What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 6


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

Game 1: Chuck Carlisle (Lt. Cmdr. Charles Carlisle) - "Executive Officer of Atomic Submarine Sea Wolf (Submerged for 60 days)" (salaried; from Darlington, Idaho)

Game 2: Mr. Solon Gray - "Makes Diaper Pins" (salaried; he works for the Ready Pin company, which John said was the best known diaper pin company in the United States; from Montpelier, Vermont)

Game 3: Joe E. Lewis (1/12/1902 - 6/4/1971) (as Mystery Guest) He signed his name and "COPA" on the sign-in board. "COPA" was a reference to his current engagement at New York's Copacabana nightclub, which he promoted during his appearance.

Game 4: Miss Anna M. Waller - "Buys Dogs for U.S. Army and Airforce" (salaried; she works with the Quartermaster General's office and procures German Shepherd dogs which are between the ages of 9 months to 3 years for special training as canine guards on missile bases and other government installations; from Harrisburg, PA)

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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)

    Joe E. Lewis

    Joe E. Lewis

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Faye Emerson

    Faye Emerson

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Dana Andrews

    Dana Andrews

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at three down. Bennett had correctly figured out that this contestant was a member of the crew of the atomic submarine Sea Wolf, but John didn't made the panel fish further for the exact title of "executive officer." In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. In this case, Arlene said that the contestant "manufactured safety pins" and John flipped the cards based on the distinction between this and diaper pins. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. Arlene correctly identified this contestant as having something to do with dogs, but admitted she likely never would have guessed this contestant bought dogs for the U.S. Army and Air Force. - agent_0042 (2009)

        JOHN SIGNS OFF FOR THE PANEL: Time is so short following the final break that John signs off for the panel, being the only one to say goodbye. He used the time to read aloud an "update" about Dorothy. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For this evening, the chief sponsor is Helene Curtis.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Tonight, all regular contestants' overlays are set in the usual Futura Demi Bold; however, mystery guest Joe E. Lewis' lower-third overlay was hand-painted.
        (3) "THE NAME'S THE SAME," BUT...: It is doubtful that tonight's second contestant, Solon Gray, is of any relation to a veteran news anchor of the same name (Solon Gray) who had stints at such television stations as KGO-TV (Channel 7) in San Francisco; KXTV (Channel 10) in Sacramento, California; WPIX (Channel 11) in New York; WNYS-TV (Channel 9, now WSYR-TV) in Syracuse, New York; and KIRO (Channel 7) in Seattle, Washington in a time period spanning the 1960's to the early 1990's.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, the end credits once again cut off after the "Mark Goodson-Bill Todman" art card slide -- but there was no cutoff to the thousandfold ways GSN continued to aggravate its viewing audience via its "crunching" of the screen, on its January 19, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (5) Right after the January 19, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the December 17, 1957 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy (in what was to be his last "TTTT" appearance until the January 6, 1959 installment; he was about to start on Broadway in "Sunrise at Campobello"), Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured mountain climbing specialist Captain William D. Hackett and two impostors; the second game featured Al Harrington (a native Samoan, Polynesian dancer and football player who went on to play "Detective Ben Kokua" on the 1968-1980 police drama "Hawaii Five-O" from 1972 to 1975) and two impostors; and the third game featured Miss Pat Dwyer (the youngest Justice of the Peace in her state, and possibly in the country, at the time of this "TTTT" episode) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! This was Dorothy's first major medical-related absence from "WML?," apart from the birth of her youngest child, son Kerry Kollmar, in 1954. Though officially in the hospital for "exhaustion and anemia," supposedly as the result of hitting her head in her apartment after a fall, it was most likely that an increasingly obvious drinking problem was at the root, as mentioned in Lee Israel's "Kilgallen" biography -- especially if, in hindsight, the last seven months' worth of "WML?" editions are of any indication. In this long stretch (March 1958 to October 1958), viewers saw many previews of things to come within the last years of her life, when she appeared on the show "under the influence" as often as not. On the shows over this stretch, Dorothy often appeared puffy and bloated or, at the very least, bleary-eyed with her hair sometimes slightly askew. Her speech was frequently thick and slurry; occasionally, she would flub the title of a movie or TV show that a guest panelist was involved with. On other occasions, she would speak loudly and out of turn, to the chagrin of her fellow panelists and moderator John Daly. In addition, she began putting forth cryptic, ambiguous, head-scratching and often bizarre questions to mystery guests. In general, she lacked the "sparkle" that characterized the 1956-1957 period when she was a redhead. Dolly Mae would retain some of this "sparkle" in the immediate period upon her return from this illness, but in later years she would be a frequent patient of New York's LeRoy Sanitarium, in 1961 and 1963 (both times for treatment of what today would be called substance abuse), as well as a 1965 stay after she fractured her shoulder following a fall due to allegedly tripping on a throw rug, which led to her making a few appearances on "WML?" with her arm in a sling. All this, of course, culminated in Miss Kilgallen's tragic death in the early morning hours of November 8, 1965, at the tender age of 52. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: Too bad Dorothy called in sick this particular evening. However, as she was watching from home she must have been proud that the panel did a pretty good job. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that Mr. Carlisle (aka Lt. Commander Chuck Carlisle of the United States Navy) was part of the crew of the nuclear submarine USS Seawolf, which stayed submerged for a then unheard of 60 days. Of course, it is not uncommon in this era of the "silent service" for submarines to stay submerged for even longer periods of time. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant from Montpelier, Vermont had something to do with the manufacture of safety pins. Technically, he had made diaper pins, but Arlene was given credit for her guess. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy's replacement for the night, Faye Emerson, correctly guessed that the evening's guest was Joe E. Louis. Louis was in the middle of his engagement at the Copacabana and was on the show to promote it. Unfortunately, the panel was denied a perfect night when they ran out of time with the lady who bought dogs for the Army and Air Force. However, Arlene had gotten on the right track when she correctly figured out that the lady had something to do with dogs. And so, despite the miss in the final game, the panel still had a great performance this evening. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Arlene, once again, looks fabulous! What a beautiful woman she was! The panel was very respectful of Dorothy's condition and made a few loving references to her throughout the show.
        1) BC: "Mr. Gray, this is the kind of questioning Dorothy loves to do. She being home sick, I'm batting for her..."
        2) FE: (during MG) "I'm absolutely stumped! Dorothy will kill me!!"
        3) JD: (during the goodbyes) "I want to take a few seconds that we have to tell you that (begins reading a piece of paper) Dorothy is doing fine, feels a lot better, and says that she enjoyed the show, that it was wonderful."
        Brace yourself!
        BC: "Mrs. Waller - you haven't got 2 relatives out in Washington...'Waller Waller'...have you?"
        Bennett gets a MUCH deserved groan from everyone over that one. (Bennett was referring to a small town named Walla Walla, Washington.)
        This episode was good! Joe E. Lewis was a funny mystery guest and had everyone going for quite awhile. But it's just not the same without Dorothy. GET WELL SOON Dorothy! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • DOROTHY'S HOSPITAL STAY: It is announced that Dorothy had "caught a virus and is watching the show from bed." However, in Lee Israel's 1979 book titled "Kilgallen," the author states that in October 1959, Dorothy Kilgallen encountered a hospital stay. It has been determined that the events she described actually took place in October 1958. This was concluded by viewing the episodes from October 1958, and also from actual statements made by guest panelist Tom Poston (during the show dated October 26, 1958), who mentioned that Dorothy had indeed been admitted to LeRoy Hospital in New York, NY. These are the events which the author describes (chapter 23):

