What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 40

EPISODE #365

0
Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 02, 1957 on CBS
10
out of 10
User Rating
2 votes
0

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
EPISODE #365
AIRED:
Game 1: Miss F. E. Willis (aka Frances Willis)(5/20/1899 - 7/20/1983) - "United States Ambassador To Norway" (salaried; she is a Vassar graduate and has been employed by the government for nearly 30 years; from Redlands, CA)

Game 2: Marshall Bedol & Alan Bedol (fraternal twins) - "Make Bar Stools" (self-employed; they own MarshAllan Industries in Cleveland, Ohio)

Game 3: Eddie Cantor (1/31/1892 - 10/10/1964) & Marilyn Cantor (b. 9/16/1921) (as Mystery Guest Duo)
.
.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Friday
No results found.
Saturday
No results found.
Sunday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Marilyn Cantor

    Marilyn Cantor

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Eddie Cantor

    Eddie Cantor

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

    FILTER BY TYPE

    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second game, a pair of contestants, at five down because time was running short. Dorothy Kilgallen had come close when she identified that the brothers made "something to sit on," but the panel was unable to figure out the exact product, bar stools. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) NEW BEGINNINGS: Starting with this episode, a new, larger typeface is used for the "WHAT'S MY LINE?" title overlay at the start of the curtain entrance, in anticipation of the adoption of new opening titles effective with EPISODE #371 on July 14, 1957. Also, the nameplates for the panel and Mr. Daly have returned. In addition, there is a new opening commercial film for tonight's main sponsor, Helene Curtis, seen during the opening title sequence. In an interesting and wild coincidence, the November 7, 2008 airing of this episode also came at the same time as GSN's unveiling a new logo design.
        (2) EDDIE CANTOR - PART I: The bug-eyed comedian, with his daughter Marilyn in tow, makes his second and final "WML?" appearance, and the only one to still exist today on kinescope; his first (and only solo) appearance, on the lost-to-history EPISODE #87 of January 27, 1952, was far less fortunate in that it is no longer around to be seen today. Mr. Cantor's wife, Ida, had been a mystery guest on EPISODE #151 of April 19, 1953. Seven years from tonight's show, on October 10, 1964, the beloved comedian and song-and-dance man died of a heart attack at age 72.
        (3) EDDIE CANTOR - PART II: Mr. Cantor's birth name was Edward Israel Iskowitz. This formed the basis for a joke in a sketch on an unsuccessful 1979 TV pilot called "The T.V. Show," an American equivalent of the Canadian sketch comedy series "Second City Television" (aka "SCTV"), which featured Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer. The sketch in question was a parody of Tom Snyder's "Tomorrow" show, with Mr. Shearer impersonating Tom Snyder and Mr. Crystal as former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali, and the gist of the routine was that "Ali" was converting to Judaism and changing his name to "Izzy Iskowitz" -- a sub-reference to Mr. Cantor's birth name. "The T.V. Show" also marked the birth of the mock rock group "Spinal Tap," that had been contained in a parody of the 1973-1981 NBC music series "The Midnight Special."
        (4) EDDIE CANTOR - PART III: Mr. Cantor also played a role in the writing of "Merrily We Roll Along," originally featured in a 1929 sound cartoon by Max Fleischer entitled "Finding His Voice." "Merrily We Roll Along" became most famous, beginning in 1937, as the opening and closing theme music for the "Merrie Melodies" cartoons produced up until 1944 by Leon Schlesinger Productions, and after that year by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. (Warners' had distributed the cartoons up to Mr. Schlesinger's 1944 sale of the cartoon studio.) "Merrily We Roll Along" was heard on "Merrie Melodies" cartoons, which spotlighted such beloved cartoon characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Porky Pig, that were released up to and including 1964.
        (5) NEW LOOK, BUT SAME OLD "CRUNCH": After the American Airlines plug, the end credits once again cut off after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. After a day's respite, GSN resumed its eye-rolling "crunching" of the screen on its November 7, 2008 airing of this episode, with its new logo design and graphics in place; though it now looked different, the deleterious effect on the horrified viewing audience screamed "same old, same old."
        (6) THE DAWN OF THE "WALTER SLEZAK ERA" ON "TNTS": Immediately after the November 7, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 14, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James. Veteran character actor Walter Slezak began a three-month run on the panel effective with this episode, and British TV personality Catherine (Katie) Boyle filled in for Audrey Meadows this week; the balance, as always, was comprised of Roger Price and Joan Alexander. The celebrity guest was actor/writer/director Gregory Ratoff. It should be noted that Miss Boyle went on to host four editions of the "Eurovision Song Contest" (in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1974), and was one of the few people to have appeared on "The Benny Hill Show" (in 1965, during his run on the BBC) and be impersonated by Mr. Hill (on his very first Thames TV special in 1969). - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a somewhat poor evening for the panel. In the first game, they were totally stumped by Francis Willis, who was serving as Ambassadress to Norway at the time of her appearance on the show. The panel was close in figuring out that she had a connection with academics as she was a professor of Political Science at Vassar, and they did figure out that she worked for the federal government, but other than that, they were all over the map. However, she definitely made a good impression on the panel by her enthusiastic answering of the questions put forth. Also, as a sign of respect, not only did Martin and Bennett stand as she left the stage, but Arlene and Dorothy stood as well. The panel also had a rough time in the second game as they were again all over the map with the bar stool making siblings. Dorothy eventually figured out that it was a piece of furniture that they made, but after that, it was downhill from there and John decided to put them out of their misery by flipping over the rest of the cards. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Eddie Cantor and one of his lovely daughters, Marilyn. In the post game conversation, Cantor brought up his previous appearance on the show. However, the funniest moment of the night came when Bennett said Cantor looked so good that he might finally get a son. And so the show ended on a positive note. - Sargebri (2005)

        SOLID JACKSON: During game two, Dorothy says "Solid" and John immediately replies "Jackson." For an explanation as to why he said this, and what it means, see the notes to WML EPISODE #648. Depending upon how you have your TV.com preferences set, you may have to click on "More Notes" to see the full set of notes for that episode. - Suzanne (2005)

      • MORE ABOUT MARSHALL & ALAN BEDOL:

        Just a note about the barstool-making Bedol twins. Their company, Marshallan, is less than a mile from my apartment and I passed it every day on my way to school and work for more than twenty years. The factory was featured in the 1987 Michael J. Fox film, "Light of Day." The company made souvenir trays for every Presidential inauguration through 2001. They sold the company in 1989 but in a unique business arrangement, they stayed on as consultants. As of 2003, both brothers are still going strong! - louvin2 (2003)

        Marshallan Industries at one time employed 500 people in Cleveland at their plant at West 85th and Madison. They also had factories in Venice, California, Wichita Falls, Texas and West Haven Connecticut. - Suzanne (2003)

        Marshall and Alan Bedol attended the 2003 "Twins Days Festival" in Twinsburg, Ohio. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Tidbits: Eddie Cantor and his daughter Marilyn appeared together as the mystery guests. Eddie Cantor talked about his new autobiography, "Take My Life." - Suzanne (2005)

        At the end of the show, John mentioned that his son had enlisted in the Marines. - Suzanne (2005)

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

    • ALLUSIONS (0)

    More
    Less
    • 8:00 pm
      Dateline NBC
      NEW
      NBC
    • 9:00 pm
      What Would You Do?
      NEW
      ABC
    • 10:00 pm
      Crossbones Beggarman
      NEW
      NBC
    •  
      20/20
      NEW
      ABC