What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 35

EPISODE #308

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 29, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #308
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Game 1: Marguerite Higgins (9/3/1920 - 1/3/1966) - "Foreign Correspondent" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; salaried; she recently appeared on "Meet the Press")

Game 2: Miss Grace Kelley - "Issues Marriage Licenses" (salaried; John jokes about her similarity in name to the actress Grace Kelly; from Detroit, MI)

Game 3: Edgar Bergen (2/16/1903 - 9/30/1978) (as Mystery Guest #2) Edgar Bergen signed in using only the name of his ventriloquist dummy, Mortimer Snerd.
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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)

    Marguerite Higgins

    Marguerite Higgins

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Edgar Bergen

    Edgar Bergen

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Paul Winchell

    Paul Winchell

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2008)

        WALK-BY WATCH: It has now been eight episodes, almost two months, 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. The practice remains in effect at this point, however, as John has the night's second contestant perform the panel walk-by. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers; however, once again, the Remington Rand logo is on top of the sign-in board. And while it might appear that the reason the panel was pre-seated tonight was due to guest panelist Paul Winchell appearing with his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney, this evidently was not the case, because on Mr. Winchell's last few guest panelist shots a few weeks later, he makes his "curtain entrance" while holding Mr. Mahoney and walking towards his designated seat.
        (2) It has become apparent within the last few shows that the first game commenced after a commercial break. This format will be largely in place, with a few breaks here and there, through 1965.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: Two different fonts were used for occupation overlay screens tonight. Marguerite Higgins' "Foreign Correspondent" overlay was set in Futura Medium, while the only regular contestant's occupation of "Issues Marriage Licenses" was set in Kabel Heavy. However, there was no lower-third overlay for second mystery guest Edgar Bergen.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As usual, due to the American Airlines plug, the end credits are once again truncated, cutting off this time after the art card for director Franklin Heller. And just as usual, GSN's September 11, 2008 airing of this episode had a devastating and demoralizing effect on the audience, due to their never-ending practice of "crunching" the screen.
        (5) Following the September 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the October 20, 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 Guy Lombardo. - W-B (2008)

      • PAUL WINCHELL TRIBUTE: GSN aired a two-day four-episode Paul Winchell Tribute in honor of his June 24, 2005 death at age 82. On June 30, 2005, they aired EPISODE #308 and EPISODE #313. On July 1, 2005, they aired EPISODE #316 and EPISODE #320. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: For the first time in months, the panel pulled off a perfecto. What made it even more special was the fact that it was a very fun night as well. In the first game, the panel had a little trouble due to the fact that they were blindfolded, but in the end, Arlene was able to correctly identify correspondent Marguerite Higgins. In the second game, Dorothy, with a huge assist from Arlene, correctly guessed that the lady from Detroit issued marriage licenses. The fun really picked up in the third game, though, when Edgar Bergen walked out with Mortimer Snerd. What really made it fun was the fact that Paul Winchell was there with his dummy, Jerry Mahoney. In fact, Winchell was the one who had the honor of guessing a man he greatly admired. The best part was seeing Mortimer "interact" with Jerry. This really put a capper on a very fun night. - Sargebri (2005)

        Other than his wonderful ventriloquism act, Paul Winchell was and still is very famous for a couple of things. Winchell would later go on to do voice-over work for several Hanna-Barbera cartoons. His most famous voices were those of Dick Dastardly on the cartoons "Wacky Races" and "Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines." He also was the voice of the evil wizard Gargamel on "The Smurfs." However, his most famous contribution was to the world of medical science, not entertainment. Winchell would later game fame for inventing one of the first artificial hearts. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Paul Winchell has his own website on which you can read about his life, showbiz career and his other "line," inventor of the artificial heart. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        Paul Winchell Web Site

        http://www.paulwinchell.com/index.html

        On October 7, 1945, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy were guests on Fred Allen's comeback radio show after a year off the air. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        At the end of the program, Bennett says, "If we play our cards right, next week we'll have Farfel!" Farfel was a basset hound puppet best known for singing the Nestles Chocolate advertising jingle: "N-E-S-T-L-E-S, Nestles makes the very best, Chooooocolate." - Garrison Skunk (2005)

      • Marguerite Higgins (Marguerite Higgins Hall) (born September 3, 1920) was a female international reporter. In 1951, she was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for foreign war correspondence. She covered many wars, including WWII, Korea and Vietnam. She was the wife of Lieutenant General William Hall (aka William E. Hall), United States Air Force. She died at age 45 in Washington, D.C. on January 3, 1966 of a rare tropical disease (leishmaniasis) which she apparently contracted while in Vietnam. She is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. In 2002, the United States Postal Service honored her with a 37 cent commemorative postage stamp in their "Women in Journalism" issuance which also included Nellie Bly, Ethel L. Payne and Ida M. Tarbell. - Suzanne (2005)

        Ventriloquist Paul Winchell was accompanied by his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney, and Edgar Bergan was accompanied by his "dummy" Mortimer Snerd. John said that Edgar Bergen had celebrated his 25th anniversary on radio, and was soon to receive a "Most Distinguished Graduate" award from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: The panel was pre-seated tonight. At slightly over two minutes long, this is one of the longest introduction segments in the history of the show. Dialogue with the puppet Jerry Mahoney caused the introductions to last longer than usual. - Suzanne (2005)

        Paul Winchell (12/21/1922 - 6/24/2005)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Winchell, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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