What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 03, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: ONE RINGY DINGY, TWO RINGY DINGIES: During game one with the Colonel, a telephone can be heard ringing in the background. It occurs when the score cards show $25, shortly after Dorothy says, "Washington" and the guest answers. It rings about 4 times. - Suzanne (2005)

      Regarding that telephone heard ringing in the background: It may have been Mrs. Daly, with a message for John to please bring home a loaf of bread. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

  • Quotes

    • Arlene Francis; And to my left, the producer of Broadway's newest smash hit, The Hidden River, and more provocatively, my husband, Mr. Martin Gabel. (loud cheers and applause)

  • Notes

    • UPDATE ON THE CURRENT WHEREABOUTS OF GUEST COLONEL MARY MILLIGAN: Mary Louise Milligan went on to marry banker Elmer E. Rasmuson in 1961, and became active in community service in her husband's home state of Alaska, serving as Chairman of the Anchorage Museum Foundation and the Anchorage Historical and Fine Arts Commission. Since 1967, she has also served on the Board of Directors of the Rasmuson Foundation (www.rasmuson.org), started in 1955 by her mother-in-law, Jenny Olson Rasmuson. - BuzzDawg (2008)

      A current Mary Louise Rasmuson biography can be found at the link below.



      FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down. The panel came clearly close by figuring out that this contestant's product was normally chewed but not swallowed, but time ran out before they could make the exact identification - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: John does not use his usual "WML?" sign-off tonight, instead closing (a la Jimmy Durante) with "Good night, Bennett Cerf, wherever you are."
      (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH - 2005 AND 2008: (2005) For a couple of days, it appeared as if the June 7, 2005 airing of this episode would mark the last time GSN would air the original end credits in full screen with the original vintage sound. However, after two nights of "credit crunches," GSN resumed airing the normal vintage closing credits. (2008 update) Unfortunately, hindsight would prove those next two nights in 2005 to be a dry run of sorts, as GSN's October 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show was plagued at the end by the cable and satellite channel's now common and always scurrilous "crunching" practice. And as is typical over the last few weeks, following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits cut off after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card.
      (3) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for tonight is Remington Rand typewriters. And though "WML?" panelists' spouses had appeared on the panel in the past (including vacationing Bennett Cerf's wife Phyllis Cerf), this was the only time the "WML?" panel consisted entirely of two of the regular panelists and their respective spouses. While Martin Gabel is making the third of 112 guest panelist appearances this evening, this was to be Richard "Dick" Kollmar's second and final shot on the panel. Mr. Kollmar had previously been a guest panelist on the now-lost EPISODE #110 of July 6, 1952. Ironically, on both this and the earlier 1952 episode, Dick had filled in for Bennett. In addition, during the intros, Mr. Kollmar mentioned that John had not missed a single episode up to this point. This unbeaten streak, of course, would be broken with Mr. Cerf's guest hosting shot on EPISODE #382 of September 29, 1957, and Mr. Daly would miss only three more shows up to 1959, after which the program began occasional videotaping of future episodes in advance.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: As was the case last week, the regular contestants' overlay screens were set in Futura Demi Bold, while mystery guest Tab Hunter's lower-third overlay was set in Futura Medium.
      (4) TAB HUNTER: This was to be the first of two "WML?" appearances by the 1950's heartthrob; he will serve as a guest panelist next week. It was not to be the last time Mr. Hunter would be on any Goodson-Todman show, however, as he appeared on "I've Got a Secret," on February 20, 1957 and again on July 22, 1959, as well as sitting on the panel of "Match Game '78" on September 15, 1978.
      (5) "YOUNG LOVE": Tab Hunter's recording of this hit (Dot 15533), which topped the "Billboard" charts for four weeks starting on March 2, 1957, was previously recorded by country singer Sonny James ("The Southern Gentleman") on Capitol (F)3602; Mr. James' version peaked at #2 on the pop charts and topped the country music charts for nine weeks. Sonny went on to record later versions of "Young Love" on other labels in-between stints at Capitol (his first was from 1953 to 1959, and his second from 1963 to 1972). The first re-recording (produced by the legendary Chet Atkins) was issued on RCA Victor's Groove subsidiary (single #G4-1) in 1961, and the other, ironically enough, was on Dot (issued on an album of the same name on DLP 3462/25462) in 1962. However, "The Southern Gentleman" never made any appearances on "WML?"
      (6) COUNTDOWN TO THE END OF THE "Q-SIE" ERA ON "TNTS" - THREE MORE SHOWS (AND ONE EXTANT SHOW) TO GO: The October 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the August 10, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Robert Q. Lewis. This next-to-last extant "TNTS" episode of the "Q-sie" era to be in GSN's and FremantleMedia's archives also marked the last known appearance of Arnold Stang on the panel, while Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander stayed in place. The celebrity guest was Dennis O'Keefe. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

    • HAPPY 7TH ANNIVERSARY!!! The panel was somewhat lucky for the seventh anniversary show as Dorothy and Arlene both made last second saves with the first two contestants. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that Miss, or Colonel, Milligan was the head of the WACS. In fact, she made the ID with just one to go. In the second game, Arlene had a little better luck when she guessed the human cannonball with just two to go. Arlene also correctly identified that the evening's mystery guest was 50's screen heartthrob Tab Hunter. Hunter discussed the fact that he was about to go on tour to promote "The Spirit of St. Louis" starring Jimmy Stewart as Charles Lindbergh. Hunter also congratulated John on the show's seven years on the air and said that he had always been a fan since high school. Unfortunately, the panel failed to pull off a perfecto as they ran out of time, even though they were getting close, so the chewing tobacco packer won by default. - Sargebri (2005)

    • TAB HUNTER, TEEN IDOL: During the early portion of the mystery guest segment, Martin Gabel noted the predominately female response to Tab Hunter's entrance by asking, "Do you especially appeal to women?" As Hunter uneasily prepared to respond, John Daly interjected, "This might give our guest, very properly, a little problem so I'll answer - yes!" This exchange was unintentionally ironic. Although Hunter was marketed as a heartthrob by Warner Brothers, in real life he was a closeted gay man. In his upcoming autobiography titled "Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star," to be released by Algonquin Books in October 2005, Hunter will address these more private aspects of his life, including his six-year affair with occasional "WML?" panelist and mystery guest Tony Perkins. Hunter, almost age 74, now says he went along with stunts such as dating Natalie Wood because he considered it part of his job. - obbor (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST Tab Hunter promoted his publicity tour for the 1957 film biography of Charles Lindbergh, "The Spirit of St. Louis." John Daly mentioned Tab's hit recording which sold 2 million records, but did not name the song. His 1956 #1 song was "Young Love." Tab's recent appearance on "The Perry Como Show" was also mentioned. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this was the "seventh anniversary" show. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Richard "Dick" Kollmar. Dick Kollmar is Dorothy Kilgallen's husband and also a Broadway producer. Bennett is vacationing in Miami Beach, Florida.

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