What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 26


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 01, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Masako Katsura (she signed her name in Japanese characters; aka Mrs. Greenleaf)(1/2/1913 - 2/7/1995) - "Professional Billiard Player (World's Women's Champion)" (self-employed; petite; she has been playing billiards since she was age 13; she is in New York performing exhibition games around town; originally from Tokyo, Japan; currently from San Francisco, CA; see notes below)

Game 2: Mrs. Shirley Morabito - "Medicine Taster for Drug Manufacturer" (salaried; she works for the Charles Pfizer Company, tasting both liquid and solid drugs; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Noel Coward (12/16/1899 - 3/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

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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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    • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel danced all around this one, finally figuring out that the product was edible. However, in spite of these strides, they never came close to discovering that the product was medicine, let alone identifying the service she provided with the product. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, OPENING AND PANEL WATCH: The chief sponsor for this episode is Sunbeam electric appliances. On this show, announcer Hal Simms' opening words were, "And now, let's meet our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" And this is the second and final "WML?" appearance of Keenan Wynn, who was of somewhat better voice than his rookie appearance on EPISODE #402 of February 16, 1958.
      (2) NOEL COWARD: This was the first "WML?" appearance of the famed British actor, author, playwright and early pop singer; he will surface again, once more as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #695 of January 12, 1964. Nearly a year from tonight's show, Mr. Coward will be one of the stars of the motion picture "Our Man in Havana," which also featured former "WML?" panelist Ernie Kovacs. The film also co-starred three other individuals who either had appeared on would appear in the future on "WML?": Burl Ives, Maureen O'Hara and Ralph Richardson.
      (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the United Airlines plug, the end credits tonight go no further than set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide. But there was still no limit to the ways in which GSN, by its "crunching" of the screen on its February 6, 2009 airing of this episode, would drive its viewing audience to tear their hair out in frustration.
      (4) THE BEGINNING OF A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP ON "TTTT": Following GSN's February 6, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the May 13, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer who was accompanied by the panel of Polly Bergen, Jim Backus, Joan Fontaine (making her debut "TTTT" appearance) and Hy Gardner. Joan Fontaine became a frequent "TTTT" panelist over the next several years, most notably on the daytime version from its 1962 premiere until 1965 when the producers decided to have the nighttime panel do double-duty on both versions of "TTTT." By then, the nighttime panel was configured as the "classic" lineup of Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle (for whom Miss Fontaine was filling in this week). As for the games on this episode, the first game featured Abdul Hafeez Kardar (captain of the Pakistani cricket team) and two impostors; the second game featured Faye Snyder (aka Fay Snyder; an aerial circus performer with the Ringling Brothers/Barnum & Bailey Circus) and two impostors; and the third game featured Texas Joe Foster (a former undercover agent who once infiltrated a drug ring at a high school) and two impostors (one of whom was New York Giants football legend Kyle Rote). - W-B (2009)

    • HE'S BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK!!! This was the night Bennett returned fit, tanned and ready for action after a well-deserved three week vacation in Florida and Jamaica and he was warmly welcomed home by his fellow panelists. As for the games themselves, the panel had a fairly decent evening. In the first game, Arlene correctly figured out that Miss Katsura (or Mrs. Greenleaf) was her era's Jeannette Lee and Karen Corr, a billiards champion. However, Arlene was treading a thin line as she admitted that she had read about Mrs. Greenleaf, but that she had never seen her picture. In the second game, the panel was thoroughly stumped by the medicine taster. In fact, the panel asked so many questions that were so far out in left field that John kept exclaiming that he wished he were in Round Hill, Jamaica where Bennett had been. Fortunately, that proved to be the only hiccup of the night. In the mystery guest round, Bennett celebrated his return by correctly identifying the legendary Noel Coward, later to be known as Sir Noel Coward. Coward was on the show to promote his latest Broadway play, "Look After Lulu," which was scheduled to open on Tuesday. Coward also made jokes about how Bennett and John plugged Round Hill. As the show came to an end for the night, Bennett thanked Martin Gabel for filling in for him in the anchor position. And so ended another good night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      Not too many notes for this episode - but that's not to say it wasn't enjoyable! Mrs. Greenleaf (Katsura) was VERY CUTE!! Arlene guessed her line - and admitted that she had read about her in the paper, but didn't immediately recognize her from her photo.
      The highlight of the evening was definitely Noel Coward! After much discussion of Round Hill, Jamaica,* Mr. Coward exlclaims, "Well, it's gotten a HELLUVA lot of plugs tonight!!" Gotta love LIVE 50's television!!! JD laughed it off well - and the panel got a kick out of it, too! I can only guess what the censors thought.
      Bennett's closing line: "I want to thank Martin Gabel for being so wonderful in this place while I was away." (awwwwwww!!!)
      *About Round Hill, Jamaica: All the villas are privately owned, and leased out to the hotel. The hotel, in turn, rents them out to holidaymakers. The first person to buy a cottage here almost fifty years ago was Noel Coward, closely followed by Fred Astaire's sister Adele. Which put Round Hill on the map. - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Information about the phenomenal Masako Katsura: John Daly also mentioned that her married name was "Mrs. Greenleaf," but when Bennett asked Sako Katsura if her husband was the famous pool and billiards champion Ralph Greenleaf, who had won fourteen world titles by 1937, she replied, "no." However, she had limited English-speaking capabilities, so there may have been something lost in the translation. Her husband's first name was never mentioned, but she did say that he was currently a champion. - Suzanne (2003)

      From the newsgroup archives of rec.sport.billiard
      From: Robert Byrne (bob@byrne.org)
      Date: 1998/07/01
      The Japanese female billiards player Masako Katsura was born about 1920 and was in her prime in the 1940's. Her best game was three-ball and four-ball straight billiards, in which she could run thousands. She converted to three-cushion after coming to the United States in about 1950 and quickly became a top player. She can be considered the best woman ever to play a cue game because she is the only one who could compete equally with the top dozen men. In straight billiards, she was MEN'S champion of Japan, as also were her two sisters.
      From: Sherm Adamson (shermcue@iac.net)
      Date: 1997/05/24
      I heard that when Masako Katsura was at her peak, in straight rail billiards exhibitions, she would run 1000 right handed, then switch to left handed and run another 1000. She had a finesse with the delicate tricky shots that no man ever matched. Of course, she hadn't the power of some of her male counterparts. I also recall reading somewhere that she attended a 3-cushion billiards tourney some 20 years after she retired from active play. Some of the players talked her into a little unrehearsed demonstration. They said that after just a few minutes, she looked like she'd never quit. I believe she also had a sister who played well.
      From: Bob Jewett (jewett@netcom.com)
      Date: 1997/03/14
      Masako Katsura is the subject of Part 3, Chapter 6, of Robert Byrne's book, "Byrne's Advanced Technique in Pool and Billiards" He said: "Welker Cochran (perhaps the best three cushion player in the U.S. at the time) said in 1951: "If you eliminate three cushion, I don't think you could find five people in the world who could beat her. Her best games are straight rail and balkline, but she'll be the three cushion champion of the world in time. She has one of the best strokes I've ever seen, and she shoots as well left-handed as right-handed."
      Byrne tells of seeing her run 75 at straight rail right-handed and then 75 left-handed.

    • Bennett Cerf is finally back (and oh, so tan!) from his month-long vacation to both Miami, Florida (Fountainbleu Hotel) and Jamaica (Round Hill Golf Course). Both establishments still exist today in 2005. - Suzanne (updated 2005)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Keenan Wynn, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.