What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 11


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 16, 1958 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Edmund G. Brown, Sr. (Edmund "Pat" Brown) (4/21/1905 - 2/16/1996) - "Attorney General and Governor Elect of California" (salaried; the panel was blindfolded; from Sacramento, CA)

Game 2: Count Vasco da Gama - "Sells and Repairs Pool Tables" (self-employed; he is the 17th direct descendent of the famous explorer; from Brookline, MA, which is also Arlene's home town and it is near Boston, MA)

Game 3: Harry Belafonte (b. 3/1/1927) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mrs. Atsuko Kemuri or Kamouri - "Movie Critic" (salaried; she signed her name in Japanese characters, so the exact spelling of her name is unknown; from Tokyo, Japan)

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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)

    Edmund G. Brown Sr.

    Edmund G. Brown Sr.

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Harry Belafonte

    Harry Belafonte

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Peter Lind Hayes

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. The panel figured that this contestant was involved with entertainment, but didn't get any further. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight, Kellogg's is displayed on the panel desk billboard, sign-in board and John's flip cards, indicating that the cereal maker is sponsoring this edition.
        (2) PANEL INTRO WATCH: First, Dorothy makes a rare reference to one of the "other networks" by mentioning guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes' show "on the ABC network." Then, Mr. Hayes (making his first guest panelist appearance since EPISODE #344 of January 6, 1957, and also his last-ever turn on the panel) makes a pun involving Arlene's "Once More, With Feeling" co-star Joseph Cotten by calling her a "Cotten-pickin' friend." (Mr. Cotten will make his only "WML?" appearance as a mystery guest six shows from now, on EPISODE #447 of January 11, 1959.) Finally, in Bennett's introduction of John, he paraphrases the first two lines of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem "The Village Smithy," by referring to "the spreading klieg lights" and "the village panel moderator."
        (3) SHE BLINDED US WITH "SCIENCE": Last week, in the mystery guest questioning of Charles Boyer, a blindfolded Dorothy asked if he were a luncheon guest at the Science Club. Tonight, after Harry Belafonte was identified, she explained in more detail what the Science Club was. (See the notes from 'fiveninegal' below which describe this club and Dolly Mae's association with it.)
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, a slide card with the then-current logo typesetting for United Airlines was shown for the first time in the airline travel arrangements plug. Conspicuously missing is the plug for where to send for studio audience tickets, as has been in place since EPISODE #381 of September 22, 1957. As for the production crew credits, they only went so far as the slide card graphic for associate producers Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine before cutting to the vintage animated "multiple eyes/camera lens iris" CBS ident. All this was shown by GSN on its January 24, 2009 airing of this episode -- alas, via the unwanted prism of its incessant "crunching" of the picture's aspect ratio and size.
        (5) Immediately after the January 24, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 21, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Captain Charles Sheridan (a harbor tugboat captain in New York who received citations from the Life Saving Benevolent Association and the Coast Guard for rescue work during a marine disaster) and two impostors; the second game featured Natalie de Blois (spelling verified; an architect who, as one of the main architects at the firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, was a senior designer of the Union Carbide Building -- now the JPMorgan Chase Tower -- at 270 Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan) and two impostors; and the third game featured Canadian gymnast Ernestine Russell (one of the main pioneers of women's gymnastics) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's superior performance, the panel was in for a letdown. Fortunately, it wasn't too big of a letdown as they had a .500 night. In the first game, Arlene correctly identified the newly elected governor of the state of California, Edmund G. "Pat" Brown. After the game, Governor-Elect Brown related the story of how he got the nickname of Pat. He said he got it when he recited Patrick Henry's famous line, "Give me liberty or give me death," at the end of a speech he gave at a liberty bond rally. In the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the descendant of Vasco de Gama who did something a little less regal than his famous ancestor, sell and repair pool tables. However, he did manage to leave a good impression as he kissed both Arlene and Dorothy's hands as he left the stage. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes, with a huge assist from Dolly Mae, correctly identified singer Harry Belafonte. Belafonte was on the show to promote his upcoming engagement at the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria. Also, he discussed his recent tour of Europe, which included a stop at the 1958 World's Fair in Brussels where he performed at the American Little Theatre. In the final game, the panel ran out of time so the Japanese film critic won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        FIRST GUEST: Edmund G. "Pat" Brown served as governor of California for two full terms from 1959 to 1967 when he was defeated by future United States President Ronald Reagan. In fact, in the 1962 gubernatorial election, Brown faced another future president in Richard Nixon. Brown, of course, won that election and this caused Nixon to virtually disappear from politics until 1968 when he ran his successful presidential campaign. In fact, Nixon made one of his most famous quotes when he lost the election when he said to the press "You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore." Also, "Pat" wasn't the only member of the Brown family to hold office in California. His son, Edmund Brown Jr. (aka Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown) successfully ran for the governor's office and held the post from 1975 to 1982. Jerry Brown also unsuccessfully ran for president in 1980 and 1992. In 1982 he ran for a seat on the United States Senate but was defeated by Republican Pete Wilson. Pat Brown's daughter, Kathleen, also became involved in politics and in 1991 was elected California treasurer. - Sargebri (2005)

