What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 04, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Estelline Ball (aka Estelline Pike) (6/5/1908 - 6/8/1990) & Mr. James Ball (b. 6/28/1935) (mother and son) - "Sword Swallowers" (salaried; they work different venues; from Texas, but they didn't name the city; for a net bio of Estelline Pike, visit the URL below)


Game 2: Arthur "Slim" Vaughan - "Tree Surgeon" (self-employed; he owns the All American Tree Surgeon and Landscaping Company; Slim said that his long hair and his long beard are his personal trademarks; he also said that he eats Kellogg's cereal each morning - this was funny since Kellogg's was the sponsor of this episode; from both Sunland, CA and Tujunga, CA, which he termed as "Sunland-Tujunga, California, in the green Verdugo Hills" which he described as "the most beautiful place in the world"; great personality - great sense of humor - fun game - see more notes below)

Game 3: Tennessee Ernie Ford (2/13/1919 - 10/17/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: Guest panelist Gig Young correctly guessed the line of the first pair of contestants at four down. Rather than flipping all the cards, John instead reverted to his old practice of simply tossing over a few cards, shouting "flip some more!" while he flipped five cards, resulting in a total prize of $45. In the second game, John flipped all the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down, as time was running quite short. The panel never really even came close on this one. - agent_0042 (2008)

    • (1) DELAYED (BUT NOT SKIPPED) FOR CHRISTMAS: Following the December 24, 2008 regular rotation airing of EPISODE #412 of April 27, 1958, GSN delayed repeating tonight's show by one day to make room for the special December 25, 2008 airing of EPISODE #290 of December 25, 1955, in commemoration of Christmas Day. Tonight's 1958 episode was aired in regular rotation by the cable and satellite channel on December 26, 2008.
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor for this evening is Kellogg's cereals. And this was the first of three appearances on the panel by actor Gig Young -- who would not appear as a mystery guest at any time in the CBS run of "WML?," but would show up in that capacity on two episodes of the syndicated incarnation, in 1968 and 1973, respectively.
      (3) TENNESSEE ERNIE FORD: This proved to be the only "WML?" appearance of "The Ol' Pea-Picker." At the time of his appearance tonight, Mr. Ford was in the middle of his run as host of the 1956-1961 variety series "The Ford Show" (which, contrary to popular belief, was not named after him, but rather for its sponsor, the Ford Motor Company). In addition, it was a year prior to tonight's show that Tennessee Ernie came forth with the landmark LP "Hymns" [Capitol (S)T-756], which ended up on the Billboard album chart for 350 consecutive weeks and led to several sequels, including "Sing a Hymn with Me" [Capitol (S)T-1679, 1961], and a book, "Tennessee Ernie Ford's Book of Favorite Hymns" [1962, with an accompanying LP, "Tennessee Ernie Ford Sings From His Book of Favorite Hymns," on Capitol (S)T-1794]. From 1962 to 1965, Mr. Ford hosted a daytime variety show on ABC (produced at its San Francisco outlet, KGO-TV, Channel 7), for which radio disk jockey Jim Lange was announcer; Mr. Lange went on to greater fame, beginning in 1965, as host of "The Dating Game."
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credits for tonight's show consisted solely of two different "WML?" title cards, with studio audience ticket information sandwiched in-between. Whatever form the end credits took made no difference whatsoever to GSN, however, which persisted in its recidivist and repulsive "crunching" of the screen on its December 26, 2008 airing of this episode.
      (5) GSN's December 26, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the June 25, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured treasure hunter and deep-sea diver Art McKee and two impostors; the second game featured internationally known beauty expert Thelma Holland (who was beautician to Queen Elizabeth II) and two impostors; and the third game featured golfer Dub Pagan (who made his appearance in the uniform he wore in his other role as fire captain in West Palm Beach, Florida) and two impostors. - W-B (2008)

    • ARTHUR VAUGHAN: Arthur "Slim" Vaughan (whose name is also misspelled on the net as Arthur "Slim" Vaughn) was a cowboy poet in the 1940s. In 1965, he toured America in a Ford truck, billing himself as

      "The Californian touring 48 states, Canada and Mexico - California to Maine - Florida to Washington. 25,000 Miles. Slim Vaughan, Councilman."

      Later in 1968, he was the honorary Mayor of Sunland and Tujunga.

      One of his poems can be found online here:


      In addition, two photographs of Slim are located at the link below, one from 1965 and one from 1968:


      - Suzanne (2005)

    • WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! This was Dorothy's first night back since she returned from her European vacation and the panel had a fairly decent night as a result. In the first game, Dorothy pretty much had the mother and son team's occupation nailed as swallowers of some sort. She surmised that it might be either "fire" or "swords" that they swallowed for their sideshow act. Unfortunately, she picked "fire" instead of "swords" and that left it open for guest panelist Gig Young to correctly identify them as sword swallowers. The fun really picked up in the second game as the tree surgeon with rather long facial hair and long hair (which was past his shoulders) walked out and created a stir. Of course, this was some ten years before hair that long became fashionable. This might have thrown off the panel as they were so far out in left field that they never even got close to guessing what he did, so John threw in the towel and flipped all the cards. In the mystery guest round, the panel pretty much nailed Tennessee Ernie Ford. Of course, he probably was the easiest to guess due to his rather distinctive voice. Ford was in town for the annual Foreign Press Association's dinner and gave a brief plug for his hit variety series on NBC. - Sargebri (2005)

      Guest panelist Gig Young had a rather long and distinguished career in films. However, his most successful role came in the 1969 film about the 1930's craze of dance marathons "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Young's portrayal of the master of ceremonies earned him a well deserved Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Unfortunately, nine years after his greatest triumph, Young killed himself and his much younger bride three weeks after marrying her. Speaking of brides, one of his five wives was future "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery. They were married from 1956 to 1963, and it was Liz who Arlene asked Young to say hello to during the good nights. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Welcome home Dorothy! She appeared rather jet-lagged, though. Not really a chatty episode on the whole, but there were a few bright spots. Eavesdropping moment: Learn from BC that DK saw "My Fair Lady" while in London.
      My haircut is better than your haircut: Much discussion over Arlene's new "do," which, umm, looked pretty much the same to me as it did last week! And a loving goodbye from JD, "It's nice that we have all the family back together again, Miss Dorothy. This is John Daly saying good night until next week." - fiveninegal (2003)

      Tidbits: More Tennessee Ernie Ford here:


      The opening page plays part of his famous song, "Sixteen Tons." Great song! Great voice! - Suzanne (2003)

      Gig Young (11/4/1913 - 10/19/1978)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Gig Young, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.