What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 13

EPISODE #492

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 29, 1959 on CBS
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EPISODE #492
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Game 1: Mrs. Grace Lake - "Window Washer" (salaried; she works for the Dover Window Cleaning Company and is also a member of the Teamsters Union; from Byram Township, Sussex County, New Jersey)

Game 2: Robert Sullivan (Robert Jennings Sullivan) - "Grows Christmas Trees" (self-employed; he grows evergreen trees at the Sheerlund Forest Christmas Tree Farm in Sheerland Forest; this business was revived in 2000 and their web site states that they are a family-owned farm that was established in 1901 by George D. Horst and Jabob Nolde, located in a beautiful 500-acre valley near Reading, Pennsylvania; Robert J. Sullivan was a former short-story writer for the Saturday Evening Post; from Berks County, Reading, PA)

Game 3: Richard Rodgers (6/28/1902 - 12/30/1979) & Oscar Hammerstein II (7/12/1895 - 8/23/1960) (as Mystery Guest Duo)

Game 4: James Wilfong - "Shoes Horses" (self-employed; from Ann Arbor, Michigan)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Richard Rodgers

    Richard Rodgers

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Oscar Hammerstein II

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. The panel never really had a chance to get very far with this one. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1a) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's sponsor, for the sixth consecutive week, is Sunbeam; this was one of the longest stretches of one company sponsoring "WML?" for a prolonged period since 1955, when Remington Rand, normally a co-sponsor, handled the last nine shows of that year (as well as being sole sponsor of the last few shows of 1953, 1954 and 1956). As of tonight's show, this situation is manifested on such occasions as when they transition from the mystery guest (in tonight's case, Rodgers and Hammerstein) to another contestant, and John mentions, "We'll have a word from our sponsor," rather than his "alternate sponsor" blurb as we hear on shows when they rotate between two sponsors (as we know from "WML?'s" long history, "alternate sponsor" Kellogg's cereals will resume their opening "Best to You" greetings in a few weeks' time).
        (1b) Bern Bennett is the announcer for tonight's show, substituting for Hal Simms. Unlike most of his previous guest-announcing gigs on the show, Mr. Bennett identifies himself during the end credits (though the viewing audience only heard him do so on GSN airings up to and including 2005). He also utilizes the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" variant wording during the intro.
        (1c) This was the second time Martin Gabel appeared on the panel sans Arlene Francis. The first time was on EPISODE #396 of January 5, 1958, on which guest panelist Hedy Lamarr filled in for Arlene. The full list of these "solo" appearances by Mr. Gabel can be found in the notes to EPISODE #340 of December 9, 1956.
        (1d) During the opening curtain entrance, guest panelist Paulette Goddard enters from the curtain next to the side of the set where the panel is assembled, rather than from the customary center stage. She had, true to its description, a quite literal "curtain entrance." This was also to be Miss Goddard's only appearance on "WML?" Earlier in the month, on November 2, 1959, "the remarkable Mrs. Remarque" (as Martin introduced Paulette, making reference to her marriage to fourth husband Erich Maria Remarque, which lasted from 1958 until his death in 1970) appeared in an episode of "Adventures in Paradise" titled "The Lady from South Chicago."
        (2) "WML?" NAMEPLATE AND OVERLAY FONT WATCH: For their final "WML?" appearance together, Rodgers & Hammerstein's lower-third overlay was hand-painted. All other overlays made full use of the regular Futura Demi Bold. Meanwhile, though it wasn't fully legible, due to a combination of the nature of kinescope film and the faraway camera shots, Paulette Goddard's nameplate on the panel desk appears to have been set in Franklin Gothic Extra Condensed, as the spacing of the letters (and also the space between "MISS" and "GODDARD") was reminiscent of the nameplates as in general use (with a few exceptions) between 1950 and 1953. In spite of her nameplate wording, John Daly frequently addressed her as "Miss Paulette" tonight.
        (3) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: After the United Airlines travel arrangements plug, the end credits tonight go no further than the art card slide crediting associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Kaminsky. GSN's ever-unsightly "crunching" of the screen on its March 16, 2009 airing of this episode was piled on top of the indignity of not being able to hear substitute announcer Bern Bennett identify himself.
        (4) BACK-TO-BACK BERN BENNETT: GSN's March 16, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the October 22, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and the returning Tom Poston -- and of course, the "golden voice" of Bern Bennett asking each challenger, "What is your name, please?" During the introductory moments, Mr. Collyer made mention of Mr. Poston's appearance on Broadway in "The Golden Fleecing," and hoped that he would "be with us for a long time." Bud's comment proved most prophetic, as Tom remained with the show through the middle of the 1967-1968 season, by which time only the daily daytime version was running on CBS for what turned out to be the last months of its run; he and "grande dame" Kitty went on to form the linchpin of a panel that, within a few more years, was augmented first by Peggy Cass and then by Orson Bean. The first game of this "TTTT" episode featured Harry Lauderdale (a "revenuer" aka revenue agent for the U.S. Treasury who worked undercover to bust moonshiners) and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Donald Upton (the wife of a TV and radio production manager; under her maiden name of Miriam Stevenson, she was the first American to win the Miss Universe beauty pageant in 1954) and two impostors; and the third game featured Brigadier Leslie Wheeler (major and resident general of the Tower of London; his jurisdiction included the crown jewels) and two impostors. Of note was that the associate director on this "TTTT" episode was Alvin R. Mifelow, nearly two years before he assumed this capacity on "WML?" and "I've Got a Secret." - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

