What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 02, 1956 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Walter Pidgeon: (during Admiral Smedberg's game) I'm being a good sport about this. I know who he is.

    • Walter Pidgeon: (regarding the final contestant's product, handcuffs) Are they a product that one, uh, would get pleasure out of rather than derive a benefit from?
      John Daly: I think we would have to, in the main, say that, uh, you get a "no" to that.
      Walter Pidgeon: No to that.
      John Daly: (possibly thinking in terms of a policeman overpowering and handcuffing a criminal) There are peculiar circumstances where you might get some pleasure, but I don't know what they are.

    • John Daly: Dorothy, do you have a question?
      Dorothy Kilgallen: Yes, we all have such admiration for Annapolis and the Navy that I hope that the admiral won't hold it against us that we're so un-seaworthy on this panel.
      John Daly: I'm sure he won't. Actually, as I told the admiral before the show, I'm the oldest retired Lieutenant, junior grade in the Naval Reserve and, uh, he's going to be kind to us because of that.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. Dorothy Kilgallen correctly guessed that this contestant's product was handcuffs just after the cards had been flipped over. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) MYSTERY GUEST: Marisa Pavan (whose name was misspelled as Marissa Pavan on the overlay screen) is the twin sister of Pier Angeli who appeared with then-husband Vic Damone as mystery guests on EPISODE #315 of June 17, 1956. This was the first of two appearances by Miss Pavan; her second was with her husband, Jean Pierre Aumont, on EPISODE #823 of July 24, 1966. - W-B (2005)
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening's show is Remington electric shavers; the Remington Rand logo is displayed atop the sign-in board.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The regular contestants' overlay screens are in Futura Demi Bold. However, not only was Marisa Pavan's first name misspelled on her lower-third overlay, her name was set in the customary "last-minute" font.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On GSN's September 29, 2008 airing of this episode, the end credit sequence was shown in full screen right up to near the last second of the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, then the cable and satellite channel induced airsickness when it reverted to its infantile "crunching" of the screen for the production crew credits, which were shown in full (that is, right up to the art card for crew members Vernon Gamble and Hal Anderson).
      (5) Right after the September 29, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 2, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Robert Q. Lewis, the panel of Basil Rathbone, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander, and Mickey Rooney as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty good performance this episode. In the first game, Admiral Smedberg signed in as "X" because Goodson-Todman thought that some of the panel might recognize his name. However, Bennett, after the door was opened by guest panelist Walter Pidgeon, correctly guessed what his occupation was. Dorothy got in on the fun in the second game when she figured out that the contestant was a knife thrower. Dolly Mae also played a big hand in the mystery guest round when she leaned over and suggested that Mr. Pidgeon ask mystery guest Marisa Pavan if the contestant had a sister. When she answered in the affirmative, Dorothy pounced and made the correct guess. Unfortunately, just as Arlene had narrowed down that the handcuff maker made something that restrained people, John called the game on the basis of time, so the contestant won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      PANELIST WALTER PIDGEON: For his debut on the panel, Walter Pidgeon did a credible job, though he seemed more than a little nervous. He didn't wear a tuxedo, but instead made his rookie panel appearance wearing a regular business suit. However, he did get some laughs and he also opened the door for Bennett's correct guess in the first game. A few years after Pidgeon's appearance on the show, he starred in the 1961 sci-fi adventure film, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea." Also appearing in that film were Robert Sterling, Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre and future "To Tell the Truth" panelist, and former mystery guest, Joan Fontaine. - Sargebri (2005)

      WALTER PIDGEON KNEW THE FIRST GUEST: Walter Pidgeon knew the identity of the first contestant, Rear Admiral William R. Smedberg, III, but "played along" for the sake of the game. In the early part of this game, Mr. Pidgeon refers to the guest as Admiral. Later in the game, Mr. Pidgeon says, "I'm being a good sport about this. I know who he is." If Mr. Pidgeon was serious, and there is nothing to suggest he wasn't, he should have voluntarily disqualified himself, but he may not have been aware of the "proper panel etiquette." Nobody questioned him on his revealing - but honest - comment. Most likely, John did not hear his offhand statement. - Suzanne (2005)

    • THE POOL CAPER: In this episode, there are several cryptic references to John's falling into a pool, and Bennett pulling him out, in fact, at 2:00 PM that afternoon. At one point, Bennett teases John by saying he shouldn't have pulled him out! At another point, John said he was glad that there was water in the pool. Since everyone was having a lighthearted time of it, it would not seem as if Bennett had saved him from drowning or anything so serious. It must have been an afternoon party where both attended, and a slapstick moment happened to the usually dignified John Daly. For all we know, John may have been pushed in the water by Bennett or one of the kids - all in the name of "good clean fun." - stopette (2005)

    • Tidbits: Arlene mentions that Walter Pidgeon will be returning to the stage after an absence of 20 years. His upcoming play, "The Happiest Millionaire," was also discussed on the previous episode. - Suzanne (2005)

      Walter Pidgeon (9/23/1897 - 9/25/1984)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Walter Pidgeon, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions