What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 29, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Margaret M. Henderson (Colonel Margaret M. Henderson)(2/6/1911 - 12/28/2004) - "Commandant of Women's Marine Corps" (salaried; from Lubbock, Texas)

Game 2: Irving Thompson - "Sells Traffic Lights" (salaried; he works for the American City Supply Corporation; from Orange, Connecticut)

Game 3: Cornelia Otis Skinner (5/30/1899 - 7/9/1979) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Giuseppe Ogna (11/5/1933 - 5/8/2010) - "Professional Bicycle Racer" (self-employed; his name is pronounced as OIN-ye, with the OIN sound the same as in COIN; he is described as a 6-day bike rider and is the sprint champion of Italy; his riding partner suffered an attack of appendicitis which took both men out of the most recent bicycling competition - his tandem partner is most likely Cesare Pinarello, with whom he has raced in the past and future; Ogna has several net references; from Brescia, Italy, which is located in North Italy)

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's mystery challenger round, John flipped the remaining cards for Cornelia Otis Skinner at three down after she pointed out that guest panelist Dore Schary incorrectly identified her as "Cornelius." Most likely, this didn't make any difference as far as a prize won was concerned, as mystery challengers were paid an appearance fee of $500 that was undisclosed to the general public, regardless of the amount shown by the cards. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down. Arlene Francis had this contestant identified as either a bicycle racer or a race car driver, but despite Bennett's urging, chose to go for "driver." John flipped the remaining cards on the basis of time, denying Bennett the identification. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Sunbeam electric appliances, which unveils a new opening sequence with this episode (plus the fourth or fifth set of flip cards). Meanwhile, Bern Bennett fills in for Hal Simms as the announcer tonight; he employs the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" variation of the intro.
        (2) GUEST WATCH: Tonight's show marked the only appearances on "WML?" of both guest panelist Dore Schary -- who penned the Broadway play, later to become a major motion picture, "Sunrise at Campobello" -- and mystery guest, actress/writer Cornelia Otis Skinner.
        (3) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND OVERLAY FONT WATCH: Dore Schary's nameplate as displayed on the panel desk is set in Gothic No. 13; though unclear because of the combination of the full shot of the panel desk and the filmed kinescope, the type still came across as a bit wider than the Title Gothic Condensed No. 11 font used for the nameplates of the panel mainstays Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis and Bennett Cerf. Meanwhile, mystery guest Cornelia Otis Skinner's lower-third overlay was set in Futura Medium, in contrast to the regular contestants' overlays which were set, as usual, in Futura Demi Bold.
        (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: During the end credits, the production staff accidentally showed the pre-1958 "In association with the CBS Television Network" card instead of the "A CBS Television Network Production" card. However, sequentially, it came before the "Mark Goodson-Bill Todman" card, as it should have. The credits tonight only go up to director Franklin Heller's card. What was no accident, however, was GSN's atrocious "crunching" of the screen when airing this episode on February 10, 2009.
        (5) Following the February 10, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the June 24, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Betty White, John Cameron Swayze, Kitty Carlisle (who is donning a new hairdo) and Hy Gardner. The first game featured West Virginia native Dennis Kyle (approximate spelling; winner of the 1958 marbles championship held in Asbury Park, NJ) and two impostors; the second game featured William F. Tompkins (former Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Justice Department's Internal Security Division) and two impostors; and the third game featured Dr. Marjorie Cruz (or Kruse; approximate spelling; an anesthesiologist and horse trainer) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: This was a relatively good night for the panel as they pretty much shook off the bad luck they had the previous two weeks and managed to put in a solid performance. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that Miss Margaret Henderson was in fact Colonel Henderson of the Women's Marine Corps. Ironically, it was during a conference during Arlene's turn that Dorothy first opened the door by suggesting that Colonel Henderson was a member of the military. Unfortunately, neither Arlene nor Bennett identified the correct branch of the military she belonged to, leaving it wide open for Dolly Mae to get the correct guess. In the second game, the panel wasn't as lucky as they failed to correctly guess that the contestant sold traffic lights. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist producer/writer Dore Schary correctly identified Cornelia Otis Skinner. However, because Mr. Schary pronounced Miss Skinner's name wrong by calling her Cornelius instead of Cornelia, John flipped the rest of cards and she won the full prize. In the final game, Arlene was on the right track, but John called the game on the basis of time, so champion cyclist Giuseppe Ogna won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        DORE SCHARY: This was a rare television appearance for producer/writer/studio executive Dore Schary. Ironically, he was famous for the one show he didn't appear on. A few years prior to this episode, Schary was scheduled to appear as himself on an episode of "I Love Lucy." Unfortunately, a scheduling conflict prevented Mr. Schary from appearing. However, Vivian Vance who, of course, played Lucy's co-conspirator "Ethel Mertz," was able to get her husband Phil Ober to take on the role of the man who many considered one of the most powerful studio executives in Hollywood during his tenure as head of MGM. - Sargebri (2005)

        DORE SCHARY: Dore Schary became the head of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer after studio founder Louis B. Mayer was ousted in 1951. Schary was best known for making "message pictures" while the studio was still making lavish musicals. Schary held his MGM post from 1951 to 1956. - bossradio93 (2005)

      • First and foremost - that "NEW! NEW!! NEW!!!" Sunbeam ad has got to go! It was very scary. Second - Arlene's hair is growing out.
        During introductions, Arlene refers to Bennett as "the Easter Bunny of Random House." Take a moment to just picture that, folks. If that doesn't put a smile on your face...nothin' will!!
        Arlene is questioning the first guest and Dorothy has a "flash," so AF calls for a conference. DK suggests to her that the contestant might have something to do in the Armed Forces, such as the WAVs or the WACs. AF follows DK's hunch and inquires about her involvement with the Armed Services. After Miss Henderson replies in the affirmative, AF looks over at DK and says, "Jolly good, Dorothy!!" DK is so pleased with this that she giggles and jumps excitedly out of her chair. Very cute moment!
        Sidenote: Dorothy knows how to get the party started: "Do you have anything to do with beautiful women?" LOL!!
        Arlene has gotten as far as discovering that the final contestant is either a bicycle or sports car rider...
        AF: "Now, Bennett feels it's the 6 day bicycle race type of work..."
        DK interrupts with: "If you'd like to know how the other end of the panel feels - some of us feel that he is a racing car driver!"
        AF: "That's what I think, too. Are you a driver?" (no) "How've you been Bennett?" BIG LAUGH! And then, after BC correctly guesses that he is a bicycle rider, AF says, "Awwww, Bennett! Bennett was right all along!" Very sweet, yet hilarious, moment. Later, during the farewells, Arlene apologizes by saying, "Good night, Bennett, dear. I'm sorry! Ohhh, I'm going to get such dickens when this program's over!!" (Yes, listen for a cute little giggle out of Dorothy)
        I LOVE ARLENE!!
        Right before the appearance of the mystery guest, Arlene is still struggling to get her blindfold on...
        JD: "And Arlene is blindfolding herself."
        AF: "I'm 'tying one on' as they say!!" - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Cornelia Otis Skinner promoted her Broadway play, the romantic comedy "The Pleasure of His Company." She wrote it in collaboration with Samuel Taylor, and starred in it as well. Opened on Oct. 22, 1958; Closed on Nov. 21, 1959; Total Performances, 474. - Suzanne (2003)

        Dore Schary (8/31/1905 - 7/7/1980)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Dore Schary, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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