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What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 25

EPISODE #453

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 22, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #453
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Game 1: Edwin S. Roger - "Bridal Consultant" (self-employed; heavyset; he owns The House of Bridal and arranges weddings; his company has two stores which are located in Indianapolis, Indiana and Lafayette, Indiana; he is age 29 and is married; from Indianapolis, IN) Game 2: Miss Jan Dietrich - "Chief Pilot for Aircraft Company" (salaried; she flies Cessna airplanes for Air Oasis Company; from Long Beach, CA; see notes below) Game 3: Johnny Mathis (b. 9/30/1935) (as Mystery Guest) He donated his winnings to the Heart Fund. Game 4: Don Stewart & Karl Marlow - "Hold Cue Cards For Perry Como" (self-employed; from Brooklyn, NY) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Johnny Mathis

    Johnny Mathis

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Richard Boone

    Richard Boone

    Guest Panelist

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      • FLIP REPORT: For the night's mystery challenger game, John flipped the remaining cards at just one down after Johnny Mathis' identity was guessed. Mathis specified that his winnings be donated to the Heart Fund. All mystery challengers were paid an appearance fee of $500 that was undisclosed to the general public, but it is uncertain whether it was this fee, or only the $50 amount represented by the cards that was donated to charity. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the pair of contestants at three down. Very little time was available for this game and the panel never really had the chance to get anywhere. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Kellogg's cereals.
        (2) JOHNNY MATHIS - PART I: The popular singer had the distinction of being on the very last 78 RPM record to be commercially issued in the U.S. on the Columbia label. Mr. Mathis' hit "A Certain Smile" was issued on Columbia #41193 on August 11, 1958, two months and nine days after the original 45 RPM release of #4-41193 which was issued June 2, 1958. (The next-to-last commercially-issued U.S. 78 on Columbia was Doris Day's "Everybody Loves A Lover," #41195, issued on July 28, 1958, one month and twelve days after the 45 RPM release as #4-41195 on June 16, 1958.)
        (3) JOHNNY MATHIS - PART II: While this was Mr. Mathis' only "WML?" appearance over its 17.5-year CBS run, it was not the last time he would be on the show altogether. He made his next appearance, again as a mystery guest, on the third-last week of the syndicated "WML?" towards the end of the 1974-1975 season, or more specifically, Week #262 which was taped on November 21, 1974. The host by then was Larry Blyden, and the panel that week consisted of Soupy Sales, Dana Valery, Bert Parks and Arlene Francis.
        (4) JOHNNY MATHIS - PART III: It was later in 1959 that Mr. Mathis had one of his best-known hits, a vocal version of legendary jazz pianist Erroll Garner's "Misty" (Columbia 4-41483), with lyrics by Johnny Burke. Mr. Garner never made any "WML?" appearances at any time in its 17.5-year run on CBS, but was a mystery guest on the syndicated version in 1969 (ten years following the release of Mr. Mathis' recording).
        (5) "CUE CARDS, WE HOLD CUE CARDS": As a side note about tonight's final contestants, the cue card holders for Perry Como's Saturday night variety show on "another network" (aka NBC), "Mr. C" himself never made any appearances on "WML?," either in its 17.5-year CBS run or in its seven-year (1968-1975) syndicated configuration.
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight, the full end credits are shown, which in those days went up to the art card slide crediting production supervisor Ann Kaminsky, technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Charles Reinhard. And while certain parts of the country were in a deep freeze at the time of GSN's February 5, 2009 airing of this episode, the cable and satellite channel's hopelessly frigid nature manifested itself once again via its bone-chillingly cold and unfeeling "crunching" of the screen.
        (7) Following the February 5, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the May 6, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel consisting this week of Polly Bergen, Jim Backus, Anne Baxter and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Clarence "Cave" Wilson (captain of the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team) and two impostors; the second game featured Gerald Cacopardo (aka John "Jerry" Cacopardo; spelling verified; he spent 16 years -- of a 30-year sentence -- incarcerated at Sing Sing prison for a murder he did not commit, and was now an ordained Presbyterian minister) and two impostors; and the third game featured jungle adventure explorer Jane Dolinger and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • JAN DIETRICH was one of the thirteen original women who were chosen by Lovelace's short-lived "Woman in Space Program" for astronaut training. She served in the space service program from 1960 to 1961. Her group of women is collectively known as "The Mercury 13." Jan also had an identical twin sister, Marion Dietrich, who was also a pilot and also a member of the astronaut candidate program. They both graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 1949. - Suzanne (2005)

