What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 43

EPISODE #368

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 23, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #368
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Game 1: John LeClair Rice aka John Rice aka Johnny Rice (4/27/1918 - 1/1/2011) - "Major League Baseball Umpire" (salaried; he is in his third year as a major league umpire; from Chicago, Illinois; during his exit, he walks by the panel but does not shake their hands)

Game 2: Mr. Muldoon & Mr. McCarthy & Mr. McDonough - "Make Chinese Food" (self-employed; no first names are given; they are the manufacturers of La Choy Food Products Company, which has been owned by Beatrice Foods since 1943; all men are from Archbold, OH)

Update: The 1990 book "Beatrice: From Buildup to Breakup" by Neil R. Gazel shows that the guests in the second game were Edward M. Muldoon; William P. McCarthy; and Thomas McDonough. They were employed by Beatrice Foods in the LaChoy division. Their appearance on "WML?" tonight is mentioned on page 60 of the book, sections of which can be read via Google Book Search. - Suzanne (2008)

Game 3: Gene Kelly (8/23/1912 - 2/2/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Edward M. Spitz - "Makes Cosmetics For Dogs" (self-employed; he owns Westwood Laboratories and one product they produce is called Natural Eye; he donated his game winnings to the Humane Society of New York; from Los Angeles, CA)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Gene Kelly

    Gene Kelly

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    James C. Hagerty

    James C. Hagerty

    Guest Panelist

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all of the cards for the first contestant after Martin Gabel guessed his line without a single "no" answer. John explained his reasons for this flip by stating, "we can't have that kind of nonsense." In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. This contestant donated his winnings to the Humane Society of New York's free animal clinic. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's main sponsor was the Remington Rollectric shaver. And besides this having been the first of many times Martin Gabel would sit on the anchor end of the panel desk (and, therefore, introduce John Daly), it was also the second and final "WML?" appearance of Presidential press secretary -- and Mr. Daly's eventual successor as head of ABC News -- James C. Hagerty.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Generally, all overlays tonight used Futura Demi Bold; however, in the case of the second contestants, the "Chinese" part of the "Make Chinese Food" overlay was set in the kind of "Mandarin-style" typeface that has been seen on the front signs of many a Chinese restaurant across the country over the years. As for the company they worked for, La Choy, their most famous ad campaign came in the 1970's with the slogan, "La Choy makes Chinese food swing American!"
        (3) GENE KELLY: The legendary song-and-dance man of the movies makes the first of two mystery guest appearances on "WML?" tonight. Mr. Kelly was in two films in 1957: "The Happy Road" and "Les Girls."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: After the American Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credit sequence once again cuts off after showing executive producer Gil Fates' art card. And once again, GSN's November 10, 2008 airing of this episode was plagued by their manically monotonous "crunching" of the end credits. As if that wasn't enough of an annoyance, this broadcast was also marred by a rogue closed-caption feed for GSN's "World Poker Tour" program. Unlike in other recent cases, this feed continued throughout the broadcast.
        (5) THE END OF THE "DENNIS JAMES ERA" ON "TNTS": Following GSN's November 10, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the April 4, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," which was Dennis James' last show as host. The panel, as usual in this period, was comprised of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Walter Slezak and Joan Alexander, and the celebrity guest was Keenan Wynn. Besides this "TNTS" episode being Mr. James' swan song, it would also be Miss Alexander's last appearance until a month from here, as on April 8, 1955 (four days after this edition of "TNTS"), she gave birth to a son, Adam Stanton, with her husband Arthur Stanton, an automotive industry executive. Joan's daughter from her previous marriage, Jane Crowley, had been born in 1946. Jane grew up to become writer and novelist Jane Stanton Hitchcock. (Jane adopted Stanton's name after Stanton adopted her shortly after marrying Joan.) In later years, sons Jonathan and Timothy would also be born to Joan and Arthur. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty historical night for the show as it marked the first time that Martin Gabel sat in the anchor position as he filled in for the vacationing Bennett Cerf. Martin must have been inspired by this as he got things started with a bang by doing a solo in guessing that the first contestant was an umpire. It probably was a mistake in letting Martin get the first crack at this particular guest due to the fact that Martin was a huge sports fan. In fact, Mr. Rice said that they should have started at the other end with Dorothy, who was not a big sports fan. Unfortunately, Martin's good start didn't carry over into the second game as they were totally stumped by the Irish Chinese food barons. However, the panel once again did splendidly as they correctly figured out that the mystery guest was Gene Kelly, who was on the show to promote his film "The Happy Road." In the final game, the panel ran out of time during questioning, so the dog cosmetics manufacturer won by default. And so, even though the panel had a .500 night, on the basis of the first game and the mystery guest round, they had an exceptional night. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Gene Kelly promoted his 1957 film, "The Happy Road." - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: James C. Hagerty was the White House press secretary. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, James C. Hagerty, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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