What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 02, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Dr. Joseph P. Moffa (Joseph P. Moffa, DDS) - "Dentist in Federal Prison" (salaried; Dr. Moffa is a commissioned officer; net references show that later on in life, Joseph Moffa, DDS worked for the U.S. Public Health Services Hospital in San Francisco, CA; from El Paso, TX)

Game 2: Bob Lentz - "Professional Goose Caller for Hunters" (salaried; this is his weekend job, because he is also a freshman at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois; after his game, he performed some excellent goose calls; from Cairo, IL)

Game 3: Robert Wagner (b. 2/10/1930) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Alice Ashley - "Diamond Cutter" (salaried; there was only 90 seconds for her game and John never asked her hometown)

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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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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel figured out that this contestant worked for the executive branch of the federal government, but otherwise, came nowhere near his line. In the night's second game, John again flipped the remaining cards at seven down because time was running short. Again, the panel failed to come anywhere near his line and John commented that he didn't think they could figure it out even if they had seven years. In the night's final game, John ended the game due to time without a single no answer being received. Very little time had been allotted to this game (a mere ninety seconds) and perhaps because of the way things were rushed along, John neglected or forgot to flip the cards to signify that the full prize had been won. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND NAMEPLATE WATCH: The chief sponsor for this episode is Kellogg's. And for first (and last) time guest panelist Gordon MacRae, his nameplate had the same layout as his lower-third overlay for his mystery guest shot two weeks earlier. Both instances displayed his surname (including the "AC" part) in all capital letters. This contrasted with his then-wife Sheila MacRae's 1965 and 1966 guest panelist appearances, when the "AC" on her nameplate was set in small capital letters.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The regular contestants' overlays were set in Futura Demi Bold, while mystery guest Robert Wagner's lower-third overlay was set in Futura Medium.
        (3) ROBERT WAGNER: Less than ten years from his appearance tonight, Mr. Wagner began a string of TV series by landing the role of former cat burglar "Alexander Mundy" on the 1968-1970 drama "It Takes a Thief." In the final season (1969-1970) onetime "WML?" mystery guest Fred Astaire played his father. This show was followed by two other famous series, "Switch" (1975-1978, in which he co-starred with Eddie Albert) and, of course, "Hart to Hart" (1979-1984). As for Mr. Wagner's 1958 filmography, it consisted of "The Hunters" and "In Love and War."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credits sequence tonight was something of a sandwich -- beginning and ending with the "WML?" title card, and the studio audience tickets notice in-between. All this was gobbled up in the form of a little "crunching" of the screen by GSN, as usual, on its January 22, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (5) Following GSN's January 22, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the January 7, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel consisting of Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze (in his first "TTTT" appearance since March 26, 1957), Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game of the first "TTTT" episode of 1958 featured airplane pilot Ruth Nichols (the "First Lady of the Air," who had set several aviation records over her career) and two impostors; the second game featured Border Patrol inspector Bill Jordan (who invented the "Jordan holster" that was used by law enforcement agencies around the world) and two impostors; and the third game featured Audrey Erickson (a school teacher who excelled in many sports, and at the time of this "TTTT" episode was selected to tour South Africa with the U.S. Field Hockey team in the summer of 1958) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights the panel probably wished they had been preempted as they failed to get any of the regular contestants. A highlight of the evening was guest panelist Gordon MacRae. He was making a return engagement after having stumped the panel in a very fun fashion as the mystery guest two weeks previously. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the prison dentist. Ironically, Arlene was close when she guessed that he had something to do with the restraining arm of the government. However, she was given a "no" to that query. In the second game, the panel was again stumped, this time by a professional goose caller who was also a college student. After the game, he gave the panel a good demonstration of his skill. Ironically, in the mystery guest round, Gordon, who stumped the panel two weeks earlier when he was the guest, correctly identified Robert Wagner. Wagner was on the show to promote his latest film "In Love and War." In the final game of the evening, which was a very rushed affair, the panel failed to guess that the lady was a diamond cutter. Strangely, John didn't throw over all the cards to signify that the time was up. Thankfully, for the panel, it was indeed up and they could go home and lick their wounds. - Sargebri (2005)

        ROBERT WAGNER & NATALIE WOOD: During the post game chat after the mystery guest round, John mentioned Robert Wagner's marriage to Natalie Wood. The couple was first married from December 1957 to April 1962. After they divorced, Wagner married Marion Marshall and Wood married John Gregson. However, Wood and Wagner reunited and remarried in 1972. Unfortunately, Natalie drowned in a tragic accident, which caused many people to suspect that she was a victim of foul play, especially since she was afraid of water. In 1990 Wagner remarried, this time to actress Jill St. John. Ironically, when Jill had been studying dance, one of her classmates had been Natalie. Also, another of her classmates was Stephanie Powers, who would go on to star with Wagner in the hit mystery series "Hart to Hart." - Sargebri (2005)

        ROBERT WAGNER: Among the imitations Wagner used to try to fool the panel were those of an Asian man; James Cagney; Jimmy Stewart; and Cary Grant. Ironically, Stewart and Wagner would become good friends. In fact, for several years, Wagner co-hosted the annual Jimmy Stewart Relay Marathon, which benefited St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California. - Sargebri (2005)

        ...goes to Bennett Cerf (who else??) Okay, let's set this thing up...
        (1) Contestant #2 (Bob Lentz) was from Cairo, Illinois.
        (2) Gordon asked if the guest had any connection with Peter Lind Hayes, who also hails from that city. The answer was no.
        (3) Peter Lind Hayes was married to Mary Healy.
        Allrightee, now we're ready...
        BC: "Gordon, I was thinking when you were talking about Peter Lind Hayes, from Cairo, if Mary Healy gave up Peter for this gentleman...you'd say she was giving him up for LENTZ."
        The groan that just passed your lips was the exact sentiment of the audience! John even got up as if to leave!! And before he would return to his chair he said, "Do I have your promise, Bennett, that we'll have no more of that?!?" LOL!!!
        Arlene asks if he would please do a goose call - which he is more than happy to do - and it was quite impressive! But, there was just something hysterical about it which sends Arlene and John into laughing fits! In fact, during his "we'll be back after a word from our sponsor" announcement, Mr. Daly is still cracking up!! A+++
        Robert Wagner (who was looking mighty fine that evening, just FYI) did a couple terrific James Cagney impressions while being questioned. Who knew?!!? Unfortunately, Gordon was able to figure out who it was after only 2 cards had been flipped. One of his questions was, "are you under contract to penitentiary...I mean 20th Century Fox?" That got a huge laugh - and I hope that Mr. MacRae received no backlash from that statement!!!
        After RW exits the stage, JD calls for another contestant, explaining that he wants to try an experiment. The panel only had a minute and a half to try and guess Miss Ashley's profession and John said that they weren't even going to tell the folks at home what she did - so we could play along. However, her line appears on screen for half a second anyway. Apparently this was not something that John had discussed with anyone prior to filming??? It was very odd. OF COURSE before the panel could really do any serious digging, their time was up and the guest was ushered off stage. I felt bad for her! Showing up and only receiving about 2 minutes air time!! Ahhh well. Nice try, though, John. - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Gordon MacRae (3/12/1921 - 1/24/1986)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Gordon MacRae, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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