What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 26

EPISODE #503

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 28, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #503
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Game 1: Miss Page Wightman - "Livestock Auctioneer" (salaried; she attended the Reich School of Auctioneering in Mason City, Iowa; after her game, after gaining her composure, she gave a demonstration of her skills by auctioning off John Daly for $125 in a very short mock auction; from Riverton, Wyoming)

Game 2: Mrs. E.V. Haydis - "Sells High Explosives" (self-employed; she owns and operates her own explosives plant, The E. V. Haydis Company, which makes and sells high explosives such as dynamite and TNT which are normally employed in mining and demolition work; from Salome, Arizona; there are net references to Mrs. E.V. Haydis from Salome, AZ, who was a Parker High School board member, although there are no net references to her explosives company)

Game 3: Peggy Lee (5/26/1920 - 1/21/2002) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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  • A fair show, with the wonderful Peggy Lee as mystery guest.

    9.0
    WIn the first game, Arlene asked the auctioneer if she had anything to do with the training of animals. The guest misunderstood as did John. They thought Arlene had said "trading" of animals and when they asked, Arlene, sensing she might be able to get a yes with a change, said she had said "trading". ithout Bennett Cerf, the show is less stellar. I will say that Ben Gazarra is a good fill in although I wish he hadn't been smoking. He plays the game well, and unlike some guest panelists, does not call attention to himself. Martin Gable finished his four-week stint filling in for Bennett and, as attested by John Daly, did a fine job. Martin takes the game seriously.

    As I watched this episode, I wondered if there are any plans for a movie about Peggy Lee, tonight's mystery guest. Reese Witherspoon is a real look-alike and would do a great job.moreless
John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Martin Gabel

Martin Gabel

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Ben Gazzara

Ben Gazzara

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

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    • FLIP REPORT: In the night's first game, John flipped the remaining cards for the first contestant at seven down because time ran out. The panel correctly guessed that this contestant "sold four-legged animals," but just couldn't come around to figuring out that she was an auctioneer. In the night's second game, John flipped the remaining cards for the second contestant at six down. Dorothy correctly guessed this contestant's product, "dynamite," but incorrectly said that the contestant made dynamite when, in fact, she sold dynamite. Her company manufactured dynamite, but she was only involved in the selling. - agent_0042 (2009)

      LADIES' NIGHT: Tonight was an unofficial "ladies' night" for "What's My Line?," as both of the regular contestants and the mystery challenger were female. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND PANEL WATCH: For this evening, Florida Citrus is the chief sponsor. And this was one of the rare times, up to this point, that Martin Gabel introduced the show's panel moderator as "John Charles Daly." Typically, Mr. Gabel introduces John as "John Daly," and the name seen on the moderator's nameplate is displayed as "Mr. Daly."
      (2) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: A cornucopia of typefaces was seen tonight in the overlay department. The first contestant's overlay was set in the usual Futura Demi Bold; the second contestant's overlay was set in the "last-minute" font; and the lower-third overlay of mystery guest Peggy Lee -- making her second and final "WML?" appearance -- was hand-painted.
      (3) PEGGY LEE: For her appearance tonight, Miss Lee used a little girl's voice to try to fool the panel. The irony in this would come on what turned out to be Dorothy Kilgallen's last "WML?" appearance on EPISODE #789 of November 7, 1965, on which that show's mystery guest, Joey Heatherton, used a mannish throaty voice, reminiscent of Miss Lee, to throw the panel off, and Dorothy at one point asked Joey if her first name was Norma, which was Peggy Lee's birth name, Norma Dolores Egstrom, before she adopted her stage name.
      (4) GSN AIRDATE HISTORY: In a sad but related matter, not to mention a macabre and ironic coincidence, one of this episode's airings on GSN was within the early morning hours of November 8, 2005, which was the 40th anniversary of Miss Kilgallen's tragic death. Other "regular rotation" airings of tonight's show by the cable and satellite channel were on September 27, 2003 and March 27, 2009.
      (5) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The full end credit sequence was shown tonight; and in a routine that has become, well, routine, GSN carried on with its heavy-handed (to the point of inducing hernias) "crunching" of the screen on its March 27, 2009 airing of this episode.
      (6) Following GSN's March 27, 2009 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel reran the January 14, 1960 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer and the panel comprised of Polly Bergen, Dana Andrews (making his debut "TTTT" appearance; this was to be the only time he was on the nighttime edition, but he did have two turns as a panelist on two different weeks in 1963 on the daytime "TTTT"), Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. The first game featured Edgar Croswell (a New York State police sergeant who, on November 14, 1957, was involved in the bust-up of a meeting of organized crime leaders that took place at a house in Apalachin, New York; about 63 Mafia leaders were arrested, including Vito Genovese, head of the crime family bearing his surname; at the point of this "TTTT" episode, 20 Mafiosi were convicted, but later in 1960, the convictions were overturned on appeal) and two impostors (as a side note, Mr. Collyer's comment while reading Mr. Croswell's affidavit that this bust marked the beginning of the end of organized crime in America was a bit premature, as it wasn't until years after FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover's death in 1972 that going after the Mafia became a high priority for the Bureau, and it wasn't until the 1990's that the "Cosa Nostra" was largely nipped in the bud thanks to such statutes as the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, better known by its acronym "RICO," and numerous convictions including John Gotti, aka the "Dapper Don" and the "Teflon Don"); the second game featured Carol Ziegler (aka Mrs. Arnold Ziegler of Ames, Iowa; mother, Girl Scout leader, wife of a Presbyterian minister, basketball referee, and the first woman in organized basketball licensed to referee men's games) and two impostors; and the third game featured Monty Atwater (full name: Montgomery Meigs Atwater; snow ranger for the U.S. Forest Service and director of avalanche control for the upcoming 1960 Winter Olympics to be held at Squaw Valley, California) and two impostors. - W-B (2005, updated 2009)

    • REVIEW: The panel had a fairly decent night as they sort of went two for three this evening. In the first game, the panel was on the right track when they figured that the young lady from Wyoming had something to do with the selling of livestock, but they didn't narrow it down to the auctioneering of livestock. She then delighted the panel and the audience by doing an auction call. She also provided a little humor when she first tried to exit through the curtains and then had to be called back to shake hands with the panel. After shaking their hands, she again turned to exit toward the sign-in board, but was quickly corrected and sent in the right direction. In the second game, Dorothy was given credit for a correct guess when she said the grandmotherly-looking lady, Mrs. Haydis, made dynamite when she in fact sold it. Dorothy also was successful in the mystery guest round when she correctly guessed singer Peggy Lee. Peggy was on the show to promote her upcoming appearance on the television series "The Revlon Revue." She also invited Dorothy to come see her sing at Basin Street East. Unfortunately, there was no time for a fourth game tonight. In closing, it was mentioned that the prodigal publisher, Bennett Cerf, would be coming home from his well deserved vacation, and that his return would be a welcome one. - Sargebri (2005)

      DATE COINCIDENCE: As was mentioned earlier, Dorothy had a wonderful performance this episode. Interestingly, GSN aired this episode on November 8, 2005, the 40th anniversary of Dorothy's untimely death. - Sargebri (2005)

    • During the introductions, Martin remarked that John Daly had just returned from Hawaii. John added no additional comments. - Suzanne (2005)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Ben Gazzara, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf is vacationing in Jamaica, and will return next week. John Daly thanked Martin Gabel for being such a frequent (and good!) guest panelist.

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