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What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 18, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: A. E. Lowthian (Albert Edward Lowthian) - "Footman (To the Lord Mayor of London)" (salaried; he appears in full costume and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; from London, England)

Game 2: Miss Eleanore Perrine - "Washes Cows" (salaried; she works for the Walker Gordon Diary Farm in Plainsboro, New Jersey and earns $1.22 per hour as she washes 1,650 cows by using water and a hose; from Monmouth Junction, NJ)

Game 3: Zsa Zsa Gabor (b. 2/6/1917) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Patricia Howard - "Policewoman" (salaried; she is 19 years old and has been employed as a police officer for one year; from Wauchula, Florida)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2008)

        DID SOMEBODY CALL THE KING?: In discussing the nature of the applause that greeted her appearance, Zsa Zsa Gabor commented, "If Elvis Presley had come on, it would have been a much bigger applause." For the record, we have no way of knowing for sure, as the king of rock and roll never made an appearance on "What's My Line?" - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME": An interesting side note to Ernie Kovacs' conversing in Hungarian with mystery guest Zsa Zsa Gabor tonight was that he had previously done a routine on his own show, as French storyteller "Pierre Ragout," in which he told a "fractured" tale of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," where the evil Queen was recast as "Queen Zsa Zsa." In the story, he noted at one point, "This Queen Zsa Zsa ruled with an iron fist - her fingernail polish was galvanized zinc." This routine was featured in the LP "The Ernie Kovacs Album" (Columbia PC 34250), which was released in 1976. - W-B (2005)
        (2) NEW SUBSTITUTE DIRECTOR: As the end credits indicated, this episode was directed by Paul Alter, who was filling in for Franklin Heller. Mr. Alter would later direct "WML?" EPISODE #549 of January 29, 1961; EPISODE #550 of February 5, 1961; EPISODE #555 of March 12, 1961; and EPISODE #559 of April 9, 1961. - W-B (2005)
        (3) "THAT MAKES IT 376 DOWN AND 500 TO GO": After tonight's show, there would be 500 more editions before CBS pulled the plug on the show in 1967.
        (4) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Remington Rand typewriters, with the opening advertisement spotlighting the Remington "Quiet-Riter."
        (5) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The first contestant's overlay reading "Footman (To the Lord Mayor of London)" was set in the "last-minute" font, with upside-down "W's" used in place of the two "M's." All other overlays were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In spite of Mr. Alter being the substitute director tonight, GSN's November 18, 2008 airing of this episode only went up to the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" art card -- after the ending Remington Rand advertisement and the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines -- on top of "crunching" the screen, as per the cable and satellite channel's usual despicable and disgusting procedure.
        (7) GSN's November 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the May 30, 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 guests Henny Youngman and Rocky Graziano. Mr. Graziano's appearance on this "TNTS" edition fared considerably better in the preservation department than his mystery guest spot on the long-lost "WML?" EPISODE #12 of July 19, 1950; however, "The King of the One-Liners" never appeared on "WML?" in its CBS run, but did make four mystery guest appearances on the syndicated version between 1968 and 1974. Of note was that in the audience on this edition of "TNTS" was Mr. Slezak's young daughter, Erika Slezak, who grew up to become an actress herself, making her name as "Victoria 'Viki' Lord Davidson" on the soap opera "One Life to Live" from 1971 to the present day. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: Once again, due to Arlene's injured ankle, the panel performed their introductions pre-seated from the desk. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the footman to the Lord Mayor of London. However, because he wore his uniform, they were blindfolded and that played a big part in their defeat. In the second game, the panel once again went down to defeat as they were totally stumped by the cow washer. In the mystery guest round, the panel pretty much had it nailed that it was Zsa Zsa Gabor, especially after Bennett asked her about goulash and Ernie began conversing with her in Hungarian. In the final game, Dorothy did something that almost was rare at this point in the show's run when she was able to figure out that the final contestant was a police woman before the time ran out. So, after a slow start, the panel ended the show with a bang. - Sargebri (2005)

      • During the mystery guest round, there is a very nice moment when Kovacs and Gabor speak the Hungarian language of Magyar to each other before Daly cuts them off. It's a beautiful language, and a very complex one too! - Dan Albertson (2003)

        Poor Arlene! During the questioning of the "cow washer," John kept "clarifying" an answer to Dorothy. You could tell she was getting rather miffed. It was very cute! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Tidbits: The panel does not walk out at the beginning, they are once again all seated for the introductions, due to Arlene's sprained ankle. Ernie smokes his cigar tonight, and speaks Hungarian to Zsa Zsa! - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Ernie Kovacs, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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