What's My Line?

Season 6 Episode 30

EPISODE #251

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 27, 1955 on CBS

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    • REVIEW: Between Wally Cox's seemingly disinterested behavior and Tyrone Power's request that there be no applause as he walked on stage to sign in, this had to be one of the most surrealistic episodes ever. These oddities seemed to negatively affect the panel, as they batted .500 this particular evening. Bennett correctly guessed that the first contestant was a skunk breeder. This occupation elicited plenty of laughs from the studio audience. In the second game, Wally's strange, slow behavior caused the panel to lose valuable time. As a result, time did run out, so the toothpick salesman won the full prize by default. Tyrone Power added more strangeness to this episode when he requested that the audience not cheer for his entrance. However, his behavior was explained by the fact that he truly wanted to see how sharp the panel was, by seeing how they would perform if there was no audience reaction. Unfortunately, the experiment failed and Arlene correctly guessed his identity. As usual, the panel ran out of time in the final game and the tuxedo renter won the $50 prize by default. And so ended what probably was one the worst - or maybe even one of the strangest - editions of "What's My Line?" - Sargebri (2005)

      STRANGE GUEST PANELISTS: Wally Cox's bizarre, unsure guest panelist behavior would be topped 12 years later by Pamela Tiffin in 1967. Miss Tiffin co-starred with Arlene in the 1961 film "One, Two, Three," as well as the Broadway play "Dinner at Eight." Much like the fog Wally was lost in this particular evening, Miss Tiffin also seemed to be lost and disinterested in the game. Her performance got off to a bad start from the very beginning. As she was introducing Bennett, she just stood there for several seconds, seemingly dazed, before she made her introduction. However, unlike Miss Tiffin, Wally would become a fixture on many quiz shows during the 60's and 70's, culminating in his long run as a regular on the original "Hollywood Squares" until his death in 1974. This is Wally's third and final appearance on WML. His first appearance was as a mystery challenger, whereas his second and third appearances were as a guest panelist. - Sargebri (2005)

      MORE ON TYRONE POWER: As was mentioned earlier, Power would die in 1958. The tragic circumstances surrounding his death are well chronicled. During filming of a rather strenuous dueling scene with George Sanders, for the 1959 Biblical epic film "Solomon and Sheba," Power suffered a massive heart attack. He was immediately rushed to a nearby hospital in Madrid, Spain, where filming was taking place. Unfortunately, he died before he reached the hospital. After a few weeks, Power was replaced in the film by Yul Brynner, who refilmed all of Power's scenes. Although uncredited in the film, Power can still be seen in long shots. The film was completed a few months later and released on Christmas Day 1959. Also, at the time of his death, Power's wife Debbie Ann Minardos was pregnant with his son, Tyrone Power, IV. Using Tyrone Power, Jr. as his professional name, he would eventually follow into his father's footsteps and become an actor in his own right. - Sargebri (2005)

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