What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 18, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Edward Karlson - "Whaling Captain" (salaried; John Daly spoke of his own youth in Johannesburg, South Africa, and said that he used to go to Durban in the summertime; in December 1959, Karlson is going to Antarctica; from Durban, South Africa)

Game 2: Mrs. Edna L. Yates - "Garbage Collector" (self-employed; she owns and operates her own garbage truck and is the head of her own company, The Lake Placid, Florida, Sanitation Company; from Lake Placid, Florida)

Game 3: Gary Cooper (5/7/1901 - 5/13/1961) (as Mystery Guest)

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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 (5)

      • (Arlene Francis tries to identify just what one would do with the "product" of the second contestant. The panel is thoroughly confused at this point, as the "product" is garbage.)

        Arlene Francis: You could carry it. Would that be the sort of thing you would do with it if you had it? (laughter from audience)
        John Daly: I think the only fair answer to that question is "no."

      • Tony Perkins: (after he gets a "no") Well, wasn't that clever of me and didn't that work out well!

      • Arlene Francis: Are you, yourself, a hunter, Mr. Karlson?
        Edward Karlson: Yes.
        Arlene: Are you a white hunter? (slight pause) What does that mean? (laughter from audience)

      • John Daly: Four down and six to go. Miss Francis...
        Arlene Francis: Do you have something to do with animal life?
        Edward Karlson: Yes.
        Arlene Francis: Could they be all kinds of animals?
        John Daly: Now, what might you mean by "all kinds of animals?"
        Arlene Francis: Fish, fowl, four...legged. (pause) I was going to say "four lettered!"
        (Arlene, John and the audience laugh.)
        John Daly: Your personal opinion of these animals must not be allowed to intrude upon the decorum of this program!

      • Gary Cooper: (charmingly embarrassed at having to talk about his latest film) I can't sit here and plug the picture!

        Bennett Cerf: (referring to the whaling captain and making a pun on whales/Wales) Well, first time we've had a Prince of Wales on this show!

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at eight down, saying that, to use Arlene's phrase, the panel was "beating about the bush." The panel correctly ascertained that this contestant was some sort of big game hunter and, after the cards had been flipped over, Arlene guessed that he might be a deep-sea diver. John conceded that both of these guesses were in the ballpark, but the panel lost this game because they did not identify the exact line of "whaling captain." In the night's second game, John again flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at eight down, this time because time was running short. The panel never really came close on this one, as the contestant was a garbage collector and John allowed them to focus on trying to guess her "product" of "garbage" (which could be nearly anything) rather than steering them toward identifying a service. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: The chief sponsor this evening is Kellogg's, and returning announcer Hal Simms utilized the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" variation on the intro (plus getting Dorothy's introduction correct). As for first-time guest panelist Tony Perkins, shortly after his appearance tonight, he began filming the 1960 movie for which he will be forever famous, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho," in which he played the deranged motel owner "Norman Bates." Filming on this landmark picture began this very month, October 1959.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett's "prince of whales" pun, as directed towards the whaling captain, was not the only play on the British royal title of "Prince of Wales." Among the many nicknames of Dorothy's old paramour, singer Johnnie Ray, was "The Prince of Wails."
        (3) GARY COOPER: There was no small irony to the legendary actor's sole "WML?" appearance tonight, and it had to do with his now-classic 1952 movie "High Noon." Some in Hollywood, notably John Wayne, strongly disliked the film and, in particular, the allegories to the blacklist that were part of the plot; in a later interview, Mr. Wayne indicated that he took strong exception to the final scene of "High Noon" where Mr. Cooper's character, "Marshal Will Kane," threw his badge to the ground and stepped on it. The "Duke" -- who will make his own sole "WML?" appearance as a mystery guest on EPISODE #539 of November 13, 1960 -- made the movie "Rio Bravo" (which came out in this year of 1959) as a direct and explicit response to "High Noon."
        (4) "WML?" CLOSING THEME AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Once again tonight (as John Daly would say), a different ending music was used in place of the usual "Rollercoaster" closing theme. We again hear an orchestral version of Raymond Scott's "The Toy Trumpet" -- or at least, the GSN viewing audience heard it on the September 8, 2003 and October 22, 2005 airings of this episode. It was an entirely different story on the March 10, 2009 airing, which was plagued (as usual) by the cable and satellite channel's intrusive and invasive "credits crunch," thus forcing viewers to squint to see the end credits that followed the United Airlines plug and did manage to go all the way through -- except the final art card that credited technical director Vernon Gamble and lighting director Charles Reinhard was only up for less than a second.
        (5) Immediately after the March 10, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the August 18, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel comprised of Polly Bergen, Ralph Bellamy, Monique van Vooren and Tom Poston. The first game featured Henry Slomanski (Master Sergeant in the United States Army, parachutist, instructor at the 101st Airborne division, and international karate champion) and two impostors (in lieu of Mr. Collyer's "please stand up" command, the real Mr. Slomanski was revealed by breaking a block of wood in half with his hand); the second game featured 14-year-old Sara Engle (daughter of poet Paul Engle; the entire family, including Sara, was held hostage in their own home in Anamosa, Iowa, for eight hours by a pair of escaped convicts on August 4, 1959) and two impostors; and the third game featured Major Anthony Bramley (spelling verified; from Gosford, Oxfordshire, England; a retired British Army cavalry officer turned dairy farmer, who also marketed special foam rubber, plastic coated mattresses for cows, on the premise that comfortable cows produce more milk) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: After two weeks of splendid performances, the panel turned in a stinker this episode. In fact, if it wasn't for their performance in the mystery guest round, it would have been a complete skunking for them. In the first game, they were absolutely stumped by the whaling captain from South Africa. They did get close by figuring out that he was a hunter, but they never figured out what kind of animal he hunted. In the second game, Arlene did figure out that the lady from Lake Placid, Florida was a garbage collector; unfortunately, her correct identification was after the remaining cards had been flipped. The thing that probably sealed their doom was the fact that they spent the whole game concentrating on the product she dealt with, rather than the service she performed. If John had urged them to concentrate on the service, there probably was a chance that they would have guessed her occupation. However, despite their poor performances during the regular games, the panel did a wonderful job in the mystery guest round as they correctly identified double Academy Award winner Gary Cooper. Cooper was on the show to promote his latest picture "They Came to Cordura." Cooper also discussed his recent meeting with Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. Cooper relayed how when he met Khrushchev, Khrushchev figured out that Cooper was a western star just by looking at him. Cooper said that he replied that this was correct, since he had made over thirty westerns. For the panel, Cooper's fun appearance certainly helped to make a poor evening even more bearable. - Sargebri (2005)

        WHALING: It was historically interesting to see the whaling captain on this week's episode. Of course, within twenty years from the date of this broadcast, the practice of whale hunting would be all but non-existent due to the fact that several countries banned this form of hunting. It was banned because many species of whales were being put on the endangered list due to over hunting. There still are a few nations that practice whaling, but for the most part, the rest of the world is no longer involved. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Gary Cooper promoted his 1959 movie, "They Came to Cordura." It opens on Wednesday. He made only 3 more movies before his 1961 death. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Dorothy looked stunning tonight! Tony Perkins seemed nervous. His new 1959 movie, "On The Beach" is soon to be released. - Suzanne (2003)

        Anthony Perkins (4/4/1932 - 9/12/1992)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Anthony Perkins, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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