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What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 46


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 13, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Bill Quinn (7/13/1919 - 8/28/2006) - "Governor of Hawaii" (salaried; Governor William Quinn was born in Rochester, NY and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; currently from Honolulu, Hawaii)

Game 2: A. Purves Pullen (2/2/1909 - 10/18/1992) - "Professional Bird Imitator" (salaried; his stage name is Dr. Horatio Q. Birdbath and he works for TV station KOVR in Stockton, CA; from Vacaville, California; more notes below)

Game 3: Dorothy Lamour (12/10/1914 - 9/22/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the night's first contestant at five down. Unlike EPISODE #398 of January 19, 1598, where the panel correctly identified the governor of Alaska, this time, the panel was caught up in the quagmire of the specifics of the contestant's exact type of government employment. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WHAT'S MY LINE?" OWNERSHIP CHANGE: Even though last week's episode was the first to indicate a change in series ownership from Goodson-Todman to CBS in the end credits, this was the first episode to fully reflect the change as described in the episode guide for EPISODE #422. While the full end credit sequence was shown tonight, it was rushed for reasons of time.
        (2) "THIS COULD BE THE LAST TIME": And so it was, because this episode marked the second and final appearances of two people who were on "WML?" tonight: guest panelist Bob Crosby and mystery guest Dorothy Lamour.
        (3) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The honors of sponsoring this evening's episode fall onto Kellogg's.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN, as usual, just had to spoil the end credits by their unwarranted and unjustified "crunching" of the screen on the January 6, 2009 airing of this episode; however, due to one of the cable and satellite channel's promos, there was a "window" of time to the point where, after the complete (albeit rushed) production crew credits, the animated "multiple eyes/camera lens" CBS ident was shown.
        (5) Following the January 6, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the September 10, 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 cooking author and restaurant reviewer Duncan Hines (who was the namesake for the Duncan Hines line of packaged cake mixes and flavored frostings) and two impostors; the second game featured comedy writer Barbara Hammer (who was previously a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #332 of October 14, 1956) and two impostors; and the third game featured Mr. Terry Townsend (a teenager who was the 1957 All-American Soap Box Derby champion) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: Once again, the panel had yet another night of dismal performances when dealing with the regular contestants. In the first game, the panel was so far off the beaten path that John had to flip over all the cards and Governor Quinn of Hawaii won the full prize by default. However, it was no fault of their own that they lost. One example of this occurred when Dorothy asked if he worked for a state government. He answered "no," which the truth was due to the fact that Hawaii was still a year away from becoming the 50th state. Also, during the questioning, the feisty side of Dorothy showed as she and John almost got into an argument about the answers the panel was given. The panel's bad luck continued into the second game as they were utterly stumped by the bird imitator from Vacaville, California. After the game, he delighted the panel by displaying his considerable skills of bird mimicking. The panel made up for their bad fortune when Arlene correctly guessed that the mystery guest for the night was Dorothy Lamour. Ironically, the questioning began with guest panelist Bob Crosby. Of course, Bob's big brother Bing was Miss Lamour's co-star in the legendary "road" pictures. After the game, Miss Lamour discussed her upcoming Broadway debut in the play "Oh Captain." They also brought up the thing that really made her famous, her sarong. At least tonight, they ended by having fun. - Sargebri (2005)

        STATEHOOD: As John mentioned, Governor Quinn was preceded by a few months on the show by the governor of the then territory of Alaska. Ironically, Alaska also preceded Hawaii in becoming a state. Alaska became a state on January 3, 1959 and Hawaii was granted statehood on August 21, 1959. Coincidentally, this episode was rerun on GSN in the early morning hours of August 20, 2005, which is one day short of the 46th anniversary of Hawaii's admission to the union. In addition, another famous Hawaiian politician who appeared on What's My Line? was Congresswoman Patsy Mink, who was on EPISODE #755 of March 14, 1965. - Sargebri (2005)

