What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 18


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 29, 1957 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jolie Gabor (9/29/1896 - 4/1/1997) - "Mother of Gabor Sisters" and "Owns And Operates Jewelry Store" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded but the regular questioning format is used; self-employed)

 Game 2: Clem Swagerty - "Entertainment Director at San Quentin Prison" (salaried; his official title is Supervisor of Recreation; from San Anselmo, California)

Game 3: Anthony Perkins (4/4/1932 - 9/12/1992) (as Mystery Guest #2) He signed in as Tony Perkins.

Game 4: Miss Irene M. Peterson - "Sells Life Insurance For Dogs" (salaried; the dogs must be pedigreed and pass a medical exam; she does not sell insurance for cats; from Brooklyn, New York)

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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)

    Jolie Gabor

    Jolie Gabor

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Lloyd Nolan

    Lloyd Nolan

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: (to the prison recreation supervisor) Mr. Swagerty, do you have any trouble with any of the baseball players trying to steal home?

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. Arlene Francis received credit for a correct guess with the line "physical education chief," though this contestant's specific job title was "supervisor of recreation." In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. The panel figured out that this contestant's work involved dogs, but likely could have been digging forever and never figured out that she sold life insurance for dogs. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's "WML?" sponsor is Fresh Frozen Orange Juice from Florida. In addition, the score cards show an outline of the state of Florida. As for this evening's guest panelist, Lloyd Nolan, his appearance tonight has fared far better in the preservation department than his time as a mystery guest on the long-lost EPISODE #102 of May 11, 1952. Mr. Nolan continued to act right up to his death in 1985; the last acting role he completed was as "Julian Tenley" in the "Murder, She Wrote" episode "Murder in the Afternoon" which originally aired on October 13, 1985.
        (2) THERE HE GOES AGAIN: As he has occasionally done from time to time over the years, Bennett incorrectly introduces "our panel moderator" as "John Charles Francis Daly." While the publisher/panelist has on other occasions gotten the host's true full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly correct, this was not one of them.
        (3) A GAGGLE OF GABORS: With Gabor family matriarch Jolie Gabor's appearance as the first mystery guest on tonight's show, the only member of the Gabor clan who did not appear on "WML?" at any time in its long run was the eldest of the Gabor sisters, Magda Gabor. It also marked the only time in "WML?'s" history that three members of the Gabor clan appeared on the show in the same year.
        (4) ANTHONY PERKINS: This was the first of nine appearances over the next seven years for the up-and-coming actor. As for the film he was appearing in around the time of tonight's show, "Desire Under the Elms," it was unkindly referred to by some critics as "Perspire Under the Arms." Both Burl Ives and Sophia Loren, who also co-starred in the movie, each made two "WML?" appearances, in every case as a mystery guest.
        (5) 1957 IN REVIEW: This year that just passed was also witness to another set of turning points in the show's history. A few examples are below:

        EPISODE #361 of May 5, 1957 - The first episode to feature on-camera post-game "walk-bys" from each and every one of the regular contestants, who shake hands with the panelists in the manner of the mystery guests' post-game exits.

        EPISODE #363 of May 19, 1957 - The only one of Martin Gabel's 112 guest panelist appearances to have become lost to history.

        EPISODE #369 of June 30, 1957 - Ernie Kovacs' first of ten appearances on the panel, and the only time he was counted by executive producer Gil Fates as a guest panelist.

        EPISODE #371 of July 14, 1957 - First episode to open with the animated "man with question mark" opening titles; this sequence will be used up until EPISODE #607 of April 1, 1962. (The opening title logo as on here was first used as an overlay on EPISODE #365 of June 2, 1957, and EPISODE #370 of July 7, 1957 was the last to use the animated "jack-in-the-box" opening titles.)

        EPISODE #375 of August 11, 1957 - The beginning of Ernie Kovacs' very short-lived run as a regular panelist; it is following his last appearance on EPISODE #387 of November 3, 1957 that the other male panelist's seat (after Bennett Cerf's) is never permanently filled; instead, rotating guest panelists are employed right up to the very end of the series.

        EPISODE #382 of September 29, 1957 - The first episode to be hosted by someone other than John Charles Daly, when Bennett Cerf sweats bullets in his only turn as guest panel moderator.

        EPISODE #386 of October 27, 1957 - First episode to feature new art card graphics for closing credits, each with a character in different occupations, all set in a "grid" background. These replace the "crowd" art cards drawn by Roy Doty which had been in place between EPISODE #226 of September 26, 1954 and EPISODE #385 of October 20, 1957.

