What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 26

EPISODE #351

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 24, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #351
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Game 1: Sandy Gamory (vocals), Gustav Sidell (sp?) (electric guitar) and Monsel Esaroon (sp?) (tall bongo drum) - "Calypso Trio" (the panel is blindfolded but the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; the trio of black men sings a Calypso style song they wrote called "What's My Line?" which lasts almost 90 seconds; the cute custom lyrics mention each regular panel member and John; only Sandy Gamory signed in, so we don't know the correct spellings of his two band mates; Dorothy incorrectly guesses that Sandy is the Jamaican Calypso singer known as Lord Flea)

Game 2: Mrs. Fay Targove - "School Teacher" (salaried; she teaches the 3rd grade at PS 58 in New York City; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Robert Wagner (b. 2/10/1930) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Charles Kaufhold - "Income Tax Agent" (salaried; he works for the Internal Revenue Bureau of the Treasury Department, now called the IRS; from Long Beach, California)
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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)

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down, in spite of the fact that Bennett had correctly guessed this line. As his excuse for the flip, John stated that the game was "so much fun." In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel had come reasonably close on this one and Dorothy correctly came up with "income tax" when John asked for some quick guesses after cards went over.

        FLIP MISTAKES: In the flip-related oddities department, John did not flip the remaining cards for the calypso group in the first game even though he ended the game at eight down when Arlene identified them as calypso singers, but was unable to identify them by name. John could be seen reaching for the cards, but ended up leaving them as they were. Additionally, John forgot to flip a card for the "no" answer in the mystery guest round when Bennett asked if the mystery guest had a "trick name." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Helene Curtis. And Jeannie Carson -- who was indeed starring in "Hey, Jeannie!" at the time, as Bennett noted during the intros -- makes both her first and last "WML?" appearance on this episode, which was the first of several occasions Arlene introduced John over the next decade -- and a harbinger of the syndicated "WML?" on which she held the "anchor" position throughout its 1968-1975 run. In addition, while Bennett asserted he was seated in the "wrong" chair, it was that position in which he sat from 1951 when he became a regular panelist, up to EPISODE #144 of March 1, 1953, which was Hal Block's swan song as a "WML?" panelist. In that sense, his seating position tonight was something of a "homecoming."
        (2) Another portent of the future was with the calypso trio's "What's My Line?" song, as it anticipated part of the syndicated version's format in which various demonstrations from contestants were featured.
        (3) ROBERT WAGNER: This was the actor's first of two "WML?" appearances, both as mystery guest; he was also on EPISODE #439 of November 2, 1958. In later years, two of Mr. Wagner's wives -- Natalie Wood (to whom he was married twice, from 1957 to 1962 and again from 1972 until her death in 1981) and Jill St. John (his spouse since 1990) -- would make mystery guest appearances on "WML?" However, Stefanie Powers, his co-star on the 1979-1984 series "Hart to Hart," never appeared on "WML?," even though her 1966-1967 series "The Girl from U.N.C.L.E." ran on "another network" during "WML?'s" last CBS season. As for Mr. Wagner, besides "The True Story of Jesse James," he appeared in another motion picture that was released in 1957, "Stopover Tokyo."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH (2008): After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the closing credits stop after the art card for executive producer Gil Fates. But unlike in 2005, GSN viewers caught no break whatsoever from their nasty "crunching" of the screen on the October 24, 2008 airing of this episode, which commenced midway through the American Airlines plug.
        (5) Following the October 24, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 6, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James, with Arnold Stang returning to the panel for the first of two appearances during Mr. James' run as host, alongside regulars Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was Zsa Zsa Gabor. - W-B (2008)

        CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH (2005): GSN's June 10, 2005 airing of this episode showed the original end credits in full screen, while part of the "To Tell the Truth" end credits had the undesirable and loathsome "credit crunch" treatment. - W-B (2005)

        THE PANEL INTRODUCTIONS: During the curtain entrance opening, Dorothy Kilgallen introduces Bennett Cerf as "The Phil Spitalny of Publishers," which is a reference to his being the only male panelist this evening. Arlene Francis says she hasn't had the opportunity to introduce John Daly in the seven years "WML?" has been on the air. Of course, on a few occasions, Dolly Mae had introduced Mr. Daly. - W-B (2005)

      • The "WML?" song lyrics as heard on "WML?" tonight. - Suzanne (2005)

        What's My Line?
        a song by Sandy Gamory's Calypso Trio

        Chorus
        What's my line?
        What's my line?
        The panel, they guessed it right this time.
        What's my line?
        What's my line?
        The panel, they guessed it right this time.

        Now people come from far and wide,
        Their occupation they try to hide.
        The panel look 'em from head to toe,
        And ask them if it's "yes" or "no."

        Chorus

        Now John Daly is the moderator,
        He uses words from here to Gibraltar.
        Bennett Cerf, the book publisher,
        And a favorite women's club lecturer.

        Chorus

        Dorothy Kilgallen, a pretty redhead,
        Writes a Broadway column we have all read.
        Arlene Francis for intellect,
        Wears a sparkling diamond heart 'round her neck.

        Chorus

      • MYSTERY GUEST Robert Wagner promoted his 1957 film, "The True Story of Jesse James." To try to stump the panel, he used his best Jimmy Stewart impersonation. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: We see a rare seating arrangement this evening with Bennett occupying the second seat. To explain Dorothy's introductory comment about Bennett, Phil Spitalny (1890-1970) was the bandleader of "Phil Spitalny and His All-Girl Orchestra." - Suzanne (2005)

        Jeannie Carson (b. 5/23/1928)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf, Jeannie Carson, Arlene Francis

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