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  • Season 9 Episode 8: EPISODE #385

  • HOOVER DAM - PART I: GOOF: John Daly was incorrect: Hoover Dam is located in Boulder City, Nevada, which is 35 miles from Las Vegas. The dam is not near Boulder, Colorado, the home of the first guest. The two cities are 800 miles apart. - Suzanne (2005)

    HOOVER DAM - PART II: Though it was known as Hoover Dam both in the early years of construction in the early 1930's, as well as at the time of tonight's show and beyond, upon the 1932 Presidential election defeat of its namesake, Herbert Hoover, his successor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, made it a priority to change the dam's name to what had been originally intended, Boulder Dam (after its base of Boulder City, Nevada). In later years, during the controversy of whether or not to restore Herbert Hoover's name to the dam, legendary NBC News anchor and commentator David Brinkley suggested that the former President settle the matter by changing his name to "Herbert Boulder." - W-B (2008)

  • Season 8 Episode 50: EPISODE #375

  • ERNIE KOVACS WAS HIRED AS A PERMANENT PANELIST: In the "Comments" section of Gil Fates' handwritten log for "What's My Line?" EPISODE #375 of August 11, 1957 is a note underneath Ernie Kovacs' name which says, "begins as panelist." The comment for EPISODE #386 of October 27, 1957 reads, "not a good Kovacs show." We'll never know all the details of how or why, but the comment for EPISODE #387 of November 3, 1957 states, "Kovacs last regular show." In this short stretch of time, almost three months, Ernie Kovacs appeared as a regular panelist on only 9 episodes. Including his "guest panelist debut" on EPISODE #369 of June 30, 1957, Ernie made a total of 10 panel appearances over the span of the entire CBS series. In addition, he appeared twice as a mystery guest, for a total of 12 appearances. Even though the historical logs show that he was hired as a regular panelist by Goodson-Todman, this fact was never specifically announced on the series. It was, however, strongly hinted at on at least two occasions: On EPISODE #378 when John announced that Ernie would be gone for a few episodes; and on EPISODE #379 when Ernie's mystery guest overlay screen read "What's My Line? Panelist." - Suzanne (2008)

    IF IT QUACKS LIKE A DUCK: Since Ernie Kovacs' tenure as a regular panelist was so short, these few appearances will be, for all intents and purposes, viewed historically as "guest panelist" appearances. - Suzanne (2008)

  • Season 8 Episode 41: EPISODE #366

  • GOOF: There were no nameplates on the panel's desk. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 39: EPISODE #364

  • GOOF: There are no nameplates for either John Daly or the panel members tonight. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 37: EPISODE #362

  • GOOF: Toward the beginning of the mystery guest round, Adolph Menjou asked Walter Brennan if he was a comedian, and Walter Brennan replied "no." John appeared preoccupied and failed to flip a card to make the score 2 down, 8 to go. Had John correctly flipped, the game would have ended at 10-0 with Dorothy's question, and would not have gotten back to Adolph Menjou, who correctly asked him if his name was Walter Brennan. - TRH Gallery (2008)

  • GOOF: There was no nameplate for John Daly. - Suzanne (2008)

  • GOOF: At the beginning of game 4, John incorrectly referred to Adolphe Menjou as "Ralph Menjou." - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 36: EPISODE #361

  • GOOF: There was no nameplate for John Daly. - Suzanne (2008)

  • Season 8 Episode 35: EPISODE #360

  • GOOF: There was no nameplate for John Daly. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 34: EPISODE #359

  • GOOF: There was no nameplate for John Daly. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 23: EPISODE #348

  • GOOF: ONE RINGY DINGY, TWO RINGY DINGIES: During game one with the Colonel, a telephone can be heard ringing in the background. It occurs when the score cards show $25, shortly after Dorothy says, "Washington" and the guest answers. It rings about 4 times. - Suzanne (2005)

    Regarding that telephone heard ringing in the background: It may have been Mrs. Daly, with a message for John to please bring home a loaf of bread. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 15: EPISODE #340

  • GOOF: There is an unusual and awkward moment at the end of the show when John accidently forgets to cut to the final commercial break from "next week's sponsor." Instead, he starts saying goodnight to the panel before the advertisement from the "alternate sponsor." The camera stays on John, waiting for him to break, but he doesn't. Meantime, while we still see John, Arlene says good night to Martin Gabel, all off-camera. Finally, the camera moves to Martin Gabel and he says his good night, and the good nights continue to the end. When the camera gets back to John, he acknowledges his mistake and goes to commercial. He then reappears only to say one final good night, his own. - videopro1 (2005)

  • Season 8 Episode 10: EPISODE #335

  • NOVELTY ENTREPRENEUR: On the net, photos can be seen of 1950s tubes of Don Poynter's "Genuine Scotch Whiskey Flavored Toothpaste, Six Proof" and his "Genuine Rye Whiskey Flavored Toothpaste, Six Proof." In later years, Poynter also invented such diverse items as "The Thing" coin box and "Uncle Fester's Mystery Light Bulb" which were both featured on "The Addams Family" TV show. See a Poynter interview below. - Suzanne (2005)

    Novelty entrepreneur Don Poynter offers ways to get serious about being silly:

    http://www.horizons.uc.edu:80/0502/tips26poynter.htm
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  • Season 8 Episode 1: EPISODE #326

  • GOOF: Marisa Pavan's name was misspelled as Marissa Pavan on the overlay screen. - W-B (2005)

  • Season 7 Episode 51: EPISODE #324

  • GOOF: Silvana Mangano's occupation overlay screen is accidently misspelled as Sylvana Mangano. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 7 Episode 47: EPISODE #320

  • GOOF: The occupation overlay for Frank Marshall, while not quite misspelled, does have a misplaced apostrophe and an extra space between the T and the S. In all upper case letters, it is seen as:

    MAKES VENTRILOQUIST S' DUMMIES

    - cattaur (2008)

  • Season 7 Episode 42: EPISODE #315

  • GOOF: The occupation of the guest in the fourth game is shown as "Inspects Bee Hives for State of Ohio." However, this was incorrect information which was specifically refuted during questioning. It turned out that the guest actually worked for the county government, not the state government. - stopette (2005)

  • Season 7 Episode 29: EPISODE #302

  • GOOF: At the very end, John Daly accidently said "Steve" instead of "Fred" Allen, but quickly corrected himself. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 7 Episode 16: EPISODE #289

  • GOOF: At the end of the final game, John twice accidently calls the guest "Hedrick" instead of the correct "Herdick." - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 7 Episode 8: EPISODE #281

  • Apparently, Charlotte Whitton wasn't properly cued by the producer or director to be ready to sign in when her turn came. The camera gives us our customary close-up shot of the sign-in board, ready to catch the contestant's signature, whether it be legible or a scrawl. However, this time, we wait. Hmmm, is something wrong? John repeats the cue. Certainly now, our guest will sign in. Oh no, we are still waiting! John's blood pressure must be rising. We're still waiting. What is going on? Don't they know millions of Americans are waiting for a sign in? Then, we cut to a long shot of the sign-in board and see something perhaps never seen before - or since - on What's My Line?: A camera shot absolutely devoid of people! It's as if everybody packed up and went home! We see just the stark set. It's a brief shot, for John enters the picture and looks behind the curtain, calling "You-hoo!" Amidst audience laughter, he then wanders behind his desk, starts to sit, then stands, then is obviously relieved when Charlotte Whitton appears, 17 full seconds late! It might seem like a fleeting moment, but 17 seconds of unscripted silence is a lifetime in live television! - Lee McIntyre (2005)

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