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        On a Saturday morning in October 1959, Dorothy was making up in her bathroom to leave for the Yale-Columbia football game with the Boscowitzes [close friends] and Richard. She became suddenly ill, fell back, and hit her head on the marble floor. A doctor was summoned for Dorothy, who was taken to LeRoy Hospital, where she remained for more than two weeks.
        Faye Emerson substituted for her on "What's My Line?"
        Jean Bach [another friend of hers] visited her at the hospital. Dorothy had tubes running into her hands. "Everything is going fine," she told Jean. "I'm making my own blood again."
        This was the first of several episodes the exact nature of which is obfuscated by the unwillingness of the many doctors who treated Dorothy to divulge any information.
        The waters remained muddied. Many of her closest friends were told, by Dorothy, that she had a form of anemia. A United Press story described her condition as "exhaustion and anemia." At some point, it was feared that she had Hodgkin's disease. Despite rumors to the contrary, she did not have any form of cancer. Such conditions would have shown up on her autopsy report.
        Kerry Kollmar recalled transfusions, a bevy of specialists, and the early knowledge that there was something seriously wrong with Dorothy. Of course, he was told almost nothing, except that she had the best doctors available.
        The vague, catchall term anemia must, therefore, suffice. Whatever part her increasing drinking played in the decline of her health this early on, she was advised to curb it and be less cavalier about the care and feeding of Dorothy Kilgallen.
        Her tart and contumelious views were not noticeably affected by the state of her health or by her feverish sexual affair with Johnnie Ray. Indeed, her most notorious and vigorous imbroglios were yet to come.

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        - Suzanne (2003)

        In 1958, Yale played Columbia on Saturday October 11, 1958, at New York, NY. This is the game Dorothy would have been preparing to attend when she lost consciousness and was taken to LeRoy Hospital. - Suzanne (2003)

        The Le Roy Sanitarium Hospital was located at 40 East 61st Street, NY, NY. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Dana Andrews, Faye Emerson, Bennett Cerf.

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