What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 25

EPISODE #298

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 19, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #298
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Game 1: Mark Wayne Clark (5/1/1896 - 4/17/1984) - His two overlay screens read: "General Mark Clark" and "College President, The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; salaried; he is the national campaign chairman for the Heart Foundation for the third year in a row; his wife, Maurine Doran Clark, recently wrote a book titled "Captain's Bride, General's Lady: The Memoirs of Mrs. Mark W. Clark" which is being serially published in Woman's Home Companion magazine)

Game 2: Miss Dorothy McMahon - "Owns and Operates Steam Bath For Men" (self-employed; from Portland, Oregon)

Game 3: Richard Rodgers (6/28/1902 - 12/30/1979) & Oscar Hammerstein II (7/12/1895 - 8/23/1960) (as Mystery Guest Duo) . .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)

    Mark Wayne Clark

    Mark Wayne Clark

    Mystery Guest #1

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    Richard Rodgers

    Richard Rodgers

    Mystery Guest Duo

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    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Oscar Hammerstein II

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      • RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN: Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein appear as the joint mystery guests and an interesting thing happens concerning name pronunciation. Arlene correctly guesses the pair after Bennett identifies them as an enormously popular songwriting team. Although Arlene should have known better, she pronounces Oscar's name as though it were spelled HammerSTEEN. John Daly repeats the name, saying it properly as HammerSTEIN (which rhymes with FINE and MINE). Next, Bennett comments that the men are good friends of his and surprisingly gives it the incorrect STEEN pronunciation. John then says the name again, this time forsaking his correctly-said STEIN and calling him STEEN. What makes this interesting is that as soon as the pair leave, Bennett says, "Poor Oscar's been trying to get that name pronounced HammerSTEIN now for 15 years, and people still say HammerSTEEN." John replies that he said it correctly, but Bennett tells him that he didn't. The now-confused John says that he thought he had said it correctly, then uncharacteristically concedes that Bennett is correct. John admits he has joined in the error of mistaken pronunciation, when at least temporarily, he was the only one to have said it correctly. At the end of the show, when Arlene is saying good night to Fred, she again makes an incorrect HammerSTEEN reference. - brklnbern (2008)

