What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 04, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Bill Barber "Makes and Sells Ant Houses (With Ants Included)" (self-employed; he calls them Antariums and they come in two sizes and sell for $3.00 & $6.00 at both Abercrombie & Fitch and Macy's department stores; he is a college student and the Antarium is helping to put him through school, which prompted Arlene Francis to humorously quip "My Ant put me through college"; from Denver, Colorado)

Game 2: Mrs. Grace Clarke - "Fashion Model" (salaried; she works for Lynn's -- or maybe Linn's, Len's, Lens or Lenz! -- department store which she said caters entirely and completely to the larger woman; in Gil Fates' logs she is described as "older heavy woman"; from Houston, Texas)

Game 3: Jayne Mansfield (4/19/1933 - 6/29/1967) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Florence Kelly - "Jazz Drummer" (salaried; she works at the 1-2-3 Lounge in Boston and has played the drums for professionally for seven years; from Boston, MA)

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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)

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  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. The panel never really came close on this one. agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is the Remington Rollectric shaver. And this was the second and final "WML?" appearance of Don Ameche. Don was by no means the only person in his family to be an actor; his brother, Jim Ameche, made a name on radio in the 1930's playing the title character in "Jack Armstrong, The All-American Boy," and in the 1960's was a disc jockey on the now-defunct WHN (1050 AM) in New York during its time as a MOR (middle of the road) station. In addition, for a few years beginning in 1969-1970, Jim Ameche did an ad campaign for a mail-order record set entitled "Jack Benny's Golden Days of Radio" that was issued by the Longines Symphonette Society. This commercial, which ran two minutes long, was made a few years prior to perhaps the most famous of all, Columbia House's "120 Music Masterpieces" compilation whose commercial spokesperson was British actor John Williams -- who never appeared on "WML?" in either its CBS or syndicated incarnations.
      (2) JAYNE MANSFIELD: Aside from "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," Miss Mansfield's 1957 filmography also included "The Wayward Bus," "The Burglar" and "Kiss Them for Me."
      (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the final game, John went directly to the good nights with the panel, as was being done from time to time during this period. And following the American Airlines plug, the complete production crew credits were once again shown; this week, Jack Brown filled in for Vernon Gamble as technical director. While there was some difference in the production crew on tonight's show, it made no difference whatsoever to hard-hearted GSN, due to the fact that the end credits were shown in their usual "crunched" manner on the November 16, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (4) The November 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the May 16, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," with hosts Bob and Ray, the panel of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Walter Slezak and Joan Alexander, and celebrity guest Van Johnson. Coincidentally, this 1955 "TNTS" episode was repeated by GSN in 2008 exactly 53 years and 6 months to the day from its original broadcast. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This was one night the panel probably would have liked to forget, as they were put through the wringer by all the regular contestants. In the first game, Dorothy did manage to figure out that the contestant had something to do with ant farms, which she termed an ant village. Unfortunately, her correct guess came after the last "no" had been registered, so the panel lost that game. However, it should be noted that Dolly Mae had been trying to slip Bennett her notes so that he could get a correct guess. The panel also was completely stumped in the second game by the rather full-figured and buxom fashion model. Of course, this was before stores that catered to fuller-figured plus-sized women were common. The panel was successful in the mystery guest round as Dorothy correctly guessed it was Jayne Mansfield, who was on the show to promote the upcoming release of "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" Unfortunately, the panel couldn't carry over that great performance into the final game when they ran out of time, allowing the female jazz drummer to win the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      GUEST PANELIST Don Ameche did a pretty good job in what was his debut as a panelist on the show. Of course, he did have some experience working on a panel show, as it was during this time that he was a member of the "To Tell the Truth" panel. Several years later, he would win a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role of "Arthur Selwyn" in the classic 1985 science-fiction fantasy "Cocoon." However, many younger fans of his will remember him for his role as the conniving "Mortimer Duke" in the classic 1983 comedy "Trading Places." Also starring in that film as his brother "Randolph" was another TTTT alumnus, Ralph Bellamy. Incidentally, when TTTT was first being cast, Ameche was one of the finalists to host the show. However, he was passed over in favor of Bud Collyer. - Sargebri (2005)

    • MYSTERY GUEST Jayne Mansfield mentions she has a paperback at home with Bennett's name on it. Dorothy mentions Jayne's husband Mickey Hargitay. Jayne promoted her 1957 film, "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" which will be released in a month. Her co-star in this film is Tony Randall, who later will become a frequent "WML?" guest panelist. Her upcoming Sunday evening appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is also mentioned. - Suzanne (2005)

    • Don Ameche (5/31/1908 - 12/6/1993)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Don Ameche, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.