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What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 12

EPISODE #389

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 17, 1957 on CBS
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EPISODE #389
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Game 1: Joey Alfidi (5/28/1949 - 2/3/2015) - "World's Youngest Symphony Conductor" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; adorable Joey is 8 years old, is wearing short pants and steps up on a box to sign in; he has been a pianist since age 3 and is also a virtuoso on a number of other musical instruments; when asked, Joey said he didn't like Rock 'n Roll music)

Game 2: Mrs. Benna Gordon - "Makes Hand Painted Diapers" (self-employed; from Fort Worth, Texas)

Game 3: Eva Gabor (2/11/1919 - 7/4/1995) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mr. Lothar P. Quitschorra - "Pudelschoenheitsmeister (Poodle Clipper)" (salaried; originally from Berlin, Germany and currently from Houston, Texas; he kisses both Arlene's and Dorothy's hands as he exits)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Joey Alfidi

    Joey Alfidi

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Eva Gabor

    Eva Gabor

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Jim Backus

    Jim Backus

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: Joey -- could I ask Joey a question? Joey, in the confidence of this room and thirty million people, what do you think of rock and roll?
        Joey Alfidi: I don't like it. (loud laughter and applause)
        Bennett Cerf: Good for you.
        John Daly: Wonderful.

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel correctly guessed that this contestant had something to do with diapers, but was unable to identify the special character of these diapers -- that they were hand-painted. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at two down because time ran out. The panel was starting to narrow in on this one, but just didn't have enough time to really get to it. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor was the Remington "Rollectric" shaver. And it will be nearly eight years before Jim Backus makes another appearance on the "WML?" panel.
        (2) EVA GABOR - PART I: The actress' second of three "WML?" appearances tonight came three months after her sister Zsa Zsa Gabor's mystery guest spot on EPISODE #376 of August 18, 1957. This time, now that Ernie Kovacs was no longer on the panel, he never had another opportunity to speak to a fellow Hungarian in the Magyar language, as he did with Zsa Zsa on the earlier show.
        (3) EVA GABOR - PART II: Miss Gabor was married a total of five times between 1939 and 1983; however, her marriages did not receive the kind of press that sister Zsa Zsa's eight marriages had. In her last years, Eva had lived platonically with game show mogul (and former Goodson-Todman mainstay) Merv Griffin, up to her death in 1995.
        (4) "WML?" OVERLAY WATCH: While all overlays this evening were set in Futura Demi Bold, special mention should be made of the overlay of the final contestant, whose "Pudelschoenheitsmeister" came onto the screen in the form of a credit crawl, moving from right to left, then morphed into the style of a credit roll as it moved to the "Poodle Clipper" portion.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Since the new art card graphics debuted on EPISODE #386 of October 27, 1957, there has not yet been an opportunity to show the complete production crew credits -- and tonight was no exception, with the end credits terminating after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. For GSN on its December 1, 2008 airing of this episode, however, there was ample opportunity to continue their perfect record of vehemently vexing their viewing audience via their incessantly insidious "crunching" of the screen.
        (6) The December 1, 2008 airing by GSN of tonight's show was followed by the September 30, 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 celebrity guest George Raft. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a so-so performance this particular evening and if it weren't for a miraculous save by Bennett in the first game, this would have been a poor night. In the aforementioned first game, Bennett correctly identified 8 year old orchestra conductor Joey Alfidi. However, this game is probably notable for the fact that John might have set some kind of record for the amount of conferences called. But then again, even if little Joey was an orchestra conductor, he still was a little boy and he might have been nervous due to the fact that he was on national television. In the second game, the panel was thoroughly outdone by the lady who made hand painted diapers. However, they did figure out that she did something with diapers, but it probably would have taken all night for them to figure out that she hand painted them. The panel had better luck in the mystery guest round when they correctly identified Eva Gabor. Miss Gabor was on the show to promote her latest picture "Don't Go Near the Water." In the final game, the panel seemed to be closing in on the occupation of the poodle clipper/groomer from Houston, Texas by way of Germany, but they ran out of time, so he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        GREEN ACRES: Eight years after her appearance on the show, Eva Gabor would star in one of the most popular shows of the 1960's, "Green Acres," which ran from 1965 to 1971. What made the debut of that show so special was the fact that John Daly acted as sort of a Greek chorus as he related how "Oliver Wendell Douglas," played by Eddie Albert, was suckered into buying a run-down farm sight unseen from "Eustice Haney" who was played by Pat Buttram. In fact, Albert said that John helped make that first episode a rousing success and contributed to the show's popularity. Unfortunately, the show was one of the victims of the infamous "Rural Purge" staged by then CBS head Fred Silverman in which many of the rural comedies ("Green Acres," "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Mayberry RFD" as well as "The Ed Sullivan Show") were all cancelled because it was felt that they didn't appeal to the more sophisticated audiences of the cities or that they only appealed to older viewers. Ironically, a year after the purge, a rural drama titled "The Waltons" debuted and became one of the most popular television series in the history of television. Of course, WML would also be a purge victim itself. In 1967, every game show that aired on CBS in prime time ("What's My Line?," "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret" and "Password") were all cancelled within a few months of each other. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Jim Backus mentions that Eva Gabor is his landlady. - cattaur (2009)

        Eva Gabor promoted her new 1957 film, "Don't Go Near the Water." - Suzanne (2003)

        Dorothy's blindfold is unusual! It has "eyes" within the "eyes." - fiveninegal (2003)

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

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