What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 50


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 10, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Edward D. Stone (3/9/1902 - 8/6/1978) - "Architect, Designed U.S. Pavilion Brussels World's Fair" (he signed in only as "E.D.S." to avoid name recognition; self-employed; John did not ask what city he was from, but he was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas; he has many net references)

Game 2: Miss Florence Martin - "Pajama Model" (salaried; from Chicago, Illinois)

Game 3: Althea Gibson (8/25/1927 - 9/28/2003) (as Mystery Guest) She won the Wimbledon tennis tournament twice, in 1957 & 1958.

Game 4: John Dailey - "Harness Race Horse Driver" (self-employed; John Daly jokingly says "Henry Smith" while the contestant is signing in; John Dailey is also a lawyer who graduated from Harvard Law School; from Albion, NY)

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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)

    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. Dorothy correctly figured out that this contestant's line involved clothing, but this was as far as the panel got. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. The panel discerned that this contestant was involved in a sporting activity, but just didn't have time to figure out the exact line of "harness race horse driver." - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Kellogg's. And this was the second and final appearance of actor George Sanders, and his only turn as a guest panelist.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY WATCH: For the first contestant, the part of his overlay screen that read "Designed U.S. Pavilion Brussels World's Fair" was underlined. This and all other overlays this evening were set in the regular Futura Demi Bold.
        (3) MYSTERY GUEST: Pioneering African-American tennis player Althea Gibson (1927-2003) made her breakthrough in 1950 playing in previously all-white tennis matches, due to the efforts of a former "WML?" guest panelist, Sarah Palfrey Cooke (who made her only series appearance on the long-lost EPISODE #6 of April 26, 1950), and another female tennis player, Alice Marble. The lobbying efforts that these two women made are detailed in the notes to this vintage 1950 episode which is among the 100-plus shows from then until 1952 that no longer exist. It was later in 1958 that Miss Gibson retired from tennis. In later years, she went on to break the color barrier in golf, becoming the first African-American player to join the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association); her career as a golfer lasted from 1964 to 1977. Miss Gibson also had a brief acting career, appearing in the 1959 John Wayne movie "The Horse Soldiers"; this made Dorothy's and George Sanders' questionings of whether she was in motion pictures all the more ironic.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credits tonight only go up to the art card slide for Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, followed by a shot of the animated "multiple eyes" CBS ID which was seen at the time of the original airing. This vintage "eye" ID was shown by GSN on its January 10, 2009 repeat of this episode. Not surprisingly, the cable and satellite channel turned a blind eye to quality end credits with their abject "crunching" of the picture's aspect ratio and size.
        (5) GSN's January 10, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 8, 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 Kenneth Rowe (a college student at the time of this "TTTT" episode; as No Kum-Suk, he was a fighter pilot for the North Koreans, and had defected to the United States in September 1953) and two impostors; the second game featured Barbara Kurtz (a majorette who won the 1957 Women's Senior Baton Twirling Championship) and two impostors (when the true contestant was revealed, the real Miss Kurtz showed her baton-twirling skills, in another anticipation of the contestant demonstrations that would be commonplace on the 1969-1978 syndicated version of "TTTT"); and the third game featured taxi driver Albert Cohen (who had received official awards and citations for bravery from New York City) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: The panel had a rather dismal performance this night. In the first game, they managed to figure out that the first contestant had some connection to the government. Unfortunately, they never did figure out that the contestant was Edward D. Stone, the famous designer of the United States pavilion at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels, Belgium. After the game, the panel complimented Mr. Stone on the architectural work he did in designing the pavilion. In the second game, the panel once again was put through the wringer while questioning the cute pajama model. The panel probably would have had a chance if they concentrated on the service, but once they started concentrating on the product, their goose was cooked. The panel did have better luck in the mystery guest round when they correctly identified tennis great Althea Gibson. Miss Gibson had just won the Eastern Grass Court Championships. She also took time to promote her upcoming appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" where she would be singing. In the final game, the panel ran out of time when they were questioning the harness driver and he wound up trotting off with the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        GUEST PANELIST: George Sanders did a fairly decent job and asked several good questions. Eight years after his appearance on this show, Sanders would go on to play the first "Mr. Freeze" in the 1966-1968 camp classic television series "Batman." Other actors who played the same role were Otto Preminger and Eli Wallach. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Althea Gibson, who was on the cover of TIME magazine on August 26, 1957, promoted her upcoming August 24, 1958 guest appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show," where she will be featured as a singer. She also spoke of a new record album that she had just finished recording on the DOT label. The now-rare LP, titled " Althea Gibson Sings" was originally released in mono sound only (catalog #DLP-3105). In 1959, the stereo version was released (catalog #DLP-25105). The songs on the record include: "Don't Say No," "Around the World," "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance," "Because of You," "A Cottage for Sale," "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "You're My Everything," "If," "September Song," "Once in a While" and "So Much To Live For." - Suzanne (2005)

        http://www.altheagibson.com/ states: Tennis great Althea Gibson overcame unbelievable odds to achieve international acclaim and success. Her journey from the violent streets of Harlem to the royal courts of Wimbledon reveals her strength of character and her remarkable composure in the face of racial prejudice. A pioneer in both amateur tennis and professional golf, Althea paved the way for the likes of Venus Williams and Tiger Woods. - Suzanne (2003)

        HEY!! Dorothy's wearing that dress again! Now come on, I KNOW her wardrobe is larger than that! There were some cute moments during this episode. The best being Dorothy arguing with John over a "no" answer she thought SHOULD have been a "yes." (I'll be the first to admit it, she was wrong!!) This made for a highly entertaining moment, though! Of course, Bennett just HAD to work in some comedy about the Pajama Girl (as he called her) during the goodbyes he says, "Nighty nighty, John" (LOL!!!) To which John groaned and said, "GOOOOOOD NIGHT!" - fiveninegal (2003)

      • George Sanders is filming his 1959 movie, "That Kind of Woman" in New York. It was directed by Sidney Lumet. - Suzanne (2003)

        VARIED SIGNOFF: John uses an unusual sign-off tonight. After Bennett says, in reference to the pajama model, "nighty, nighty, John" (a pun on nightie, nightie) John ends the show by saying, "Good night, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for looking at What's My Line?" instead of his usual "Thanks for being with us on What's My Line?" - Suzanne (2005)

        George Sanders (7/3/1906 - 4/25/1972)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, George Sanders, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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