What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 29, 1957 on CBS



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: As was mentioned the previous week, this was a pretty historic occasion as John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly missed his first broadcast after 381 episodes and replacing him this night was none other than Bennett Cerf. Of course, this meant that Bennett finally got to see how much hard work it was for John to moderate the show. Also, Bennett's absence from the panel probably had something to do with the dismal night that they had. In the first game, they were totally stumped by the man who sold plastic toothpicks. It was also during this game that Dorothy had what only could be termed "a blonde moment" as she seemed to zone out when it came to her turn. The second game was quite interesting in the fact that usually when there are two mystery guests, the first one usually comes out at the beginning of the show. However, for some reason, the first mystery guest came out in the second game. This break in rhythm might have had something to do with the panel's failure to guess industrialist Henry Kaiser. In the mystery guest round, with their confidence already shaken, the panel made it a perfect night for Bennett by failing to identify Julie London, who was on the show to promote her upcoming appearance on "The Big Record" later that week. During the good nights, the panel - and especially Bennett - seemed relieved that John would be back next week and things would return to normal. - Sargebri (2005)

      FORD EDSEL: During the game with Mr. Kaiser, Arlene asked if he were Edsel Ford. This was a reference to the fact that that year, 1957, a new car from Ford hit the market, the infamous Edsel. That car turned out to be one of the biggest flops in the history of America. Even though it was later thought to be a good car, especially with many innovations that it brought, the car was doomed by the advertising campaign that tried to portray the car as something that it wasn't. - Sargebri (2005)

      GUEST PANELIST Cesar Romero did a pretty decent job this evening. Even though he didn't really ask that many questions, he did ask good ones. Eight years later, Romero would take on his most famous role - that of "The Joker" on the 1966 to 1968 camp classic "Batman." However, what a lot of people remember about Romero's portrayal was the fact that he wouldn't shave off his trademark mustache. Instead of shaving it, he covered it with the Joker makeup. - Sargebri (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST Miss London is best remembered for her 1955 hit single, "Cry Me a River," which sold over three million copies. She was named one of Billboard's most popular female vocalists for 1955, 1956 and 1957. Several years after her appearance on the show, Julie London took on the role of "Nurse Dixie McCall" on the classic 1972-1977 medical drama "Emergency!" One of her co-stars on that show was her husband Bobby Troup, who wrote the song "Route 66," which was a huge hit for Nat King Cole in 1946. It was very ironic that London and Troup worked on that show together, because it was produced by Miss London's ex-husband, "Dragnet" star Jack Webb. - Sargebri (2005)