What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 39

EPISODE #312

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 27, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #312
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Game 1: Nat Ladenson - "London Taxi Cab Driver" (self-employed; from London, England)

Game 2: Miss/Dr. Carolyn Taylor (Captain Carolyn Taylor, MD) - "U.S. Army Doctor" (salaried; her patients are male; from Portland, OR)

 Game 3: Ozzie Nelson (3/20/1906 - 6/3/1975) & Harriet Nelson (7/18/1909 - 10/2/1994) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Game 4: Peter Andretti - "Operates Roller Coaster at Coney Island" (salaried; from Brooklyn, NY)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Ozzie Nelson

    Ozzie Nelson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Harriet Nelson

    Harriet Nelson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down due to a shortage of time. The panel had not come anywhere near identifying the guest's line of London taxi cab driver. In the second game, John flipped all the cards for the pretty lady doctor at two down, in spite of the fact that Dorothy had correctly identified her as a doctor. In the final game, John flipped all the cards for the Coney Island employee at three down. Time ran out on this game just when Robert Q. Lewis was zeroing in on the guest's line. - Suzanne (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington electric shavers.
        (2) "WML?" FONT WATCH - END OF AN ERA: This was the last episode to feature overlays typeset in Kabel Heavy (which is the current name for this font; Monotype's name for this typeface was Sans Serif Bold, and type specimen books up to the 1970's and 1980's called it Kabel Bold). This typeface had been in use for most overlays since EPISODE #117 of August 24, 1952 -- a span of 196 episodes. Alas, this outgoing font was only used for the regular contestants' occupations; mystery guests Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's lower-third overlay was set (on two lines) in Futura Medium.
        (3) MYSTERY GUESTS: This was to be the only joint appearance of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson on "WML?" during its 17.5-year CBS run; Ozzie would appear as a guest panelist on EPISODE #366 of June 9, 1957. Ozzie and Harriet went on to make two joint mystery guest appearances seven months apart in 1973 on the syndicated "WML?," within the run of their short-lived syndicated sitcom "Ozzie's Girls." As a side note, one of the "girls" on the ill-fated 1973 program, Susan Sennett, who played "Susie Hamilton," has been married to Graham Nash (of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young fame) since 1977, and they have one son, actor/writer/director Jackson Nash.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Unlike last week, the end credits cut off after the art card for executive producer Gil Fates -- which was a more common occurrence during this period when the sequence led off with a travel arrangements plug for American Airlines. And GSN once again indulged in its lamentable proclivity for "crunching" the screen at the end of its September 15, 2008 airing of this episode -- likewise a common occurrence, unfortunately.
        (5) ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOSE OF "Q-SIE": GSN's September 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 17, 1953 edition of "The Name's the Same." Host Robert Q. Lewis was back in harness, with the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern in place as usual, and bandleader Paul Whiteman as the celebrity guest. The first game had two children who shared the same surnames as "TNTS" producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. - W-B (2008)

      • A few nights after this episode with Ozzie and Harriet Nelson was aired by GSN in May 2005, Turner Classic Movies showed two short films from 1940 and 1943, respectively. Although similarly titled, according to IMDB, the film from 1940 is titled "Ozzie Nelson & His Orchestra," and the film from 1943 is titled "Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra." For those of us who only remember Ozzie and Harriet as middle-aged TV parents, it was fascinating to see them both substantially younger, and in the roles that first made them famous. In the first film, Ozzie directed the orchestra and sang, including his song "I've Got Those 'Oh What an Easy Job You've Got, All You Do Is Wave a Stick' Blues." Harriet, looking MUCH younger than I ever remember seeing her before, sang in the second film, performing a number in which she tries in vain to get Ozzie to get out of bed and off to work. Of course, in his TV show, Ozzie never seemed to have a real job. - Bill Savage (2005)

      • REVIEW: This turned out to be a decent night as the panel batted .500 for the evening. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the cabbie from London. Sadly, the panel put themselves in that position by concentrating more on the "building" he worked in and what he wore, rather than the service he performed. In the second game, Dorothy, who looked absolutely radiant and sexy, guessed that the equally attractive second contestant was a doctor. However, she didn't guess that she was an army doctor and John flipped over all the cards. In the mystery guest round, Q-sie, who was openly flirting with and leering at the doctor, managed to compose himself enough to correctly identify Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game just as Robert Q. was starting to narrow down the contestant's occupation, which was a roller coaster operator, so he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        NELSONS: As John mentioned, the Nelsons were in the middle of their run with their highly successful 1952-1966 series, "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," which also starred the pair's two sons, David and Ricky. In 1959, three years after Ozzie and Harriet's appearance tonight, Ricky Nelson also was a mystery guest on WML. At the time of his appearance, Ricky was in the middle of his highly successful music career as one of the original teen idols. Ricky also would later become one of the original country rockers with his group The Stone Canyon Band, which featured future Eagle member, Randy Meisner, on bass. Unfortunately, Ricky died in an airplane crash on New Year's Eve 1985, at the age of 45. He would later be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. But that's not all, the Nelson dynasty would be continued by Ricky's children. Daughter Tracy would grow up to become a successful actress and his twin sons Matthew and Gunnar would follow in their father's footsteps and become hitmakers with their band Nelson. - Sargebri (2005)

      • DOROTHY THE REDHEAD: Dorothy Kilgallen is a redhead from tonight's program, EPISODE #312 of May 27, 1956, until EPISODE #380 of September 15, 1957, when she turns back into a brunette. - Suzanne (2008)

        Tidbits: WOW! Dorothy walks out to great applause and wolf-whistling from the audience. Robert then comes out and calls attention to her beautiful red hair. Dorothy might have applied a henna rinse to her brunette hair. How we wish we could see this in color! Starting in Binghamton, NY in June 1956, Robert Q. Lewis will be appearing on the summer theatre circuit in a music/comedy revue called "What's The Rush?" His touring co-stars will be Bea Arthur and Barbara Barron. Tonight, Hedda appears wearing her trademark hat. It is not explained why she did not wear her hat last week. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Hedda Hopper, Eamonn Andrews. Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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