      • REVIEW: Tonight, Martin Gabel appears on the panel without his wife Arlene Francis, who was taking a well-deserved vacation. Filling in for her was screen legend Paulette Goddard, who did a reasonably good job despite an obvious case of nerves. One sign of her nervousness was when she entered the stage through the viewer's left-side curtain rather than the regular center opening. As for the games themselves, the panel batted .500 this evening. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the lady window washer from New Jersey. Dorothy came the closest to guessing her line, but when she asked if she worked on a building as a whole, instead of one particular part of it, she got a "no" answer from the contestant. Of course, no one could blame the panel for not thinking that a woman did this sort of work. Commercial window washing was a male-dominated profession in the 1950s. They were more successful in the second game when Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant grew and sold Christmas trees. He also gave credit to Paulette, because she obviously had identified the guest's line, but when she asked her question, she asked it the wrong way and received a "no" reply, thus losing her turn. In the mystery guest round, Bennett voluntarily disqualified himself because he recognized the voices of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. Bennett had dined with the talented gentlemen on the previous day and recognized their voices. Despite this, Dolly Mae was able to identify the legendary Broadway duo. After the game, Dorothy took time to heartily recommend that everyone go see the duo's latest production, a little play by the name of "The Sound of Music." Also discussed was another musical of theirs, "Flower Drum Song," which was entering the second year of its run on Broadway. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time during the fourth game, so the horse shoer won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        THE SOUND OF MUSIC: As was mentioned during the post game chat, "The Sound of Music" had just started its run on Broadway. Interestingly enough, the 7 young cast members who played the "von Trapp" children would later jointly appear as "WML?" mystery guests themselves, on EPISODE #520 of July, 3, 1960. Also, the play would later be made into one of the greatest and most popular motion pictures in history with Julie Andrews as "Maria" and Christopher Plummer as "Captain Georg von Trapp" and would go on to win several Oscars, including the big one, Best Picture of 1965. Interestingly enough, the popularity of the 1965 film would take on a different twist as several years later, many movie houses would have special sing-along nights in which the audience was invited to sing along with the film, almost in the same way that young people would do at showings of the more bizarre 1975 "Rocky Horror Picture Show." - Sargebri (2005)

      • Bennett disqualifies himself from the mystery guest round because he recognizes the voices of Rodgers and Hammerstein. Both "The Sound of Music" and "Flower Drum Song" are mentioned. - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: Arlene is on vacation in New England. - Suzanne (2003)

        Paulette Goddard (6/3/1910 - 4/23/1990)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Paulette Goddard, Bennett Cerf.

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