What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 3

EPISODE #328

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 16, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #328
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Game 1: Jacques-Yves Cousteau (6/11/1910 - 6/25/1997) - "World's Foremost Underwater Explorer" (as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as "X" and the panel was not blindfolded; self-employed; John told the panel that he would not reveal the guest's name or where he was from; John referred to Cousteau as "Captain" during the post-game chat; mentioned were his book and 1956 film both titled "The Silent World" or "Le Monde du Silence" in French; originally from France)

Game 2: Miss Lucille Campion - "Repairs False Teeth" (salaried; from Sunnyside, Long Island, NY)

Game 3: William Bendix (1/14/1906 - 12/14/1964) (as Mystery Guest #2)
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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)

    Jacques Cousteau

    Jacques Cousteau

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    William Bendix

    William Bendix

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Phil Rizzuto

    Phil Rizzuto

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Arlene Francis: (following a series of affirmative answers while questioning Jacques-Yves Cousteau) I'm sorry I'm doing so well because I don't know what I'm talking about.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down. The panel had come somewhat within the general area, but was unable to identify the exact line or identity of Mr. Cousteau. In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at two down. In this case, Phil Rizzuto had correctly identified the contestant's product, false teeth. In trying to guess her exact line, he guessed that she made them. Since time was running short and this guess was close, John decided not to take up any more time by having the panel pry further. He said that they had a wonderful time. - agent_0042 (2008)

        GIL FATES: As with last week's episode, this episode also contained a rare reference to Gil Fates. After John first sat down and began talking, a "thud" was heard. John quickly ad-libbed his lines to let the audience know that Gil Fates had just tripped on the stage! - Suzanne (2005)

      • (1) DESERVED RECOGNITION: Before the games begin, John Daly mentions that guest panelist Phil Rizzuto had been the very first "What's My Line?" mystery guest, as he appeared on the premiere telecast which aired on February 2, 1950. Fortunately, this first episode is still in existence, unlike 100-plus early lost-to-history episodes from 1950 to mid-1952. Tonight marks the first of "Scooter's" three guest panelist appearances.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening's main sponsor was Remington Rand typewriters.
        (3) In 1968, twelve years after tonight's show -- and the same year that the syndicated version of "WML?" began a seven-year run -- the first of a series of specials called "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" began airing on the ABC network for the next eight years. Through 1974, the narrator was Rod Serling, already famous for his hosting of (and writing for) the anthology series "The Twilight Zone" (1959-1964) and "Rod Serling's Night Gallery" (1970-1973). In "The Undersea World's" last two years (1974-1976) of production in this form, actor Joseph Campanella assumed narration duties. The programs, which documented Captain Cousteau's work with his crew on the "Calypso," were well-received by various environmental and educational groups, and led to many tributes and parodies. One famous tribute was John Denver's 1975 hit "Calypso," one of the last double-sided Number One hits (the flip was "I'm Sorry"). As for spoofs, perhaps the most famous was British comedian Benny Hill's 1970 takeoff "The Underworld Water of Jacques Custard," which ostensibly dealt with his crew's search for a "forward-walking crab," but actually showed "Jacques Custard" (Hill) and his crew lusting after a native girl on board their ship.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Just as last week, after the American Airlines plug, the full production crew credits were shown, and just like clockwork, GSN's October 1, 2008 airing of this episode was once again plagued by their hard-headed and inflexible insistence on "crunching" the screen during the end sequence.
        (5) Following the October 1, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the March 16, 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 celebrity guest Jack Carson -- another person whose "TNTS" appearance has survived, unlike his mystery guest appearance on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #108 of June 22, 1952. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights the panel probably wished the show was preempted. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by Jacques Cousteau. This was long before his television specials would become highly anticipated events that would be viewed by many throughout the years. In the second game, guest panelist, and very first WML mystery guest, Phil Rizzuto did guess that the contestant made false teeth, but her actual occupation was that of repairing them. However, the real shocker came in the mystery guest round when - for the first time in quite a long while - the panel was stumped by mystery guest William Bendix. Of course, the real fun was in looking at Bendix's reaction to certain questions. He was on the show to promote his classic situation comedy, "The Life of Riley." And so ended this rather bizarre evening. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST: Ironically, Bennett asked if mystery guest William Bendix was Jackie Gleason. What made it so ironic is the fact that Gleason played the role of loveable loser "Chester Riley" on television during the first run of "The Life of Riley" in 1949. Bendix had originated the role on radio in 1944. The 1949 TV show was cancelled after one season, but was revived in 1953 with Bendix taking over the role he created. - Sargebri (2005)

      • WEENIE WATCH: In the first game, with nine down and one to go, Arlene notices Dorothy have a reaction and asks if she has a weenie. John allows a conference, but the panel gets stumped by Captain Cousteau. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        William Bendix promoted his 5th year starring in "The Life of Riley" on another network. John slips in the fact that that "the other network" is NBC. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

      • Tidbits: Phil Rizzuto stated that next week, he was going to be the subject of a series of articles written by Dorothy's father, Jim Kilgallen (James L. Kilgallen, Hearst Newspapers.) - Suzanne (2005)

        Phil Rizzuto (9/25/1917 - 8/13/2007)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Phil Rizzuto, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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