FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. Arlene identified this contestant as a gold miner, which John apparently felt was close enough to the exact line of "owns and operates gold mine" to give the panel full credit. This contestant had a head cold and John flipped over the cards, saying maybe they could get rid of it that way. He also likely flipped them over because she had come all the way from New Guinea. - agent_0042 (2009)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: A new Kellogg's opening segment debuts with tonight's episode. And this week, the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" variation of the intro was utilized by announcer Hal Simms.
(2) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The "A CBS Television Network Production" card has returned to the end credits for the first time since EPISODE #457, and the card indicating Bob Bach and Frances Trocaine as associate producers has likewise returned. Also, tonight's episode was directed by S. Robert Rowe, who was filling in for Franklin Heller. Other than that, the complete production crew credits were in full display tonight, following the United Airlines plug -- but GSN, displaying their usual heartlessness which went entirely against the spirit of Valentine's Day, February 14, 2009, when this episode was last repeated, "crunched" such display with their usual distortion of the picture's aspect ratio and size, and elimination of the original vintage audio.
(3) GSN's February 14, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the August 19, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel consisting of Dana Wynter, Hans Conried, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. (Mr. Conried only made one more set of "TTTT" appearances, on the daytime edition, for the week of July 16, 1962.) The first game featured John Robert Russell, 13th Duke of Bedford, and two impostors; the second game featured harness racer Miss Gerry Spencer (possibly Geraldine; approximate spelling) and two impostors; and the third game featured Tommy Chu (or possibly Tommy Hsu; spelling unknown but phonetically it sounded like Tommy Shoe; a former lieutenant general in the Chinese Nationalist Army during World War II, who at the time of this "TTTT" episode ran the Green Lantern Chinese restaurant on Lexington Avenue in New York City) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)
THE DUKE OF BEDFORD ON AUGUST 19, 1958 "TTTT": John Robert Russell made a second appearance on a Goodson-Todman show when he was a contestant in the first game of "What's My Line?" EPISODE #589 of November 19, 1961. His appearances on these game shows were almost three years apart from one another. - Suzanne (2009)
REVIEW: After a well deserved week off due to being preempted by the showing of the live television spectacular, "Meet Me in St. Louis," it was back to work for the panel. After a slow start, the panel wound up having a pretty successful evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by Chief Superintendent O'Mara of the Irish National Police. In fact, the panel was all over the map in guessing what he did, so much so that Bennett, who asked the final question, asked if he were involved with the Irish Sweepstakes. Ironically, they never asked if he was involved with the law. The closest they got was when they asked if he wore any special robe. In the post-game conversation, it was revealed that Superintendent O'Mara's real reason for being in New York was to visit his son. In the second game, the panel did much better as Arlene correctly guessed that Mrs. Bowring was a gold miner. However, most of the credit should go to Dorothy, who correctly identified that she was a miner. Unfortunately for Dorothy, she incorrectly guessed that the contestant was a silver miner instead of a gold miner. After the game, John mentioned that Mrs. Bowring was very closely associated with the Red Cross in New Guinea during World War II, and that she was known as "The First Lady of the South Pacific" to the Americans who were stationed there. John then flipped over all the cards, not just because she had traveled so far, but because she had a head cold. Upon her departure, in a great show of respect, the entire panel - including Dorothy and Arlene - stood up to shake her hand. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Andy Griffith, who had deepened his rich voice to try to fool the panel. Andy was on the show to promote his current play "Destry Rides Again." Ironically, he mentioned the fact that "Destry" never carries a gun in the show. What made this ironic was that a year later, he would be playing another lawman that didn't carry a gun - in the person of "Sheriff Andy Taylor" on the classic 1960-1968 homespun sitcom "The Andy Griffith Show." So, after a slow start, the panel did wind up having a successful evening. - Sargebri (2005)
Andy Griffith did such a fabulous job in disguising his voice this time! Very deep and "throaty." He was there promoting his play "Destry Rides Again." This show ran until June 18, 1960, a total of 472 performances! Mr. Griffith was nominated for a Tony for Best Actor. Way to go, Andy!
MISCELLANEOUS GOINGS ON
1) Arlene recommends to us the book Bennett has just published, "Danger, Marines At Work."
2) Miss Francis dons a matching diamond heart pendant on her bracelet.
3) Dorothy spills her water and gets Tony's blindfold wet. LOL!
AHHH, THE THINGS THEY SAY
1) During the questioning of Mr. O'Mara - panel is at 8 down and 2 to go - it's AF's turn. "Is what you wear...? Do you...?" She stops, looks down, and sighs. That gives everyone a good laugh as it's quite apparent she's not sure where to go! It was a very cute moment!
2) During the farewells: DK: "Good night, Tony - happy 'Mating Game'." TR: "Thank you, Dorothy. Good night Arlene - happy 'Once More, With Feeling'." AF: "Happy Mating Game? That's SWEET!" - fiveninegal (2003)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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