What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 22, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Chester Gould (11/20/1900 - 5/11/1985) - "Chester Gould - Creator of 'Dick Tracy'" (John told Chet Gould not to sign in; salaried; his overlay screen included a drawing of Dick Tracy's profile; from Woodstock, IL)

Game 2: Miss Nola Rognley - "Exercises Race Horses at Pimlico Racetrack" (salaried; she gave John a written invitation to the Preakness Race on May 19, 1956; from Baltimore, MD)

Game 3: Hedda Hopper (5/2/1885 - 2/1/1966) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Anne Marie Hollier - "2nd Lieutenant in French Air Force" (salaried; she is in America as a guest of the 3,500th U.S. Air Force recruiting wing to learn American recruiting and training methods; from Paris, France)

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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)

    Chester Gould

    Chester Gould

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Hedda Hopper

    Hedda Hopper

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down. The panel had identified his line, but John didn't make them come up with the name of the guest. In the fourth game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down. The panel had figured out that this contestant held a position within the French government, but they were unable to get any closer to her line. - agent_0042 (2008)

        WALK-BY WATCH: It has been seven episodes since Arlene suggested that viewers write to CBS if they were interested in abolishing the practice of contestants walking by the panel before their games began. As of this episode, the practice is still in effect, as John has the second contestant perform the panel walk-by. He dispensed with it for the first contestant because he felt it might give too much away. Likewise, as a time-saving measure, he skipped it for the final contestant. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Helene Curtis. Tonight's show resumed the "curtain entrance" which hadn't been seen since Fred Allen's swan-song EPISODE #301 of March 11, 1956. And the new flip cards had a hand-painted type font that was similar to what was on the "sponsorless" flip cards that were used beginning in 1961 and continuing right to the end in 1967.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: The overlay for "Dick Tracy" creator Chester Gould was in all capital letters, with an outline of his famous character in profile. For the second contestant, there was once more a combination of all capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters, with the overlay displayed as "EXERCISES RACE HORSES at Pimlico Racetrack." This was also the case (no pun intended) with the final contestant: "2nd Lieutenant in FRENCH AIR FORCE." The above overlays, plus the lower-third for mystery guest Hedda Hopper, were set in Kabel Heavy.
        (3) THE NAME'S (ALMOST) THE SAME: More than sixteen years after mystery guest Chester Gould's appearance tonight, a game show announcer by the name of Chet Gould took over the reins of announcing for the syndicated "WML?" following Johnny Olson's move to California in 1972. Mr. Gould's assumption of announcing duties came at the same time as Larry Blyden succeeding Wally Bruner as host of the syndicated version.
        (4) The "Crimestoppers" notebooks that were in the Sunday installments of "Dick Tracy" have been the subject of parody from time to time. The most notable examples came within in a semi-recurring series of sketches called "Face the Funnies" that appeared on "The Stan Freberg Show" on CBS radio in 1957. At the end of each sketch, an expert in a particular comic strip would say his or her good nights with various sayings associated with the respective characters. In the first installment, which first aired on the sixth episode of Mr. Freberg's show on August 18, 1957, self-educated "Dick Tracy" expert "G.L. Spoon" (voiced by Daws Butler) closed with, "If vandals kidnap you, look for fingerprints on or about your person. That's a 'Crimestopper'." In the next sketch, which aired two weeks later on September 1, 1957, "Mr. Spoon" gave the following ending (and quite dubious) "advice": "If someone shoots you in the chest, extract the bullet and look for small tell-tale bore markings on the slug, and then call a doctor. That's a 'Crimestopper'." The other "experts" were "Dr. Linus Quoit" (voiced by Mr. Freberg; his character's name was a play on Dr. Linus Pauling) whose specialty was "Little Orphan Annie," and "Edna St. Louis Missouri" (voiced by June Foray; the name of her character was a parody of that of writer Edna St. Vincent Millay) who claimed "Tarzan" as her field of expertise. The often-strident tone of the "Face the Funnies" sketches has been cited in recent years as anticipating the tone of programs such as "The McLaughlin Group."
        (5) This was the first extant appearance of famed gossip columnist Hedda Hopper, and her second overall, out of a total of seven appearances. Her first appearance, on EPISODE #48 of April 29, 1951 -- one week shy of five years to the day before tonight's show -- is officially lost to history, although it is rumored to exist in a private collection.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Despite there being four games tonight, and the American Airlines plug, this was a rare example in this period of the full end credit sequence being shown, going up to the art card for technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Hal Anderson, followed by a last shot of the "WML?" title card. This was plenty of time for GSN, on its September 10, 2008 airing of this episode, to mess with the viewing audience once again via its continued "crunching" of the screen during this sequence.
        (7) GSN's September 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 13, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern, and veteran character actor Victor Moore as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • For more on Chester Gould, including dozens of pages from Dick Tracy's famous Crimestoppers Notebook, visit the URL below. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

        Dick Tracy


      • A new set of scorecards makes its debut tonight; they feature a generic Helene Curtis bottle that looks like a bottle of Shampoo Plus Egg. The right panel desk logo features this bottle as well, in lieu of the Stopette Stick that appeared on EPISODE #305. - scorpshockey (2005)

        During the game two walk-by, Miss Kilgallen notices that a snap has come undone on the back of Miss Rognley's dress, and fastens it for her! - scorpshockey (2005)

      • REVIEW: The panel did a fairly decent job this episode. In the first game, Arlene was given credit for guessing the line of the first guest, which was cartoonist. Of course, they never did identify Chester Gould, so John flipped over all the cards. The second game went by rather quickly due to the fact that pretty much every question the panel asked received a "no" answer. In fact, the closest they got was in figuring out that the horse exerciser worked with a sport that was played outdoors. The panel made up for their bombing out when they correctly identified Hedda Hopper. The funniest part of the evening came when guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes invoked the name of Hedda's bitter enemy, Louella Parsons. In fact, Peter almost looked as though he was going to run away when he saw who she was. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the lady French airforce lieutenant won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        A year after this show aired, Hedda Hopper's son, Bill Hopper, would take on the role of "Paul Drake" on the 1957-1966 classic courtroom/detective show "Perry Mason." - Sargebri (2005)

        Chester Gould is the creator of the "Dick Tracy" comic character which first appeared in newspapers on October 4, 1931. Chet retired from the strip on December 25, 1977 and passed away in 1985. His 4-panel comic strip is still published in newspapers around the globe. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: The curtain entrance resumes again tonight. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Peter Lind Hayes, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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