What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 05, 1959 on CBS
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Game 1: Roy Fairman (b. 11/7/1945) - "Golf Caddy (Caddies for President Eisenhower)" (salaried; John gave him a "100" for his good penmanship on the sign-in board; he is age 13 and he will soon be in the eighth grade; left-handed; his photo was recently in the paper, because President Dwight D. Eisenhower had tipped him $5 when Roy went to church on a Sunday, instead of golf caddying; Roy said he'd like to become a doctor when he grows up; from Knoxlyn, Pennsylvania; a few months later, Roy appeared as the featured guest in the third game of the October 8, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Robert Q. Lewis)

Game 2: Mrs. Annie Sebening - "Raises Spiders for Research" (salaried; she works for the Department of Pharmacology at the New York State College of Medicine where they test new drugs by putting the new medicine in the spider's body, and then analyzing the effects the drug has on the way the spider spins its web; from Syracuse, NY)

Game 3: William Bendix (1/14/1906 - 12/14/1964) (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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at four down. The panel fully and correctly identified this young contestant's line and, just before this contestant departed, John said, "the only thing left to do is kick the rest of these over where they belong." In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel correctly ascertained that this contestant raised some sort of animal for research, and discovered that it was not an insect, but didn't make the correct identification of "spiders." Admittedly, though, this may have been in large part due to the incorrect "no" answer given Arlene in response to her question of whether the "bug" was capable of biting. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight was "Sunbeam time" as the primary sponsor. The "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variation of the intro is utilized this evening by announcer Hal Simms. And this was famed playwright Garson Kanin's only "WML?" appearance. It should be noted that none of Mr. Kanin's two wives -- actress Ruth Gordon (to whom he was married from 1942 until her death in 1985) and Marian Seldes (his spouse from 1990 until his death in 1999) -- ever appeared on "WML?," whether on CBS or in syndication.
        (2) A NEW STREAK BEGINS: Beginning with tonight's show, John Charles Daly will host every remaining edition of "WML?" for the rest of its CBS run -- a total of 406 shows, right up to the final EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. But whereas his first streak of 381 episodes (from EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950 to EPISODE #381 of September 22, 1957) was all live, this new streak would be accomplished with a little help from a newfangled thing called "videotape," which will be used for "WML?" beginning with EPISODE #474 of July 26, 1959 and continuing through 76 more episodes over the next eight years.
        (3) GLEASON-BENDIX CONNECTION, PART I: This was not the first time William Bendix had been asked if he were Jackie Gleason, which happened on tonight's show, by guest panelist Garson Kanin. When Bendix appeared as a mystery guest on EPISODE #328 of September 16, 1956, Bennett Cerf had asked the same question.
        (4) GLEASON-BENDIX CONNECTION, PART II: Another Gleason/Bendix irony, besides "The Life of Riley" connection, involves the Broadway musical "Take Me Along," on which Gleason, a few months after this show, originated the role of "Uncle Sid," for which he won a Tony Award for "Best Actor in a Musical." After Gleason's run ended on October 20, 1960, Bendix replaced him in the role. The play closed only three weeks after the switch.
        (5) MORE ON WILLIAM BENDIX: At the time of his mystery guest appearance tonight, it was less than a year since the 1953-1958 sitcom "The Life of Riley," on which Mr. Bendix played "Chester A. Riley," had come to an end. On November 10, 1958, Mr. Bendix appeared in a "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" episode called "The Time Element," written by Rod Serling, which ultimately led to (but was not a direct pilot of) the 1959-1964 anthology series "The Twilight Zone" which Mr. Serling created and hosted. As a side note, Rod Serling was never a panelist or mystery guest on "WML?"; he did, however, appear on several episodes of the original 1962-1969 version of "The Match Game" and the 1971-1975 ABC version of "Password," besides hosting the original 1969 version of the game show "Liar's Club."
        (6) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: This is the first "WML?" episode to credit Ann Kaminsky (formerly production supervisor, and albeit with her surname initially misspelled as "Kaminski") as co-associate producer with Bob Bach in the end credits. She succeeds Frances Trocaine who had held the post since EPISODE #433 of September 21, 1958, and remains in that position to the end of the show's run. It wasn't until 1962 that the position of production supervisor showed up in the end credits again, when Dennis Maitland assumed the post. The full production crew credits were shown tonight, the last card of which now solely credited technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Charles Reinhard. As with other pivotal "WML?" turning points, it mattered not in the least to GSN, based on their usual (and thoroughly repulsive) "credits crunch" on their February 23, 2009 airing of this episode. GSN also goofed up on this February 23, 2009 broadcast by showing an incorrect TV rating indicator at the beginning of the broadcast, which read "TV PG L CC," rather than the normal "TV G." The "L" is used to indicate harsh language, which is never heard on "What's My Line?" The "CC" indicates the presence of closed-captioning, but GSN has never provided closed-captioning for any broadcast of "What's My Line?"
        (7) THE BEGINNING OF A LONG AND BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP ON "TTTT": Immediately after the February 23, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 20, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This episode was notable in being the debut appearance on the "TTTT" panel of Tom Poston, who introduced himself during the show opening in a manner similar to his "perpetual amnesiac" character on "The Steve Allen Show." This and his next appearance would be as a guest panelist; it was a month from this episode that Mr. Poston joined the panel, where he would remain until midway through the 1967-1968 season, by which time only the weekday, daytime version of "TTTT" was running. The other panelists were Betty White, Ralph Bellamy and Kitty Carlisle. The first game featured British actor Clifton James (aka M.E. Clifton-James; who impersonated General Bernard Montgomery in North Africa in the period leading up to "D-Day" in 1944, as part of a secret mission; his adventures formed the basis for the book, and later movie, "I Was Monty's Double") and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Alma K. Schneider (superintendent of the U.S. Mint in Denver, CO) and two impostors; and the third game featured Cecilia Nevil (or Neville; professional swine judge) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

