest) The overlay screen read "Movie Star and Most Decorated U. S. Soldier"

    Game 4: Miss Edith Wu - "Stockbroker" (salaried; Chinese-American; she works for the securities house of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Beane stock brokerage, John made up the remaining company names he announced; from Chicago, IL)
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  • EPISODE #259
    EPISODE #259
    Episode 38
    5/22/55
    9.5
    Game 1: Col. William Draper (6/28/1920 - 11/26/1964) "Presidential Pilot (Flies President Eisenhower's Plane 'The Columbine')" (salaried; he said that Dwight D. Eisenhower is a good passenger; the airplane is a propeller craft; the bird's name is actually "The Columbine II"; from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)

    Game 2: Mrs. Grace Brice - "Owns Pickle Factory" (self-employed; from Sherman, Texas; John never mentions the name of her company; but net research in 2008 brings up the following matching information: Brice Pickles; the Brice Pickle Factory; Ted R. Brice, manager of the T. L. Brice Company in Sherman, Texas; Ted "Teddy Boy" Brice)

    Game 3: Van Johnson (8/25/1916 - 12/12/2008) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Mrs. Ramona Deitemeyer (b. 3/26/1920) - shown "Housewife, Mrs. America, 1955" but should have shown "Housewife, Mrs. America, 1956" (John said she is salaried, when in reality she is unemployed; she had to correct John regarding the year of her pageant title; she has five children; whatever contest Ramona won has no relation to the PAX Channel Mrs. America Pageant which began in 1977; from Lincoln, Nebraska)
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  • EPISODE #249
    EPISODE #249
    Episode 28
    3/13/55
    9.5
    Game 1: Miss Patricia Murphy - "Professional Toe Dancer" (self-employed; smiling, sweet personality; heavy-set; she dances at the Latin Quarter with her two sisters in an act called The Murphy Sisters; John did not state the names of her sisters; from Stone Harbor, NJ)

    Game 2: Dr. Kirk Miller (M. Kirk Miller, M.D.) - "Psychiatrist" (self-employed; very tall; from Canton, OH)

    Game 3: Sammy Davis Jr. (12/8/1925 - 5/16/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Norman Allen - "Sells Fireworks" (self-employed; from Ringgold, GA) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #257
    EPISODE #257
    Episode 36
    5/8/55
    9.5
    Game 1: Danny Cohen - "Sells Hot Dogs at Ebbets Field (Home of Brooklyn Dodgers)" (salaried; he said he admires his boss Hal Stevens or Stephens; Bennett mentiones that hotdogs cost 25 cents each; from Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 2: Mrs. Zarine Austin - "Makes Dice" (salaried; she works for the Portland Card Company; from Portland, OR)

    Game 3: Hildegarde (2/1/1906 - 7/29/2005) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss/Dr. Catherine Hand (Catherine Hand, MD) - "Foot Doctor (Chiropodist)" (self-employed; we are told that National Foot Week begins on Friday; from Palmyra, PA; see notes below) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #228
    EPISODE #228
    Episode 6
    10/10/54
    9.5
    Game 1: Mr. O. E. Tibbs (Edwin Tibbs)(1/7/1909 - 8/1982) - "Test Pilot For Jet Bombers" (salaried; he is the chief test pilot for Martin Company bombers; he donated his game winnings to the Baltimore Community Chest; from Baltimore, MD)

    Game 2: Mrs. E. K. Greenberger (Eva Greenberger) - "Runs Fat Men's Clothing Shop" (self-employed; she owns and operates her clothing store for overweight men; from New York, NY)

    Game 3: Fernando Lamas (1/9/1916 - 10/8/1982) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Eileen Domellan - "Gas Station Attendant" (salaried; she works at the Shell Gasoline Station on Gasoline Alley, she said the station was located at Hillside and Metropolitan Avenue; she did not name her hometown, since time was running short and both John and Bennett failed to ask; I suspect she was from NY, where such an intersection does exist, near NY Interstate Highway 678, the Van Wyck Expressway)
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  • EPISODE #229
    EPISODE #229
    Episode 7
    10/17/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Miss Ruth Ezekiel - "Dentist" (salaried; she works for the Guggenheim Foundation; she wore Indian sari clothing; from Bombay, India)

    Game 2: Mrs. Cora Sayler - "Washes Cows" next screen "This is a trick. She stumped our panel just six months ago." (salaried; elderly; she works for Walker-Gordon Dairy Farm; from Cranbury, NJ; she had previously appeared on EPISODE #208 of May 23, 1954, which is actually only five months ago, yet the occupation overlay screen read "six months ago")

