What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 50

EPISODE #477

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 16, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #477
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Game 1: Archie Moore (12/13/1916 - 12/9/1998) - "World's Light Heavyweight Champion" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; African-American; he said that this coming April 1960, he will have been boxing for 24 years; John announced that Moore had won 128 fights out of about 175 fights, all by K.O., knock-out; even though Moore joked that his age was between 43 and 46, he was actually age 42 at the time of his appearance tonight)

Game 2: Miss Leta Thomason - "Piccolo Player" (salaried; she is taller than John Daly who is 6 feet tall; she plays the piccolo in the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra; she is a graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas; from Granbury, TX)

Game 3: Suzy Parker (10/28/1932 - 5/3/2003) (as Mystery Guest #2)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Archie Moore

    Archie Moore

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Suzy Parker

    Suzy Parker

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight's sponsor is Sunbeam and, once again, announcer Hal Simms employs the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording during the introductions.
        (2) "FIXING A (BLACK) HOLE": During the intros, as Bennett made a rare reference to CBS Studio 59 (the Mansfield Theatre at 256 West 47th Street), he noted that due to the temperatures outside, he and his compadres felt like they were in the Black Hole of Calcutta. There was no small bit of irony to Mr. Cerf's choice of words on this occasion, because many years later, from 1976 to 1989, a Broadway revival of the racy musical "Oh! Calcutta!" played at the Edison Theatre on the very same block, several doors up, at 240 West 47th Street, for a total of 5,959 performances, earning it a place as the fifth-longest running show in the history of the Great White Way. By that time, "WML?'s" old home (as well as the old grounds of "I've Got a Secret" and "To Tell the Truth") had long been transformed into the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
        (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The overlays for both first mystery guest Archie Moore and the only regular contestant of the evening utilized the usual Futura Demi Bold; but second mystery guest Suzy Parker's lower-third overlay was hand-painted.
        (4) SPEAKING OF SUZY PARKER: The first major supermodel made the first of three "WML?" appearances tonight. Her other two appearances came in rapid succession, as a guest panelist on both EPISODE #570 of June 25, 1961 and the consecutive EPISODE #571 of July 2, 1961; these were significant in that they were the last two episodes where Martin Gabel appeared on the panel without his lovely wife Arlene Francis, who at the time was filming "One, Two, Three" in Germany. At the time of her maiden appearance this evening, Miss Parker was co-starring in the motion picture "The Best of Everything" as "Gregg Adams." (Two of the movie's other major stars, Hope Lange and Stephen Boyd, each made one appearance as a mystery guest over the course of "WML?'s" 17.5-year CBS run.) One year from this episode, in 1960, while filming "A Circle of Deception," Suzy met her future husband, the movie's star, Bradford Dillman. They were married from 1963 until her death in 2003. As a side note, Mr. Dillman never made any "WML?" appearances during its CBS run, nor did he make any known appearances on the 1968-1975 daily syndicated configuration.
        (5) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: During the second mystery guest round, the "Voice of Broadway" asked Miss Parker, "Have your outside achievements been connected with the United Nations?" Suzy's reply was "no."
        (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits stop short upon the art card slide for executive producer Gil Fates. On the other hand, GSN's "credits crunch" accelerated full speed ahead with no brakes, as evidenced on the March 1, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (7) GSN's March 1, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the April 14, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured professional horse jockey Jack Leonard (who was 17 years old at the time of this "TTTT" episode) and two impostors; the second game featured IRS Revenue Agent Louise Whitefield (in this edition which fell one day before the deadline for filing tax returns, proving that "WML?" was not the only Goodson-Todman show to have tie-ins to tax time) and two impostors; and the third game featured skin diver and treasure hunter Teddy Tucker and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: The panel repeated their performance from a week earlier by guessing the first contestant rather quickly and then going down in flames. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified Archie Moore, the then-current World Light Heavyweight Boxing champion. After the game, Bennett asked Moore his correct age, to which Moore humorously replied "between 43 and 46." After that rousing start, the panel's night went downhill from there. In the second game, they were really stumped by the rather tall piccolo player from Granbury, Texas. Bennett initially opened the door, but he also wound up getting the final "no." In the mystery guest round, the panel was once again stumped. This time it was the original supermodel Suzy Parker who had the honors. Ironically, she started off by using a French accent to try to fool the panel, but she then started using her normal voice complete with her southern accent. During the good nights, Bennett said to John that he would see him at the bar, to which John replied that it would be at a milk bar. At least that bit of humor sent the panel home smiling after a rather dismal night for them. - Sargebri (2005)

        During the good nights, Robert Q. Lewis announced that Arlene Francis will be a guest on "The Jack Paar Show" tomorrow night. - Suzanne (2005)

        Bennett Cerf made a rare on-air reference to the studio that "What's My Line?" was broadcast from when he mentioned "CBS Studio 59." For a complete WML studio timeline, see the notes to EPISODE #1. - Suzanne (2005)

      • There were cute show closing remarks tonight, as seen below. - fiveninegal (2003)

        BC: (to John) "I'm looking forward to seeing you at the nearest bar, too. Good night, John!"
        JD: (VERY wide-eyed) "There is a MILK bar on upper Broadway at 76th Street, Mr. Cerf. And I'd be very happy to see you at the MILK bar at 76th Street on upper Broadway, Mr. Cerf."

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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