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What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 24


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 14, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Fred E. Pfister - "Chief Timer for Winter Olympics" (salaried; he works for Longines Watch Company and is the chief timer for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California; from Saint-Imier, Switzerland)

 Game 2: JO-AG-QUIS-HO aka JOAGQUISHO (as written in his Native American Iroquois language which he said translates to "The Sun Making Tracks in the Snow" - he also told John that he uses the Western name Oren Lyons) - "Designs Valentine Cards" (salaried; left-handed; he wore a business suit and tie; he told John that his name was from the Onondaga Nation of Iroquois, but confirmed that he is from the Seneca Nation of Iroquois Indians; he works for the Norcross Greeting Card Company, writing both sentimental and comic greeting card verse; currently from New York, NY; biographies and many net references can be found for Chief Oren R. Lyons, who became very active in the sport of lacrosse)

Game 3: Peter Lorre (6/26/1904 - 3/23/1964) (as Mystery Guest)

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  • Steve Allen is back!

    Tonight's show is special because Steve Allen is back as a guest panelist. Judging from the big hand he gets on his entrance, it's obvious how much both the audience and the panel have missed him and his trademark zany humor. The bright and affable Martin Gabel once again fills in for the vacationing Bennett.

    Steve's quick wit enlivens the first round. Martin asks the contestant Fred Pfister, who is Swiss, "May I assume that you have nothing to with cheeses, watches or hotels?" "You’ve got to watch those cheesy hotels!" quips Steve, and gets a huge laugh. Later, he asks, "Well, Mr. Pfister, how’s your sister?" and, "Are you the head galondesproong or something?" It's good to have him back!

    The panel loses this round, but everybody's laughing too hard to care. After Pfister's line is revealed, he mentions that, as an official Olympic timer, he uses a Longines stopwatch. Then it's Arlene's turn: "You have to wear Longines when you go skiing!" More laughter.

    The second contestant, Oren Lyons (aka Jo-Ag-Quis-Ho, “Sun Making Tracks Through the Snow” in Iroquois). He designs Valentine cards. (His line is timely as this episode originally aired on Valentine's Day). Martin gets the biggest laugh in this round when he asks if the product is used "for sporting purposes."

    The panel once again loses, but the round was great fun.

    Horror movie star Peter Lorre (1904-1964) is the mystery guest. He answers questions "mm-hmmm" in high voice and smokes a cigarette. After determining that he is not a woman, not a leading man and not a singer or dancer, the panel is stumped. Suddenly Arlene brightens. She had seen Lorre's picture in the Sunday New York Times. She asks, "Are you a sad-eyed, innocent villain?" Lorre answers in his own distinctive mournful voice, "Yes, I'm afraid I am."

    The diminutive (5' 5") Hungarian-born actor is in town to promote his latest film, "Scent of Mystery," which is in Smell-O-Vision. "Scent of Mystery" was the first and last feature film to use this now-forgotten gimmick. Scents placed on a rotating drum were released in the theatre during certain scenes. Each release was triggered by a cue point in the film. When asked, Lorre confesses that he knows very little about how it works. Like many classic horror stars, Lorre is gentle, courtly and mild-mannered offscreen. He even kisses the ladies' hands when he exits.

    This was a very entertaining show, thanks mostly to the presence of Steve. He'll be back next week. Hooray!moreless
John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Steve Allen

Steve Allen

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Martin Gabel

Martin Gabel

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Martin Gabel: (questioning the night's first contestant) Am I right in assuming that you have... (if I may, John.) You, Mr. Pfister, has nothing to do with either cheeses, watches or hotels?
      Steve Allen: You gotta watch those cheesy hotels over there. (loud laughter and applause)

  • NOTES (4)

    • FLIP REPORT: Tonight, John did not increase any dollar amounts won by flipping cards for any of the contestants. - agent_0042 (2009)

