What's My Line?

Season 10 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 30, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. O.E. Long (Oren Ethelbirt Long)(3/4/1889 - 5/6/1965) - "U.S. Senator from Hawaii" (salaried; Democrat; born in Altoona, Kansas, currently residing in Washington, DC; he has been Hawaii's Senator since last Monday and has lived in HI for 42 years; he was the territorial Governor of Hawaii from 1951-1953; in 1956 he was elected as the territorial Senator from Hawaii; he became a United States Senator when Hawaii gained statehood in 1959; Oren Long served as Hawaii's Senator from 1959-1963 until he was replaced by Daniel Inouye; Bennett disqualified himself from this round, but he gave the panel a huge clue when he first asked if the guest resided on an island off San Francisco)

Game 2: Bernard Duddy - "Monkey Keeper (For Research Project)" (salaried; he works for Merck Laboratories; from Norristown, Pennsylvania)

Game 3: Rick Nelson (5/8/1940 - 12/31/1985) (as Mystery Guest) aka Ricky Nelson, which is what Dorothy called him when she identified him.

Game 4: Miss Candy Lee (b. 2/8/1942) - "Disc Jockey" (salaried; she broadcasts the "Candy Lee Show" on radio station WDOK in her hometown of Cleveland, OH; she is on the air on Saturday mornings from 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • (Bennett Cerf identifies the first contestant as being from an island off San Francisco before disqualifying himself from further questioning. The questioning moves on to Arlene Francis...)

        Arlene Francis: Now the island, off San Francisco, that I can think of is one that I hope Bennett has not been on, which is Alcatraz. (loud laughter and scattered applause)

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down, in spite of the fact that Dorothy had correctly identified this contestant. John's excuse for the flip was that the panel had identified Mr. Long as living in Hawaii while he actually now resided in Washington D.C. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down. Dorothy once again made the identification here, though did not specifically state the exact line of "monkey keeper," thus allowing the window to open for the cards to be flipped. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. The panel figured out that this contestant was involved with entertainment, but didn't have a chance to go any further with it. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight was "Sunbeam time," to paraphrase a then-current advertising slogan of the appliance and clock maker which was chief sponsor for this episode; and announcer Hal Simms utilized the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variant of the introductory script.
        (2) "THE FIRST, THE LAST...": This evening marked both the first and last appearances of guest panelist Max Shulman and mystery guest Rick(y) Nelson.
        (3) MAX SHULMAN: Tonight's one-time-only guest panelist was the writer of such works as "The Tender Trap" and "Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!" that were later made into motion pictures, but Mr. Shulman's most enduring work was about to premiere at the point of his "WML?" appearance tonight: "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" (whose title was later shortened to "Dobie Gillis") which debuted on CBS on September 29, 1959 and ran until September 18, 1963. The program made stars out of Dwayne Hickman (who played the title character) and Bob Denver (who played beatnik "Maynard G. Krebs"). In addition, appearing in the first season (1959-1960) were future "WML?" mystery guests Warren Beatty (in the role of "Milton Armitage") and Tuesday Weld (as "Thalia Menninger"). Mr. Denver, who went on to even greater fame as "Gilligan" on "Gilligan's Island," never was on "WML?," but did appear on at least two other Goodson-Todman shows: a 1966 episode of the original 1961-1967 CBS version of "Password" hosted by Allen Ludden; and a 1972 episode of "Beat The Clock" hosted by Jack Narz. Mr. Hickman likewise made no appearances on "WML?," nor did the actors who played his parents, Frank Faylen and Florida Friebus. Another major "Dobie Gillis" co-star who never appeared on "WML?" was the actress who played "Zelda Gilroy," Sheila James, who many years later declared herself a lesbian and is now known as California state legislator Sheila Kuehl.
        (4) RICK(Y) NELSON - PART I: While his lower-third overlay read "Ricky Nelson," the then-teen idol provided a point to the future by signing on the board as "Rick Nelson." His 1959 film, "Rio Bravo," in which he played "Colorado Ryan," had a few past and/or future "WML?" connections, via star John Wayne and fellow supporting players Dean Martin and Walter Brennan. (However, the "WML?" connection of another "Rio Bravo" co-star, Angie Dickinson, was strictly limited to the 1968-1975 daily syndicated version, on which she was a mystery guest during its first season.) Also, Mr. Nelson's co-star in the 1960 movie "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" was occasional "WML?" guest panelist Jack Lemmon.
        (5) RICK(Y) NELSON - PART II: While Mr. Nelson's band mates in his early 1970's country-rock group, The Stone Canyon Band, were duly mentioned, the sidemen who backed him on his late 1950's and early 1960's string of hits were not exactly slouches either. One of those instrumentalists, guitarist James Burton, later was part of Elvis Presley's backing tour band during the period from 1969 until "The King's" death in 1977.
        (6) THE NEW "CAPTAIN CRUNCH": Proving once again that once per evening is never enough, GSN went overboard with its overbearing and insufferable "crunching" of the screen on its March 3, 2009 airing of this episode, inflicting it twice in one night. Prior to the usual end credits "crunch," the first minute of the last contestant's game likewise suffered this horrid "crunching" by having the picture's aspect ratio distorted and its size shrunk. However, at least on that final game, the original vintage audio was retained. Not so the end credits, which followed the United Airlines plug and only went up to set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide.
        (7) Following GSN's March 3, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the May 12, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the cross-examiners this week assembled as Betty White, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston (Polly Bergen was recuperating from a recent operation). This was the first episode that is allowed to be run by GSN on which Mr. Collyer introduced each of the panelists at the opening (it is not known whether this was also the case on the previous episode of May 5, 1959, which was sponsored by a cigarette manufacturer); previously, each panelist introduced himself and herself with the opening words "My name is...", in a variation of the start of each game where a contestant and two "impostors" announced who they were. As for the evening's games themselves, the first game featured German-born Richard Strelow (approximate spelling; a chimney sweep from West Berlin, Germany, and also captain of the West Berlin soccer team) and two impostors; the second game featured Miss Wickham Livermore Stivers (aka Wickie Stivers; a reporter who covered rocket and missile firings at Cape Canaveral, Florida for the Reuters news service, and who was the namesake for a mouse named "Wickie" who was flown into space on July 23, 1958) and two impostors; and the third game featured caricature artist Gordon Currie (who, up to the point of this "TTTT" episode, drew caricatures of such noted figures as the Duke of Windsor, Jayne Mansfield, Chiang Kai-shek, Bob Hope, Harry S. Truman, Marilyn Monroe, Red Skelton, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan and President Eisenhower) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

