What's My Line?

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  • 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)

  • Season 7 Episode 5: EPISODE #278

  • John Daly makes a rare mistake. During the Mystery Guest spot, he flips the $35 card and announces "That's six down and four to go. Mr. Cerf?" He should have announced it was "Seven down and three to go."

  • Season 6 Episode 38: EPISODE #259

  • GOOF: In the last game, the contestant's occupation should have read "Housewife, Mrs. America, 1956" but it read "1955" instead. She corrected John after her game. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 6 Episode 35: EPISODE #256

  • BENNETT INTRODUCTION GOOF WATCH: In introducing the news analyst/panel moderator, Bennett incorrectly calls him "John Francis Daly." Mr. Cerf would occasionally use the "Francis" name in his introductions of Mr. Daly over the next several years. John's correct birth name is John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. - W-B (2008)

  • Season 6 Episode 30: EPISODE #251

  • GOOF: Following the evening's mystery challenger segment, John stated, "Alright, panel. Will you sign in please, sir? We'll see what can do with a final panelist." No doubt he meant to say, "We'll see what we can do with a final contestant." John did not seem to notice his error and nobody commented on it. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • Season 6 Episode 20: EPISODE #241

  • GOOF: The announcer makes a slight mistake in Dorothy's introduction, saying, "The popular columnist whose column on Hollywood personalities appears each week - or each month - in 'Motion Picture Magazine,' Miss Dorothy Kilgallen. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

  • Season 6 Episode 13: EPISODE #234

  • The goof was not a technical goof, but an error in thinking by the usually very sharp Fred Allen. While questioning Mystery Guest Herbert Marshall, Fred queries, "Well, something from his voice leads me to ask the question, were you born in this country?" Fred receives a "no" answer from John, because Mr. Marshall was born in England. At the end of the round, however, Fred disputes John's earlier answer, saying, "I asked you if he was born not in this country." John incredulously asks, "Did you?" Fred responds, "I sure did. I don't want to make any trouble, you understand." After a very brief discussion, John graciously says, "I think that was my fault, Fred. If it was messed up, I messed it up." However, the audio track is very clear. Fred is mistaken in his recollection. His question was indeed phrased, "Were you born in this country?" In spite of his slip, everyone was a good sport, although I'm sure John was wishing that this episode had taken place after the invention of the instant replay, and not before. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

  • Season 6 Episode 10: EPISODE #231

  • OCCUPATION OVERLAY GOOF WATCH: For the second contestant, fish counter Mrs. Ruby Warren, the subtitle on her overlay reads "(For U.S. Gov,t)" -- instead of using an apostrophe, the typesetters who handled the occupation overlay screens incorrectly used a comma. - W-B (2008)

  • Season 6 Episode 5: EPISODE #227

  • GOOF: During the first game, after Robert Q. Lewis received a "no," John reported the score as "one down and nine to go" when, in fact, he was flipping the $10 card and should have said "two down and eight to go." John did not make any additional scoring errors and there was no noticeable reaction seen on the program to this minor gaffe. However, to keep John in line with the scoring, handwritten notes (such as "this" down and "this" to go) were written on the back of the cards and are often visible as John flips the cards. This explains why John made no more errors, but it does not explain John's mistake in the first game. The error can only be attributed to lack of attention to the score. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • Season 6 Episode 4: EPISODE #226

  • GOOF: The studio announcer accidently opened this show by reading from the cue sheet of the previous week that had been broadcast in CBS experimental color. More details under the "notes" section. - ymike (2005)

  • Season 6 Episode 1: EPISODE #223

  • GOOF: There was no name plaque for Sal Maglie and Duke Snider. Possibly, John forgot to put it in place. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 52: EPISODE #222

  • GOOF: John accidentally initially installed Ivy Baker Priest's nameplate upside down. The mistake was quickly noticed and corrected, but not before it was shown on camera. John made a humorous remark regarding the fact that he didn't even have a blindfold on. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • GOOF: Debbie Reynolds' necklace falls off during her game. More info under "notes." - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 51: EPISODE #221

  • GOOF: Johnnie Ray's name plaque was misspelled as "Johnny Ray." It has been written that Johnnie was fanatical about the correct spelling of his name. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 42: EPISODE #212

  • This exchange with Doris Day must have been very embarrassing for John Daly:

    John Charles Daly (to Doris Day): "I certainly enjoyed your picture, 'Young at Heart.'"

    (John says a few more sentences. Then, Doris Day responds in the sweetest voice:)

    Doris Day: "John, I haven't made 'Young at Heart' yet."

    John: "Haven't you?"

    Doris: "I'm going to make it."

    John: "You're going to make 'Young at Heart'?"

    Doris: "With Frank Sinatra."

    John: "Oh. Well, wonderful."

    John then jokes and asks her if she could use a broken-down baritone, and she replies that yes, she can.
    - Lee McIntyre (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 37: EPISODE #207

  • GOOF: When Bennett identified Art Carney during the mystery guest round, he called him "Al Carney." - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 34: EPISODE #204

  • During the middle part of the Ferry Boat Captain game, John Daly suddenly gets a very confused and distracted look on his face. After about 30 seconds, he is back to being his usual jovial self. It has been speculated that Mr. Daly was getting conflicting signals from backstage as to whether there were only two or three minutes remaining for game play in this segment of the live telecast. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 33: EPISODE #203

  • Dorothy tells John that he forgot to flip a card for the arch support maker, so without questioning her, John flips a card. - Garrison Skunk (2005)

    Upon watching this segment, I think it was Dorothy who made the goof, not John. She was seen taking notes during this game, which would have taken her mind off the actual game. John does appear to flip a card for every "no" that was received. It is possible that Dorothy thought that Steve received a "no," but he didn't, he "passed" to Arlene after receiving a "yes." This is probably the "missing flip" that Dorothy was looking for, if she had "done the math" and thought that the score seemed too low by the time the questioning got back to her. - Suzanne (2008)

    It appears that Dorothy was a bit unclear on what was going on. Bennett asked the contestant if his product had any medicinal purpose, to which the contestant responded in the negative. John, however, seemed dubious in the matter, and allowed Bennett to press with a more precise line of questioning. At that point, Bennett then asked if it was any sort of bunion plaster, which resulted in a clear "no" and John flipping a card. Of course, ultimately, the whole thing mattered little, as the contestant won the game by default due to time. In the end, all the cards were flipped. - agent_0042 (2008)

  • Season 5 Episode 32: EPISODE #202

  • GOOF - WRONG PUBLICATION PLUGGED: During the introductions, the off-camera show announcer incorrectly stated that Dorothy's articles appear in Screen Guide magazine. At the end of the program, during the good nights, Steve Allen set the record straight and informed us that Dorothy's articles appear in Screenland magazine, not Screen Guide magazine. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Season 5 Episode 28: EPISODE #198

  • MASKS: Arlene's mask is usually moderately decorated with designs which look like closed eyes, whereas Dorothy's mask is usually plain satin. Tonight, however, Arlene's mask is very heavily decorated. - cattaur (2008)

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