What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 6

EPISODE #331

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 07, 1956 on CBS
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EPISODE #331
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Game 1: Sal Maglie (4/26/1917 - 12/28/1992) - "Pitcher, Brooklyn Dodgers" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used; salaried; on May 15, 1956, Sal was purchased by the Brooklyn Dodgers from the Cleveland Indians; Sal said he had bought his suit at the clothing store where Phil Rizzuto was employed, American Tailors)

Game 2: Howard J. Fine - "Designs Maternity Clothes" (self-employed; from Boston, MA)

Game 3: Ann Miller (4/12/1923 - 1/22/2004) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mrs. Jennie Walker - "Taxicab Driver" (self-employed; elderly; from Macon, MO)
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  • Sal Maglie and Baseball History

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    This is a rather remarkable piece of baseball history. The first guest of the evening is Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Sal Maglie. He is appearing the day before he is scheduled to pitch in the 1956 World Series, which featured a contest between the Yankees and the Dodgers. While important because this is baseball\'s championship series, there is a special significance. On the show Maglie talks about the fact that he will try to do well, and receives well wishes from the panel. While Maglie did pitch effectively the next day, October 8, 1956, he was to be remembered as only a minor player on a grand stage. On that October afternoon in 1956 there took place probably the most famous game in Major League Baseball history. On that day, a then little known Yankees\' pitcher, named Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game ever thrown in the World Series or for that matter any post season contest in the more than 100 years of baseball championship contests. Maglie was the guest on WML? because he was a star, but it was the then unknown Larsen who would go down in sports history, though prior to that day and subsequent to it, he would know no other significant days of excellence. Poor Sal Maglie, he was probably thrilled and excited to be given national television exposure, but despite doing his job very well the next day, it was the far, far less talented Larsen who would go down in history and be destined to appear on numerous television shows in the coming weeks and months.moreless
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)

Sal Maglie

Sal Maglie

Mystery Guest #1

Guest Star

Ann Miller

Ann Miller

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

Phil Rizzuto

Phil Rizzuto

Guest Panelist

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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first regular contestant at two down. Dorothy had guessed his line, but John commented that they hadn't had so much fun in a long time. He flipped the remaining card for the mystery challenger at nine down. Essentially, she stumped the panel, as they kept passing turns. Finally, John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down, because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

