What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 42


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



  • Notes

    • THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON!!! This episode featured the return of former WML panelist Steve Allen! He didn't come alone, as his lovely wife, former "I've Got a Secret" panelist Jayne Meadows, filled in for the vacationing Dorothy Kilgallen. Unfortunately, neither Steve nor Jayne could help Arlene and Bennett, as once again, they had a poor night when it came to the regular games. In the first game, Steve got partial credit when he correctly guessed that the contestant from Florida sold vintage Confederate currency. However, the guest not only sold it, he bought it as well. In fact, he brought a few samples with him, including a very rare $1000 Confederate bill that actually was still worth $1000, due to its collector's value in 1959. He also gave John and the panel vintage $50 Confederate bills. In the second game, the panel was so far off the beaten track that the somewhat shy 13 year old wing walker from North Carolina won the full prize by default. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified comedy legend Jack Benny. This was a double-header for Jack, as he had appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" prior to his appearance on WML tonight. He also talked about the special ceremony that was going to take place in his hometown of Waukegan, Illinois. In addition, it was announced that Jack's hit television show was moving to Sunday nights at ten PM and would lead into WML. The final game was a rib on Steve, because the contestant designed breadboxes. She won the full prize by default on the basis of time. During the good nights, John announced that he would be absent for the next week's broadcast due to his duties as a newsman. He said that he would be replaced by frequent guest panelist Eamonn Andrews, the host of the British BBC version of WML. Maybe Eamonn would go easier on the panel and they would have a better night. - Sargebri (2005)

      BREADBOX WATCH!!! Ironically, in the first game, it wasn't Steve who asked his trademark breadbox question, but it was Jayne who asked it when she asked if the product was smaller than a breadbox. - Sargebri (2005)

      A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME!!! This episode could possibly have been seen as a sign of things to come as several years later, following Dorothy's tragic passing, Jayne would often appear on the panel during the final two years of the show whenever Steve would appear on the show. - Sargebri (2005)

      This is Jack's second appearance as a mystery guest. When he signed in, he wrote on the chalkboard, "Heifetz" (referring to the famous violinist) which garnered big laughs from the audience. Jack was a bit more animated this time around, and it didn't take the panel too long to figure out who he was. Bennett Cerf guessed him by asking, "Does Misha Elman and Jascha Heifetz scream with terror at the mere mention of your name?" Jack just replied, "Oh shut up." - Ken Dickson (2005)

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