What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 41

EPISODE #418

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 08, 1958 on CBS
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EPISODE #418
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Game 1: Miss Rona Leveine - "Uniformed Doorman (For Manhattan Restaurant)" (salaried; nice smile and good diction; attractive night doorman at New York's elegant Le Valois restaurant which is located at 45 E. 58th Street and specializes in French cuisine; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Geoffrey Ford - "Teaches School for Horse Players" (self-employed; he conducts lectures and teaches people how to properly wager and bet at the racetrack; his first drew 257 participants; from New York City, NY)

Game 3: Fred Astaire (5/10/1899 - 6/22/1987) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Nina Lawson - "Wig Fitter for Metropolitan Opera" (salaried; this is her first season with The Met; originally from Scotland; currently from New York City, NY)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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 second contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel never really came close to guessing this contestant's line. In the final game, John also flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time ran out. Once again, the panel was nowhere near discerning this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The chief sponsor this evening is Helene Curtis.
        (2) FRED ASTAIRE: This was the second and final "WML?" appearance of the famed actor/dancer. Only four months after tonight's show, Mr. Astaire headlined the first of four hour-long color TV specials produced over the course of the next ten years, when "An Evening with Fred Astaire" was first transmitted on NBC on October 17, 1958. This pivotal special -- which originated from NBC's "Color City" studios in Burbank, California -- made history as the first videotaped program to utilize massive video editing and, in later years, became known as the earliest surviving color videotape of an entertainment program. Eventually, "An Evening with Fred Astaire" won several Emmys, not only at the time of its original 1958 airing, but also after the videotape was restored in 1988 by a team led by color TV historian Ed Reitan. (It was also the second-oldest surviving color videotape in general; the oldest was of a TV special commemorating the opening of new color studios of Washington, D.C.'s NBC-owned outlet, WRC-TV, Channel 4, on May 21, 1958.) On all four of Mr. Astaire's TV specials (the last of which was "The Fred Astaire Show" from 1968, the same year the syndicated "WML?" first took to the air), his dance partner was Barrie Chase, who later appeared as a "WML?" mystery guest on EPISODE #552 of February 19, 1961. (Coincidentally, Martin Gabel was on the panel on both the 1961 show and tonight's show.) On his first two specials -- "An Evening with Fred Astaire" and 1959's "Another Evening with Fred Astaire" -- the musical guest was jazz bandleader Jonah Jones. These two shows, plus 1960's "Astaire Time," were repeated in a period over three Sundays on CBS between December 20, 1964 and January 3, 1965; because the shows were recorded and played back on equipment with technology proprietary to NBC, the "Peacock Network" originated the repeat airings for the "Eye Network" via an NBC-to-CBS telco link. (Source: Ed Reitan's Color Television History website, in the section pertaining to early color television studios.) As a side note about "An Evening with Fred Astaire," the director was one Bud Yorkin who, in the late 1960's, formed a partnership with producer Norman Lear that was responsible for many ground-breaking sitcoms of the 1970's including "All in the Family," "Sanford & Son," "Maude," "Good Times" and "The Jeffersons."
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: In what was a very rare occurrence at this point, the complete production crew credits were displayed tonight; in what is unfortunately a very commonplace occurrence, GSN spoiled this New Year's Eve experience with their blatantly flagrant "crunching" of the screen on their December 31, 2008 airing of this episode.
        (4) GSN's December 31, 2008 airing of tonight's show was followed by the July 30, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth." This was the first of several editions over the next 11 years where a substitute host would fill in from time to time for regular host Bud Collyer (a list that, over the years, would include Merv Griffin, Robert Q. Lewis, Bert Convy, and even "boss" Mark Goodson). On this episode, the fill-in host was then-regular panelist Ralph Bellamy, which meant that his seat on the panel was filled this time out by the "chairman" (host) of the British "WML?," Eamonn Andrews, who sat in alongside the other "TTTT" regulars of the time: Polly Bergen, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Eddie Carr (a batboy for the New York Yankees) and two impostors; the second game featured polygraph operator Alex Gregory and two impostors; and the third game featured Mary Ellen Moylan (a prima ballerina with the Metropolitan Opera) and two impostors. - W-B (2008)

