What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 24

EPISODE #452

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 15, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #452
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Game 1: Mrs. Helen P. Mann - "Tracks Missiles at Cape Canaveral" (salaried; she works for RCA which is under contract to the U.S. government; she holds a master's degree in the field of science and also determines the exact location of missile nose cones; born in Boston, Massachusetts, currently from Florida) Game 2: Mrs. Helen Mitchell - "Sells Sewer Pipe" (self-employed; she owns The Outlet Pipe Company; from Irwin, PA) Game 3: Maria Schell (1/15/1926 - 4/26/2005) (as Mystery Guest) Game 4: John Mulldowney (aka Jack Mulldowney) - "Makes Flea Powder" (salaried; he works for "House of Houston, Inc.," an pet insecticide manufacturing company; originally from Mount Carmel, PA, currently from Trenton, NJ) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Maria Schell

    Maria Schell

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Robert Cummings

    Robert Cummings

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at two down. Dorothy correctly surmised that this contestant was associated with a product used for exterminating something, but time ran out before any further progress could be made. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, PANEL AND FLIP CARD WATCH: The primary sponsor tonight is Sunbeam electric appliances. And of the half-dozen appearances Bob Cummings made over a 14-year period on "WML?," this was to be his only guest panelist shot. As to the flip cards crafted with one of Sunbeam's wares in the background, the typesetting used for the dollar amounts is of the same (hand-painted) shape as on the "sponsorless" flip cards that will make their debut two years from this episode.
        (2) MARIA SCHELL: The Austrian-born actress makes her only "WML?" appearance this evening -- and is the only member of her family to do so, as her brother, actor/writer/director Maximilian Schell, never appeared on either the CBS or syndicated versions of "WML?" It should be noted that actress Catherine Schell, who was famous for her role as the alien "Maya" in the second and final season of the syndicated 1975-1977 science fiction series "Space: 1999," is of no relation to Maria and Maximilian, contrary to many rumors that have been circulated over the years; in fact, Catherine was born in Hungary.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, the end credits only go up to the art card slide crediting associate producers Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine. And GSN's continued "crunching" of the screen, on its February 4, 2009 airing of this episode, was like an old shoe -- albeit one that was worn beyond recognition and no longer of any practical use.
        (4) GSN's February 4, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the April 29, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Joan Bennett (whose appearance here was far more fortunate, in terms of kinescope preservation, than her "WML?" mystery guest appearance on the long-lost EPISODE #37 of February 11, 1951) and Hy Gardner. The first game featured LPGA golfing champion Marlene Bauer Hagge and two impostors; the second game featured Ted Geisel (aka Theodor S. Geisel; better known as children's book author "Dr. Seuss") and two impostors; and the third game featured Mr. B.C. Putnam (a United States Post Office letter carrier whose hobby was hiking, and who was the only person to have walked the entire length of the Grand Canyon) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • HELEN P. MANN: Her appearance on the show tonight was not the only media publicity Mrs. Mann received. She was also featured in an October 1959 National Geographic magazine article on missile tracking. Her photograph is in color, and she is shown at her then high-tech work console. For the average National Geographic photo, it could be described as a "glamour shot." She looks exactly as we saw her on What's My Line?, sans evening wear, of course. She really stands out in a routine and fairly technical early "space age" National Geographic article. - illinoisguy (2005)

