What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 19


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 11, 1959 on CBS
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Game 1: Bob Rhay (b. 1/29/1921 - d. 6/17/2012) - "Warden of Washington State Penitentiary" (salaried; the prison is also known as the Walla Walla State Penitentiary, and it is located in Walla Walla, WA; at 37 years old, he is the youngest prison warden in America; he is a sociologist; from the state of Washington)

Game 2: Mrs. Dixie Qualset - "Masseuse" (salaried; she works at Josephine's; last month, Shane McCarthy, the director of the President's Council on Physical Fitness, designated Dixie as Miss Youth Fitness of the USA; from Omaha, Nebraska; she made a second Goodson-Todman appearance on "To Tell The Truth" on February 7, 1960)

Game 3: Joseph Cotten (5/15/1905 - 2/6/1994) (as Mystery Guest) "Arlene's Co-Star on Broadway"

Game 4: Tom Holmes & Tom Watson - "Lifeguards" (salaried; they watch over swimmers at Miami Beach; they are also police officers; from Miami, Florida; note the joke on their surnames, Holmes & Watson, as in Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson)


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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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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final pair of contestants at one down. The panel actually came very close on this one, identifying that they might rescue someone who was in trouble, but ran out of time to make the exact identification. The panel members may have been thrown off by the "yes" answer they received when the contestants were asked if they were involved with law enforcement. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: The chief sponsor for tonight is Kellogg's cereals (with mockups of the "Special K" box on the left and right sides of the panel desk billboard). And of Dick Powell's five total appearances on "WML?" between 1954 and 1962, this was to be the only time he ever served as a guest panelist.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The regular contestants' occupation overlays, and mystery guest Joseph Cotten's lower-third overlay, were all set in Futura Demi Bold; however, Mr. Cotten's additional overlay, "Arlene's Co-Star on B'way," was set in the "last-minute" font, in what was a rare appearance at this point (in comparison with the "hand-painted" overlays that were seen from time to time).
        (3) JOSEPH COTTEN - PART I: Miss Francis' co-star on Broadway in "Once More, With Feeling" is making his only CBS "WML?" appearance with tonight's show. At this point, he was in-between movies, with his previous flick, "From the Earth to the Moon," released in 1958 and his next picture, "The Angel Wore Red," coming out in 1960. It was also in 1959 that Mr. Cotten's TV series, "On Trial," came to an end after a three-year run; it was later rerun under the title "The Joseph Cotten Show." In addition, in 1960 he married his second wife, actress Patricia Medina, following the death of his first wife, Lenore Kipp. As a side note, Miss Medina's only appearance on "WML?" was with her husband, as a mystery guest duo, on an episode of the syndicated incarnation, from Week #99 which was taped on October 15, 1970; the host was Wally Bruner, and the panel that week consisted of Soupy Sales, Sandy Duncan, Alan Alda and Arlene Francis.
        (4) JOSEPH COTTEN - PART II: Mr. Cotten was only one of two members of Orson Welles' "Mercury Theatre," and only one of two co-stars of Mr. Welles' 1941 masterpiece "Citizen Kane," to have appeared on "WML?" The other, Mr. Welles himself, made his only "WML?" appearance, as a guest panelist, on EPISODE #409 of April 6, 1958. (However, Nat "King" Cole, who had an uncredited cameo as a pianist in "Citizen Kane," made two mystery guest appearances on "WML?" in his lifetime.)
        (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the second week in a row, the full production crew credits are shown after the United Airlines plug. Unfortunately, GSN once again ruined the viewing experience by its nagging insistence on "crunching" the screen on its January 30, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (6) GSN's January 30, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the March 25, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel consisting of Polly Bergen, Keenan Wynn (in his first "TTTT" appearance, which came more than a month after his first "WML?" guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #402 of February 16, 1958), Celeste Holm (likewise making her "TTTT" debut) and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Vietnamese-born hunting guide Mrs. A. Kelly Shelton and two impostors; the second game featured industrialist and jazz musician Fred G. Wacker, Jr., and two impostors (it should be noted that it was after his family that the street known as Wacker Drive in Chicago was named); and the third game featured portrait painter Gerald Brockhurst (whose subjects included Queen Mother Elizabeth, Bernard Baruch, the Duchess of Windsor, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, Clare Boothe Luce and Marlene Dietrich) and two impostors. Unfortunately, the practice of showing lower-third overlays of contestants' names while they and their "impostors" recited the "My name is..." dialogue at the start of each game, as was seen on the prior extant "TTTT" episode of February 25, 1958, was not repeated. (At least three "TTTT" episodes in the stretch in-between the prior episode and this episode, including one from March 11, 1958 as featured in the program listings for the March 8-14, 1958 edition of TV Guide, have been lost to history; unfortunately, there was no listing of that week's panel.) - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel, especially the distaff branch as Arlene and Dorothy were the only ones who made correct guesses. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that Mr. Rhay was actually Warden Rhay of Washington State Prison in Walla Walla. It also was noted that Warden Rhay, at the time this episode originally aired, was, at 37 years old, the youngest warden in the country. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the very attractive contestant from Nebraska was a masseuse. Dolly Mae also was successful in the mystery guest round when she correctly identified Joseph Cotten, Arlene's co-star in the Broadway play, "Once More, With Feeling." Cotten had the audience in stitches as he took sips of water and then made gargling noises when answering the panel's questions. The only hiccup in the night's proceedings came in the final game as the panel ran out of time, so the two lifeguards from Florida won the full prize by default. However, even this didn't spoil a good performance by the panel as well as a fun night. - Sargebri (2005)

