What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 33


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 14, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Prince Michael Romanoff (2/22/1893 - 9/1/1971) - "Owner of Famous Hollywood Restaurant" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; his overlay screen read Price Mike Romanoff; he also has a restaurant in San Francisco, CA and is building one in Palm Springs, CA; he donated his winnings to the Red Cross)

Game 2: Mrs. Evelyn Schilson - "Makes False Tails For Horses" (self-employed; she owns boarding stables and began making false tails for show horses; from Hamilton, IL)

Game 3: Helen Hayes (10/10/1900 - 3/17/1993) (as Mystery Guest #2)

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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)

Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

Martin Gabel

Martin Gabel

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Michael Romanoff

Michael Romanoff

Mystery Guest #1

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • John Daly: All right, panel. Mrs. Schilson is self-employed. And Martin, you're so hot tonight, let's start things off with you.
      Martin Gabel: I'm real cool, John.

  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. Curiously, John did not flip the remaining card for the first contestant, restaurateur Michael Romanoff, who requested that his winnings be donated to the Red Cross. Normally, John made sure all the cards were over if a contestant asked that the winnings be donated to charity. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the first time in almost two months, the Remington Rollectric shaver is the main sponsor for this episode.
      (2) HELEN HAYES: The "First Lady of the American Theatre" is making her first extant "WML?" appearance this evening -- her first appearance in general, on EPISODE #57 of July 1, 1951, was from the mostly "lost" 1950-1952 period, and therefore no longer exists. On April 27, 1957, nearly two weeks after tonight's show, Miss Hayes appeared as "Sister Theresa" in a "Playhouse 90" production titled "Four Women in Black," which also featured Janice Rule, Ralph Meeker, Katy Jurado and Narda Onyx. Of these co-stars, only Mr. Meeker appeared on "WML?," as a guest panelist on EPISODE #784 of October 3, 1965. In addition, Miss Hayes had co-starred in the 1956 movie "Anastasia" as the "Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna." That film's star, Ingrid Bergman, never appeared on "WML?," but her daughter, future TV newscaster Pia Lindstrom, was a guest panelist on EPISODE #839 of December 4, 1966 and EPISODE #864 of June 4, 1967, as well as for one week during the first season of the 1968-1975 syndicated version.
      (3) WHAT ABOUT THE WORD FROM YOUR ALTERNATE SPONSOR? - After Helen Hayes' game was over, John went straight to the good nights with the panel, completely bypassing the commercial break.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the full production crew was shown during the end credits. In the spirit of Halloween, GSN played "trick-or-treat" on its October 31, 2008 airing of this episode -- but for the viewing audience, it was all trick and no treat, as the cable and satellite channel mercilessly subjected them to its usual frightening "crunching" procedure.
      (5) The October 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the January 24, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Dennis James, the panel of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Hy Gardner and Joan Alexander, and Audrey's sister -- and "I've Got a Secret" panelist -- Jayne Meadows as the celebrity guest. - W-B (2008)

    • NOODLES ROMANOFF - I: It may be possible that Prince Michael Romanoff's family invented the cheese-laden pasta dish called "Noodles Romanoff" - which the Golden Grain company also licensed for a boxed noodle dinner mix under their 1964 "Noodle Roni" line. A similar product was called "Noodles Almondine," and the box contained a small packet of sliced almonds to sprinkle on top of the finished pasta-cheese dish. In later years, the "Noodle Roni" line was renamed as the "Pasta Roni" line. Eventually, these products were discontinued. - Suzanne (2005)

      NOODLES ROMANOFF - II: Golden Grain was not the only company that offered "Noodles Romanoff" among their boxed noodle dinner mixes. Betty Crocker also offered such a brand from the 1960s to the 1980's, and Stouffer's had a frozen-food version for several years. All of these items are no longer being marketed. - W-B (2008)

      GOOF: There was no nameplate for John Daly. - Suzanne (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST: Helen Hayes son, James MacArthur, is currently a Harvard University student. She donated her winnings to the fund drive of the Mary MacArthur Memorial Respirator Center at Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts, which was named in memory of her daughter. She urged the public to each donate one dollar. - Suzanne (2005)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a pretty decent outing this particular evening. In the first game, Arlene made the last second save when she correctly identified restaurateur Prince Michael Romanoff, who used a whistle for a good portion of the game because of his highly distinctive voice. After the game, Romanoff asked that his winnings be donated to the Red Cross. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the woman who made artificial tails for horses. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified "The First Lady of American Theater" Helen Hayes. After the game, Miss Hayes discussed the Mary MacArthur Memorial Fund, which was named for her daughter who died in 1949 at the age of 19 from a respiratory ailment. She gave a P.O. Box address for donations and said that even a dollar can help. - Sargebri (2005)

      MISS HAYES: As was mentioned earlier, Miss Hayes talked about her late daughter Mary, who died several years earlier. However, before that, she also spoke about her son James MacArthur who at the time was not only attending Harvard, but had also just started his own career in acting. Eleven years after this show aired, James would take on the role of "Officer Danny Williams" in the classic crime drama "Hawaii Five-O." Interestingly enough, Miss Hayes would guest star in an episode of the series. Ironically, she played the role of Danny's aunt, not his mother. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy's column, Voice of Broadway, will begin soon. - Suzanne (2005)

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