What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 12


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 18, 1956 on CBS



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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. Time had been running short and the panel had not come anywhere near this contestant's line. In the mystery guest round, John flipped the remaining cards for mystery challenger Nanette Fabray at five down. She stated that she was donating her winnings to the Mental Health Fund. All mystery challengers were paid an undisclosed appearance fee of $500, but it is unknown whether the full $500 was donated to charity, or only the $50 represented by the cards. - agent_0042 (2008)

      BLINDFOLD SURPRISE: John enjoyed being able to surprise the panel by telling them to put on their blindfolds for the first game, something they didn't enjoy doing for various reasons. In this game, he likely caught the panel off-guard when he told them to put on their blindfolds, because he made his request after the short break following his opening introduction. Normal custom, up until this point, has been for him to tell them to get their masks on before going to this commercial break. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, the main sponsor is Helene Curtis.
      (2) WILLIAM BENDIX: This was the first of two guest panelist appearances by the "Life of Riley" star, out of a total of five appearances he made on "WML?"
      (3) NANETTE FABRAY: The famed entertainer makes the first of two "WML?" appearances this evening. From 1954 to 1956, Miss Fabray had been a regular on "Caesar's Hour," playing "Ann Victor" in a series of sketches called "The Victors." (In the final 1956-1957 season of "Caesar's Hour," Janet Blair had replaced Miss Fabray.) Nanette is also the aunt of actress Shelley Fabares, whose credits included the TV series "The Donna Reed Show," "The Little People" (later retitled "The Brian Keith Show"), "One Day at a Time," and "Coach." Shelley made no appearances on "WML?" during its 17.5-year CBS run, nor at any time in its 1968-1975 syndicated incarnation.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits were shown -- albeit in the usual (and monotonous) "crunched" fashion by GSN on its October 10, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) THE BEGINNINGS OF THE "ROGER PRICE ERA" ON "TNTS": Following GSN's October 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the May 18, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. This was the first appearance on the panel of Roger Price, co-owner of the Price/Stern/Sloan publishing house which was famous for not only "Droodles" but also "Mad Libs." Mr. Price would go on to be a full-time panelist within several months of this episode, and continuing to the end of the show's run in 1955; on his maiden appearance, he sat on the far end of the panel, alongside Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was Don Ameche, only three weeks after his future "Trading Places" co-star, Ralph Bellamy, appeared on "TNTS." - W-B (2008)

    • HELLO DADDY!!! It was a pleasant surprise when Dorothy's father, James Kilgallen, walked from behind the curtain for the first game. His appearance was made even more special due to the fact that his little girl was the one who correctly identified him. As for the rest of the evening, the panel did somewhat poorly. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the female English cave guide. In the mystery guest round, Nanette Fabray had the panel as well as the audience in stitches with her high-pitched little girl voice. In fact, she almost got away with it, but Arlene correctly identified her. As Bennett said, Fabray was "cute as a button." Unfortunately, in the final game, the panel was totally stumped by the hydrant painter from Cleveland. John abruptly ended the post-game chat when Bennett asked the guest what he thought of dogs! - Sargebri (2005)

    • MYSTERY GUEST Nanette Fabray promoted her upcoming November 24, 1956 appearance on NBC in the musical "High Button Shoes" and her upcoming December 20, 1956 appearance on CBS in the series "Playhouse 90" in the episode "The Family Nobody Wanted." She donated her game winnings to the Mental Health Fund. - Suzanne (2005)

      JIM KILGALLEN: Dorothy beams when she finds out the first mystery guest is her father, the respected Hearst reporter James L. Kilgallen! In 1956, Jim authored a short 1956 book/pamphlet titled, "It's a Great Life: My 50 Years as a Newspaperman." It was published by the International News Service. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Tidbits: Bennett gave a special hello to Mike Shumaker, a young man in Ohio who had broken his arm. Bennett had met him while on a recent speaking tour. - Suzanne (2005)

      William Bendix (1/14/1906 - 12/14/1964)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, William Bendix, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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