What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 34


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Apr 21, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bennett Cerf: Miss Mattot, I must observe that you're about the nicest looking Brussels sprout I've ever seen.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. The panel correctly guessed this contestant's line, however. - agent_0042 (2008)

      A BIT OF TIMEKEEPING: At the end of the episode, John reminds viewers of the upcoming time shift, informing them that the show will be back next week at 10:30 P.M. eastern daylight savings time. This was an interesting coincidence, as GSN's November 2, 2008 airing of this episode took place on the night that daylight savings time ended. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) DELAYED, NOT SKIPPED, IN 2008: After GSN's October 31, 2008 airing of EPISODE #358, the cable and satellite channel's repeat of this episode was delayed by one day due to the showing on November 1, 2008 (or by their calendar, the "broadcast day" of October 31) of two Halloween-themed episodes of "I've Got a Secret," both hosted by Garry Moore, with the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. First was aired the October 28, 1963 edition, with celebrity guest Groucho Marx and Dayton Allen accompanying him; followed by the October 30, 1961 episode with celebrity guest Martha Raye, and an appearance by dance instructor Arthur Murray, who came with a young woman whose secret was that she had taught him the Twist. Mr. Moore's introductions of most of the panel were the same -- Mr. Cullen as "Bill Goblin," Miss Palmer as "Betsy Spook" and Miss Myerson as "Bewitching Bess" -- but in the case of Mr. Morgan, he was introduced in 1961 as "Spooky Henry" and in 1963 as "Ghastly -- er, Ghostly Henry." The 1963 "IGAS" episode was previously aired by GSN on March 10, 2008 during its early 2008 showings of the last few years of the show's run, but the 1961 episode wasn't. GSN's airing of "The Name's the Same" was likewise delayed by a day due to this back-to-back airing. Thus, GSN did not skip tonight's "WML?" show, which was aired on November 2, 2008.
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Once again tonight, the main sponsor is Helene Curtis.
      (3) ROBERT YOUNG: This is the first extant appearance on "WML?" by everybody's favorite TV father of the 1950's. His very first appearance was on the experimental color EPISODE #225 of September 19, 1954 which, sadly, no longer exists either in black-and-white or color. At the time of his 1954 appearance, Mr. Young was very likely promoting the TV debut of his sitcom "Father Knows Best," which had already run on radio from 1949 to 1954. Over the years, "Father Knows Best" ran at one time or another on all three networks -- CBS, NBC and ABC. It should also be mentioned that Mr. Young was the only cast member of the show to be on both the TV and radio versions. As just one example, two different actresses played his wife, "Margaret Anderson," on the radio show, one of whom was Jean Vander Pyl, the future voice of "Wilma Flintstone" on the animated cartoon series "The Flintstones." The actress who played "Margaret" on TV, Jane Wyatt, went on to appear with Mr. Young as a co-mystery guest on his last "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #433 of September 21, 1958. For his appearance tonight, Mr. Young wore the formal tuxedo attire associated with the male panelists and Mr. Daly.
      (4) "WML?" OVERLAY PUNCTUATION WATCH: While all overlays tonight were set in Futura Demi Bold, with all capital letters, there was a punctuation error for the final contestant, reading as "Hippopotamus Keeper - Bronx Zoo, N.Y.C" on the screen. (Note the lack of the period after the ending letter C.)
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits are once again shown; however, the final art card in that stretch, for technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Hal Anderson, is only up for less than a second before cutting off. But while GSN's November 2, 2008 airing of this episode was delayed by one day for Halloween as mentioned above, the cable and satellite channel did not delay even for one millisecond its standard haunting "crunching" procedure which continues to represent a nasty "trick" upon the viewing audience, with nary a "treat" in sight.
      (6) MEANWHILE, BACK ON "Q-SIE'S" FORMER SHOW: Right after the November 2, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 31, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James, with the panel of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Hy Gardner and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was Gisele MacKenzie -- about five years and one month prior to her mystery guest appearance on "WML?" EPISODE #504 of March 6, 1960. - W-B (2008)

    • HAPPY EASTER!!! It was a very happy Easter indeed for John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. As Bennett announced in his introductions, John won the prestigious Peabody Award for his coverage of the 1956 political conventions. As for the show itself, after a very rough start, the panel rebounded nicely to have a pretty good evening. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the rather attractive private detective from Belgium. However, they made up for their loss in the second game when Arlene correctly guessed that the second contestant operated a tunnel of love. Ironically, Robert Q. Lewis probably would have guessed his line, but he mistakenly assumed that the contestant's ride operated in boats on water. Instead, we later learned that the contestant's ride used a train. "Q-sie" redeemed himself nicely in the mystery guest round when he correctly identified "Father Knows Best" star Robert Young. In the final game, Robert Q. again showed his good game playing abilities when he correctly identified the hippopotamus keeper. "Q-sie's" efforts didn't go unrecognized, as Dorothy said it was a good thing that he was on the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST Robert Young was on the show to promote his classic 1954-1960 sitcom "Father Knows Best." His efforts on that show didn't go unrecognized, as he won an Emmy for his role of real estate agent "Jim Anderson, Sr." In fact, Young was the first actor to win an Emmy for both a comedic as well as a dramatic role - as he also won several years later for the title role of "Marcus Welby, M.D." - Sargebri (2005)

    • On June 20, 1999, Game Show Network (now GSN) aired a Father's Day special marathon called "Classic TV Dads." Shown were the following 6 shows featuring the following dads. - Suzanne (2005)

      1. Password - 1966 - Brian Keith (first color telecast)

      2. What's My Line? - EPISODE #349 of 2/10/1957 - Fred MacMurray (mystery guest)

      3. I've Got A Secret - 1973 - Robert Reed (in color)

      4. What's My Line? - EPISODE #359 of 4/21/1957 - Robert Young (mystery guest)

      5. What's My Line? - 1969 - Ozzie Nelson (syndicated version, in color)

      6. What's My Line? - EPISODE #296 of 2/5/1956 - Desi Arnaz (guest panelist)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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