What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 3


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 21, 1958 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: As John Daly was spelling out loud Rich Knerr's surname at the sign-in board, John said, "K - N - double E - R" which is incorrect. - Suzanne (2003)

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • 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 never came close to figuring out the trick that was being played on them with this contestant, who was the partner of a man who had been a contestant on the previous week's show. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The chief sponsor tonight is Kellogg's. And for the second week in a row, there is a substitute announcer, Bern Bennett, in place of Hal Simms.
      (2) OVERKILL ON THE OVERLAY? For the second contestant, the overlay for his occupation is the first in two years where a professionally-typeset overlay, set in Futura Demi Bold, used a combination of capital letters and mixed case (upper and lower case) letters and was displayed as: "ALSO MAKES HULA HOOPS (Partner of LAST WEEK'S Hula Hoop Maker)." In addition, the "ALSO," "Partner" and "LAST WEEK'S" sections were underlined.
      (3) MYSTERY GUESTS: This was Robert Young's fourth and final "WML?" appearance -- and Jane Wyatt's only appearance.
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: With this episode, important modifications to the end credits take effect. Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine, previously Coordinator of Production and Program Manager, respectively, are now credited as associate producers of the show, and Ann Kaminsky (later to become co-associate producer with Bach) joins as production supervisor. Unfortunately, GSN's January 16, 2009 airing of tonight's show cut the end credits sequence off after director Franklin Heller's art card slide -- this, on top of the utter indignity of their ongoing "crunching" of the screen.
      (5) Following the January 16, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the November 19, 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 legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey player Jean Beliveau and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Tarkeshwari Sinha (a member of the Indian parliament and an Indian delegate to the United Nations) and two impostors; and the third game featured Charles B. Darrow (inventor of the "Monopoly" board game) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

    • REVIEW: This was a fairly good performance for the panel this evening as they managed to have correct guesses in two of the three games. It also was an unusual night as there were two teams of mystery guests. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded due to the fact that they probably would have recognized Paul Butler and Meade Alcorn, the heads of the Democratic and Republican parties, respectively. It almost looked as if the panel were going to go down to defeat until Arlene got a last second weenie and made the identification. After the game, the heads of the two parties discussed the program that appealed to the citizens of the U.S. to donate money to both parties to keep them strong, in what could almost be described as a 1950's version of the Rock the Vote campaign. Also, Bennett humorously asked why the head of the Socialist party wasn't there, and that brought a few chuckles from the audience. In the second game, the panel wasn't quite as lucky as they ran out of time and Mr. Richard Knerr won the full prize by default. The panel was really embarrassed after the game when John revealed that Mr. Knerr was the business partner of Arthur "Spud" Melin, the inventor of the Hula Hoop and a contestant on last week's show. The panel did have better luck in the mystery guest round as once again it was Arlene who made the correct guess when she figured out that the duo mystery guests were Robert Young and Jane Wyatt. The pair was on the show to promote the upcoming season of their hit comedy "Father Knows Best." That definitely put a capper on a successful night. - Sargebri (2005)

      DAVID NIVEN: During the introductions, Dorothy mentioned guest panelist David Niven's upcoming film "Separate Tables." Niven would go on to win the Best Actor Oscar for his work in the 1958 film. - Sargebri (2005)

      POLITICS: It was quite strange to see the heads of both the Democratic and Republican parties sitting on the same stage and being not only cordial, but friendly to one another. This was at a time when the national parties really weren't hostile towards each other. The open hostility that both parties have wouldn't become evident until years later. - Sargebri (2005)

      EQUAL TIME: On this episode, at the end of the first round featuring Paul Butler and Meade Alcorn, respectively the leaders of the Democratic and Republican National Committees, each guest made an impassioned plea for his party's fundraising drive. Bennett Cerf said, "Don't you think we ought to give equal time to Norman Thomas?" Bennett said it as a joke, but his reference to the Socialist Party presidential candidate in the elections of 1940, 1944 and 1948 was indicative of a concern of all broadcasters. Since 1937, the Communications Act has required broadcasters to provide equal time to all legal candidates for office - if they give time to any one candidate. The leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties weren't candidates in the strict legal sense because they weren't running for any office, so the law didn't apply to them. But you can be sure CBS lawyers were most likely consulted before Butler and Alcorn were confirmed as guests on the show. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      MYSTERY GUESTS: During the appearance of Robert Young and Jane Wyatt of "Father Knows Best," at one point John needed to consult with his mystery guests. Instead of saying his usual comment of "This calls for a conference," he inexplicably said, "I need to call my doctor." Little did John know that in 1969, Robert Young would be cast as "Dr. Marcus Welby" in the hugely popular 1969-1976 television series, "Marcus Welby, M.D." - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      AF to BC: "Do you wanna take a weenie?" (Where did this odd expression originate?)
      JD: "Don't pass the buck, send a buck to the party of your choice."
      BC: "I'm correct in saying that you couldn't just wear this and nothing else and get by with it?"
      JD: (about to tell panel what Mr. Knerr's line is) "This is very unfair. In fact, I think I'll leave before I tell you..." (Wise move, Mr. Daly!)
      DK: "Does it have a plot?" (Leave it to Dorothy! LOL!!)
      Robert Young was very funny while disguising his voice during the questioning - as John said, "he raised his voice about 18 octives!"
      1) I love that Dorothy has picked up on that Ernie Kovacs gem "can you fold it?"
      2) I don't love that she is wearing that freaky blindfold again! Please, Miss Kilgallen...for me? Throw it away!!! - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Jane Wyatt and Robert Young act together in the popular TV series, "Father Knows Best" (1954-1960). Jane Wyatt plays mother and wife "Margaret Anderson" and Robert Young plays husband and father "James 'Jim' Anderson, Sr." - Suzanne (2003)

      John announces that Arlene's play - "Once More, With Feeling" - would be showing in Philadelphia this week. - Suzanne (2003)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, David Niven, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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