What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 01, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Gwen Falkenberg (b. 8/29/1931) (Gwendolyn Van Derbur Falkenberg) - "Lawyer" (self-employed; her beauty was commented upon; she works at the law firm of Henry & Anderson; John Daly was right, as she did eventually become a partner in the law firm of Henry, Shankel, Gilman, Falkenberg & Rainey; she is the sister of Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958; from Overland Park, Kansas; Gwen was originally scheduled to appear as the fourth contestant on "WML" EPISODE #405 of March 9, 1958, but the program ran short of time)

Game 2: Peter J. Lomagistro - "Operates Skirt-Blowing Machine at Amusement Park" (salaried; he works at the Rockaways' Playland Amusement Park in Rockaway Beach, Queens, NY; from Inwood, Long Island, NY)

Game 3: Betty Hutton (2/26/1921 - 3/12/2007) (as Mystery Guest) She has a visible bruise on her right upper arm, possibly sustained during a dance rehearsal or dance sequence.

Game 4: Miss Gerda Einboch - "Crocodile Hunter" (self-employed; she has worked in Australia and will next be working in New Guinea; from Vienna, Austria)

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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)

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      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down. The panel got a good early start by figuring out that this contestant worked on or near the water, but wasn't really able to get any further than that. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight's show, Kellogg's was the primary sponsor.
        (2) BETTY HUTTON: In 1957, one year prior to tonight's show, Miss Hutton made her first movie appearance in five years in "Spring Reunion," co-starring with future occasional "WML?" guest panelist Dana Andrews. A year after this episode, the brassy singer/actress started her own TV sitcom, "The Betty Hutton Show," on which she played "Goldie Appleby," an outspoken showgirl turned manicurist who inherited a fortune from a deceased customer. This show only lasted one season on CBS, from October 1, 1959 to June 30, 1960.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's show's end credits lasted a bit longer than the "stray hand" sequence of last week, going all the way up to executive producer Gil Fates' art card slide. This led to plenty of opportunity for GSN to inflict its shameful (for the viewer), and yet at the same time shameless (for the cable and satellite channel), "crunching" of the screen on its December 30, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) Immediately subsequent to the December 30, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the July 23, 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 Mohana (a popular film actress in her native Bombay, India, or as it would be referred to in later years, "Bollywood") and two impostors; the second game featured Warren Hair (spelling verified; he made headlines when, on May 26, 1957, he and his friend Mike A. Gilbert purposely slipped through the Iron Curtain into Hungary, were arrested after 30 minutes, and were held prisoner by the Communist regime for 13 days) and two impostors; and the third game featured women's weightlifting champion Beverly Elliott and two impostors. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a titillating night as most of the contestants, with the exception of the second one, were all rather gorgeous ladies. As far as the panel's performance, though, just like the previous week, they batted .500. In the first game, Bennett correctly figured out that the rather beautiful young lady was a lawyer. In fact, beauty ran in her family as it was revealed that her sister was the reigning Miss America. In the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the man who operated a skirt blowing machine. However, Arlene did come close when she figured out that he worked at an amusement park. In the mystery guest round, the male members of the audience really went wild as Betty Hutton walked out wearing the skin-tight costume from her act at the Café de Paris. She really made the hearts beat when she used a sexy southern accent to try to fool the panel. However, Arlene figured out who she was and made the correct identification. In the final game, the males had little chance to calm down as the final contestant walked out. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time before they figured out that she was a predecessor of Steve Irwin, a crocodile hunter. As a result, she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        FASHION WATCH: Technically, the outfit Betty Hutton wore on stage this evening might have made her the first female, either mystery guest or panelist, to wear a pantsuit. However, in later years, many females would wear them when appearing on the show. Among those who dared to show their fashion forwardness were Carol Channing, Phyllis Newman, Suzy Knickerbocker and even Arlene Francis. - Sargebri (2005)

      • MYSTERY GUEST: Betty Hutton promoted her appearance at Cafe de Paris at Broadway & 53rd Street in New York. She appears tonight in her snazzy show costume, a sequined tuxedo-look halter top and tight mid-calf length pants. - Suzanne (2003)

        FIRST GUEST: Marilyn Van Derbur, Miss America 1958, sister of the first contestant Gwen Falkenberg, revealed in 1991 that her father had sexually abused her from age 5 to 18. She now speaks about sexual assault and her recovery from incest. She authored a book in 2003 titled "Miss America by Day: Lessons Learned from Ultimate Betrayals and Unconditional Love." - Suzanne (2003)


        I'm telling you, I would LOVE to have been invited to the party the panel had before the airing of this episode! Everyone was in such a jolly good mood! There was one laugh after the next!
        1) Let the fun begin with Mrs. Falkenberg! She was a very attractive woman, as BC eagerly points out! Later, Eamonn says, "Mrs. Falkenberg, when you came in, I was admiring your handwriting which was..." he gets cut off by Dorothy who (is obviously in a terrific mood tonight - yay!) emotes a loud giggle and jokes, "you were the only man on the panel who was!" (LOL)
        2) The second guest, Mr. Lomagistro, was a CHARACTER! Practically every question and answer elicited huge laughs from audience and panel. A few VERY fine examples: EA: "Could you do these services for either of the two young ladies on the panel?" PL: "I most certainly could!" (HAAA!) Later - AF: "Uhhh, is this something that you touch..." (Extremely LONG pause as Arlene just goes blank and smiles at the camera before continuing on.) Is she not the cutest woman? The "Let's See Him Try and Repeat This" award goes to: John Daly, for this wordy gem while answering BC, "Well, I would say this, that there is an element of application here in the performance of the service in so far as is necessary for Peter to have contact with the inanimate something which moves that he touches." (Whew!) BC looks at AF, shakes his head, places his head in his hand and says, (with an a faux-serious expression) "That, that helps a lot." (I am on the floor laughing!) Ahhh, but immediately following that, Bennett scores big after he queries, "Is your work in the field of either athletics or entertainment?" To which Mr. Lomagistro enthusiastically replies, "Entertainment!" (Rather than the YES or NO he is SUPPOSED to answer!) A surprised BC says, "THANK YOU!" Everyone is cracking up as JD gives Peter a stern look while shaking his head, and then HE cracks up! DK finally guesses that he works in an amusement park and is so excited because she thinks she's got it. DK: "Well, is it one of those things where there are pinball machines and pokerino and you put dimes in and nickels in?" PL: "Where I work?" DK: "Yeah." (you can literally SEE the thrill of victory in her eyes) PL: "No!" You hear DK slam her hand down on the desk and then starts laughing uncontrollably! (THAT was my favorite moment of the night!)
        3) Proof that SOME celebrities actually liked DK: Betty Hutton thanks her for the "lovely write up" that she gave her. Miss Hutton was charming and full of thanks for everyone, actually!
        4) More laughter right up until the very end in regards to Miss Einboch's attire worn while working: During the goodbyes, the entire panel is discussing something and is full of the giggles. Arlene explains, "I'm sorry, but when we asked her what she wore, she said "nothing!!" DK: "And I call that a uniform!" AF: "I'll be seeing you in the crocodile country, good night Bennett!" BC: "Next week, our panelists are going to dress like Miss Einboch!"
        LOL - I say - stay tuned for next week then!!! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Eamonn Andrews, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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