What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 19

EPISODE #497

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 10, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #497
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Game 1: Mr. Chan Wu Nam (or possibly Mr. Tchan Woo Nam) - "Superintendent, Korean National Police" (he signed his name in Asian characters, so this is a guess as to possible spellings of his name; salaried; he is in America because he is attending "civil defense and modernization" classes in Battle Creek, Michigan; from Seoul, Korea)

Game 2: Mrs. Connie Clark - "Monkey Keeper for Research Project" (salaried; she most likely performs research for the University of Wisconsin, since John mentions that she works at a University; from Madison, WI)

Game 3: George Jessel (4/3/1898 - 5/24/1981) (as Mystery Guest)
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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)

    George Jessel

    George Jessel

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Dana Andrews

    Dana Andrews

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Eunice Gayson

    Eunice Gayson

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • FLIP REPORT: In the night's second game with the monkey keeper, when the cards were at four down, John put forth a line-related pun by telling Bennett not to make a monkey out of himself. At this point, time was running very short, so John said that he'd "tipped the beans" and used that as an excuse to flip all of the remaining cards. The panel had figured out that the guest worked with some sort of animal in a laboratory, but they weren't able to identify the exact animal in time. - agent_0042 (2009)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: The primary sponsor this evening was Kellogg's, and announcer Hal Simms came forth with the "award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" wording. This was the next-to-last appearance of Dana Andrews on "WML?" -- his very last came exactly 100 episodes from now, on EPISODE #597 of January 14, 1962 -- and the only time a certain British actress named Gayson...Eunice Gayson appeared on the program.
        (2) INTRODUCTION NOTES: When Dorothy came out during the curtain entrance, she said she was introducing John Daly "for the first time" in the show's history. In truth, Dorothy had introduced John on several occasions before tonight, but this was the first time she had introduced him in the new decade which had just unfolded. We can't blame her for forgetting, but the very first time she introduced John was almost ten years ago on EPISODE #3 of March 2, 1950. Another interesting example was on EPISODE #178 of October 25, 1953, when the panel seating order remained the same (with Dorothy on the far end of the panel) but the introductions were handled "backwards" -- just as tonight's introductions were. It was the first time the "Voice of Broadway" introduced the panel moderator since EPISODE #285 of November 20, 1955, and the tenth time overall (among still-existing "WML?" kinescopes) that Miss Kilgallen had this honor.
        (3) GEORGE JESSEL: This was the veteran comedian and "Toastmaster General's" first extant "WML?" appearance (the first time he appeared on the show, EPISODE #83 of December 30, 1951, fell in the 1950-1952 period where the majority of episodes -- including the aforementioned 1951 edition -- have become lost to history). Mr. Jessel was impersonated countless times by numerous impressionists over the years; one standout was in a failed 1979 pilot called "The T.V. Show" (which was to be an American answer to the Canadian sketch comedy series "Second City Television," aka "SCTV"), which featured a recurring bit about a telethon called "Stop Death in Our Lifetime," where Rob Reiner impersonated the showbiz legend whose fame dated back to vaudeville days. "The T.V. Show" aired late at night on ABC on July 24, 1979, and is more famous these days as the birthplace of the mock rock group "Spinal Tap."
        (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Time ran so short after the good nights that the end credits consisted solely of the "WML?" closing title card, effectively thwarting GSN's efforts to impose its nettlesome "crunching" of the screen on the March 21, 2009 airing of this episode, so that the viewing audience got to see this super-truncated sequence in full screen and with original vintage audio.
        (5) GSN's March 21, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the November 26, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth" with host Bud Collyer and the panel once again assembled as Monique van Vooren, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Drysdale and two impostors; the second game featured Norma Kurtz (sheep shearer extraordinary, as per Mr. Collyer's description) and two impostors; and the third game featured Russell Daniel (Deputy Chief of the U.S. Secret Service; his duties included the investigation of monetary counterfeit activity in the country) and two impostors. (Mr. Daniel was by no means the only Secret Service deputy chief to appear on a Goodson-Todman panel show; another person to serve in the same capacity, and handle the same duties, was Paul Paterni, who was a contestant on "WML?" EPISODE #599 of January 28, 1962.) - W-B (2005, updated 2008 + 2009)

      • NAME ORDER: For the first guest from Korea, the actual order of his name is unknown. Koreans generally state their surname first, so in all likelihood his name is Woo-nam Chan in the American system and Chan Woo-nam in literal Korean order. - Dan Albertson (2005)

