I was watching an episode of "What's My Line" on YouTube when I heard a very interesting and telling line. The speaker was Arlene Francis, and she was commenting on the four mystery challengers, who were whispering and snickering among themselves as the panel tried to interrogate them to learn their identities.
Growing a bit frustrated by the challengers' disruptions, Miss Francis said they sounded like "crazy cats on a hot tin roof." The episode aired on April 1, 1956, in the middle of the Broadway run of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof." Jack, of course, was the starring cat in that production.
The four mystery challengers were the panel of the television program "I've Got a Secret" and included Bill Cullen, Henry Morgan, Jayne Meadows, and Faye Emerson. The host of that show, Garry Moore, was not present.