What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 09, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Alexander Akalovsky (Alex Akalovsky) - "U.S. State Dept. Interpreter (Translated for V.P. Nixon in Russia)" (salaried; his occupation was identified very swiftly; for fun, Martin recited Shakespeare's line from "Hamlet," "To be, or not to be" in Russian, and Akalovsky correctly translated it; from Arlington, VA)

Game 2: Mr. Rood Menter - "Sells False Teeth for Cows" (self-employed; he also raises cows; the cow dentures consist of 8 stainless steel teeth which are bridged and affixed to the lower part of the cow's jaw; this procedure allows the cow to live longer and thereby produce more milk over its lifetime; from Sedgwick, CO)

Game 3: Julie London (9/26/1926 - 10/18/2000) (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: Host John Daly's flip arm got quite a workout in this episode, as all of the contestants, including the mystery guest, were awarded the full prize courtesy of flipping. The fun began in the night's first game when John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at just one down. Bennett Cerf made short work of identifying this contestant's line and John likely flipped the cards because he felt sorry that the contestant couldn't be on longer. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down because time was running short. The panel correctly identified that the contestant dealt in some sort of product that was placed "on, around or under cows," but never came any closer than that. Finally, in the night's mystery challenger round, John again flipped the remaining cards at eight down because time ran out. Mystery challenger Julie London fooled the panel with an excellent vocal disguise: a hepcat style of talking that had them thoroughly bamboozled. All mystery challengers were paid an appearance fee of $500 that was undisclosed to the public, regardless of the amount shown by the cards, but it was highly unusual for the mystery challenger round to be ended due to time. In fact, there was so little time remaining that John signed off for the panel. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: This episode is sponsored by Kellogg's. And not only did announcer Hal Simms utilize the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" variant of this intro, but his introduction of Dorothy concluded with the words "...in papers coast to coast."
        (2) MYSTERY GUEST: This was not the first time the panel had been stumped by Julie London. Prior to tonight, her most recent appearance on "WML?" had been as a mystery guest on EPISODE #382 of September 29, 1957, on which Bennett Cerf was the guest host. She had stumped the panel on that occasion, as well.
        (3) "WML?" END CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the third straight week in this stretch, the production crew credits that followed the United Airlines plug ended at set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide, followed by one of the two "WML?" title cards used in this period. But in contrast to John showing his gratitude for this innovative new technology called videotape in the opening moments of this episode, GSN's "crunching" of the screen on its February 28, 2009 repeat spelled "ingratitude" many times over.
        (4) Immediately subsequent to the February 28, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the March 31, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured actor, stuntman and stunt prop designer Fred Gabourie and two impostors; the second game featured New York City cab driver Gertrude DeWitt (who taught auto driving and mechanics for the British Women's Army prior to U.S. involvement in World War II; among her pupils was the future Queen Elizabeth II) and two impostors; and the third game featured Victor F. Tydlacka (U.S. Coast Guard captain and commander of the International Ice Patrol) and two impostors. (Mr. Tydlacka was not the only person in these two positions to appear on "TTTT"; on the August 4, 1966 daytime episode, Richard Fuller, who was U.S. Coast Guard captain and commander of the International Ice Patrol at the time of that show, appeared alongside two impostors. The panel on that 1966 daytime edition was comprised of Tom Poston, Phyllis Newman, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle.) - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: After the first game, it looked as if the panel was going to regain their lost glory. Unfortunately, after such a great beginning, they came crashing back down to earth. During the introductions, Bennett offered a sincere "welcome home" to John, who had been in Moscow for two weeks accompanying then Vice-President Richard Nixon on his official visit. As a tie-in, the first game featured a person who was very important to that Russian visit, the interpreter for Nixon, a State Department employee named Alexander Akalovsky. However, Bennett guessed him after he only gave one "nyet" to Arlene. Slightly surprised at the panel's speed, John surmised that if Akalovsky had signed in as Mr. X, it probably would have really tipped the panel off. Unfortunately, in the second game, the panel's happiness was short-lived, as they were, pardon the pun, "udderly" stumped by the second contestant who sold false teeth for cows. One thing that probably doomed the panel was the fact that they spent much of the early part of the game concentrating on the cows rather than any product made for them. Things went from bad to worse in the mystery guest round as they were confounded by the sexy Julie London, who used hepcat talk to confuse the panel. In fact, she did such a good job that the panel ran out of time and she won by default. During the show's closing, John said that due to a lack of time, he had to say good night for the panel, rather than having them say their own customary farewells. Maybe they were too embarrassed to do it themselves, after such a poor performance. - Sargebri (2005)

