What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 14, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. C. C. Robertson (Charlie Robertson) (1/31/1897 - 8/23/1984) - "Nut Broker (Buys and Sells Pecans)" (self-employed; he is a former major league baseball pitcher who pitched a perfect game in 1922 Bennett guesses his line)

Game 2: Miss Ann Tidwell - "Deals Cards In Gambling Casino (Reno, Nevada)" (salaried; she works at the Mapes Hotel and Resort Casino; her home town is not revealed until after the game; from Reno, NV; Arlene guesses her line)

Game 3: Jo Stafford (11/12/1917 - 7/16/2008) (as Mystery Guest) Bennett Cerf identified her at $10.

Game 4: Barbara Hammer (6/29/1930 - 8/31/1994) - "TV Comedy Writer (Has Written For Danny Thomas, Ray Bolger, Buddy Hackett, Etc.)" (she won the full $50; she wrote several "Mr. Magoo" cartoon character stories from 1954 to 1955 as listed on IMDB)

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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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • After it was established that Charlie Robertson dealt with pecans and the panel was narrowing it down.

      Arlene: (pronounced as a rhyme) He cans pecans!

  • NOTES (5)

    • "NOW, WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS PERSON BEFORE?": While this 1956 "WML?" episode has not been shown by GSN since 2003, one of tonight's contestants was seen on another Goodson-Todman program aired by the cable and satellite channel: comedy writer Barbara Hammer, who appeared alongside two impostors on the September 10, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth." This episode of "TTTT" was last aired on GSN on January 6, 2009. - W-B (2009)

    • STAR WARS TRIBUTE: GSN preempted this episode on May 22, 2005 to air a "Star Wars" movie tie-in promotion. Instead of tonight's episode, GSN aired a 1970 syndicated "What's My Line?" with mystery guest James Earl Jones, who was later the voice of "Darth Vader." Also shown was a 1977 "To Tell the Truth" with actor David Prowse, who was the actual actor in the "Darth Vader" suit. - Suzanne (2005)

      "ALWAYS A BRIDESMAID...": GSN preempted this episode yet again on October 5, 2008 to air a tribute to Paul Newman, who died on September 26, 2008 at age 83. In place of this installment, EPISODE #449 of January 25, 1959 was shown, followed by EPISODE #489 of November 8, 1959 which preempted the April 13, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same." The 2008 preemption of this episode was all the more tragic, given mystery guest Jo Stafford's death on July 16, 2008 at age 90. She received no tribute of any kind from GSN, and her episode has not been aired since April 9, 2003. Even more ironic, David Niven was a guest panelist on both EPISODE #449 and this episode. - W-B (2008)

    • (1) STRANGE QUESTION: During game two, seemingly out of left field, David Niven asks Miss Tidwell, "Is Sunday always your day off?" After the audience and John laugh at the unexpectedness of his question, David receives a "no." Up next, Dorothy then quips, "That's the most interesting question ever asked on this program!"
      (2) I WORK HERE: In the second game, during the post game chat, due to the "gambling rivalry" between Las Vegas and Reno, Miss Tidwell quickly corrects Bennett when he asks her what casino she works in so he can go there "the next time he's in Las Vegas." She lets it be known that she works at the Mapes Casino in Reno, Nevada.
      (3) UNUSUALLY CASUAL: For some reason, John refers to David Niven as "David" instead of "Mr. Niven" as guests are usually addressed. - Garrison Skunk (2005 - after watching a 2003 recording)

    • BASEBALL LEGEND: Charlie Robertson (Charles Culbertson Robertson) is a retired major league baseball pitcher who pitched a perfect game on April 30, 1922. The American League teams playing that day were the Chicago White Sox vs. the Detroit Tigers at Navin Field in Detroit, MI. The score for the day was Chicago 2, Detroit 0. No pitcher would equal the feat after Robertson for another 34 years, until Don Larsen pitched his perfect World Series game on October 7, 1956. After Robertson's 1922 victory, he suffered from arm troubles until he retired in 1928. He passed away in 1984 at age 88. - Suzanne (2005)

      PERFECT GAME DEFINITION: What is a "perfect game" in baseball? A perfect game is a very rare event which occurs when a pitcher faces 27 batters and none of them get on base. They all strike out, fly out or are tagged out while trying to get to first base. - Suzanne (2005)

    • David Niven (3/1/1910 - 7/29/1983)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, David Niven, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.