What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 03, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss June Finlayson - "Police Reporter (For Australian Newspaper)" (salaried; she works for the Sydney Sun; from Australia, she is also the current "Miss Australia")

Game 2: Arch Poole - "Manages Diaper Service" (salaried; he works for the West End Diaper Service in Cleveland, OH; from Rocky River, Ohio)

Game 3: Robert Mitchum (8/6/1917 - 7/1/1997) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Renee Hart - "Stock Broker" (salaried; she works for Bache & Company; 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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel never really came all that close on this one, though John did give Arlene credit at the end for following a line of questioning that may have proven fruitful had there been more time. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor is Remington's "Rollectric" shaver.
        (2) ROBERT MITCHUM: This was the first of two appearances on "WML?" by the legendary actor; he would be a mystery guest again on EPISODE #757 of March 28, 1965. Mr. Mitchum's filming of "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" also introduced him to calypso music, as well as such local artists as Mighty Sparrow and Lord Invader, and he was inspired to record an album, "Calypso - Is Like So," which was released on Capitol T-853 not long after his "WML?" appearance tonight. But perhaps his most famous recording was "The Ballad of Thunder Road" [Capitol single #(F)3986] from the 1958 motion picture "Thunder Road" in which he starred; the song was a minor hit, peaking at #62 on the pop singles charts. In 1967, the year "WML?'s" CBS run came to an end, he issued a country album, "That Man, Robert Mitchum, Sings," on Monument MLP 8086/SLP 18086; this LP yielded a country singles chart hit in "Little Old Wine Drinker Me" (45-1006), as well as a minor follow-up, "You Deserve Each Other" (45-1025).
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Another new American Airlines title card, with the same layout as the old card with the "Symbol of Service" slogan (only now without that motto), debuts tonight for the travel arrangements plug. Afterwards, the complete production crew credits were shown. To no one's surprise, GSN put its own ugly stamp on that whole end credit sequence on its October 25, 2008 airing of this episode, via its relentlessly repugnant and repulsive "crunching" of the screen.
        (4) Following GSN's October 25, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the December 13, 1954 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Dennis James, the panel of Roger Price, Bess Myerson, Gene Rayburn and Joan Alexander, and celebrity guest Yvonne De Carlo -- less than a decade prior to landing perhaps her most famous role to today's audiences, "Lily Munster," on the 1964-1966 sitcom "The Munsters." - W-B (2008)

      • BENNETT'S ACCIDENTAL PUN: During the diaper service manager game, after Bennett announces that Dorothy's hunch about diapers is probably correct, he gets a huge laugh when he makes the comment, "In other words, this is something that protects the wee ones?" The interesting thing about this comment is that it appears to be an "accidental" pun that Bennett falls into. He doesn't laugh until after the audience laughs, and you can see the joke "dawn" on him. Only then does he break out in laugher himself. To punctuate the humor, John leaves his seat and walks about the stage. - Suzanne (2005)

        CHARLES VAN DOREN: Both Bennett and John mentioned Charles Van Doren on this episode. Van Doren is the famous, or infamous, TV quiz show contestant who was involved in a late-1950s scandal. When the news of the quiz show scandals and network rigging broke, Van Doren at first asserted his innocence, but eventually confessed his guilt. On November 2, 1959 he admitted to a Congressional committee that he had been given questions and answers in advance for the 1956-1958 game show "Twenty-One." His opponents had not been given the answers in advance. America was shocked and Van Doren was disgraced. The producers of the show had been attempting to boost their ratings. The excellent 1994 film "Quiz Show," directed by Robert Redford, is based on these true events. - Suzanne (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST Robert Mitchum promoted his 1957 film, "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison," in which he co-stars with Deborah Kerr. It is mentioned that it was filmed on the islands of Trinidad and Tobago. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Tidbits: Martin Gabel is soon to appear in the 1957 movie "Tip on a Dead Jockey" in which he co-stars with Robert Taylor and Dorothy Malone. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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