What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 13, 1959 on CBS



  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: In the first game, John flipped all the cards for Branch Rickey at eight down. The panel had identified him by name, but John justified the flip on the basis that the panel didn't guess his "line." In the second game, John flipped all the cards for Marilyn Picard, the only regular contestant, at six down because time ran out. And finally, in the mystery challenger round, John flipped them all for June Allyson at only two down because time was again running short. In fact, time was so scarce that John signed off for the night on behalf of the panel. - agent_0042 (2006)

      (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Sunbeam was the sponsor for this episode, with the slogan "It's Sunbeam Time." In the "Sunbeam connections" department, Chuck Connors (making his "WML?" debut this evening, and dwarfing even Bennett Cerf) was guest panelist on both tonight's show and EPISODE #532 of September 25, 1960; coincidentally, Sunbeam was the sponsor on both editions. (Two decades later, Mr. Connors would go on to pitch Sunbeam electric shavers in a series of 1970's television commercials.) Meanwhile, announcer Hal Simms utilized the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording variation during the intro.
      (2) BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on August 7, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a baseball-associated figure, as a tribute to the Baseball Hall of Fame which celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2006.
      (3) GSN AIRDATE HISTORY: GSN has aired this show on the following dates: September 3, 2003 (regular rotation); October 17, 2005 (regular rotation); August 7, 2006 (baseball tribute); and March 5, 2009 (regular rotation).
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Following the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, tonight's end credits sequence only goes up to the art card crediting associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky. This was no deterrent, however, to GSN's retrograde and recidivist "crunching" of the screen on its March 5, 2009 airing of this episode. Only the fact that Nestle foods did not (to the best of anyone's knowledge) sponsor any "WML?" episodes at any point in their original telecast prevented such a modern-day procedure as practiced by GSN from becoming a proverbial "Nestle crunch."
      (5) Right after the March 5, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the June 9, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Olson (who served as the senior Presidential helicopter pilot for President Eisenhower) and two impostors; the second game featured national women's diving champion Paula Jean Myers (later to become known as Paula Jean Myers-Pope) and two impostors; and the third game featured U.S. postal letter carrier Francis E. Maher (he had made an inspection of Norway's postal system, and later brought a Norwegian postal worker to America as part of an exchange program) and two impostors (in lieu of importuning the real letter carrier to "please stand up," Mr. Collyer had the Norwegian postal letter carrier, Mr. Berger Omont (approximate spelling), point him out). - W-B (2006, updated 2009)