What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 14, 1958 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, after Dorothy brazenly suggested that the first contestant could be a "tout," John flipped three cards at four down, stating that the entire panel was being assessed a penalty. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel discovered that this contestant made protective footgear, but never figured out that the footgear (galoshes) was for dogs, not for humans. This contestant donated his full prize to the ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. - agent_0042 (2009)

      GOING FOR A RIDE - PART I: This episode's opening audio segment uses the "Rollercoaster" theme normally heard only during the closing credits. Also missing were the sound effects for the animation, proving that the sound effects are part of the audio track for the music and not added in separately. - agent_0042 (2009)

      GOING FOR A RIDE - PART II: Gil Fates' handwritten logs contain the following note for this episode: "Rollercoaster used as opening theme this once." - Suzanne (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: For tonight, the chief sponsor is Kellogg's and their advertising is prominently seen on the front of the panel desk.
      (2) STEVE ALLEN CAMEO: Tonight's show contained the first of only two appearances by Steve Allen in a role other than a panelist or mystery guest, when he made his cameo tonight. The second occurrence happened on EPISODE #818 of June 19, 1966, when he was a regular contestant in connection with another of his many trades, as a motorcycle and scooter salesman.
      (3) KATHRYN GRANT CROSBY - PART I: This proved to be the only "WML?" appearance by the second wife of "Der Bingle," Bing Crosby, who never appeared in any of "WML?'s" incarnations. In addition to her soon-to-be-released motion picture, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad," Kathryn had appeared in another movie earlier in 1958, "Gunman's Walk." Her 1959 filmography consisted of "Anatomy of a Murder," "The Big Circus" and the animated "Mr. Magoo" feature "1001 Arabian Nights"; all three marked her final theatrical features to date. All her acting roles in the 1960's and 1970's were confined solely to television.
      (4) KATHRYN GRANT CROSBY - PART II: During the 1970's, she and hubby Bing Crosby appeared in a series of commercials for Minute Maid orange juice. This ad campaign was parodied by numerous comedy shows; one such spoof was featured on the "Carol Burnett Show" in a sketch from October 6, 1973, with impressionist John Byner as "Der Bingle" and singer Helen Reddy as "Mrs. Crosby," where at the end she poured a pitcher of orange juice all over him.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The end credits tonight cut off after executive producer Gil Fates' art card slide, following the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines. Needless to say, in the "Surprise! Surprise!" department, GSN's January 27, 2009 airing of this episode was once again plagued by its self-indulgent and loathsome "crunching" of the screen.
      (6) Following GSN's January 27, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the February 11, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel consisting of Polly Bergen, Phil Silvers (making his first "TTTT" panel appearance), Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Frank O'Leary (former jewel thief turned book reviewer) and two impostors; the second game featured Edgar "Tiger" Petrini (spelling verified; the youngest speed boat racing champion) and two impostors; and the third game featured Lowell Thomas, Jr. (film and television producer and son of Lowell Thomas, the world adventure traveller and CBS Radio commentator) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

    • BOB DENVER TRIBUTE: This episode was shown on GSN on July 28, 2003. For its next normal rotation, on September 10, 2005, it was skipped. Instead, shown was a special tribute to honor Bob Denver who had passed away on September 2, 2005. Denver is best known for playing the title role in the 1964-1967 television series "Gilligan's Island," and for his earlier work as "Maynard G. Krebs" in the 1959-1963 television series "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis."
      GSN aired two Bob Denver shows, both in color:
      1. "Beat The Clock" from 1972, hosted by Jack Narz
      2. "Password" from 1966, hosted by Allen Ludden
      - Suzanne (2005)

    • I really love it when Tom Poston is the guest panelist. He's such a darling man. He plays the game very well and is extremely funny! That "bread basket" joke was heeeelarious! And it MUST have been Steve Allen that passed by Tom as he was emerging onto the stage that evening...if Arlene's introduction is any indication:
      AF: "And now, the man on the streets that all of us would like to bump into, but somehow that is the exclusive privilege of Steve Allen... Mr. Tom Poston."
      It happened so fast!! Even the audience didn't react to it. Very interesting.
      OKAY! On with the show - and what a delightful one it was!! Who would have thought you could have so much fun with a Duke??? The panel figures out that he has something to do with a racetrack, but sets off in another direction. Cue Arlene:
      AF: "Are horses part of the 'bit'?" (Everyone laughs while Bennett is probably thinking, "Darn, that should have been mine!!") AF continues with, "we sort of got off the 'track' a little." (Don't know if that one was intentional - Dorothy points it out and Arlene's expression is CLASSIC!!!) But what got the BIGGEST laugh of the night happened next! Arlene clarifies, "would you have any official capacity at a track or a meeting?" She follows that up with, "I don't know what they call them in England..." to which Dorothy quips, "a tout!!!" This sends EVERYONE on the panel (including John and the Duke) into hysterics. WONDERFUL moment - thank you Miss Kilgallen!!!
      TOUT: a) (British) To spy out information about (as a racing stable or horses), b) To give a tip or solicit bets on (a racehorse).
      Much fun was had during the questioning of Mr. Cohen as well. And I do believe John was trying to give the panel a hint when he walked over to greet the contestant - because he raised his feet and showed off his cowboy boots he was wearing!! Have I mentioned that I love this show??? - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Was that REALLY Steve Allen who darted by when Tom Poston was walking on the set? It must have been! During the introductions, Arlene stated, with no explanation, that bumping into Tom Poston was the exclusive privilege of Steve Allen. Moments later when Tom walked on stage, a man darted across the entrance opening from left to right. Another clue: Later on during the program, Tom faltered as if not knowing what question to ask. He hesitantly stated he'd been a guest panelist many times, and had always wanted to ask the following question. He then stood up, and asked the challenger if "it's bigger than my bread basket" while holding his stomach! The camera zoomed in on his stomach. In addition, Tom Poston is part of the cast of The Steve Allen Show. - Suzanne (2003)

      Kathryn Grant Crosby promoted her upcoming 1958 film, "The 7th Voyage of Sinbad." It opens December 17th at The Roxy Theatre. She is Mrs. Bing Crosby. They were married in 1957. - Suzanne (2003)

      All seven of the major New York newspapers went on strike this week. The strike lasted for nineteen days. - Suzanne (2003)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tom Poston, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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