What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 45

EPISODE #370

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 07, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #370
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Game 1: Cass Gaylord, Joe Schwartz & Lee Tannen - "TV Cameramen for What's My Line?" (as Mystery Guest Trio and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; salaried; Lee Tannen has been a WML camera operator for 8 years and sat next to John, Cass Gaylord has been a WML cameraman for 7 years and stood closest to John; Joe Schwartz has been a WML cameraman for 6 years and stood furthest from John; we learn that sometimes they wear Bermuda shorts while working, but they were in business suits tonight)

Cass Gaylord (12/9/1921 - 4/17/1999)
Joe Schwartz (10/18/1922 - 8/27/2004)
Lee Tannen (12/19/1920 - 12/11/1983)

Game 2: Nat Lawrence - "Operates DRUNKOMETER (Chemical Test For Intoxication)" (salaried; he is also the Deputy Sheriff of Dade County, Florida; from Miami, FL)

Game 3: Buddy Hackett (8/31/1924 - 6/30/2003) (as Mystery Guest #2) He signs in with his name and draws the face of an Asian man.

Game 4: Bruce Beebe - "Baby Sitter For Gorilla (Toledo Zoo)" (salaried; he stays with the young male gorilla for 8 hours each day; from Toledo, Ohio)
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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)

    Buddy Hackett

    Buddy Hackett

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Eamonn Andrews

    Eamonn Andrews

    Guest Panelist

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel never really came close on this one, as they didn't figure out that the contestant dealt mainly with an animal, rather than people. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH - AND END OF THE "JACK-IN-THE-BOX" ERA: The main sponsor tonight is the Remington Rollectric shaver. This evening's episode was also the last to open with the "jack-in-the-box" animated title sequence that was first seen on EPISODE #198 of March 14, 1954, which was sponsored by Stopette during Jules Montenier, Inc.'s ownership. The first Remington-sponsored episode to utilize this "jack-in-the-box" opening was EPISODE #203 of April 18, 1954.
        (2) After the first mystery guest trio of the CBS cameramen who worked on "WML?" finished their spot, they returned to their usual positions, at which point one of the RCA TK-10 cameras in use back then at Studio 59 (aka the Mansfield Theatre) was clearly seen being operated by one of the cameramen. It should be noted that CBS removed all references to RCA's manufacture from these cameras for competitive reasons. Only a few years from this episode, CBS selected another brand of monochrome (black-and-white) camera, the Marconi Mark IV, to replace their aging TK-10 and TK-11 cameras, and when the network finally took the plunge to color programming beginning in 1965, they seized upon Philips' "Norelco" brand of PC-60 color cameras for use in all their studios.
        (3) Back on EPISODE #137 of January 11, 1953, a person who made the "Drunkometer" device (which was used by the contestant of tonight's second game) was a contestant. While this device was still being used by law enforcement throughout the country, it was a matter of time before it would be replaced by a more portable implement, the "Breathalyzer," which had been invented three years prior to tonight's show. The history of these two breath alcohol testers can be found in the notes to EPISODE #137.
        (4) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Mystery guest Buddy Hackett's lower-third overlay was set in the usual "last-minute" font, while the regular contestants' overlays used the regular Futura Demi Bold.
        (5) SPEAKING OF BUDDY HACKETT: The pudgy comedian had starred in a short-lived sitcom called "Stanley" which ended a few months prior to his debut "WML?" appearance tonight. The series -- which ran on "another network" (NBC) from September 24, 1956 to March 11, 1957 -- was notable in that a few of the writers were Neil Simon and Woody Allen, and two notable supporting players who went on to bigger and better things were Carol Burnett and Paul Lynde. Of these other names, only Mr. Allen and Miss Burnett appeared on "WML?" in later years.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the full production crew credits are once again shown. However, GSN being GSN, such end credits were shown in the usual detestable "crunched" fashion on the November 12, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (7) Immediately subsequent to the November 12, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the April 18, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Bob and Ray, with the panel again consisting of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Walter Slezak and Laraine Day, and New York (baseball) Giants manager -- and Miss Day's then-husband -- Leo Durocher as the celebrity guest. This was at least the second time that the fiery skipper was a guest on a show with his then-wife on the panel, due to the fact that Mr. Durocher was a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #157 of May 31, 1953 when Miss Day was a guest panelist. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: After a pretty good beginning, especially for Mr. and Mrs. Gabel, the panel had a .500 performance this episode. In the first game, John mistakenly opened the door when he referred to the contestants in the plural. However, it still took a while before Arlene was able to figure out that it was the WML camera crew by asking, "Do you ever give us unflattering close ups?" to which Lee answered "Trapped" to convey yes. In fact, before they left, John jokingly asked that they watch the close-ups on them. In the second game, Arlene was getting close to guessing what the profession was when the game time ran out. Unfortunately, she received the final "no" and was unable to guess that the deputy sheriff from Dade County, Florida operated an intoxication detector. In the mystery guest round, Martin correctly identified future guest panelist Buddy Hackett. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the gorilla sitter won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        GUEST PANELIST BUDDY HACKETT: This was the first appearance of Buddy Hackett on What's My Line? Little did anyone know that this was the first of many appearances on the show. In addition to Buddy's five mystery guest appearances, he made fifteen guest panelist appearances, putting him amongst the top of the male guest panelists. - Sargebri (2005)

      • SPECIAL GUESTS: The first guests were the 3 cameramen for What's My Line?! The panel was blindfolded, and Arlene guessed it at the very last minute! This was a VERY funny segment! After their game was finished, they took their spots at their cameras again! We then see a rare shot of cameraman Lee Tannen at his CBS camera. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: John has attended the atomic tests held in Yucca Flats, Nevada. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Eamonn Andrews, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel.

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