        JOHN'S VISIT TO RUSSIA: As Bennett mentioned during the opening, John had been away during the past two weeks accompanying then Vice-President Richard Nixon on his tour of the Soviet Union. It was during this visit that Nixon and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev engaged in a very impromptu "debate" over the differences between the lifestyles of the United States and the lifestyles of Soviet Union. The leaders' exchange of thoughts and words occurred at a U.S. exhibition, and would later become known as "The Kitchen Debate." This time period was one of increasing tension in the Cold War, which had started with the Russians' launch of Sputnik in 1957. - Sargebri (2005)

        VIDEOTAPE STORY: As John mentioned, the previous two weeks of episodes were shot on videotape prior to his trip to the Soviet Union, so that they could be shown while he was gone. Interestingly enough, there was another famous story about videotape and a trip to the Soviet Union. In 1961, ABC's "Wide World of Sports" was in Moscow for the annual U.S.A./Soviet dual track meet. As the various events of the track meet took place, they were videotaped by ABC for broadcast at a later date. During production, some Soviet technicians saw the taped events while looking at a television monitor and were amazed by the fact that they were seeing events that had just happened minutes earlier. The Soviet techs then tried to confiscate the tape heads of the videotape machines to try to see how they worked. They failed in their effort, and the Soviets would have to wait until later to acquire videotape technology. - Sargebri (2005)

        JULIE LONDON: Several years after her jive-talking appearance on WML, Julie London would take on the role of "Nurse Dixie McCall" on the highly successful 1972-1977 medical/firefighter drama "Emergency." Ironically, the show was produced by her ex-husband, Jack Webb. One of her co-stars on the show was her then current husband, actor/songwriter Bobbie Troup, who played "Doctor Joe Early." Incidentally, Troup produced Julie's biggest hit song, "Cry Me a River," which had been written by Arthur Hamilton. Troup was also responsible for writing one of Nat "King" Cole's biggest hit songs, "Route 66." - Sargebri (2005)

      • YAY! The entertainment level of this episode was very high! I believe it's a tie between Arlene and Dorothy for biggest laughs.
        During Guest #2:
        DK: "Is it [his product] anything that I could go out and buy?"
        Mr. Menter says "no" and John has a short conference with him.
        JD: "No, I think we'll have to let the 'no' stand."
        DK: "Well, I think that's pretty snobbish if I can't buy it!"
        DK: "Is it something other than a cow?" (No, Ma'am)
        AF: "You were supposed to ask, 'is it something udder than a cow?!'" (LOL! She was sitting next to Bennett tonight. That probably had something to do with it!)
        The panel is very confused about this cow business:
        MG: "Am I right in thinking that the raising of cows is not his principal business?"
        JD: "That's right."
        MG: "Do you... is your basic business something to do with other outdoor animals?"
        AF: "No, his basic business has to do with cows. (Martin starts to protest) but not necessarily raising them."
        JD: "That's right."
        AF: (looks at Martin) YOU'RE not listening, Dad!" HUGE laugh from everyone, of course!
        Julie London was answering all the queries with, like, this new, beatnik hip talk, man. After the 2nd or 3rd time she addressed Miss Kilgallen as "man," our beloved Dorothy snapped, "I'm a chick, I'm not a man!!" LOVE HER LOVE HER LOVE HER! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • At the beginning of this episode, John Daly states that he has been away for two weeks. He had travelled to Russia with Vice-President Richard M. Nixon, for "Cold War" talks with the USSR premier Nikita Khrushchev. John explained that videotape allowed the show to still go on the air. - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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