        IN A FUNK: A brief observation: For the past few weeks, the panel has been doing a surprisingly poor job. This probably is no fault of the panel, but it may be due to the fact that the contestants have been coming on with more and more unusual occupations. Of course, in the early days of the show many of the contestants held some rather ordinary jobs such as nurses, grocery clerk and other more familiar jobs. However, as the show went on, the occupations became more and more unusual and this would definitely help cause consternation for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Observations right up front: Bob Crosby was an enchanting guest panelist! Very light-hearted, witty, and adorable! Also, Dorothy Lamour's handwriting was quite beautiful! Okay, on with the show!
        1) Who misses Bennett? WE DO!! And based on this funny opening statement, so does John: "You will remember that the occasion arose to discuss when a pig became a hog or vice versa. Well, Mr. James W. Fair in Morris County, NJ has sent in his memory of how to settle it. It's a conundrum. 'Why does a pig eat so much? To make a hog of himself!' And that's for you Bennett, wherever you are!"
        2) The questioning of the second guest was entertaining! There is a funny moment when Dorothy gets a "no" but is allowed to continue. She asks John, "Was that just a tangential no?" John replies, "yes." When Mr. Crosby's turn rolls around, he asks if the guest works for the Federal government. (State government had previously elicited a "no.") John explains that, "This line of questioning could be confusing." and leaves the issue open. Bob laughs and admits, "I'm still working on tangential!" (Great laugh from DK on that!)
        Later, when Dorothy gets another shot at it, she trys to clarify the open issue and asks, "But you wouldn't say 'yes' to Federal, and you definitely said 'no' to State." John says, "It hasn't been specifically posed as to whether..." OH BOY! That set Dorothy off! You hear her flipping the pages in her little notebook and she rapid-fire interrupts with, "It WAS specifically posed by Bob and I wrote it down, you said, "not really Federal." See tomorrow's Kinescope John!!!" (Hmmm...did someone once say that Dorothy was slightly competitive and took this game seriously?? LOL!!)
        3) CUTEST COUPLE AWARD (take a guess) goes to: Arlene and Martin!! After the birdman left the stage, they leaned in to talk to each other. They got so close, I swear I thought they were going to kiss, and I wish they had! They were literally nose-to-nose! Love them!!
        4) I'm sorry, but this was just TOO fabulous not to repeat: SEE TOMORROW'S KINESCOPE, JOHN!!! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • A. Purves Pullen - This charming man from Vacaville, California, worked at television station KOVR, Channel 13, Stockton, California under the stage name of "Dr. Horatio Q. Birdbath." While chatting with John after his game, he whistled a few bird calls! For many years, Purves Pullen was a star attraction of the Ben Bernie and Spike Jones bands. He was one of the most accomplished and successful whistlers ever. Some of his accomplishments include:
        Did the animal and bird sounds for Walt Disney's film "Sleeping Beauty."
        Did the sounds for Lassie.
        Did the sounds for Cheetah (the chimp) in the early "Tarzan" movies.
        Did most of the bird sounds used in the "Enchanted Tiki Room" at Disneyland in California.
        Did the voice of Bonzo (the chimp) in "Bedtime for Bonzo" and "Bonzo Goes to College."
        Recorded the Spike Jones number, "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," which features many barnyard sounds.
        Was the first examiner for the Boy Scouts' bird tests.
        He grew up on a farm, and could mimic animals and chickens by age 5.
        Performed with his famous invisible dog, Roscoe.
        Worked as manager of the "Nut Tree Toy Shop" in Vacaville, CA, entertaining children.
        Achievement Award from the International Whistlers Convention, 1986.
        Hall of Fame Award from the International Whistlers Convention, 1990.
        Purves died in 1992, at the age of 83. - Suzanne (2003)


        After Bill Quinn's game (Governor of Hawaii) John chatted with him about the possibility of Hawaii becoming a state soon. However, it took another year. Hawaii was admitted as the 50th state of the United States on August 21, 1959, by proclamation of President Dwight D. Eisenhower. - Suzanne (2003)

        Bennett Cerf is on vacation in California with his wife Phyllis and their two sons Jonathan and Christopher. - Suzanne (2003)

        Bob Crosby (8/25/1913 - 3/9/1993)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bob Crosby, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel.

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