What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 05, 1956 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • MYSTERY GUEST: Carol Morris is still alive -- and is still beautiful -- in 2008! - exapno (2008)


      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. Time ran out on this game and the panel never came close to figuring out the contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2008)

      ANIMAL CONFUSION: During the final game, Dorothy asked if the contestant's work was associated with either "children or animals." John gave her a "no" answer, even though all insects are part of the animal family. This is not the first time (nor the last) that terminology related to animals has been confused on the program, though this evening, none of the panelists argued the point in this case. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening is Remington electric shavers, while the Remington Rand logo is atop the sign-in board. Also, this was Paul Winchell's seventh and final "WML?" appearance; his last six, including tonight, were as a guest panelist.
      (2) MYSTERY GUEST #1: Richard J. Daley (1902-1976) was Mayor of Chicago from 1955 until his death, and as of 2008 was the longest-serving Mayor in the city's history. While some of his methods and tactics incited controversy, such as his handling of the unrest outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, there are also many positives associated with his time in office. For instance, he has been credited with keeping the city continually viable while other "Rust Belt" cities, such as Cleveland, Ohio and Detroit, Michigan, saw major declines during that same period. In addition, Mr. Daley managed to keep the city functioning in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1967 when 23 inches of snow fell on January 26-27, 1967, adversely affecting transportation and other services. The citizens were appreciative and he handily won re-election that year. This mayoral achievement was in sharp contrast to what happened during the blizzard of January 13-14, 1979, when 18.8 inches of snow fell on the Windy City. Mr. Daley's successor, Michael A. Bilandic, was blamed for the city's slow response to the blizzard, and he ultimately lost the election to Jane M. Byrne in the 1979 primary. (Jane M. Byrne went on to become Chicago's first -- and, to date, only -- female Mayor.) It was also under Mr. Daley's watch that such projects as O'Hare International Airport and the Sears Tower were built. His son, Richard M. Daley (born 1942), is (as of this writing in September 2008) the second-longest serving Mayor of Chicago, having been first elected to the post in 1989.
      (3) MYSTERY GUEST #2: In the wake of Miss Universe 1956 Carol Morris' winning the title, as well as her appearance tonight, she made a few television appearances over the next few years, including two "Playhouse 90" episodes, "Sizeman and Son" and "The Gentleman from Seventh Avenue"; individual episodes of such shows as "Richard Diamond, Private Detective," "The Millionaire" and "The Ann Sothern Show"; as well as such theatrical features as "Born to Be Loved" (1959) and "Paradise Alley" (1962). Both films proved to be the last theatrical efforts for actor/writer/producer/director Hugo Haas, who made no appearances whatsoever on "WML?" For Miss Morris' lower-third overlay, while it was set entirely in Futura Demi Bold, her name was in a slightly smaller size of type than the "Miss Universe 1956" line below. A website with a more recent picture of her can be found below:


      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits only went up to the art card for production crew members Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine. And once again, GSN persisted in its potential alienation of its viewing audience by "crunching" the screen during that sequence, on its September 25, 2008 airing of tonight's show.
      (5) Immediately subsequent to the September 25, 2008 airing of this episode, GSN repeated the January 26, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Gene Rayburn, Joan Alexander and Bill Stern (in the next-to-last episode to feature this particular configuration), and celebrity guest Paul Douglas, whose appearance on this "TNTS" edition fell somewhere in-between his "WML?" mystery guest spots on EPISODE #142 of February 15, 1953 and EPISODE #360 of April 28, 1957. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel batted .500 this evening. Ironically, in the first game, it was Chicago native Dorothy Kilgallen who correctly identified Mayor Richard Daley. Daley was on the show to discuss the upcoming Democratic National Convention to be held in his city. Also, it was announced that WML would be broadcast live from Chicago as part of the convention's activities. In the second game, the panel was pretty much put through the wringer by the 81 year old model, also from Chicago. Of course, who would believe that a grandmotherly looking lady would be a model? The panel did rebound nicely in the mystery guest round when Dolly Mae correctly identified the reigning Miss Universe, Carol Morris of Iowa. She was on the show as part of the promotional blitz for Audie Murphy's latest film, "Walk the Proud Land." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the mosquito counter won the full prize by default, and buzzed off with $50. - Sargebri (2005)

