What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 25

EPISODE #350

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 17, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #350
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Game 1: Michael Todd (6/22/1907 - 3/22/1958) - "Producer, 'Around the World in Eighty Days'" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; self-employed; current husband of Elizabeth Taylor who is mentioned tonight)

Game 2: Mrs. Jacqueline Leif - "Motorcycle Cop" (salaried; from Los Banos, CA)

Game 3: Ginger Rogers (7/16/1911 - 4/25/1995) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Willem De Kempenaer - "Prints The Money For Holland" (self-employed; his family has been printing Holland's bank notes for 254 years; he is the 8th generation to run the family firm which prints the Dutch currency; from Holland)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Mike Todd (II)

    Mike Todd (II)

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Ginger Rogers

    Ginger Rogers

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. Arlene had identified this contestant as a "policelady" and John decided not to make the panel fish for the exact line, saying that they had fun, but Bennett nevertheless came up with "motorcycle cop" just after the cards had been turned over. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. In this case, the panel was likely thrown off when they were told that the contestant's specific product was one not generally used in the United States. Holland currency would, of course, not be used in the United States, but the panel read a bit too much into the answer and started aiming for products such as "wooden shoes." This is one example of how John Daly often leads them down the garden path. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, the main sponsor is Remington's Rollectric shaver.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: First mystery guest Michael Todd's upper-third overlay, seen as he was signing in, was set in the "last-minute" font, but his occupation overlay, as well as all other overlays (including second mystery guest Ginger Rogers' lower-third) seen tonight, were set in the regular Futura Demi Bold.
        (3) This was the first of two appearances by Mike Todd; he will later be a guest panelist on EPISODE #384 of October 13, 1957. Mr. Todd and singer Eddie Fisher were the only ones married at one time or another to Elizabeth Taylor, to appear on "WML?," but of these two, only Mike will serve as guest panelist.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the entire production crew credit sequence was once again shown. On GSN's October 23, 2008 airing of this episode, the end credits were shown in full screen up to the art card for director Franklin Heller, and then the cable and satellite channel reverted to its eternally egregious "crunching" of the screen afterwards; however, the original audio was de-emphasized in favor of one of GSN's own promos throughout.
        (5) AND NOW, ON WITH THE "DENNIS JAMES ERA" OF "TNTS": GSN's October 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 29, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same." This was the earliest existing kinescope in GSN's and FremantleMedia's archives after the show's return from a nearly two-month hiatus, and therefore the earliest show from Dennis James' run as host. Mr. James already had a connection to Goodson-Todman as an on-camera announcer for "Two for the Money," and in later years he would appear on "WML?" as Kellogg's commercial spokesperson; his involvement with G-T continued into the 1970's, when he hosted the syndicated version of "The Price Is Right." It was also the earliest episode to be sponsored by Ralston Purina of Checkerboard Square, which will handle the program to the end (Swanson Foods' alternating sponsorship of "TNTS" -- along with Clorets Gum & Mints, and Chicken of the Sea canned and frozen tuna products -- ended along with Robert Q. Lewis' run as host in August). In addition, this "TNTS" episode was the first to feature a travel arrangements plug, for United Airlines' DC-7 fleet, at the end. The panel of Roger Price, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander remained in place, however. For this earliest episode of the Dennis James era, Rocky Graziano was the celebrity guest. Also, the behind-the-scenes production crew underwent several changes, with former associate producer Peter Arnell now executive producer, "I've Got a Secret" co-creator Howard Merrill as the new associate producer, and future "IGAS" program staff Doris Hibbard as program manager; Walter Kubilus replaces John Broderick as technical director. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The "pixilated" panel did a pretty good job this particular evening. In the first game, Bennett was on the right track and almost looked as if he was going to guess Mike Todd without getting a no. Unfortunately, he made a mistake and asked if Todd was the producer of "The Ten Commandments" instead of the blockbuster adventure comedy "Around the World in Eighty Days." It was then up to Arlene to clean up and she successfully guessed Todd. In the second game, Dorothy (aka the "Diamond Girl") was given credit for a correct guess by saying that the contestant was a policewoman, even though she didn't say specifically that she was a motorcycle officer. However, Bennett did make the correct identification. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly guessed that the mystery guest was none other than Bennett's cousin-in-law Ginger Rogers. Ironically, Bennett got the only "no" when he thought that they were pulling a fast one and that Todd's lovely wife, Elizabeth Taylor, who was in the studio, was the mystery guest. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the money printer from the Netherlands won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        As Bennett so aptly predicted, "Around the World in Eighty Days" would go on to become one of the biggest pictures in the history of cinema. In fact, it would go on to win the Best Picture Oscar for 1956. Unfortunately, Mike Todd didn't have long to celebrate. In March of 1958, Todd was killed in an airplane crash in New Mexico. Ironically, his wife Elizabeth Taylor, who the plane "The Lucky Liz" was named for, was to join him on that trip, but she became ill and was forced to stay home. It is also ironic that Todd was the only one of Elizabeth Taylor's eight marriages that didn't end in divorce. Also, in a rather strange twist, the Todd's two closest friends - Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher - stayed with Liz constantly during her period of bereavement. It was the extended condolence call that resulted in the scandalous Burton-Fisher affair and subsequent marriage of Liz and Eddie. - Sargebri (2005)

      • CREDITS CRUNCH (2005): GSN again gave us the unsavory "credit crunch ending" for this episode on June 9, 2005, but went back to the regular vintage ending on the following episode. - Suzanne (2005)

        CREDITS CRUNCH (2008): By the time of GSN's October 23, 2008 airing of this episode, their thoroughly disreputable "credit crunch ending" had become a permanent part of their program presentation. Oddly, however, they showed the end credits in full screen up to the art card for director Franklin Heller, then reverted to form afterwards. The audio for one of their own show promos, however, was heard throughout. - W-B (2008)

      • MYSTERY GUEST Ginger Rogers used a cutesy little Helen Kane-like voice to fool the panel in her mystery guest appearance, but ironically she would have used her normal speaking voice to fool them if this had been twenty-five years earlier. In her early film appearances such as QUEEN HIGH (Paramount 1930) she does nothing but speak in that same baby voice. Thankfully, she dropped it before she was teamed with Fred Astaire. - Factotum (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST Ginger Rogers is the first cousin of Phyllis Cerf, Bennett's wife. Tonight, Ginger promoted her 1957 film, "Oh, Men! Oh, Women!" which is scheduled to open on Thursday at the Roxy Theatre. - Suzanne (2005)

        MIKE TODD promoted his 1956 film, "Around The World in Eighty Days." He had recently married Elizabeth Taylor on February 2, 1957, just 15 days ago. Liz would have been pregnant at the time, since their daughter Elizabeth Frances Todd (now known as Liza Todd Burton) was born on August 6, 1957. In his 1978 WML book, Gil Fates states that Liz accompanied Mike to the WML studio this evening. Todd and Taylor were married until his March 22, 1958 death due to a plane crash. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Dorothy looks ravishing in an empire waist gown which has "spangles" sewn on to the bodice. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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