What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 24, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Irene Gora - "Tests Zippers" (salaried; she works for Coats & Clark Corp.; from Hollis, Queens, NY)

Game 2: Tom Eagleton (9/4/1929 - 3/4/2007) - "District Attorney of St. Louis" (salaried; he holds an elected post and is 27 years old; from St. Louis, Missouri)

Game 3: Mamie Van Doren (b. 2/6/1933) (as Mystery Guest)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: (using a play-on-words with "daily" and "Daly") Well, ladies and gentlemen, in the past week, most of the newspapers in New York have doubled their price, but I'm glad to say there's one "Daly" that still comes in the giant economy size and that's John Charles Daly.

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. The panel had been stumped by the lines of both of the night's regular contestants. - agent_0042 (2008)

        FAMOUS LAST NAME: In making his identification of the night's mystery guest, Mamie Van Doren, Bennett asks if she has "a last name that has been famous on another television program recently." He is, of course, referring to Charles Van Doren, the infamous TV quiz show contestant who is discussed in more detail in the notes for EPISODE #352 of March 3, 1957. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the third straight week in this stretch, Helene Curtis is the main sponsor.
        (2) "TRICKY" CONNECTIONS: Two of the people on tonight's "WML?" installment had past and future connections -- albeit roundabout, peripheral and indirect -- to Richard M. Nixon, who was Vice President at the time of this episode. Guest panelist Melvyn Douglas' second wife, Helen Gahagan Douglas, ran unsuccessfully against Mr. Nixon for the U.S. Senate in California in 1950, and it was his particular tactics in that campaign that led her to bestow upon him the nickname "Tricky Dick" that stuck forever after. Second contestant Thomas Eagleton, of course, was the first running mate of 1972 Democratic Presidential candidate George McGovern who, with his second running mate Sargent Shriver, was soundly defeated by the Republican ticket of then-President Nixon and Vice President Spiro T. Agnew that year.
        (3) MORE ON MELVYN DOUGLAS: The actor, making his second and last "WML?" appearance tonight (his first, as a mystery guest on EPISODE #75 of November 4, 1951, tragically no longer exists), was not the only one in his family to make it in show business: His granddaughter is Illeana Douglas, famous for her roles in such films as the 1991 remake of "Cape Fear," "To Die For" (1995) and "Grace of My Heart" (1996). In addition, the younger Miss Douglas was once the daughter-in-law of onetime "WML?" mystery guest and guest panelist George Axelrod.
        (4) MAMIE VAN DOREN: The blonde bombshell -- known at the height of her career as one of "The Three M's," along with Marilyn Monroe and occasional "WML?" mystery guest Jayne Mansfield -- makes her one and only "WML?" appearance tonight. At the time of this episode, Miss Van Doren was in the middle of her 1955-1961 marriage to bandleader Ray Anthony; their union (her second of five marriages to date) produced one son, Perry Anthony. As a side note, Ray Anthony never made any appearances on "WML?"
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the end credits only go up to executive producer Gil Fates' art card before cutting off -- and once again, GSN was at the ready with its stomach-turning "crunching" of the screen on its October 28, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) END OF THE "GENE RAYBURN ERA" ON "TNTS": GSN's October 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the January 3, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James. This first "TNTS" episode of the new year of 1955 was the last on which Gene Rayburn was a panelist, bowing out after a run of over 14 months; the rest of the panel, at least for now, consisted of Roger Price, Bess Myerson and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was surrealist artist Salvador Dali. This "TNTS" episode's 2008 airing came only eight days after GSN's October 20, 2008 rerun of Mr. Dali's mystery guest appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #347 of January 27, 1957. - W-B (2008)

      • GEORGE McGOVERN'S RUNNING MATE #1: In 1972, Thomas Eagleton was an unsuccessful United States Democratic vice-presidential candidate, teamed with George McGovern. The McGovern/Eagleton ticket was short-lived. After about three weeks, the media revealed that Eagleton had previously been hospitalized on three occasions for depression and had undergone electroshock therapy. He was then pressured off the ticket by McGovern. During his game, an emergency vehicle siren can be heard in the background. - Suzanne (2005)

        GEORGE McGOVERN'S RUNNING MATE #2: After Mr. Eagleton was dropped from the ticket, Sargent Shriver was picked to replace him as the Democratic vice-presidential candidate. Mr. Shriver appeared as a "WML?" mystery guest on EPISODE #604 of March 11, 1962, at which time he was serving as director of the Peace Corps. Thus, both of Mr. McGovern's running mates were mystery guests on the series. However, Mr. McGovern himself never appeared on "WML?" in either its CBS or syndicated versions. - W-B (2008)

      • MYSTERY GUEST Mamie Van Doren promoted her 1957 film, "Untamed Youth", which is opening on Easter weekend. - Suzanne (2005)

        Tidbits: Bennett mentions that newspapers have doubled their prices in New York. At closing, Bennett mentions last week's Marilyn Monroe look-a-like judo instructor Toni West. - Suzanne (2005)

        Melvyn Douglas (4/5/1901 - 8/4/1981)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Melvyn Douglas, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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