What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 10, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: J. H. Edmondson (9/27/1925 - 11/17/1971) (James Howard Edmondson) - "Governor of Oklahoma" (salaried; he was the Oklahoma governor from 1959 to 1963; at 33 years old, John said he was currently the youngest governor ever in the history of Oklahoma; his Lieutenant Governor is age 31; Edmondson discussed the International Oil Exposition in Tulsa, OK)

Game 2: Bud Knight - "Buys Maternity Clothes" (salaried; he works for Neiman Marcus Department Stores; from Dallas, TX)

Game 3: Milton Berle (7/12/1908 - 3/27/2002) (as Mystery Guest) He signs in as "John Daly's Son"


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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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    • QUOTES (1)

      • John (realizing he's forgotten to flip cards during the mystery guest round): "One, two, three, four. There we go! All flipped."

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at six down. Dorothy Kilgallen actually correctly identified this contestant as a state governor, but John decided to make the panel keep playing to see if they could figure out the state that the contestant governed. After a couple of incorrect guesses, John finally went ahead and flipped the cards. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel correctly guessed that this contestant was involved with clothing. Just after the cards went over, Arlene suggested that maybe there was some involvement with babies, but this was as close as anyone came. In the night's mystery challenger round, of special note is that John let several "no" answers go by before realizing that he wasn't flipping cards. He announced his mistake to the blindfolded panel and quickly flipped four over to get everything up to speed. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The leading sponsor, whose wares were on display on the panel desk billboard, sign-in board and moderator's flip cards tonight, was Sunbeam electric appliances. And as on recent shows where Arlene sat on the far end of the panel desk (to the viewer's left side), announcer Hal Simms utilizes the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variation on the intro.
        (2) MILTON BERLE: Later in this year of 1959, "Mr. Television" made some appearances on other TV programs such as the "Milton Berle Hides at the Ricardos" installment of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" which was first transmitted on September 29, 1959; and "The Danny Thomas Show" (aka "Make Room for Daddy") episode "Danny and Milton Berle Quit Show Biz" on December 7, 1959.
        (3) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: Speaking of Mr. Berle, Miss Kilgallen put forth another head-scratching question when she asked if he had a hit record within the last year. Needless to say, the answer from Mr. Berle was a whispered "no."
        (4) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again tonight, S. Robert Rowe fills in for Franklin Heller as director; this time, after the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits only go up to set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide. Even with all this, dastardly GSN carried on with its despicable and disgraceful "crunching" of the screen on its February 15, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (5) Following the February 15, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the September 2, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the cross-examining panel of Polly Bergen, Dick Clark, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Joseph P. McAvoy (who had been recently appointed station master of New York's Grand Central Terminal) and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Margaret O'Neill (a former high school teacher and ski instructor who was the traveling companion and pageant representative for Miss America) and two impostors; and the third game featured Mr. Johnston McCulley (creator of the "Zorro" character) and two impostors. This "TTTT" episode was previously aired by GSN on January 1, 2006, followed by "WML?" EPISODE #421 of June 29, 1958, as a combination New Year's Day commemoration and tribute to Mr. Clark, who at that time was returning to "New Year's Rockin' Eve" after being sidelined in 2004 by a stroke. - W-B (2009)

        MISS AMERICA'S CHAPERONE: Mrs. Margaret O'Neill, who was the featured contestant in the second game of the September 2, 1958 episode of "To Tell the Truth," also made an appearance on another Goodson-Todman program when she appeared in the second game of "What's My Line?" EPISODE #529 of September 4, 1960. - Suzanne (2009)

      • ABOUT TONIGHT'S SIGN-OFF: "Good night and a good tomorrow" was John Daly's nightly sign-off when he worked as a news anchor for ABC nightly news from October 1953 through December 1960. It is interesting that on this episode of WML, he did not use his standard WML sign-off of "Good night, ladies and gentlemen. Thanks for being with us on What's My Line?" Instead, he used his ABC News sign-off of "Good night, and a good tomorrow." Although it didn't show, John Charles Daly was probably still flustered by the mystery intruder! - Suzanne (2003)

        SPOOF OF ABC NEWS SIGN-OFF: In all likelihood, John Daly's ABC News sign-off, "Good night, and a good tomorrow," which he used to close tonight's "WML?," was one of the main influences for the closing line of the "Weekend Update" faux-newscast segment of "Saturday Night Live." On that comedy TV series, the tongue-in-cheek news segment at times ended with the phrase, "Good night and have a pleasant tomorrow." This sign-off was first used by initial "Update" anchor Chevy Chase from the first "SNL" episode of October 11, 1975, to his departure in 1976, and then by Jane Curtin from 1976 until 1980; it then lay dormant until 2000, when the new "Update" co-anchor, Tina Fey, revived the sign-off, using it until her departure from "SNL" in 2006. - W-B (2006)

