What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 05, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Bennett Cerf: (making a pun on the first contestant's last name and the Edgar Allen Poe poem "The Raven") His motto ought to be "quoth the Ragen nevermore."

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down. The panel had correctly guessed this line, but John flipped the cards because the winnings of the game were being donated to the Boys Club of America and the Salvation Army. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Helene Curtis is the main sponsor for this evening's edition.
      (2) ANOTHER "WML?" TURNING POINT: On this episode, all regular contestants, as well as mystery guest Mickey Rooney, while still on camera, walk over to the panel desk to greet each individual panelist at the end of their respective games before leaving the stage -- a post-game "walk-by," in other words. This format -- which had been used almost exclusively for mystery guests up to this point, but now expanded to other contestants as well -- will remain largely in place for the remaining ten years, three months and 29 days of "WML?'s" CBS run.
      (3) MICKEY ROONEY: A few months after tonight's show, Mr. Rooney appeared in the theatrical release "Operation Mad Ball," which starred Jack Lemmon and was the feature film debut of occasional "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Ernie Kovacs. Incidentally, Jack Lemmon was Mickey's fellow co-guest panelist on the special West Coast "WML?" EPISODE #397 of January 12, 1958 which originated from Hollywood, California.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits only go so far as the art card for coordinator of production Bob Bach and program manager Frances Trocaine. And while millions of voters went to the polls starting within a few hours of GSN's November 4, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel "elected" to continue its blatant disregard of the will of the viewing public by its continuing callous "crunching" of the end credits.
      (5) END OF THE "HY GARDNER ERA" ON "TNTS": Following the November 4, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the February 7, 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, and celebrity guest Donald Crisp (no relation to sponsor Ralston Purina's "Ry-Krisp" brand). This was Mr. Gardner's final "TNTS" appearance; he went on to be an early regular panelist on Goodson-Todman's "To Tell the Truth," from 1957 to 1959 -- but made no appearances on "WML?" - W-B (2008)

    • MYSTERY GUEST Mickey Rooney promoted his upcoming appearance on Saturday, May 11, 1957 in the television special "Mr. Broadway" which depicted the early career of playwright George M. Cohan. - Suzanne (2005)

    • REVIEW: The panel started off with a bang this particular evening. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant was the warden of Joliet Prison in Illinois. She received help from Dorothy, who blew the door wide open right at the beginning of the game. She later said that he looked like he could be a warden or someone who was affiliated with the law. The warden later requested of John that all his winnings be donated to both the Boys Club of America and the Salvation Army. In spite of winning the first game, the momentum didn't carry over into the second game as they were stumped by the second contestant who sold a hangover remedy. Ironically, during the conference, Arlene mentioned that he could have had something to do with hangover medicine, but Martin ignored his wife's suggestion and asked if he was connected with rat poison. When it came to Arlene's turn, she correctly guessed that he dealt with hangover medicine. Unfortunately, she received the final "no" when she asked if he prepared them. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Mickey Rooney, who was on the show to promote his upcoming special about the life of George M. Cohan which would air the next week on NBC in a production called "Mr. Broadway." After the commercial break, John announced that Arlene and Martin would be taking a second honeymoon and replacing them would be Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Next week, we find out that Walter Pidgeon couldn't make his scheduled appearance. - Sargebri (2005)

      JOLIET PRISON: If the name Joliet Prison sounds familiar, it is because John Belushi played a character named "Joliet" Jake Blues in the novelty band The Blues Brothers with Dan Aykroyd playing his little brother "Elwood." In fact, Joliet Prison was used in the filming of the classic 1980 musical comedy "The Blues Brothers." - Sargebri (2005)

      LEOPOLD & LOEB: After the game, Bennett asked the warden if Leopold was still there. The Leopold he was referring to was Nathan Leopold of the infamous duo of Leopold and Loeb. The two men committed one of the most famous murders in American history when they kidnapped and murdered a young boy by the name of Bobby Franks in May 1924. At first this was seen as a thrill killing. However, it was later revealed that the main reason for the murder was that Leopold asked Loeb if he would like to have a homosexual relationship, to which Loeb agreed, but only if he would help him commit a murder, which they did. The duo was later caught after Leopold's glasses were found at the scene and traced back to him. They were eventually arrested and convicted for the murder of the Franks boy and were sentenced to death. However, their sentences were commuted to life in prison. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Tidbits: Arlene Francis and Martin Gabel will be on vacation in Nassau next week. - Suzanne (2005)

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

  • Allusions