What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 14, 1959 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Birgit Lundgren (b. 1937) - "Correspondent for Swedish Newspaper" (salaried; limited English-speaking skills; she works for the Swedish publication whose name translates to "Women's World" in English; Miss Lundgren is the fiancee of heavyweight boxing champion Ingemar Johansson; from Sweden)

Game 2: Mrs. Mabel Page - "U.S. Airforce Sergeant" (salaried; she holds the rank of Master Sergeant and is stationed at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey; she works in the comptroller's office, in the 'accounting and finance' division; the USAF is celebrating its 10th anniversary, but Mabel has been in the military service for 15 years, the first part of her service was spent with the Army Air Force; she is also a great-grandmother; from Chicago, Illinois)

Game 3: Anthony Perkins (4/4/1932 - 9/12/1992) (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)

    Anthony Perkins

    Anthony Perkins

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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      • ZSA ZSA GABOR: Tonight's guest panelist, Zsa Zsa Gabor, was quite amusing and entertaining. She was not the empty-headed celebrity some have pictured her as being. She was clever and very willing to be the subject of friendly jibes tossed at her. It was especially interesting to see the Hungarian-accented Zsa Zsa trying to communicate with the Swedish-accented (and English language limited) first guest Birgit Lundgren. One wonders what Zsa Zsa's reaction would have been had she been on the show only several weeks before, when Debbie Reynolds did her wonderful Zsa Zsa impersonation; and if Debbie would have dared do it with Zsa Zsa on the panel. Seeing Zsa Zsa's good humor this evening, she would probably have made a comment that Debbie was doing a wonderful imitation of Eva. Due to Zsa Zsa's five year marriage to Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Zsa Zsa became a relative "of sorts" to two other famous celebrities. She is the ex-step-mother-in-law of Elizabeth Taylor and the ex-step-great-grandmother of Paris Hilton. However, Zsa Zsa'a life has not been all parties and glamour. Her mother was Jewish and the family fled Hungary, arriving in the United States in 1941 ahead of the Nazi onslaught of Europe. - brklnbern (2009)

        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, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: The primary sponsor for this evening is Kellogg's. For the second week in this stretch, announcer Hal Simms has employed the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variant of the intro. And of the four appearances Zsa Zsa Gabor made on "WML?" between 1953 and 1960, this was to be her only stint as a guest panelist.
        (2) ANTHONY PERKINS: The actor's 1959 filmography consisted of "Green Mansions" and "On the Beach." The motion picture "Tall Story," which he was filming at the point of his mystery guest appearance tonight, came out in April 1960 -- three months before the release of perhaps his most famous film, "Psycho." Speaking of which, besides the three "Psycho" sequels made between 1983 and 1990 in which he starred, Mr. Perkins also reprised his "Norman Bates" role for a sketch on the March 13, 1976 edition of "Saturday Night Live" which he hosted. The sketch was an ad parody called the "Norman Bates School of Hotel Management," and in all the multiple-choice questions he gave, the final option was "Hack her to death with a kitchen knife." This particular "SNL" episode also became famous for John Belushi's rant about how different countries had different animals begin and end the month of March, in a convoluted twist on the old saying, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb."
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits stop after the slide crediting executive producer Gil Fates. And to expand on an old Paul Simon song, GSN had more than 50 ways to irk and vex their viewing audience when it came to their "crunching" of the screen -- and the February 20, 2009 airing of this episode bore witness to one of those ways.
        (4) Following the February 20, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the December 9, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Jackie Cooper, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured airplane pilot and bullfighter Matador Alfredo LeSama (spelling verified) and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. George Enzinger (who, under the name of Irene Castle, wrote the book "Castles in the Air," detailing her life with her then-husband Vernon Castle as one of the first of the great modern ballroom dance teams in the 1920s) and two impostors; and the third game featured Stanton Tate (an ordained minister of the Presbyterian church; and a smokejumper) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

        STANTON TATE ON 12/9/58 "TTTT": Stanton Tate also made an additional appearance on a Goodson-Todman game show when he was a contestant in the first game of "What's My Line?" EPISODE #776 of August 8, 1965. - Suzanne (2009)