        REVIEW: Congratulations were in order as it was announced that What's My Line? had received yet another award! This time, it was a "biggie" - as they won the Emmy for Best Quiz Show for 1958. As for this evening's show, this was a fun - but bizarre - night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that Mr. Edmondson was actually Governor Edmondson. Unfortunately, there was still the little matter of guessing what state he was from. Arlene did eventually make the correct guess, but it was after John had flipped over all the cards. Arlene had a little fun, though, as she thanked the Governor for her "two little drops of oil." In the second game, the panel got as far as figuring out that the contestant had something to do with women's clothing. However, when Bennett asked if the clothes contained any rubber or elastic, John flipped over the cards and revealed that he was a buyer of maternity clothes for Neiman Marcus. This episode really became unconventional during the appearance of mystery guest Milton Berle. Uncle Miltie had the audience in stitches as he whispered his answers. In fact, guest panelist Eamonn Andrews asked if Berle was either a man or a woman, to which Berle answered "yes... and no." Of course, it was a reference to the fact that Berle would often appear in drag on his variety show. Eventually, though, Bennett correctly guessed him, especially after he asked if Berle had a book published by Random House. It really got bizarre when an intruder walked onstage and shook Berle's hand. Berle took it all in stride when he jokingly said that the unknown intruder was his agent. This definitely put a weird capper on a fairly good, and very memorable, night. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Congratulations WML for winning the 1958 Emmy Award! This episode is PROOF of its worthiness!
        Mr. Edmondson was very good at giving devious answers. For example:
        EA: "Would we go to him rather than he would come to us, specifically or unspecifically?"
        JHE: "Well, I would say that more come to me, but you, as a citizen, would probably say that I should come to you."
        AF: "Well, one thing is dead certain, Mr. Edmondson is a politician!" LOL!!
        Eamonn guesses he is a governor, so John quietly says, "Now that you have determined that our guest is a governor, all you have to do is find the state which he governs."
        Dorothy's not falling for this. She challenges, "Ohhh John, this program is "What's My Line?" not "What's My Geography?"!" (Love her, love her, love her!!!)
        After a couple of wrong guesses, John decides to "be fair" and flip all the cards and give it away. He says, "You should know this, Arlene. You're in a business now that should tell you this almost immediately." AF guesses it right away after that hint and says, "All I want to say, John, is that I never felt safer with my 3 drops of oil if I know that Governor Edmondson is taking care of it!"
        Mr. Knight was a FANATASTIC guest! Of course, his occupation led to many double entendres - which is what it's all about!!
        DK: "Is it something that I might use?" (yes) "Would you be able to tell from where you sit if I did?" (no)
        BC: "Mr. Knight, is this worn below the neck?" (yes) "Is it worn above the waist?" (yes) Be sure to watch Bennett's expression there! "Does it hold anything in???" LOL! Both Bennett's and John's faces after that were PRICELESS!!
        EA: "I don't know how you can see Miss Kilgallen from where you sit, but I can see her from the waist up and I would know if she had something above the waist...I mean, apart from what she has...!" HUUUUGE laugh at that - and I don't think that Eamonn even realized what he might have implied!! Great shot of the entire panel's reactions. Toooo funny!
        DK: "Does it in any way alter the shape of the person who wears it?" (contestant says "yes, I would think so...") So Dorothy says in her defense, "I'm not wearing it!!" John called a conference to dispute the "yes" answer...and during the discussion, we hear Dorothy SCREAM. The camera quickly pans to her in time only to see her looking at EA, laughing, and wiping her hands over the front of her dress!! What transpired the seconds before I guess we'll never know! Argh!!!
        The conference ends and Mr. Knight says, "the answer is no." DK responds, "I'm glad!"
        And now, for the delightful Arlene: "Is it worn for a special occasion?" (could possibly) "Would you wear it out of doors at all?" (yes) "Would you wear it at night ever?" (yes!) AF crinkles her face up into this perfectly adorable expression and purrs, "What sport! I wish I had one, whatever it is!!!" This got a BIG laugh from everyone - especially John! Arlene continues, "Is it possible that I already have one?" (it's possible) "Uhhh, has Dorothy got one???" Well, that did it! John exclaims, "That's all! I flip!!" and turns all the cards over and waves his hands in the air in an "I surrender" fashion. HILAROUS moment!!
        That was a very strange man who ran onstage during Uncle Miltie's appearance! It was CLASSIC!!
        MB signed in as "John Daly's Son" - LOL!!
        During the farewells, Bennett says, "John, do you think that was Jim Haggerty who ran up there? Good night!" John explains, "No, very quickly, the unexpected visitor you can attribute to spring. Does strange things. We never saw him before, either! That's it! Good night - and a good tomorrow!!" (Bennett was most likely referring to Jim Haggerty who was the press secretary to President Eisenhower. In 1961, he would become the president of ABC.) - fiveninegal (2003)

      • INTRUDER ON STAGE ON THIS "MOTHER'S DAY" SHOW! During Milton Berle's game, in the post-game chat session, a man ran on stage and briefly interrupted the show. The man grabbed Milton's hand and said, "I made it - for Mother's Day!" The mystery man was on camera for only a few seconds. He had approached the desk from Milton's side, then ran off stage behind John Daly. John Daly looked genuinely puzzled, as did Milton! Next, guest panelist Eamonn Andrews (off-camera) can be heard saying, "Mother's Day, what?" And without missing a beat, Milton added, "My agent!" and the crowd laughed. Milton next asked, "Who was he?," and John Daly added, "Everything happens on television. It's wonderful." The producers of "WML?" never found out the identity of the mystery intruder. This incident is mentioned in Gil Fates' 1978 WML book and a short clip is also posted on YouTube at the URL below. - Suzanne (2003, updated 2009)


        Panel: Arlene Francis, Eamonn Andrews, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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