What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 01, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Edith Frerichs - "Cook For County Jail" (salaried; she prepares the food at home and takes it to the jail; from Alliance, Nebraska)

Game 2: Mrs. Myrl Emma Dech - "Makes Cigars" (salaried; she makes White Owls for the General Cigar Company; from Allentown, Pennsylvania)

Game 3: Buster Keaton (10/4/1895 - 2/1/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Sue Voigt - "U. S. Mailman" (salaried; very tall; she is a college student at the University of North Carolina; she has a 15 mile postal route; from Manhasset, Long Island, NY)

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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


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the sole remaining card for the first contestant at nine down because time was running short. The panel had been able to figure out that this contestant worked for a penal institution, but they became locked up upon endeavoring to identify the guest's exact line. In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down, once again due to a shortage of time. Once again, the panel was miles off and failed to deliver. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this episode, Helene Curtis is the main sponsor.
        (2) BUSTER KEATON: "The Great Stone Face" makes his second and final "WML?" appearance tonight, which in terms of preservation was way more fortunate than his first appearance on EPISODE #66 of September 2, 1951 which is among the 100-plus episodes of the 1950-1952 period that are now lost to history. Mr. Keaton's appearance this evening was in connection with the 1957 biopic "The Buster Keaton Story," which starred Donald O'Connor as the deadpan comic. Buster was credited in the picture as "technical advisor." The film's director and writer, Sidney Sheldon, later went on to create and produce the 1965-1970 sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," and create the 1979-1984 drama "Hart to Hart," as well as writing several novels including "Bloodline" and "Rage of Angels." Among "The Buster Keaton Story's" co-stars were two individuals who made appearances on "WML?" over the years, Rhonda Fleming and Peter Lorre. Ironically, Mr. O'Connor himself never appeared on "WML?," nor did Mr. Sheldon.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for American Airlines, the end credits stop after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card, but GSN kept going (and going, and going) with its endless "crunching" of the screen on its November 20, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) THE END OF THE "BOB AND RAY ERA" ON "TNTS": Following GSN's November 20, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the June 13, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same." Not only was this the last episode to be hosted by Bob and Ray, it was also Walter Slezak's last show as a panelist, with the balance, as usual, consisting of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows and Joan Alexander who will carry on as "TNTS" panelists to the end. The celebrity guest on this "TNTS" edition was zany bandleader Spike Jones, less than a year after his "WML?" mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #214 of July 4, 1954. This "TNTS" episode featured the United DC-7 travel arrangements plug at the end. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was definitely one night the panel probably wished that "What's My Line?" had been preempted for the evening. In fact, Dorothy's very poignant comment during the good nights - about the challengers taking the place of the panel next week - certainly described the panel's lackluster performance tonight. In the first game, the panel was thoroughly stumped by the jailhouse cook. They did get close when they figured out that she worked for a penal institution, but they never could really identify her job. In the second game, the panel also was raked over the coals by the woman who made Ernie's favorite brand of cigars, White Owl. The panel did redeem themselves, though, in the mystery guest round as they were able to correctly identify silent film legend Buster Keaton. Strangely enough, he rushed off the stage and didn't stick around to chat with John or the panel. Unfortunately, the panel reverted to the evening's form in the final game as they were again totally stumped. This time, it was a female USPS letter carrier from Manhasset, New York. This truly was an embarrassing night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

        ERNIE KOVACS MYSTERY GUEST TRICK: John reminds the panel that Ernie Kovacs will be off the show for a few weeks because he is appearing in a movie and will be travelling to California. However, as it turned out, Ernie missed his train and shows up next week as the mystery guest. - ymike (2005)

        HINT ABOUT ERNIE KOVACS BEING A REGULAR PANELIST: John's announcement about Ernie's upcoming absence from the panel was, perhaps, the most overt reference made on the program about the fact that Ernie Kovacs had been hired as a regular panelist. After all, why mention his temporary departure if he's only a guest panelist? See the notes of EPISODE #375 of August 11, 1957 for more details. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • WELCOME ABOARD: At the end of the show, John welcomes a new CBS affiliate, station KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. - Suzanne (2005)

        KDKA-TV, Channel 2, was owned and operated by Westinghouse Broadcasting (the future "Group W") since late 1954, and bore the calls of its pioneering sister radio station beginning in January 1955. The station originally signed on in 1949 as WDTV, Channel 3, a DuMont owned-and-operated station, one of three owned by the DuMont Network (the others being WABD, Channel 5, New York, now WNYW, and WTTG, Channel 5, Washington, D.C.) The station was a major profit center for DuMont, and until 1957 was the only VHF commercial TV station in all of Pittsburgh (WQED-TV, Channel 13, while a VHF channel, was and is a public television station). However, by 1954, DuMont was needing of funds and sold WDTV (which switched to Channel 2 in 1952) to Westinghouse; DuMont's days as a television network ended in 1955. The newly-renamed KDKA-TV also had secondary affiliations with NBC until 1957, when WIIC-TV (now WPXI), Channel 11, went on the air; and with ABC until 1958, when WTAE-TV, Channel 4, first signed on. Since 1995, when Westinghouse acquired CBS, KDKA has been a CBS O&O (owned-and-operated station). - W-B (2007)

      • It looks like the panel is turning on John! Last week it was Arlene, this week it's Ernie's turn. This is a "must see" episode just for the look on John's face after Ernie reprimands him! Also, since the panel was not able to guess one profession this evening, during her goodbye, Dorothy made the announcement, "Next week's panel will be this week's challengers!" That got a great laugh! - fiveninegal (2003)


        Tidbits: Arlene's ankle is still sprained, and the panel is yet again already seated for the introductions. - Suzanne (2003)

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

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