        EPISODE #388 of November 10, 1957 - Another modification to the curtain entrance opening, with a brief shot of the standing assembled panel (following Bennett Cerf's introduction of John Daly) before the camera pans towards John's entrance and his taking his seat at the moderator's desk.

        EPISODE #393 of December 15, 1957 - Final "WML?" episode to be sponsored by Remington Rand.

        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: At the time of the original airing of tonight's show, the end credits cut off after executive producer Gil Fates' art card was up for only a few milliseconds, before cutting to a promotional slide for an upcoming "See It Now" episode called "The Lady from Philadelphia" (about future "WML?" mystery guest Marian Anderson's 10-week, State Department-sponsored tour of India and the Far East) that aired on December 30, 1957. All this was duly shown by GSN on its December 7, 2008 airing of this episode; however, since this 2008 screening fell on the anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 (about which future "WML?" panel moderator John Daly read the initial bulletins for CBS Radio), the cable and satellite channel had its own equivalent "day of infamy" with its notoriously noxious "crunching" of the screen -- but alas, for GSN, every day was a "day of infamy" in this regard.
        (7) GSN's December 7, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the January 29, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This marked the first appearance on the panel of newspaper columnist Hy Gardner, who was another impostor in the second game of the previous "TTTT" episode; he will remain on the show until 1959. It was also the final appearance of Hildy Parks, and the only time the two former "The Name's the Same" panelists appeared together, as their runs on "TNTS" did not overlap. The balance of the panel consisted this week of Polly Bergen and John Cameron Swayze. This was the first episode to feature three games instead of two, which will be the new format for future episodes. The first game featured prison warden Wilfred Denaugh and two impostors; the second game featured newspaper advice columnist Muriel Agnelli (who wrote under the nom de plume "Dorothy Dix") and two impostors; and the third game featured Edward J. Crosby (brother of Bing Crosby) and two impostors. It should be noted that the pseudonymous "Miss Dix" has sometimes been confused over the years with late 19th-century social activist Dorothea Dix; furthermore, Mrs. Agnelli was the second "Dorothy Dix," as the original writer of the column, Elizabeth Meriwether Gilmer, had died in 1951. In addition, this episode was the first on which Mr. Collyer ended the program by pointing his finger with a stern expression on his face as he uttered the closing words, "...reminding you to tell the truth" -- which remained his sign-off for the rest of "TTTT's" CBS run on both the nighttime and 1962-1968 daytime versions. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This was the final show of 1957, and to celebrate, the panel had a .500 performance this evening. In the first game, the panel failed to identify noted jewelry store owner, and stage "mama," Jolie Gabor. After the game, Arlene mused that they should have stuck with the "relative" line of questioning. She figured that if they had done that, they would have had a chance at making a correct guess. However, Arlene did get credit in the second game for a correct guess, because even though she guessed he was a physical education instructor, that job was encompassed in his regular job as San Quentin's entertainment director. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified future WML guest panelist Anthony Perkins, who had just completed filming 1958's "Desire Under the Elms" with Burl Ives and Sophia Loren. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the lady who sold life insurance for pedigreed dogs won the full prize by default. After the game, Arlene announced that her husband Martin Gabel would be on the panel, but that due to her upcoming engagement in Florida, Hedy Lamarr would be taking her place. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST Anthony Perkins died from complications related to AIDS on September 12, 1992. The man who two years after his 1957 WML appearance went on to star in the Psycho series of movies is quoted as saying, "I have learned more about love, selflessness and human understanding from the people I have met in this great adventure in the world of AIDS than I ever did in the cutthroat, competitive world in which I spent my life." One day before the ninth anniversary of his death, his widow, Berry Berenson, died on American Airlines Flight 11, the flight that was hijacked and crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      • Funny last moment: During the goodbyes, Arlene looks at the camera and says, "I would like to say, if my husband is watching, that next week you will be sitting where Lloyd Nolan is now, and where I am sitting, because I'll be in Florida, will be sitting Hedy Lamarr. So I may not see you again Martin!" (she feigns worry). Bennett then chimes in, "I DEFINITELY will be here next week!" - fiveninegal (2003)

        Anthony Perkins promoted his Broadway play, "Look Homeward Angel." He also mentions his upcoming new movie, "Desire Under the Elms." - Suzanne (2003)

        Lloyd Nolan is currently appearing in the 1957 film, "Peyton Place." - Suzanne (2003)

        Jolie Gabor is the mother of Magda Gabor, Zsa Zsa Gabor and Eva Gabor. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Lloyd Nolan (8/11/1902 - 9/27/1985)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Lloyd Nolan, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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