What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 27, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Glenn Stoneburner - "Tests Tubas (For Musical Instrument Mfr.)" (salaried; Glenn works for the Conn Company and tests 300 tubas per month; after the game, John Daly spoke of his own youth when he said that he was familiar with the Conn musical instruments company, because he had taken saxophone lessons as a boy while in school, although he admitted that he was not very good on the sax; from Mishawaka, IN)

Game 2: Mrs. Barbara Morris - "Seal Trainer" (self-employed; tall; she trains a group of water-performing seals known as The Slickers; from Callahan, FL)

Game 3: Garry Moore (1/31/1915 - 11/28/1993) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Nancy Weis - "Fills Orders For World Series Tickets" (salaried; John explained that hers was a temporary job which was going to last only a few weeks; from Aurora, IL)

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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: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at four down because time was running short. Due to the shortage of time, the panel never really had a chance to get anywhere near this contestant's line. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: For this edition which marked a return to normalcy after Groucho Marx's monopolization of the program last week, Sunbeam is chief sponsor. Announcer Hal Simms employed the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" introduction variation, and then mistakenly introduced Dorothy with the description usually reserved for Arlene, "The delightful star of stage and television," rather than the usual "The popular columnist whose 'Voice of Broadway' appears in papers coast to coast." This was not the first time Dorothy had been introduced as such, as she had also been incorrectly introduced with Arlene's description on EPISODE #372 of July 21, 1957.
        (2) GARRY MOORE - PART I: Not only was the crew-cut entertainer's variety series, "The Garry Moore Show," commencing its second season, but this season marked a series of turning points in the other successful program he was hosting, "I've Got a Secret." First, "IGAS" acquired another sponsor, Bristol-Myers, makers of Bufferin headache aspirin; the pharmaceutical company would alternate every other week with R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company whose Winston brand of cigarettes had been the sole "IGAS" sponsor up to this point. Second, as 1959 came to a close, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman sold the series to CBS and Mr. Moore; unlike the situation with "WML?" which, since 1958, had been "A CBS Television Network Production in association with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman," all "IGAS" episodes from early 1960 to the series' demise in 1967 listed the show in the end credits as "A Telecast Enterprises, Inc. Production." Third, it was the first full season of the core panel as it would be assembled for the remainder of "IGAS's" run: Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. All except Miss Myerson appeared on "WML?" at different points in its CBS run; Bess' only "WML?" appearance was on the syndicated version, as a mystery guest, in 1973. The 1959-1960 episodes of "IGAS" that were sponsored by Bristol-Myers were most recently aired on GSN in 2006, before the cable and satellite channel replaced such reruns with the short-lived 2006 revival of "IGAS."
        (3) GARRY MOORE - PART II: In 1969, ten years from tonight's show, Mr. Moore began a seven-year run as host of the syndicated revival of "To Tell the Truth," for which he would be as famous as he was for his 1958-1964 variety show and "IGAS." The new "TTTT" came to the air following the syndicated revival of "WML?" the year before. While both programs in their respective syndicated incarnations had elements of "IGAS" in their formats, the new "TTTT" had actual physical elements of "IGAS" as well, not only in the person of Mr. Moore, but also Bill Cullen who was a regular syndicated "TTTT" panelist from its beginnings until the end in 1978 (ironically, Mr. Cullen outlasted Mr. Moore on both the CBS "IGAS" and the syndicated "TTTT"). In addition, two of Mr. Cullen's old "IGAS" mates, Betsy Palmer and Henry Morgan, made occasional panel appearances on the syndicated "TTTT."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: For the second time in four days, GSN imposed its intrusive "credits crunch" twice in one airing. The first occurrence was as John was importuning the final contestant to "come in and sign in, please" (after which point the screen reverted to normal; the original audio was heard the whole time), and the second occurrence, as usual, was during the end credits which, after the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, cut off after the art card slide for associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky.
        (5) BACK-TO-BACK "IGAS" REGULARS: Following the March 7, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the July 7, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with "I've Got a Secret" alumni Jayne Meadows at the anchor end of the panel, alongside Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured Dr. Joseph Cassius (an Army lieutenant and pro wrestler who recently earned a Ph.D. in psychology) and two impostors; the second game featured Miss Fujiko Asakawa (Oriental actress and model, registered nurse, and women's world's yo-yo champion) and two impostors; and the third game featured William E. Potter (a Major General in the United States Army Corps of Engineers; a graduate of West Point and MIT; governor of the Panama Canal Zone; and President of the Panama Canal Company) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: Things definitely were a lot calmer after the previous week's wildness, which was created by guest panelist Groucho Marx and his zany antics. Even Bennett mentioned that John was a little bruised and battered after "Hurricane Groucho." As for their performance tonight, the panel batted .500 this evening. In the first game, things got off to a bad start when the panel was stumped by the tuba tester from Indiana. The situation got better in the second game as Bennett made what could be termed a last second save due to the fact that the panel was getting off-track in trying to figure out what kinds of animals the contestant dealt with. However, seemingly out of the blue, Bennett correctly figured out that she was a seal trainer. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Garry Moore. Garry was on the show to hype the season premiere of his popular variety show, "The Garry Moore Show." In the final game, the panel ran out of time while questioning the contestant who took orders for World Series tickets, so she won the full prize by default. After she left the stage, John made an announcement that if anyone was interested in becoming a contestant on WML, they should send in a letter with their occupation, name and address, as well as a snapshot that they didn't need returned. Of course, the panel probably cringed when they heard this, due to the fact that it probably meant more unusual occupations for them to figure out. All jokes aside, these "how to become a contestant" rules were announced on WML on each program, but GSN usually cuts them out. It is rare that it got left in on this episode. - Sargebri (2005)

        GARRY MOORE: As John mentioned during the post mystery guest round chat, Garry Moore was probably the busiest man on television. Not only was he on the show to promote his weekly variety series, which would be having its season premiere that week, he also brought up his new radio series that would be debuting the next day - which Garry said scared him! Ironically, there was no mention of the other show Garry hosted, the Goodson-Todman panel show "I've Got a Secret." At the time of Garry's appearance on the show tonight, IGAS was in the middle of its eighth year on the air. Garry would host the show for another four years until his first - but brief - retirement in 1964. At that time, he would be replaced by former WML panelist Steve Allen, whose wife Jayne Meadows was a former IGAS panelist. Garry would "un-retire" in 1967 and would resume his variety show, which lasted only one season. However, in 1969, Garry would become host of the syndicated revival of another Goodson-Todman panel show, "To Tell the Truth," which he would host until his second retirement in 1977. Also, another interesting fact about Garry's variety show is that it was responsible for launching the career of Dorothy Loudon, as well as another television icon, Carol Burnett. - Sargebri (2005)

        2005 WORLD SERIES - PART I: Ironically, when GSN showed this episode on the morning of October 19, 2005, it was the week before the beginning of the 2005 World Series. What made it so ironic was the fact that the final contestant took orders for World Series tickets. What made it doubly ironic was the fact that one of the teams in that 1959 series was the Chicago White Sox, in what was their last appearance in the series until 2005. Of course, the Sox lost that 1959 series in six games to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 2005 World Series will feature the Houston Astros against the Chicago White Sox. - Sargebri (2005)

        2005 WORLD SERIES - PART II: Unlike in 1959, the 2005 World Series saw the Chicago White Sox win the World Championship for the first time in 88 years, sweeping the Houston Astros in four games. - W-B (2009)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Ben Gazzara, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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