What's My Line?

EPISODE #636

Season 14, Ep 9, Aired 10/28/62
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: Miss Carol Rathke - "U.S. Mailman" (salaried; she was originally from Michigan where she was elected "Miss Dairy Princess"; currently from Santa Ana, CA) Game 2: Mrs. Jean Ingersoll - "Raises Turkeys" (self-employed; she owns and operates the Ingersoll Turkey Farm where she raises 15,000 to 20,000 turkeys per year; from Michigan Valley, Kansas) Game 3: Tony Martin (b. 12/25/1913) (as Mystery Guest) Tony Martin's show opens tomorrow at the new Americana Hotel in New York City. Game 4: Miss Valerie Pitts (b. 8/21/1937) - "Television Announcer (For British Broadcasting Corp.)" (salaried; she works for the BBC; she graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts 5 years ago and Peter Ustinov presented her diploma to her, although he did not recognize her; originally from Yorkshire, now from London, England) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

  • Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

  • Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

  • Tony Martin

    Mystery Guest

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    • REVIEW: This was a very exceptional night for the panel as they went 3 for 4 this evening. The evening didn't begin so promising though, as the panel was totally stumped by the female letter carrier from Santa Ana, California. Of course, no one would have thought that a very attractive lady, such as Carol Rathke was, would have been delivering mail, especially in the early 1960’s. The panel bounced back nicely in the second game as Bennett correctly guessed that the lady from Kansas was a turkey farmer. In the mystery guest round, the panel made short work of Tony Martin. In fact, the panel probably already knew who it was by the time that Dorothy scored the coup de grâce. For the record, Tony was on the show to promote his appearance at the opening of the then new Americana Hotel in NYC. In the final game, guest panelist Peter Ustinov got into the act when he correctly guessed that the contestant, who was a countrywoman of his, was an announcer for the BBC. In fact, it was later revealed that she and Peter had crossed paths five years earlier as he handed her her diploma at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. That definitely put a nice touch on a great evening. - Sargebri

    • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! After a couple of weeks of being relatively sober, it looked as if Dolly Mae may have imbibed a little before the show due to the fact that she was extremely talkative this evening. However, she was relatively in control and still was able put in a good performance. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down, even though Peter Ustinov had correctly identified her occupation. - agent_0042

    • (1) Unlike Peter Ustinov's prior "WML?" guest panelist appearances - EPISODE #390 of November 24, 1957 and EPISODE #392 of December 8, 1957 - John Daly this time out uses the more commonly used pronunciation of "Youstinov" for his surname. John had pronounced Peter's surname as "Oostinov" on the two 1957 shows. (2) ABOUT THE AMERICANA HOTEL: The Americana Hotel, where tonight's mystery guest Tony Martin and last week's guest panelist, Harry Belafonte, had performed or were performing at the time of the respective episodes, was located at Seventh Avenue between 52nd and 53rd Streets in midtown Manhattan. The hotel, which opened earlier in 1962, was designed by Morris Lapidus and used a style of architecture called "bending slab" that had also been employed on another hotel he built in the previous year of 1961, the Summit Hotel on Lexington Avenue. The Americana was also famous - or infamous - as the venue for negotiations between the City of New York and transit workers on the eve of future "WML?" guest panelist John V. Lindsay's first of two mayoral terms, which lasted from 1966 to 1973. The breakdown of talks on New Year's Day in 1966 led to the 12-day transit strike which crippled the city and whose aftermath led to the passage of the Taylor Law which forbade strikes by public employees. As for the Americana Hotel itself, the building still stands today but is now known as the Sheraton New York. (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Ralph Holmes is back as lighting director, and Gil Herman is once again credited as production supervisor. - W-B

    • After Jean Ingersoll stumped the panel, John Daly said that she raised 15,000 to 20,000 turkeys on her farm each year. Arlene Francis got a laugh when she replied, "The theatre is doing almost as well!" - George Balsamo of Montgomery, IL

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