What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 18

EPISODE #291

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 01, 1956 on CBS
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Game 1: Mark Goodson (1/24/1915 - 12/18/1992) & Bill Todman (7/31/1916 - 7/29/1979) - Two overlay screens read "Television Producers Goodson and Todman" and "Creators and Producers of What's My Line" (as Mystery Guest Duo, and the panel is blindfolded, but the "regular contestant" questioning format was used; both are self-employed; the second overlay screen omitted the question mark after WML)

Game 2: Miss Agnes Von Rosen - "Bullfighter" (self-employed; she began this occupation two years ago and suffered a concussion; she stated she was divorced; from Stockholm, Sweden)

Game 3: Jackie Cooper (9/15/1922 - 5/3/2011) (as Mystery Guest #2)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (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)

    Mark Goodson

    Mark Goodson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Bill Todman

    Bill Todman

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Jackie Cooper

    Jackie Cooper

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bennett: Arlene, I don't know what Japa-knees you're sitting on, but good night! And good night, John.

      • John Daly: Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to "What's My Line?" And at the risk of upsetting some few folks who are going to see the program on kinescope film and hence one or two weeks late, I would like to say Happy New Year for all of us who work on the program.

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first game at six down. After Bennett made the identification of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, Fred Allen made a joking reference to their $30 winnings, so John flipped the remaining cards and humorously quipped, "I figure we flip it over and we get the money." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: For the first edition of "WML?" to air in the new year of 1956, Stopette returns as main sponsor for the first time since EPISODE #281 of October 23, 1955. And once again, Hal Simms is the opening announcer.
        (2) JACKIE COOPER: The veteran actor, one of only a handful of child stars to continue their success into adulthood (others including Elizabeth Taylor and Roddy McDowall), makes his only "WML?" appearance tonight. Besides "The People's Choice," Mr. Cooper later had another series, "Hennesey," which ran on CBS from 1959 to 1962. He played the title role of "Lieutenant Charles 'Chick' Hennesey, USN." This show also featured Abby Dalton as "Lieutenant Martha Hale, USN," who later appeared on the 1961-1965 sitcom "The Joey Bishop Show" and the early years of the Peter Marshall version of "The Hollywood Squares." In the mid-to-late 1960's, Mr. Cooper was a television executive at Screen Gems at a time when the company had such hits as "Bewitched," "The Flying Nun," "I Dream of Jeannie" and "The Monkees" on the air. Jackie had one more regular series to his credit, the short-lived 1975 drama "Mobile One," where he played TV newsman "Peter Campbell." Later on, he became a TV director, helming episodes of such shows as "M*A*S*H," "The Rockford Files," "Quincy, M.E." and "The White Shadow." Even with all that, Mr. Cooper became known to a generation as newspaper editor "Perry White" in the 1978 film "Superman" and its 1980 and 1983 sequels. Mr. Cooper's second wife (from 1950 to 1951) was Hildy Parks, a panelist on "To Tell the Truth" in its first few months on the air.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits cut off after a brief glimpse of director Franklin Heller's art card -- and like clockwork, GSN once again engaged in its everlasting and degrading "crunching" of the screen on its August 25, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) Right after the August 25, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN reran the June 23, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Dane Clark, and celebrity guest Zsa Zsa Gabor -- nearly two months after her sister Eva Gabor's appearance on the April 28, 1953 "TNTS" episode. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty decent performance this evening. In the first game, the panel was asked to blindfold themselves, which has been a common occurrence the past few weeks. Of course, this was to keep them from seeing their bosses, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, who were appearing on the show to help the panel celebrate the New Year. However, Bennett was able to put everything together and identify the pair. The second game was the only bump in the road for the panel as they were totally stumped by the lady bullfighter. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Vivian Blaine blew the doors wide open when she asked mystery guest Jackie Cooper if he made films when he was a child. Unfortunately, Bennett made the wrong guess and thought it was another Jackie, Jackie Coogan. However, Dorothy made the correct identification and scored the win for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

        MORE ABOUT BENNETT'S WRONG GUESS: Bennett's incorrect identification of Jackie Cooper as fellow ex-child actor Jackie Coogan was somewhat ironic in another sense: In 1964, more than eight years after tonight's show, Mr. Coogan landed the role for which he is best known to today's audiences, "Uncle Fester," on the sitcom "The Addams Family" which ran from 1964 to 1966, and which, over the years, spawned two different cartoon series and two movies. Whereas Mr. Cooper's two long-running sitcoms, "The People's Choice" and "Hennesey," are virtually forgotten today, "The Addams Family" lives on in reruns and on DVD. As a side note, however, Mr. Coogan made no appearances whatsoever on "WML?" - W-B (2008)

        GOODSON AND TODMAN: This episode marked the first appearance of producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman on the show they helped to create. In later years, they would pop up from time to time to help the panel celebrate anniversaries and other special occasions, including the final broadcast in September 1967. Mark Goodson would also make several appearances on his own as a guest panelist, including the night that Frank Sinatra appeared as both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. In fact, it was Goodson who Sinatra replaced on the panel that night. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST Jackie Cooper is one of the few child stars to have had a successful career into his adult years. As many people know, he was a member of the Little Rascals and appeared in several shorts during the 1930's. After he left that series, he starred in several solo vehicles including "The Champ," "Skippy" (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award) and "Treasure Island." Cooper then went on to star in several series on television. His biggest success on the small screen was the aforementioned "People's Choice" where he starred as Socrates "Sock" Miller, a young man who was elected to his city council and who was secretly married to the mayor's daughter Mandy, who was played by Pat Breslin. Also, the most memorable aspect of the show was Sock's pet basset hound Cleo, who made comments about the events surrounding each episode, much like Snoopy in the "Peanuts" strip. Cleo was voiced by Mary Jane Croft, who would later become a semi-regular during the final season of "I Love Lucy" playing the role of Lucy's neighbor Betty Ramsey. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Jackie Cooper promoted his show, "The People's Choice," which ran for 3 years from 1955-1958. He used a German accent. - Suzanne (2005)

        Mark Goodson & Bill Todman mentioned that John Daly has not yet missed one episode of WML in its history to date. A few statistics are given out, such as the fact that there have been approximately 1000 occupations put before the panel with over 750 of them identified for a win ratio of 75%; WML is seen in England, France, Italy, Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, West Germany, Australia and in about two weeks, Japan; there are 94 production staff members involved in the running of What's My Line? - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: HAPPY NEW YEAR 1956!

        Vivian Blaine (11/21/1921 - 12/9/1995)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Fred Allen, Vivian Blaine, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis has the night off. She is in Tokyo, Japan, in connection with her NBC TV series "Home."

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