What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 23

EPISODE #400

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 02, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #400
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Game 1: James Roosevelt (12/23/1907 - 8/13/1991) - "U.S. Congressman" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used; salaried; he donated his game winnings to the American Medical Center which was formerly known as "JCRS" - Jewish Consumptives' Relief Society - in Denver, Colorado)

Game 2: Rodd Redwing (8/24/1904 - 5/29/1971) - "Teaches Gunplay to Movie 'Cowboys'" (self-employed; of Native American descent; he wore a business suit; he said he can fast-draw a Colt 45 and shoot a target the of a quarter from 20 feet in 2/10ths of a second; John stated that Redwing has coached movie stars such as Alan Ladd, Glen Ford, Jerry Lewis, Henry Fonda, the Lone Ranger and Ronald Reagan; from Manhattan, NY, NY)

Game 3: Patrice Munsel (b. 5/14/1925) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Arthur Theobald - "Tea Taster" (salaried; he has been employed by the J. Lyons & Company for 42 years, ever since he was 16 years old; amazingly, he has tasted over 7 million cups of tea; from Northwood, Middlesex, England)
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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)

    James Roosevelt

    James Roosevelt

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Patrice Munsel

    Patrice Munsel

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Rodd Redwing

    Rodd Redwing

    Contestant

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. Dorothy had correctly identified this contestant, Congressman James Roosevelt, but because he was donating his winnings to the American Medical Center (previously named JCRS) of Denver, the cards went over. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. The panel came somewhat close on this one, but just didn't have time to identify the exact line. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNIVERSARY WATCH: For this episode, the main sponsor was Helene Curtis. And tonight's show (EPISODE #400 of February 2, 1958) was one of only two additional episodes to have aired on the exact same month and date as the February 2, 1950 debut of EPISODE #1. The third and final instance was EPISODE #698 of February 2, 1964. On both subsequent occasions, Dorothy was the only member of that premiere panel in 1950 to sit in again.
        (2) FROM THE "FEELS LIKE THE FIRST TIME" DEPARTMENT: Tonight's show was the first of three "WML?" appearances apiece for funnyman Jonathan Winters and Congressman James Roosevelt. However, this was to be the only time Mr. Winters was a guest panelist and Rep. Roosevelt was a mystery guest. For Patrice Munsel, though, this episode was to be her only "WML?" appearance.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY WATCH: All overlays this evening were set in Futura Demi Bold. Special mention must be made of the overlay for second contestant Rodd Redwing, on which the word "Gunplay" was underlined.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the notice of where to send for studio audience tickets, the end credits on this significant episode only went up to the "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" art card -- severely "crunched" as per GSN's unfortunately standard operating procedure on its December 12, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (5) THE BEGINNING OF A LONG AND BEAUTIFUL RELATIONSHIP: GSN's December 12, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the March 5, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This was the first episode to be graced by the presence of Kitty Carlisle on the panel. And it was the beginning of a long association with "TTTT" for Miss Carlisle -- the future grande dame of game shows -- that spanned about 43 years and six different decades, up to an episode of the 2000-2002 version that was hosted by John O'Hurley. The rest of the panel, as constituted at this point in 1957, was comprised of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Steve Martini (President Eisenhower's personal barber) and two impostors; the second game featured famed rock 'n' roll disc jockey Alan Freed and two impostors; and the third game featured Mrs. Arthur H. Whittaker (who works a roulette table and deals Twenty-One at the El Rancho Vegas casino in Las Vegas, while her husband, Arthur Whittaker, owns a nearby pawn shop) and two impostors. Among recent showings, this pivotal "TTTT" episode was previously aired by GSN on February 5, 2007, and again on April 23, 2007 as part of a tribute to Miss Carlisle who passed away on April 17, 2007. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: Though it wasn't mentioned, this episode marked an important milestone for the show as John and the panel made their 400th broadcast of WML. However, the panel batted .500 this particular evening. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified Congressman James Roosevelt, the son of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt. After the game, Congressman Roosevelt discussed the play "Sunrise at Campobello" and had nothing but praise for it. The only "mock criticism" he had was the fact that the young man who played him "looked too good," which drew a big laugh from the audience. In the second game, the panel was stumped by the gunplay teacher from New York. He then went over the list of those actors he taught which included Glen Ford, Ronald Reagan and, interestingly, Jerry Lewis. In the mystery guest round, the panel correctly identified singer Patrice Munsel who looked cute carrying a little poodle. In the final game, Bennett opened the door wide open when he asked if the contestant had anything to do with food or drink, which would have opened the door to his profession, but time had just run out so the tea taster won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

        PATRICE MUNSEL: A few nights before the 2005 airing of this WML on GSN, GSN showed an episode of "To Tell the Truth" from 1958 in which Miss Munsel was filling in for Kitty Carlisle. In that episode, Munsel was wearing a hat that was even more flamboyant than the one she wore on this episode of WML. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Did anybody else notice how absolutely perfect Arlene Francis looked tonight? Just lovely! Question: Why doesn't someone tell Dorothy that her hair gets messed up after she removes her blindfold? - fiveninegal (2003)

        The first mystery guest, James "Jimmy" Roosevelt, is the son of the past president Franklin Delano Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. At the time of this appearance, he was a United States Congressman representing the 26th Congressional District of California. - Suzanne (2003)

        Metropolitan opera star Patrice Munsel hosted her own musical variety series for one season on ABC. She carried her dog on stage with her, and held the small dog during her questioning by the panel. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this would have been the "eighth anniversary" show. No specific mention of this milestone was made. However, when Dorothy introduced Bennett, she did state that he had been a panel member for "some eight years." - Suzanne (2003) Jonathan Winters (11/11/1925 - 4/11/2013) Panel: Arlene Francis, Jonathan Winters, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Hello, I have Jonathan's birthdate from his guest panelist appearance and was needing to update his listing with his date of death. Thanks

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