What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 52

EPISODE #325

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 26, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #325
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Game 1: Del Webb (5/17/1899 - 7/4/1974) and Dan Topping (6/11/1912 - 5/18/1974) - "Owners of New York Yankees Baseball Team" (as Mystery Guest Duo and the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used; self-employed)

Game 2: Mrs. Phoebe Blunk - "Police Woman" (salaried; she is a traffic cop; from St. Louis, MO)

Game 3: Walter Pidgeon (9/23/1897 - 9/25/1984) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Michael Drukman - "Stuffs and Links Hot Dogs" (salaried; from Boston, MA)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Del Webb

    Del Webb

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Dan Topping

    Dan Topping

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Walter Pidgeon

    Walter Pidgeon

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards at two down for Walter Pidgeon. The panel had identified him, but John flipped all the cards at Pidgeon's urging, noting that the winnings were going to the charity organization Boys Harbor. It is unknown whether Walter Pidgeon donated his game winnings of $50 or his mystery guest appearance fee of $500. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on August 10, 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, as a tie-in to the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary. - W-B (2006)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Helene Curtis is the main sponsor tonight.
        (2) GSN AIRING TALLY: Besides the 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame tribute airing, GSN aired tonight's show in regular rotation on September 28, 2008. Its prior regular rotation airings were on May 15, 2005, and before that, on April 1, 2003.
        (3) "HERE COME THE YANKEES": Del Webb and Dan Topping were owners of the New York Yankees since January 25, 1945, when they and Larry MacPhail acquired the team for $2.8 million from the estate of the late Jacob Ruppert, who built the original "Yankee dynasty" of the 1920's and 1930's. Webb and Topping bought out MacPhail's share in 1947, following the Yankees' World Series victory that year. (As a side note, MacPhail's son, Lee MacPhail, was a general manager of the Yankees in the late 1960's and early 1970's, prior to George Steinbrenner's purchase of the club from CBS, whose 1964-1973 stewardship of the team was generally a bust.) Their appearance tonight was also in the period when the Yankees made numerous transactions with the Kansas City Athletics. Between that team's moving there from Philadelphia in 1955, and owner Arnold Johnson's death in 1960, such Yankees as pitcher Ralph Terry and slugger Roger Maris came from the A's. It was also to Kansas City where any Yankee who fell out of favor, or was past their prime, was ultimately traded, as was most famously the case (in the former scenario) with Billy Martin in 1957 after a headline-making brawl at the Copacabana nightclub that took place during Martin's 29th birthday. Topping was married five times; one of his wives was skating star Sonja Henie, to whom he was married from 1940 to 1946. Miss Henie's lone appearance on "WML?," as a mystery guest on EPISODE #95 of March 23, 1952, is unfortunately among the 100-plus episodes of the 1950-1952 period that no longer exist.
        (4) WALTER PIDGEON: The veteran actor makes his debut "WML?" appearance tonight. He was on the show a total of six times - three, including tonight and his final appearance on EPISODE #832 of September 25, 1966, as a mystery guest, and the other three times as a guest panelist.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As was all too typical on most "WML?" episodes during this period, the end credits cut off after executive producer Gil Fates' art card, following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, whose logo card returns tonight. And as is all too typical on GSN airings of "WML?," its September 28, 2008 airing of this episode was plagued by its insistence on "crunching" the screen at the end.
        (6) The September 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the February 16, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, with the panel of Basil Rathbone, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander, and celebrity guest Phil Silvers. The final contestant was a young boy who shared the same name as actress, and former "WML?" mystery guest, Terry Moore. - W-B (2008)

      • Walter Pidgeon promoted his upcoming stage play "The Happiest Millionaire" in which he plays the role of "Anthony J. Drexel Biddle." The play will reach Broadway in November 1956. Although not mentioned, 1956 was also the release year of Pidgeon's now-classic science-fiction film, "Forbidden Planet" in which he played the role of "Dr. Edward Morbius." Tonight, he donated his winnings to Boys Harbor and said that the best thing about the evening was that he made his WML debut. He's such a charming man! - Suzanne (2005)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty good outing this time out. In the first game, Robert Q. got things rolling when he correctly identified New York Yankee co-owners Del Webb and Dan Topping. In the second game, Arlene made very short work of the St. Louis Police Department policewoman. Q-sie then had some fun with the very attractive, but married (she was a "Mrs." instead of a "Miss") law enforcement officer by holding his arms out as if he wanted her to handcuff him and place him under arrest. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy, almost by accident, correctly guessed that it was Walter Pidgeon. Even though Pidgeon only won $10, John flipped over all the cards when it was announced that he would be donating his winnings to Boys Harbor. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the sausage stuffer won by default. Hot dog! - Sargebri (2005)

        Several years after this episode was first broadcast, the Yankees would change hands twice. The first time was in the late 1960's when they were bought by CBS. The next time would be a few years later when a certain shipbuilder from Cleveland by the name of George Steinbrenner bought the team and the rest would be history. - Sargebri (2005)

        Besides the N.Y. Yankees, Del Webb also was a very successful property developer. In fact, one of the properties he helped to develop was the Sahara Casino & Hotel in Las Vegas. He also had holdings in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. In addition, he also developed several housing developments throughout the country. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Tidbits: Arlene announces for the first time that she will soon be Bennett's neighbor in Mount Kisco, NY. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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