What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 48


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 02, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Paul Klatt, Jr. - "Inspects Jet Engines By Crawling Inside Them" (salaried; left-handed; very short of stature, approximately four feet six inches tall by observation; he works for Lockheed Aircraft at Westover Air Force Base; after flights, he climbs inside the jet engines to inspect for any damage, oil leaks or turbine trouble; John said that Klatt used to be in show business, but gave no details; IMDB has a listing for Klatt and shows that he starred in the TV series "Space Patrol" playing "Rollo" in episode "The Slaves of Planet X" on October 17, 1953; from Chicopee Falls, MA) Game 2: Mrs. Darris Miller - "Makes Pajamas For Dogs" (self-employed; John confirmed that her name was Darris, not Doris; she makes one-piece dog outfits, complete with plastic feet; from Oklahoma City, OK) Game 3: Eddie Hodges (b. 3/5/1947) (as Mystery Guest) Game 4: Joe Angrosini - "Sells Chinese Fortune Cookies" (salaried; he works for Twixt, Inc., where he sells 750,000 Chinese fortune cookies per year; he gave John one sample wrapped fortune cookie; he exited without shaking the hands of the panel members, which John commented upon; from New York, NY) . .moreless

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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)

    Eddie Hodges

    Eddie Hodges

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Paul Klatt Jr.

    Paul Klatt Jr.


    Guest Star

    Ben Gazzara

    Ben Gazzara

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down. The panel correctly identified that this contestant was involved with a product used by dogs, but failed to get anywhere near identifying the unusual product. In the night's final game, for which John had allotted two minutes, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. The panel failed to discern the guest's line and wasted valuable time by concentrating on a service rather than digging for a product. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's prerecorded edition is sponsored by Sunbeam. With Arlene at the far end of the panel desk (to the viewer's left side) this evening, the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording is utilized by announcer Hal Simms. And this was the first of a total of four appearances by actor/director Ben Gazzara, the first three of which (including this episode) were as a guest panelist, and his final appearance (on EPISODE #579 of September 3, 1961) as a mystery guest. (As a side note, Mr. Gazzara's second wife, actress Janice Rule, to whom he was married from 1961 to 1982, never appeared on "WML?" at any time in its CBS run, and made no known appearances on the daily syndicated version, either.)
        (2) "WML?" VIDEOTAPE WATCH - #2 OF 77: This was the second "WML?" episode to be taped in advance, and though it only survives today on kinescope, the relative softness of the picture in relation to the "live" editions is noticeable in certain spots. In those days, the only broadcast videotape recorders -- starting with Ampex's breakthrough model VR-1000 in 1956 -- were usually "low-band" or "medium-band." The first "high-band" VTR didn't come out until 1965, and again, it was Ampex leading the way with the model VR-2000 which was among the equipment used in the show's final few years.
        (3) EDDIE HODGES: The famed child actor and singer was one of many countless individuals over the 17.5 years of "WML?'s" CBS run to appear only once on the program.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: As with last week's prerecorded show, the end credits only went up to set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide, after the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines. And of course, there was no end in sight to GSN's continuing assault on the viewing audience's sensibilities, via their felonious "credits crunch" as evidenced on the February 27, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (5) The February 27, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the March 17, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Betty White, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. For this "TTTT" episode which fell on St. Patrick's Day, the first game featured John A. Gavin (warden of the Massachusetts maximum security prison at Walpole, who was held hostage inside the prison during a prison break earlier in the month of March 1959) and two impostors; the second game featured Mr. Lee Parsons (who co-hosted the horror movie series "Nightmare" in the role of "Rodney" on KAKE-TV, Channel 10, in Wichita, Kansas from 1958 to 1959; the show ran old Universal horror films of the 1930's and 1940's) and two impostors (both of whom were female; one of the "impostors" worked as a fashion coordinator on the Bill Cullen "Price Is Right"); and the third game featured Susie Hoshi (winner of the 1958 and 1959 U.S. Open Table Tennis Championships, Women's Singles category) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: Once again, this was one of those nights that the panel probably wished they had had the night off, as they blew every regular game, but succeeded in guessing the mystery guest. In the first game, the panel was utterly stumped by the rather small contestant who inspected jet engines by climbing inside of them. It also was revealed that Mr. Klatt at one time had worked in show business. The second game was even worse for the panel, as they ran out of time while questioning the lady who made pajamas for dogs. They did get some redemption in the mystery guest round, as Bennett correctly identified Eddie Hodges. At the time, Hodges was appearing in the classic Broadway musical "The Music Man," which was produced by former "The Name's the Same" panelist Meredith Willson. Hodges also was appearing in the 1959 film "A Hole in the Head" with Frank Sinatra, playing Frank's son. Of course, little Eddie was heard singing alongside Old Blue Eyes on the classic song "High Hopes." The panel's joy was short-lived, though, as they ran out of time with the fortune cookie salesman. That definitely put an air of finality on what turned out to be a very disastrous night. - Sargebri (2005)

        ANATOMY OF A MURDER: As was mentioned during the introductions, Ben Gazzara was appearing in the 1959 classic courtroom drama "Anatomy of a Murder," which was directed by Otto Preminger. Also appearing in that film were two future WML guest panelists, future "To Tell the Truth" panelist Orson Bean and Lee Remick. - Sargebri (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST: Eddie Hodges was a fairly popular child actor during the 1950's. He would continue appearing in various films during the 1950's and 1960's. He eventually retired from show business and became a mental health counselor in his native Mississippi. - Sargebri (2005)

        UNDERLINED WORDS: The last four words in Mr Klatt's occupation overlay - "BY CRAWLING INSIDE THEM" - are underlined on the television screen. This occurrence of underlining is fairly rare for "WML?," and much more common for her sister show, "I've Got a Secret" - Garrison Skunk (2005)

        MYSTERY GUEST: Eddie Hodges was an actor and singer from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where I currently live. His most popular song was "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door." I think I saw him once on "Beat the Clock." The contestants were Mr. and Mrs. Hodges from Hattiesburg, MS, and their son and daughter were with them. - mwyounce 2003

      • YOUCH!
        During the questioning of Mr. Klatt:
        BG: "Might I take advantage of your service?" (no)
        DK: "Well, might I?" (no)
        BC: "That eliminates charming ladies and handsome men."
        JD: "That leaves YOU, though, Bennett!"
        Bennett asks Mr. Klatt if he'd heard about the man who was almost sucked into an engine jet and killed. Mr. Klatt said "no," but had a rather worried look on his face after that!
        After discovering that Mrs. Miller (who was from Oklahoma, just FYI) works with some sort of animal, the panel just has to figure out what type of animal:
        DK: "Are they ever eaten by human beings?"
        John has a small conference with the guest, so Dorothy chimes in: "Don't flip that [card] until you find out what they do in Oklahoma, John." That's Dorothy for you!
        Mr. Angrosini quickly exited through the curtains by the sign-in board without meeting the panel. As it turned out, they were very short of time. - fiveninegal (2003)

      • From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on July 19, 1959. John Daly was in Russia. For more information about the Russia trip, see the notes to EPISODE #476 of August 9, 1959. - Suzanne (2003)

        Ben Gazzara (b. 8/28/1930)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Ben Gazzara, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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