What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 32


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 06, 1958 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: Dorothy Kilgallen identified John Perona. However, Mr. Daly made what could be considered a mistake on this round. He gave a "no" to Arlene when she asked if you would go to this place at a specific time of day. Arlene called his attention to his mistake in the post-game conversation, to no avail.

      TRIP: John Daly and the Scotsman talked about John Daly's upcoming "around the world" trip.

      IGNORED?: For some reason, it appears that Orson Welles ignores Dorothy tonight. Some feel that he actually snubbed her.

      FUNNY GOOF: Greer Garson's spot turns into one of funny confusion. Because of a goof by Welles, the panel has her gender wrong for several questions.

      - WML Fan (2004)

  • Quotes

    • Bennett Cerf: (getting ready to ask what is worn underneath a kilt) Mr. Anderson, there are millions of people who would like to hear an answer to the question on whether--
      John Daly: (cutting Bennett off, as the audience reacts wildly) Don't answer! Uh, uh, uh! Don't answer!

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for mystery challenger Greer Garson at four down because time ran out. All mystery challengers were paid an unpublicized appearance fee of $500, so it didn't really matter whether the cards went over or not, but it was very rare for the panel to run out of time on a mystery guest spot. The panel was befuddled for a long time on the gender of the mystery challenger because when the blindfolded Orson Welles began the questioning, he assumed the guest was a male and addressed Greer Garson as "Sir." He stated that when nobody laughed, his assumption was correct. However, Mr. Welles was indeed wrong, and it took a very long time before anyone else on the panel challenged this assumption. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH (OR, BEST TO YOU, TOO): Tonight's show ushered in a new alternating main sponsor, Kellogg's cereals. The company will go on to be the longest-running individual sponsor of "WML?," lasting up to September 1965, with a few breaks here and there -- notably in late 1959 and again in late 1961. (Jules Montenier, Inc.'s sponsorship only lasted from April 1950 to March 1956, after which Dr. Montenier sold his company and accompanying products -- Stopette, Finesse and Poof! -- to Helene Curtis Industries, Inc., which will continue on "WML?" up to and including EPISODE #442 of November 23, 1958.) In an interesting coincidence, Kellogg's Corn Flakes brand was something of a bookend for "WML?," advertising on tonight's show as well as on the final "WML?" episode on which they were opening sponsor, EPISODE #781 of September 12, 1965.
      (2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This episode featured both the first and last "WML?" appearance of actor/writer/director/enfant terrible Orson Welles. Besides "The Long Hot Summer" which Dorothy mentioned in the intros, Mr. Welles also wrote the screenplay for and acted in the 1958 motion picture "Touch of Evil," which at the time of release was not too well received and in fact was on the lower half of a bill with Hedy Lamarr's last film, "The Female Animal"; but in the years since, the film noir "Touch of Evil" has become regarded as one of Mr. Welles' finest (behind his 1941 movie "Citizen Kane"), and was selected for preservation by the National Film Registry in 1993. In the years since his sole "WML?" appearance, Mr. Welles became a frequent talk show guest, as well as hosting an anthology series, "Orson Welles' Great Mysteries," in 1973. (This show was parodied in 1975 with Mr. Welles being impersonated by British comedian Benny Hill on one of Mr. Hill's television specials titled "Great Mysteries with Orson Buggy." ) Mr. Welles also was a commercial spokesperson in the last years of his life for Paul Masson wines; his now-famous catchphrase, "Paul Masson will sell no wine before its time," as well as the ads themselves, were likewise a frequent target of parody.
      (3) MORE ON ORSON WELLES: There was a particular irony to Mr. Welles' sitting alongside Hearst columnist Dorothy Kilgallen tonight, due to the fact that his now-classic 1941 flick "Citizen Kane" was mercilessly savaged by the press at the time of original release as a thinly-veiled biography of William Randolph Hearst and, in fact, it was this controversy that hobbled Mr. Welles' career as an "auteur" for the rest of his life. Indeed, Dolly Mae was among the legion of Hearst columnists (along with the likes of Walter Winchell, Louella Parsons, Elsa Maxwell and Igor Cassini aka "Cholly Knickerbocker") who unsuccessfully tried to stop "Citizen Kane's" release. It could be that Miss Kilgallen's long-ago 1941 negative actions toward this future masterpiece, "Citizen Kane," are the explanation for Mr. Welles' ignoring Dorothy (to the point of outright snub) throughout this 1958 "WML?" episode.
      (4) The El Morocco nightclub, which was owned by first mystery guest John Perona, first opened in 1931 as a speakeasy, towards the tail end of Prohibition. For many years, El Morocco was located at 154 East 54th Street (on the block where the Citigroup Center, formerly known as the Citicorp Center, has stood since the mid-to-late 1970's). In 1960, El Morocco moved to 307 East 54th Street (near Second Avenue), and a year later, in 1961, Mr. Perona died. For the next several years afterwards, El Morocco went through several owners and, at different points, it was operated as a steakhouse and a topless bar. In 1997, a new nightclub, Night Owls, was opened at El Morocco's old base. El Morocco was famous as the first night spot to use a velvet rope -- which later became the most famous symbol of the 1970's disco establishment Studio 54, which stood at the grounds where "WML?" originated (CBS Studio 52) from 1960 to 1966. In recent years, there were two attempts to recreate El Morocco: the Chelsea-based Elmo Restaurant and Lounge on 156 Seventh Avenue (between 19th and 20th Streets), whose name came from El Morocco's nickname; and a new El Morocco, opened in the mid-2000's and located in the Washington Heights area at 3534 Broadway (corner of West 145th Street). Both establishments have different owners from the original El Morocco.
      (5) GREER GARSON: This was the third and final appearance of the Oscar-winning actress on "WML?" She was a mystery guest twice (including tonight), and a guest panelist once. More than a year from tonight's show, on October 22, 1959, Miss Garson was hostess of the second edition of the ill-fated biweekly series "The Big Party" (full title: "The Big Party By Revlon"), which was named among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name. The guests on that edition included many who appeared on "WML?" over its long CBS run, including Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Sal Mineo, Martha Raye, and Walter Slezak. Of the lineup of that edition of "The Big Party," only famed tap dancer John Bubbles made no appearances on "WML?" It was also two years from tonight's show that Miss Garson played "Eleanor Roosevelt" in the 1960 movie version of "Sunrise at Campobello."
      (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Time ran so short after the end of Greer Garson's mystery guest round that only a very brief shot of the full-screen "WML?" title card was televised -- with the original audio, too. This all happened so quickly that it left no window (not necessarily any pun intended) for GSN to mercilessly "crunch" the screen on its December 21, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (7) Right after the December 21, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the May 14, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel again consisting of Mary Healy, Jackie Cooper, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Canadian long-distance swimmer Marilyn Bell and two impostors; the second game featured Jean Maracé (or maybe Mariset or Marisay, because the spelling is unknown; he was the head chef for the United Nations) and two impostors; and the third game featured Mrs. Hazel Abel (former U.S. Senator from Nebraska who was named "American Mother of the Year" for 1957) and two impostors. This "TTTT" episode was previously aired on GSN in 2007 during the time period between October 2, 2006 and January 1, 2008 when "Black & White Overnight" was only broadcast once a week. - W-B (2008)

