What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 18, 1956 on CBS



  • Notes

    • "Montreal Canadiens" is the correct spelling of the ice hockey team, not "Montreal Canadians" as an American might expect. - Suzanne (2005)

      Jacques Plante played in the NHL for the Montreal Canadians from 1952-1963 and then played for the New York Rangers from 1963-1965. He then returned to hockey, and from 1968-1970 played with the St. Louis Blues. Next, he played three years from 1970-1972 with the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his last year, 1972-1973, he played 32 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played the last 8 games of that season with the Boston Bruins. He then retired after playing 837 games in his career! He won the George Vezina Trophy, which is the trophy for the best goaltender in the National Hockey League, 7 times during 1956-1960 and then again in 1962 and 1969. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1962, which is the trophy for the most valuable player in the NHL. He was involved in 5 Stanley Cup Championships which happened all in a row with the Montreal Canadians during 1956-1960. He was known as "Jake The Snake" and was born in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, Canada. He was the first goalie to wear a mask. He passed away in 1986. - TV Shows (2005)

      Toshiko Akiyoshi (born 1929) continues her career as a jazz pianist today in 2005. In 1972, she and husband, Lew Tabackin, founded a big band featuring music with Akiyoshi's arrangements. - davemackey (2005)

      FRED ALLEN TRIBUTE SHOW: WML's beloved regular panelist Fred Allen died of a heart attack suddenly and unexpectedly the night before this episode, on March 17, 1956. His heart attack did not occur while Fred was "walking his dog," as Gil Fates states in his 1978 WML book. Fred did, however, die on the "icy New York sidewalk" as printed in an April 2, 1956 Life magazine obituary. He had had a previous heart attack in 1952. Prior to the normal opening credits, host John Daly began the show with a somber message indicating that in accordance with the wishes of Mr. Allen's widow, Portland Hoffa, the show would play out normally, and it did. After the opening credits were shown, the panel was shown pre-seated. The show was not devoid of laughs or jokes, but the entire tone was naturally subdued. John, Bennett and Steve wore straight ties instead of bow ties, and the women panelists were not in evening gowns, but in street dresses. The panelists' closing comments were all heartfelt tributes to Fred, especially the kind comments of Arlene, Steve and Bennett. If you admired Fred, this is the point where your eyes get teary. Dorothy did not eulogize Fred, but instead thanked Steve for appearing. It is possible that she felt too distraught to speak, and was trying to maintain her composure. We know she greatly admired Fred from all the nice things she has said about him in the past. Both Ann Landers and Cyd Charisse requested that their show winnings be donated to The American Heart Association's "Heart Fund" in honor of Fred. As would be expected, there was little joy in this sad episode which was aired on GSN on 3/9/2003 and again on 4/22/2005. - Suzanne (2003 & 2005)

      Advice columnist "Ann Landers" is the pen name for Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer. She was also known as Mrs. Jules Lederer, and her nickname was "Eppie." She wrote her enormously popular syndicated newspaper column from 1955 to her death in 2002. She had a twin sister, Pauline Esther Phillips, also known as Abigail Van Buren, who was also an advice columnist under the pen name "Dear Abby." The "Dear Abby" column is now written by Pauline's daughter, Jeanne Phillips. - Suzanne (2003)

      Jacques Plante was the first NHL goalie to wear a mask full-time, but that accomplishment/achievement/bit of self-preservation was still a few years down the road. The first time Plante wore a goaltender mask in a game was November 1959. Prior to 1959, he wore a mask in practice games only, starting in 1956. - John M. (2003)

      Tidbits: The end credits are shown under silence, with no music. This was also done for Dorothy Kilgallen's 1965 tribute show. As another sign of respect, there are no name plates tonight, for either the panel or John Daly. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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