What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 17, 1956 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: The occupation of the guest in the fourth game is shown as "Inspects Bee Hives for State of Ohio." However, this was incorrect information which was specifically refuted during questioning. It turned out that the guest actually worked for the county government, not the state government. - stopette (2005)

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  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: In the final game, which John only allotted two minutes of game play, he flipped the remainder of the cards at five down when time ran out. The panel had only discovered that the guest was employed by a government entity and that there was an associated, but as yet unknown, product. - Suzanne (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Helene Curtis. And once again, the panel is pre-seated.
      (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: For first mystery guest Arthur Murray, his upper-third name overlay shown as he was signing in, and the "TEACHES DANCING" overlay shown after he took his seat, were both set in Futura Medium. The remaining overlays for the evening were set in Futura Demi Bold. In the case of the last contestant, his overlay had a combination of all capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters: "INSPECTS BEE HIVES (For State Of Ohio)."
      (3) ARTHUR MURRAY: This was the first extant appearance on "WML?" of the legendary dance instructor, and his second overall; his debut mystery guest shot on EPISODE #79 of December 2, 1951 no longer exists.
      (4) This was Vic Damone's second and final "WML?" appearance, as well as the only appearance of his then-wife, actress Pier Angeli. Following their divorce in 1958, Mr. Damone married four more times. His fourth wife (from 1987 to 1996) was actress/singer Diahann Carroll, who appeared as a mystery guest on EPISODE #614 of May 20, 1962. Around the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Damone had a moderate hit with "On the Street Where You Live" [Columbia (4-)40654], from a new musical making its first splash at the time of this episode -- "My Fair Lady." As for Miss Angeli, she appeared in two movies in 1956 -- "Somebody Up There Likes Me" (as "Norma Graziano") and "Port Afrique" (as "Ynez"). Their lower-third overlay screen was set on two lines: "Vic Damone & Pier Angeli (Mr. & Mrs.)."
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This was another rare episode to have the complete production crew credits after the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines. And unsurprisingly, all this was shown by GSN in its highly compressed, "crunched" manner on its September 18, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (6) Following GSN's September 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the December 8, 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 celebrity guest Judy Holliday. - W-B (2008)

    • Today, the name Arthur Murray is most often associated with the franchised dance studios that dot the land and bear his name. But, this wasn't always the case. Television gave Murray name recognition in the 1950's. Murray, who had studied both dance and business, bought five 15-minute television slots on CBS in the summer of 1950 to demonstrate partnership dancing to Americans. (Later in the 1960s, his studios coined the term "Touch Dancing" for this type of ballroom social dance.) Today, we would call his television programs infomercials. The programs, featuring Murray's lovely wife Kathryn as hostess, were hugely popular. Before the summer was over, Murray bought a half-hour summer series, "Arthur Murray Dance Party," on rival network ABC. Over the next couple years, the Murrays broadcast almost 100 programs, and in 1952 they returned to CBS. The show continued to grow in popularity, and TV viewers rewarded the Murrays by flocking to their studios, with an average of two thousand signing up to learn the waltz, cha-cha, tango and foxtrot in any given week. While Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" taught the youngsters how to dance, Arthur Murray taught their parents. The Dance Party continued its national broadcasts until 1962. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      REVIEW: Once again, the panel had a great night. In the first game, Arlene correctly identified legendary dance instructor Arthur Murray. In the second game, guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis correctly guessed that the second contestant was a beer importer. He was lucky to have won, because he received a "no" answer, but John evidently wasn't paying attention and gave him another chance to guess her line, which Q-sie correctly did. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy got credit for correctly guessing that the mystery guests were Vic Damone and his pretty Italian wife Pier Angeli. Damone was on the show to promote his upcoming variety show, while his lovely bride was on the show to promote the upcoming 1956 film "Somebody Up There Likes Me" in which she co-starred with Paul Newman. Unfortunately, as usual, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the Ohio bee hive inspector won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      Vic Damone and Pier Angeli - the twin sister of actress/singer Marisa Pavan - were in their second year of marriage. Unfortunately, two years later they would be divorced. According to Miss Angeli, she was really in love with James Dean and had been engaged to him. However, her mother reportedly disapproved of the union because he wasn't of the Catholic faith. Dean died in 1955. After her 1954-1958 marriage to Damone, in 1962, she married again - this time to composer Armando Trovajoli. This union lasted for seven years until the couple divorced in 1969. Two years after her second marriage ended, Miss Angeli committed suicide on September 10, 1971 after overdosing on barbiturates while she was filming the low budget 1971 horror film "Octaman." She was only 39 years old. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Vic Damone and Pier Angeli (whose birth name is Anna Maria Pierangeli) were married from 1954 to 1958. Pier Angeli is the twin sister of actress Marisa Pavan. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy still has red hair. Two mentions were made of New York's hot weather. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Winchell (with his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney), Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis. Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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