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What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 20, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

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

Game 1: Father Hugh Michael Beahan (3/24/1920 - 7/21/1980) - "Disc Jockey" (salaried; there are 3 priests in this radio sideline occupation, and also mentioned were Father Moore of Steubenville and Father Smith of Santa Fe; in 1953, Fr. Beahan had also launched a television series on WOOD-TV called "Fifteen with Father"; with his deep baritone voice, he is heard on the Michigan radio station WGHN, where he does not play any rock and roll music, he laughingly stated; from Grand Rapids, MI; there are many net references to this media pioneer who would later become Monsignor Beahan)

Game 2: Roy Rogers - "Hairdresser" (self-employed; he has a full beard, a receding hairline and thinning hair on top of his head; when asked, he stated that he was not related to the famous cowboy actor with the same name; he owns a beauty parlor and is a hair stylist; he has grown his beard for the 150th anniversary - or sesquicentennial - of Greensboro, North Carolina; he said he was from both Durham, NC and Greensboro, NC)

Game 3: Jane Powell (b. 4/1/1929) (as Mystery Guest)

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    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Clifton Fadiman

    Clifton Fadiman

    Guest Host

    Guest Star

    Jane Powell

    Jane Powell

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Dana Wynter

    Dana Wynter

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: Guest host Clifton Fadiman flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel never really came close in figuring out this contestant's "alternate" line. In the mystery guest round, Clifton flipped the remaining cards for mystery challenger Jane Powell at eight down, although the panel correctly identified her. He didn't state any reason for flipping the cards; not that it really mattered, though, because all mystery guests were, unbeknownst to the general public at the time, paid an appearance fee of $500. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH - AND BACK TO NORMAL (SORT OF): Tonight, the primary sponsor is Kellogg's cereals. And though two of the main "WML?" principals, John Daly and Dorothy Kilgallen, have the night off, show announcer Hal Simms has returned. Also back is the professional camera handling work by the cameramen, because the regular camera crew has returned, following the settlement of a nearly two-week technicians' strike against CBS that is described in the notes to the prior EPISODE #410. Thankfully, gone are the numerous out-of-focus camera shots, the too-tight closeups, and the overall poor-quality camera work that plagued the previous week's episode.
        (2) "WML?" GUEST HOST AND PANEL WATCH: This was the second and final "WML?" appearance of guest emcee Clifton "Kip" Fadiman. As the remainder of the show's CBS run unfolded, Mr. Fadiman turned out to be the only "WML?" guest host who made no appearances, either prior or subsequent, as a panelist or mystery guest. Meanwhile, actress Dana Wynter is making the first of two "WML?" appearances tonight -- both of which were as a guest panelist. She was not the last individual whose name was spelled "Dana" but pronounced similar to "Donna" to appear on "WML?," however. During the last years of the 1968-1975 syndicated incarnation, one of the frequent recurring panelists (from 1971 onwards) was singer Dana Valery. However, despite her having a very minor hit in 1967 with a recording of the Paul Simon composition "You Don't Know Where Your Interest Lies" (Columbia 4-44004), Miss Valery made no appearances on the CBS "WML?" in its dwindling months on the air.
        (3) A LITTLE WORD ABOUT THE NEW KELLOGG'S FLIP CARDS: Unlike prior flip cards used by "WML?" -- or, for that matter, the "sponsorless" flip cards that were first used in 1961 and remained in place to the end of the show's CBS run in 1967 -- the Kellogg's flip cards (with an illustration of a bird's-eye view of a cereal bowl and spoon laid out on a large napkin) have the dollar amounts professionally typeset in Alternate Gothic No. 1. The question mark, however, looks hand-painted, as does the dollar sign.
        (4) DON'T PULL THAT "TRIGGER": The Roy Rogers who appeared as the second contestant on tonight's "WML?" episode was of no relation to the singing movie cowboy of the same name. However, the other, more famous Roy Rogers went on to make a mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #434 of September 28, 1958.
        (5) JANE POWELL: It was in 1958 that Miss Powell's movie career came to an end after fourteen years. She was in three films that year: "The Girl Most Likely," "The Female Animal," and her very last, "Enchanted Island," which was one of the very last productions for RKO Studios; however, as the company no longer existed by the time "Enchanted Island" was released, the flick ended up being distributed by Warner Brothers. Over the next several years, Miss Powell made numerous TV appearances; one that stood out was the 1959 TV remake of the 1944 movie "Meet Me in St. Louis," in which she played the Judy Garland role of "Esther Smith." (One of the other co-stars of this remake, Jeanne Crain, was a mystery guest on EPISODE #459 of April 5, 1959, three weeks prior to the April 26, 1959 airing of the new version of "Meet Me in St. Louis.")
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, the end credits cut short after the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card. And once again, decrepit GSN carried on with its fetid and moldy "crunching" of the screen on its December 23, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (7) Following the December 23, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the May 28, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Walter Slezak, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. (Mr. Slezak was yet another former "The Name's the Same" panelist, whose run on that show ended just before Mr. Fadiman took over the reins of "TNTS" for its final months in 1955.) The first game featured famed Italian fashion designer Micol Fontana (who previously appeared on "WML?" EPISODE #306 of April 15, 1956) and two impostors; the second game featured rodeo cowboy Casey Tibbs and two impostors; and the third game featured Steve LaFevers (aka Steven LaFevers; a pageboy for the U.S. Senate who was appointed by his grandfather -- and onetime "WML?" mystery guest -- Senator John L. McClellan) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2008)