    Game 3: Merle Oberon (2/19/1911 - 11/23/1979) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Miss Ruth Crawford (2/5/1919 - 10/2/2005) & Miss Ruby Crawford (2/5/1919 - 6/6/2009) - "Lawyers" (identical twin sisters, approximately age 55, wearing identical clothing; John failed to say whether they were salaried or self-employed; from Atlanta, GA)
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  • EPISODE #273
    EPISODE #273
    Episode 52
    8/28/55
    9.4
    Game 1: Lilly Daché (10/10/1898 - 12/31/1989) - "Ladies Hat Designer" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the "regular contestant" questioning format was used; self-employed; see notes below)

    Game 2: Harold Sander & Art Asquith - "Garbage Collectors, Allegheny State Park, NY" (salaried; they are college students and this is their summer job; one attends Ithaca College and the other attends Wayne University; they also credited their driver Len Osgood; both are from Little Valley, NY; see notes below to read the lyrics of the song they sang as their farewell)

    Game 3: Peggy King (b. 2/16/1930) (as Mystery Guest #2) The occupation overlay screen read, "George Gobel's Girl" - see notes below

    Game 4: Sal Salanto - "Penguin Keeper, Bronx Zoo, N.Y." (salaried; from New York, NY) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #226
    EPISODE #226
    Episode 4
    9/26/54
    9.4
    FRED ALLEN BEGINS ALTERNATING AS A GUEST PANELIST WITH ROBERT Q. LEWIS. FRED BECOMES A REGULAR PANELIST ON EPISODE #242 of January 23, 1955.

    Game 1: Mrs. Lilian J. Rowen - "Manages Turkish Bath For Women" (salaried; from New York, NY)

    Game 2: Dale Evans (10/31/1912 - 2/7/2001) & Roy Rogers (11/5/1911 - 7/6/1998) (as Mystery Guest Duo) They appeared in decorative Western dress.

    Game 3: Red Skelton (7/18/1913 - 9/17/1997) (as Mystery Guest #2) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #223
    EPISODE #223
    Episode 1
    9/5/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Miss Jun Morrison (her first name is pronounced as "June") - "Rockette (Dancer at Radio City Music Hall)" (salaried; from New York)

    Game 2: Anthony Vellek - "Makes Flea Powder" (salaried; he makes Hilo Flea Powder pet insecticide for cats & dogs; from Norwalk, CT)

    Game 3: Sal Maglie (4/26/1917 - 12/28/1992) & Duke Snider (9/19/1926 - 2/27/2011) (as Mystery Guest Duo) The occupation overlay screens read; "New York Giants" and "Brooklyn Dodgers"
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  • EPISODE #227
    EPISODE #227
    Episode 5
    10/3/54
    9.4
    Game 1: Edward Montague (7/24/1905 - 6/17/1988) (Edward Francis Montague) - "Baseball Scout (For N.Y. Giants)" (salaried; he discovered and signed baseball great Willie Mays when Mays was playing for the Birmingham Barons; from San Francisco, CA; see notes below)

    Game 2: Miss Helen Craig - "Bronco Buster" (salaried; from Oklahoma City, OK)

    Game 3: Jeff Chandler (12/15/1918 - 6/17/1961) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #251
    EPISODE #251
    Episode 30
    3/27/55
    8.3
    Game 1: Charles Hume - "Skunk Breeder" (self-employed; from Des Plaines, IL)

    Game 2: Max Fleischman - "Sells Toothpicks" (salaried; he works for JD Products and gave John Daly a toothpick with John's name engraved on it; from Brooklyn, NY)

    Game 3: Tyrone Power (5/5/1914 - 11/15/1958) (as Mystery Guest)

    Game 4: Jack Syke - "Rents Tuxedos" (salaried; from Oak Park, IL) . .moreless
  • EPISODE #225
    EPISODE #225
    Episode 3
    9/19/54
    0.0
    LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

    THIS SPECIAL EPISODE WAS BROADCAST IN CBS EXPERIMENTAL COLOR FROM CBS STUDIO 72!

    FINAL EPISODE WITH STEVE ALLEN AS A REGULAR PANELIST

    Game 1: "Runs School For Bartenders"

    Game 2: Gina Lollobrigida (b. 7/4/1927) (as Mystery Guest #1)

    Game 3: Robert Young (2/22/1907 - 7/21/1998) (as Mystery Guest #2)

    Game 4: "Sells Ladies' Bathing Suits" (a man from New York)

    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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  • PREEMPTED WEEK #1 OF 25
    10/24/54
    0.0
    PREEMPTED WEEK #1 OF 25
  • EPISODE #269
    EPISODE #269
    Episode 48
    7/31/55
    0.0
    LOST TO HISTORY - NO EXISTING KINESCOPE

    Game 1: "Cuban Consul in New York" (a female)

    Game 2: "Process Server" (a female)

    Game 3: Ty Cobb (12/18/1886 - 7/17/1961) (as Mystery Guest) Baseball Legend

    I have supplied the contestant data from Gil Fates' handwritten show logs which do not include the names of the regular contestants. - Suzanne (2005) . .moreless
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