What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 16, 1955 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Captain J. L. Goldberg (Joshua Goldberg) - "U.S. Navy Chaplain" (salaried; John said he was a naval champion too; Goldberg said that he represents the Layman's National Committee that sponsors Bible Week, which begins tomorrow; he spoke their motto - "Make the bible known. Make it your own."; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Alfred Maschino - "Plays Rear End of Horse (in Vaudeville)" (self-employed; from Sarasota, Florida)

Game 3: Jimmy Dorsey (2/29/1904 - 6/12/1957) & Tommy Dorsey (11/19/1905 - 11/26/1956) (as Mystery Guest Duo) The overlay screen read "The Dorsey Brothers"

Game 4: Ludwig Maschino - "Plays Front End of Horse (in Vaudeville)" (this game was intentionally truncated by John Daly in the first few seconds; the guest did not sign in and no occupation overlay screen was shown; John walked over to the board and stated that he was introducing Mr. Maschino, "the other part of the horse"; John did not state the relation between the two men, who may have been brothers or possibly cousins; while back sitting at his desk, John stated the guest's full name, and amidst the laughter of the audience, it sounded like Ludwig Maschino) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Fred Allen

    Fred Allen

    Regular Panelist (1955-1956)

    Jimmy Dorsey

    Jimmy Dorsey

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Tommy Dorsey

    Tommy Dorsey

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: Well, where are you from, Mr. Maschino?
        Alfred Maschino: Florida.
        John: Oh, from Florida. Well, I'm a little embarrassed about talking to anybody from Florida tonight. It's been awful wet up here [in New York] this past weekend. I understand that, once in a while, you have a little heavy dew down your way.
        Alfred Maschino: Yes, sir.
        John: (using a play-on-words with "dew" and "due") And, uh, I won't offer too many apologies -- I've heard your dew has been a little bit heavy lately, too. So will you just give me my "due" and walk down in front of the panel?
        Alfred Maschino: Yes.
        John: Thank you.
        Bennett: Mr. Maschino.
        Arlene: How do you do, Mr. Maschino?
        Fred: You're not here with a "due bill," by any chance?

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at five down. The panel never even came close to figuring out this contestant's line and time was running short. John flipped the scorecards again for the second contestant at eight down. The panel had been bamboozled by this man who played the horse's rear end, and they might have gotten stumped in the final game, too, had there been time for one. As it turned out, in an unusual move, John brought the final contestant on stage just long enough to announce that he played the front end of the horse. The would-be contestant walked with John to the moderator's desk but did not sit down. John then flipped all of the cards, awarding this contestant the full prize, even though no game was played. Of the extant episodes, this "non-game" is the first time that this has ever happened. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The "Remington Electric Shavers" billboard display on the panel desk is once again in full use for the main sponsor this evening.
        (2) AND THE QUIPS JUST KEEP ON COMING: Dorothy Kilgallen welcomed back Fred Allen from his recent trip to Ireland by introducing him as "our favorite leprechaun," a dual reference not only to his recent travels, but also to his own Irish heritage (his birth name was John Florence Sullivan). Fred then put in a plug for the new "WML?" board game by mentioning that he thought he was to play the game at home tonight, and that the board game came with its own mystery guest -- "the lady at my left, Miss Arlene Francis." Mr. Allen's remark about Miss Francis in that context was somewhat ironic and rather off the mark, as Arlene was the only one of the regular panelists never to have been a mystery guest on either the CBS or syndicated versions of "WML?"
        (3) A PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: For the mystery guest round of Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, a lower-third overlay reading "THE DORSEY BROTHERS," set in Kabel Heavy, was shown for a few seconds after they signed in -- and no nameplate for them was displayed on the panel moderator's desk. The use of the overlay, and lack of the nameplate, marked the beginning of a trend that would take full effect within the next month, and would be in place for the remainder of the show's CBS run.
        (4) MORE ON THE DORSEY BROTHERS: At the time of tonight's show, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey were hosting "Stage Show" which was a Saturday night lead-in to the now-famous "Classic 39" episodes of "The Honeymooners." It was that show's star, Jackie Gleason, who is universally regarded as being the catalyst for the end to the Dorseys' long-simmering feud in 1953. While "The Great One" was a jazz music fan (albeit more towards Dixieland style as opposed to bebop), apparently viewers didn't seem to share Mr. Gleason's love for the music, for while "The Honeymooners" beat the competing "The Perry Como Show" on NBC by a fair margin, "Mr. C" trounced Tommy and Jimmy on a regular basis, even with Elvis Presley's first major national TV appearance on "Stage Show" on January 28, 1956 (which came before the now-famous "Honeymooners" episode "The $99,000 Answer"). This factor explained the year-end 1955-1956 ratings which showed Mr. Como finish in 19th place and "The Honeymooners" in 20th place. In addition, in 1958, one year after Jimmy's last hurrah on the charts with "So Rare," Tommy's orchestra, now fronted by Warren Covington, had their own proverbial "day in the sun" on the charts with "Tea for Two Cha Cha."
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after director Franklin Heller's art card. And as always, GSN made it a point of disregarding and offending the sensibilities of the night-owl viewing audience by gratuitously "crunching" the screen on its August 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) Following GSN's August 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel repeated the March 31, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Jerry Lester, Joan Alexander and Meredith Willson, and celebrity guest Gypsy Rose Lee. More than a decade from this "TNTS" episode, Miss Lee would host a talk show that originated from ABC's San Francisco outlet, KGO-TV (Channel 7), and air on its other owned-and-operated stations (O&O's) at one time or another -- this, aside from her gratuitously snide introduction of Bennett on "WML?" EPISODE #854 of March 19, 1967. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This may have been a rough night for the panel, but it was a fun one. In the first game, the panel was completely stumped by the navy chaplain. He was on the show to help promote Bible Week. In the second game, the panel was once again stumped, this time by a gentleman who played the back end of a horse. Ironically, immediately after this game, Fred asked, "Where's the rest of him?" Little did they know that the "other half" would come out at the end of the show! He was going to play the fourth game if they had time for it, which they didn't. The panel did redeem themselves in the mystery guest round when Dorothy correctly identified the Dorsey Brothers, Tommy and Jimmy. The fourth game wasn't much of a game at all, but we did meet the head of the horse, who was probably the brother of the end of the horse, the guest in the second game. They were dressed in normal suits, not their horse costume! Since no game was played, yet he was still introduced as the other half (front end) of the horse, he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        As the panel was saying good night, Bennett made a crack about remembering a time when there was only one mystery guest. He said this because over the past several episodes, the producers have had at least three shows that featured two mystery guests per night, requiring the panel to be blindfolded twice for each evening. On another occasion, there were two mystery guests at the same time, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. - Sargebri (2005)

