What's My Line?

Season 8 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 25, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Everet Hamilton - "Runs School For Barbers" (self-employed; he runs the Molar Barber School and is totally bald; from Portland, Oregon)

Game 2: Mrs. Vondon Francis - "Raises Pigs" (self-employed; she raises registered Hampshire Hogs; Gil's notes say she is 4'10" tall and weighs 96 lbs.; from Roxboro, North Carolina)

Game 3: Gene Tierney (11/19/1920 - 11/6/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

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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 second contestant at five down because time ran out. Arlene probably could have guessed this one, but was distracted from her line of questioning after receiving a "no" answer as to whether the product could be eaten, as discussed in other notes. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening's edition was sponsored by Helene Curtis.
        (2) GENE TIERNEY - PART I: The legendary screen star makes her first and last "WML?" appearance on tonight's show. It had been two years since her last movie up to this point, "The Left Hand of God" (1955); it was five years after tonight's show that she made another film, "Advise and Consent" (1962). As 1957 came to a close, she began a year-long treatment for depression at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, following a failed suicide attempt.
        (3) GENE TIERNEY - PART II: Miss Tierney's first husband was fashion designer Oleg Cassini, to whom she was married from 1941 to 1952; this meant that she was once the sister-in-law of the Journal-American's society columnist Igor Cassini, aka "Cholly Knickerbocker." Oleg appeared as a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #549 of January 29, 1961, one week before Dorothy's own memorable mystery guest appearance. Igor made no appearances whatsoever on "WML?," unlike the lady who later took over his column, Aileen Mehle, aka "Suzy Knickerbocker."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the American Airlines plug, the end credits get as far as the art card crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine before cutting off. And like clockwork, cuckoo GSN marred the end credits with its "crunching" of the screen on its November 19, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) THE BEGINNING OF THE END OF THE "BOB AND RAY ERA" ON "TNTS": Following the November 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the June 6, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Bob and Ray. A "curtain entrance" was in place for this episode, with the panel introduced in reverse order of where they were seated, as follows: Joan Alexander, Walter Slezak, Audrey Meadows and Roger Price. The celebrity guest was Barbara Britton. At the end, the travel arrangements plug is now for American Airlines, replacing that for United Airlines' DC-7 fleet. - W-B (2008)

      • CAN IT BE FOLDED? During the second game, Ernie Kovacs asks the guest, "Is this something you can fold?" He receives a "no" tonight, but will ask this same question on several future panel appearances. When he finally receives a "yes" on EPISODE #384, he is so elated that he jumps out of his chair! - Suzanne (2005)

        CUTE DOROTHY MOMENT: When asking Gene Tierney about a play she had done some time ago, "The Male Animal," Dorothy thought it may have been as many as 15 years before, but Gene said that it was in 1939. Dorothy, amazed it had been that long ago, puts her hand to her forehead and sighs, "Gad." - parsifal6 (2005)

        REVIEW: This was somewhat of a poor performance by the panel tonight, but it was livened up slightly by Dorothy's cute revelation about how fast time flies. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the bald barber college owner. He came on the show to inspire his students. In the second game, the panel ran out of time and the hog breeder won the full prize. However, there was a question about whether the pigs could be eaten and she said "no." It was later explained that she bred a special breed of pigs that were only intended for breeding purposes. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy, with a huge hint from Ernie, correctly identified screen beauty Gene Tierney. In the post match chat, they were discussing her long and distinguished career and when Dorothy heard how long it had been since Miss Tierney last appeared on Broadway, that's when Dorothy let out her funny "Gad" exclamation about how fast the years go by. - Sargebri (2005)

      • This was a very entertaining episode. At one point, Arlene and John got into a slightly heated, but friendly, disagreement concerning a question she felt was answered unfairly. A great quote came of it, though! Arlene states, "From one Francis to another... pigs is pigs!" The contestant's last name was Francis also! This was a great episode! - fiveninegal (2003)

        Tidbits: The panel is seated at the introduction again, due to Arlene's injured ankle. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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