What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 47


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 20, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Donald E. Gray - "Teaches Course for Expectant Parents" (salaried; he works for the Clara Elizabeth Fund for Maternal Health; he has achieved a Master of Arts degree in education; from Flint, Michigan)

 Game 2: Mrs. Rae V. Biester (8/15/1892 - 3/14/1984) - "Head of U.S. Mint, Philadelphia, PA" (salaried; Rae Biester is the Superintendent of the United States Mint; from Drexel Hill, Philadelphia)

Game 3: Kathryn Grayson (2/9/1922 - 2/17/2010) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Peter R. Kaplan - "Private Detective" (salaried; he works for the Metropolitan Detective Agency; he is also a student at Princeton University; from Paterson, New Jersey)

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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)

    Kathryn Grayson

    Kathryn Grayson

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Tom Poston

    Tom Poston

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel might have done better to focus on the service aspect of this contestant's line, but once they discovered there was a product involved, they tried to ascertain it, but were not successful. For the night's final game, John flipped the cards for the final contestant at four down. The panel asked some good questions for this one, but never really had a chance to get anywhere in this short game. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, the chief sponsor was Helene Curtis. It was also eleven years to the day from this episode, on July 20, 1969, that man first walked on the moon.
        (2) "I CANNOT TELL A LIE...": Tonight's show was Tom Poston's first "WML?" appearance, out of a total of ten appearances he would make over the next eight years, four months and 21 days (eight, including this evening, as a guest panelist, and two as a mystery guest). In addition, this early appearance marks the spot where he began to cut his teeth as a Goodson-Todman game show panelist. At this point, Mr. Poston was still a regular on "WML?" prodigal son Steve Allen's variety show which ran opposite Ed Sullivan on Sunday evenings; his recurring character was a "Perennial Amnesiac." It wasn't until January 20, 1959 (exactly six months to the day from this episode) that Tom made his debut on the show with which he would perhaps be most associated, "To Tell the Truth," and it wasn't until February 17, 1959 that he became a full-fledged regular "TTTT" panelist, replacing newspaper columnist Hy Gardner. (Peggy Cass made her "TTTT" debut on May 19, 1960 and officially joined the panel on March 6, 1961; and Orson Bean appeared on "TTTT" for the first time on April 8, 1963, not becoming a full-time regular until the 1963-1964 season. It was with Orson's arrival that the now-classic "TTTT" panel of Mr. Poston, Miss Cass, Mr. Bean and the show's longtime "grande dame," Kitty Carlisle, was thus assembled, after varying panel lineups in that program's early years.)
        (3) KATHRYN GRAYSON: The onetime star of several classic MGM musicals is making her only "WML?" appearance tonight. On October 23, 1958, Miss Grayson was a guest on "The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom," along with frequent "WML?" guests Peter Lind Hayes and Mary Healy. A week prior to tonight's show, on July 5, 1958, Miss Grayson was a guest on "The Bob Crosby Show." Her other 1958 TV appearances included "The Ed Sullivan Show," on November 23, 1958; and a dramatic turn on "Lux Playhouse" on November 14, 1958, playing "Dr. Sally Wells" in a teleplay titled "A Game of Hate."
        (4) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Mystery guest Kathryn Grayson's lower-third overlay was hand-painted, with the upper-case "S" resembling that of an existing font called Gill Sans Extra Bold Condensed; all other contestants' overlays were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Again, the full production crew credits were somewhat sped up for reasons of time, but there was still all the time in the world for GSN to impose its dreadfully disheartening "crunching" of the screen on its January 7, 2009 airing of this episode..
        (6) MEANWHILE, ON TOM POSTON'S FUTURE STOMPING GROUNDS: Following GSN's January 7, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the September 17, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Percy Hoskins (crime editor for the Beaverbrook newspaper chain and its flagship, the Daily Express, in England) and two impostors; the second game featured Umberto Validine (approximate spelling; a gondolier from Venice, Italy, who spoke no English, and thus an interpreter was on hand) and two impostors; and the third game featured Marion Ladewig (spelling verified; the 1957 Women's Individual Match Game bowling champion) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

        INTERPRET THIS: The "Italian/English" language interpreter who appeared in game two of the September 17, 1957 episode of "To Tell the Truth," Marie Grazie Escalia (approximate spelling) also made an appearance on "What's My Line?" EPISODE #367 of June 16, 1957. On that "WML?" episode, she is seen in the first game, supplying her translation services to Ortensio Manes, the Police Commissioner of Rome, Italy. We also learn that she is employed by the United Nations Radio & Television Division. - Suzanne (2009)

