What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 28


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 15, 1959 on CBS
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Game 1: Dr. Raymond Spahr - "Scientist in Charge of Research on Diapers" (salaried; he invented the pinless diaper and is in the process of refining it; he works for the Chicopee Institute, which is a subsidiary of the Johnson & Johnson Company; from Cranbury, New Jersey)

Game 2: Burt Riley Waters - "Sells Rolls Royce Automobiles (Youngest Rolls Royce Dealer in World)" (self-employed; his age was not given; from both Indianapolis, Indiana & Akron, Ohio)

Game 3: Sammy Davis Jr. (12/8/1925 - 5/16/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Bob Brookhouser - "Mounts Television Antennas on Rooftops" (self-employed; obese; since he was short of time, John Daly gave the panel a hint and told them that Bob did not look like a person who would be employed in this line of work; from Goehring, Pennsylvania) . .


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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 first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel figured out that this contestant's product was something that was worn, but the character of the contestant's occupation was so unique that it was very unlikely they were going to identify it. In the night's second game, John flipped the sole remaining card for the second contestant at nine down, again because time was running short. The panel figured out that this contestant had a connection with automobiles, but they were stymied in figuring out the exact line by focusing on a service rather than the product. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at just two down because time had run out. Time was extremely short on this game and the panel never really had a chance to get going. Curiously, John initially only flipped a single card, but then flipped them all over, apparently realizing his mistake of only flipping one card. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight, the main sponsor honors fall to Sunbeam electric appliances. This evening, announcer Hal Simms uses the "our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" intro. And this was to be David Susskind's only appearance on the CBS "WML?," though he would make at least one appearance on the syndicated incarnation, as a mystery guest, during its first season in 1968-1969.
        (2) DAVID SUSSKIND - PART I: Mr. Susskind was a long-running talk-show host as well as a TV producer. By the time of his appearance tonight, he had already begun his marathon talkfest, which had an original broadcast duration of 2 hours or more. His 1958-1986 series was originally titled "Open End," but it was unkindly referred to by Mr. Susskind's detractors as "Open Mouth." The series began airing on a local New York area station in 1958 and was syndicated nationally after 1961. By 1967, the program's title was changed to "The David Susskind Show." Mr. Susskind covered a wide range of topics over the course of the show's 28-year run. Among his most famous guests was Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev, who appeared on the show in October 1960; other guests who appeared over the years included Rod Serling, former "WML?" guest panelist Ernie Kovacs, James Baldwin, William F. Buckley, Jr., and many more. Mr. Susskind continued with the program until a few months before his death on February 22, 1987.
        (3) DAVID SUSSKIND - PART II: More than four years after his guest panelist appearance on this edition of "WML?," television producer and long-running talk-show host David Susskind would produce a short-lived drama series, "East Side/West Side" (CBS, 1963-1964), filmed in New York City and starring George C. Scott, Elizabeth Wilson and Cicely Tyson. One of that program's associate producers was Willard Levitas - who, according to IMDb, is the same Willard Levitas who was credited on "WML?" as set designer from 1959 to 1964.
        (4) "OPEN END'S" NEW YORK TRAJECTORY: Mr. Susskind's "Open End" had begun on Newark, NJ station WNTA-TV (Channel 13, now PBS affiliate WNET), and ran there until 1961 when the program moved to WNEW-TV (Channel 5, now WNYW) for two years. From 1963 to 1966, his show was based on WPIX (Channel 11), and then moved back to WNEW-TV where he remained until the program's end. It was during his second stint with WNEW-TV that Mr. Susskind's discussion show began bearing his name, and it was upon this 1966 move back to Channel 5 that the series began airing in color.
        (5) SPEAKING OF WNTA-TV: A few Goodson-Todman related personalities had somewhat short runs with programs on Channel 13 during the period of tonight's "WML?" edition. For example, actor, director and recurring "WML?" guest panelist Martin Gabel (aka Mr. Arlene Francis) hosted his own talk/discussion show, called "Martin Gabel's Roundtable," while resident "I've Got a Secret" grouch (and future occasional "WML?" guest panelist) Henry Morgan hosted a program entitled "Henry Morgan & Company." Another occasional "WML?" guest panelist, Betty Furness, began hosting a program on WNTA-TV in its last year as an independent commercial station in 1961, after her long run as Westinghouse spokeswoman came to an end. It should be noted that throughout this period, the station's general manager was one Ted Cott. A few years later, in 1962-1963, Miss Furness hosted a program on WABC-TV (Channel 7) titled "Answering Service." This show was produced by Mr. Cott, via his own production company, Oakland Productions -- named, not after the city of Oakland, California, but for his wife, future (1966-1967) "WML?" guest panelist Sue Oakland.
        (6) ANOTHER PLAY ON JOHN'S NAME: During the intros, Bennett offered another frequent play on the name of "our panel moderator," in the spirit of the upcoming St. Patrick's Day, by introducing him as "Sean O'Toole O'Dorley."
        (7) "WML?" PUBLICITY PHOTO: On this day, March 15, 1959, a series of publicity photos of the panel as assembled tonight, with moderator John Daly standing behind them, was taken. One picture from this session is posted on Steve Beverly's www.tvgameshows.net website, in the "Cover Story" section, in the first of a series of articles about the history of "WML?"
        (8) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: All overlays tonight were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold. This includes the lower-third overlay for mystery guest Sammy Davis, Jr., in marked contrast to the "last-minute" font used for his last-minute mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #364 of May 26, 1957.
        (9) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, the complete production crew credits were shown tonight. But in what is by now old news, GSN continued its deliberate degradation of the viewing experience by "crunching" the screen on its February 8, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (10) Immediately after the February 8, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the May 27, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Eamonn Andrews, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Sandra Forsythe (full name: Sandra Lei Lauhiwa Forsythe; an airline stewardess who was chosen as Miss Hawaii for the 1957 Miss America pageant) and two impostors; the second game featured Dr. Wynne Proudlock (a lady doctor from Ireland who, under the pen name Wynne O'Mara, wrote the book "Gangway for the Lady Surgeon") and two impostors; and the third game featured Mr. Jackie Levy (a municipal health inspector for British Columbia, Canada, who was one of the largest set of twins in medical history, standing 6' 10" tall) and two impostors (instead of having the real contestant "please stand up," Mr. Collyer had Mr. Levy's twin brother come out on stage; both of them clearly dwarfed the 6' tall Bud). - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's splendid performance, this night essentially was a disaster. The panel failed to identify the occupations of any of the regular contestants, but they were successful in the mystery guest round. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the scientist who was responsible for research on diapers. However, the panel probably wouldn't have guessed what he did - even with the doors and all the windows blown wide open - due to the uniqueness of his occupation. In the second game, the panel was again stumped, this time by 1959's then-youngest Rolls-Royce dealer in the United States. The thing that probably tripped them up is the fact that they neglected to ask if there was a product involved in his service. Perhaps if they had done that, they would have correctly guessed his line. They did have more success in the mystery guest round, though, as they correctly identified the legendary Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy was on the show to promote his engagement at New York's Copacabana as well as his current 1959 film "Anna Lucasta" in which he co-starred with Eartha Kitt. Also discussed was the film version of "Porgy and Bess," which was scheduled to come out a few months later. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the antenna installer won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        TV RECEPTION: It's interesting to think that in today's era of cable and satellite television, the main way a lot of people got good reception on their televisions was by having television antennas put on top of their houses. However, once they were installed, there was no guarantee of good reception, especially due to weather or even an airplane flying over. - Sargebri (2005)

