What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 30, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Betty Ford (b. 6/24/1927) - "Bullfighter" (she signed in as Miss X to avoid name recognition; self-employed; from McKeesport, Pennsylvania; no relation to THE Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald R. Ford)

Game 2: Mrs. Helen Tyler - "Teaches Course For Expectant Parents" (salaried; she is a nurse who works at Porter Hospital; from Denver, Colorado)

Game 3: Sal Mineo (1/10/1939 - 2/12/1976) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Barbara Kiernen - "Helicopter Test Pilot" (salaried; she works for Omega Aircraft Company in New Bedford, Massachusetts; from Andover, MA)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Sal Mineo

    Sal Mineo

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Ernie Kovacs

    Ernie Kovacs

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • John Daly: (as the sustained applause for mystery guest Sal Mineo continues) All right! Please, you don't have to go into all those paroxysms every time I stand up.

      • (To disguise his voice, Mystery Guest Sal Mineo used a deep honking grunt for his "yes" and "no" answers.)
        Ernie Kovacs: All I'm hearing over there are animal sounds. Are you a quadruped?

      • Sal Mineo: I just can't belive I'm here! I've been watching this show since I was this tall...
        Arlene: Watch it, Mr Mineo! You're dating us!
        Ernie Kovacs: Not me, I'm new here! You go right ahead!

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at just one down, even though Arlene had correctly guessed this contestant's line. As his inventive excuse for the flipping, John stated, "Anyway, it's Christmas, or nearly Christmas, only about seven months away, so we'll throw them all over." (It was actually a bit less than six months until Christmas 1957 -- still quite some time off, though.) In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel had figured out that this contestant dealt with a product used outdoors, but didn't have time to figure out anything else. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's main sponsor is Helene Curtis. And this was the first of ten times famed comedian and TV pioneer Ernie Kovacs sat on the panel, all in this year of 1957.
        (2) SAL MINEO - PART I: The young actor makes his only CBS "WML?" appearance in this episode. In 1957, he was in two motion pictures, "Dino" (as the title character, "Dino Minetta") and "The Young Don't Cry" (as "Leslie 'Les' Henderson"). In addition, Mr. Mineo appeared in two productions of the "Kraft Television Theatre" anthology series, "Drummer Man" and "Barefoot Soldier."
        (3) SAL MINEO - PART II: In addition to his acting roles, Mr. Mineo in 1957 launched a brief rock 'n' roll singing career on the Epic label. His first single, "Start Movin' (In My Direction)" [(5-)9216], made the Top Ten, while a follow-up, "Lasting Love" [(5-)9227], only advanced to the Top 30. And all this was before he portrayed jazz drummer Gene Krupa in the 1959 biopic "The Gene Krupa Story."
        (4) SAL MINEO - PART III: Mr. Mineo made at least one more "WML?" appearance after tonight, on the daily color syndicated version in 1970. The host by then was Wally Bruner, and the panel was assembled as Soupy Sales, Anita Gillette, Gene Rayburn and Arlene Francis. This later appearance was either from Week #91 which was taped on August 20, 1970, or from Week #94 which was taped on September 10, 1970, the only weeks in that year to have this particular panel lineup. (They were also assembled for a week in 1972.) On this 1970 show, Mr. Mineo was promoting an upcoming film he had written and was going to begin making in about six weeks, called "A Fallen Dove," which he said was about a draft resister in a federal penitentiary. However, this picture was apparently never made; it is not listed on IMDb, nor in Mr. Mineo's filmography. - W-B (2009)
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits were shown from start to finish. While GSN's November 11, 2008 airing of this episode fell on Veterans' Day, which commemorated the sacrifices our fighting men have made for America, the cable and satellite channel made no sacrifices whatsoever -- and indeed, was engaging in business as usual -- by its relentless and persistent "crunching" of the screen at the end.
        (6) BEGINNING OF THE "BOB AND RAY ERA" ON "TNTS": The November 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the April 11, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," which marked the debut of the comedy duo of Bob and Ray (Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding) as hosts. With Joan Alexander on the first of three weeks' maternity leave, the panel on this episode was assembled as Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Walter Slezak and Laraine Day. Appearing on this installment were Joan Benny (daughter of perennially "39-year-old" comedian Jack Benny), and actress Rhonda Fleming as the celebrity guest. For one of the panelists, Audrey Meadows, Mr. Elliott and Mr. Goulding's "TNTS" hosting gig was something of an "old-home week" reunion, as Miss Meadows had been a regular on their 1951-1953 NBC-TV series called -- what else? -- "Bob and Ray," up to 1952 when she joined "The Jackie Gleason Show" to play "Alice Kramden" in "The Honeymooners," and again in 1953 when Mr. Gleason was on hiatus for the summer. It should also be noted that starting with this episode, both the panelists' and hosts' desks have been replaced and updated. In addition, Miss Fleming's "TNTS" appearance came one day after she was a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #253 of April 10, 1955. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a somewhat poor night for the panel. Fortunately for them, though, Ernie Kovacs was making his first appearance on the panel and helped soften the blows they suffered. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that Miss Ford was a bullfighter. Unfortunately, she guessed her line after the panel had run out of questions. However, with a huge assist from Martin, she did a splendid job in the second game when she correctly guessed that the contestant taught courses for expectant parents. In the mystery guest round, for the second time in three weeks, the panel was totally stumped when they failed to correctly identify Sal Mineo. During the post game chat, Mineo said he grew up watching the show and that he felt that it was an honor for him to appear on the show. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the helicopter test pilot won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        GUEST PANELIST: Ernie Kovacs was a real delight this particular evening. Usually when comedians are on the panel, they try to be funny and do not take the game seriously. However, Kovacs was both funny and took the game seriously. His appearance on the panel might have inspired him to try his hand at a panel show of his own when he hosted the 1959-1961 series "Take a Good Look." The object of that game was to try to figure out, much like WML, what a person's occupation was. The difference was that Ernie would use comedy sketches to give hints to the panel of celebrities which included his lovely wife Edie Adams, Hans Conried, Cesar Romero and others. In 1962, Kovacs was scheduled to appear in the classic mega-comedy "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World" with Edie. Unfortunately, just before shooting was to begin, he was killed in a solo auto accident. It was widely speculated that the crash occurred because Ernie lost control when he was trying to pick up his cigar which had fallen on the floor of the car. Whatever the actual cause, television lost a true genius when he died. - Sargebri (2005)

