What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 47

EPISODE #523

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 24, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #523
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Game 1: William C. Westmoreland (3/26/1914 - 7/18/2005) & John Davidson (5/3/1908 - 1/22/1989) (Major General William Westmoreland & Rear Admiral John Davidson)(as Mystery Guest Duo) - "Superintendents: West Point & Annapolis" (salaried; the panel was blindfolded and both men appeared in full uniform; John said that Wm. Westmoreland was the Army's youngest Major General)

Game 2: Mrs. Nancy Pomroy - "Lobster Fisherman" (self-employed; last year, she had been elected Miss Sea Goddess of the Lobster Festival in Rockland, Maine, but now that she was married and a "Mrs." she would have to relinquish her title; John commented on her cute "down Maine" accent; from South Thomaston, Maine)

Game 3: Zsa Zsa Gabor (b. 2/6/1917) (as Mystery Guest #2) - As she has done in previous appearances, she signed in as Zsa Zsa Gábor - with an acute accent over the a in her surname.

Game 4: Mrs. Maureen Napier - "Tour Guide on Sightseeing Boat (New York City)" (salaried; she is a day tour guide on a boat on the Hudson River that circles Manhattan; from Ridgewood, NJ)
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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)

    William Westmoreland

    William Westmoreland

    Mystery Guest Duo

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    John Davidson (II)

    John Davidson (II)

    Mystery Guest Duo

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Zsa Zsa Gabor

    Mystery Guest #2

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • John: I distinctly remember saying last week -- if I had a gavel, I'd bust it over Bennett's head. There will be a short ceremony immediately after the program.

      • Bennett: Have you got anything all to do with, uh, any of the, uh, arts?
        John Davidson: No.
        Arlene: Are you related?
        John Daly: Here again, I must say to clarify that directly our guests do not have anything to do with the arts, but this is not to rule out that the arts do not come within the purview of their responsibilities in the functions which they carry out (light laughter from audience) in the due course of every day's work. (laughter and loud applause from audience) Clear the aisles!

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      • WELCOME ABOARD ALAN KING!!! This episode marked the first appearance for comedian Alan King on "What's My Line?" He definitely made quite an impressive impression by asking good questions as well as livening up the show with a few good one-liners. As for the games themselves, except for Bennett's historic performance in the second game, this was a night to forget. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded as the first two guests, Major General William Westmoreland of the Army and Rear Admiral John Davidson of the Navy entered the stage wearing their uniforms. The panel tried in vain to figure out what their lines were and they never did figure out that Westmoreland and Davis were the commandants of West Point and Annapolis, respectively. Of course, a few years later, Westmoreland would go down in infamy as the chief of operations in Vietnam. The next game featured what is probably the fastest guess of a contestant's line in WML history as Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady from Maine was a lobster fisherman (or in her case, fisherwoman) in just three questions. However, that celebration was short-lived as they were totally stumped in the mystery guest round by Zsa Zsa Gabor. Zsa Zsa was on the show to promote her autobiography which Bennett published. In the final game, the panel was pretty much on the right track, but the time ran out, so the Hudson River tour guide won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

        MORE ON WILLIAM WESTMORELAND!!! As was stated earlier, William Westmoreland was appointed commandant of West Point just a few weeks earlier. A few years later, he would become head of operations in Vietnam when the United States became more deeply involved in the war. One thing that was very controversial about Westmoreland's tenure was that he continually made positive assessments about U.S. prospects in Vietnam, despite the fact that U.S. troops were taking a lot of casualties. After Vietnam, Westmoreland became Army Chief of Staff at probably one of the worst times for the military as it transitioned to an all-volunteer service after the draft had been abolished. However, one of the most controversial events in his life came when he sued CBS News for libel after the network alleged in a 1982 television special, "The Uncounted Enemy: A Vietnam Deception," that Westmoreland deliberately underestimated troop strength in order to maintain morale and popular support for the war. The case was all set to go to trial when Westmoreland decided to just accept an apology. The reason for this was that even though it was proven that CBS used shoddy research when working on the special, Westmoreland probably would have lost the suit due to the fact that the defense would have had to prove actual malice. Westmoreland died on July 18, 2005 at the Bishop Gadsden Retirement Home and was laid to rest five days later at West Point. - Sargebri (2005)

        Ironically, when GSN aired a rerun of this episode on December 2, 2005, it was the day before one of the biggest events in sports, the 2005 annual Army/Navy football game between the Cadets of West Point and the Midshipmen of Navy. For the record, on December 3, 2005, Navy was victorious against Army, 42-23. - Sargebri (2005)

        In this unusually-paced episode, the panel was stumped twice, which took up a lot of time. However, due to the profession of the lobster fisherman being guessed almost immediately, there was still time for a fourth challenger after the mystery guest round. - agent_0042 (2005)

        Mystery guest Zsa Zsa Gabor answers all the panel's questions in French: "oui" (yes), "non" (no), "peut-être" (maybe) or "Je ne sais quoi" (I don't know). - TheNooz (2005)

        In a rare exception to the usual rule, guest panelist Alan King's nameplate on the panel desk reads as "ALAN KING." - W-B (2005)

      • Tidbits: Dorothy announces that Bennett has asked her to write a book. She is referring to her book titled "Murder One," which sadly won't be published until after Dorothy's death. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Alan King (12/26/1927 - 5/9/2004)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Alan King, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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