What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 28, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Jack O'Dell - "Night Watchman at Girls' School" (salaried; he works nights at St. Catherine's School in Richmond, Virginia; during the day, he is a law student at the University of Richmond School of Law; from Newport News, VA) Game 2: Carroll Long - "Chicken Auctioneer" (salaried; he holds daily chicken auctions in Selbyville, Delaware; in addition, he also delivers a daily television market report in Salisbury, Maryland; after his game, he performed an interesting sample of his song-like chicken auctioneering patter; from Salisbury, MD) Game 3: Roy Rogers (11/5/1911 - 7/6/1998) (as Mystery Guest) The Roy Rogers Rodeo opened last Thursday at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Game 4: Miss Lari Silber - "Writes Advice to Lovelorn Column" (salaried; she works for McFadden Publications and writes a column titled "I Need Advice" under her pen name of Jane Evans; from New York, NY) . .moreless

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Arlene Francis: Well, if it was a turkey, it would be a special holiday.
        Dorothy Kilgallen: Noooo! We had turkey last week!
        Arlene Francis: I know, but you're rich!
        Dorothy Kilgallen: It's cheaper than steak.

    • 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 ANNOUNCER WATCH: Helene Curtis is primary sponsor tonight. And after two weeks off, regular announcer Hal Simms is back.
        (2) ANOTHER PLAY ON JOHN'S NAME: During the intros, Bennett mentioned how leading men in Viennese operas were introduced, and in that vein proceeded to introduce the news analyst/panel moderator as John "Hockenstrudel" Daly. This could have also been a subtle, unspoken reference to John's other gig as host of "The Voice of Firestone," which featured performances from the classical music world, as well as some popular music acts during this 1958-1959 season.
        (3) ROY ROGERS: The famed movie cowboy is on "WML?" for the second and final time. His swan-song appearance came more than five months after another man named Roy Rogers (who was of no relation to tonight's mystery guest) was a contestant on EPISODE #411 of April 20, 1958, which was the second show to be guest-hosted by Clifton "Kip" Fadiman.
        (4) There was an irony to Bennett's bad "Hi-ho, Silber" pun within the final contestant's game, due to the fact that Clayton Moore, one of the most famous of the actors to have played "The Lone Ranger," was a mystery guest on the long-lost EPISODE #71 of October 7, 1951.
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again, the end credits go no farther than director Franklin Heller's art card slide; but as usual, GSN's "crunching" of the screen, on its January 17, 2009 airing of this episode, seems to veer towards going too far.
        (6) Following GSN's January 17, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the November 26, 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 Virginia Kraft (hunting and fishing writer for Sports Illustrated magazine) and two impostors; the second game featured Jack Bothwell (also known as John F. Bothwell; the maitre d' of a New Jersey restaurant who claimed to have once been "Freckles" in nine of Hal Roach's "Our Gang" comedies) and two impostors (ironically, in terms of his supposedly having been in "Our Gang," as has now been proven, Mr. Bothwell turned out to be an infamous impostor himself); and the third game featured Helen Martini (who was in charge of the Bronx Zoo's nursery) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: This was one of the best nights the panel had in a long time as they pulled off something that was very rare for them at this moment in time, a perfecto. In the first game, Arlene, with the help of the studio audience, figured out that the contestant was a night watchman. However, it was Dorothy who correctly figured out that he worked at an all-girls school. In the second game, Bennett was given credit for a correct guess as he figured out that the contestant sold chickens. Of course, the guest didn't actually sell them, but he auctioned them for the seller. In the mystery guest round, Bennett once again made the correct guess as he identified Roy Rogers, who was trying out his best imitation of guest panelist David Niven as a way to bamboozle the panel. Roy was in town to appear at the annual rodeo at Madison Square Garden. The final game really gave the panel a good test, but Dolly Mae correctly figured out that the contestant was an advice to the lovelorn columnist with, as John put it, 40 seconds to spare. And with that, the panel had its perfecto and they did it in style. - Sargebri (2005)

        BASEBALL: As John mentioned in the mystery guest round, the 1958 World Series was about to begin. He said he thought that with the Fall Classic coming up, the panel would be concentrating on baseball rather than the upcoming rodeo. Speaking of that series, the Yankees won the series and gained revenge for the previous year's upset at the hands of the Milwaukee Braves by defeating them 4 games to 3. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Yet another great show tonight! David Niven has a terrific sense of humor. Be sure not to miss any episode he is on! He's well-filled with the spirit of courtesy, referring to Dorothy as his beautiful, intelligent, LEFT FLANK. Hmmm, I guess coming from Mr. Niven, I would take that as a compliment, too!
        David asks if he would enjoy performing Mr. O'Dell's services and gets an enthusiastic 'yes'. Unfortunately, he gets a 'no' when he inquires if animals are involved. The smart cookie, Dorothy, picks up on this and asks, "Are there any women connected with your work?" Arlene is on the ball here and teases, "YOU know what David enjoys, don't you, Dorothy?" (LOL!! Everyone - especially DK - got a kick out of that!)
        Many laughs were to be had for the second guest! David, after referring to himself as a 'birdbrain' at the intro, is on a roll. He has established that the product can be found all over the world...Russia? YES! Red China? (this was the 50's remember...) YES! Obviously, David was expecting (and possibly hoping for), a 'no' with those questions, so he is thrown for a loop. He then jokingly asks, "Are you a member of the communist party???" (BIG laugh from everyone). Back to the real questions: still hoping for a 'no', Mr. Niven wants to know if he can carry the product in his hat! Of course, this backfires as he gets a 'yes' to that, too!!
        Eventually, the baton gets passed to Miss Kilgallen who gets things on track when she uncovers that the product has something to do with "like, zooom, like birds" (no joke - her words...accompanied with a cute hand gesture!) Okay, now the panel just has to figure out what type of bird. (enter setup...) Fowl? YES! Only at special holidays? NO.
        AF: "Well, if it was a turkey, it would be a special holiday."
        DK: "Noooo! We had turkey last week!"
        AF: "I know, but you're rich!" (Arlene is SO quick and witty - how can you not love her??) That quip came out of nowhere - and it was definitely the funniest part of the entire show - must see for JD's laugh!!
        While questioning Mrs. Silber, DN asks "Could I avail myself of your services?" JD comes back with "you NEED it!" (BIG LAUGH) "I was just kidding you, David. I don't want to mislead you....MUCH!!" HAAAA!
        **Technically** Miss Kilgallen guessed EVERY profession tonight!! No, I'm not just playing favorites - I have proof!
        1) After Arlene guessed "night watchman" (with some help from a giddy audience member - LOL), DK called for a conference and offered "could he be a night watchman at a girls' school??" 2) She whispered her "chicken" idea to Bennett...and then later proceeded to ask, "do you do something OTHER than sell them?" Of course, the way that was posed, she got a 'no'...but I think we can all agree that she was the true winner there...3) And at the VERY last second she grilled the final contestant: "Do you give any advice?" YES "Do you write the advice?" YES "Is it advice to the lovelorn?" DING DING DING - WE HAVE A WINNER!!!
        OHHHH BENNETT....
        "Hi ho Silber" Geez... another bad pun! - fiveninegal (2003)

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

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