What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 06, 1960 on CBS

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  • Bennett's back! A great episode, even though Dorothy's not on it.

    If you think a show without Dorothy can’t be good, you're in for a pleasant surprise. This one is top notch! Arlene is glamorous and funny as always. The guest panelist is British actor Laurence Harvey (1928-1973). He doesn't play the game particularly well, but he's so endearingly modest that you can't help liking him. Dorothy is in Los Angeles covering a murder trial, but in her place is the charming and adorable actress Betsy Palmer. Better yet, Bennett is back from vacation! He looks tanned and rested as he warmly greets John.

    Mr. Lines (pronounced "lions"), the baby carriage seller, is the first contestant. He breaks the chalk while writing his name. The ever-courteous John apologizes for this mishap. John then makes a rare error. He begins the round of questioning before letting the audience see the contestant’s line. The control room superimposes the line anyway, even though John hasn’t called for it. John realizes his mistake and stops Arlene after her first question. The graphic is then superimposed once more, the audience dutifully applauds, and the questioning proceeds. Betsy innocently asks the funniest question of the night: "If you were in a certain sort of predicament, would you be better off having this?" Then she provokes even more laughter by asking, "Would I tend to be in the predicament more than, say, the two gentlemen?"

    Laurence Harvey finally guesses that the product is a baby carriage, which the English call a "pram." Mistakenly believing he’s won the round, Harvey apologizes to the contestant for not letting him win more money! How noble. John corrects him, but Harvey then gets confused about strategy and gets another no. Harvey apologizes again, both during and after the round, for not knowing the game better. Then Bennett lets us know he’s back. He infllicts upon us yet another of his howlingly bad puns: "He came in like a Line and went out like a pram." John winces. "This is what happens when you let Bennett rest for two weeks," he ruefully observes.

    Bennett really puts his foot in his mouth during the next round. To the attractive young female newscaster, he remarks brightly, “My wife is in Washington, D.C. tonight, so I’m glad they sent somebody up here!” There's a stunned silence, then the whole studio explodes with laughter. You can almost see Bennett blushing under his tan. Betsy, trying to determine if the guest has a title, provokes more laughter when she asks, "Are you called a such-and-such?" "It’s Mr. Daly who’s called a such-and-such," Bennett helpfully informs her.

    The mystery guest is singer-actress Gisèle MacKenzie (1927-2003), whose title card is misspelled "Giselle." Harvey asks, "Are you male or female?" John says this question is impossible to be answered yes or no. (I respectfully disagree. The answer should be yes, shouldn't it?) After learning MacKenzie is a TV personality, Betsy thinks Goodson-Todman is playing a trick. She's convinced it’s Dorothy! In the end, no one guesses who she is, although the panel has determined that she’s French. (Actually, she's Canadian, as Bennett indignantly points out after her identity has been revealed. But Winnipeg native MacKenzie apparently wants to be French, and that's that.)

    When the round is over, John does something that’s quite out of character for him. He kisses Miss MacKenzie on the cheek! You can hear a loud "smack" on the soundtrack. Then he calls out “Oh, boy!," stands up, arches his back and flexes his biceps in a he-man victory salute. John, you devil, you!