What's My Line?

Season 5 Episode 23


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Feb 07, 1954 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • OH, SAY CAN YOU... HEAR? Throughout the show's earlier years, one problem that plagued both panelists and contestants was their inability to hear one another well. This was due to the desire to avoid any possibility of audio feedback caused by having the onstage speakers very loud. We frequently hear the contestants asking the panelist to repeat a question, and we sometimes hear the panelists, particularly Bennett Cerf, asking the contestant to repeat an answer (especially when panelists are blindfolded during the Mystery Guest segment). This was particularly noticeable last week, when one contestant wore an old fashioned hearing aid. You could see him holding its microphone pack and pointing it directly at the panel. Even then, John would repeat most questions for him.

      Less noticeable, perhaps, are the subtle and not-so-subtle gestures Steve Allen has made for two weeks in a row during the announcer voiceover at the beginning of the show. Last week, during the camera's wide shot of the panel while the announcer was bringing them on, we could see Steve cup his hand over his ear as he shot a look off camera - an obvious indication that he couldn't hear what was being said. This week it is even more noticeable, for after cupping his hand over his ear and getting no satisfaction, he shrugs his shoulders as if to say, "Oh, well. Forget it." It is probably because of the difficulty the panel has hearing, that Dorothy Kilgallen frequently looks offstage to her right when she begins introducing the panelist on her left. Although it sounds to us as if she's taking her cue from the announcer, it's likely that she can't hear him, and is watching for a visual cue from the floor manager, who is listening over a headset. - Lee McIntyre (2005)