What's My Line?

Episode dated 18 January 1953 (18 Jan. 1953)

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The panel tries to guess the lines of a female truant officer, a young man who manufactures rubber panties for babies, a manhole cover salesman as well as the identity of celebrity mystery challenger June Havoc.


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Episode credited cast:
John Daly ...
Himself - Moderator
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
Herself - Panelist
Bennett Cerf ...
Himself - Panelist
Herself - Panelist
Himself - Guest Panelist
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hal Simms ...
Himself - Announcer
Lee Vines ...
Himself - Announcer


Steve Allen's first reference to a bread box. Panelists, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Steve Allen begin the show by trying to guess the lines of a female truant officer, followed by a young man who manufactures rubber panties for babies. Then, attempt to guess the identity of the much anticipated celebrity mystery challenger for the week, June Havoc. However, it was while questioning the final contestant of the show, who was a manhole salesman, Steve Allen first makes mention of the much celebrated, and often imitated, bread box question. Written by brtndr

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Steve Allen for the very first time used his famous comparison, ''Is it bigger than a breadbox?'' The exact quote for his first-time usage of the comparison that would become part of the American lexicon was: ''Is it a large product if you accept as the norm something the size of a breadbox, let's say?'' For younger IMDb readers, a breadbox was an empty box roughly the size of a microwave oven. Made of wood or metal, and in later years, plastic, with a tight-fitting lid or a drop-down door, it was a receptacle for storing bread loaves and baked goods. Before the era of pre-sliced bread, a breadbox with a drop-down door had a wooden cutting board inside of the door for slicing bread. See more »

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