What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 43


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 24, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: "11 Guys from Cincinnati" is how Ted Kluszewski signed in for the group - "The Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team" (as Mystery Guest Team) (salaried; the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used; Ted sat next to John and the rest of the team stood behind them; the ball team won two games today; the eleven team members of the 1956 Cincinnati Reds who appeared are listed below; their game winnings were donated to the Cincinnati Sandlot Baseball Fund)

The Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team:

Ted Kluszewski (9/10/1924 - 3/29/1988),
Johnny Temple (8/8/1927 - 1/9/1994),
Wally Post (7/9/1929 - 1/6/1982),
Gus Bell (11/15/1928 - 5/7/1995),
Frank Robinson (b. 8/31/1935),
Ed Bailey (4/15/1931 - 3/23/2007),
Smoky Burgess (2/6/1927 - 9/15/1991),
Ray Jablonski (12/17/1926 - 11/25/1985),
Roy McMillan (7/17/1929 - 11/2/1997),
Johnny Klippstein (10/17/1927 - 10/10/2003) and
Joe Nuxhall (7/30/1928 - 11/15/2007)

Game 2: George Hoxie - "Photographer, Took Bennett Cerf's Passport Picture" (self-employed; John told him not to sign in; after the occupation overlay screen, a large photo of Bennett was shown; after the game, John held up a small copy of Bennett's passport photo; some of Hoxie's photography work can be seen on the net; from Oxford, OH)

Game 3: Bob Hope (5/29/1903 - 7/27/2003) & Linda Hope (b. 7/28/1939) (as Mystery Guest Duo) "Bob Hope and Daughter Linda Hope"

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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)

    Joe Nuxhall

    Joe Nuxhall

    Mystery Guest Team

    Guest Star

    Johnny Klippstein

    Johnny Klippstein

    Mystery Guest Team

    Guest Star

    Roy McMillan

    Roy McMillan

    Mystery Guest Team

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Paul: You're supposed to introduce Arlene.
        Jerry: Now look, you introduce what you like and I'll take care of what I like.
        Paul: All right. Fine. Ladies and gentlemen, here's Jerry Mahoney's ex-girlfriend, but still number one in my book -- Arlene Francis.

      • Bennett: (trying to guess mystery challengers) Is it Miss Saint and her accompanist?
        John: (flips four cards) No! Three down, 47 to go, Miss Kilgallen!

    • NOTES (5)

      • THE CINCINNATI REDS TEMPORARY NAME CHANGE: An interesting fact is that the term "Cincinnati Reds" is technically inaccurate for this 1956 time period! After the 1952 season, the ball club changed its official name to "Cincinnati Redlegs," in response to the Red Scare of the early 1950's. They did not revert back to the normal "Reds" moniker until after the 1957 season. - exapno (2008)

        MORE ABOUT FRANK ROBINSON: This is Robinson's rookie season in 1956 -- and what a season it is! He is in the process of hitting 38 home runs for the year, which tied the Major League rookie record of 38 homers in a season, and tied for second place in the National League. This is a record which still stands for the National League as of 2008! Frank Robinson was named National League Rookie of the Year, and was a prime factor in the Cincinnati Reds finishing only two games back of the pennant-winning Dodgers. - exapno (2008)

        TED KLUSZEWSKI: Team "spokesman" Ted Kluszewski was one of the most feared sluggers of 1950s baseball. He hit 279 homers in his career, mostly for the Cincinnati Reds. He possibly was most famous, however, for his biceps! At this time, the Reds utilized a baseball uniform consisting of a vest with a red long-sleeved undershirt. "Big Klu" claimed that the undergarment was too restricting for his massive biceps, so he cut the sleeves of the undergarment off, exposing his biceps for all to see. Click the URL below to see a photo. - exapno (2008)