        REVIEW: Tonight's episode had a very unusual opening, as Bennett was the first to be introduced, instead of the last. Yet, he still sat in the anchor position closest to John Daly. As a result, Dorothy had the pleasure of introducing John Daly - or as she called him - "John Weekly." Also, Arlene was absent this evening, because she was appearing in a play in Florida. As for the panel's performance, they did a fairly good job despite the absence of Arlene. Ably filling in for her was the pretty British actress Eunice Gayson. In the first game, Dolly Mae got things rolling when she correctly identified Mr. Nam as the chief of the Korean National Police. Mr. Nam was in America attending classes in Michigan. Unfortunately, in the second game, John made a faux pas when he inadvertently might have let it slip that the pretty young contestant from Michigan was a monkey keeper at the University of Wisconsin. The panel had better luck in the mystery guest round when they identified "America's Toastmaster" George E. Jessel. George was on the show to promote numerous speaking engagements and had the audience rolling with is thick Yiddish accent. In spite of his familiar voice, he didn't try to disguise it by deepening it or raising it higher. Nevertheless, he was a joy to watch on the show. There was no time for a fourth game, but in any case, the panel had a really enjoyable night. - Sargebri (2005)

      • FINCH TRIAL - PART I: During the introductions, Dana Andrews mentioned that Dorothy will be travelling to California to cover the "Finch trial." This refers to the 1960 and 1961 murder trials of Dr. Raymond Bernard Finch and his mistress/lover/paramour Carole Tregoff. Finch and Tregoff were tried and eventually convicted of the 1959 love triangle murder of Finch's wife, Barbara Finch, in West Covina, CA. - Suzanne (2005)

        FINCH TRIAL - PART II: At the time tonight's episode originally aired, the Finch trial was as riveting to the country as the O. J. trial years later. Finch and Tregoff were convicted, but not until two hung juries had forced a third trial. Both defendants received a life sentence, but each was later released; Tregoff after 8 years and Finch after 12, and allowed to resume their former professions. Dorothy later published a book titled "Murder One" that detailed this case and five others she had covered. The book was published after her death, by her esteemed fellow panelist Bennett Cerf. - brklnbern (2009)

        BAD PUNS AND FUNNY MOMENTS: During the introductions, Dorothy and John colluded on a pun, with Dorothy introducing the moderator as "John Weekly." Unfortunately, the audience did not laugh and this pun fell flat on its face. However, later in the show there was a very funny spontaneous moment. After Dorothy asked the Superintendent of Police from Korea if he had any connection to "the judicial," John asked Dorothy to be a little more specific and said that even he himself had something to do with the judicial, as he had recently gotten a speeding ticket. We then hear a muffled cry of "good" from the panel. John Daly responds in mock anger, saying, "What do you mean GOOD, Bennett?" - brklnbern (2009)

        GEORGE JESSEL: During the post-game mystery guest round chat, George Jessel remarked about casting Bennett in a movie. This was no idle comment, as Jessel, in addition to his various other talents, had been a very active movie producer in the 1950s for 20th Century Fox where, among other films, he had produced several very successful biographies of songwriters and composers. And Bennett also confirmed that they had been in conversation on this topic only recently. The movie was to based on the play "Seven Keys to Baldpate," a mystery comedy by Jessel's old friend George M. Cohan, which had been adapted from a book by Earl Derr Biggers, who was known mostly for inventing the fictional detective "Charlie Chan." Unfortunately, the movie never came about and Bennett was unable to add the profession of actor to his portfolio. - brklnbern (2009)

      • EUNICE GAYSON appears in the opening casino scene with Sean Connery in the first James Bond film, 1962's "Dr. No." She is the woman who is dealing the cards at the baccarat table. She says the famous words, "I admire your luck, Mr..." and Connery replies, "Bond. James Bond." Her character (Sylvia Trench) was cut after the second Bond movie, 1963's "From Russia with Love." - Suzanne (2003)

        Tidbits: The panel was introduced "backwards." Bennett came on stage first, taking his regular seat closest to the blackboard. He then introduced the panelist to his right (instead of the customary left). Dorothy was the last panelist introduced, and she introduced John as "John Weekly" (a pun on Daly/daily) but nobody laughed at her pun. When John came on stage, he said he and Dorothy had planned the joke. - Suzanne (2003)

        Eunice Gayson (b. 3/17/1928)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Dana Andrews, Eunice Gayson, Bennett Cerf.

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