What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 22

EPISODE #399

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 26, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #399
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Game 1: "Agents for Panelists" The four contestants are below and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used:

- 1. Gloria Safier (10/19/1921 - 10/9/1985) - "Mulhare's" (self-employed; she is the woman who is wearing pearls)

- 2. Elizabeth Schenk - "Bennett's" (salaried; she books Bennett's lectures; she works for the Lee Keedick Lecture Bureau)

- 3. Martin Goodman (3/20/1914 - 1/4/1992) - "Arlene's" (self-employed; he is the man who is wearing glasses)

- 4. Mark Hanna (10/28/1898 - 8/14/1958) - "Dorothy's" (self-employed; he is the man without glasses)

Game 2: Mrs./Dr. Claire Tamblyn - "Administers Anasthetic (Anesthesiologist)" (self-employed; from Prairie Village, KS)

Game 3: Xavier Cugat (1/1/1900 - 10/27/1990) & Abbe Lane (b. 12/14/1931) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Game 4: Miss Betty Gallo - "Truck Driver (For Newspaper)" (salaried; she pushes a hand truck for the Stamford Advocate newspaper; from Stamford, CT)
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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)

    Abbe Lane

    Abbe Lane

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Xavier Cugat

    Xavier Cugat

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Edward Mulhare

    Edward Mulhare

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. The panel had correctly identified this contestant as a doctor, but time was running short, so they didn't have a chance to identify her specialty of anesthesiologist. In the final game, John flipped the cards for the final contestant at one down. Arlene had correctly identified this contestant's line, but was unable to state it exactly before John awarded the contestant the full prize. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's "WML?" sponsor was Mutual of Omaha, which had previously sponsored the special West Coast EPISODE #397. And this was the first of two guest panelist appearances by Irish-born actor Edward Mulhare on the show within its CBS run; his next run on the panel would be EPISODE #655 of March 17, 1963. Coincidentally, like last week's guest panelist Ricardo Montalban, Mr. Mulhare was a two-time mystery guest on the syndicated "WML?," and in the same years -- 1969 and 1973.
        (2) MORE ON THIS EVENING'S GUEST PANELIST: Over the years, Mr. Mulhare was often compared to stage and screen legend Rex Harrison. One factor in these comparisons was Mr. Mulhare's having appeared in two specific roles that had been made famous by Mr. Harrison. Just prior to tonight's show, Mr. Mulhare had replaced Mr. Harrison as "Professor Henry Higgins" on Broadway in "My Fair Lady," while "Sexy Rexy" went to play the role in the London stage version. In addition, a decade from this episode, Mr. Mulhare landed the role of the ghost of "Captain Daniel Craig" in the 1968-1970 TV series version of "The Ghost & Mrs. Muir"; that role had been played by Mr. Harrison in the original 1947 movie version. However, to today's audiences, Mr. Mulhare is perhaps better known as "Devon Miles" on the 1982-1986 adventure series "Knight Rider."
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY WATCH: The regular contestants' overlays this evening were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold. As to the second contestant's overlay, "Administers Anasthetic (Anesthesiologist)," it should be noted that there are three spelling variations of the word "anasthetic," with the other two being "anesthetic" and "anaesthetic." And as for mystery guest duo Xavier Cugat & Abbe Lane's lower-third overlay, it was hand-painted.
        (4) A PAIR OF TWO-TIMERS: This was famed bandleader Xavier Cugat's second and final "WML?" appearance, and his only appearance to still exist on kinescope film; his first time, on EPISODE #82 of December 23, 1951, is among the 100-plus 1950-1952 era episodes that have become lost to history. As for his then-wife, Abbe Lane, this was the first of two appearances she made on "WML?"; her second appearance was on the infamous EPISODE #845 of January 15, 1967, which bore witness to one of the worst panelists in "WML?'s" history, Israeli-born singer Aliza Kashi. Also on the panel on that 1967 show was "WML?'s" own "prodigal son," Steve Allen -- on whose variety show Miss Lane and Mr. Cugat's orchestra were among the guests three weeks prior to tonight's show, on January 5, 1958; they also appeared on Mr. Allen's February 2, 1958 telecast. Later in the year, on September 29, 1958, Mr. Cugat and Miss Lane were among the featured performers on "The Voice of Firestone," during "WML?" panel moderator John Daly's run as host of that venerable arts show.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, there was only time for the two separate "WML?" title cards, with the art card indicating where to send for studio audience tickets sandwiched in-between. All this, meanwhile, was squeezed (aka "crunched") in the usual distorted aspect ratio by GSN on its December 11, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (6) Immediately after the December 11, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the February 26, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This was the first panel appearance of actor Ralph Bellamy, whose "WML?" mystery guest spot on EPISODE #398 of January 19, 1958 had been shown by GSN on December 10, 2008; Mr. Bellamy's run with "TTTT" will last on and off through 1962. The balance of the panel consisted this time of Polly Bergen, Ilka Chase and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Arthur Marx (son of the one, the only Groucho Marx) and two impostors (one of whom was insurance salesman Roger Von Ost, who mentioned that he was Henry Morgan's brother); the second game featured singer and bullfighter Jan Welles (the first female bullfighter to work in Mexico) and two impostors (one of whom was 1952 & 1956 Olympic gold medal winner, diver Patricia McCormick); and the third game featured horse jockey Dave Erb and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly okay performance for the panel this particular week. In the first game, the panel failed to correctly identify their respective agents. Ironically, the agents didn't even bother to disguise their voices and totally fooled their respective clients. In the second game, guest panelist Edward Mulhare, who did a fairly good job tonight as a guest panelist, correctly guessed that the contestant was a doctor. As Dorothy has done in the past, she again almost "crossed the line" by asking suggestive questions of the guest. Unfortunately, even though they determined that the guest was a medical doctor, they never were able to figure out that her specialty was that of an anesthesiologist, and the M.D. wound up winning the full amount by default. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Xavier Cugat and his lovely wife Abbe Lane. Miss Lane was on the show to promote her upcoming play "Oh Captain!" in which she co-starred with frequent WML guest panelist Tony Randall. In the final game, Arlene correctly figured out that the contestant was a truck driver. However, John, being as devious as ever, flipped over all the cards anyway. - Sargebri (2005)

        XAVIER CUGAT: Besides being a great musician, one thing that Xavier Cugat was famous for was his multiple marriages. In fact, Abbe Lane was the fourth of "Cugie's" five wives. The couple divorced in 1963 and three years later he married Charo. He was married to the "cuchi-cuchi" girl from 1966 until their divorce in 1978. That proved to be the last of his marriages as after that he remained a bachelor until his death in 1990. - Sargebri (2005)

      • The first four contestants (they appeared as a group) were the four agents for the four panelists. They stumped the panel! As the agents were leaving, Arlene announced, "I'd just like to say that there went 40% of our salaries!" - Suzanne (2003)

        Bennett added that he did not specifically have an agent. Mr. Daly acknowledged this, and stated that the woman who was Bennett's "mystery guest agent" was the woman who booked his lectures, so she did act in an agent capacity. - Suzanne (2003)

        Edward Mulhare (4/8/1923 - 5/24/1997)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Edward Mulhare, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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