What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 24


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 09, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Mary Blythe - "Men's Barber" (salaried; she works at the Garden City Barber Shop in Tucson; she had previously been a member of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron - WAFS - for 3 years; her barber school coursework lasted 7 months; she also sings in the Monte Vista night club; from Tucson, AZ)

Game 2: Ed Becker (Edward Becker) - "Chorus Boy in Broadway Musical Produced by Dorothy's Husband" (salaried; he is employed by Dorothy Kilgallen's husband Dick Kollmar and sings in the chorus of the play called "The Body Beautiful"; he also dances in the musical play, and portrays the character named "Dominic"; from Long Island, NY)

Game 3: Phil Silvers (5/11/1911 - 11/1/1985) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: (questioning the chorus boy) Mr. Becker, you -- you also have a -- a sort of raffish look about you. I mean that in a very nice way. Uh, would you be possibly connected with any form of sport or game that might, uh, lead to some betting? (laughter from audience)
        Ed Becker: If you mean, bookmaking, no. (loud laughter from John Daly and the audience)
        Bennett Cerf: I'm a publisher. Bookmaking's a very nice occupation.

    • NOTES (6)

      • Phil Silvers' remarks after the game provide us with a rare glimpse of a crew member on WML?, in this case Stage Manager George Hunter. Silvers good-naturedly accused Hunter of making an obscene off-camera gesture when Hunter used two fingers to signal that time was running out. Silvers then recognized Hunter as the stage manager from his 1947-49 performance in the Broadway show, High Button Shoes. At this point one of the cameras cut to Hunter, laughing at Silvers' remarks.

      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • THE BODY BEAUTIFUL: "The Body Beautiful" was an original musical comedy produced by Richard Kollmar and Albert W. Selden. The play ran at New York's Broadway Theatre from January 23, 1958 to March 15, 1958, for a total of 60 performances. The setting was "in and around New York City at the present time." The story was based upon a book written by Joseph Stein and Will Glickman. The music was by Jerry Bock; the lyrics were by Sheldon Harnick. Mr. Bock and Mr. Harnick had several professional collaborations over the years, including writing the music and lyrics to the enormous hit "Fiddler on The Roof." - Suzanne (2008)

        EDWARD BECKER: Tonight's second guest, Ed Becker, was in numerous Broadway plays spanning the years from 1951 to 1971. He was often cast as a singer and even served as an understudy on occasion. He appeared in such plays as: "Paint Your Wagon"; "Silk Stockings"; "Mame"; and "Illya Darling." - Suzanne (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's sponsor was Fresh Grapefruit from Florida, and as with EPISODE #395, Mr. Daly's flip cards had an outline of the State of Florida in the background. As for guest panelist Cesar Romero, this is his second extant stint on the panel, out of a total of three appearances up to this date; his first turn as a panelist was on the now-mostly lost EPISODE #191 of January 24, 1954.
        (2) UNDERLINE THIS: For the second contestant's overlay, the "Chorus Boy" text was underlined. This was the second straight week where part of an overlay screen had an underline.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: At the time of the original 1958 telecast of tonight's show, the end credits went only up to the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card, and then cut to a brief shot of a promotional slide announcing the upcoming time change of the 1957-1958 sitcom "Mr. Adams and Eve" (starring Ida Lupino and Howard Duff, neither of whom ever appeared on "WML?") from Fridays at 9:00 PM to Tuesdays at 8:00 PM. At the time of GSN's December 13, 2008 airing of this episode, all this was shown through the distorted prism of their irritatingly insidious "crunching" of the screen.
        (3) Following the December 13, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the March 12, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and yet another former "The Name's the Same" panelist, Carl Reiner. The first game featured famed "fan dancer" and "bubble dancer" Sally Rand (who was introduced as Helen Beck, her birth name) and two impostors; the second game featured author Robert Fabian (a former London police constable and Metropolitan Police superintendent whose exploits formed the basis for the mid-1950's British TV series "Fabian of the Yard") and two impostors; and the third game featured housewife Frances Loving (artist and the elder sister of actor Marlon Brando) and two impostors. This "TTTT" episode was notable because it was the first episode on which the four panelists displayed their own picks for who was the real contestant in question; up to this point, Mr. Collyer had taken their cards at the end of the questioning and read their picks. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This episode started with a huge bang as Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant was a lady barber. In fact, the only "no" she gave was to guest panelist Cesar Romero, who did a good job in his second time on the show. Unfortunately, the good luck didn't carry over into the second game as the panel failed to guess that the contestant was one of the chorus boys from the play "The Body Beautiful," which was produced by Dorothy's husband Richard "Dick" Kollmar. In the mystery guest round, Phil Silvers delighted the crowd as he tried to fool the panel by first using an excellent imitation of Ed Wynn and then trying to use the voice of a punch drunk boxer. However, Arlene saw right through him and correctly identified the "Sgt. Bilko" star. After the game, Silvers pretty much went against his usual personality and paid John and the panel a huge compliment by saying how much he enjoyed watching the show every week and that he never missed it. However, one of the funniest moments came during the good nights when Bennett mentioned Romero's last appearance on the panel, which was the night that Bennett filled in for John as moderator. Bennett humbly thanked God for the fact that John was the host of the show and that John made hosting look so easy. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Wonderful episode! The second guest was Mr. Ed Becker whose occupation was "Chorus Boy in Broadway Musical produced by Dorothy's husband" (The musical was "The Body Beautiful.") Panel was stumped and DK had a good laugh when it was revealed. Later, when Phil Silvers was chatting with everyone, DK revealed the reason WHY she didn't recognize Mr. Becker when she said, "On stage they're all boxers, I think, and they're in trunks and this is the first time I've seen him with his clothes on"! Phil Silvers was delightful. As in prior visits, the panel guessed who he was almost immediately! He should have disguised his voice better, but he did an excellent impersonation of Ed Wynn. After he was named by Arlene, he asked JD, "Can we talk awhile?" He proceeded to tell a story about watching a boxing match in which one of the boxers had forgotten to put his trunks on!! That got a great laugh! How cold is it? moment: Phil says, "It's so cold... I just saw Steve Allen hugging Ed Sullivan!" - fiveninegal (2003)

        Bennett Cerf mentioned that the last time Cesar Romero was a guest panelist on the show was when Bennett was the guest host on September 29, 1957. Cesar then good-naturedly recalled that Bennett kept forgetting to turn the cards over on that show! During the closing scenes, Bennett said so warmly to John, "I never knew I loved you until you were missing for that show." It was a sweet moment. - Suzanne (2003)

        It was mentioned that Bennett would miss the next episode since he would be vacationing in Miami, Florida. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Cesar Romero, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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