What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 22, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Mrs. Felisa R. Gautier (1/9/1897 - 9/16/1994) - "Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico" (salaried; from San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Game 2: Reimar Westerlind - "Designs Girdles" (salaried; from a small town in Sweden that sounded like "Kungshelven")

Game 3: Patti Page (11/8/1927 - 1/1/2013) (as Mystery Guest) She has been awarded 9 gold records to date.


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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)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: John, uh, I think Ernie Kovacs is coming back to help out next week and before you leave for Greece, would you leave a list of those misleading and obfuscating phrases of yours on that desk, please? Good night, John.
        John Daly: I'm hurt. After seven and a half years, all they tell me is that I'm "obfuscating." And I know I haven't. Ob-- what does it mean, Bennett?
        Bennett Cerf: It means "deliberately misleading."

    • NOTES (4)

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

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this edition which marked the end of John Daly's heretofore unbroken streak of continuous hosting of "WML?," the main sponsor was the Remington "Rollectric" shaver; however, the sign-in board had the old "Remington Electric Shavers" sign on top.
        (2) PATTI PAGE: "The Singing Rage" made what turned out to be her only "WML?" appearance tonight. She had two stints with Mercury Records, where she had her biggest successes: the first from 1947 to 1963, and the second from 1970 to 1973. From 1963 to 1970 Miss Page recorded for Columbia, where her biggest hit turned out to be the title track from "Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte" (single #4-43251) in 1965. Another of her singles for Columbia, in 1968, was a recording of "Little Green Apples" (4-44556) that preceded by a few months O.C. Smith's better-known recording of the Bobby Russell composition; Patti's version proved to be her last pop chart entry. Miss Page was married to Hollywood choreographer Charles O'Curran from 1956 until their divorce in 1972; this was after his previous 1952-1955 marriage to entertainer Betty Hutton. Around the time of Miss Page's appearance tonight, she had one of her best-known hits with "Old Cape Cod" [Mercury 71101(X45)].
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For tonight's show, there was no travel arrangements plug evident during the end credits, but a new art card (again, with the cartoon drawings of Roy Doty) with the show title and CBS's then-address of 485 Madison Avenue, New York 22, N.Y., was unveiled. Even so, the closing credits were truncated, cutting off as the production crew was transitioning from the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card and that for executive producer Gil Fates. Also mercilessly truncated was the aspect ratio of the screen, on GSN's November 23, 2008 airing of this episode -- more infamously known as "credits crunching."
        (4) GSN's November 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the July 12, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by future "WML?" guest moderator Clifton Fadiman, with the panel again comprised of Roger Price, Laraine Day, Mike Wallace and Joan Alexander, and Sheree North as the celebrity guest -- only two days after she was the mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #266 of July 10, 1955. - W-B (2008)

      • ARLENE FRANCIS WELL: Hooray! Arlene is all better! Her sprained ankle has healed, and the panel once again walks on stage for the introductions. It is announced that John will be absent next week, and that this is his first time in seven and a half years! Bennett will be filling in as the moderator. Many jokes were made about John leaving Bennett "those fabulous misleading answers." John Daly will be travelling to Europe (Athens, Greece; Paris, France; Rome, Italy; England) for twelve days, as a part of his job with ABC News. - Suzanne (updated 2005)

        REVIEW: After the previous week's poor performance, the panel, especially guest panelist Jim Backus, pulled off a perfect night. In the first game, Jim made the last second save as he correctly guessed that Mrs. Gautier was the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico with only one "no" to go. He also was able to correctly guess that the second contestant designed girdles. Of course, this was after the rest of the panel pretty much narrowed it down for him. However, in the final game, and with a big assist from Bennett, it was the wife of Jim's former roommate Martin Gabel, Arlene, who correctly identified popular singing star Patti Page, who was on the show to promote her new variety show "The Big Record." With this third win, the perfect night was complete. - Sargebri (2005)

        JOHN'S ABSENCES: As was mentioned earlier, John would be taking the next week off and Bennett would be filling in for him as moderator. However, this wouldn't be the only time that John would miss a week. In 1958, Clifton Fadiman fills in as the guest host twice for John. In 1959, frequent guest panelist, and host of the British version of WML, Eamonn Andrews, fills in once as host of the show. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Patti Page now has nine gold records! A few titles are named. She promoted her new 1957-1958 musical television series "The Big Record." - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Database verified! Bennett stated that this was John Daly's 381st consecutive appearance as the moderator. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Jim Backus, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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