What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 31


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 05, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. Lou Kane - "Bill Collector" (self-employed; he runs the Creditors' Business Bureau and is licensed and bonded; he collects a little over a million dollars per year from debtors with past-due accounts; from Hollywood, California)

Game 2: Louis C. Schneider - "Teaches Butchering at San Quentin Prison" (salaried; he has been employed at San Quentin State Prison for 14 years; from San Rafael, CA)

Game 3: Jeanne Crain (5/25/1925 - 12/14/2003) (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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  • NOTES (5)

    • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight's chief sponsor is Kellogg's. And announcer Hal Simms employs the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variation of the intro this evening.
      (2) JEANNE CRAIN: The actress, who makes her second and final "WML?" appearance tonight, was quite busy on television in 1959. Besides the upcoming TV production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" in which she co-starred, Miss Crain also appeared in the "Goodyear Theatre" installment "Wait Till Spring" on May 31, 1959; and the October 25, 1959 episode of "Riverboat" titled "Escape to Memphis." (The two stars of "Riverboat," Darren McGavin and Burt Reynolds, had "WML?" ties in later years: Mr. McGavin as a guest panelist on EPISODE #590 of November 26, 1961, and later a mystery guest on the 1968-1975 syndicated version in 1972 and 1973; and Mr. Reynolds as a mystery guest on the syndicated "WML?" in 1971.)
      (3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the second week in a row, during the end credits, the production staff accidentally used the pre-1958 "In association with the CBS Television Network" card instead of the "A CBS Television Network Production" card. Other than that, the full production crew credits were shown as they should have been -- but GSN's dismal "crunching" of the screen on its February 11, 2009 airing of this episode is something that never should have been.
      (4) Following GSN's February 11, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the July 8, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Jackie Cooper, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Kenneth Rooney (senior chief lifeguard at Coney Island in Brooklyn, NY) and two impostors; the second game featured Fred R. Dickson (warden of San Quentin Prison in California) and two impostors; and the third game featured Sue Huron (approximate spelling; marathon talking champion) and two impostors. It should be noted that within the previous month in 1958, "TTTT" began alternating sponsorship, with the other sponsor, every other week, being a cigarette manufacturer; this means that half the "TTTT" episodes in this stretch will not be shown by GSN, due to its misguided self-inflicted prohibition on vintage cigarette advertising. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

    • REVIEW: The panel continued their recent dismal pattern of failing to guess the regular contestants, but correctly guessing the mystery guest. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the bill collector from Hollywood. After that game, in an attempt to be funny, Bennett asked a somewhat rude question when he asked the contestant to name the three biggest deadbeats in Hollywood. This embarrassed John and caused him to rush Mr. Kane off the stage. In the second game, the panel was a little more successful as they figured out that the contestant taught prisoners a skill of some sort. However, they were unable to figure out that he taught butchery. They did have success in the mystery guest round as Bennett correctly identified Jeanne Crain. Miss Crain was on the show to promote the upcoming special that she was rehearsing for, a 1959 live-television production of "Meet Me in St. Louis," which was a remake of the famous 1944 MGM movie. The TV special would also star Jane Powell in the role made famous by infamous WML mystery guest Judy Garland. Unfortunately, there was no time for a fourth game. But then again, given their track record tonight, it may have been for the best. - Sargebri (2005)

      Jeanne Crain's upcoming live-TV CBS production of "Meet Me in St. Louis" will preempt What's My Line? in three weeks. The stage play was kinescoped, and is available for viewing at the Museum of TV and Radio in New York City. - Suzanne (2005)

      With contestant #2, Louis C. Schneider, Arlene's questioning gets as far as, "Do you teach them (the inmates) something?" (yes) "Now, I have to figure out what you teach?" John replies, "Yes, but congratulations on getting this far!" Off on the other end of the panel, Bennett and Dorothy suggest basket weaving! That CRACKS Arlene up!! Joining in on the fun, she jokes, "How to put a knife in a cake!!" And, of COURSE, after Mr. Schneider's line is fully revealed, both Bennett and Arlene joke, "aren't some of the inmates in prison for that in the FIRST place?" (hee hee!)
      While saying good night, BC asks: "John, is it true that in private life you dance like Fred Astaire?"
      JD: "Ha! That's a leading question, is it? Well, that leads me into saying good night ladies and gentlemen, and thanks for being with us on 'What's My Line?'" - fiveninegal (2003)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Richard Boone, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.