        JAN DIETRICH also appeared on an April 1, 1963 (April Fools Day) episode of "To Tell The Truth." The panel consisted of Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Merv Griffin and Phyllis Newman. Jan was the subject of the third game, and her team won $500. - Suzanne (2005)

        JOHN DALY'S SON: John stated that he had visited his second son at Duke University. The son he was discussing is also named John Charles Daly. After John's son graduated from Duke University, he graduated from Stanford Law School. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: The panel batted .500 this evening, but their performance was outdone by the "Dr. Dubious" John Charles Daly, who did his best to befuddle the panel, and did it with a huge grin on his face. In the first game, the panel was utterly stumped by the rather rotund wedding planner. However, they did get close, but they were thinking that he was either a marriage counselor or a minister. In the second game, the panel had a little trouble in trying to guess the line of the rather attractive contestant from Long Beach, California. However, Dorothy finally did figure out that she was a pilot. In the mystery guest round, Dolly Mae also revealed that she was a middle-aged bobbysoxer when she correctly identified Johnny Mathis. Mathis was on the show to promote his current engagement at the Copacabana. Dorothy nailed him when she asked if he had autographed her sneakers, to which Mathis replied, "yes." It also was announced that anything he won was to go to the heart fund, after which John promptly flipped over all the cards. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the two contestants held Perry Como's cue cards. As a result, they both won the full prize by default. Also, during the good nights, John announced that his old sparring partner Bennett was coming home and would be back on the panel next week. Perhaps his return would help spark the panel to a better performance. - Sargebri (2005)

        JOHNNY MATHIS: Interestingly enough, Johnny Mathis' singing career almost never took off. Before he became the master of "make out music," he was a champion high jumper at San Francisco State University and was even invited to the 1956 Olympic Track and Field Trials. However, at the same time the trials were to take place, he was also scheduled to enter a recording studio for a recording session. Fortunately for all the romantics out there, he chose music over the high jump. - Sargebri (2005)

      • A++++!! Excellent Episode!
        SLANDER
        Richard Boone: "It's my very great pleasure to introduce the distinguished columnist of the New York Journal-American, and the lady who hates westerns, Miss Dorothy Kilgallen."
        Dorothy quickly emerges in protest: "That's not true, Abe!"
        Dorothy called him "Abe" since Mr. Boone was starring (as Abraham Lincoln) in the play "The Rivalry" along with the extremely charming (and cute as a button) Martin Gabel.
        EVEN THOUGH I LOVE DOROTHY, SHE DRIVES ME CRAAAAZY!
        After guessing that Miss Dietrich was a pilot, Dorothy asks John, "For Fugitivo Airlines?" John gives her a look that seems to say, "What???" and Arlene queries, "Is that the fugitive?" to which Dorothy laughs, "It's an inside joke." BUT TO WHOM? John certainly didn't seem to get it! And, um, excuse me Miss Kilgallen, but there are MILLIONS of viewers out there who had absolutely NO IDEA what you were talking about! Sorry, just had to rant there for a moment. I still adore her, don't get me wrong!
        JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW EVERYTHING ABOUT HER
        Ohhh! Johnny Mathis was SO YOUNG, only 23 years old, and adorable! One of the most delightful mystery guest spots in awhile.
        DK: "Have you ever autographed a pair of my shoes?"
        As you can probably guess, Dorothy knew who he was practically right away. So, John proceeds with the banter: "You've been appearing at the Copacabana?"
        JM: "Yes, and Miss Kilgallen has been there on several occasions."
        JD: "And you've been writing on her shoes, huh? What's this writing on shoes?"
        JM: "Uh, she has quite a collection of autographs on her sneakers, and her daughter has a duplicate set."
        Arlene interrupts with a shocked: "On her SNEAKERS? Dorothy Kilgallen, BOBBYSOXER!"
        Dorothy laughed and hid her face in her hands at that comment! CLASSIC moment! (I'll give you $1,000,000 for every pair of "sneakers" that DK owned!) HAAA!
        MISCELLANEOUS SOUNDBITES
        JD: "And the 20 seconds that was NOT allowed for a conference is over!"
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        JD: "I just don't want you to get on the wrong road."
        AF: "Ohhhhhh, yes you do!"
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        MG: "May I say to the cab drivers of New York - I know I wasn't very smart tonight, please don't attack me all week!"
        - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Richard Boone (6/18/1917 - 1/10/1981)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Richard Boone, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel. That's right, Bennett Cerf is still on vacation in both Miami, Florida (Fountainbleu Hotel) and Jamaica (Round Hill Golf Course)! We miss you! - Suzanne (2003)

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