What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 23

EPISODE #500

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 07, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #500
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Game 1: Don L. Brown - "Director of Physical Education at Women's College" (salaried; he works at Loretto Heights College; he is also working on a Master's Degree in Physiology, which is the biological study of the functions of living organisms and their parts; from Denver, CO)

Game 2: Mrs. Thelma Wagner - "Makes Horse Blankets" (self-employed; she makes blankets out of cotton for horses and Shetland ponies; from Hampton, Iowa)

Game 3: Julie Andrews (b. 10/1/1935) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Judy Joye - "Professional Skin Diver (Search, Salvage, Instruction, Etc.)" (self-employed; from New York, NY)
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  • Maria Callas????

    8.0
    The last contestant, the skin diver looks exactly like the way soprano Maria Callas looked in the late 1950s.
  • Wow my dad was on this show!

    10
    Don Brown was on 10th Anniversary show cool is that!
  • 10th Anniversary Show Was Enjoyable

    8.0
    After the customary opening animation, The panel is shown already seated. This may have been done so that guest panelist Martyn Green, who was an amputee, would not be shown walking with a prosthetic leg.



    Another unusual thing is that John cues the first commercial by saying, "and here's Dennis James speaking for Kellogg" He doesn't usually mention the sponsor.



    John looks a bit tired at first, but perks up later in the show. Dorothy is in very good form. Guest panelist Martyn Green plays the game adequately, but makes little impression. Martin Gabel fills in for the vacationing Bennett and does a capable job as usual, but his wife is the real star of this episode.



    Arlene is a joy to watch. She's full of energy and bursting with wit and charm. Maybe it's the bling-bling. She's wearing a heavy, shiny necklace which reflects a lot of light and is rather distracting. (Her trademark heart pendant is also visible.)



    The first contestant, a young man who heads the physical education department of a women's college, is a real charmer. After the panel figures out his line (but not the gender of his students), John flips the cards. When John mentions the name of the college, the ever-alert Dorothy cries out in disbelief, "Excuse me, but isn't Loretto Heights a GIRL'S school?"



    The next contestant is a middle-aged woman who makes horse blankets. The panel gets hung up after determining that the product is made from a vegetable, leading to a lot of funny comments reminiscent of the previous episodes's pickle packer segment. Green, who professes ignorance of farm animals, nevertheless scores a bullseye when he guesses that the product is used for horses. At the end of the round, Arlene scolds John for using the word "indigenous." ("Don't you ever use it again! Naughty, naughty!"). Dorothy, always the journalist, wants to know which vegetable is used in the product (it's cotton).



    Mystery challenger Julie Andrews, wearing a full-length gown and elbow length gloves, looks fabulous and is a delightful guest. She answers “yup” and “nope” in a midwestern twang. The panel gets a "nope" to the question, "Are you known for your work in movies?" (This is about to change, of course.)



    Arlene gets a big laugh by asking Andrews, "Have you hair?" (when a hair color question got no immediate response). Dorothy tells Andrews that "Professor ‘iggins did a wonderful job on you because your American accent is perfect.”



    The final contestant, a lady skin diver, is dressed in a satiny gown with sparkling chandelier earrings. Her entrance draws whistles. John comments drily, "This continuous celebration of our anniversary is most touching!" The skin diver looks more like a night club entertainer, which leads the panel astray.



    I would rate this a fairly typical entry in the series, enjoyable but not outstanding.



