What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 8


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Oct 20, 1957 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • HOOVER DAM - PART I: GOOF: John Daly was incorrect: Hoover Dam is located in Boulder City, Nevada, which is 35 miles from Las Vegas. The dam is not near Boulder, Colorado, the home of the first guest. The two cities are 800 miles apart. - Suzanne (2005)

      HOOVER DAM - PART II: Though it was known as Hoover Dam both in the early years of construction in the early 1930's, as well as at the time of tonight's show and beyond, upon the 1932 Presidential election defeat of its namesake, Herbert Hoover, his successor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, made it a priority to change the dam's name to what had been originally intended, Boulder Dam (after its base of Boulder City, Nevada). In later years, during the controversy of whether or not to restore Herbert Hoover's name to the dam, legendary NBC News anchor and commentator David Brinkley suggested that the former President settle the matter by changing his name to "Herbert Boulder." - W-B (2008)

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  • Notes

    • 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: Tonight's main sponsor was the Remington Rollectric shaver.
      (2) IRENE DUNNE: The former actress/singer turned philanthropist makes her second and final appearance on "WML?" with tonight's show. She had just been appointed as a special U.S. delegate to the United Nations by President Dwight D. Eisenhower at the point of this episode. Miss Dunne was a rare example of an actor or actress who quit while they were ahead. Her last major motion picture had been "It Grows on Trees" (1952), and for the next decade, until 1962, whatever acting roles she took were confined solely to the small screen. Among Miss Dunne's closest friends was actress Loretta Young; in fact, Irene guest-hosted two installments of "The Loretta Young Show" in 1955. However, Miss Young herself never made any appearances on "WML?" in either of its incarnations (CBS or syndicated).
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the ticket mailing address notice, the end credits go way up to the art card crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine. While families around the country were preparing to have Thanksgiving turkey with stuffing, the November 27, 2008 airing of this episode bore witness to the cable and satellite world's "big turkey," GSN, effectively telling viewers to go "stuff it," by carrying on as usual with its grotesque "crunching" of the screen.
      (4) Immediately subsequent to the November 27, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the August 23, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," hosted by Clifton Fadiman, with the panel of Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Mike Wallace and Joan Alexander, and former child actress Margaret O'Brien as the celebrity guest. GSN's 2008 airing of this episode came only five days before the scheduled December 2, 2008 airing of "WML?" EPISODE #390 of November 24, 1957, on which Miss O'Brien was a mystery guest. - W-B (2008)

    • REVIEW: This was one of those nights in which the panel looked as if they were going to be put through the wringer, especially after the first two contestants. However, they managed to have a great comeback later in the evening. The first game almost set the tone for the evening with John's big goof when he said that Boulder Dam was in Colorado while introducing the first contestant. As it turned out, the panel was stumped by the yodeler and never did figure out that the contestant was a yodeling instructor. The fun really started when the corset fitter came out. She proved to be a very charming contestant and very respectful, but some of the questions the panel asked caused a few snickers from the audience, especially some asked by Dorothy. Unfortunately, they wound up getting totally stumped and she won the full prize. Thankfully, the panel's luck changed in the mystery guest round when Irene Dunne walked out. Guest panelist Jim Backus was able to correctly guess who she was, especially after Dolly Mae opened the door for him with her question of whether Miss Dunne was a delegate to the United Nations, which at the time she was. It also provided a very cute moment when Jim gave Dorothy a nice little peck on the cheek. Before she left, Miss Dunne reminded everyone the purpose of the U.N. and let everyone know what it was doing for world peace. In the final game, Bennett correctly guessed that the final contestant was a judge. This helped to put a positive ending on what might have been a disastrous night. - Sargebri (2005)

      ANYONE CAN YODEL: Magnus E. Bucher recorded and released a yodel instruction LP titled "Anyone Can Yodel, Instructions by Magnus Bucher." This record may have accompanied the book he wrote in 1956, also titled "Anyone Can Yodel." The book was published by Big Mountain Press. The hardcover edition is 20 pages in length and is illustrated with photos and music. Yet another web site listed his name as "Dr. Magnus E. Bucher." - Suzanne (2005)

      HAPPY 50th BIRTHDAY ARLENE! Bennett tells us that Arlene's husband, Martin Gabel, bought her a baby grand piano for her birthday. - Suzanne (2005)

      ANN T. MIKOLL went on to become the first female to serve on the New York State Appellate Court. She had a very distinguished life and retired from the bench in 1999. - Roscoe (2005)

    • SKIPPED IN 2003 - NO REGULAR ROTATION: On May 30, 2003, GSN skipped this episode to instead air the "Bob Hope 100th Birthday Tribute." GSN re-ran the exact same tribute on August 2, 2003 for the "Bob Hope Memorial Tribute," because Bob Hope had passed away on July 27, 2003. On both occasions, GSN aired three "Bob Hope as mystery guest" episodes: EPISODE #236 of December 12, 1954; EPISODE #589 of November 19, 1961 and EPISODE #662 of May 5, 1963. - Suzanne (2008)

      GSN AIRDATE HISTORY: GSN successfully aired this episode in regular rotation on July 13, 2005 and again on November 27, 2008. - Suzanne (2008)

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

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