    • BON VOYAGE JOHN!!! As was announced on this episode, John was going to be leaving the show for the next two weeks to work at his main job in the news. It also was announced that Clifton Fadiman, who was the final host of "The Name's the Same," would be filling in for John as the guest host. As far as the games for tonight went, the panel had a fairly good evening. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified El Morocco owner John Perona. Dolly Mae also identified the kilt maker after Bennett opened the door wide open for her. The fun picked up in the mystery guest round when guest panelist Orson Welles called Greer Garson "sir" even before she had a chance to open her mouth. The panel did manage to figure out that she was a female, but that was as far as they got, as she totally befuddled them by mumbling her answers. Eventually, the panel ran out of time and the Oscar winning actress won the full prize by default. And so, after a great start, the panel faded at the end. - Sargebri (2005)

    • CARTOON I: It is unknown whether this Kellogg's Corn Flakes commercial was made to be aired on WML during Kellogg's sponsorship of WML or was made simply as a parody to be aired during the 1958-1988 cartoon television series "The Yogi Bear Show." Hanna-Barbera character Yogi Bear served at Kellogg's Corn Flakes regular "spokesbear" in 1961.
      Thanks to our friends at TVparty.com, here is Yogi Bear signing in as a "Kellogg's Corn Flakes Taster." He is accompanied by a host, Huck (Huckleberry Hound), and a panel of his co-stars: Jinks, Boo Boo, Pixie and Dixie.
      RealPlayer File: Yogi Bear on What's My Line?


      Web Site: TV Party


      - Garrison Skunk (2003)


      CARTOON II: Another cartoon parody of WML can be seen in the original 1961 Walt Disney film, "101 Dalmatians." It's the scene where the puppies are escaping while the bumbling crooks are preoccupied watching a TV panel show called "What's My Crime?" I believe that the contestant stumps the panel and is told that he'll collect his prize once he finishes his prison sentence. - Rob Johnson (2003)

      CARTOON II, CONTINUED: Indeed, "101 Dalmatians" does feature such a parody. The idea originally came from the book by Dodie Smith on which the film was based. In the book, Smith described the game as such:

      "Two ladies and two gentlemen, in faultless evening dress, had to guess the crime committed by a lady or gentleman in equally faultless evening dress. Stern moralists said this programme was causing a crime wave and filling the prisons, because people committed crimes in the hope of being chosen as contestants."

      Read more about this parody of "What's My Line?" in this TV.com "WML?" Forum post. Photos included. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • HUGH HEFNER TRIBUTE: GSN did not air this episode in 2003. Instead, on 6/23/2003, GSN aired a Hugh Hefner tribute for Playboy's 50th anniversary and aired both EPISODE #561 and EPISODE #798 back-to-back. This episode was next shown on 8/6/2005. - Suzanne (2005)

      John Daly will be gone for the next two episodes. His spot will be filled by Clifton Fadiman, who does an excellent job! - Suzanne (2003)

      Tidbits: Kellogg's makes its WML sponsor debut with Dennis James handling the spots. - Suzanne (2003)

      Orson Welles (5/6/1915 - 10/10/1985)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Orson Welles, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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