What’s His Line?

I’m writing a novel set in New York City in 1955, and while doing some research I came across this clip from one of my favorite shows, What’s My Line? This contestant says his name is Jimmie and he trains elephants for a musical production that was in town. He gets in a funny line to Fred Allen and it’s an entertaining segment.

But after the episode aired the show got a call from two people in Detroit who said that the contestant had STOLEN CARS. He was wanted by federal authorities. Producers called the FBI and he was arrested. He was sentenced to nine months.

More info in this Variety article (Internet Archive – scroll down). I hope he at least got his $50.

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