      • DOLLY MAE, PLEASE COME HOME!!! Dorothy had just left for her vacation two days prior to this episode airing and boy the panel could have used her. In the first game, Martin correctly guessed that the pretty young lady from Sweden was the fiancée of future World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Ingemar Johansson. Unfortunately, that's as far as they got, as they failed to guess that Miss Lundgren was a journalist. The panel was also utterly stumped in the second game. However, it was somewhat understandable due to the fact that they probably couldn't believe that such a plump, matronly looking lady was a sergeant in the United States Air Force. The panel did make up for their past mistakes in the mystery guest round when Arlene, with a big assist from her and Martin's Mt. Kisco neighbor Bennett, correctly identified Tony Perkins, who was using an Australian accent to try to fool the panel. After the game, he said that he was using the accent due to the fact that he had just returned from Australia where he had been filming what would become the classic doomsday epic "On the Beach," which also featured Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner and Fred Astaire. He also talked about the latest film he was about to start working on, the romantic basketball comedy "Tall Story," in which he would co-star with a very young actress by the name of Jane Fonda. After the good nights, John announced that the prodigal son Steve Allen and his lovely wife Jayne Meadows would be on the panel next week. Maybe they would help the panel recover their lost dignity. - Sargebri (2005)

        TONY PERKINS: During the questioning of Tony Perkins, guest panelist Zsa Zsa Gabor asked if he were a man or a woman. This seemingly innocent question was very ironic due to the fact that Perkins was a closeted homosexual. He later would die from AIDS in 1991. - Sargebri (2005)

        TACTLESS BENNETT: During the mystery guest round, John said that Zsa Zsa's mask would fit better if her nose were larger, and then Bennett piped up and said Zsa Zsa's nose was "out of joint" because the other contestant had been so beautiful. To her credit, Zsa Zsa immediately replied, "Oh no, I loved her." - Sargebri (2005)

      • I missed Dorothy this week, but must admit that Zsa Zsa was a highly entertaining understudy!! Now if only she knew how to play the game!
        1) During the introductions - BC: "Zsa Zsa, we're glad to have you with us while Zsa Zsa Kilgallen is cavorting all over Europe."
        2) During Guest #1 - MG: "Are you doing anything else in the United States besides working at your profession?"
        AF: "What did you have in mind??"
        MG: "I won't explain my reasoning until later, Arlene."
        AF: "But later you WILL, won't you, dear?!?" (They are TOO CUTE!!)
        3) During Guest #2 - ZZG: "Do you work for the federal government?" (yes) "I found it! I don't know what the federal government is!!"
        4) During the mystery guest - ZZG has some serious blindfold difficulties. Both men de-blindfold to help her, and it was very funny!
        ZZG: "Are you a man or a woman?" (You must elicit a yes or no answer Miss Gabor...LOL!)
        JD: (seeing ZZG struggling with her mask) "If your nose was bigger, that thing would stay up!!"
        ZZG: "You are a movie star, but you don't like to be called a movie star. Who ARE you??"
        Tony Perkins was absolutely ADORABLE!! He used a terrific Australian accent (he had been over there filming "On the Beach"). As he exited, he gave a very cute wave to the camera.
        Other than the "Zsa Zsa Kilgallen" comment, nobody mentioned Dorothy. Boo hoo. - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Again, no "Rollercoaster" ride. As with the previous episode, the end credits aired to a different theme song than the usual composition "Rollercoaster." - Suzanne (2005)

        GARBLED SIGNOFF: For some inexplicable reason, John Daly muffed his usual signoff. He closed the show by stating that Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows would be guest panelists next week, and then closed by saying, "Til then, this is... (he abruptly stops at this point and then starts a new sentence) ...Good night, and thanks for being on What's My Line? tonight. - Suzanne (2005)

        Yes, Johansson & Lundgren eventually wed. From TIME magazine, March 15, 1963: "Born to Ingemar Johansson, 30, Sweden's ex-heavyweight champion, and Birgit Lundgren Johansson, 26, his bride of ten months, a son, in Gothenburg, Sweden." Prior to this 1963 publication, photos of both Ingo (his nickname in the press) and Birgit had appeared in multiple 1959 and 1961 issues of LIFE magazine. - Suzanne (2005)

        Anthony Perkins will soon be making his 1960 movie, "Tall Story," in which he stars with Jane Fonda and Ray Walston. - Suzanne (2003)

        Zsa Zsa Gabor (b. 2/6/1917)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Bennett Cerf. Dorothy Kilgallen is taking a delightful European vacation.

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