What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 9

EPISODE #386

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 27, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #386
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Game 1: William Walsh - "Golf Caddy" (salaried; 81 years old; he works at the prestigious Victoria Golf Club and has caddied for the Duke of Windsor and Bing Crosby; from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)

 Game 2: Mrs. Grace Peterson - "Makes Anti-Snoring Device" (salaried; she works for the Detroit Stamping Company which is now known in 2005 as DE-STA-CO Industries; the anti-snore electric device is placed under the pillow and can be activated to wake the sleeping person so he rolls over and stops snoring; from Detroit, MI)

Game 3: Spring Byington (10/17/1886 - 9/7/1971) (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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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Arlene Francis: I'm going to be replaced soon. I haven't guessed anything in three weeks. What'll I do? Be replaced, I guess. Good night, Ernie. How long has it been since you've guessed anything?
        Ernie Kovacs: (ignoring Arlene's question) Good night, Arlene. (loud laughter from audience) Good night, Dorothy.

      • John Daly: Mr. Kovacs, you're next.
        (There is a brief pause in which Ernie Kovacs seems to be simply spaced out.)
        John Daly: (again attempting to gain's Ernie's attention) Kovacs!? Yoo-hoo?! Kovacs?!
        Ernie Kovacs: (referring to his blindfold) I put these things on and I doze.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel was not anywhere near guessing this line. - agent_0042 (2008)

        BAD KOVACS NIGHT: As reported in the "Trivia" section of EPISODE #375 of August 11, 1957, Gil Fates' handwritten log contains a comment for this episode, stating "not a good Kovacs night." Indeed, Kovacs really did not seem to be with it on this episode. He passed on opportunities to question, seemed particularly flat during the second game, and during the mystery guest round, seemed to be sleeping on the job, prompting John to shout "Yoo-hoo!? Kovacs!?" The next episode will be Ernie Kovacs' final appearance on the show. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • NEW END CREDIT GRAPHICS: Beginning with this episode, a new set of end credits takes effect. The new screens have a grid-like background, matching that of the animated opening title sequence, and feature a character in different occupations for each credit screen. They replace the end credit graphics drawn by graphics artist Roy Doty. This new end credit design sequence will remain in use, with a few modifications in the crew credits, up to and including EPISODE #607 of April 1, 1962, plus two pre-taped episodes from the summer of 1962 that were recorded prior to that date. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

        (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight, the main sponsor of this episode is Helene Curtis.
        (2) SPRING BYINGTON: The "December Bride" co-star makes her first and final "WML?" appearance tonight as a mystery guest. Unlike many other mystery guests, she never returned to appear as a guest panelist. She died in 1971, the same year as "WML?'s" publisher/panelist Bennett Cerf. As for Miss Byington's "December Bride" character "Lily Ruskin," the way in which her character was played, along with her interaction with the other characters, could be seen in a sense as a precursor towards the trend that developed starting in the 1980's and continuing to the present day, of a more "politically correct" approach to that kind of comedy. As a side note, Harry Morgan, who played "Pete Porter" on "December Bride," never made any appearances on "WML?"; nor did Frances Rafferty (who played "Ruth Renshaw") or Verna Felton (who played "Hilda Crocker").
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: While new art card graphics debuted with tonight's show (as mentioned above), the end credits only went so far as that for director Franklin Heller. Alas, while many GSN viewers prepared to shop for wonderful bargains on "Day After Thanksgiving" sales, GSN continued to ring up a "No Sale" for the poor hapless viewers on November 28, 2008, due to the cable and satellite channel's continuing cringe-inducing practice of "crunching" the credits screens.
        (4) GSN's November 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 23, 1964 edition of "I've Got a Secret" with host Steve Allen, the panel of Betsy Palmer, Bill Cullen, Bess Myerson and Henry Morgan, and celebrity guest Louis Nye. This Thanksgiving-themed "IGAS" edition was previously aired on GSN in regular rotation on April 19, 2008, and before that on October 16, 2005, as part of a tribute to Mr. Nye, who died on October 10, 2005 at age 92. It should be noted that according to GSN's calendar, the most recent airing of this "IGAS" episode was on November 27, 2008, which was Thanksgiving Day. This date discrepancy is because GSN considers daily broadcasts -- those that are even past midnight -- as being part of the previous day's "broadcast day of," while we prefer to keep track of the actual calendar day aired. In any case, the regular rotation of "The Name's the Same" was delayed by one day due to this special "IGAS" airing. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights that the panel probably wished that they would have been preempted as they were stumped in every game, including the mystery guest round. In the first game, the panel was unable to correctly guess that the short and rather elderly contestant was a caddy. However, the blow was softened somewhat by his charming demeanor. In the second game, the panel really was put through the wringer when they were unable to guess that the contestant made anti-snoring devices. However, they could be forgiven for this one due to the fact that it was such an unusual occupation. In the mystery guest round, the panel really hit bottom when they failed to identify legendary actress Spring Byington. This really put a capper on a very imperfect night. In fact, Arlene and the panel began to question themselves by asking when the last time they made a correct guess was. Fortunately, they were able to take this poor performance in stride. - Sargebri (2005)

        SPRING BYINGTON: As John mentioned during the good nights, Miss Byington was not only about to celebrate her 50th anniversary in show business, she also was appearing on the 1954-1959 sitcom "December Bride" as "Lily Ruskin." That show was probably the antithesis of most shows of that era due to the fact that it presented an atypical mother-in-law/son-in-law relationship in which the two actually liked each other. - Sargebri (2005)

      • HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE: Ernie asking possibly the longest question in the show's history! He was even able to repeat it after John asked him to! Also, since the panel was unable to guess any profession this evening (including the mystery guest), during the goodbyes, Arlene said with a worried look, "I think I'm going to be replaced. I haven't guessed anything in 3 weeks!" - fiveninegal (2003)

        PUN-ISHMENT: Bennett made a pun regarding the anti-snoring device when he said, "a snore 'n delusion." John Daly groaned! I believe that Bennett was making a pun on the old phrases "a snare and a delusion" and "a snare and delusion" which could easily be said as "a snare 'n delusion." Net research shows that these phrases were in use in 1957 and earlier. Moreover, it sounds like just the kind of pun Bennett would make! - Suzanne (2003)

      • Tidbits: This kinescope has a poor sound quality in the beginning. - Suzanne (2005)

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

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