What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 49


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Aug 03, 1958 on CBS



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    • FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out, which was a shame, because the panel was closing in on this one. They took a particularly good tack in trying to figure out just what this contestant's clients were termed, but failed to come up with "patients" before they ran out of time. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: This evening, Helene Curtis is the primary sponsor.
      (2) VAN CLIBURN: This was the first of a total of four appearances by the famed pianist. On only one of Mr. Cliburn's appearances -- EPISODE #461 of April 19, 1959 -- was he a guest panelist; all his other appearances, including tonight, were as a mystery guest.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the notice of where to send for studio audience tickets, the end credits go only so far as to the art card crediting Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine; but GSN's interminably insufferable "crunching" of the screen, at the time of its January 9, 2009 airing of this episode, stretched on to infinity.
      (4) Immediately after the January 9, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the October 1, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel consisting of Joan Caulfield, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured hairstylist Enrico Caruso (whose customers included Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Mrs. Henry Ford, and who was of no relation to the late, legendary opera tenor of the same name) and two impostors (one of whom was general manager of the National Enquirer, years before it was transformed into its current status as a supermarket tabloid); the second game featured famed softball pitcher Bertha Reagan (later known as Bertha Reagan-Tickey) and two impostors; and the third game featured Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. (president of the Nielsen TV ratings service, who was later a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #700 of February 16, 1964) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

    • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent evening for the panel as they batted .500 for the evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the women's fashion editor. Of course, it probably was understandable due to the fact that the editor was a man. After the game, it was revealed that he had something in common with Dorothy since he was a former police reporter. To add to the post-game humor, Bennett mentioned both Arlene's and Dorothy's hemlines, and asked Mr. Cobb which length was correct! Bennett also asked how much of a woman's leg was going to show in the new fashions, and then Bennett took the chance to once again criticize the sack dress in his ongoing anti-chemise campaign! The panel had better luck in the second game in spite of a boo-boo by Bennett. Bennett's mistake occurred when he said that the man had nothing to do with bull fighting, which was incorrect, so Bennett promptly got a "no." This left it for Arlene to clean up and make the correct identification. She made sure to give Bennett all the credit, though! In the mystery guest round, the panel pretty much had it nailed that the night's guest was piano virtuoso Van Cliburn. Of course, it helped that the panel knew that he was appearing the next night in New York. For the record, Dolly Mae got the correct guess. After the game, Cliburn discussed his upcoming trip to Belgium where he would be performing with the Russian Symphony. He also talked about his mother's appearance on the show ten weeks earlier. Cliburn definitely showed that he had a sense of humor as he was relating the events of his mother's night on WML. He said she enjoyed herself so much, she came home and announced that she was ready to go back again. In the final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the very attractive blond nurse. The funniest part of the night came when guest panelist Tom Poston flirted with the nurse. He feigned being sick as she was making her exit and shaking his hand. Arlene promptly gave him a rap on the knuckles to bring him back in line. That definitely put a cute capper on a very fun evening. - Sargebri (2005)

    • 1) Tom Poston made quite a lively addition to the panel this Sunday evening! After a lengthy round of questioning surrounding any "special training" that Mr. Cobb might need, John asserts, "We've finally found someone who's more confusing than I am!" A second later, we hear Tom say (jokingly frustrated) "Why do you go through this every week?? What does he do?!?" (LOL! Good try, Tom!) He then asks, "Mr. Cobb, would you give me a flat 'no' on my previous question?" Contestant pauses and sincerely (although humorously) asks, "WHICH previous question?" JD LOVES this and shakes the contestant's hand! This sends TP off the deep end and you see him throw his pad of paper over his shoulder and put his head in his hands with an "I give up" expression on his face!! JD thought that was hilarious! And so did I!
      OHHH! There's also a terrific moment during Round One when TP and JD are both standing, leaning in toward each other, like they're having a face off! (Now boys....)
      2) The ladies on the panel are full of giggles and innuendos tonight. Hooray! Virtually the second after JD announces that DK will start the questioning of Guest #2 she inquires, "Mr. James, do you dance?" He says, "yes." There is a slight pause and Arlene teases, "Now THERE'S a question! What did you have in mind?" Dorothy's expression was SO CUTE and everyone has a good laugh!
      3) Who says Dorothy isn't funny? While questioning the nurse...
      DK: "Do they [people who receive her services] talk to you?"
      RS: "Yes they do."
      DK: "Do you talk back to them?"
      RS: "Yes I do."
      **without skipping a beat**
      DK: "Do you think that's polite?"
      See, she's a riot! - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Van Cliburn discussed his mother's (Rildia Bee O'Bryan Cliburn) recent appearance as a mystery guest on EPISODE #416 of May 25, 1958. See that episode guide for more Van Cliburn history. - Suzanne (2003)

      Arlene Francis was not wearing her "signature" heart-shaped diamond necklace. Instead, she wore a short strand of pearls at her neckline. - Suzanne (2003)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Tom Poston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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