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What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 16, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Ortensio Manes - "Police Commissioner of Rome, Italy" (salaried; he only speaks Italian and is accompanied by an interpreter from the United Nations Radio & Television Division named Marie Grazie Escalia (sp?); he donated his game winnings to a home for children in Rome; from Rome, Italy)

Game 2: Mike O'Connell - "Marriage Counselor" (salaried; he works for the Family Service Agency which is supported by the Community Fund; from Portland, Oregon)

Game 3: Peggy Lee (5/26/1920 - 1/21/2002) (as Mystery Guest) She signed in as Peggy Lee Martin.

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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


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    • NOTES (5)

      • IN REMEMBRANCE: On Wednesday, June 12, 1957, Jimmy Dorsey died. He had been the mystery guest on "What's My Line?" EPISODE #280 of October 16, 1955, appearing with his brother Tommy Dorsey, who passed away on November 26, 1956. - cerfnet (2009)

        INTERPRET THIS: The "Italian/English" language interpreter who appeared in tonight's first game, Marie Grazie Escalia (approximate spelling) also made an appearance on the September 17, 1957 episode of "To Tell the Truth," supplying her translation services in the second game to Umberto Validine (approximate spelling) a gondolier from Venice, Italy, who spoke no English. This episode of "TTTT" was aired on GSN on January 7, 2009. - Suzanne (2009)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at six down. Dorothy Kilgallen had correctly guessed this contestant's line, but John flipped the cards because the winnings of this game were going to be donated to a home for children in Rome. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor tonight is Helene Curtis; their earlier opening advertisement was seen at the start of this episode. Also, the soon-to-be-vacationing Bennett Cerf wore a very light-colored jacket on this occasion.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: This evening, the regular contestants' overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold, while mystery guest Peggy Lee's lower-third overlay was set in Futura Medium.
        (3) PEGGY LEE - PART I: This was the first of two "WML?" appearances by the legendary jazz/pop singer. Two months prior to her appearance this evening, Miss Lee rejoined the Capitol label after a five-year sojourn (1952-1957) with Decca Records; she remained with Capitol until 1972. A year from tonight's show, in 1958, Miss Lee had another hit that became synonymous with her name, with a cover of R&B (rhythm and blues) artist Little Willie John's "Fever," issued on Capitol single #(F)3998. Peggy's minimalist arrangement -- consisting solely of bass, snare drum and snapping fingers -- became the definitive version among many, but by no means the last, as in 1965 The McCoys recorded a cover of "Fever" whose arrangement was along the lines of their first hit, "Hang On Sloopy."
        (4) PEGGY LEE - PART II: At the time of her appearance tonight, Miss Lee was married to actor Dewey Martin, the third of her four husbands, which explains her signature on the sign-in board. Their marriage lasted from 1956 until 1959. After her fourth and final divorce in 1965, from actor Jack Del Rio, Peggy was on the verge of reconciling with her first husband, guitarist Dave Barbour, but he died of a heart attack in 1965, four days before they were to remarry.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits go no further than executive producer Gil Fates' art card. And as typical with GSN, on its November 9, 2008 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel added to the truncation of the end credits with its own truncation -- aka "crunching" -- of the screen aspect ratio.
        (6) THE "TNTS" GANG IS BACK: Following the November 9, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the March 28, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Dennis James. The panel of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Walter Slezak and Joan Alexander was back in earnest, and the celebrity guest was Ezio Pinza, one month and eight days after his "WML?" guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #246 of February 20, 1955. - W-B (2008)

      • WELCOME HOME ARLENE, ARRIVEDERCI BENNETT!!! This, of course, is a reference to the fact that while Arlene has returned from her brief vacation, this is Bennett's last night on the panel before he takes a well-deserved European vacation with Phyllis and the boys. This also turned out to be a pretty good performance for the panel this particular evening. Fittingly, the first contestant was from Rome, one of the places that the Cerfs would be visiting, but it wasn't Bennett who made the correct guess. That honor fell to Dorothy, who correctly figured out that he was the commissioner of the Rome police. After the game, John flipped over all the cards due to the fact that the commissioner had asked that any winnings be donated to a Roman children's home. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the marriage counselor from Oregon. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Clifton Daniel, with a huge assist from Arlene, correctly identified Peggy Lee. Miss Lee had the panel going for a bit with her use of a German accent, but still the panel managed to figure out who she was. - Sargebri (2005)

        MORE ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR: If the U.N. translator looked familiar, she was on a 1957 episode of "To Tell the Truth" that GSN aired a few nights previous to the 2005 airing of this "WML." She was on "TTTT" to translate for a gondolier from Venice. - Sargebri (2005)

        PEGGY LEE: As Miss Lee mentioned, she had thought about using the "Siamese voice" for her appearance on the show. This was a reference to her appearance in the 1955 Disney animated classic "Lady and the Tramp" where she voiced four characters, including twin Siamese cats. Several years later, Miss Lee would become attached to the film for a totally different reason. In 1991, she won a landmark $2.3 million judgment against Disney Studios for back royalties from the release of the film on videotape. Her lawsuit hinged on a clause in her pre-videocassette-era contract barring the sale of "transcriptions" of the movie without her approval. - Sargebri (2005)

      • GUEST PANELIST Clifton Daniel is married to Margaret Truman, who is the daughter of the 33rd U.S. President Harry S. Truman and his wife Bess Truman. He is a newspaper reporter for The New York Times. From 1953 to 1956, Margaret Truman appeared on What's My Line? 6 times, twice as a mystery guest and 4 times as a guest panelist. - Suzanne (2003)

        MYSTERY GUEST Peggy Lee said "Manana" was her biggest selling record, at 2 million sold. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Tidbits:

        Bennett is going to Rome on Wednesday. - Suzanne (2003)

        This kinescope is very scratched. We see a larger logo for the "What's My Line?" screen overlay prior to the curtain entrance. - Suzanne (2005)

        Clifton Daniel (9/19/1912 - 2/21/2000)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Clifton Daniel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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