What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 28, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Jean Chapman - "Ferry Boat Pilot" (salaried; she pilots a 200-passenger ferry boat between Mare Island and Vallejo; from Vallejo, CA; she stumped the panel and won the full $50)

Game 2: Milton Meier - "Raises Worms" (self-employed; from Priddy, TX, which he said is 135 miles SW of Fort Worth and Dallas; he won the full $50 by default)

Game 3: Charlton Heston (10/4/1923 - 4/5/2008) (as Mystery Guest) With an assist from Arlene, Dorothy Kilgallen identified him at $5.

Game 4: Bob Foss - "Owns & Operates Turkish Bath" (self-employed; he owns what sounded like the Loopsaw Baths in Chicago; from Chicago, IL; he won the full $50 by default)

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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 (2)

      • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.: (to the contestant who raises worms) Is it safe in assuming that it's probably better done in Texas than anywhere else?
        Arlene: Everything's better done in Texas.

      • Arlene: Are people better off after they have seen you, as a rule? Do you help them in some way?
        John: (to the contestant) Yes I think you help them.
        John: (to Arlene) I think it's safe to say that Mrs. Chapman contributes in a measure to the well being of those who choose to come to the area where her services may be performed, that in the satisfaction of the need, they find a certain pleasure, yes.
        Arlene: (amused) Do you want to do the second stanza or should we just go on?

    • NOTES (5)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty dismal night for the panel as they went a very disappointing 1 for 4 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the lady ferry boat pilot from Vallejo, California. In the second game, they were so far off the beaten track that John threw in the towel and awarded the full prize to the worm breeder from Texas. The panel did have better luck in the mystery guest round as they correctly identified Charlton Heston, who was on the show to promote a little film known as "The Ten Commandments." Interestingly, Chuck used his real voice and managed to keep the panel guessing for quite a while before they identified him. Unfortunately, their mystery guest win was just a slight reprieve, because they went back to their losing ways when John called the final game on account of time. As a result, the gentleman who owned and operated a Turkish bath won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2008)

        CHARLTON HESTON: Mystery guest Charlton Heston was on the show as part of the media blitz surrounding the latest biblical epic by Cecil B. DeMille; his remake of his early classic "The Ten Commandments." The film went on to become a huge success during its initial run and in later years would become a perennial favorite at Easter time when ABC would show the film. However, time has not been too kind in terms of critical acclaim. In recent years, the film has been a huge target of critics and has often been cited as a camp classic due to the cast's overacting. In fact, the film was "honored" as one of the worst films of all time by the author of the book of the same name. The film also was notable for the fact that it marked the first onscreen appearance of Chuck's son, then infant son Fraser, who played the baby Moses. Unfortunately, Fraser's appearance was marred by a small goof. If you look closely, there is a diaper pin fastened to his diaper. Of course, diaper pins were not around in ancient Egypt and that small goof has been pointed out as one of the all-time classic goofs. - Sargebri (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short. John also flipped them all for the final contestant at just one down because time had run out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) CHARLTON HESTON TRIBUTE: After skipping tonight's show on May 24, 2005 for the Frank Gorshin tribute, GSN finally aired this episode on April 13, 2008 as a tribute to Charlton Heston, who died on April 5, 2008 at age 84. Coincidentally, Mr. Heston's birth name was John Charles Carter -- thus sharing the same two given names as panel moderator John Charles Daly. The previous GSN "regular rotation" airing of this episode occurred on April 11, 2003, and its next "regular rotation" airing was on October 7, 2008 -- nearly six months after the tribute airing for Mr. Heston.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's sponsor was Remington Rollectric shavers.
        (3) MORE ON THIS EVENING'S MYSTERY GUEST: Mr. Heston's appearance tonight was to promote legendary film producer-director Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 version of his epic "The Ten Commandments," in which the actor played "Moses." Mr. DeMille himself was a mystery guest on EPISODE #103 of May 18, 1952, around the time his previous film, "The Greatest Show on Earth," was making the rounds. Unfortunately, the 1952 episode is among the 100-plus shows of the 1950-1952 period that no longer exist.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Airing this tribute episode may have put the proverbial "fear of God" in GSN, as the cable and satellite channel showed the end credits in full screen and "un-crunched" at the time of this special airing on April 13, 2008. It was a completely different story, however, at the time of GSN's October 7, 2008 "regular rotation" airing of this episode, which suffered from the cable and satellite channel's usual un-Godly insistence on "crunching" the end credits, which go no further than executive producer Gil Fates' art card, following the American Airlines plug.
        (5) THIS TIME, A DOUBLE-DOSE OF ARLENE FRANCIS: GSN's tribute airing of tonight's show on April 13, 2008 was followed by an edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Steve Allen, which was first broadcast "live from New York" on October 5, 1964, and with the usual panel lineup of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan. The celebrity guest was "WML?'s" resident "grande dame," Arlene Francis.
        (6) Meanwhile, GSN's October 7, 2008 "regular rotation" airing of this episode was followed by the April 27, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. As with the 1964 "IGAS" episode, Bess Myerson sat on the panel -- in the case of the 1954 "TNTS" episode, alongside Arnold Stang, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. Actor Ralph Bellamy was the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • FRANK GORSHIN TRIBUTE: GSN preempted this episode on May 24, 2005 to air a tribute to Frank Gorshin, who had died on May 17, 2005. Instead of WML, shown was an episode of "Password" and an episode of "I've Got a Secret," both from the mid-1960s. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. (12/9/1909 - 5/7/2000)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)