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What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 11


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 10, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Sharon Laschen - "Professional Wrestler" (self-employed; if she had one, her professional name was not stated; she is involved in many sports and her brother plays baseball in the New York Yankees farm system; they discuss a form of team wrestling called Battle Royale; from Milwaukee, WI)

Game 2: John Lorrell (8/23/1917 - 3/2001) - "England's Top Male Model" (self-employed; left-handed; nice smile; handsome; from London, England)

Game 3: Gale Storm (4/5/1922 - 6/27/2009) (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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. His only opportunity to flip the cards would have been in the first game for the female wrestler, but he failed to do so, letting her take home a smaller prize amount. The panel was good and stumped on the other two games. Gale Storm's vocal disguise did them in for that mystery challenger round. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) ANOTHER MODIFICATION TO CURTAIN ENTRANCE OPENING: This episode ushered in an important modification to the curtain entrance, one which will remain more or less in place to the end of the show's run. After Bennett's introduction of John Daly, the middle camera briefly focuses on the assembled panel before moving towards the center stage as Mr. Daly makes his entrance. In the previous curtain entrances, after Bennett's (and others') introductions, the middle camera was focused on the center stage as John came out.
        (2) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this first "post-Kovacs" edition of "WML?," the main sponsor was Helene Curtis.
        (3) BOB MONKHOUSE: This was the veteran British entertainer's only appearance on the U.S. "WML?" He was a popular celebrity in England for decades, primarily as a host of such game shows as "The Golden Shot" and "Celebrity Squares" (the latter a British version of "The Hollywood Squares"). In the early 1950's, Mr. Monkhouse had a mock "feud" on the radio with an up-and-coming comedian named Benny Hill, sort of along the lines of the long-running Jack Benny/Fred Allen "feud"; but it petered out after only a few years (although Mr. Hill did make a few occasional jabs at Mr. Monkhouse, and even impersonated him a few times, on his long-running series of comedy/variety specials). Among Bob's many credits, in his original vocation as a comedian, included the short-lived 1978-1979 half-hour sketch comedy series "Bonkers!," which starred the 1970's singing trio The Hudson Brothers (Bill, Mark and Brett), with particular emphasis on slapstick comedy and American guests (such as Juliet Prowse, John Ritter, Karen Valentine and Rita Moreno); Mr. Monkhouse was among the regulars on the show, and a recurring gag was his repeatedly being called "Monkey" by one of the Hudsons.
        (4) GALE STORM: The actress/singer makes her second and final "WML?" appearance tonight. She was in the second season of her sitcom "The Gale Storm Show" (aka "Oh! Susanna"), which ran on CBS from 1956 to 1960, and whose co-star, Zasu Pitts, made a mystery guest appearance on the long-lost "WML?" EPISODE #107 of June 15, 1952. Earlier in 1957, Miss Storm had a major hit with the haunting "Dark Moon" (Dot 15558). Gale's version was the more popular, hitting #4 on the pop charts, while another recording by country singer Bonnie Guitar (Dot 15550), released a month prior to Miss Storm's, managed to make #6 pop.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Speaking of petering out, the closing credits only go as far tonight as director Franklin Heller's art card. GSN's unfortunate habit of "crunching" the screen, however, as of its November 30, 2008 airing of this episode, shows absolutely no sign of petering out at any time in the foreseeable future.
        (6) Following GSN's November 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the September 6, 1955 edition of "The Name's the Same," with host Clifton Fadiman and the panel assembled this week as Roger Price, Audrey Meadows, Mike Wallace and Hildy Parks. The celebrity guest was Ken Murray, whose "TNTS" appearance here has fared considerably better in terms of preservation than his mystery guest spot on the now-lost "WML?" EPISODE #36 of February 4, 1951. At the time of GSN's 2008 airing of this "TNTS" episode, the viewing audience was subjected to the odd sight of the program starting, then rewinding (revealing that the kinescope had been transferred to a DigiBeta digital videotape source), then starting again. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a very strong beginning this evening. Unfortunately, their luck didn't carry over into the rest of the night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified the lady wrestler. During the conference, it was evident that she had already determined the guest's line. The second game almost ended before it began when guest panelist Robert Monkhouse said that he recognized contestant John Lorrell. Fortunately, he could never place his face and the game continued. Eventually, Bennett figured out what he did, but it was after the final "no" had been answered. However, Lorrell did make a good impression on the panel, especially when he kissed Dorothy's and Arlene's hands as he left the stage. Putting a capper on a bad evening was the panel's being fooled by mystery guest Gale Storm, who utterly bewildered them by using a rather high-pitched squeak for her answers. Their poor performance really put a cap on a rather bad night. - Sargebri (2005)

        DEFINITION OF A BATTLE ROYAL: A battle royal (or royale) is a match usually consisting of 20 to 30 wrestlers and the object of the match is to throw the other opponents over the top rope and onto the floor. This process goes on until there is only one left in the ring and the last person standing is declared the winner. There are several variations of the match including ones in which weapons are allowed and, when women are involved, throwing the opponent over the middle rope instead of over the top rope. However, the most famous variation appeared in 1988 when former wrestler Pat Patterson, who was working for Vince McMahon's W.W.F./W.W.E., came up with the Royal Rumble. In this match, two men start and every sixty seconds another man enters the ring and continues until all thirty entrants have made their way into the ring. However, the other wrestlers don't have to wait until all thirty men have entered and can throw the other competitors out at any time. The match ends when there is only one man left standing in the ring and he is declared the winner of the match. - Sargebri (2005)

        LADY WRESTLING BANNED IN NEW YORK: During the female wrestler's game, John mentioned that she could not wrestle at Madison Square Garden, because it was banned in New York. He was not referring to all wrestling, but specifically to women's wrestling. Lady wrestling was banned in many territories, including New York City, well into the 1970s. - Suzanne (2005)

        DOROTHY PREENS: After Gale Storm stumped the panel and shook their hands, the camera lingered a little too long on a wide shot of the panel. Dorothy must have forgotten she was on national TV. First she fluffed her hair, then lifted a small hand mirror off the desk and held it high as she closely examined her face before the camera cut away. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      • DK warns Bob Monkhouse (after he's ruled out an occupation) "Not necessarily - you don't know how crooked they are here!"
        During questioning, Gale Storm addresses AF as "Arlene" to which AF exclaims "Oh, we know each other" - and Gale answers "No, I'm just friendly!"
        Blink and you'll miss it moment:
        DK rolling her eyes when JD says to the panel "The 20 seconds has expired!" (in reference to the "20 second" conference they were having.) - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Bob Monkhouse has been a panelist on the British BBC "What's My Line?" As John Lorrell pointed out, Monkhouse does slightly resemble Liberace. - Suzanne (2003)

        Bob Monkhouse (6/1/1928 - 12/29/2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Bob Monkhouse, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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