    • (1) BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on August 13, 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, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. In this case, it is also the only episode aired during this tribute which featured two such people, given Phil Rizzuto's appearance as a guest panelist tonight, and Sal Maglie appearing as a mystery guest.
      (2) PHIL RIZZUTO: Beginning with the following (1957) baseball season, Phil Rizzuto would begin a new career as an announcer on New York Yankees games broadcast over WPIX-TV, Channel 11. It was during his long run in that capacity, which lasted until the 1996 season, that his catchphrase "Holy Cow!" caught on and became most synonymous with him. In the eyes of many, the high point of Phil's run as an announcer was from the early 1970's to the early 1980's when he was paired in the broadcast booth with Frank Messer and former St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Bill White, the latter of whom had been part of the 1964 team that beat the Yankees in seven games in that year's World Series. Years later, in the 1970's, Mr. Rizzuto became famous as the commercial spokesperson for "The Money Store." - W-B (2006)
      (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor tonight is Helene Curtis. In addition, a change to the opening advertisement is unveiled this evening, two weeks after their ENDEN Dandruff Treatment Shampoo brand was first seen during the opening ad. (As previously noted in the guide, ENDEN was first seen four weeks ago, on EPISODE #327, on the panel desk billboard.)
      (4) GSN AIRING TALLY: Besides the 2006 Baseball Hall of Fame tribute airing, GSN aired this episode in regular rotation on October 4, 2008. Previous regular rotation airings were on May 21, 2005, and before that, on April 8, 2003.
      (5) The book "Don't Go Near the Water" which Arlene mentioned during the intros was made into a movie in 1957. The film's star, Glenn Ford, never made any appearances on "WML?," nor did co-stars Gia Scala, Earl Holliman and Anne Francis. Two actors who were in the picture did appear on "WML?," though: Keenan Wynn and Eva Gabor.
      (6) ANN MILLER: The legendary actress and dancer made her only "WML?" appearance on this episode. As it turned out, "The Great American Pastime" proved to be the last film she made for twenty years, until 1976's "Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood." This star-laden picture featured quite a few people who had appeared on "WML?" over its 17.5 years on CBS, either as guest panelists, mystery guests or both, including Art Carney, Phil Silvers, Robert Alda, Edgar Bergen, Milton Berle, Joan Blondell, Cyd Charisse, Dennis Day, Andy Devine, Rhonda Fleming, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Shecky Greene, Dick Haymes, Tab Hunter, George Jessel, Fernando Lamas, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lawford, Guy Madison, Ethel Merman, Ricardo Montalban, Ken Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Rudy Vallee, and Nancy Walker. Three years after this dog of a movie (no pun necessarily intended), in 1979, Miss Miller began a run of several years with another onetime "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest, Mickey Rooney, on Broadway in "Sugar Babies." She was also famous for her appearance in a memorable commercial for H.J. Heinz's "Great American Soup" brand; the ad was created and produced in 1970 by Stan Freberg and choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
      (7) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits are shown from start to finish. Even so, it was just another day at the office for GSN, which on its October 4, 2008 airing of this episode continued its endlessly diabolical "crunching" of the end credits.
      (8) THE "ARNOLD STANG ERA" COMMENCES ON "TNTS": The October 4, 2008 airing by GSN of tonight's show was followed by the April 6, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. This marked the debut appearance of Arnold Stang as a panelist; he sat on the far end of the panel desk, followed in that order by then-regulars Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was Art Carney, who appeared as himself -- unlike his "WML?" mystery guest stint on EPISODE #207 of May 16, 1954 (one month and ten days after this "TNTS" episode), where he appeared in his "Ed Norton" attire of battered felt hat, T-shirt and vest. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: After a great beginning, the panel fizzled and wound up with a .500 night. The evening started with a bang when Arlene, after guest panelist Phil Rizzuto passed to her, correctly identified Sal Maglie. Sal just happened to be wearing a coat that he'd bought at the men's store where Phil worked. This episode was during the 1956 World Series and Maglie was scheduled to pitch the next day against Don Larsen. In the second game, the audience and the panel broke into hysterics as the panel questioned the maternity dress designer, especially when Bennett mentioned Arlene's "special charms" between her waist and neck. Dorothy narrowed things down when she got into the line of questioning regarding whether women had to be in a "special condition" to wear his products and if she could have worn this more often than Arlene. When he answered in the affirmative, Dorothy pounced and made the correct guess. In the mystery guest round, for the second time in three weeks, the panel was stumped as they failed to identify Ann "Legs" Miller. The critical point came when the panel asked if her next film was going to be a musical, to which she answered "no." This seemed to throw the panel off and after that they were stumped. The upcoming 1956 film that Miss Miller was promoting was "The Great American Pastime," which was a comedy. In 1956 she also released a musical, "The Opposite Sex." After 1956, she retired from her movie career, with no movie appearances until 1976 and then infrequently thereafter. In the final game, Arlene correctly guessed that the rather elderly lady was a cab driver, but by the time she made her guess, John had flipped all the cards and she wound up winning the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      SAL MAGLIE may have jinxed himself by appearing on the show the night before his start. As was mentioned during the post game chat, the next day - Oct. 8, 1956 - he was scheduled to pitch in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series against a somewhat mediocre pitcher by the name of Don Larsen. However, Larsen pitched the game of his life when he pitched the only perfect game in World Series history beating the Dodgers 2-0. As for the series itself, the Yanks wound up winning the 1956 series 4 games to 3. Don Larsen, as it turned out, broke a longstanding record held by Charlie Robertson, who just so happens to make his one and only WML appearance next week. - Sargebri (2005)

