What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 22, 1956 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: The occupation overlay for Frank Marshall, while not quite misspelled, does have a misplaced apostrophe and an extra space between the T and the S. In all upper case letters, it is seen as:


      - cattaur (2008)

  • Quotes

    • Paul Winchell: (introducing Vivian Blane, along with his dummy, Jerry Mahoney) Let's introduce the next young lady.
      Jerry Mahoney: Ah yes. For the next young lady, I have rotten a little poem.
      Paul Winchell: No, no. It's "written," not "rotten."
      Jerry Mahoney: Ah, they ain't heard the poem yet.

  • Notes

    • EXPERT PUPPET MAKER: Frank Marshall apparently had close to a monopoly in the "dummy making" business - as this web page demonstrates:


      Not only did he make Jerry Mahoney, but also maintained all of Edgar Bergen's "cast," and also supplied "Danny O'Day" and "Farfel" to Jimmy Nelson, too! - exapno (2008)

      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time ran out. The panel had figured out that this contestant participated in a sport that could be played both indoors and outdoors, but they were unable to get any further. - agent_0042 (2008)

      WEENIE WATCH: When Arlene began to have an idea regarding the first contestant's line, it was said that she had a "weenie." This term was most often applied to Dorothy Kilgallen, but was occasionally used for other panelists. To this date, it is not known exactly why this term was used in this manner on the program, as it is never associated with this meaning in today's language. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The opening sponsor for tonight is Remington electric shavers, and this time the top of the sign-in board matches the panel desk's billboard. This was Vivian Blaine's final "WML?" appearance, and Paul Winchell's next-to-last.
      (2) JERRY LEWIS: The funnyman's appearance as mystery guest tonight preceded by ten years the start of his long association with the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon, which commenced in 1966 over WNEW-TV (Channel 5, now WNYW) in New York, and still runs every Labor Day holiday. In fact, GSN's September 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show fell three weeks after the 2008 Labor Day telethon. It was on one such telethon, in 1976, that Mr. Lewis was briefly reunited on stage with his erstwhile partner, Dean Martin, at the instigation of Dolly Mae's old friend-turned-bitter enemy, Frank Sinatra.
      (3) SPEAKING OF METROMEDIA: From 1965 to 1968, Paul Winchell hosted a daily children's show called "Winchell-Mahoney Time" that was produced at the studios of Los Angeles station KTTV (Channel 11) and syndicated by Metromedia (the then-parent of both KTTV and what was then WNEW-TV); he was joined by his stable of puppets including tonight's de facto co-guest panelist "Jerry Mahoney," and "Knucklehead Smiff." Unfortunately, as a result of a dispute over ownership and syndication rights, Metromedia later erased the tapes of all 288 episodes of the show, leading to Mr. Winchell suing the company and ultimately winning a $17.8-million jury verdict.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits are once again truncated, but did allow for a brief peek at the art card for Franklin Heller (who has once again returned to the director's chair) before they cut off. Yet again, it was all the same to GSN which, on its September 23, 2008 airing of this episode, continued to aggravate the viewing audience with its deservedly detested "crunching" of the screen.
      (5) Following GSN's September 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the January 12, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel this time out consisting of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and playwright Russell Crouse (filling in for Bill Stern), and "Your Hit Parade" singer Snooky Lanson as the celebrity guest. - 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)


      REVIEW: The panel performed fairly well this evening. Ironically, in the first game, guest panelist Paul Winchell questioned Frank Marshall, who was responsible for making Paul's little friend Jerry Mahoney. Winchell managed to narrow it down quite a bit until he received a "no." However, Arlene, seemingly by accident, made the correct guess. Unfortunately, the panel was totally stumped by the lady boxer in the second game. What made that round special was that Jerry Mahoney was allowed to "participate" by asking the contestant questions, which made it a very funny moment in WML history. In the mystery guest round, the panel as a whole correctly identified Jerry Lewis. There was no time for a fourth game. - Sargebri (2005)

      Jerry Lewis was asked a question about the rumored breakup between Lewis and his long time partner Dean Martin. John handled it with tact and Lewis also seemed to handle it well. Of course, a few months later, the partnership ended with both Martin and Lewis moving on to highly successful solo careers. - Sargebri (2005)

    • PAUL WINCHELL: On this episode, Paul Winchell and Jerry Mahoney take part in the opening curtain entrance. Holding Mahoney, Winchell walks on stage following Arlene Francis and preceding guest panelist Vivian Blaine. Previously, the panel had been pre-seated when Winchell and his dummy were guest panelists. - W-B (2005)

      PAUL WINCHELL: When questioning the puppet and dummy maker, Frank Marshall, who also created Jerry Mahoney, Miss Arlene asks, "So, this product is made of a mixture of things like perhaps leather and wood?" "Yes!" On hearing "yes," Arlene leans to Jerry Mahoney and Paul Winchell and jokes, "Ha ha, it sounds like you!" As happens occasionally, a savvy segment of the audience starts applauding to let the panelist know they just "hit it." Arlene, of course, notices their reaction, does a dummy-take - I mean - a double-take (ha ha) and says, "ARE you indeed a puppet maker? "Yes!" Well done, Arlene! What a perfect - and perfectly enjoyable - moment! - stu1 (2005)

      JERRY LEWIS promoted his appearance at the Copa. In addition, he spoke about his upcoming 1956 comedy Western film "Pardners" in which he co-stars with Dean Martin. Many references are made tonight regarding the imminent "break up" of Martin & Lewis. Jerry does not confirm or deny the rumors regarding his partnership with Dean Martin. John adds that he hopes they stay together. As history now tells us, "Pardners" was the second-to-last film Lewis and Martin made together, with 1956's "Hollywood or Bust" being the last. They did break up their comedy duo act in 1956, having been a team since 1946. Both went on to have profitable solo careers. - Suzanne (2005)

      Tidbits: For breakfast, make that Ham and X. In the post-game chat after game one, you can hear Jerry Mahoney (via Paul Winchell) use the term "Ham and X" in reference to John and Frank Marshall, who had signed in as X. This is the first mention of this particular pun which Bennett will later reprise on several occasions. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Paul Winchell (with his "dummy" Jerry Mahoney), Vivian Blaine, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen had the night off. She was in Europe.

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