      MAYOR DALEY was often accused of corruption when it came to his administration. One example of this came in 1960 during the presidential election. When John Kennedy won the election, Republican nominee Richard Nixon accused Daley, a Democrat, of rigging the ballots in Chicago in order for Kennedy to win. This was never proven and many said it was just Nixon showing sour grapes. Ironically, Daley may have helped to put Nixon in the White House eight years later. Many feel that the turmoil surrounding the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago was one of the reasons that Nixon was eventually elected to the presidency. - Sargebri (2005)

      1968 CHICAGO CONVENTION: Mayor Daley was in New York City as part of the buildup to the 1956 Democratic National Convention. Twelve years later, another convention in Chicago would become the most controversial in the history of American politics. In August 1968, the Democrats returned to Chicago to nominate their candidate for president. During that convention, many hippies came to Chicago to protest against not only the Vietnam War, but also against Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. Daley decided to put a show of force onto the streets and sent out the police to control the situation. Unfortunately, all hell broke loose and the police took matters into their own hands and started roughing up many of the protesters. In addition, things got out of hand on the convention floor also, and many of the convention goers were roughed up as well, including future CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather. Many feel that the chaos surrounding the convention was one of the contributing factors to the election of Richard Nixon in November. Seven Chicago police officers were charged with violating the civil rights of the demonstrators. However, none of them were ever convicted. Instead, the blame fell on a group of men collectively known as the Chicago Seven. They were: Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Rennie Davis, Tom Hayden, John Froines and Lee Weiner. Black Panther Party militant Bobby Seale, who had nothing to do with the others, was tried alongside the seven. They were put on trial for inciting the riots as well as other charges and they were convicted. However, those convictions were overturned on appeal and they were all allowed to walk as free men. - Sargebri (2005)

      PUN TIME: During the introductions, as a play on Dorothy Kilgallen's name, Paul Winchell recited a poem that rhymed "Italian" with "Kilgallian." Later, during Mrs. Williams' game, John furthered the joke by calling Dorothy "Miss Kilgillien." Dorothy then humorously responded by calling John "Mr. Dialey." - Sargebri (2005)

      CAROL MORRIS: This wouldn't be the only time Carol Morris would appear as a contestant on a panel show. A few months later she would appear on "To Tell the Truth" as herself with two other women pretending to be her. The three ladies managed to fool the panel completely as the two other ladies received votes, but Miss Morris didn't, and they wound up splitting the full prize of $1000. - Sargebri (2005)

    • From Lee McIntyre (2005): John Daly, of course, graduated from Tilton School and attended Boston College. In this humorous exchange, he flirts with Miss Universe, essentially saying he would be pleased to become her student:

      John: "You were preparing for a career as a teacher, weren't you?"
      Carol: "Yes."
      John: "Well, I just like to think how education in this country would have flourished if you hadn't changed your mind."
      Carol: "I may go back to it."
      John: "I hope you do and then I'd go back to school. I didn't get past the fourth grade, but I'd love to."

    • Richard Daley is the Mayor of Chicago, Illinois. He served from 1955 until his death in 1976. He is historically considered to have been lenient regarding corruption. John Daly mentioned the similarities of their surnames, and said he didn't know why his name had lost the "e." - Suzanne (2003)

      Carol Laverne Morris is the "Miss Universe" of 1956. She told John that she had a 6-month contract with Universal International Studios and then said she was on a tour to promote the world premiere of the 1956 Audie Murphy film, "Walk the Proud Land." - Suzanne (2003)

      Tidbits: The upcoming 1956 Chicago Democratic National Convention is mentioned. Next week's episode will be broadcast from Chicago. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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