      SAL MAGLIE THOUGHTS: As it turned out, Sal "The Barber" Maglie didn't totally jinx himself, because he pitched a fine 5-hit game, only giving up 2 runs to the powerful New York Yankees. To many baseball historians and fans, the fact that Maglie did pitch such a fine game heightens the importance of Don Larsen's performance. Larsen was only up two runs in the top of the ninth, so it was possible he could still lose the game. Maglie, by the way, was the person Bennett was thinking of when he asked the previous episode's mystery guest Claudette Colbert if she had recently pitched a no-hitter. Maglie had just pitched a no-hitter himself on September 25, 1956, against the Philadelphia Phillies, which helped Brooklyn clinch a tie for the 1956 National League Pennant. Maglie spent most of his career with the New York Giants, which makes his no-hitter even that more ironic: an ex-Giant helping the hated Brooklyn Dodgers win a pennant! This is also why Arlene gets him so quickly too! - Louie Exapno99 (2005)

      SAL MAGLIE AND BASEBALL HISTORY: This is a rather remarkable piece of baseball history. The first guest of the evening is Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Sal Maglie. He is appearing the day before he is scheduled to pitch in the 1956 World Series, which featured a contest between the Yankees and the Dodgers. While important because this is baseball's championship series, there is a special significance. On the show tonight, Maglie talks about the fact that he will try to do well, and receives well wishes from the panel. While Maglie did pitch effectively the next day on October 8, 1956, he was to be remembered as only a minor player on a grand stage. On that October afternoon in 1956, there took place probably the most famous game in Major League Baseball history. On that day, a then little known Yankees' pitcher named Don Larsen pitched the only perfect game ever thrown in the World Series or, for that matter, any post-season contest in the more than 100 years of baseball championship contests. Maglie was chosen as the guest on WML? because he was a star, but it was the then unknown Larsen who would go down in sports history, though prior to that day and subsequent to it, he would know no other significant days of excellence. Poor Sal Maglie, he was probably thrilled and excited to be given national television exposure, but despite doing his job very well the next day, it was the far, far less talented Larsen who would go down in history and be destined to appear on numerous television shows in the coming weeks and months. - brklnbern (2006)

      SAL MAGLIE RECOLLECTIONS: There is a phenomenal historical aspect to Sal Maglie's appearance on tonight's show, EPISODE #331 of October 7, 1956. The next afternoon, Maglie pitched World Series Game 5 against the New York Yankees and Don Larsen. Maglie pitched well, but hardly well enough, as the Yankees won 2-0 thanks to a Mickey Mantle home run and, most notably, Don Larsen's Perfect Game - to this day the only no-hitter, let alone perfect game, in post-season history. On a personal note, as a nine-year old fifth-grader, I recall listening to the game on my transistor radio while I rode home from school on the bus. I headed to my Cub Scout meeting and got to watch the last few outs - including Larsen's strike out of pinch hitter Dale Mitchell and Yogi Berra's jump into Larsen's arms - before my den mother turned off the TV (for which I have yet to forgive her for making me miss the rest of the coverage!) - Larry Windsor (2008)

    • NAME GAME: Bennett Cerf introduces the panel moderator tonight by his full birth name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly - as he has done in the past (1953) and will occasionally do in years to come. However, Bennett mispronounces "Croghan." John did not correct Bennett's pronunciation tonight, but will do so on a 1960 episode. Bennett will tease John about his long name up until 1961. - W-B & Suzanne (2005)

      ANN MILLER LIVES ON: You can purchase from CNN a 2001 Larry King Live discussion of Judy Garland featuring the following performers with whom she worked: Ann Miller, Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien. Ann looks terrific. - Jan Simonson (2005)

      REMEMBERING ANN MILLER on January 22, 2004: One of the last stars of the big Hollywood studio musicals, Ann Miller, died today of lung cancer at age 81. After movie musicals went out of fashion, Ann Miller spent years on the dinner-theater circuit before she and Mickey Rooney scored a huge success on Broadway and the road in "Sugar Babies." She made her only WML appearance on October 7, 1956 to help promote "The Opposite Sex" and "The Great American Pastime." In my previous career working for the daily newspaper in New Orleans, I was given the opportunity to interview Ann Miller twice, and she was as nice as she could be. I'm sorry to see her go. - Rick Valley (2004)

    • Tidbits: Arlene tells us that the book Bennett recently published at Random House, "Don't Go Near the Water" by William Brinkley, has been on the best-seller list for 12 weeks. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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