      • REVIEW: This was the second week of John's round the world trip and for the second week in a row, former "The Name's the Same" host Clifton Fadiman is filling in for him. As far as the panel was concerned, they had a rather okay night. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the priest who moonlighted as a disc jockey. Ironically, they never asked Father Beahan if music was part of his duties. If they had asked this, they might have had a chance to correctly guess his occupation. It was also ironic that Arlene didn't recognize Father Beahan who was a guest on her show a few years earlier. Also, the post game chat gave Bennett another opportunity to show his hatred for rock and roll music by asking Father Beahan if he played it on his station - to which the Father responded with a smile and a big fat "NO." In the second game, guest panelist, German-born, British-raised beauty Dana Wynter correctly guessed that the rather manly looking contestant operated a beauty salon. In fact, it was Miss Wynter who opened the door when she asked if his services were geared toward women, to which he gave an affirmative answer. When the questioning came back to her, she was then able to figure out his line. In the mystery guest round, Arlene and Martin correctly identified Jane Powell after a few minutes in which it was feared they might not have gotten her. Ironically, the panel asked her if she were involved in all forms of entertainment except for what she was most famous for - and that was motion pictures - of which she starred in several, especially musicals. After the game, Bennett asked if she was going to appear on the panel next week. Jane said that she would have, but that she was scheduled to appear in a road production of "Oklahoma!" Apparently she had been scheduled to appear on the panel, but due to the scheduling conflict with her appearance in the aforementioned musical, she was forced to drop out of the panel lineup. For the record, Dana Wynter returned the next week to sit in for Dorothy, who was still in France. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST Jane Powell promoted her appearance at the elegant Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York. She said she will also be appearing in an upcoming production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Oklahoma!" to be staged in Dallas, Texas. - Suzanne (2005)

      • Arlene emerges and appears to be paying homage to Dorothy by wearing little white gloves and a shiny headband. She gives possibly the most romantic introduction ever (quoting a bit from 1875's "The Invictus" by Wm. Ernest Henley): "And now, here he is. He's the master of my fate, he's the captain of my soul. He's the man that I married. Mr. Martin Gabel." (is he the luckiest man on earth or what?)

        1) The first guest is Father Hugh Beahan, whose line is shown as "Disc Jockey." At one point he says to AF, "I'm a little disappointed in you, Miss Francis. I once appeared on one of your shows and you don't remember me at all." AF smiles and replies (with slight embarrassment) "I, I, well you know, I, I don't remember that you appeared on one of my shows, and I apologize for that Father, and I'll appear on ANY of yours." (It is an extremely sweet and funny moment!! HUGE applause) The panel never does guess the Father's "alternate" occupation. Once it is revealed, BC asks, "I'd be interested to know, Father, what percentage of Rock and Roll you play?" FB answers, "Exactly ZERO!" BC: "Well good for you!!" LOL!

        2) The second guest is Roy Rogers (no relation to the actor, they point out) who had a very full beard. Of course, BC had to get in a pun by saying, "Mr. Rogers, since you were speaking barely above a whisker..." (it never gets old, does it Bennett?) AF questions if he runs some kind of establishment, "like a barbershop, or a beauty salon, or....a Turkish Bath" - someone in the crowd claps enthusiastically and AF looks out and says, "Somebody applaud the Turkish Bath? Well I'm for them too!!" (She's so cute!)

        3) Yet another priceless AF moment - the questioning of Jane Powell (whose signature is quite interesting). AF queries, "Have you appeared in any nightclubs or, or, uhhh, hotel....uh...rooms?" Immediately realizing what she just said, she gives one of those hearty Arlene giggles and hides her face in her hand - which elicits a huge laugh from everyone in the theatre. If these shows had been broadcast in color, we could have seen her cheeks, which most certainly would have been red! Jane Powell plays along by asking, "Which floor?!?" How can you not love this show?

        NO "HELLO" TO DOROTHY, PART I: Which brings me to my final note. Nobody uttered ONE WORD to Dorothy! No "hello," no "we miss you," no "hope you're having fun," NOTHING. I thought for SURE Bennett would mention her during his goodbye, but alas, no. It's okay, Dorothy, I miss you!!! Aside from that blatant omission, it was a mighty fine episode! - fiveninegal (2003)


        NO "HELLO" TO DOROTHY, PART II: No mention of Dorothy tonight is perhaps understandable because Dorothy was in Europe and would not have been able to see the show. - samfrank (2008)

      • Clifton "Kip" Fadiman was the guest host for the second time in a row, and did an excellent job. John Daly was on an "around the world flight," Kip said, "convincing himself that the world was round" and was in Tokyo when this episode aired. Mr. Fadiman was very humble, mentioning more than once that he had large shoes to fill by sitting in for John Daly. That is so true! - Suzanne (2003)

        Dana Wynter (6/8/1931 - 5/5/2011)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dana Wynter, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen is absent because she is in Europe.

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