        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for Bennett's passport photographer at eight down because the panel wasn't really close and time had run out for his game. Amusingly, Bennett was starting to get close, but had no idea who Hoxie was until John revealed the guest's line. Fooling Bennett gave John great glee! - agent_0042 (2006)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 23, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one figure from the world of baseball appearing in an episode. This tribute was in honor of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary. At the time tonight's episode first aired, the Hall of Fame was in its 20th year of existence. - W-B (2006)

        ACADEMY AWARDS TRIBUTE: Four and a half months before the Baseball Tribute, GSN had aired this episode on March 6, 2006 as part of a tribute to the Academy Awards. It was preceded by an airing of the August 17, 1960 episode of "I've Got a Secret," sponsored by Bufferin and hosted by Garry Moore, with guest Alan King and panelists Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Johnny Carson (filling in for Henry Morgan), and Bess Myerson. The "IGAS" episode preempted "Beat the Clock" which aired before "WML?" on GSN at the time, in March 2006. - W-B (2006)

        ADDITIONAL AIRINGS: "WML?" EPISODE #316 had previously been seen in regular rotation on GSN on March 23, 2003, May 6, 2005 and again on July 1, 2005 on the second day of a Paul Winchell tribute. This episode's next "regular rotation" airing was September 19, 2008. In all, over the last five and a half years, this episode aired a total of six times. - W-B (2006 & 2008)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's episode was sponsored by Remington electric shavers. And for the first time on a show where Paul Winchell and his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney were guest panelists, the curtain entrance was used.
        (2) CINCINNATI REDS: In this year of 1956, five of the Reds players who were tonight's first mystery guests -- Ed Bailey, Gus Bell, Roy McMillan, Frank Robinson and Johnny Temple -- were starters in the 23rd All-Star Game which was played on July 10, 1956, and which the National League won, 7-3. (Three other Reds were runners-up at their positions: fellow co-mystery guests Ted Kluszewski and Joe Nuxhall, plus Brooks Lawrence, who did not appear on this "WML?" episode.) The following year, in 1957, controversy erupted over voting for who was to play in the 24th All-Star Game (played on July 9, 1957 and won by the American League, 6-5), when it was discovered that there was ballot-box stuffing from Cincinnati fans who voted more than once for virtually the entire team to comprise the National League starting lineup. Commissioner of Baseball Ford Frick, who was the first mystery guest on EPISODE #303 of March 25, 1956, intervened by removing Bell and another co-mystery guest from tonight's show, Wally Post, from the starting lineup and replacing them with Willie Mays of the New York Giants and Hank Aaron of the Milwaukee Braves, to counter what Frick called an "over-balance of Cincinnati ballots." This led to the decision by Frick to take voting rights away from baseball fans and transferring them solely to managers, players and coaches -- a decision which stood until 1970 when voting was returned to the fans. As a side note, while Mr. Mays was a mystery guest on both the CBS and syndicated versions, Mr. Aaron never appeared on "WML?" in either incarnation.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: For the only regular contestant of the evening, there was once again a mixture of capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters, plus the last two words were underlined: "PHOTOGRAPHER (Took Bennett Cerf's Passport Picture)." The other overlays were in all capital letters -- and all overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold.
        (4) Beginning in the 1980's, Bob Hope's daughter Linda, who appeared with him tonight, assumed producing duties for his TV specials, right up to his last show for NBC in 1996 -- forty years after this episode. As relating to this evening, "Ol' Ski Nose" was in two motion pictures in 1956: "That Certain Feeling" and "The Iron Petticoat." As a side note, while Mr. Hope's "That Certain Feeling" co-star, Eva Marie Saint, made two mystery guest appearances on "WML?" in 1958 and 1966, Katharine Hepburn, who played opposite Bob in "The Iron Petticoat," was never on "WML?" either as a panelist or mystery guest.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the third straight week, after the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits were again on display -- but such credits were rushed, and cut off after a brief peek of the art card for crew members Vernon Gamble and Hal Anderson. Regardless, there was all the time in the world for GSN to ruin everything for the viewing audience once more, with its recalcitrant, recidivist and repulsive "crunching" of the screen on its September 19, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) The September 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 15, 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 Terry Moore. - W-B (2008)