        ROY FAIRMAN ON 7/5/1959 "WML?": The 13-year-old golf caddy for President Eisenhower went on to make an appearance on another Goodson-Todman show three months and three days from tonight's "WML?" episode, when he appeared as a challenger on the October 8, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," which aired on GSN on March 14, 2009. - W-B (2009)

      • WELCOME HOME JOHN!!! After the brutal treatment that the panel got from guest host Eamonn Andrews, the panel welcomed back their "chairman" with open arms. However, John's trip to Japan hadn't changed him one bit! He was as devious as ever, but this didn't stop the panel from having an almost perfect night in regards to their game playing. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the young soon-to-be eighth grader was a golfing caddy. However, he wasn't just any caddy; he was the caddy of President Eisenhower. After the game, guest panelist Garson Kanin said he now recognized the young man from a picture he took with the President in which Eisenhower presented the young man a $5 tip for choosing church over work. In the second game, Dorothy was given partial credit for guessing that the contestant raised animals for research, but she didn't guess which ones, which were spiders. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly guessed that the evening's guest was William Bendix. Bendix was on the show to promote a television spectacular he would be appearing in "The Ransom of Red Chief." During the good nights, Arlene gave a heartfelt "welcome home" sentiment to John Daly. Especially after the rough, but fun, treatment they got from Eamonn the previous week, she definitely meant it. - Sargebri (2005)

        During the mystery guest round, a blindfolded Garson Kanin asked Bill Bendix if he were Jackie Gleason. Bendix gave him a prompt "no." Ironically, Gleason and Bendix have something in common. In 1949, a television version of Bendix's classic radio show "The Life of Riley" premiered on NBC. However, Bendix wasn't chosen to reprise his most famous role on television. That honor fell to Gleason. Unfortunately, that TV version only lasted one season, from 1949 to 1950. However, a few years later, yet another version of the show aired, this time with Bendix in the role of loveable loser "Chester A. Riley." That TV version ran for six seasons, from 1953 to 1958. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Welcome back John!!
        John explains that Mrs. Sebening's product (which has more than 4 legs) is not an insect... so Arlene ponders, "Is it something I would NOT like to find in my bed?" (yes) "Does it bite?" (NO!?!) AF then jokes, "Well then I'd like to find it!!" tee heeee!
        After John reveals the exact product, Arlene protests, "Spiders bite like mad!! That's what I had in mind!!!"
        John comforts by explaining that the 'particular' spider in question does NOT bite. Hmmm....
        During the farewells, Bennett says, "John, will you do me a favor? Before next week, will you read up on spiders, please? Good night!" (JD's expression to that was very funny!)
        BROAD BILL
        LOL - while questioning the mystery guest, Dorothy asks, "Well, if your area is broader than comedy..." Arlene interrupts with, "His 'area'...REALLY Dorothy!!!" (I just love the way AF's mind works!)
        Oh, be sure to catch DK's reaction to WB's 'no' answer to her query of "Do you play an instrument?" It's very funny!! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • In case you are wondering, it's true. Spiders are not members of the insect class. They are members of the arachnid class.
        Kingdom: Animalia (Animal)
        Phylum: Arthropoda (Arthropod)
        Class: Arachnida (Arachnid)
        Spiders DO bite, though! However, most spiders are unlikely to bite humans because they do not identify humans as prey. - Suzanne (2003)

        Garson Kanin (11/24/1912 - 3/13/1999)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Garson Kanin, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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