      • REVIEW: Once again the panel had a very dismal night as they went 0 for the night in terms of the regular contestants. In the first game, they were starting to close in on what the contestant did, but unfortunately they never did figure out that he taught classes for expectant parents. The panel did an even worse job in the second game as they were all over the map when it came to guessing what Mrs. Biester did. They wound up running out of time before they guessed that she was the then current head of the United States Mint in Philadelphia. The panel's fortunes improved in the mystery guest round as they correctly identified Kathryn Grayson, who used the every popular southern accent to try to fool the panel. Strangely, she got up and left the stage before John could help her promote her singing engagement at the Latin Quarter. Unfortunately, the panel did revert to form in the final game as they were totally stumped by the Ivy League private eye. - Sargebri (2005)

        GUEST PANELIST: Tom Poston did quite a decent job in his first appearance on the WML panel. Not only did he ask good questions, he also provided a lot of good humor, and it is no surprise that this would not be his last appearance on a game show panel. In fact, a few years after his appearance on the show, Tom would join the panel of another Goodson-Todman show, "To Tell the Truth," and form what many consider the classic version of that panel with Orson Bean, Peggy Cass and, of course, the grand lady of the TTTT panel, Kitty Carlisle. - Sargebri (2005)

        "TO TELL THE TRUTH" ON "WML?": Tom Poston wasn't the only TTTT panelist to appear on WML. Over the years, several of his fellow panelists on that series did show up from time to time to work on the WML panel. Here is a list of them.

        1. Ralph Bellamy
        2. Don Ameche
        3. Polly Bergen
        4. Orson Bean
        5. Kitty Carlisle (Kitty sat on the WML panel the week after Dorothy's untimely death, as well as making several other appearances on WML.)
        6. Peggy Cass
        7. Phyllis Newman (Phyllis was on the daytime version of TTTT from 1962 to 1965.)

        Also, Kitty, Tom, Orson and Peggy showed up on one episode as a mystery guest team as a way of hyping TTTT's return from hiatus. In addition, the show's ever-popular host, Bud Collyer, appeared as a mystery guest on a couple of occasions. - Sargebri (2005)

      • 1) Wonderful intro for JD from Mr. Gabel: "As you know, the greatness of America is made up of many peoples from many lands. Tonight we have South Africa's gift to Eastern Daylight, Central Standard, Mountain and Pacific Coast time, Mr. John Daly."
        2) Fun moments during Mr. Gray's visit! Did I hear someone say, "I want examples"? Well, you're in luck! The following succeeds a "building size" line of questioning that Arlene was doing.
        Martin: "Am I right in thinking that the size of the building you work in is not germane to your work? Arlene, just to square that away."
        AF: "He doesn't look German."
        JD: (scrunches face) "Ohhhhhh..."
        MG: (scrunches face) "Ohhhhh... Arlene!!"
        DK: (after scrunching face) "Well, in memory of Bennett."
        AF: "Yes, that was for Bennett." (see how much they miss you dear boy?)
        Heard after Martin is doing his very best to ask his question to receive a "yes" response:
        AF: "Martin, your questions are getting as complicated as John's explanations!"
        MG: (joking) "I'll speak to you later, Arlene!" (LOL!)
        3) Scarlett O'Hara wanna-be: Dorothy asks Kathryn Grayson (who has been using a southern accent) "Ahh youuu fayah hayad?" (that's "are you fair haired?" to all the Yankees in the audience!) Anyway, that got a great laugh from everyone!
        4) Mr. Kaplan was an extremely polite man. So much so that he almost addresses DK as "sir," but catches himself at the last second. As in the episode of July 28, 1957, Dorothy (and everyone in the theatre) gets a kick out of it, yet again! Wow, was she really THAT intimidating in person? Although, she was up to her usual "I'm here to win this game" antics tonight, which makes her so much fun! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Tom Poston introduced Dorothy as a member of the "fourth estate." This phrase was originally used as a synonym for newspapers. Its meaning has been broadened to include all of the mass media, radio, television and news magazines. Its coinage has been attributed to the British politician Edmund Burke (1729 - 1797). It comes from a quote in Thomas Carlyle's book, "Heros and Hero Worship in History" (1841). "Burke said that there were three Estates in Parliament, but in the Reporters Gallery yonder, there sat a fourth Estate more important far than they all." - Suzanne (2003)

        Kathryn Grayson promoted her appearance at The Latin Quarter in NYC. - Suzanne (2003)

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

        Tom Poston (10/17/1921 - 4/30/2007)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Tom Poston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel.

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