What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 27


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



  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This was a pretty good night for the panel as well as a fairly successful one. In the first game, Dorothy was given partial credit for guessing that the first contestant was a male operator of a charm school, although she said he was a beauty consultant. The fun really picked up in the second game when out stepped the very gorgeous anesthetist from Waco, Texas, who drew a lot of whistles and cheers from the male members of the audience. This wild reception caused John to mention the fact that spring was on its way. As John mentioned, she didn't even need anesthetizing drugs to put guest panelist Jack Lemmon "under," as he was positively transfixed by her the minute she walked on stage. In spite of all the light-headedness, the panel did manage to compose itself long enough for Dolly Mae to correctly guess her line. In the mystery guest round, Jack correctly identified Fred MacMurray, who used an Irish brogue to try to fool the panel. Ironically, Jack and Fred would co-star in the classic 1960 film "The Apartment" a couple of years later. MacMurray was on the show to promote his latest picture for Walt Disney, the classic 1959 canine fantasy "The Shaggy Dog," which also starred Tommy Kirk, Tim Considine and a post-"Mickey Mouse Club" pre-"Beach Party" series Annette Funicello. The audience was further delighted when Fred's lovely wife June Haver stepped out to show that she was curvaceous - but not a blonde. Unfortunately, the panel was denied a perfecto when they failed to guess that the final contestant mounted butterflies for the New York Museum of Natural History. This final game allowed John to show that he knew that a butterfly collector was called a lepidopterist, after Bennett quizzed him on the matter. However, not even the loss of the final game could spoil this great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      SOME LIKE IT HOT: As Arlene mentioned during her introduction of Jack Lemmon, she thought his latest film, "Some Like It Hot," was about to open. This cross-dressing comedy, which also featured Marilyn Monroe and Tony Curtis, wound up becoming one of the most popular comedies in the history of motion pictures. In fact, it wound up topping the list of the American Film Institute's 100 Funniest Films of all time. - Sargebri (2005)

      LEMMON AND RANDALL: Jack Lemmon had two things in common with frequent WML guest panelist Tony Randall. One thing is the fact that he, like Tony, always seemed to ask questions that received "no" answers and they both took it well. Also, the two of them would go on to play one of the most memorable characters in the history of films and television, "Felix Unger." Jack played him in the 1968 film "The Odd Couple" and Tony would play him in the classic 1970-1975 television series. - Sargebri (2005)

      MY THREE SONS: Ironically, one question that Arlene asked Fred MacMurray was if he were about to start work on a television series, to which he answered "no." However, if this question were asked a year later, she probably would have gotten a "yes," due to the fact that Fred would be a few months away from starting his classic 1960 to 1972 family sitcom "My Three Sons." Of course, the unique thing about that show was that by the time it aired, Fred was semi-retired and didn't want to be involved in the day-to-day grind of a television series. It was then decided that Fred would film all his close-ups early in the year and would only come in later to film with the rest of the cast if it was absolutely necessary. The rest of the cast would come in later to film their parts. Also, "My Three Sons" was one of the few shows to successfully survive a change in networks. After the 1964-1965 season, the show was cancelled by ABC where it had run for five years. It then was picked up by CBS - the "eye network" - where it ironically ran for an even longer period of time, eight more years, from 1965 to 1972. The combined network runs made it one of the longest-running sitcoms in history as it enjoyed a nice thirteen year run. - Sargebri (2005)