What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 33

EPISODE #306

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 15, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #306
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Game 1: Fontana (Micol Fontana) (b. 11/8/1913) - "Italian Dress Designer (Designed Margaret Truman's Wedding Dress)" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; self-employed; see notes below)

Game 2: Wilfred Denno (5/4/1904 - 6/2/2001) - "Warden of Sing Sing Prison" (to avoid name recognition, John told Wilfred L. Denno not to sign in; salaried; he donated his winnings to the "school building program" at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Ossining, NY, in care of Father Marino)

Game 3: Eddie Fisher (8/10/1928 - 9/22/2010) & Debbie Reynolds (b. 4/1/1932) (as Mystery Guest Duo) They signed in as "Debbie Reynolds and friend"

Game 4: T. F. Flock (Tim Flock aka Julius Timothy Flock - although he signed in as "T. F. Flock" )(5/11/1924 - 3/31/1998) - "Champion Stock Car Race Driver" (self-employed; NASCAR Champion, although the term NASCAR was never used tonight; Tim's next race is this coming Sunday outside of Langhorne, PA; from Atlanta, GA)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Debbie Reynolds

    Debbie Reynolds

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Eddie Fisher

    Eddie Fisher

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Micol Fontana

    Micol Fontana

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the night's first regular contestant, Mr. Denno, at six down. Bennett had guessed his line, but John flipped the cards anyway, at which point Mr. Denno stated he was donating his winnings to charity. In the fourth game, John flipped the cards for the final contestant at five down. The panel did not have much time for this game, but Bennett did get as far as figuring out that the contestant had a connection with "transportation." - agent_0042 (2008)

        WALK-BY WATCH: It has now been six episodes since Arlene issued her entreaty to the audience to write in if they wanted to see the panel walk-bys eliminated. Though history shows that the practice is fading fast, it is not yet gone entirely. John does not provide the panel with either the name or hometown of the night's first regular contestant, Mr. Denno, but does have him walk down in front of the panel. However, in the final game, to save time, John does dispense with the panel walk-by for the final contestant. - agent_0042 (2008)

        MYSTERY GUEST ROUND: After a blindfolded Robert Q. Lewis hears a female voice, he was pretty sharp in thinking that the kind of cheers he heard from the audience (while the mystery guests were signing in) indicated that a good-looking fellow was also present. Robert then went on to correctly guess that they were a recently married couple, but he dropped the ball in not picking up on Bennett's Coca-Cola reference, instead thinking it was a show business couple other than Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Meanwhile, Elsa Maxwell's guess of Martin & Lewis either represented a droll wit or a complete cluelessness. Also, Bennett gave us another of his unique pronunciations when asking if both partners of the couple were equally well known, pronouncing "known" as though it were spelled "no-en." - brklnbern (2008)

