What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 33


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 13, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

GUEST MODERATOR: Clifton Fadiman (5/15/1904 - 6/20/1999)

Game 1: Mrs. Ruth Patterson - "Human Cannonball" (salaried; she is currently appearing nightly at Madison Square Garden; she is shot 150 feet in distance and travels 55 to 60 feet up in the air; from Nashville, TN)

Game 2: Mrs. Jeannine Breyer - "Makes Dog Collars" (self-employed; she designs and makes jeweled dog collars exclusively for poodles; she gave her demonstration collar to Bennett Cerf on her way out, after Kip informed her that Bennett owned a poodle; from Pasadena, CA)

Game 3: Bob Hope (5/29/1903 - 7/27/2003) (as Mystery Guest)

Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, there was not enough time for the next scheduled contestant, a ballet dancer who Gil described as a "rough-looking guy." This person, George Church, eventually appears on EPISODE #415. - Suzanne (2008)

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    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Clifton Fadiman

    Clifton Fadiman

    Guest Moderator

    Guest Star

    Bob Hope

    Bob Hope

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Cesar Romero

    Cesar Romero

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Dorothy Kilgallen: (thinking she has an idea about the second contestant's product) Ooh, Bennett, I have a weenie.
        Bennett Cerf: She has a weenie.
        Clifton Fadiman: (unfamiliar with Dorothy's unique use of this word) Has a whatie?
        Bennett Cerf: Has a-- she's a hot dog.

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: Guest host Clifton Fadiman flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at just one down, in spite of the fact that Arlene Francis had quickly and correctly guessed this contestant's line. However, flipping the cards was not Clifton's own idea; he tossed the cards over only after Dorothy informed him of John Daly's habit of flipping the cards if the line was guessed quickly -- particularly for a pretty girl. In the mystery guest round, Clifton flipped the remaining cards for mystery guest Bob Hope at four down, apparently because time was running short. 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 this was the second night in a row where the panel lost on the mystery guest round due to time (though it seemed as if they ought to have been allowed a bit more time.) - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) A "STRIKING" EPISODE: It isn't just John Daly who has the night off tonight. This episode sports a different announcer, Bern Bennett, in place of Hal Simms. (Mr. Bennett is no stranger to CBS, though; this is the first of several episodes on which he will be the substitute announcer over the next two years, until his move to CBS's Television City studios in Hollywood, California in 1960.) In addition, tonight's camera work is often shaky, the quality of the zooming is poor, and the picture is definitely out-of-focus on multiple occasions. This below-par camera handling is most likely directly connected to a 12-day technicians' strike against CBS which lasted from April 7, 1958 to April 19, 1958, over the issue of whether to grant jurisdiction over videotape to Local 1220 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). This strike would doubtless have led to a substitute camera crew, plucked from within CBS management, working on this April 13, 1958 episode. The strike was settled by the time of the following week's episode.
        (2) GUEST PANEL SYMMETRY: Cesar Romero, who was a guest panelist on Bennett Cerf's lone guest-hosting gig on EPISODE #382 of September 29, 1957, is a guest panelist on this episode as well. On the remaining two episodes which are not hosted by Mr. Daly -- the following episode, and the Eamonn Andrews-moderated EPISODE #470 of June 28, 1959 -- Martin Gabel will be the guest panelist.
        (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this guest-hosted (and strike-bound) edition, the main sponsor is Helene Curtis.
        (4) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: There was one thing that wasn't affected by the technicians' strike: the overlays, which were set, as usual, in Futura Demi Bold.
        (5) BOB HOPE: "Ol' Ski Nose" was the second co-star of "Paris Holiday" to have appeared as a mystery guest over a time span of three weeks; Anita Ekberg had made a rip-roaring mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #407 of March 23, 1958. Only Fernandel, the film's other major co-star, made no appearances whatsoever on "WML?" As for Mr. Hope, it was in 1958 that he filmed a TV special in Russia (or as it was then called, the Soviet Union), which originally aired on NBC on April 5, 1958. His experience in filming this special later formed the basis for a book he wrote, "I Owe Russia $1,200," that was published in 1963.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Whether due to the technicians' strike or the then-prevalent practice of incorporating a mention of where to send for studio audience tickets, the end credits cut off after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. GSN, however, did its equivalent of "strike-breaking" on its December 22, 2008 airing of this episode by carrying on with its laborious "crunching" of the screen, and by steadfastly refusing to meet the modest demands of the viewing audience for an original, vintage, "uncrunched" screen.
        (7) GSN's December 22, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the May 21, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel comprised of Polly Bergen, Jackie Cooper, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Colonel William G. Draper (a U.S. Air Force aide who was the personal pilot to President Dwight D. Eisenhower) and two impostors; the second game featured famed tenor Kurt Baum and two impostors; and the third game featured escape artist and magician Celeste Evans (known as "The Mistress of Magic") and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • BON VOYAGE DOLLY MAE!!! During the introductions, Dorothy announced that she would be going to France next week and the panel gave her a little going away present by having a nearly perfect night. This also happened to be the second time in the history of the show that John was forced to miss a broadcast due to his regular duties as a journalist. Filling in for him was former "The Name's the Same" host Clifton Fadiman. In the first game, Arlene, using a great deal of logic after Bennett opened the door for her, correctly guessed that the contestant was a human cannonball with Ringling Brothers. After the game, Dorothy, who was in a very generous mood, informed Fadiman of John's practice of flipping over all the cards if a contestant's occupation was guessed rather quickly and he gleefully obliged. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the lovely contestant from Pasadena made dog collars, especially after Dorothy whispered in his ear. Ironically, the only hiccup the panel had was in the mystery guest round, when Fadiman, for some reason, ended the game on the basis of time, when it seemed as if there was plenty of time left. As a result, Bob Hope won the game. Of course, it might have not made that big of a difference as he pretty much had the panel befuddled with his faux French accent. - Sargebri (2005)

