What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 19

EPISODE #396

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 05, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #396
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Game 1: Miss Jackie Carroll - "Professional Hypnotist" (self-employed; 18 years old; she works with doctors and dentists and sometimes performs small demonstrations of her skills; from Miami, FL)

Game 2: Mr. Jan Bergendahl - "Whaler" (salaried; from Norway)

Game 3: Pat Boone (b. 6/1/1934) (as Mystery Guest)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Pat Boone

    Pat Boone

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Hedy Lamarr

    Hedy Lamarr

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the sole remaining card for the second contestant at nine down, in spite of the fact that he gave Martin credit for a correct guess of "whale catcher." John probably flipped the card because the contestant had travelled from so far away, which is something John often does. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor was Helene Curtis. And this was the first of six occasions where Martin Gabel appeared on the panel without his lovely wife, Arlene Francis. The next occasion will be EPISODE #492 of November 29, 1959, when guest panelist Paulette Goddard appeared in lieu of Arlene.
        (2) MORE ON TONIGHT'S GUEST PANELIST: Screen legend Hedy Lamarr made her second and last "WML?" appearance this evening. Later this month, on January 22, 1958, her last theatrical film, "The Female Animal," had its U.S. release. Miss Lamarr played "Vanessa Windsor" while her daughter, "Penny Windsor," was played by occasional "WML?" mystery guest Jane Powell. Another co-star was Jan Sterling; however, despite Miss Sterling's having been married to former "WML?" mystery guest Paul Douglas from 1950 until his death in 1959, she herself was never on "WML?" either as a panelist or mystery guest.
        (3) PAT BOONE: This was the first of two appearances by the famed singer and actor, as famous in those days for his white buckskin shoes as for such hits as "Love Letters in the Sand" and "April Love." He will be a guest panelist on EPISODE #443 of December 7, 1958. Later this month, on January 25, 1958, Mr. Boone was a guest, along with Peggy Lee, on "The Perry Como Show." He was also one of the guests, along with Connie Francis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Dorothy Kilgallen's paramour Johnnie Ray, on the February 15, 1958 premiere episode of "The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beech-Nut Show," a short-lived ABC variety series hosted by the longtime "American Bandstand" emcee and two-time "WML?" guest panelist. In recent years, Mr. Boone has added the title of "political and cultural commentator" to his vast resume, writing articles for the WorldNetDaily and Newsmax websites.
        (4) "HIGH NOON" FOR "WML?" IN NYC: It wasn't just the panelists who essentially left the studio with their proverbial tails between their legs after tonight's show was over. In New York City, where "WML?" aired on WCBS-TV (Channel 2), the program itself was trounced in the ratings on this night by the first half-hour of the New York television premiere of the 1952 Gary Cooper Western, "High Noon," on WRCA-TV's (Channel 4, now WNBC) "Movie 4." In fact, this screening was one of the highest-rated editions in the nearly 18-year history (June 4, 1956-April 26, 1974) of "Movie 4," which was to WRCA/WNBC what "The Late Show" was to WCBS and "Million Dollar Movie" was to WOR-TV (Channel 9, now WWOR-TV). (Another high-rated edition was WNBC's September 23, 1961 New York TV premiere of the 1955 film version of "East of Eden.") As a side note, "High Noon's" star, Mr. Cooper, was a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #486 of October 18, 1959; however, his co-star, Grace Kelly, never made any appearances on "WML?"
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the good nights, there was only time for the "WML?" title card, the art card with the address of where to send for studio audience tickets, and another "WML?" title card. Even with such a small window of time, GSN still managed to make its own small window with a distorted aspect ratio, otherwise known as its obsessively obnoxious "crunching" of the screen, on its December 8, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) Following the December 8, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the February 5, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer, and the panel this time consisting of Polly Bergen, Hy Gardner, Betty Furness and Glenn Ford. The first game featured attorney Don Miller (who had been one of the famed "Four Horsemen of Notre Dame" in 1924 under coach Knute Rockne) and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Lawrence A. Kenny (who had been "Miss America 1940" from Pennsylvania, under her maiden name of Frances Marie Burke) and two impostors; and the third game featured singer Don Rondo (of "Two Different Worlds" and "White Silver Sands" fame) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2008 + 2009)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights the panel probably would have liked to have forgotten about. If it weren't for Martin's last-second save in the second game, the panel would have gone 0 for the night. In the first game, the panel was utterly stymied by the pretty young hypnotist from Florida. In fact, the questions that they were asking were somewhat pushing the envelope, especially some of Dorothy's questions. In the second game, after Dorothy opened the door for him, Martin made the last-second save when he correctly guessed that the young contestant from Norway was a whaler. Of course, in today's environmentally conscious times, he probably would have to find another line of work. In the mystery guest round, the panel hit bottom when they failed to identify Pat Boone. After the game, John talked about how he and Boone both got their big breaks working with Arthur Godfrey. Bennett then jumped in and talked about the fact that he and Boone were both alumnae of Columbia University. The two of them then started singing a duet of the "Columbia Fight Song" which is called "Roar Lion Roar." Of course, Boone carried Bennett. During the good nights, John announced that the next week's show would be a special West Coast edition and that the panel would have a week off. After this performance, the panel probably needed it. - Sargebri (2005)

        PAT BOONE: At the time of his appearance on the show, Pat Boone was one of the hottest young singers in America. His specialty in the early days of his career was to rerecord songs by Black performers such as Little Richard and Fats Domino. In fact, one of his earliest hits was a cover version of Domino's "Ain't That a Shame." Boone would also have hits with such mellow fare as "Love Letters in the Sand" and his biggest hit, "April Love." After the hits dried up, he would concentrate on other interests including Christian themed television programming. During the post game chat after the mystery guest round, Pat Boone talked about his famous father-in-law Red Foley. He also mentioned his four daughters. One daughter who was born a little over a year before this broadcast, Debby Boone, would become a one-hit wonder, but what a hit that was. The song she recorded, "You Light Up My Life" went straight to number 1 in 1977 and stayed there for over ten weeks. Debby would never have another hit and in later years would concentrate on Christian music. She also would later marry the son of a couple of former mystery guests, Gabriel Ferrer, the son of Jose Ferrer and Rosemary Clooney. - Sargebri (2005)

        TOO BLUE? The questioning of the young hypnotist from Florida came very close to crossing the line in terms of good taste. Dorothy asked some questions that seemed as if she were asking the guest if she was, for lack of a better term, a call girl. Several years later on EPISODE #819 in 1966, Tony Randall would almost get in trouble for a somewhat off-color quip he made when talking about a woman who worked for the Associated Press. When there was a discussion about whether or not she worked for a non-profit organization, John commented that "there was a hooker in it." Tony provided a very classic line when he made a comment about "a non-profit hooker," which drew "oohs and aahs" from the audience and caused the female members of the panel that night, Arlene Francis and Phyllis Newman, to blush. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Tidbits: Darling Arlene had this week off. She took her morning show ("The Arlene Francis Show") down to Silver Springs, FL. Oh Bennett! Your pun, "Last of the red hot mammals" was bad. It's okay. We still love you, crazy puns and all! - Suzanne (2003)

        Hedy Lamarr (11/9/1914 - 1/19/2000)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Hedy Lamarr, Bennett Cerf.

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