What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 22, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John Tuck, Jr. (8/15/1932 - 8/14/1984) - "Navy Lieutenant (Commanded South Pole Base)" (salaried; long beard; age 25; the International Geophysical Year is mentioned; from Auburn, Massachusetts)

Game 2: Mr. K. J. Bossart (Karl J. Bossart) (2/9/1904 - 8/3/1975) - "Rocket Designer U.S.A.F. Atlas Missile" (salaried; he works in the Convair Astronautics Division of General Dynamics where he is the Overall Technical Director for the Atlas Missile Project; last Tuesday, the Atlas Missile was launched at Cape Canaveral; he estimated being able to reach the moon without passengers in 1-2 years; he donated his game winnings to the Red Cross; from San Diego, California)

Game 3: Cyril Ritchard (12/1/1897 - 12/18/1977) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss/Dr. Phoebe F. Rosen - "Psychiatrist" (self-employed; she donated her game winnings to the Manhattan State Hospital Patients' Fund; 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)

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      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Helene Curtis. And since Robert Preston's first guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #354 of March 17, 1957, the moustache he had worn on his face since early on in his career has come off, in no small part due to his landing the role for which he would be mostly known for the rest of his life, "Professor Harold Hill," in Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" which, as Arlene noted in the intros, was already making a splash on Broadway at the time of tonight's show.
        (2) CYRIL RITCHARD: The veteran actor is making the first of two "WML?" appearances this evening; on his next appearance on EPISODE #563 of May 7, 1961, he is a guest panelist. Two months from tonight's show, on February 21, 1958, Mr. Ritchard played a "Magician" in "The DuPont Show of the Month" presentation of Cole Porter's musical version of "Aladdin." Former "WML?" mystery guest Sal Mineo also appeared in this production, as did Basil Rathbone who was a "WML?" mystery guest on the now-lost EPISODE #45 of April 8, 1951 -- and a panelist for a few months in 1954 on "The Name's the Same" which had its most recent rotation on GSN between July and December 2008. Anna Maria Alberghetti, who played the "Princess," would go on to make two "WML?" appearances, in 1958 and 1961.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: At the time of the original airing of tonight's show, which was three days before Christmas 1957, the end credits went no further than the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. As GSN's December 6, 2008 airing of this episode indicated, that art card was followed by a showing of a promotional slide for "High Adventure with Lowell Thomas in the Arctic," which was telecast on December 23, 1957 from 10:00 to 11:00 PM. This mattered little to GSN who, refusing to spread Peace on Earth and Goodwill to Men, shamelessly applied their cheerless "crunching" of the screen.
        (4) Right after the December 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 22, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer, and the panel of Polly Bergen, Bob Considine, Hildy Parks and Dick Van Dyke. The first game featured espionage expert and author Mr. Ladislas Farago and two impostors; the second game featured Ringling Brothers Circus clown Paul Jung and two impostors (who were New York Post columnist Earl Wilson, and newspaper columnist Hy Gardner -- the three contestants were all unrecognizable due to heavy clown makeup). This was the final episode to feature two games. Beginning with the following episode, the new format will feature three games per episode. - W-B (2008)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the second game, even though the panel correctly guessed his line, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at three down because the contestant was donating his winnings to the Red Cross. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at two down because time ran out. This contestant also donated her winnings; in this case, to the Manhattan State Hospital Patients Fund. - agent_0042 (2008)

        JUST IN THE (ST.) NICK OF TIME: Apparently, mystery guest Cyril Ritchard very nearly didn't make it in time for his mystery guest appearance. In introducing the segment, John stated that it "nearly became catching our producer in front of the camera. He got off just in time." - agent_0042 (2008)

      • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! This was the last show before Christmas 1957 and tonight's performance, especially guest panelist Robert Preston's, was excellent. In fact, in the first game, Preston made a wild guess and correctly identified that the first contestant was a naval officer who had worked at the South Pole. Just for fun, John asked the panel to guess what rank he was, but no one could correctly guess that he was a lieutenant. However, they might have felt sorry for him due to the fact that his line was guessed so quickly - so maybe they tanked it intentionally. Just for the record, Preston based his guess on the fact that July 1, 1957 to December 31, 1958 was declared the International Geophysical Year. Preston also correctly guessed that the second contestant was a missile designer. However, even though the panel did guess his occupation, John decided to flip the cards over anyway. It was not just for the fact that the contestant traveled all the way from California, but because he had previously agreed that anything he won was to be donated to the Red Cross. Bennett saved face for the regular panel members when he correctly identified mystery guest Cyril Ritchard, especially after the door was blown wide open after Ritchard answered "yes" to being a native of Australia. In the final game, the panel correctly guessed that the contestant was a psychiatrist. Unfortunately, John had flipped all the cards on the basis of time, so she wound up winning the full prize by default. However, regardless of the outcome of this game, all the cards would probably have been flipped anyway, due to the fact that she was donating her winnings to the patient's fund at Manhattan State Hospital. And so, despite the setback at the end of the show, it still wound up being a good start to the panel's Christmas. - Sargebri (2005)

      • MUST SEE!!! Each and every second of this Christmas episode was a delight. I could write 3 pages worth of praise and classic moments! I will say this: Bob Preston is a great panelist! He's a great actor and singer too! The funniest moment was Dorothy's expression when speaking to John, clarifying an answer previously given: "Now you said that you'd like to watch her do what she's doing, and you'd like Arlene to be there while you're watching. And she's a doctor? A DOCTOR doctor? I mean, it's not a funny title like Doctor of Striptease?" Next, you hear Arlene say, "Oh Dorothy!" Then John cracks up and says, "On that happy note, we'll flip all the cards over!" It was a fabulous episode! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Cyril Ritchard promoted his role of "Captain Hook" in the Broadway play, "Peter Pan." - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Preston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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