What's My Line?

Season 9 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 24, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Dana Craig - "Night Club Bouncer" (salaried; she works at the Chi Chi Club in Avalon, Santa Catalina Island, California; she is employed by the mayor of Avalon, Roy Taylor, at this nightclub which he owns; she is adept at judo; from Santa Catalina Island, CA)

Game 2: Frank Bisignano - "Cook on U.S. Navy Blimp" (salaried; he works on "test and development" USN blimps with extended flights that can last up to 48 hours in duration; he said that the favorite dish of the enlisted personnel is steak; from Trenton, New Jersey)

Game 3: Dick Powell (11/14/1904 - 1/2/1963) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Natalie Carbone Mangini (b. 8/24/1928) - "Atomic Scientist" (salaried; she works for Westinghouse; she discussed the Nautilus II nuclear powered submarine, and also how she was responsible for developing chemical procedures for the shipping port power reactor; she did graduate work at Carnegie Tech; from Crabtree, Pennsylvania; John announces that today is her birthday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Natalie!)

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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)

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  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: Kellogg's cereals takes its turn on the panel desk billboard and sign-in board tonight. As for Rudy Vallee, making his first appearance on the panel, this episode was also his first extant "WML?" appearance, since his first time on the program, as a mystery guest on EPISODE #24 of November 12, 1950, is among the 100-plus episodes from 1950-1952 to have become lost to the ages.
      (2) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, the end credits only go up to director Franklin Heller's art card slide. And in an apropos analogy to the extreme cold weather gripping certain parts of the nation at the time of the January 12, 2009 airing of this episode by eternally frigid GSN, the cable and satellite channel's continued "crunching" of the screen had the usual chilling effect on the viewing audience.
      (3) Following GSN's January 12, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the October 22, 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 Prince Louis de Polignac (who was a co-owner and director of the Pommery Champagne company) and two impostors; the second game featured Miss Bobby or Bobbi Baker (spelling approximate; a professional wrestler who fought barefoot) and two impostors; and the third game featured Mr. Marion Tinsley (who held American and world checkers championships) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

    • UNSCHEDULED MYSTERY GUEST - OF SORTS! On this episode, with Rudy Vallee as the guest panelist, we are able to catch a glimpse of the famous sign-in board being wheeled out, just after the introductions! The goof happens right as John Daly is sitting down, after being introduced by Bennett Cerf. As John walks behind his desk to take his seat, the camera lingers too long on a shot from the right. Watch the left edge of the television screen, and you will see the curtain being pushed forward as the sign-in board begins rolling in. You can sort of read the "Kellogg's" advertising logo on the top of the board. We see the hand of a stagehand appear, then his wrist, then his arm, and finally, we see exactly one frame with his nose in view. The camera angle then abruptly changes, and it's all over in the space of 1-1/2 seconds. It's almost as good as EPISODE #416 where we saw the closeup of a hand on the end credits. Vintage TV at its best. Priceless. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel as they got three out of four correct guesses. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the lovely young lady from the town of Avalon on Catalina Island off the Southern California coast was a bouncer. Unfortunately, the only hiccup of the night took place in the second game as they were totally stumped by the naval blimp cook. The panel did make up for it in the mystery guest round as Dorothy correctly guessed that the night's guest was actor/director/producer Dick Powell. Ironically, Dorothy got both of the "no" answers as she first asked if Powell made records and the second time was when she made a wrong guess that Powell was Alfred Hitchcock. However, she more than made up for it after Bennett asked if Powell "had a cute wife with a husky voice." In fact, Bennett had telephoned Powell's wife, actress June Allyson, earlier that night to see how the couple was doing. Bennett then mentioned that she lied so well that he figured that Powell would be the mystery guest! In the finale, Dorothy once again got the correct guess as she correctly figured out, after Bennett opened the door for her, that the lovely contestant was in fact a lady atomic scientist. And with that, the panel put a great capper on a remarkable performance. - Sargebri (2005)

      MYSTERY GUEST: As Dick Powell mentioned in the post game chat, he was on the show to promote his latest directorial effort, the 1958 air force drama "The Hunters" starring Robert Mitchum. However, Powell probably was more famous for one of his flops, one that eventually had something to do with his untimely death. That 1956 film, "The Conqueror," starred John Wayne as, of all people, "Genghis Khan" as well as starring Susan Hayward and Agnes Moorehead. The film was shot in the Utah desert, near the site of contemporaneous nuclear testing grounds. The nuclear fallout from the atomic testing contaminated the studio set. To make matters worse, when the cast and crew returned to Hollywood to shoot scenes on a soundstage, they brought back some of the irradiated sand with them to add authenticity to the film. Unfortunately, the radiation in the sand was still at high enough levels to affect the health of many of those who worked on the picture. As a result, many of the cast and crew, including Powell, Wayne, Hayward and Moorehead, all died of cancer that many have since blamed on their work on that film. - Sargebri (2005)

      GUEST PANELIST: As was mentioned earlier, the panel did an exceptional job this night. However, guest panelist Rudy Vallee seemed lost and acted as if he had never even watched the show as he asked if Dick Powell performed a service, which should only be asked during the regular games. Also, his questions in the final game seemed as if they came out of left field - especially when he asked if the lady scientist's work was patriotic or had anything to do with the flag. - Sargebri (2005)

    • The panel was on fire tonight!! Very smart indeed. John was a little disappointed that they were doing so well! Dorothy, on the other hand, was QUITE pleased!
      Say WHAT? -or- Hasn't the panel learned yet not to ask?
      John (answering a clarification query from DK): "Well, let us say there is an extension here of argument which might hold that the end result might be beneficial, but we would doubt that a person who was receiving the benefit of this would hold it to be so."
      Watch for Dorothy passing a note to Arlene after Miss Craig's occupation is guessed.
      A man is briefly seen rolling the sign-in board onto the stage as John Daly walks towards his chair! - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Dick Powell promoted his 1958 war film, "The Hunters," which he produced and directed. - Suzanne (2003)

      Rudy Vallee (7/28/1901 - 7/3/1986)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Rudy Vallee, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.


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