What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 36

EPISODE #309

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 06, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #309
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Game 1: William O. Douglas (10/16/1898 - 1/19/1980) - "Justice of United States Supreme Court" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; Bennett mentions that Justice William Douglas has written many books)

Game 2: Robert Bregenzer - "Designs Girdles" (salaried; he formerly designed dresses for 3 years; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Mary Healy (b. 4/14/1918) (as Mystery Guest #2) "Mrs. Peter Lind Hayes, Mary Healy"

Game 4: Ted Greves (Theodore Greves) - "Private Detective" (self-employed; he mentions that he weighs 455 lbs.; from Battle Creek, MI)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    William O. Douglas

    William O. Douglas

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Mary Healy

    Mary Healy

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. The panel pursued a generally fruitless line of questioning on this one and John commented that they very likely would have been tied in knots had they been given the opportunity to play the full game. - agent_0042 (2008)

        WALK-BY WATCH: Nine episodes after Arlene's passionate plea for viewers to write in if they wished to see the panel walk-by abolished, the practice persists. John has the night's second contestant perform the before-game panel walk-by. John does dispense with the practice for the final contestant, however, in order to save time. Only about two minutes were allotted for this final game. - agent_0042 (2008)

        BENNETT TIPPED: In an apparent (albeit misguided) attempt by the "WML?" producers to try to mislead the panel, Mary Healy was present in the dressing room before the beginning of the program. As Bennett later explained, he had seen her, but wondered why she would be there just to say "hi" to the panel. During the mystery guest round, acting on his hunch, he asked right away if the mystery guest was associated with any member of the panel. From there, following Arlene's turn, Peter Lind Hayes correctly identified his wife. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor was Helene Curtis. There was also a technical glitch at the start of the curtain entrance, with a delayed appearance of the "WML?" title overlay; such a title card came in from the viewer's left to the center of the screen in an abrupt manner, in such a way that suggested that the camera lens was being changed while on the air.
        (2) "PLUS ÇA CHANGE": Bennett tried his hand in introducing John in French this evening, and in so doing played around with his name, referring to the panel moderator as "Jean Charlemagne Daly."
        (3) Tonight's first mystery guest, William O. Douglas (1898-1980), was the longest serving Justice in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court to date, serving a total of 36 years, 6 months and 26 days, from April 17, 1939 to November 12, 1975. His run with the Court lasted through seven presidents, from Franklin D. Roosevelt through Gerald R. Ford. Justice Douglas had succeeded Louis D. Brandeis on the Court, and would be succeeded himself by John Paul Stevens.
        (4) "WML?" OVERLAY SCREEN WATCH: After tonight, there will be three more shows on which Kabel Heavy was primarily used for the overlays for both regular contestants and mystery guests. For the second mystery guest, and wife (and performing partner) of this evening's guest panelist, her lower-third overlay was on two lines, with the second line displayed in a slightly smaller size of type than the first: "MRS. PETER LIND HAYES (MARY HEALY)."
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As was all too typical in the years when "WML?" had travel arrangements plugs within the end credits, such a sequence was truncated tonight, going no further on this occasion than executive producer Gil Fates' art card. When GSN aired this episode on September 12, 2008, they briefly ran the sequence in full screen before reverting to the "same old, same old" form and "crunching" the screen less than one second into the American Airlines card being shown.
        (6) Following GSN's September 12, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the October 27, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern. The celebrity guest was former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis -- another personality whose "TNTS" appearance was more fortunate, in the preservation department, than when he was a mystery guest on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #92 of March 2, 1952. - W-B (2008)

      • REGARDING THE FINAL GUEST, THEODORE GREVES: About four or five years after his WML appearance, Mr. Greves appeared on an episode of "I've Got A Secret," with the secret that he had lost over 200 pounds. Mr. Greves was one of many WML contestants who were later used or who had previously been contestants on other Goodson-Todman panel shows such as "I've Got a Secret" and "To Tell The Truth." - Eric Paddon (2005)

      • REVIEW: Not only was this a rather successful night for the panel, it also turned out to be a fun night as well. Bennett got things rolling when he correctly identified Justice Douglas in the first game. The fun really began in the second game with the girdle designer. When Arlene was able to narrow down her questioning to women's undergarments, the panel, as well as John, broke out in nervous laughter. This was due to the fact that any question dealing with women's underwear was considered quite risque in 1956 America. Arlene did open the door, but received a "no" when she asked if he sold girdles. Guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes passed to Dorothy, saying that he'd let her "ask the embarrassing question," and Dorothy managed to correctly guess his line. In the mystery guest round, Peter's lovely wife Mary Healy was the guest. Bennett opened the door when he asked if she were associated with any members of the panel. Fittingly, Peter made the correct guess when he asked if she was "Miss New Orleans of 1912" to which she answered "yes." For the record, Mary was actually born in 1918, but she was a former Miss New Orleans beauty pageant winner. Unfortunately, the panel's good luck ran out in the final game, so the rather large private detective from Michigan won the fill prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        MY WIFE, THE MYSTERY GUEST - This isn't the first time, nor would it be the last, that the mystery guest would be the husband/wife of a panel member. Other past and future examples are Portland Hoffa (regular panelist Fred Allen's wife); Mia Farrow (guest panelist Frank Sinatra's wife); Adolph Green (guest panelist Phyllis Newman's husband); and one show featured all four spouses of the panel members as that week's team of mystery guests! - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        It would have been interesting to see Mr. Cerf's appearance on the UK WML panel, but at the time, the BBC didn't preserve any of their live broadcasts, with the exception of important news events. - scorpshockey (2005)

        Tidbits: We learn that Bennett will be taking a European vacation. He'll visit England, Italy, Germany and France. To celebrate, he introduced John in French. While in London, Bennett will be a guest panelist on the U.K. version of What's My Line? Next week, the host of the U.K. version, Eamonn Andrews, will fill in for Bennett as a guest panelist. The lady panelists wear new pearl-rimmed black blindfolds this evening. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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