What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 24


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 10, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: General Alfred M. Gruenther (3/3/1899 - 5/30/1983) (Alfred Maximilian Gruenther) - Two overlay screens read: "Former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe" and "President of American National Red Cross" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; salaried; John comments that General Gruenther is the former NATO commander; John mentions recent floods in West Virginia and states that the Red Cross is attempting to collect a goal of $95 million dollars in charitable donations)

Game 2: Samuel "By Golly" Frager (7/18/1896 - 4/1966) - "Makes Boxing Gloves" (self-employed; John does not ask his real first name, and Frager tells Bennett that "By Golly" is his nickname; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Fred MacMurray (8/30/1908 - 11/5/1991) & June Haver (6/10/1926 - 7/4/2005) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Game 4: Ronald Preston - "Sewer Inspector" (salaried; the contestant chews gum during his game; from New York, NY)

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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)

    Alfred M. Gruenther

    Alfred M. Gruenther

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    June Haver

    June Haver

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Arlene Francis: Are you married -- to each other, I mean?
        Fred MacMurray: Yes, we are.
        John Daly: Mr. Hunter?
        Tab Hunter: Do you work as a -- you work as a team, then?
        June Haver: Well, only when we're married.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down because time was running short; an unusually brief amount of time was given for this second game due to the extended length of the first game. The panel came somewhat close, but just wasn't able to figure out the contestant's product. Despite the lack of time earlier in the evening, and also the fact that there were two mystery guests, there was still time for a brief final game, for which John flipped the cards at three down because time ran out. In this case, Arlene came somewhat close when asking if there was an association with "things thrown away," but there just wasn't time to get any further. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for tonight is Helene Curtis. This evening, guest panelist Tab Hunter is making his second and final "WML?" appearance. In addition to the notes of the previous episode, another point about Tab Hunter is that his hit, "Young Love," which was recorded for and released on the Dot label, was something of a sore point for Warner Bros., the movie studio to which Mr. Hunter was under contract at the time. It was this pique that was partly the impetus for Warners' launching its own record label a year later in 1958, so that its contract players wouldn't be making money for other companies. Sure enough, Tab was one of the Warner Bros. label's first recording artists, and perhaps his best known recording for them was a cover of the old 1920 standard "(I'll Be With You in) Apple Blossom Time" but, in general, none of his releases for Warners' had the chart impact that "Young Love" had.
        (2) This was the second of three "WML?" appearances by veteran actor Fred MacMurray, who at the time of tonight's show was appearing in a Western, "Gun for a Coward," as "Will Keough." Later in the year, he had the lead in another movie, "Quantez," in the role(s) of "Gentry/John Coventry." His wife, June Haver, only made one more "WML?" appearance, in a cameo on EPISODE #455 of March 8, 1959, which was Mr. MacMurray's final appearance on the program.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: This episode continued the trend over the last few weeks of the typesetting for the mystery guest overlay being different from the typesetting of the overlays of the guests who appeared before them. However, there was yet another difference tonight: While the overlays for General Alfred M. Gruenther and contestant "By Golly" Frager were set, as usual, in Futura Demi Bold, the lower-third display for mystery guest duo June Haver and Fred MacMurray was set in the "last-minute" font.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: On GSN's October 22, 2008 airing of this episode, after the American Airlines plug, the full production crew credits as constituted back then were shown from start to finish. This gave GSN plenty of time to weave its nasty "crunching" spell on the end credits -- a bit of old black magic that always spells irritation for the network's loyal viewers.
        (5) END OF THE "Q-SIE" ERA ON "TNTS" - AND OFFICIAL START OF THE "ROGER PRICE ERA": Immediately subsequent to the October 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the August 31, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same." This episode had the dubious distinction of being the final episode to be hosted by Robert Q. Lewis, as the show went on hiatus for almost two months. By the time ABC resumed production of the series, a new host, Dennis James, was picked, as by then, Mr. Lewis was alternating with Fred Allen as a recurring guest panelist on "WML?" As the previous two weeks' worth of "TNTS" shows (from August 17, 1954 and August 24, 1954) are neither in GSN's nor FremantleMedia's archives, it is unknown who sat on the far end of the panel desk on those occasions, but this episode marked "droodle" king Roger Price's first appearance as a regular panelist, for which he was joined by Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. Mr. Price will remain with the series until its last days. For "Q-sie's" "TNTS" swan-song, Charles Coburn was the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a somewhat dreadful night for the panel, especially rookie guest panelist Tab Hunter, who really didn't show any aptitude for the game. In the first game, the panel was put through the wringer by General Alfred M. Gruenther. Dorothy did get the panel on the right path when she guessed that he was affiliated with the military. Unfortunately, they never got past that. Also, after the game, John took time to make an appeal for the Red Cross' efforts to help flood victims in Virginia and West Virginia. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the boxing glove maker. In fact, they were so far off track that John threw in the towel. The panel did a lot better in the mystery guest round when guest panelist, "Sigh Guy" Tab Hunter, who really hadn't distinguished himself at all this night, correctly identified Fred MacMurray, who was accompanied by his lovely wife June Haver. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the sewer inspector won by default. However, the night couldn't have ended soon enough for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST: Three years after his appearance on this show, Fred MacMurray would star in the sitcom that he would become identified with, "My Three Sons." Ironically, when the show debuted, MacMurray had essentially retired from show business. However, when he decided to take on the role of widowed aircraft engineer "Steve Douglas" he did it on one condition, that he would be allowed to film all of his parts before the rest of the cast. That way, when the season began, he wouldn't have to work such long hours, unless it was absolutely necessary. - Sargebri (2005)

      • CREDITS CRUNCH (2005) - THE FIRST SIGN OF TROUBLE: With the June 8, 2005 airing of this episode, GSN first gave us their "credit crunch" technique of compacting the "WML?" closing credits to the bottom quarter of the screen and cutting out the original vintage sound, while showing a larger GSN "Dog Eat Dog" commercial. Thankfully, this lasted for only two episodes. - Suzanne (2005)

        CREDITS CRUNCH (2008) - A PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: Unfortunately, GSN's two-day "crunching" of the end credits in June 2005 proved to be a harbinger of things to come. By the time the cable and satellite channel aired tonight's show on October 22, 2008, the "crunching" of the end credits had become a permanent part of its program presentation -- and this episode once again had the end sequence "crunched," as it had been back in 2005. This time, however, GSN aired a large "GSN Radio" commercial. - W-B (2008)


        On June 20, 1999, Game Show Network (now GSN) aired a Father's Day special marathon called "Classic TV Dads." Shown were the following 6 shows featuring the following dads. - Suzanne (2005)

        1. Password - 1966 - Brian Keith (first color telecast)

        2. What's My Line? - EPISODE #349 of 2/10/1957 - Fred MacMurray (mystery guest)

        3. I've Got A Secret - 1973 - Robert Reed (in color)

        4. What's My Line? - EPISODE #359 of 4/21/1957 - Robert Young (mystery guest)

        5. What's My Line? - 1969 - Ozzie Nelson (syndicated version, in color)

        6. What's My Line? - EPISODE #296 of 2/5/1956 - Desi Arnaz (guest panelist)

      • Fred MacMurray and June Haver were married from 1954 until his death in 1991. Fred promoted his new 1957 movie, "Gun for a Coward" and said that he had attended its world premiere in Atlanta about 10 days ago. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: This is Tab Hunter's second and final appearance on "WML?" - Suzanne (2005)

        Tab Hunter (b. 7/11/1931)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tab Hunter, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)