      • 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)

        When Daly holds up a small photo of Bennett's actual passport photo to show to the panel, it has a dark background with Bennett looking straight into the camera. The earlier photo shown at the start of Hoxie's game was not the passport photo. It is a Random House promotional photo of Bennett with a white background, with his head slightly turned, his eyes looking off to one side. I recall that picture being on the back cover of a book. - stopette (2005)

      • Joe Nuxhall: A decade prior to this episode, Cincinnati Reds Joe Nuxhall has been the youngest player to appear in a major league baseball game, at least in the post-1900, or so-called "modern" era. He was standing behind John Daly, in the back row on the far right. He was the last member of the team to be introduced by Ted. Nuxhall pitched for the Reds during WWII at age 15 years, 10 months. The exodus of players to military service during the war necessitated the call-up of many players who otherwise wouldn't have been talented enough to play in the majors. Perhaps the most famous example is Ted Williams, who appeared on a previous WML. Among others, the WWII era gave baseball one-armed Pete Gray. To describe the dating plight of the women left behind in America during the war years, songs such as "They're Either Too Old or Too Young" were written. - Scott V. (2005)

        More about Joe Nuxhall: Of all of the Cincinnati Reds seen on this episode of What's My Line?, the most recognizable to viewers as of "today" (2006) would probably be Joe Nuxhall, although mostly by name and not by appearance. He was known as the "old lefthander" and became the radio announcer for the Cincinnati Reds after his retirement from playing the game. He retired from his broadcasting career at the end of the 2004 season. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty fun night for the panel. Arlene got the night off to a good start when she correctly identified the Cincinnati Reds. The team had just finished a double header sweep of the Brooklyn Dodgers before they came to the studio. The panel then joked about how the team was going to divide the $30 they won. However, John announced later in the evening that the Reds would donate their winnings to a local sandlot league. The evening really got fun when Mr. Hoxie entered the stage. What made it so fun was that he was the one who took Bennett's passport photo. In fact, Bennett was so impressed with his fine photography work, that Hoxie and Bennett started to correspond with one another. Fortunately, Bennett failed to remember his pen pal. Unfortunately, for the panel, they were so off the track they never did guess his line. They wound up running out of time so he won the full prize by default. The evening came to a crescendo when Bob Hope walked onstage with his beautiful daughter Linda. After some initial questioning, it was obvious that the panel had figured out who the guests were. However, for a change of pace, they decided to let themselves lose the game just for fun, by guessing other names that they knew were wrong. This definitely was an entertaining night. - Sargebri (2005)

        FRANK ROBINSON: One of the Cincinnati Reds players who was on the stage this evening was Frank Robinson, who had one of the greatest careers in the history of baseball. His career boasted over 500 home runs and he finished just 57 hits shy of 3000. He also became the first player to win the Most Valuable Player award in both the National (1961) and American (1966) Leagues. However, he really made history when he became the first African-American to earn a managerial position when he became a player-manager for the Cleveland Indians in 1975. Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982. Today in 2005, he is still managing and is the manager for the former Montreal Expos, now known as the Washington Nationals, in Washington D.C. - Sargebri (2005)

        During the post game chat, John Daly refers to Bob Hope as "Robbie." Earlier, he refers to him as "Robert." However, Bob Hope's birth name was Leslie, never Robert. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        Bob Hope is accompanied by his pretty daughter, Linda Hope. Bob and his wife Dolores have 4 adopted children: Linda, Anthony, Kelly and Nora, which John Daly named. Bob promoted his 1956 film, "That Certain Feeling." - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Welcome back, Bennett! New Mask: Arlene wears a new shiny satin "A * F" flower monogram blindfold outlined in rhinestones. The closing credits now advertise "The Ernie Kovacs Show" which is seen "on another network" and is also sponsored by Remington. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Paul Winchell (with his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney), Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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