What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 26


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 23, 1958 on CBS
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Game 1: Donald Farrell - "Airman First Class U.S.A.F. Spent 7 Days in Space Chamber" (he signed in as "X" and the panel was not blindfolded, but they should have been, because Dorothy recognized him and disqualified herself; salaried; regarding his week-long isolation in the space chamber, he said he was lonesome but busy; more notes below; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Mayte Morris - "Bartender" (salaried; 78 years old; she has worked at the Rock City Hotel for 15 years and before that she owned her own place in Cleveland; from Little Valley, New York)

Game 3: Judy Holliday (6/21/1921 - 6/7/1965) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Arthur Glowka - "Dives for Diamonds in Brazilian Rivers" (self-employed; from Scarsdale, New York)

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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)

    Judy Holliday

    Judy Holliday

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Donald Farrell

    Donald Farrell


    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at just one down. The panel quickly identified this contestant, despite the fact that he had signed in as "Mr. X" in an attempt to throw them off. The tactic didn't work, so the cards went over. In the second game, John again flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at just one down, this time because she was elderly, but willing to give up such a late hour of her Sunday night. Finally, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. Dorothy correctly figured out that this contestant was associated with precious gems, even alluding to diamonds by asking if it were "a girl's best friend," but the panel didn't have time to identify the exact line. - agent_0042 (2008)

        NEW YORK, NEW YORK: Tonight, all of the contestants hailed from the home state of "What's My Line?" -- New York. This includes mystery guest Judy Holliday, who was born in New York, New York. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's sponsor was Fresh Frozen Orange Juice from Florida. And not only was this Tony Randall's second "WML?" guest panelist appearance, it was also his first in the "post-Kovacs" era.
        (2) "WML?" CLOSING CREDITS WATCH: As has happened from time to time, the end credits tonight consisted of the following: "WML?" title card, followed by studio audience ticket information, followed by another "WML?" title card. Full or short, GSN still managed to ruin it all with their horrendous "crunching" of the screen on the December 15, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (3) The December 15, 2008 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the March 26, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Alice Carroll (a store detective for the now-defunct Gimbels department store in New York City) and two impostors; the second game featured Dr. Bobby Brown (a cardiologist who was once a third baseman for the New York Yankees, and who later went on to serve as American League president from 1984 to 1994) and two impostors; and the third game featured Shirlee Adams (later to be known as Shirlee Fonda; an American Airlines stewardess who became actor Henry Fonda's fifth and final wife from 1965 until his death in 1982) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • WELCOME HOME BENNETT AND WELCOME BACK TONY!!! This, of course, is a reference to the fact that the prodigal publisher had returned from his well-deserved vacation and to the fact that Tony Randall was making his second of many appearances on the panel. Tonight, Tony pretty much could have been called the panel's good luck charm as they nearly had a perfect night. In the first game, the panel correctly identified Airman Farrell, who had spent a week in isolation in a moon simulator. Ever honest, Dorothy voluntarily disqualified herself because she recognized him. Also, the only "no" Farrell gave was to the "no" champion Tony Randall. However, once Arlene got onto the subject of outer space, he was easy pickings. During the post game chat, Bennett asked Farrell when he thought that man would be going to the moon. Farrell said that it might be in the next couple of years, but was very vague in his answer. However, it wouldn't be until a little over 11 years after this episode aired that Neil Armstrong made his famous "One small step for man." Also, because the panel identified him so quickly, John flipped over all the cards for his trouble. The second contestant looked as if she had taken a cue from the contestant from the previous week who made horses' hats, as she also wore a very gaudy hat herself. As far as the game went, Bennett couldn't believe it when he correctly figured out that the rather matronly looking 78 year old lady was a bartender. Just like with Airman Farrell, she only answered "no" once, and that was to Arlene - and yet again just like the first game, John decided to flip over all the cards due to the fact that she was elderly and had traveled quite a way to get to the studio. In the mystery guest round, Arlene redeemed herself when she correctly identified Judy Holliday. After the game, Miss Holliday promoted both the play and her upcoming appearance on "Person to Person," where she would be interviewed by former mystery guest Edward R. Murrow. She also wanted to inform the public that because of her appearance on that show, the curtain would go up early that Friday so she could keep her commitment for the interview. Unfortunately, the panel was denied the perfecto even though Dorothy was coming close, so the diamond diver won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        TONY RANDALL: As was mentioned earlier, this was Tony Randall's second appearance as a panelist on the show. Ironically, his first appearance was over two years earlier. In later years, he would appear on the show as frequently as once or twice a month. In fact, he almost could have been considered a regular panelist. His 62 appearances as a panelist were second only to Martin Gabel's 112 panel appearances. - Sargebri (2005)