      • This episode was entertaining. There were some great lines spoken! Enjoy!
        1) "Is there anyone who speaks Gaelic in the house?" (It was the delivery of this line that really sold it!)
        2) The first contestant was from Cranberry, NJ - so naturally Mr. Daly said: "Well, let's not BOG down!" (he then cringes at his own remark) "That's just meant to keep Bennett quiet for the rest of the evening!!"
        3) "I'm getting sort of beyond the time where you can benefit me a great deal, but I can see untold generations of Americans who will be eternally in your debt, eternally in your debt if you can bring to absolute perfection the pinless diaper." (This was not meant to be funny - but I thought it interesting because little did Mr. Daly know that he was to have 3 more children in the years to come!)
        DK: "Mr. Waters, could you transport me from one place to another?"
        AF: "Could he EVER!!!"
        After only 2 questions had been asked, Dorothy inquires, "Do you own a dinner jacket that's lined with red?" Sammy does an "awww shucks" movement and answers, 'yes'. Be sure not to miss Dorothy's ADORABLE giggle there!!!
        A couple questions later, Bennett asks, "Do you ever have your points of difference with a gentleman named Frank Sinatra?" To which SDJ said, "I plead the 5th!" Ha! What a cutie!!
        Only a guest panelist could explain the entire concept of WML in one sentence: "Boy, the more you know, the less you know!!" (tee hee)
        We do not see Arlene's signature trademark tonight! Was it, perhaps, hiding beneath her other (larger) necklace??? - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Sammy Davis, Jr. promoted his appearance at the Copacabana in New York. His 1959 film, George Gershwin's "Porgy & Bess" will be opening in July. Sammy plays the part of "Sportin' Life." - Suzanne (2003)

        David Susskind (12/19/1920 - 2/22/1987)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, David Susskind, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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