        HELEN P. MANN: In 1962, Helen Mann appeared in a 2-page Royal Crown Cola magazine advertisement. She was listed as the "Chief Missile Flight Data Analyst at Cape Canaveral." Photos of the ad are on the net. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: If it weren't for the amount of fun the panel had tonight, they probably would have really gone off the deep end, because with the exception of the mystery guest round, they pretty much bombed this night. Also, if it weren't for the final contestant, this might have been called "ladies night" as all the contestants, with the exception of the final one, were women. In the first game, the panel really was put through the wringer by the extremely sexy missile tracker who worked at Cape Canaveral (later known as Cape Kennedy from 1963 to 1973). Perhaps the panel was thrown by her beauty as they asked her some rather provocative questions. Of course, this was at a time when it was thought that women who looked so beautiful couldn't possibly be that intelligent. She definitely caused the temperature to rise a few degrees during what must have been a typical cold February evening in New York. The panel also went down the toilet (pardon the pun) when they failed to guess that the second contestant sold sewer pipe. The panel did have a measure of success in the mystery guest round when Arlene correctly identified Maria Schell, the sister of 1962 Academy Award winner Maximilian Schell. Miss Schell was on the show to promote two projects she was involved in. The first one was the film "The Hanging Tree," in which she co-starred with Gary Cooper. The second project was a "Playhouse 90" production of "For Whom the Bell Tolls." Unfortunately, the panel's success was short-lived. In the final game, they ran out of time, so the flea powder maker wound up winning the full prize by default. As the show came to a close, John mentioned that next week's guest panelist would be Martin's "The Rivalry" co-star Richard Boone. And on that note, the panel went home to lick their wounds. - Sargebri (2005)

      • FAAAAAABULOUS show tonight folks!!!
        A GREAT QUOTE TO GET THE SHOW ROLLING
        The first contestant is a BEAUUUTY!! (Bennett would have had a BAAAALL, let me tell you!) Arlene begins to ask a question, "Mrs. Mann..." She stops herself, shakes her head and exclaims, "Mrs. Mann?? If ever a girl had the WRONG name!!!" HA! Very true - point well made, Miss Francis!!
        IS THERE ANY DOUBT ABOUT WHO IS THE GREATEST PANEL MODERATOR???
        Martin: "If Mrs. Mitchell is a coal miner, I'm quitting, John!" (insert audience laughter) "In that sense, you would make a distinction between quarrying and mining, John?"
        JD: (uh oh...) "I did not seek really, Martin, to make any distinction at all, except I did not want you to believe that we were dealing in an area which, uh, would lead us, and properly so, to feel that we were delinquent in allowing you to believe it was mined." (ahh haaa)
        Cut to Martin - who is just smiling, speechless! After another question and answer such as that, Martin says, "I'm hip man." LOL!
        During Dorothy's turn, Arlene asks her a question - and I have rewound my tape about 20 times trying to hear it - but I cannot! Dorothy's ultra-serious response was, "No. Not necessarily." Bob Cummings, who was seated between the ladies, then laughed! Argh!!! No fair!!
        DOROTHY, DOROTHY DOROTHY....
        Picture it: The year is 1959. Miss Kilgallen is questioning the very cute Maria Schell, who is an actress from Austria, and thus German-speaking.
        DK: "When you sing, do you sing pop songs rather than operatic?"
        Maria, clearly embarrassed, laughs and asks John: "What is pop songs?"
        John comforts her and explains: "Popular music rather than operatic music. I think here, actually Miss Dorothy, I would waive the question and ask you to give another one because this is not necessarily relevant."
        Dorothy doesn't take too kindly to that remark: "It might be terribly relevant to me, John. But, that's all right."
        Ahhh, but it's too late - Dorothy has already pushed John over the edge: "Well, I mean, if you want to persist with the question, we'll give you a nice, big, fat 'NO' and you can pass it by. Mr. Cummings." YOUUUUUUUCH! Dorothy laughed it off very well, but you could just TELL she was steaming on the inside! (Is it getting hot in here???)
        Also - during the final guest, as usual, the panel is very limited on time. Just as Dorothy is getting on the right track, John interrupts her and yells, "Gee, I'm sorry Dorothy, we JUST ran out of time!!" (Yeahhh, suuuure he's sorry!)
        Would love to have been backstage after THAT show! Whew! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Maria Schell promoted her new 1959 movie, "The Hanging Tree," co-starring Gary Cooper, Karl Malden and George C. Scott. John said that it is currently playing at New York's Roxy Theatre. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Where's Bennett Cerf? Still on vacation in both Miami, Florida (Fountainbleu Hotel) and Jamaica (Round Hill Golf Course)!

        Bob Cummings (6/9/1910 - 12/2/1990)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Bob Cummings, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf had the night off.

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