      • THE DORSEY BROTHERS: Songs such as "Opus #1," "Song of India," "Marie," "Tangerine," "All or Nothing at All," "Green Eyes," "So Rare," "I'll Never Smile Again," and many others explain why the Dorsey Brothers sold over 110 million records. Over 35 years, their bands included Glenn Miller, Ray McKinley, Bob Crosby, Nelson Riddle, and Frank Sinatra. Also, late in their career while hosting CBS-TV's 1954-1956 series "Stage Show," they introduced Connie Francis and a young Elvis Presley to a national audience. Their music and personal lives had been chronicled on the silver screen eight years before this appearance, in the 1947 film "The Fabulous Dorseys." They portrayed themselves in this docudrama - a word that won't be coined for decades.

        Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey started their musical careers while barely out of their teens, playing with a famous "hot" band of the day, the Scranton Sirens. Jimmy, who is credited with being one of the great saxophone stylists of the early Jazz Era broke away and began to appear with some of the top bands of the day. Tommy was the first bandleader in America to use the trombone as a lead solo instrument. Their appearances with Paul Whiteman, the King of Jazz, were the climax of their early careers.

        In 1934, they began to make musical history. But, even though they were great musicians, they were extremely competitive as brothers. "One had an opinion about something, as did the other, and sometimes they didn't agree," pop singer Don Cherry recalled of the Dorseys. "But, I didn't see any antagonism between the two."

        Nevertheless, the Dorsey Brothers' feud with each other is legendary. The rift came to a head in 1935 when Tommy walked off the bandstand after disagreeing with Jimmy as to how the tempo of a certain song should be played. Jimmy then assumed leadership of that existing band while Tommy went on to form his own outfit. Each brother recorded many hit songs through the 1930s and '40s as bandleaders in their own right. The acrimony lasted 18 years.

        Fortunately, two years before this appearance, in 1953, the Dorsey Brothers ended their feud to reunite as bandleaders once again. That reunion remained until Tommy's untimely death on November 26, 1956, just 13 months after tonight's mystery guest appearance on What's My Line?

        Although depressed by Tommy's sudden death, Jimmy had one last hurrah with a new 1957 recording of a 1937 song called "So Rare," which featured his alto saxophone providing a uniquely wailing solo over a heavy back beat and chorus. "Jimmy took a lot of takes," lead trumpet player Lee Castle recalled years later. "He was trying to get a certain sound, and finally, after a long time, he finally got it." (One source recalled that they did over sixty recordings in a marathon recording session that lasted all night.) "So Rare" was released in February 1957 and reached #2 on Billboard's charts, becoming a million-seller. Sadly, Jimmy was not able to enjoy the success of his new big-band sound. He died of lung cancer on June 12, 1957. His record label, Fraternity, presented his gold record to his mother. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      • Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey answer the panel with "sounds" made by blowing into the mouthpieces of brass instruments. The sound produced is reminiscent of a kazoo. The brothers held up the shiny mouthpieces for all to see. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: We learn that Fred Allen has been in Ireland. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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