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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Martin Gabel

Martin Gabel

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Martyn Green

Martyn Green

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    • FLIP REPORT: This being the tenth anniversary show and the 500th episode, it was only appropriate that John awarded all of the regular contestants the full prize by flipping cards. In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at two down, while jokingly stating that he was mad that the panel had figured out this contestant's line so quickly. In fact, Dorothy identified the guest as the "head of the athletics department," when the line displayed was "director of physical education," which may have contributed to the cards going over. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at four down. In this case, Arlene had figured out the correct product, but John flipped the cards anyway, saying, "I've only got one choice, it's the 500th broadcast." In the night's final game, John flipped the remaining cards for the final contestant at seven down because time had run out. In this case, the panel did not figure out the line, though Martin Gabel started to close in by associating the contestant with sports. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: For this special episode, the primary sponsor is Kellogg's; and there is a little variation to announcer Hal Simms' introductory opening which began, "Here's our award-winning panel...", rather than "Let's meet our award-winning panel..." Speaking of which, doubtless due to first and last time guest panelist Martyn Green, the panel and Mr. Daly are pre-seated at the start of the show tonight, in what was the ultimate hearkening back to the earliest days of "WML?" Only Miss Kilgallen, among the panelists, was on both the 1950 premiere and this tenth-anniversary edition.
      (2) DATABASE VERIFIED - EPISODE #500 (Or, "THAT'S 500 DOWN AND 376 TO GO!"): In addition to mentioning that this was the show's 10th anniversary, John noted in the opening minutes that this was the 500th episode of "WML?"
      (3) GSN AIRDATE HISTORY: This pivotal "WML?" episode has been aired by GSN in regular rotation on September 24, 2003; November 5, 2005; and March 24, 2009.
      (4) JULIE ANDREWS: The question of whether the actress, singer and "My Fair Lady" co-star was in movies was not the only issue where, had any of the mystery guests waited several more weeks, months or years in asking, the answer would have been "yes." For example, Martyn Green asked if Miss Andrews were in rehearsals for a musical that was about to premiere on Broadway. Miss Andrews' answer was "no" because tonight's show was seen several months before she landed her other famous Broadway stage role, as "Guinevere," in Lerner & Loewe's "Camelot." While Robert Goulet, who played "Lancelot" in the original production, appeared on "WML?" in later years, star Richard Burton, the original "King Arthur," was never on "WML?" in any of its incarnations. Also, Martin Gabel asked Julie whether she had a current TV series. Again, she answered "no," but this question would have been answered in the affirmative had it been asked during the 1972-1973 television season, when she hosted her own weekly musical variety show, "The Julie Andrews Hour," which ran on ABC in the U.S. from September 13, 1972 to April 28, 1973. This doesn't even call into account Miss Andrews' two TV specials with Carol Burnett (at Carnegie Hall in 1962 and at Lincoln Center in 1971) or her very ill-fated sitcom "Julie" which ran on ABC from May 30, 1992 to July 4, 1992. By the way, this was to be Miss Andrews' only "WML?" appearance.
      (5) AND AWAY THEY GO: Martyn Green and Julie Andrews later had brief professional ties to "The Great One," Jackie Gleason. Mr. Green played the "Major-Domo" in a "Color Honeymooners" episode of "The Jackie Gleason Show" titled "Poor People in Paris," which originally aired on October 8, 1966 as part of a plot arc known to "Honeymoonies" as the "Trip to Europe." Nearly eight years later, in 1974, Miss Andrews and Mr. Gleason collaborated on a TV special, aired in the U.S. on May 22, 1974 as "Julie and Jackie: How Sweet It Is," and aired in Britain on August 26, 1974 as "Julie Andrews and Jackie Gleason...Together." The latter special was notable in that it marked the only time someone other than Art Carney played goofy sewer worker "Ed Norton" in a "Honeymooners" sketch (on this occasion, it was Miss Andrews herself); in addition, Julie reprised her "My Fair Lady" role of "Eliza Doolittle" opposite Jackie's "Joe the Bartender" in what proved to be the last time he ever played that character.
      (6) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH AND ROGUE CAPTIONS WATCH: The full production crew credits were once again shown and, as usual, GSN spoiled the viewing experience with their busybody practice of "crunching" the screen on their March 24, 2009 airing of this episode. And as if that wasn't enough, viewers were also subjected to a rogue closed-caption feed for "Match Game," which persisted throughout most of the broadcast.
      (7) Immediately after the March 24, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the December 24, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer, with the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured Charlie Wells, Jr. (approximate spelling; a bakery worker by trade and amateur radio operator - aka ham radio operator - by hobby; he had recently intercepted a message from a Ghanan ham radio operator that an 8-year-old boy who was the son of an Israeli official was dying of an accidental brain injury; Mr. Wells then placed a call to the Israeli Embassy in Washington and, as a result, two U.S. Navy surgeons flew to Ghana, Africa to perform surgery; the boy's life was saved, leading to Mr. Wells receiving a letter of commendation from the Israeli ambassador) and two impostors; the second game featured Mrs. Mansie Guerrero (approximate spelling; the chief engineer in charge of the design and building of bridges for the city of New Orleans, Louisiana) and two impostors; and the third game featured Father William A. Leising (spelling verified; a dentist, Catholic priest and airplane pilot who flew to the Arctic every December to spread Christmas cheer and the message of the Lord) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

    • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! Tonight marked two very special milestones for "What's My Line?" First, it was the tenth anniversary of the show as well as the 500th broadcast. Ironically, the panel was introduced as they were ten years earlier, already seated at the desk. Unfortunately, missing this very special evening was Bennett Cerf, who was lounging on the beach in Jamaica, but it still was a nice night. In the first game, Dorothy was given credit for guessing that the first contestant was a physical education instructor, even though she never did guess where he was working. However, when John mentioned that he worked at Loretto Heights College, Dorothy suddenly realized that he worked at an all-girls college and burst out into laughter. Also, John flipped over all the cards due to the fact that it was the 500th show. In the second game, Arlene was somewhat given credit for guessing that the contestant made horse blankets. At first, it looked as though they weren't going to get it, but Arlene then blurted out a comment about horse blankets and the audience burst out into applause. John once again flipped over all the cards due to the anniversary. Arlene definitely was the heroine in the mystery guest round as she made the last second guess of Julie Andrews. Julie was on the show to promote her upcoming appearance on "The Bell Telephone Hour." Also mentioned were her brilliant performances on the television special "The Fabulous Fifties" as well as a little role in a little musical by the name of "My Fair Lady." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the lady skin diver won the full prize by default. However, this did not diminish this very special anniversary celebration. - Sargebri (2005)

      MY FAIR LADY: During the questioning of mystery guest Julie Andrews, Arlene asked her if she was famous for her work in films, to which Julie promptly answered "no." Of course, this was still a few years before Julie would begin her highly successful career in films and she had just finished her run as the character "Eliza Doolittle" in the classic Broadway musical "My Fair Lady." Also, Julie was a few months away from the Broadway premiere of "Camelot" in which she played "Guenevere." However, few years later, a huge controversy erupted when she was passed over in favor of Audrey Hepburn for the role of "Eliza" in the 1964 film version of "My Fair Lady." The producers felt that Andrews wasn't well known enough outside of Broadway to make the film a hit, and chose Hepburn since she was better known in Hollywood. However, when the Oscar nominations were handed out, Hepburn didn't receive the nomination. Andrews was nominated and won for the title role of "Mary Poppins." It has long been speculated that the reason Hepburn wasn't nominated was due to the fact that she didn't sing her own songs, as she was dubbed by Marni Nixon. In addition, it is felt that Andrews' win was a consolation prize for being passed over for "My Fair Lady." Interestingly enough, Julie's co-star in the Broadway version of "My Fair Lady," Rex Harrison, did reprise his role as "Professor Harold Higgins" in the film version and wound up winning the Best Actor Oscar for his performance. What really made it ironic was that Audrey Hepburn presented Harrison his Oscar that night, and when Harrison accepted it, he did a very classy thing and dedicated it to his "two fair ladies" Andrews and Hepburn. - Sargebri (2005)

      WHERE WERE PAT FINCH AND PHIL RIZZUTO? Since this was not only the tenth anniversary, but the 500th episode as well, it would have been somewhat fitting to invite Pat Finch, who was the very first contestant on the show, as well as the first mystery guest, former New York Yankees shortstop, as well as future Hall of Famer, Phil Rizzuto. However, Pat did make an appearance on the fifth anniversary broadcast, as well as make an appearance seven years later on WML's final broadcast. "Scooter" made three earlier appearances on the show as a guest panelist on the September 16, 1956 broadcast, the October 7, 1956 broadcast and the July 28, 1957 broadcast. Unfortunately, however, he did not return for the final episode. - Sargebri (2005)

