What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 29

EPISODE #406

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 16, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #406
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Game 1: Sir Hubert Wilkins (10/31/1888 - 11/30/1958) - "Arctic Explorer" (he signed in as "X" and the panel was not blindfolded; salaried; very charming personality; he was the first to fly over the Arctic Ocean; currently from Montrose, Pennsylvania; for 16 years he has been a member of the U. S. Army's Quartermaster Corps and visits the Arctic each year to test equipment; see notes below)

Game 2: Clyde W. Farrar, Jr. - "Egg Inspector" (salaried; he inspects and grades eggs for the Virginia Department of Agriculture; from Portsmouth, VA)

Game 3: Peter Lind Hayes (6/25/1915 - 4/21/1998) & Mary Healy (b. 4/14/1918) (as Mystery Guest Duo) Peter Lind Hayes wrote on the blackboard "Who was that lady?" before he and his wife Mary Healy signed in. This was a reference to their recently opened Broadway play, "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" which ran at the Martin Beck Theatre for a total of 208 performances.

Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a person who was an income tax investigator. - Suzanne (2008)
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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)

    Sir Hubert Wilkins

    Sir Hubert Wilkins

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Mary Healy

    Mary Healy

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf: Everybody is being very complimentary tonight. So I'm going to stay right in the mold. I want to introduce one of the real aristocrats of television, Mr. John Charles Daly. (loud cheers and applause)
        John Daly: Bennett is much too kind in his introduction, but there is something that I would-- we were talking about something just before the show and I think it needs mention. This week is National Library Week and I think it would do us all some good if we paused for a moment to think about those fine people who run the libraries in our small towns and our big cities and actually who do so much to keep good literature alive.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. Arlene figured out that he was a doctor and a scientist of some sort, but the panel wasn't able to identify this famous explorer, Sir Hubert Wilkins, who signed as "X" to fool them. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor tonight is Helene Curtis. And because James Roosevelt was a Congressman at the time of this appearance, his guest panelist nameplate read "REP. ROOSEVELT" on the panel desk.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The regular contestants' overlays were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold font this evening; however, mystery guest duo Peter Lind Hayes & Mary Healy's lower-third overlay was hand-painted.
        (3) This was Peter Lind Hayes' first appearance on "WML?" since EPISODE #344 of January 6, 1957, and Mary Healy's first since EPISODE #309 of May 6, 1956. And as for their "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" co-star Ray Walston's brief cameo, it was to be the only appearance by the future "Favorite Martian" on "WML?" in any of its incarnations. (As a side note, Mr. Walston's "My Favorite Martian" co-star, Bill Bixby, never made any appearances on either the CBS or syndicated versions of "WML?")
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's end credits were a little more elongated than recent editions, going all the way up to a brief shot of the art card crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine before cutting off. Yet there was GSN at the ready, on its December 18, 2008 airing of this episode, to spoil it all with their incessantly in-your-face "crunching" of the screen.
        (5) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF MARY HEALY: Following the December 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the April 23, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with Mary Healy making the first of four "TTTT" guest panelist appearances (she filled in for Polly Bergen); on this occasion, Miss Healy sat alongside then-regulars Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Baron Ladislao de Torak (approximate spelling; it also may have been Ladislav de Torok; he served as a captain of the horse cavalry on the Russian Front during World War II, received an award from Pope Pius XII for his service to the Catholic Church in Italy, and at the time of this show, was a bartender at the Montsignor restaurant in New York - the spelling of this restaurant is also approximate) and two impostors; the second game featured Carol Morris (Miss Universe 1956, who had also appeared on "WML?" EPISODE #322 of August 5, 1956; Mr. Collyer, in his reading of her affidavit, referred to her as Miss Universe 1957) and two impostors; and the third game featured big-game hunter and African safari guide John Hall (approximate spelling) and two impostors. (As a side note, in contrast to Miss Healy's four consecutive "TTTT" panel appearances, which proved to be the only time she was on the program, her husband and longtime performing partner Peter Lind Hayes made only one nighttime "TTTT" appearance, as a guest panelist on the May 21, 1962 edition.) - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This was somewhat of a decent night for the panel, and a fun one too. In the first game, there was a management dilemma regarding whether or not to blindfold the panel, because the first guest, Sir Hubert Wilkins, was so well known. Due to his ongoing Arctic research, his picture had been in newspapers on a regular basis over the years. However, the chance was taken and he walked out without the panel being blindfolded and by having him sign in as X. Luckily, the gambit worked and Sir Hubert gleefully stumped the panel. After the game, Dorothy made a rather cute statement by saying that he looked younger than in his photos. In the second game, Arlene was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant was an egg candler, even though he actually was a full inspector. There also was a dispute over whether or not eggs should be considered a dairy product. It was ruled that they weren't and as John put it, "Even thought they are delivered with milk and butter, they aren't dairy." In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified the panel's old friends, former guest panelists Peter Lind Hayes and his lovely wife "Miss New Orleans of 1918" Mary Healy. The couple was on the show to promote their play "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" They also gave the panel a treat by bringing out their co-star Ray Walston. Of course, Walston would go on to play everyone's favorite Martian in the 1963-1966 TV series "My Favorite Martian" as well as the history teacher from hell, "Mr. Hand," in the classic 1982 high school comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High." Ray's unexpected appearance put a nice cap on a pretty good evening. - Sargebri (2005)