      • REVIEW: This was a very dismal night for the panel as they failed to guess any of the regular contestants. The trouble began in the first game when they were unable to guess that the lovely contestant was a female doorman - or doorperson - but this was before the days of substituting "person" for "man" in occupational descriptions. In the second game, they were so far out in left field that John had no choice but to flip over all the cards, allowing the man who taught classes on how to bet on the ponies to win the full prize by default. The panel redeemed themselves in the mystery guest round as Dorothy correctly identified the former dance partner of Bennett's "cousin-in-law," Ginger Rogers, the suave Fred Astaire. Astaire tried using a tough guy voice to fool the panel, but they were able to figure out who he was. At Arlene's insistence, Astaire also provided the highlight of the night as he did a nice shuffle step while exiting the stage. Unfortunately, the panel's luck ended there, as in the final game they were unable to guess that the contestant from New York by way of Scotland was a wig fitter for the Metropolitan Opera. - Sargebri (2005)

        HI COUSIN: During the good nights, Bennett made a reference to his wife's famous cousin, Ginger Rogers, by wishing that there were more Astaire/Rogers films. - Sargebri (2005)

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        It's no fair that the panel gets PAID to have so much fun!!! Again...to be a fly on the wall at whatever goes on before airtime...ahhh. Some extremely humorous moments to recap!

        1) Right off the bat during introductions:
        DK: "And on my left, our devil-may-care, peripatetic, fly-by-night panelist, Bennett Cerf." (We hear an impressed Arlene exclaim "oohh!" at DK's usage of "peripatetic.")
        BC: "Dorothy ate a gardenia just before she came on this show - there's no telling what she's going to do tonight!"
        **Let's get something clear right away: Dorothy + Gardenias = Giddy & Flirtatious!!!** (She happens to be carrying one with her! Ohhh those Trader Vic Scorpions!!! That was a cocktail that came with a free gardenia!)
        2) There was a very sweet moment when, after reprimanding him, JD gives BC a wink as if to say, "I was only joking, dear friend." (Have I mentioned how much I love this show???)
        3) In the middle of questioning - something occurs that makes Dorothy start laughing out of nowhere - it looks like Bennett might have been teasing her with her gardenia, but I'm not sure - it was hilarious though!
        4) Best wife award (yes again) goes to: Arlene Francis. Martin attempts to joke with the 2nd guest: "Mr. Ford, do you wish you were born in Detroit?" No one laughs...but all of a sudden Arlene lets out a HUGE guffaw and exclaims, "I GOT IT! That's what you have a wife for - to get a joke like that...his name is FORD you see and that...uhhh...go ahead Martin." Of course, everyone is laughing NOW and Martin pats Arlene on the shoulder - it was so adorable!
        5) *Johnnie are you watching?* moment: During questioning of Fred Astaire, Dorothy asks, "Are you a singer?" to which John clarifies, "yes AND no." Later, when Mr. Astaire is revealed, DK says, "May I say, and I consider myself an authority, this is one of the great singers of all time."
        6) Don't say "no" to Dorothy moment: After a string of "no" answers from the final contestant, you hear DK say, "You just say "no" to everything, don't you?" HAAA!!
        7) I began with the introductions - so I'll finish with the farewells. Oh...let me clarify something first (uh oh, am I turning into Mr. Daly???) DK was the one who ultimately guessed Fred Astaire. It was right after Martin had asked, "Didn't I spend time with you the other day?" Okay, now I can continue in good faith, knowing you will understand why this is so cute:
        AF: "Good night, dear boy...for now."
        MG: "Good night, in a manner of speaking. Good night, Dorothy."
        DK: "Good night Martin. I DO keep track of you, don't I?" (She gives Martin a VERY playful look as she smells her gardenia.)
        MG: "Sure do, I've noticed that. Arlene's noticed it too!"
        And on that happy note, until tomorrow faithful WML fans!! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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