What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 6

EPISODE #485

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 11, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #485
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Game 1: Victor Borge (1/3/1909 - 12/23/2000) - "Poultry Farmer (Raises Rock Cornish Hens)" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded, but the regular questioning format is used; self-employed; he owns ViBo Farms; Dorothy mentioned being served one on an airplane; see notes below)

Game 2: Norman Niblo - "London "Bobby" (Policeman)" (salaried; he works for the City of London, not Scotland Yard; Bennett asked, and Norman said he was not related to the famous director Fred Niblo; from London, England)

Game 3: Hedda Hopper (5/2/1885 - 2/1/1966) (as Mystery Guest #2) Hedda donated her game winnings to the Community Chest and the United Funds.

Game 4: Miss Elfriede H. Gierman - "Stockbroker" (salaried; she works for Goodbody & Company; originally from Munich Germany; currently from New York, NY)
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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)

    Victor Borge

    Victor Borge

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Hedda Hopper

    Hedda Hopper

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    John Payne (I)

    John Payne (I)

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game, John began flipping cards rapidly for the second contestant at two down when Arlene took issue with the statement that the contestant didn't work for the "London government." Finally, Bennett Cerf identified him as working for city government, but John went ahead and flipped over the remaining cards anyway, awarding the full prize. In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at three down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Sunbeam electric appliances. This episode had a substitute announcer, Bern Bennett, in place of Hal Simms; Mr. Bennett used the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" variant of the intro this evening.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The second contestant's overlay of "London 'Bobby' (Policeman)" was set in the "last-minute" font, with the "(Policeman)" line displayed in a smaller size of type than the rest of the overlay. Incredibly, both sizes of text were displayed in a sans serif font, but the opening and closing quotes that enveloped the "Bobby" part of the overlay appear to be of a serif type. All other overlays were set in the usual Futura Demi Bold typeface.
        (3) "WML?" CLOSING THEME AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Tonight's show not only has a substitute announcer in the person of Bern Bennett, but also substitute ending music, as the usual "Rollercoaster" closing theme has again inexplicably disappeared and another piece of music, "The Toy Trumpet," written by Raymond Scott, has been used in its place; the version played is apparently a recording by Arthur Fiedler's "Boston Pops" orchestra. This alternate ending theme was heard over the end credits (which only went to the art card for associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky) on GSN's September 7, 2003 and October 21, 2005 airings of this episode; however, by the time of the cable and satellite channel's March 9, 2009 repeat, the vintage audio was left out, on top of their by-then standard (and tiresome) "crunching" of the screen.
        (4) BACK-TO-BACK BERN BENNETT: The March 9, 2009 airing of tonight's show by GSN was followed by the August 4, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel this week assembled as Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Monique van Vooren (making her "TTTT" debut) and Tom Poston -- and Bern Bennett as announcer, as he was on "TTTT" up to 1960. The first game featured Lord Mark Dundas (aka Lawrence Mark Dundas; eldest son of the Earl of Ronaldshay and grandson of the Marquess of Zetland; he was educated at Cambridge University and at the time of this "TTTT" episode was working as a lumber tallyman in Canada) and two impostors; the second game featured Fred LaLone (spelling verified; co-founder and member of the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team) and two impostors; and the third game featured Irene Wasserkort (spelling verified; a native of Frankfurt, West Germany, who was the West German "hot dog queen" of 1959) and two impostors.
        (5) "I SURE PICKED THE WRONG WEEK TO BE ON 'TTTT'": Because the previous "TTTT" episode of July 28, 1959 was sponsored by a cigarette maker, it will not be run by GSN. However, it was notable in that Lloyd Bridges (then starring in the syndicated TV series "Sea Hunt," and later appearing in such theatrical comedy features as the 1980 movie "Airplane!" and the 1991 film "Hot Shots!") was part of the panel, the rest of which consisted of Polly Bergen, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston, and the first game of which featured legendary mountain climber Sir Edmund Hillary and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel. They didn't get a perfecto as they had the previous week, but they still went a respectable three for four. In the first game, Arlene not only correctly figured out that the first mystery guest was none other than "The Great Dane" Victor Borge, but she also figured out that he was on the show to promote his ViBo Farms Rock Cornish Game Hens. Victor also took time to promote his upcoming special that would be airing on NBC later that week as well. Arlene also correctly guessed that the second contestant was a bobby for the city of London. Unfortunately, John, being as devilish as ever, kept flipping cards until they said he worked for the city of London instead of the national government of England. John did stop at the $40 mark, but flipped over the rest of the cards anyway. In the mystery guest round, Bennett had the honor of guessing legendary gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. Hedda was on the show mainly to promote the annual Community Chest drive and urged everyone to give what they could to the charity. Unfortunately, the perfecto was ruined in the final game with the young fraulein from New York by way of Munich, Germany (or as it was known then, WEST Germany) as they failed to guess that she was a stockbroker in the allotted time, so she won the full prize by default. Other than that little hiccup, the panel did splendidly. - Sargebri (2005)

        HOPPER FAMILY: Hedda wasn't the only famous Hopper working in show business at the time of her appearance tonight. Her son, Bill Hopper (aka William Hopper), was in the middle of his second season playing private investigator "Paul Drake" on the classic 1957-1966 legal/mystery series "Perry Mason." - Sargebri (2005)

      • We first learn that Victor Borge raises Cornish hens on EPISODE #295 on January 29, 1956 when John makes a quick mention of his side business. Tonight, the panel must guess his secondary line. From April 1952 to the early 1960s, Victor Borge (and also Danica Enterprises, Inc., Borge's wholly owned corporation for the poultry company) conducted a poultry business on a 400-acre farm in Connecticut under the name of ViBo Farms, which was pronounced "VEE-Bo Farms" and took its name from the "Vi" in Victor and the "Bo" in Borge. The farm business centered on and pioneered in the development and commercial sale of processed, quality chickens called rock cornish hens. Borge incurred substantial losses in his poultry business and eventually (pardon the pun) flew the coop and closed up shop, especially after facing IRS tax reporting and accounting troubles that ended up in the U.S. tax court. Bennett Cerf might have said that Borge walked away from the whole "fowl" business. - Suzanne (2003, updated 2005)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, John Payne, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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