        Bennett's intro to John: "And now, a man who knows every word in the English dictionary, and uses them on this program! John Charles Daly!"
        While trying to determine Mr. Rhay's rank, Dorothy asks, "Well, is it something under Governor?" (yes) "If I were seating you at a dinner party, uhhh, and the Governor was present..." John interrupts by saying, "You'd seat him UNDER the Governor. He'd be very uncomfortable, but you'd put him under the Governor!" Everyone loved that! John is getting pretty frisky lately!
        NO MORE!!! AAGHHH!
        At one point in the evening, Arlene says, "Dorothy is looking this way. I feel she has a... what she calls a weenie."
        Joseph Cotten is Arlene's co-star in their Broadway play, "Once More, With Feeling." He disguises his voice by running his fingers over his lips so it sounds like he is under water. Bennett asks him if he is appearing on or near Broadway. Mr. Cotten responds with a somewhat tentative "yes." Next up is Arlene, who takes it the wrong way and announces, "Sounds like a show that isn't doing well!" THE THEATRE ERUPTS WITH LAUGHTER! After JC is revealed, Arlene lets out the biggest laugh I've ever heard from her and hides her face with her hands! She then looks directly at the camera and insists, "And it IS doing well! It's doing VERY well!" She asked JC why he sounded so unsure when he said "yes." He said that he was trying to sound timid as part of his disguise. Arlene jokes, "I dare say, it's the only timid gesture you've made in many a moon, Joe!" YOUUUUUUUCH!!!! - fiveninegal (2003)

        DIXIE QUALSET: Who said girls from Nebraska are plain?! Contestant two was a knock-out! But, then again, I have always been partial to brunettes. - Clay in Alabama (2003)

        DIXIE QUALSET ON 1/11/1959 "WML?": Tonight's second contestant, the attractive masseuse from Omaha, Nebraska, made another appearance on a Goodson-Todman panel show when she appeared as the featured contestant alongside two "impostors" in the second game of the February 4, 1960 edition of "To Tell the Truth." - W-B (2009)

        MISS YOUTH FITNESS, DIXIE QUALSET: Despite the fact that she had won the title of MISS Youth Fitness in a nationwide contest competing against one hundred other girls, Dixie was married. Her husband shared her profession and was a masseur in Omaha, Nebraska. Not only was she married, but by the time she appeared on "To Tell the Truth," the 21 year old Dixie had two children, a two year old girl and a baby boy, though her stunning figure certainly belied that fact. In the time between her two appearances on "WML?" and "TTTT," Dixie spent her time touring the country at the behest of then President Eisenhower's Council on Youth Fitness. Her appearances were sponsored by Ben-Gay, a popular analgesic heat rub, and her mission was to encourage boys and girls and also families to participate in activities designed to promote physical fitness. And perhaps, Ben-Gay was hoping, some sore muscles. - brklnbern (2009)

      • Joseph Cotten is Arlene's co-star in her Broadway play, "Once More, With Feeling," which ran from October 21, 1958 to June 6, 1959, for 263 total performances at The National Theatre. This was the theatre's last play until it changed its name to the Billy Rose Theatre in October 1959. It then became the Trafalgar Theatre in April 1979, and soon after became The Nederlander Theatre in 1980. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Arlene mentions Dick Powell's wife June Allyson. - Suzanne (2003)

        Dick Powell (11/14/1904 - 1/2/1963)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Dick Powell, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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