What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 08, 1959 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) STUDIO SET WATCH: Tonight's "WML?" episode introduces a change in appearance to the set, with a new desk for both the panel and John Daly, a new "woven" pattern background which replaces the old curtain background in use since EPISODE #273 of August 28, 1955, and a pattern of "six-sided stars" in the center stage where the panelists and John make their entrance. Coincidentally, this was also the first episode to credit Willard Levitas as set designer.
      (2) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: For this first show with a new set, Kellogg's is the chief sponsor. And it was one week and two days from tonight's show, on February 17, 1959, that guest panelist Tom Poston officially joined the panel of "To Tell the Truth," replacing Hy Gardner.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The second contestant's overlay of "Dives 40 Feet Into Tank on Horseback" was set in the "last-minute" font, which appears to be making something of a comeback of late. The other contestant's overlay and mystery guest duo Marge and Gower Champion's lower-third overlay (with the "&" -- ampersand -- in a smaller size of type than their names, which were divided into two lines of type) were set in Futura Demi Bold.
      (4) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: Miss Kilgallen started off the questioning of mystery guests Marge and Gower Champion by asking, "Have I been in the same room with you since midnight last night?" (Gower whispered "No.")
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, we are yet again treated to the full production crew credits. Besides tonight's show being the first to credit Willard Levitas who designed the new set, this was also the first episode to credit Charles Reinhard as lighting director; he replaces Hal Anderson in this capacity (though Mr. Anderson would fill in from time to time on the show in later years, up to its final months in 1967). And once again, all the significance was lost on GSN, which made the viewing audience squint to see these important details due to its torturously cruel and inhumane "crunching" of the screen on its February 3, 2009 airing of this episode -- which fell exactly 50 years to the day after what would later be called "The Day the Music Died," when pioneering early rock 'n' roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson (aka "The Big Bopper") were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa in the early morning hours of February 3, 1959, after performing at a show in that town.
      (6) BACK TO NORMAL AT TOM POSTON'S FUTURE STOMPING GROUNDS: Right after the February 3, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the April 22, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth" -- the first show since the settlement of the two-week technicians' strike against CBS which affected the previous two "TTTT" episodes, "WML?" EPISODE #410 of April 13, 1958, and several other live studio-based shows. The host, as always, was Bud Collyer, and the panel was assembled as Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Kitty Carlisle and Jim Backus. The first game featured Mr. Jerry Mackey (aka Jerome Mackey; spelling verified; a New York-based judo instructor who held a black belt; he was also a concert pianist) and two impostors; the second game featured retired Air Force Brigadier General Robert L. Scott, Jr. (who had flown with General Claire Chennault's "Flying Tigers" and later wrote a book that became a motion picture, "God Is My Co-Pilot") and two impostors; and the third game featured New York Yankees shortstop Fritz Brickell and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)