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The sponsor tonight is Florida Frozen Orange Juice and Fresh Grapefruit.
      (2) PETER LORRE - PART I: This was the diminutive character actor's second and final "WML?" appearance, and the only one to still exist on kinescope. His mystery guest spot tonight also came exactly four hundred episodes after his prior appearance on EPISODE #101 of May 4, 1952, which unfortunately was among the 100-plus shows of the 1950-1952 period that have become lost to the ages.
      (3) PETER LORRE - PART II: While Mr. Lorre answered "no" to Steve Allen's question of whether or not he was involved "in the field of comedy," Peter in fact did have some connections to comedy over the years, dating back to at least 1944 with his turn in the film version of "Arsenic and Old Lace." Between 1954 and 1960, he made several appearances on "The Red Skelton Show" (at least nine, according to IMDb), in one of which he impersonated Jackie Gleason's "Ralph Kramden" character in a spoof of "The Honeymooners." In addition, Mr. Lorre's final film appearance, released after his death in 1964, was in Jerry Lewis' "The Patsy."
      (4) PETER LORRE - PART III: Mr. Lorre had the distinction of being the very first "James Bond" villain, as seen in the 1954 TV production of "Casino Royale," where he played "Le Chiffre." When the all-star 1967 spoof version of "Casino Royale" was produced, one line in the film mentioned that SPECTRE's agents included not only "Le Chiffre," but also "Peter Lorre and Bela Lugosi." (As a side note, Mr. Lugosi, whose death in 1956 fell in the same year as that of former panelist Fred Allen, never appeared on "WML?")
      (5) CRYPTIC DOROTHY QUESTION WATCH: During the mystery guest round, Miss Kilgallen asked Peter Lorre, "Have you and I ever waltzed at the Waldorf for the March of Dimes?" He answered in the negative, so we'll probably never know who was Dorothy's waltzing partner.
      (6) "THAT SMELLS MIGHTY FAMILIAR" - PART I: In light of the "Smell-O-Vision" process being used in connection with the movie co-starring tonight's mystery guest Peter Lorre, "Scent of Mystery," GSN's March 25, 2009 airing of this episode coincidentally fell one week after the cable and satellite channel's March 18, 2009 repeat of the November 9, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," on which the inventor of a rival process called "Aroma-Rama" (which was used for a documentary film, "Behind the Great Wall") appeared in the first game alongside two impostors. On this "WML?" episode, a brief mention of the aforementioned documentary is made, but Arlene erroneously referred to the rival process as "Aroma-Vision"; and guest panelist Steve Allen, ever ready with a quip, wryly noted, "The whole neighborhood has stereo smells over there now."
      (7) "THAT SMELLS MIGHTY FAMILIAR" - PART II: While the "Smell-O-Vision" process used for "Scent of Mystery" may have been new, the name itself was not, notwithstanding the hyphens that came before and after the letter "O," to say nothing of the addition of the letter "O" itself. In one scene of the 1944 Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon "The Old Grey Hare" (directed by Bob Clampett), Elmer (who, along with Bugs, was depicted for much of the short as a senior citizen in this story which was set way in the future) was reading a newspaper where one of the headlines read, "Smellevision Replaces Television!," and a sub-heading below: "Carl Stalling Sez, 'It Will Never Work!'" (Mr. Stalling was the musical director for the now-classic "Looney Tunes" and "Merrie Melodies" cartoons for many years.) While that headline of the future never came to pass in this form, it did in a sense anticipate the eventual replacement of the analog NTSC television system with digital-based HDTV (high-definition television) later in 2009.
      (8) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: With the days dwindling down for "WML?" airings on GSN, due to the fact that "WML?" is being taken off the air on March 31, 2009, the cable and satellite channel wasted no time in carrying on its dubious and questionable "tradition" of "crunching" the screen on its March 25, 2009 airing of this episode. One might say that they were carrying out their own experiment in "Smell-O-Vision," as something definitely stunk!
      (9) GSN's March 25, 2009 airing of tonight's show was followed by the December 31, 1959 edition of "To Tell the Truth," with host Bud Collyer (who, for the first time since earlier in the year, was pre-seated at the start of the episode) and the panel of Polly Bergen, Don Ameche, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston. This final "TTTT" episode of 1959 started in an unconventional manner, with an affidavit from the chimpanzee "Kokomo, Jr.," who, over the years, appeared on TV alongside the likes of Jack Benny, Buddy Hackett, Merv Griffin, Jack Paar, Tony Bennett, Joey Bishop, and "WML?" prodigal son Steve Allen, as well as appearing on such shows as "Today" (as a replacement for "J. Fred Muggs") and "Dennis the Menace"; this led to the first game which featured his trainer, Nick Carrado (spelling verified), and two impostors; the second game featured Cindy Dahl (approximate spelling; a fixture on the rodeo circuit where she was billed as "The World's Fastest Lady Gunfighter") and two impostors; and the third game featured Midshipman Al Morales (a Yale graduate who was in his final year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland; he was the National Collegiate Saber Fencing champion, and subsequent to this "TTTT" episode took part in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome in the men's fencing games; he also spoke Russian and served as a special social aide to President Eisenhower at the White House during Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev's visit to the United States) and two impostors. - W-B (2009)

    • WELCOME HOME STEVERINO!!! As is always the case, it is "old home week" whenever Steve Allen appears on the show. As he always does, he helped make tonight's episode so much fun. In fact, the panel really needed him tonight, as he brightened up a somewhat disappointing evening, game-wise, for the panel. The first game was a "good news - bad news" type of situation. The good news was that Arlene correctly figured out that the first contestant was the chief timer for the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. The bad news was that her identification came after all the cards had been flipped. Ironically, when Martin was questioning him, he asked if he had anything to do with time, cheese or the land. Unfortunately, the panel never tried to narrow it down and this lead to their defeat. In the second game, the panel did even worse, as they failed to guess that the young Iroquois gentleman was a greeting card designer. As John pointed out so well, they failed to take in account the time of year it was, because this episode aired exactly on Valentine's Day. They made up for their bad fortune in the mystery guest round when Arlene correctly identified Peter Lorre. Lorre was on the show to promote the 1960 gimmick picture "Scent of Mystery" which introduced Smell-O-Vision to motion pictures. The panel's success in the mystery guest round as well as Steve's good humor helped ease the pain of their rather lackluster performance. - Sargebri (2005)

      PETER LORRE: This wasn't the only Goodson-Todman show that Peter Lorre appeared on to promote "Scent of Mystery" or the Smell-O-Vision motion picture process. Lorre also made a very memorable appearance on "I've Got a Secret." During his appearance on the show, the panel was asked to blindfold themselves and touch various objects and guess what they were. The funniest moment occurred when Betsy Palmer picked up a pair of wet stockings and was repulsed by the feel of them, causing the audience to break out in hysterics at her funny reaction. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Allen, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel. Bennett Cerf is vacationing in Jamaica.