        GOOF ALERT!!! During the mystery guest round, Bob Hope was asked if he had any connection with sports and he answered "no." However, Hope did have a connection. Besides hosting his annual golf tournament, Hope was part owner of the Cleveland Indians baseball team. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Everyone is very chatty and playful this evening! Such a joy to watch. Mr. Fadiman, although slightly nervous as guest moderator in the beginning, quickly got into the "improv" nature of the show. At one point, he actually gives a fabulous imitation of JD's long, involved answers!
        1) Okay, let's begin at the beginning! Dorothy emerges from the curtain and says, "And now, since I'm on the point of departure for Europe, this is the man that I most hate to leave behind me, Bennett Cerf!" (awww shucks!)
        2) The first guest is Mrs. Ruth Patterson, Human Cannonball. AF guesses her out of nowhere. Only one card has been flipped. BC asks, "How the devil did you get that Arlene?" (she then gives a very cute explanation). CF asks Mrs. Patterson, "How do you like appearing on television, as compared with your regular job?" She replies, "Well, I think I'd prefer to be shot!" BIG laugh from everyone! (She could get a job on the show with answers like that!) Dorothy jumps in with, "Uh Kip, usually when the contestant is so cute and someone has been as brilliant as Arlene... John, in your place, would flip all the cards. Would you like to do that?" (Audience gives a rousing applause) CF jokingly asks, "Dorothy, would you like to come over here and run this show?"
        3) During the dog collar lady questioning, DK exclaims, "Oh Bennett, I have a weenie!" BC laughs and says, "She has a weenie! She's a hot dog!" DK whispers in BC's ear her idea after explaining, "I don't want to make a fool of myself in public." But BC exposes her anyway when he immediately says, "I reject Dorothy's suggestion that it's dog eyeglasses." LOL!! (I don't think John would have EVER let DK get away with that, by the way.) For the record, DK seems to use the word "weenie" in place of "idea." It must have been a popular slang word!
        4) Wow, the panel doesn't guess Bob Hope! He answered all questions with either "oui" or "no" in connection with his new film.
        5) The biggest laugh of evening... goes to Miss Kilgallen! When CR asked MG, "Do I know you personally?" she chimes in, "That's going to be a GREAT help to us, Cesar!" Great job, Mr. Fadiman! We'll miss you Dorothy! Bon Voyage! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Clifton "Kip" Fadiman was the guest host. He had a very warm and sweet personality and did an outstanding job! He said John Daly was on an "around the world flight" and would be gone for two weeks. - Suzanne (2003)

        Clifton Fadiman (5/15/1904 - 6/20/1999)

        Bob Hope promoted his 1958 film, "Paris Holiday." - Suzanne (2003)

        Tonight's substitute announcer is Bern Bennett. - Suzanne (2005)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Cesar Romero, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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