What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 16, 1956 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Floyd Patterson (1/4/1935 - 5/11/2006) - "World Heavyweight Boxing Champion" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; he won the Middleweight gold medal in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics; his baby was born the night he won his recent Heavyweight championship)

Game 2: Mrs. Heloisa Helena (Heloísa Helena - both H's in her name are silent)(10/28/1917 - 6/19/1999) - "Moderator of 'What's My Line?' In Brazil" (salaried; her signature was difficult to read, and she smiled and joked that it was not a hieroglyph; she is extremely personable; she states the name of the Brazilian "What's My Line?" in Portuguese as "Adivinha o que ele Faz?" and said that it translates to "Guess What He Does?"; from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; this game is notable because Heloisa Helena is the very first regular contestant to greet the panel post game)

Game 3: Vincent Price (5/27/1911 - 10/25/1993) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Leonard Richheimer - "Corset Salesman" (salaried; he works for the Crown Corset Company; from Atlanta, GA)

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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)

    Floyd Patterson

    Floyd Patterson

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Vincent Price

    Vincent Price

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Heloisa Helena

    Heloisa Helena


    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down at Bennett's urging. Arlene had correctly guessed the identity of this world's heavyweight boxing champion. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. In this case, Dorothy had actually identified the contestant's product, but time ran out before the panel was able to guess the contestant's exact line of "corset salesman." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) GSN AIRDATE TALLY: GSN aired this episode on October 31, 2005 as part of a "Halloween Weekend" of horror-related stars appearing on Goodson-Todman shows. This show was preceded by an airing of the March 9, 1954 episode of "The Name's The Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis and featuring as panelists Joan Alexander, Gene Rayburn, Bess Myerson and Basil Rathbone, with an appearance by Eddie Albert. This "WML?" episode had previously been shown in regular rotation on May 31, 2005, and was aired again in regular rotation on October 14, 2008. As a side note, the 1954 "TNTS" episode was aired by GSN in regular rotation on September 30, 2008.
        (2) This time out, guest panelist Walter Pidgeon wears the standard "WML?" tuxedo attire, unlike his previous guest panelist stint on EPISODE #326 of September 2, 1956. Also, Bennett Cerf incorrectly introduces the panel moderator as "John Charles Francis Daly" tonight. John's name does not contain a "Francis" - and later on, John will correct Bennett on the air. John's full name is John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. - W-B (2005)
        (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the fourth straight week, Remington Rollectric shavers is the main sponsor.
        (4) A POINT TOWARDS THE FUTURE: After the second contestant of the evening, Heloisa Helena, finished her game, she got up and greeted the panelists. This was a forerunner of what would be customary for regular contestants as well as has been already in place for mystery guests. However, the final contestant, Leonard Richheimer, exited after his game in the then-usual manner.
        (5) MYSTERY GUEST DEBUTS: Tonight marked the first appearances of heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson and horror-movie star Vincent Price. Mr. Patterson made one more "WML?" appearance, as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #750 of February 7, 1965. As for Mr. Price, this was to be the only time he ever appeared as a mystery guest, as his two other "WML?" appearances -- on EPISODE #405 of March 9, 1958 and EPISODE #460 of April 12, 1959 -- were as a guest panelist.
        (6) MORE ON VINCENT PRICE: At the time of tonight's show, Mr. Price was in Cecil B. DeMille's "The Ten Commandments" in the role of "Baka." In 1957, he played "Mr. Scratch, aka The Devil" in "The Story of Mankind," an early effort from future disaster-film king Irwin Allen (of "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno" fame). "The Story of Mankind," listed among "The Fifty Worst Films of All Time" in Harry Medved and Randy Dreyfuss' 1978 book of the same name, also featured The Marx Brothers who, though credited collectively, did not appear together. Harpo Marx played "Sir Isaac Newton," Chico played a "Monk," and "the one, the only" Groucho played explorer "Peter Minuit." This all-star production also featured other "WML?"-related personalities such as Hedy Lamarr, Peter Lorre, Charles Coburn, Sir Cedric Hardwicke, Cesar Romero and Reginald Gardiner.
        (7) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credit sequence only went up to the art card for crew members Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine before cutting off. All this was unjustly "crunched," as usual, by GSN on its October 14, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (8) BACK-TO-BACK HEAVYWEIGHTS: Following the October 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the June 15, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," with guest host Clifton Fadiman and the panel of Roger Price, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was former world heavyweight champion Jack Dempsey. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • HELOISA HELENA: The second guest, the lovely Heloísa Helena, is no longer living. She died on June 20, 1999. Unfortunately, she is probably not remembered very well these days, because the early TV days of Brazil, as in many other nations, were seen by relatively few people and were not saved for posterity. By the time most people owned television sets, her professional prime was past her, but she performed on TV into the 1980s and was loved by many. Seeing her tonight on "What's My Line?," it's easy to see why! - Dan Albertson (2005)


        More about the host of Brazil's "WML?" sister quiz show, Adivinha o que ele Faz?:

        Born: October 28, 1917, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
        Birth Name: Heloísa Helena de Almeida Lima
        Died: June 20, 1999, at home in her apartment in Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
        Career Highlights:
        Singer (1934)
        Film actress - She appeared in movies such as Brazil's 1936 "Alô Alô Carnaval."
        Television actress in one of Brazil's first soap operas in 1951

        And in her native Portuguese language:

        Nascimento: 28/10/1917, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
        Falecimento: 20/06/1999, em seu apartamento, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
        Causa: Desconhecida (é encontrada por suas 2 filhas)
        Cantora (1934) e atriz cinematográfica (estréia em "Alô, Alô Carnaval" 1936) e de TV (uma das primeiras de telenovelas, 1951)

        - Suzanne (2005)

      • REVIEW: The panel had did an exceptional job this particular evening. In the first game, Arlene correctly identified the then new world heavyweight boxing champion Floyd Patterson. In the second game, Arlene opened the door wide open when she figured out that Mrs. Helena was on the Brazilian WML, but it was Bennett who correctly figured out that she was the "female John Daly" of Brazil. In fact, he made a crack that the Brazilian panel had the pleasure of looking at her rather than John, to which John got out of his seat and almost looked as if he was going to slug Bennett, but it was all in fun. In the mystery guest round, Vincent Price tried singing to disguise his very familiar and distinctive voice. His plan worked, up until Bennett asked if he had an art collection. When Price answered in the affirmative, Dorothy made the correct guess. Unfortunately, the panel was denied the perfecto when they ran out of time in the final game, so the corset salesman won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Vincent Price's extensive art collection is mentioned, and we learn that it travels with him. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: At the end of the show, John Daly reprises last week's plea for donations to the Hungarian Relief Fund. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Walter Pidgeon, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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