        SAL MINEO: At the time of his appearance on the show, Sal Mineo was at the height of his popularity. Unfortunately, his popularity didn't carry over past the 1950's. It was widely speculated that his openly gay lifestyle might have had something to do with the decline in his popularity. In fact, when he was murdered in February 1976 at age 37, there was some incorrect speculation that it might have had something to do with a lovers' quarrel. However, the it was later proven that Mineo was merely the victim of a robbery gone bad. Lionel Ray Williams, the 17-year-old drug addict who committed the murder, didn't even know who Mineo was. - Sargebri (2005)

      • TV GUIDE COVER ART: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf and Dorothy Kilgallen are shown on the front of TV Guide Magazine dated July 6-12, 1957, by means of the use of an overlay screen. On the magazine cover, they are drawn in the form of caricatures by artist Al Hirschfeld. Printed at the top of the cover are the words "Steve Allen Ridicules TV Awards." This July 6, 1957 TV Guide cover can be viewed here on the web. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Tidbits: Ernie Kovacs is smoking a cigar tonight. Arlene is wearing a heart brooch instead of her diamond heart necklace. - Suzanne (2003)

        Sal Mineo mentions he is age 18 and tells us he plays the drums as a hobby. During his game, a siren can be heard outside on the street. - Suzanne (2003)

        Ernie Kovacs (1/23/1919 - 1/13/1962)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Ernie Kovacs, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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