What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 12

EPISODE #491

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 22, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #491
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Game 1: Tom Dooley, M.D. (1/17/1927 - 1/18/1961) - "Doctor / Runs Jungle Hospital in Laos" (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded; the regular questioning format is used; as the doctor is signing in, he uses his left arm to support his right arm; John explains that Dr. Dooley came back to the United States for cancer surgery to remove a malignant melanoma on his chest; as the doctor exits, while shaking hands with the panel, he again supports his right arm with his left arm, and this was probably due to decreased strength in his right arm as a result of his August 1959 skin cancer surgery on his chest; John gives Dr. Dooley a donation check to MEDICO, Inc., for $5,000 from the Damon Runyon Fund; the doctor is appreciative and also requests donations from the panel members and the home viewers; Dooley supplies MEDICO's address for the purpose of mailing in charitable contributions; the doctor states that he plans to return to Laos in three weeks; historically, we know that he did return to Indochina, but then was forced to return to the U.S. shortly before his death; sadly, fourteen months after tonight's "WML?" episode, the humanitarian doctor succumbed to his cancer at age 34) Game 2: Miss Diana Tessler - "Makes Wigs, Toupees & Hair Pieces" (salaried; left-handed; she works for Hairline, Inc.; from New York, NY) Game 3: Walter Brennan (7/25/1894 - 9/21/1974) (as Mystery Guest #2) . .moreless

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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)

    Tom Dooley

    Tom Dooley

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Walter Brennan

    Walter Brennan

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    James A. Michener

    James A. Michener

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: For the fifth straight week, Sunbeam is the sponsor, and announcer Hal Simms employs the "award-winning 'What's My Line?' panel" wording this evening. Meanwhile, author James A. Michener makes his second and final "WML?" appearance tonight.
        (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: When first mystery guest Dr. Tom Dooley (no relation to the same-named title character of The Kingston Trio's 1958 smash hit "Tom Dooley") signed in, his upper-third overlay was set in the "last-minute" font, in a smaller size than was normally used; all other overlays, from Dr. Dooley's occupation overlay up to second mystery guest Walter Brennan's lower-third overlay, utilized the regular Futura Demi Bold.
        (3) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH AND OTHER IRONIC MYSTERY GUEST QUESTIONS: During the second mystery guest round, a blindfolded Miss Kilgallen asked Walter Brennan if she had seen him in the flesh within the past week; after an exchange with John, it was agreed the answer was "no." As to the question that signified the panel's being stumped in that mystery guest round, asked by James A. Michener inquiring about whether Mr. Brennan was one of the Nelsons, the irony in that query was that the veteran character actor played opposite Ricky Nelson in the John Wayne western "Rio Bravo" -- and Mr. Nelson had been a fairly recent mystery guest on EPISODE #479 of August 30, 1959. As to the question about any major motion picture Mr. Brennan was in not playing in any major New York movie theatres, it had been seven months from tonight's show since "Rio Bravo" (in which Walter played "Stumpy") had been released.
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH - AND RETURN OF THE "ROLLERCOASTER": For the first time since EPISODE #484 of September 27, 1959, we are treated to a "Rollercoaster" ride once more, as the familiar closing theme music has returned after six straight episodes on which an orchestral arrangement of Raymond Scott's "The Toy Trumpet" had been heard over the end credits. This return was heard in full by GSN viewers up to and including the 2005 airing; but come the cable and satellite channel's March 15, 2009 rerun of this episode, only the first few notes of "Rollercoaster" were heard, after which the original vintage audio was drowned out, and the picture's aspect ratio and size distorted and shrunk, in keeping with their scandalous and scurrilous "credits crunch." Speaking of the end credits, which followed the travel arrangements plug for United Airlines, the cutoff point was set designer Willard Levitas' art card slide. During this 2009 airing, GSN actually unleashed this loathsome "crunching" twice in one evening; they had sprung such an unwanted procedure in the first few seconds of the good nights -- but at least there they kept the original audio.
        (5) Immediately subsequent to the March 15, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the October 15, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth" (49 years and five months to the day after its original airing), with host Bud Collyer and the panel assembled as Polly Bergen, Gordon MacRae (making his only "TTTT" appearance), Kitty Carlisle and Robert Q. Lewis; the panel this evening was dressed in the same formal attire (tuxedos for the men, gowns for the women) that was long associated with "WML?" The first game featured George W. Walker (vice-president and director of styling and design for the Ford Motor Company) and two impostors; the second game featured Mr. Robin Lloyd (a British-born bullfighter who worked in Mexico and hoped to work in Spain) and two impostors; and the third game featured Joseph E. Vaughan (or possibly Vaughn; manager of the Pentagon building in Washington, D.C.) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)