        WICKHAM "WICKIE" STIVERS ON 5/12/1959 "TTTT": On the web, there were references to early space reporter Wickham Livermore "Wickie" Stivers, the second contestant on the May 12, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," also appearing on "WML?" It is most likely that she appeared on the British version, hosted by Eamonn Andrews, as there is no evidence of her having been on the U.S. "WML?" - W-B (2009)

      • REVIEW: After weeks of poor performances, the panel (in particular, Dorothy) finally had a great night. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified the new Senator from Hawaii, O. E. Long. Of course, she had a little help from Bennett, who immediately recognized Senator Long and voluntarily disqualified himself. In the second game, Dorothy got credit for guessing that the contestant was a monkey keeper by guessing that he used them for research. Dolly Mae continued her hot streak by correctly guessing teen idol, and one of the future founding fathers of country rock, Ricky Nelson. Of course, this was at the time when he was simultaneously working not only on his hot singing career, but also on his family's show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." In fact, John managed to get a plug in for the show and even mentioned ABC, which both John and Ricky were seen on. Unfortunately, the panel didn't get the perfecto due to the fact that they ran out of time in the fourth and final game, so the girl disc jockey from Cleveland won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        WELCOME, HAWAII: As was mentioned in the first game, Hawaii had just been admitted into the Union. In fact, it had been admitted just that month. Unfortunately, as had been mentioned a few weeks earlier, it was admitted after Independence Day. If it had been admitted prior to July 4th, the fifty-star U.S. flag would have made its debut in 1959. However, the now-current U.S. flag made its debut on July 4, 1960. - Sargebri (2005)

        RICK NELSON: Besides being the youngest member of the most famous family on television, Ricky Nelson was one of the biggest teen idols of the rock era. His hits at the time of his appearance on the show included "I'm Walkin," "It's Late" and "Fools Rush In." His success in music also led to roles in several films, including 1959's "Rio Bravo" and 1962's "The Wackiest Ship in the Army." In 1969, Rick formed a band called "Rick Nelson and The Stone Canyon Band," which featured James Burton and future Eagles bassist Randy Meisner. It was during this phase in his career that he would lay down the foundation for what would become country rock. He had his last hit in 1973 with the semi-autobiographical song "Garden Party." Unfortunately, on New Years Eve 1985, Rick would die in a tragic plane crash which was the result of a fire started from a malfunctioning gas heater. In 1987, Rick was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. - Sargebri (2005)

      • TALK ABOUT IRONY Bennett gets a little too excited and mispronounces "imperturbable" while introducing John. Of course, John has a ball with this and jokes, "That alone was worth the price of admission! Well, one member of the panel is already befuddled. We hope to befuddle the other three later!"
        OOOOHHHHHH! Bad Pun Alert! While questioning the second guest, Bernard Duddy, Bennett asks, "Are you familiar with the song "My Heart Belongs to Duddy"?" Farewell Season Ten! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • Max Shulman (3/14/1919 - 8/28/1988)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Max Shulman, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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