        ALLEN AND RODGERS: There is also an interesting conversation between Fred Allen and Richard Rodgers. Fred comments that they had worked together early in their careers when Rodgers was just out of college. Fred recalls that Richard had served as his musical director. Richard adds that he remembers Fred sitting on the edge of the stage, his legs dangling down, playing a banjo while telling jokes. Quite a picture to conjure up. - brklnbern (2008)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the second contestant at nine down because time was running short and the panel wasn't really coming close to identifying her line. John also dispensed with the opening walk-by segment for this game as time was running short following the first game. This was only the second time John had done this, outside of times when the panel walk-bys were eliminated entirely for the night. Normally, he dispensed with the walk-by on a time basis only for a final contestant following a mystery guest. It will only be a couple of episodes before Arlene suggests that viewers write in if they would like to see the opening panel walk-by eliminated, and then only a couple of shows after that before it is eliminated for good. John also flipped the remaining cards for the musical mystery guest duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein after Bennett noted that he had mispronounced Hammerstein's name. Unknown to audiences at the time, mystery challengers were paid a fee of $500, regardless of the outcome of their game. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor's panel desk billboard reads as Remington Rand business machines.
        (2) THE DAYS DWINDLE DOWN: This evening's episode was Fred Allen's fourth-last "WML?" appearance prior to his death twenty-seven days from now.
        (3) OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: For the second overlay of General Mark Clark (whose own, first upper-third overlay was shown while he was signing in), the typesetters' frequent use of a combination of all-capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters -- set, as with most overlays in this period, in Kabel Heavy -- is once again in evidence, displayed as "COLLEGE PRESIDENT - The Citadel, Charleston, S. C." The remaining overlays, also set in the same font, were all capital letters. In the case of the second mystery guests, their lower-third overlay is all on one line, reading "RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN."
        (4) "OH, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL EVENING": Tonight's show marked the first of two joint mystery guest appearances by famed songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. They had each made individual appearances on "WML?" in the past: Mr. Rodgers on the now-totally lost EPISODE #52 of May 27, 1951, and Mr. Hammerstein on the "officially lost" EPISODE #84 of January 6, 1952 (which, while not in either GSN's or FremantleMedia's archives, does exist in the collection of New York's Paley Center for Media). At the time of Rodgers and Hammerstein's appearance this evening, their first collaboration, "Oklahoma!," had already been made into a movie in 1955, and in this year of 1956, two of their other famous musicals would make their first appearances on the silver screen: "Carousel" (which was released to theatres three days prior to tonight's show) and "The King and I." The latter film's co-star, Deborah Kerr, had been a mystery guest and guest panelist on "WML?" in the past, and its star, Yul Brynner, would make a mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #344 of January 6, 1957. Gordon MacRae, who starred in "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," would be a frequent guest panelist and mystery guest in later years; however, Gloria Grahame, who played "Ado Annie" in "Oklahoma!," would never appear on "WML?" in any capacity, but Shirley Jones, Mr. MacRae's co-star in both "Oklahoma!" and "Carousel," would appear as a mystery guest on EPISODE #627 of August 19, 1962. Of special note was that in "Carousel," appearing uncredited as a strong man was Tor Johnson, who would gain fame, or infamy, in later years as a member of famed bad-film director Edward D. Wood, Jr.'s stock company, appearing in such latter-day "classics" as "Bride of the Monster" (1955) and perhaps the most famous of all, "Plan 9 from Outer Space" (1959).
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the closing credits cut off after the art card for executive producer Gil Fates. And, forever in the spirit of one of "Oklahoma!'s" most famous musical numbers, GSN just "Cain't Say No" to their usual temptation to "crunch" the screen, as was evident on its September 1, 2008 airing of this episode -- which, falling on Labor Day, made it all the more laborious for the viewing audience to endure.
        (6) Following the September 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN reran the August 11, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Carl Reiner, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and celebrity guest Burt Lancaster -- who never made any "WML?" appearances, unlike his "From Here to Eternity" co-star Deborah Kerr. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a rocky night for the panel. In the first game, they were totally stumped by the first mystery guest of the night, General Mark Clark. After the game, General Clark reminded the audience that "Heart Day" would be observed next week and asked people to donate to the American Heart Foundation. The panel was also stumped in the second game. In fact, they were so far off track that John flipped the cards so the steam bath owner won by default. The panel did get some satisfaction, though, in the mystery guest round. Arlene kept it from being a total loss after Bennett opened the door for her, by correctly identifying Rodgers and Hammerstein. At least the night ended on a positive note for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      • About General Mark Wayne Clark, President of Citadel College - A veteran of World War I, in which he was wounded, Clark was appointed deputy to Eisenhower in Europe in 1942 and Commander of American ground forces there. Immediately before the great Torch landings in North Africa, he landed off Algiers by submarine and made contact with the French Commander, Admiral Darlan, with whom he concluded an armistice and was recognized as Head of State. Had Darlan not soon after been assassinated by a young French royalist, this move would have greatly complicated Allied relationships with liberated France. Clark commanded the 5th Army in the invasions of Sicily and Italy, directed the unsuccessful Anzio operation, took the responsibility for the controversial decision to bomb the Monte Cassino monastery and entered Rome in triumph on June 5, 1944. He subsequently succeeded Alexander as commander in Italy and ended the war as the American Commander-in-Chief in Austria. Clark is best remembered for his flair in public relations. He was also an excellent and charismatic battlefield commander. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: Arlene mentions that Fred has been writing his biography. Sadly, it won't be published until after his death. During the mystery guest round, Arlene wears a very tall and outrageous mask with feathers. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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