        ROCK 'N ROLL: During the mystery guest round, guest panelist Peter Lind Hayes made a reference to Elvis Presley being in Germany. This was during the period when "The King" was serving in the Army after being drafted. Of course, during the period between 1958 to the arrival of the Beatles in 1964, Rock and Roll had been declared dead. This was due to the fact that besides Elvis being drafted, many of the major stars had essentially disappeared for one reason or another. In addition to Elvis leaving the music scene, Chuck Berry was sent to prison for violating the Mann Act when he allegedly took a young girl across state lines for immoral purposes. Also that year, Little Richard decided to go into the seminary and become a minister after years of drug abuse and homosexual behavior. However, the biggest blow came on February 3, 1958 when three of Rock's biggest stars, Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and "The Big Bopper" J.P. Richardson, were killed in an airplane crash while on tour in the Midwest in what was called "The Day the Music Died" as immortalized in the classic song "American Pie" by Don McLean. - Sargebri (2005)

        And I call myself a huge Dorothy Kilgallen fan? I didn't pick up on her "Science Club" reference last night!! Thankfully, she explained it during this episode (saying it was "her" club) - and here's more about it from Lee Israel's 1979 book KILGALLEN:

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        She had a group at the time, which met every Monday afternoon at P.J. Clarke's. The group, for no particular reason, called itself the Science Club. Its membership included Bob Bach; Howard Rothberg, the interior designer; Bill Harbach, a television producer; Jim Downey, who was in advertising; and Lou Stoecklin, an executive with a whiskey company.
        They gathered at a round table in a little alcove under a pendulumless clock. They ate chili, played the jukebox, invented games, discussed the nature of the wine and the state of the world. Mystery guests were invited. Minutes were kept. And a good deal of laughing was accomplished.
        ****** end quote ******

        During intro, Arlene mentions From The Terrace by John O'Hara, calling it "one of the most important novels of the 50's." If Miss Francis tells me to read something, I shall!

        As Dorothy plays I CAN NAME THAT MYSTERY GUEST IN 4 QUESTIONS, John inquires how in the world she got it so quickly. DK explains, "Well, last week when I asked if our mystery guest had ever been a guest at the Science Club, I puzzled a lot of viewers. But I knew what I was trying to rule out. And it was Harry because he HAS been a guest at the Science Club." Bennett pipes up with, "What is this science club, Dorothy?" to which (LOL - her haughty delivery of this was classic!) she responds, "Ohhhh, that would take too long to tell - it's MY club." - fiveninegal (2003)

      • The second contestant was, indeed, the 17th direct descendent of the famous 15th century Portuguese voyager who found the sea route to India! - Suzanne (2003)

        Edmund G. "Pat" Brown, Sr. (Democrat) was the Governor-Elect of California, having just won that seat on November 4, 1958. He would be replacing Goodwin Knight (Republican CA Governor 1953-1959). - Suzanne (2003)

        Pat Brown information:
        California state attorney general (1951-59).
        Governor of California (1959-67).
        Candidate for Democratic nomination for President (1960).
        Father of Jerry "Governor Moonbeam" Brown.
        John Daly asked him why his nickname was "Pat". He answered that he received the nickname when he was a teenager in high school selling United States Liberty Bonds. He said he ended his speeches by shouting Patrick Henry's famous line, "Give me liberty or give me death!"
        He preceeded Ronald Reagan as California's Gov. (Republican CA Governor 1967-1975).


        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Peter Lind Hayes, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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