      LORETTO HEIGHTS TIMELINE: As was noted, the first contestant was a physical education teacher at Loretto Heights College. The school was founded in 1891 by the Sisters of Loretto. Unfortunately, the school closed down in 1988 and merged with Regis University. Here is a complete timeline. - Sargebri (2005)

      1891 - Under the direction of Mother Pancratia Bonfils, S.L., the Sisters of Loretto founded Loretto Heights Academy as a private elementary and secondary Catholic school for girls.

      1918 - College curriculum was added.

      1926 - The Teacher Education Program was established.

      1941 - The name was changed to Loretto Heights College as elementary and secondary courses were phased out and the school became a four-year college for women.

      1941 - The Nursing Program at Loretto Heights College began.

      1968 - A lay board of trustees was established.

      1970 - The first male students were admitted.

      1978 - A program in business was established, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and small business.

      1988 - Loretto Heights College closed, and three academic programs, nursing, University Without Walls (UWW) and dance moved to Regis University. Nursing became the foundation for Regis' School for Health Care Professions and UWW was incorporated into Regis' School for Professional Studies.

    • About 25 years ago, I was trying to arrange an interview with Martyn Green for a G&S radio show that I was doing. When I called Actors' Equity Association to get his agent's name, I was politely asked "which" Martyn Green I wanted to contact. It seems that, at the time, Actors' Equity had 3 actors using the name Martyn Green, but all with variant spellings! I did eventually get to speak with Martyn Green. I reached him backstage in Boston, where he was appearing in "The Magic Flute" as Papageno. (His real-life wife was Papagena!) A very charming gentleman. He talked at length about life with D'Oyly Carte and about being introduced to the elderly W.S. Gilbert when he (Green) was a child. We started to talk a bit about his career post-D'Oyly Carte, but unfortunately, he had to go on stage and so the interview was cut short. - Written by Les Solomon, usenet archive, October 20, 1996 and posted by Suzanne (2003)

      Guest panelist Martyn Green was a very well-known star of Gilbert & Sullivan operettas with London's D'Oyly Carte Opera Company and made many recordings with the D'Oyly Carte during his tenure with them, which was from 1922 to 1939 and 1946 to 1951. By the time of his appearance on this show, he had left the company. He adapted the script for the 1960 "live TV" condensed production of "The Mikado" which starred Groucho Marx as "Ko-Ko, the Lord High Executioner." Green also shared directing duties with Robert Dwan for this Bell Telephone Hour production. In 1959, Green lost a leg in an freak garage elevator accident. His his left leg was crushed and had to be amputated below the knee. Not to be stopped, he performed on stage with a prosthesis in the last decade of his life. In December 1974, he made his final stage appearance in Chicago, IL. Returning home to Hollywood, CA, he was hospitalized for a short time and died of a blood infection on February 8, 1975. When GSN last aired this episode in September 2003, there was a long "still" gap in the middle. I hope the kinescope isn't damaged and it will be intact when next shown. - jdpendleton (2003)

      Martyn Green (his birth name is William Martyn-Green) is the correct spelling for this English entertainer and singer who was from London, England, and wore a monocle. More confusion is added to Martyn's name since very common misspellings are "Martin Green," Martin Greene," and "Martyn Greene." For more information about this comic stage actor, visit this bio site. - Suzanne (2003)

      http://math.boisestate.edu/gas/whowaswho/G/GreenMartyn.htm

      HAPPY 10TH ANNIVERSARY! What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, and this was the "10th Anniversary" show, the 500th episode. - Suzanne (2003)

      Martyn Green (4/22/1899 - 2/8/1975)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martyn Green, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf is vacationing in Jamaica.

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