What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 25

EPISODE #402

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 16, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #402
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Game 1: Robert Mirabello - "U. S. Weather Forecaster" (salaried; he tracks storms for the United States government; he said his surname means "beautiful sea"; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Mildred Beery (pronounced by John Daly as Berry) - "Makes Horses' Hats" (salaried; for 75 years, the historic Cooley family has ridden their horses through the streets of St. Augustine, Florida, and the horses now wear Beery's fancy hats; John showed us a sample hat, and it was an upside-down wicker cornucopia decorated with a brim and ribbons, and holes for the horses' ears; from St. Augustine, FL)

Game 3: Milton Berle (7/12/1908 - 3/27/2002) (as Mystery Guest)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Milton Berle

    Milton Berle

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Keenan Wynn

    Keenan Wynn

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. The panel had correctly identified the weather forecaster's line, but John wanted to award him the full prize because the contestant had been working since 8:00 A.M. that morning, tracking the huge snowstorm that was on everyone's minds. In the second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel correctly identified this contestant as being associated with horses, but they were not able to advance from there and never came close to the contestant's product. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening's sponsor was Helene Curtis. And this was the first of two appearances, both as a guest panelist, by actor Keenan Wynn. Mr. Wynn's films in 1958 comprised "The Deep Six"; "A Time to Love and a Time to Die"; an uncredited role in Orson Welles' "Touch of Evil"; and "The Perfect Furlough." He also appeared in episodes of two TV anthology shows this year, "Pursuit" and "Schlitz Playhouse of Stars."
        (2) A LITTLE IRONY: There was a bit of irony to GSN's December 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show -- as Keenan Wynn's first wife, Eve Lynn Abbott (to whom he was wedded from 1938 until their 1947 divorce), later married actor and occasional "WML?" mystery guest Van Johnson, who died on December 12, 2008 at age 92.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The first contestant's overlay was hand-painted; however, the shape of some of the letters (but not all) faintly resembled a font that would show up in computer-based typesetting systems starting in the 1990's, Lucida Sans Typewriter. The other overlays were in the usual Futura Demi Bold.
        (4) UNCLE MILTIE: It was nearly eight months from tonight's show that Mr. Berle attempted a series comeback with a new variety show, alternately titled "Milton Berle Starring in the Kraft Music Hall" and "The Kraft Music Hall Starring Milton Berle." It debuted on NBC on October 8, 1958, and lasted until May of 1959. For his appearance this evening, "Mr. Television" was promoting his dramatic debut which aired on "Kraft Television Theatre" on February 19, 1958, in a play called "Material Witness." The co-stars included Bea Arthur (who later gained fame as "Maude Findlay" on the 1972-1978 sitcom "Maude" and "Dorothy Petrillo Zbornak" on the 1985-1992 series "The Golden Girls"), Nancy Marchand (whose TV series roles included "Mrs. Margaret Pynchon" on the 1977-1982 show "Lou Grant" and matriarch "Livia Soprano" in the early years of HBO's "The Sopranos") and Richard Kiley (a few years away from landing the role of "Don Quixote" in the musical "Man of La Mancha").
        (5) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: During the mystery guest round, we see an early example of the kind of head-scratching line of questioning Miss Kilgallen will put forth in later years when she asks Milton Berle, "Have I seen you perform at El Morocco during the past week?" (For the record, Mr. Berle's answer was "no.")
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time, "WML?'s" end credits only go up to director Franklin Heller's art card before cutting to another promotional slide for the Ida Lupino-Howard Duff series "Mr. Adams and Eve." Regardless of how the end credits turned out, GSN's senseless "crunching" of the screen, as evidenced on its December 14, 2008 airing of this episode, was always mind-numbingly predictable.
        (7) Following GSN's December 14, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the March 19, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner -- the lineup of which would be mainly in place until Mr. Gardner's departure in 1959. The first game featured circus lion trainer Mr. Pat Anthony and two impostors; the second game featured Frank McRobb or McCrabb (approximate spelling; British bachelor; butler to the wealthy; his former employers include the British Royalty; the DuPont family; the Rockefeller family; and the Vanderbilt family) and two impostors; and the third game featured author, marriage counselor and pioneering talk radio personality John J. Anthony (host of "The Goodwill Hour," aka "The John J. Anthony Program") and two impostors. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: The panel did a fairly good job this evening even without the vacationing Bennett Cerf, who was in sunny Florida. Ably replacing him in the anchor chair was Martin Gabel. The guest panelist for the night was Keenan Wynn, who did a good job despite the fact that he was about to lose his voice at any minute. In the first game, it was only fitting that the first contestant be a weather forecaster for the federal government, especially since the East Coast was hit by a major blizzard at that time. However, Arlene managed to correctly identify him at the $20 mark. However, John flipped the cards over due to the fact that he not only braved the weather to appear on the show, but also because he wanted to show his appreciation for the job that Mr. Mirabello did. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the lady who made hats for carriage horses. The thing that probably got them stumped was the fact that they thought she dealt in a service for the horses, where they should have concentrated on the product. If they had done that, they would have had a better chance. The highlight of the night came in the mystery guest round when Milton Berle came from behind the curtain carrying a large snow-covered shovel and was dressed in a hat, ear muffs and scarf. The fun didn't stop there, though, as he was mugging for the camera as he answered the panel's questions. Finally, after Arlene opened the door for him, guest panelist Keenan Wynn correctly guessed that it was Uncle Miltie. After the game, Berle discussed his upcoming dramatic role in an episode of the "Kraft Playhouse." Arlene then asked him why he would appear for a show sponsored by a cheese company, to which Uncle Miltie replied, "Because I'm a ham." With that, the show ended on a very fun note. - Sargebri (2005)

        HATS OFF TO HER: The second contestant must have been inspired by Patrice Munsel - due to the fact that she wore a fairly gaudy hat much like Miss Munsel did a couple of weeks earlier. - Sargebri (2005)

      • I don't think I've ever laughed so hard during a game show! Milton Berle's guest appearance was the best! There was a huge snowstorm in New York (which was mentioned at every possible moment), dumping 8-15 inches of whiteness on the New England coast. The first guest was a weather forecaster, which Arlene guessed out of nowhere! I couldn't believe it! Dorothy's lace bodice dress was absolutely ADORABLE! She looked fantastic! - fiveninegal (2003)

        Tidbits: Bennett was vacationing in sunny Miami, Florida, as was mentioned in the prior episode. The panel surmised that he was probably sitting next to the pool, watching the show, and laughing at them! Mr. Daly apologized for having to wear boots due to the snow, and when Milton Berle walked on stage, he was wrapped up in snow gear and carrying a snow shovel complete with snow! - Suzanne (2003)

        Keenan Wynn (7/27/1916 - 10/14/1986)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Keenan Wynn, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf had the night off. He was in Florida.

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