What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 21, 1959 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The main sponsor this evening is Sunbeam. And once again, announcer Hal Simms utilizes the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording prior to introducing Arlene.
      (2) THE "PRODIGAL SON" AND HIS LOVELY WIFE: This was Steve Allen's first appearance on the "WML?" panel since the Fred Allen tribute EPISODE #302 of March 18, 1956; in addition, it was the first of ten times Jayne Meadows would be on the panel between now and EPISODE #872 of August 6, 1967. Of this tally, EPISODE #572 of July 9, 1961 marked the only time Miss Meadows and Dorothy Kilgallen ever appeared on the panel together; and EPISODE #811 of April 10, 1966 was Jayne's only "solo" panel appearance, that is, without her "jack-of-all-trades" of a husband. (On that 1966 show, future syndicated "WML?" host Larry Blyden was also a guest panelist.) It was on June 10, 1959, eleven days prior to this episode, that Miss Meadows appeared as a guest on her old stomping grounds, "I've Got a Secret." Jayne's long run as an "IGAS" panelist, which dated back to the show's earliest days in 1952, had come to an end in April 1959; after a few weeks of guest panelists in her old seat, Bess Myerson assumed the position of regular "IGAS" panelist in May 1959, and remained with the show until its 1967 cancellation.
      (3) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett struck again during the intros -- not in his introduction of John, but before that, in his words with Steverino, when he mentioned something about "casting your breadbox on the water." This was a double pun not only on the breadbox reference that Mr. Allen made famous on the show, but also the old phrase from Ecclesiastes 11:1, "Cast your bread upon the waters."
      (4) JACK BENNY: The perennially "39-year-old" comedian's signing in as "Heifetz" was not to be the last time that he would invoke the name of one of the most famous violinists. On the opening of the February 4, 1963 edition of "IGAS," Mr. Benny introduced himself as "Jascha Heifetz."
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits tonight only go up to the card crediting set designer Willard Levitas. There was no cutoff point, however, for GSN's deservedly controversial "crunching" of the screen, as evidenced on their February 21, 2009 airing of this episode.
      (6) Following GSN's February 21, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the December 23, 1958 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with future "60 Minutes" inquisitor Mike Wallace (another former "The Name's the Same" panelist to appear on "TTTT") joining the other cross-examiners on the panel: Betty White, Kitty Carlisle and Hy Gardner. The first game featured Brock Strom (captain of the Air Force football team) and two impostors; the second game featured Clinton H. Goodwin (a former career criminal turned ordained Baptist minister and superintendent of the Union Rescue Mission) and two impostors; and the third game featured Werner Beck (a soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)