What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 28


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 13, 1960 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Florida Citrus is the chief sponsor for this edition.
      (2) COINCIDENCE CORNER: There was a slight ironic significance to the first contestant, Elizabeth Taylor's secretary, being on this "WML?" edition, since "La Liz's" "BUtterfield 8" co-star, Laurence Harvey, was a guest panelist on last week's show.
      (3) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: In what seems to be a trend during this period, the regular contestants' overlays are in the regular Futura Demi Bold font, while the lower-third overlay of mystery guests Kathryn & Arthur Murray are hand-painted. Incidentally, this was Mr. Murray's third and final "WML?" appearance (and his second to still exist on kinescope, as his first appearance on EPISODE #79 of December 2, 1951 has become lost to history). And tonight marked the only time his wife Kathryn Murray ever appeared on the program.
      (4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: Time ran so short at the end that not only did Mr. Daly say good night for all the panel, but the end credits sequence consisted solely of a brief shot of the "WML?" title card. This had the effect of stymieing GSN in their obsessive compulsion to "crunch" the screen on their March 29, 2009 airing of this episode.
      (5) A DOUBLE-BLAST FROM "TTTT'S" PAST: Immediately subsequent to the March 29, 2009 airing of tonight's show, GSN repeated the January 28, 1960 edition of "To Tell the Truth," hosted by Bud Collyer. This "TTTT" episode was distinguished by guest panelist appearances by two regulars from "TTTT's" early months on the air, John Cameron Swayze and Hildy Parks. This meant that Kitty Carlisle (who was an indirect replacement for Miss Parks) sat at the "anchor" end of the panel desk on this occasion; though the seating arrangement was the reverse of what would transpire after the June 1960 set design change, it anticipated Miss Carlisle's seating order after her "TTTT" panel colleague configuration was set as Tom Poston, Peggy Cass and Orson Bean. As for Mr. Poston, on this edition he was seated, as always, at the far end of the panel desk (which at this point was still to the viewer's right side). As for the games on this episode, the first game featured Mr. Kirpal Singh (a rocket designer who was twice a "WML?" contestant, on EPISODE #283 of November 6, 1955 and EPISODE #590 of November 26, 1961) and two impostors; the second game featured James Keebler (or Keibler, spelling approximate; a locomotive engineer for the Long Island Rail Road who played organ music at Penn Station for the past two Christmases; he had recently flown to Africa to attend the inauguration of the president of Liberia, and played the organ at three state functions) and two impostors; and the third game featured John Hoyte (spelling verified; an historian, not the actor; his specialty was Carthaginian general Hannibal and his march over the Alps with 30,000 men and 37 elephants in 218 B.C., during his battle with the Roman army; to figure out how long the trek took, Mr. Hoyte took an elephant with him and walked the same route) and two impostors. Of note was that the associate director on this "TTTT" episode was Alan J. Shalleck, who served in the same position on some 1962 "WML?" episodes. - W-B (2009)

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