        EDDIE FISHER: Interestingly, though it was Debbie who was indeed a gifted mimic, it was Eddie who tried to imitate a famous movie star this evening when he tried to portray Jimmy Stewart. In the post game chat, Bennett makes a reference to Eddie participating in a baseball-related special earlier in the day. Eddie was well known for appearing at baseball parks and singing the national anthem. Also, close to the time of tonight's original 1953 airing, Eddie had been honored with a "day" by the Brooklyn Dodgers, with some of the fans carrying signs that said that "E. F. no longer stood for Ebbets Field," but rather, "Eddie Fisher." - brklnbern (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, PANEL AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The main sponsor's panel desk billboard this evening is displayed as Remington electric shavers. For the third time in the show's history, Bennett is seated at the far end of the panel desk, while Elsa Maxwell is the third female guest panelist (after Deborah Kerr and Margaret Truman) to introduce news analyst and panel moderator John Charles Daly. The opening announcer is Hal Simms, who by all appearances has taken over as the regular announcer; prior series announcer Lee Vines was last heard on EPISODE #303 of March 25, 1956 which was also the last episode to be sponsored by Jules Montenier, Inc. And once again, the panel is pre-seated tonight. Oddly enough, despite the "Remington Electric Shavers" display on the panel desk, and the shaver flip cards on the panel moderator's desk, the Remington Rand logo was atop the sign-in board.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: For the first contestant, the typesetters' frequent penchant for combining all capital letters with mixed-case (upper and lower case) letters was once again in evidence, with the layout displayed as "ITALIAN DRESS DESIGNER (Designed Margaret Truman's Wedding Dress)." This and the overlay for the final contestant are set in Kabel Heavy. The second contestant's overlay of "WARDEN OF SING SING PRISON" is set in the "last-minute" typeface. However, there was no overlay for mystery guests Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.
        (3) There was a certain irony to Robert Q. Lewis' incorrectly assuming the mystery guests to be Jean Pierre Aumont and Marisa Pavan, for the following reasons: Miss Pavan would be a mystery guest twenty shows from now, on EPISODE #326 of September 2, 1956, and she and Monsieur Aumont would appear as a mystery guest duo on EPISODE #823 of July 24, 1966. Another irony in this was that Mr. Lewis was not on either future edition of "WML?"
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the customary travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits only go so far as to the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" art card before cutting off. And yet again, on the September 9, 2008 airing of this episode, the viewing audience was a captive and unwilling witness to GSN's loathsome and boorish "crunching" of the screen.
        (5) ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOSE OF "Q-SIE": Immediately subsequent to the September 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the October 6, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and celebrity guest Brian Aherne. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: Despite the fact that Bennett was the only regular panelist on the show this evening, the panel had a good showing. This episode marked the return of Robert Q. Lewis after a few months away and he showed he hadn't lost a step. As far as the female panelists were concerned, Elsa Maxwell was a pretty fun guest panelist while Celeste Holm was a decent, if unspectacular, guest panelist. As for the games - in the first game, Bennett almost had it nailed when he guessed that the first guest, designer Micol Fontana, was a dress designer. He essentially was given credit for the correct guess even though he was unable to come up with her name. In the second game, Bennett again was successful in correctly identifying the warden of Sing Sing Penitentiary. Bennett then made it three for three when he figured out that the mystery guests for the night were "America's Sweethearts" Eddie Fisher and his lovely bride Debbie Reynolds. Ironically, Elsa Maxwell thought it was Julius LaRosa and Q-sie thought it was Jean Pierre Aumont and Marissa Pavan. Unfortunately, the panel's hot streak ran out when they ran out of time, so NASCAR legend Tim Flock won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        Tim Flock was the first superstar of the then fledgling NASCAR circuit. In many ways, he was a forerunner to such stars as Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon. Flock was a two time NASCAR champion, winning the title in 1952 and 1955. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1998 from throat and liver cancer. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Micol Fontana and her sisters Zoe and Giovanna founded the "Sorelle Fontana" (which is Italian for "Fontana Sisters") fashion design house. She is a pivotal figure in the field of Italian haute couture. The Fontana sisters helped shift the fashion spotlight from Paris to Rome in the 1950s with their innovative designs. They created Ava Gardner's costumes for the 1954 film "The Barefoot Contessa," and gowns for Jacqueline Kennedy and Margaret Truman. Fontana costumes are on display in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museo Fortuny in Venice. Micol Fontana is committed to education, and through the Micol Fontana Foundation, she has underwritten numerous Fulbright scholarships. In 2003, Micol celebrated her 90th birthday. As of 2004, she is the only surviving sister. - FIT & Suzanne (2003)

        Micol Fontana signed in simply as "Fontana." (She didn't complete her "F" making her signature appear to begin with a T.) It wasn't until the post-game conversation that her full name of Micol Fontana was revealed. After Celeste Holm determined the guest was the designer of Margaret Truman's wedding gown, the lady panelists both identified her as "Fontana." Micol was in America to deliver the Truman wedding dress. Margaret Truman and E. Clifton Daniel were married on April 21, 1956. - cpdelta (2003)

      • Before guessing who Debbie and Eddie were, Bennett commented that it was the couple who hasn't been drinking been drinking enough Coca-Cola. This was a reference to a 1953-1957 TV series Eddie Fisher was hosting at the time called "Coke Time." It was a 15-minute variety comedy and music show that was shown twice a week, I think. I am not sure if Debbie Reynolds appeared in the show, but this was a rare glimpse of how happy this couple looked before things changed. - David Mello (2003) Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were married from September 1955 until their divorce in May 1959. - Suzanne (2003) Tidbits: There was no curtain entrance, for the third week in a row. During the introductions, Bennett mentions that Arlene and Dorothy are in Monaco to attend Grace Kelly's wedding to Prince Rainier. The Royal marriage took place on April 19, 1956. - Suzanne (2003) Celeste Holm (4/29/1917 - 7/15/2012) Elsa Maxwell (5/24/1881 - 11/1/1963) Panel: Bennett Cerf, Celeste Holm, Robert Q. Lewis, Elsa Maxwell. Dorothy Kilgallen & Arlene Francis had the night off.

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