      • From Glenn McMahon of the Judy Holliday Resource Center (2003)



        Once the panelists were all blindfolded, Judy walked out onto the stage to thunderous applause and whistles. She signed her name on the chalkboard and then took her seat beside the show's moderator, John Daly. The questioning begins with guest panelist Tony Randall. He states, "I heard a whistle. You must be a girl." Judy answers, "It has been said," using a Chinese accent. The accent is so thick that Tony Randall and Dorothy Kilgallen have trouble deciphering exactly what she said. Arlene Francis asks, "Are you a girl in the theatre?" Judy stays with the Chinese accent and answers, "Sometimes." Bennett Cerf points out that there is a party being held later that evening for Alan Jay Lerner & Frederick Loewe (who wrote "My Fair Lady") then asks, "Are you participating in this party in any way?" Judy switches to a very good Hungarian accent and responds, "I am not participating in any way, no." Dorothy Kilgallen asks, "Would we know you more for your work in the movies than on the stage?" Judy answers, "It could be" with virtually no accent at all. Kilgallen quickly shoots back, "Well, is it?" John Daly clarifies the answer by saying that the mystery guest is equally known in both. Tony Randall says, "I think I recognize your voice." (They had co-starred together in an episode of the "Goodyear Television Playhouse" called "The Huntress" back in 1954.) He asks, "Did I once have the pleasure of playing opposite you?" Judy goes back to the Hungarian accent and playfully asks, "Was it a pleasure?" Randall smiles and says, "A real one, yes." He disqualifies himself from the contest so that Judy can continue a little longer. Arlene Francis says, "I'm sure Tony knows who it is, but are bells ringing for you all the time? Judy Holliday?" As the audience applauds, the panelists remove their blindfolds. Judy shakes her head in disbelief and comments on how tough it is to fool the panel. Discouraged, she says she'll never be an impersonator. Arlene says, "There's no way to disguise that marvelous voice, Judy. You may as well give up." Bennett Cerf says, "For a second there I thought you were Maria Schell (Austrian actress and sister of Maximilian Schell)." Judy is surprised and says, "Did you? I was trying to be Zsa Zsa Gabor." John Daly compliments her on the Chinese accent that she started with and Judy gives him another sample of it. Arlene asks if "Bells Are Ringing" has celebrated its one year anniversary. Judy says, "Yes, we celebrated our first anniversary, we had our 500th performance and we will be around for at least another year." Arlene inexplicably requests Judy to "say something like 'Susie Answerphone' for us." Judy laughs and says, "You don't say it right... Susanswerphone." Arlene prods her again to say something from the show. Judy is puzzled and doesn't know what to say. Finally she just says, "Susanswerphone," in a lilting voice, like she's taking an incoming call. Everyone laughs and Arlene explains to the viewers that in the show Judy's character is the queen of the answering service. Tony Randall tries to impersonate Judy's line, "Send me my mail there" from the play. Judy explains to John Daly that she is very nervous because she is going to be appearing on the CBS TV show "Person To Person" with Edward R. Murrow the following week. She mentions that the curtain time for "Bells Are Ringing" on that particular night is being changed to 8:00 PM to accommodate her appearance. She thanks John Daly and then leaves the moderator's desk. She walks across the stage, shakes hands with all four panelists and departs. Her appearance lasted 4 and one-half minutes.


        JUDY HOLLIDAY: This is the third time that Judy Holliday has been a mystery guest. Each time, it took the panel only a minute or two to guess who she was, despite Judy using a different voice each time. - ymike673 (2005)

      • The first guest signed in as "Mr. X" and no blindfolds were used. This was unfortunate, because Dorothy recognized him and disqualified herself. Dorothy said she was the "president of the fan club." He was Donald Farrell, Airman First Class, United States Air Force, and he had spent seven days (Feb. 9, 1958 to Feb. 16, 1958) inside a laboratory space chamber simulating a trip to the moon. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Bennett mentions the Fontainebleau. Tony is appearing in the Broadway musical comedy play "Oh Captain!" which ran for 192 total performances at the Alvin Theatre. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf. Bennett was back from his vacation in Miami, Florida and was very tan!

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