What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 15, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Chu Ng Yung or Yong (name approximate, John pronounced it phonetically as Chu Nik Young) - "Teaches English" (salaried; he signs in using three Asian or Chinese characters; from Singapore)

Game 2: Mrs. Lois Hill - "Mink Trapper" (self-employed; she said that no other mammal eats a mink because they taste bad; from Priest Lake, Idaho)

Game 3: Sophie Tucker (1/13/1889 - 2/9/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Amy Edwards - "Private Detective" (salaried; she also performs examinations for insurance companies; from New York City, NY)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • (Dorothy Kilgallen is puzzled by the masculine-sounding voice of Sophie Tucker, the night's mystery guest.)

        Dorothy Kilgallen: Is-- could I ask a question that isn't a question, just a point of order, John?
        John Daly: Point of order is acceptable, yes.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Is somebody answering for our guest? (laughter from audience)
        John Daly: Uh, no. No.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Okay.
        Bennett Cerf: (off-screen) There are two of them.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Are you a group? (loud laughter and applause from audience)

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down. The full prize was awarded because the contestant came from so far away and also because the identification was made when Arlene jokingly blurted out the contestant's line and received loud audience applause. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel had asked some questions, but never really got to where they needed to be to have a chance of figuring this one out. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH - AND THE END OF AN ERA: For the third straight week in this stretch, the Remington "Rollectric" shaver is the main sponsor this evening. However, for Remington Rand, tonight's show also marked the end of the line (not necessarily any pun intended), as it was the last episode on which they co-sponsored "WML?" The company had been an "alternate sponsor" since EPISODE #175 of October 4, 1953. After several weeks of alternating "alternate" sponsors, "WML?" will take on Kellogg's as a co-sponsor starting with EPISODE #409 of April 6, 1958. The cereal maker will be an "alternate sponsor" of the show, with a few breaks here and there, until September 1965. Helene Curtis will remain the main "other" alternate sponsor of "WML?" up until EPISODE #442 of November 23, 1958.
        (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This was Robert Q. Lewis' first appearance since EPISODE #359 of April 21, 1957 -- and his first turn on the panel in the "post-Kovacs" era.
        (3) SOPHIE TUCKER: The "Last of the Red Hot Mamas" makes the first of two mystery guest appearances on this episode. At the time of tonight's show, Miss Tucker had an uncredited role in the 1957 movie version of Joe E. Lewis' autobiography "The Joker Is Wild," which starred Dorothy Kilgallen's arch-enemy, Frank Sinatra, as the comedian. Sophie also appeared in a short 40-minute theatrical feature that was released in 1957, "The Heart of Show Business," which was a history of Variety Clubs International. This picture also featured appearances and/or narrations by a few other personalities who would be associated with "WML?" over the years: legendary producer/director Cecil B. DeMille, Harry Belafonte, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Victor Borge, Cantinflas, Maurice Chevalier, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Lena Horne, Art Linkletter, Edward G. Robinson, Roy Rogers, and Jimmy Stewart. Only Bing Crosby, among this "Who's Who" of the biggest names in this documentary, never made any appearances on "WML?"
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time out, the end credits only go up to the art card for director Franklin Heller. There was still plenty of time, alas, for GSN to continue its putrid and parsimonious "crunching" of the screen on its December 5, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) The December 5, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the January 15, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel comprised of Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Hildy Parks and Dick Van Dyke. The first game featured Christopher Emmanuel "Manny" Ballestrero (whose story was the focal point for, and basis of, "The Wrong Man" which was made into a movie in 1957, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Henry Fonda) and two impostors, and the second game featured Miss Pat Rizzuto (one of four children of former New York Yankees shortstop and soon-to-be Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto -- who looks exactly like her dad) and two impostors. Before the end of the game, "The Scooter" himself made an appearance. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel did a pretty good job this evening as they went "three for four" for the night. In the first game, Arlene, almost by accident, correctly guessed that the contestant from Singapore was an English teacher. In fact, she figured out that he was a teacher and just happened to blurt out that he could be an English teacher, which got a response from the audience and the guess was allowed to stand. Also, because of this and because he came from such a long distance, John decided to flip all the cards. The returning Robert Q. Lewis correctly guessed that the second contestant was a mink trapper, especially after Dorothy opened the door slightly for him. In the mystery guest round, the panel, especially Q-sie and Arlene, correctly identified the legendary Sophie Tucker. It also provided one of the most memorable moments of the night when the entire panel stood up to honor her. Unfortunately, the panel's luck ran out in the final game, so the female private detective won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        ROBERT Q. LEWIS: Just prior to GSN's airing of this episode in July 2005, GSN showed a 1958 episode of "To Tell the Truth" featuring Robert Q. Lewis on that panel. Seven years later, Q-sie filled in for moderator Bud Collyer, who was in the hospital. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Dorothy is chipper again and Arlene has her eye back! The questioning of Sophie Tucker was priceless! No one seemed to believe that she was, in fact, a woman! - fiveninegal (2003)

        Bennett mentioned that John Daly would be "packing his bags" to attend the 1957 NATO conference in Paris. President Eisenhower would be in attendance there also. Mystery guest Sophie Tucker was great. She disguised her voice in such a low pitch, the panel thought they were talking to a man! Her gestures were adorable. It was one laugh-filled episode! - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Arlene finally appears without an eye patch! - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Robert Q. Lewis, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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