What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 51


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 23, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Dixie Lee - "Bullfighter" (self-employed; her right hand and wrist were in a cast or bandage, because while bullfighting in Nogales, Mexico, she injured her hand on a bull's horn tip; she has been bullfighting for 3 years, prior to this, she was a fashion model; if her professional bullfighting name differed from Dixie Lee, it was not announced; from Jacksonville, FL)

Game 2: Mr. J. A. Conlon (James A. Conlon) (2/21/1921 - 4/6/2000) - "Prints U.S. Paper Money (Bureau of Engraving & Printing)" (salaried; he is the Assistant Chief of the Currency and Stamp Production department at the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing; after his game, he gave John and the panel members the new U.S. 4-cent multi-color postage stamp featuring the U.S. Stars & Stripes flag with 49 stars; Arlene wore her stamp on her shoulder; later, from 1967-1977, Conlon served as the Director of the Bureau of E & P; from Burke, VA)

Game 3: Tony Randall (2/26/1920 - 5/17/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. Erland Stevens - "Paints Fire Hydrants" (salaried; he works for Arlington County where he paints 2400 fire hydrants; he is also a college student at Penn State University, the nickname for Pennsylvania State University; from Arlington, VA)

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at five down. Bennett actually correctly guessed the line of "prints money," but John flipped the cards anyway, perhaps because this contestant brought presents: a postage stamp for each of the panelists. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. The panel came reasonably close on this one, figuring out that the contestant worked for local government and that his skills made things "more beautiful," but didn't have time to guess the line of "paints fire hydrants." - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: This week, as main sponsor, Kellogg's is given the opportunity to wish the "Best to You," per its advertising tagline of the time. Both the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" wording and "...in papers coast to coast" intro for Dorothy are utilized by announcer Hal Simms tonight. And this is the first of four appearances by comedian Mort Sahl, all but the last of which were as guest panelist; only on his final appearance, on EPISODE #568 of June 11, 1961, did he appear as a mystery guest.
        (2) FROM "THE NAME'S THE SAME, BUT..." DEPARTMENT: While the evening's first contestant, bullfighter Dixie Lee, shared the same name as the late first wife of multi-talented singer, actor and exponent of new media technology Bing Crosby, the two ladies were not related.
        (3) "ONE SMALL STEP FOR MAN...": Tonight's show was an historic occasion in that it marked the first of three mystery guest appearances by "WML?'s" second most prolific guest panelist in the history of its run on CBS, Tony Randall. This dwarfed by one appearance the number of times the most prolific guest panelist, Martin Gabel, was cast as a mystery guest (Mr. Gabel made two mystery guest appearances).
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, the end credits only go up to the art card slide crediting associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky. However, there was no cutoff to the ways GSN continued to irk and vex their viewing audience, as manifested in their continuing and nauseating practice of "crunching" the screen on their March 2, 2009 airing of this episode.
        (5) Following the March 2, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the April 28, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with Betty Comden filling in this week for Polly Bergen on the panel, the rest of which, as usual for this period, consisted of Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured William H. Butler (airline pilot, former Royal Air Force instructor, polo player and big game hunter) and two impostors; the second game featured space scientist Dr. Robert T. Clark (who was conducting tests on the ability of humans to endure long trips to outer space) and two impostors; and the third game featured 1959 Pan American coffee queen Señorita Denise Guimarães Prado (a native of Brazil) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: After two weeks of bad performances, the panel showed signs of coming back by going 2 for 4, giving them a .500 average for the night. In the first game, they looked as if they were still doing lousy when they were stumped by the former model turned bullfighter. They did figure out that she worked with animals, but they never were able to figure out which ones. Also, when she walked out on stage, she had a bandage on her hand as a result of getting caught by a bull's horn. In the second game, the panel regained their form as Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant had something to do with printing money. In fact, he was an assistant chief at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, which also was responsible for printing postage stamps. After his game, he presented John and the panel with the new four-cent USPS stamp commemorating the new 49-star flag, designed after Alaska had been admitted into the Union. Bennett didn't stop there, though, he was on a roll. He also correctly identified favorite WML guest panelist, and loveable loser, Tony Randall. Tony had just returned from Hollywood where he had just finished making the classic sex farce "Pillow Talk," in which he co-starred with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the fire hydrant painter, who also attended Penn State University, won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        FUN MOVIES: As Tony had mentioned during the post game chat, he had just finished making the 1959 film "Pillow Talk" with Doris Day and Rock Hudson. The film, of course, went on to become a huge success and established the classic "Doris Day / Rock Hudson / Tony Randall" team. In fact, the trio would make two more pictures together, "Lover Come Back" (1961) and "Send Me No Flowers" (1964). - Sargebri (2005)

        NEW POSTAGE STAMP: As was mentioned during the second game, the new U.S. stamp featured the 49-star flag signifying the admission of Alaska to the Union. It also was mentioned that the next flag stamp would feature the 50-star flag signifying Hawaii's admission. The reason for this was because Alaska was admitted before July 4, 1959 and Hawaii wasn't admitted until August 1959. The 50-star flag debuted on July 4, 1960. - Sargebri (2005)

      • HAAAAAA!!! Fabulous, FABulous show!! A must-have for any collection!
        DK: "Is there any product of theirs which is edible? Such as milk from a cow or goat from a cheese?"
        Dorothy turned at least 5 shades of red and couldn't stop laughing (along with everyone else)!!! CLASSIC moment!! Ahhh, the joy of live television.
        BC: "I thought Debbie Reynolds was the only lady bullfighter in America."
        AF: "What bull did she throw??"
        **big laugh**
        BC: "Mr. Conlon, will you allow me to make an explanatory remark? I'm worried about what I said about Debbie Reynolds being a bullfighter. She is, in her newest picture called "It Started With A Kiss." I meant nothing personal about it. She's one of the nicest girls I know and I'm not gonna have anybody think I said something mean about her!"
        MS: "Did we get some letters already?? It's only..." (looks at his watch) Very funny!!!
        BC: "I want to be sure that I was clear. Mr. Conlon, pardon me." (Awwwww Bennett!!!)
        HISTORY 101
        Mr. Conlon came prepared with some "samples" of his work...
        JC: "We also print postage stamps!"
        JD: "And there are here 5 four-cent United States postage stamps. One for each of you and one for me and we have our sample."
        AF: "With the new flag?!"
        JC: "That's the new multi-colored stamp, yes. 49 states."
        After Mr. Conlon passes out the stamps, Arlene sticks hers on her bare shoulder...later, Bennett notices it and teases, "She's still chasing the U.S. mail!!" Everyone groaned at that one. I admit, I had to think about it for a minute until I got it...."she's still chasing the U.S. MALE"...LOL!!!
        I repeat, FABULOUS episode tonight! - fiveninegal

      • Mort Sahl (b. 5/11/1927)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Mort Sahl, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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