What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 02, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Edward J. Kelly, Noreen Kelly & Bernard Kelly - "Judges" (all salaried; Edward Kelly is the father of Noreen & Bernard Kelly; he is a superior court judge, while Noreen & Bernard are municipal court judges; from Medford, Oregon)

Edward J. Kelly (1904 - 6/11/1968)
Noreen Kelly (b. 3/7/1934)
Bernard Kelly

Game 2: Albert F. Seymour - "Makes Bathtubs" (salaried; he is an iron molder for the American Standard Company and has been making bathtubs for over 30 years; from Ferndale, Maryland)

Game 3: Lena Horne (6/30/1917 - 5/9/2010) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Gerry Thompson - "Trains Trotting Horses" (self-employed; from "up around Albany, 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)

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at three down. Bennett correctly identified this contestant's line, but John said that the cards were all going over because they had a lot of fun. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel asked some good questions on this one and made some headway, but Dorothy admitted that they probably wouldn't have guessed this contestant's line even if they had been given a bit more time. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for tonight is Helene Curtis. And Ralph Bellamy was only the third major panelist in the history of "To Tell the Truth," up to this point, to serve as a "WML?" guest panelist as of this episode; onetime frequent "TTTT" panelist John Cameron Swayze had his turn on the "WML?" panel on EPISODE #335 of November 4, 1956, and Don Ameche, a "TTTT" panelist from late 1957 to summer 1961, was a guest panelist on "WML?" EPISODE #374 of August 4, 1957. Considerably more "TTTT" panelists will turn up on "WML?" from time to time in later years, as panelists, mystery guests, or both.
        (2) LENA HORNE: This was the singer/actress' second and final "WML?" appearance, not only on CBS, but altogether. Two weeks from tonight's show, Miss Horne was a guest, along with other "WML?"-connected personalities Jack E. Leonard and Keenan Wynn, on the March 16, 1958 edition of "The Steve Allen Show." Mr. Allen, ironically enough, was still on the panel at the time of Miss Horne's first mystery guest spot on EPISODE #174 of September 27, 1953; and the announcer for Steverino's variety show, Gene Rayburn, would appear in three of the final CBS "WML?" episodes in 1967 -- as well as being a frequent presence on the panel on the 1968-1975 syndicated version.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time out, the end credits go way up to executive producer Gil Fates' art card. And like clockwork, GSN didn't disappoint in terms of its highly perverse and grating-on-the-nerves "crunching" of the screen, on its December 16, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF RALPH BELLAMY: Immediately subsequent to the December 16, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the April 9, 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 first game featured U.E. Baughman (director of the U.S. Secret Service from 1948 to 1961) and two impostors; the second game featured comedians Joey Adams, Henny Youngman and Phil Foster, to determine whose original birth name was Michael Feldman (it was Phil Foster); and the third game featured Duina Zacchini (one of the famed Zacchini "human cannonballs," along with sister Egle Victoria Zacchini) and two impostors. It should be noted that Mr. Baughman was no stranger to the Goodson-Todman universe, having previously been a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #286 of November 27, 1955; and that Mr. Adams was the only one of the three contestants in Game #2 to have been on the CBS "WML?," as a guest panelist on the unfortunately long-lost EPISODE #16 of September 13, 1950 -- however, Mr. Adams, Mr. Youngman and Mr. Foster each made individual mystery guest appearances on the syndicated "WML?" at various times over its seven-year run. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This not only was a pretty good outing for the panel this particular evening, it was a pretty fun one as well. One thing that helped was having Ralph Bellamy on the panel, because he was quite experienced at being on a panel show due to his tenure on "To Tell the Truth." In the first game, Arlene got things rolling when she correctly guessed that the Kelly family from Medford, Oregon was all judges. The fun really picked up when Dorothy, who sounded like she might have imbibed a little before the show, was giggling all throughout her questioning of the contestant. In fact, her giggling spread to everyone, including John. However, she did manage to narrow down his line by identifying that he dealt with bathtubs, and then Bennett correctly guessed that he made them. John then decided to flip all the cards because of all the fun they had. In the mystery guest round, the beautiful Lena Horne tried to fool the panel with a somewhat raspy squeak. In fact, Arlene was very concerned that Miss Horne would do permanent damage to her vocal cords. However, she did manage to stay up there a long time without any harm to her wonderful voice and it was Arlene who did manage to correctly identify her. Interestingly, Miss Horne ran off stage without promoting the play "Jamaica," which she was appearing in at the time. Just like the previous week, the panel was denied the perfecto when they ran out of time with the final contestant, a trainer of trotting horses, so she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        WARDROBE MALFUNCTION: Singer Janet Jackson was supposed to portray Miss Horne in a biopic, but when the February 2004 Super Bowl half-time show "nipplegate" incident happened, Horne changed her mind and told the producers that she didn't want Jackson playing her. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Bennett introduces John so sweetly by saying, "And on my left, a man who is not only a superb news analyst and panel moderator, but what's so rare in television, a man with proper reverence for the English language, Mr. John Daly." John emerges and says "I reckon that's the nicest introduction I've ever had in my life!" (Awwwwww!!) It's always fun to see Dorothy having such a terrific time. The first guests were the Kelly family of 3 from Oregon and they were all judges. Dorothy's question was, "I know Oregon is famous for walnuts. May I rule out that you have anything to do with nuts?" This got a huge laugh from the audience, John and the Kellys! Arlene guessed it after it was decided that "the slang version of the word nuts" would apply! Also, watch for Dorothy cracking up during the questioning of the bathtub maker! She asks, "When you're wearing it, is it visible?" And then a moment later, with a sly look, she says, "Oh Mr. Seymour, I think you're terribly sneaky!" (The look she gives him when she says this is a MUST SEE!) This was a great episode! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • BENNETT'S FASHION SENSE: Bennett tells the final guest that he's glad she's not wearing a "sack" or "chemise" dress. He said he finds them "hideous" - because, of course, they don't show off a woman's shape. This won't be the last we'll hear of Bennett's fashion comments! The joking builds up and culminates on EPISODE #408 when Dorothy and Arlene wear sack dresses to tease him. - Suzanne (2005)


        John Daly wins his third (and final) Peabody Award in the spring of 1958. Information from the Peabody Awards website is below. - Suzanne (2003)

        Year: 1957
        Title: Prologue '58
        Producing Organizations: ABC Television & John Charles Daly
        City/State: New York, New York

        ABC's handling of the news, consistently authoritative and imaginative throughout 1957, hit a new high with its year-end roundup and forecast for the months to come - "Prologue '58." The credit goes equally to John Daly and his staff and to the executives who provided them immediate and adequate airtime to function at top efficiency. They rightly deserve this Peabody Award for television news, and it is a special pleasure to note in the presentation that your RTES president is being given such a medal for the second year in a row.


        LENA HORNE promoted her appearance in the Broadway musical play "Jamaica" which ran for 555 total performances at the Imperial Theatre. This play was her Broadway debut! She co-starred with Ricardo Montalban. - Suzanne (2003)

        Ralph Bellamy (6/17/1904 - 11/29/1991)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Ralph Bellamy, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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