      • REVIEW: This was a pretty good night for the panel; rather, it was an excellent night for Arlene. She was a one-woman wrecking crew as she got the two correct guesses for the panel all night. If it wasn't for the panel getting totally stumped in the mystery guest round, she probably would have gotten the mystery guest as well. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded due to the fact that they probably would have recognized Doctor Tom Dooley. At first, they did have a little trouble, but Arlene managed to ask questions pertaining to his philanthropic work in Laos and eventually made the correct identification. The entire panel was familiar with his work, and they were very honored to have him on the show. After the game, John spoke of Doctor Dooley's work as well as his bout with malignant melanoma. Unfortunately, the cancer would take Dooley's life a year later, but not before he continued his charitable work. Before the good doctor exited the stage, John presented him with a check for $5,000.00 on behalf of the Damon Runyon Society. In the second game, Arlene really put the hammer down as she correctly guessed that the contestant was a wig and toupee maker. John joked that he wished that Bennett had asked if it were something he could use. Of course, Bennett, being follicly challenged, would have gotten a huge "yes" from the contestant, and it would have drawn laughs. Unfortunately, Arlene's streak ended when the panel failed to identify Walter Brennan. However, this could not spoil the fact that this was Arlene's night. - Sargebri (2005)

        TOM DOOLEY: As was mentioned earlier, a year after his appearance on the show, Doctor Dooley sadly passed away from the cancer he had contracted. It would have pained him to see it, but a few years after his untimely death, the whole of Southeast Asia was torn apart by years of war. As John mentioned, the area of Laos that Dooley was working in was having trouble with a group known as the Viet Minh. That group was a forerunner of what would become the Viet Cong and they would become very well known to Americans as the country would become embroiled in the war that plagued that county for several years. - Sargebri (2005)

        PROGRAMMING TRENDS: As John mentioned after the mystery guest round, Walter Brennan was currently appearing on the 1957-1963 classic television series "The Real McCoys" which also featured Richard Crenna. That show could almost be seen as somewhat of a forerunner to what would become the great era of rural comedies that dominated the CBS prime time schedule for most of the decade of the 1960's. These shows included "The Beverly Hillbillies," "The Andy Griffith Show," "Green Acres," "Petticoat Junction" and later, the country variety series "Hee Haw." Unfortunately, in 1971, the new head of CBS programming, Fred Silverman, decided to rid the network of the shows he perceived as only appealing to rural audiences and, in the case of "The Ed Sullivan Show," shows that appealed to older audiences, despite the fact that they were all still very popular at the time. His decision would go down in history and would alter the landscape of CBS. It came to be known as the infamous "Rural Purge" and was also called the "Country Cut." - Sargebri (2005)

        GUEST PANELIST: James Michener was on the panel to promote his wildly successful novel "Hawaii." The book would later be made into a 1966 film starring Julie Andrews, Max von Sydow and Richard Harris. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Walter Brennan promoted his popular 1957-1963 television series, "The Real McCoys." - Suzanne (2003)

        Dr. Tom Dooley (Thomas Anthony Dooley III, 1927- 1961) was rated by a Gallup poll in 1959 as one of the ten most admired men in the United States, right after President Eisenhower and Pope John XXIII. Also known as "Thanh Mo America" (Dr. America) or the "Jungle Doctor," Dooley performed humanitarian medical work in Vietnam and Laos. He founded an organization called MEDICO which eventually opened three hospitals in Asia. He was a devout Catholic, a former U.S. Navy doctor and an author of several books. - Suzanne (2003)

        Dr. Dooley founded the Medical International Cooperation Organization (MEDICO) and requested that charitable contributions be sent to MEDICO at the following address. - Suzanne (2009)

        MEDICO
        Box 2
        Times Square
        New York, NY

        Panel: Arlene Francis, James Michener, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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