What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 18, 1958 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) SONG REFERENCE: During the opening, Bennett Cerf introduces the panel moderator as "our own private witch doctor, Mr. John Charles 'Ooo-Eee, Ooo-Ah-Ah, Ting-Tang, Walla-Walla-Bing-Bang' Daly" - a reference to David Seville's 1958 Liberty Records novelty hit "Witch Doctor" which reached number one on the charts. "David Seville" is the pseudonym for pop songwriter and producer Ross Bagdasarian, who is most popular for his discovery of "The Chipmunks." - W-B (2005)
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: This evening, Kellogg's cereals take their turn as chief sponsor. And for Ralph Bellamy, this was his second and final turn as a "WML?" guest panelist.
      (3) THE "PRODIGAL SON" RETURNS: This was not only onetime "WML?" regular Steve Allen's first appearance since EPISODE #342 of December 23, 1956, but also his first appearance in the "post-Kovacs" era -- an apropos observation, given that former "WML?" panelist Ernie Kovacs had alternated every two days per week as host of "Tonight!" in Mr. Allen's final months on the program in 1956-1957. It is from this point forward that Steverino's occasional return appearances begin to increase in frequency, reaching a crescendo after his being tapped to replace Garry Moore as host of "I've Got a Secret" in 1964.
      (4) It has become more noticeable in recent weeks that on episodes with four contestants, the last original "WML?" commercial for the evening came between the mystery guest and the final contestant. Previously, the last two games were played one after the other, prior to the last commercial break.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This time, the end credits only go so far as to the "In Association with the CBS Television Network" art card, but this was not the only thing about such credits to be truncated; so was the picture's aspect ratio on GSN's December 28, 2008 airing of this episode -- otherwise known as their sorry and shameful "crunching" of the screen.
      (6) A DOUBLE-DOSE OF RALPH BELLAMY: Following GSN's December 28, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the July 9, 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 major-league baseball umpire and former New York (football) Giants running back Hank Soar (who has sometimes been confused with baseball outfielder Hank Sauer, who played with the New York Giants baseball team at the time of this "TTTT" episode) and two impostors; the second game featured world champion hot-air balloonist Constance Wolf (who served, uncredited, as a technical advisor on the 1956 movie version of "Around the World in Eighty Days") and two impostors; and the third game featured John Arden (who was a window washer for the Empire State Building) and two impostors. - W-B (2008)

      KILGALLEN WATCH!!! While Dorothy was supposedly suffering from "jet lag" on the more recent shows since her return from her European trip, it appears that her somewhat off-kilter appearances are more a sign of an increasing drinking problem, the manifestations of which were mentioned in the notes to EPISODE #407 of March 23, 1958. It was nearly five months from tonight's show, in October 1958, that Dorothy underwent a two-week stay at the LeRoy Sanitarium, ostensibly for "exhaustion and anemia," after falling and hitting her head; this hospitalization caused her to miss EPISODE #436 of October 12, 1958 and EPISODE #437 of October 19, 1958. - W-B (2008)