What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 23, 1958 on CBS
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Game 1: Stirling Moss (b. 9/17/1929) - "Auto Racing Driver" (he signed in as "Y"; self-employed; he mentions that he drove an Aston Martin at Sebring Raceway in Florida, but lost the race due to gear box problems; he also mentions Europe, Monaco and Italy; from London, England)

Game 2: Miss Grace van Hulsteyn & Miss Betsy Nelson - "Make Nose Warmers" (self-employed; they crochet and sell strap-on nose warmers which feature a tassel on the end of the nose; Betsy modeled a sample of their product; the girls are both seniors at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania; Grace is from Bryn Mawr, PA and Betsy is from Richmond, VA)

Game 3: Anita Ekberg (b. 9/29/1931) (as Mystery Guest #2) She signed in as Anita Steel Ekberg.

Game 4: Mrs. Mae Bamber - "Mayor of Southport, England" (salaried; John explained that her correct title is Mr. Mayor; from Southport, Lancashire County, England)

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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)

    Sir Stirling Moss

    Sir Stirling Moss

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Anita Ekberg

    Anita Ekberg

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down. The panel had identified him quickly and John, wishing the panel could have been put through the paces, awarded the contestant the full prize. In the final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down. In this case, the panel correctly figured out that the contestant was the mayor of a town in England, but they were unable to name the town. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For the second week in this stretch, the main sponsor is Helene Curtis.
        (2) ANITA EKBERG: This was the blonde bombshell's only "WML?" appearance. Earlier this evening, March 23, 1958, Miss Ekberg was a guest on "The Steve Allen Show" on "another network" (aka NBC), along with Alan Young (the future co-star of the 1961-1966 sitcom "Mister Ed"), John Bubbles, Joni James and Tommy Prisco. She appeared in three movies in 1958: "Paris Holiday" (with Bob Hope and Fernandel), "Screaming Mimi" (which also co-starred Gypsy Rose Lee), and "The Man Inside" (with Jack Palance). In addition, Miss Ekberg was a co-presenter of music awards (along with Vincent Price) on the 30th annual Academy Awards ceremony which took place on March 26, 1958.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, as with last week's show, the end credits only went up to the art card crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine, only with such graphic being shown a bit longer. Needless to say, GSN made their own unwanted contribution on the December 19, 2008 airing of this episode, via their teeth-chattering "crunching" of the screen.
        (4) BACK-TO-BACK "WML?" GUEST PANELISTS: Following GSN's December 19, 2008 airing of tonight's show (with the second most-prolific "WML?" guest panelist, Tony Randall) the cable and satellite channel reran the April 30, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with the most prolific "WML?" guest panelist, Martin Gabel, sitting in on the panel alongside Mary Healy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. Bud Collyer, as usual, was the host. The first game featured Robert A. Crowder (chief of the Texas Rangers law enforcement agency) and two impostors; the second game featured Melody Sachko (a junior high school student from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who won the 1956 National Spelling Bee with the word "condominium") and two impostors; and the third game featured Martin Branner (creator of the "Winnie Winkle" comic strip) and two impostors. It should be noted that Mr. Gabel -- making the first of three "TTTT" appearances over the next six years (his other turns on the panel were on December 30, 1958 and March 4, 1963) -- was the only one in his family to be a "TTTT" panelist. His lovely wife, "WML?" grande dame Arlene Francis, made no "TTTT" panel appearances, but she did make a memorable appearance on the daytime version on November 8, 1965, when she and Dorothy Kilgallen appeared as impostors passing themselves off as screen star Joan Crawford, in an edition that aired only hours after Dolly Mae's untimely death. (Miss Kilgallen herself had been on the "TTTT" panel once, on March 19, 1962; ironically, on that occasion, she filled in for Miss Carlisle. Kitty, of course, went on to sit in Dorothy's chair for the Kilgallen tribute EPISODE #790 of November 14, 1965.) - W-B (2008)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Over the last few shows, Dorothy began to show signs of a mounting drinking problem that would be one of several factors contributing to her tragic death only seven and a half years from tonight's show. Her hair seemed a bit askew in certain spots, her appearance was somewhat puffy and bloated, her speech began to get a little slurry on occasion, and during the mystery guest rounds, she began to put forth cryptic, bizarre questions that she would become famous for in her later years. All this will come to a head nearly seven months from now, when Dorothy fell and hit her head one day prior to EPISODE #436 of October 12, 1958, leading to the first of three major stays at New York's LeRoy Sanitarium over the next few years (on this occasion, officially for the treatment of "exhaustion and anemia"), and causing her to miss that and the next episode. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a pretty fun night as well as a great night for the panel as they nearly pulled off a perfecto. Also, this could have almost been an international version of the show if it hadn't been for the two young American college girls. In the first game, Bennett correctly figured out that the first contestant was an auto racer. The contestant later revealed himself to be Stirling Moss, who as it turned out, was probably one of the greatest all-around automobile racers that ever lived. After the game, John flipped all the cards due to the fact that the panel guessed him so quickly. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the two young college girls made nose warmers, which at one point she called a "nose muff." The girls later showed one of their nose-warming creations and once again Bennett made a rather derogatory remark about sack dresses. In the mystery guest round, the panel pretty much knew from the start that the night's guest was Swedish sex symbol Anita Ekberg. Of course, what tipped them off was the wild reaction from the audience, especially the male members. In the final game, Bennett disqualified himself because he said that he recognized the contestant - but then after the game was over, he was shown to be incorrect about his identification after all. However, this didn't stop the panel from figuring out her line. Tony, who was called the panel's "good luck charm" during his previous appearance, correctly guessed that Mrs. Bamber was a mayor. Unfortunately, the ever-devious John wanted the panel to guess what city she was from, which was Southport, England. However, the panel was unable to name her city, so she won the full prize by default. This definitely was a very fun night. - Sargebri (2005)

        STIRLING MOSS: Stirling Moss was one of, if not, the greatest all-around drivers in motor racing history. Out of 466 career races, Moss won an incredible 194, including 16 Formula One events. Ironically, Moss never won the big prize, the world driver's championship. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Bennett came up with a showstopper! The final guest was the Mayor of Southport, England. Bennett thought he knew who the contestant was, so he (being the honest gent he is) disqualified himself. It turns out he was wrong in his identification. His reasoning: "Anita [Ekberg] had me all off my....trolley!" John's laugh at that statement was worth the price of admission! It was a classic moment and made the whole show! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • "Femme Fatale" Anita Eckberg signed in as "Anita Steel Eckberg." This was a reference to her husband, English actor Anthony Steel. Anita had been "Miss Sweden, 1950" and was now appearing in motion pictures. - Suzanne (2003)

        Stirling Moss' sister Pat Moss (Mrs. Pat Carlsson) will be a contestant on the future EPISODE #835 of October 23, 1966. Her line is given as "Auto Racing Champion." At that time, Pat and her husband, Erik Carlsson, are with the Saab Auto Company of Sweden. - Suzanne (2003)

        Sir Stirling Moss (he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999) was a very famous Formula One race car driver from London, England. He signed in as "Mr. Y" for a change of pace from "Mr. X" as they usually use. - Suzanne (2003)

        Read more about Sterling Moss here:


        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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