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        WELCOME, PART I: At the end of the show, John Daly welcomed a new CBS affiliate, KMOX-TV, Channel 4, of St. Louis, Missouri. - Suzanne (2005)

        WELCOME, PART II: It was around this time that CBS took over ownership and operation of KMOX-TV, which first signed on in 1954 as KWK-TV. In 1986, CBS sold KMOX to Viacom (years before the company acquired CBS) which changed the call letters to KMOV, which it remains today, although the station has been owned by Belo Corporation since 1997. - W-B (2007)

      • FIRST GUEST: Sir Wilkins had a delightful time stumping the panel! Sir George Hubert Wilkins, who was born at Mount Bryan East, South Australia, on October 31, 1888, achieved fame and distinction for his exploration work in the Arctic and Antarctic Regions, both by airplane and submarine. He achieved many "firsts" in his field, as John Daly noted. Wilkins always carried a miniature of the Australian flag in the cockpit of his airplane. He settled in the United States and worked in World War II for the American government, but never surrendered his Australian citizenship of which he was intensely proud. Wilkins died of a heart attack at the age of 70 on November 30, 1958, a few months after tonight's appearance. His body was cremated and the ashes taken on the nuclear submarine USS SKATE and scattered at the North Pole. - Suzanne & Dickcondon (2003)

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        CELEBRATING NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK 1958 - GOOD BOOKS ARE HERE TO STAY!

        JD (giving a conference warning): "I'll send you to the library for the whole week!"

        AF to DK: "You haven't seen an egg come out of a cow..." (she gets cut off by laughter, rightly so, the panel could not decide whether an egg was a dairy product or not!)

        ::The great egg controversy of 1958::

        BC (miffed because he had gotten a "no" answer when he queried whether the product could be eaten with cream over it): "When my Phyllis scrambles an egg, she pours some cream into the pan with the egg!"
        DK: "Oh, and the French do too, all the time!"
        JD: "Well, look at the mess France is in currently."

        HUGE LAUGH! Great episode! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • 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)

        Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy were married from 1940 until his death in 1998. They were appearing with Ray Walston in the Broadway play, "Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?" After they were identified, Mr. Daly asked them, "Is Ray with you?" and then Ray Walston walked on stage for a moment before the three of them departed. - Suzanne (2003)

        James Roosevelt (12/23/1907 - 8/13/1991)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, James Roosevelt, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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