What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 24, 1960 on CBS
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Game 1: Robert Hewitt - "Makes Ladies' Garters" (self-employed; left-handed; he is the President of Hortense B. Hewitt, Inc. which produces fancy garters for weddings and special occasions; he is also the cousin of Don Hewitt, a CBS director who "does their great news programs" per John; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Grace Luce - "Paperhanger" (self-employed; age 74; she began hanging paper when she was not happy with a job done 40 years ago, decided she could do a better job herself, and started her own business; from Perryopolis, PA)

Game 3: Bob Cummings (6/9/1910 - 12/2/1990) (as Mystery Guest)

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  • Bob Cummings stumps the panel with his repertoire of comic accents.

    Acclaimed comedian, actor and songwriter Adolph Green (1914-2002) is the guest panelist. He seems comfortable and relaxed and is better than average at the game. Arlene introduces Bennett as “the happiest publisher in the world today.” She may have been referring to Random House’s 1960 acquisition of the Alfred A. Knopf Co., a major merger in the publishing world. Bennett in turn salutes John, who has just won a Peabody Award. Daly graciously mentions that Arlene, too, has received a Peabody for “Family Living” on NBC Radio. He explains to the audience that winning a Peabody is a great honor, broadcasting's equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize.

    The first round is a lot of fun! Robert Hewitt makes ladies’ garters. Dorothy seems particularly feisty during this round. After one of her questions John raises his eyebrows at the contestant’s answer. She then demands an explanation of why John looks dubious! He’s not giving out any free information, no sir! All he’ll tell her is, “People say I look odd all the time.” Then, when John is once again perplexed by a question, he mutters, “This is very difficult.” “YOU think it’s difficult? Dorothy shoots back. “You know what it IS!” (Down, girl, down!)

    Arlene deserves credit for the funniest question of the night. Having learned that the product is something worn under the clothing, she smiles coyly and with a twinkle in her eye inquires, “Does it hold something IN rather than UP?” Everyone laughs. Bennett, on the other hand, has the worst joke(?) of the night. On correctly guessing “garters,” he cries, “Garterdammerung!” Oh, Bennett! (Gotterdammerung is a Wagner opera. The audience didn’t get it and the joke fell flat.) At the end of the round, John explains that the contestant is a cousin of Don Hewitt, who directed CBS news programs and would later go on to produce “60 Minutes.”

    The second round is over quickly. Contestant Grace Luce, an elderly lady, works as a paperhanger. She appears to be a week late for Easter in her flowered hat and corsage. Because of her age (74), John is very solicitous toward, her, taking her hand and then guiding her to her seat. After Dorothy guesses her line, she admits she herself has tried to hang wallpaper. As Mrs. Luce exits, John compliments her, saying, "You look very lovely tonight." (Awwww!)

    Tonight's mystery guest is Bob Cummings (1908-1990), star of the TV situation comedy “The Bob Cummings Show.” He speaks in a falsetto voice with a German accent. ("Ja, ja!”) The disguise evidently is painful, for he comically grimaces and clutches his throat a lot. Later he switches between accents, which confuses the panel. Arlene comments that Cummings “sounds like one person with five heads.” The panel doesn't guess him, but he's so much fun to watch. There's no time left to chat after the round, so we don’t get to find out about Cummings' upcoming trip to Russia. Bob kisses Dorothy, turns toward the audience and mouths the word “Wow!” as he exits. Cute!moreless
John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Arlene Francis

Arlene Francis

Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

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    • CONGRATULATIONS ARLENE AND JOHN!!! This was a definite night of celebration as we learned that John and Arlene had both been winners of the prestigious Peabody Award. As for the games themselves, the panel had a nearly perfect night. In the first game, Bennett correctly figured out that the contestant made ladies' garters. In the second game, Dorothy correctly figured out that the 74 year old lady from Pennsylvania was a paperhanger. At this point, it looked as if they were going to have a perfect night - that was - until Bob Cummings hit the stage. Bob showed just how excellent a dialectician he was by using several different voices, including that of "Grandpa Collins," as well as using a German accent and a rather effeminate one. Though he really didn't stay on stage for a very long period of time, he did briefly talk about his upcoming trip to the Soviet Union. It sort of sounded as if he was in New York on a layover and went to the studio while waiting for his flight. Other than being totally being stumped by Bob, the panel had a great night. - Sargebri (2005)

      HEWITT: As John mentioned, Robert Hewitt was the cousin of director Don Hewitt, who was working in the CBS news division at the time. The fact that they were cousins probably would have had Hewitt disqualified as a WML contestant in today's day and age, because he was related to a CBS employee. Hewitt would later become famous for creating one of the greatest television news magazines in the history of television, "60 Minutes." This popular, long-running series changed the face of telejournalism. - Sargebri (2005)

      ADOLPH AND PHYLLIS: Adolph Green wasn't the only member of his family to appear on the panel. In later years, his lovely wife Phyllis Newman would become a frequent guest panelist on the show. She makes her first appearance on EPISODE #650 on February 3, 1963. It has often been speculated that she was one of the potential candidates to replace Dorothy Kilgallen after Dorothy's tragic and unexpected 1965 death. In the final decision, Goodson-Todman Productions did not permanently replace Dorothy, but used various guest panelists instead. As for Adolph, he never did make another appearance on the panel. However, one night he did return, only that time it was as a mystery guest along with his longtime writing partner Betty Comden. In a fun bit of casting, the night that he and Betty were on the show, EPISODE #867 on July 2, 1967, Phyllis was on the panel, creating a very classic moment when Phyllis removed her mask and saw Adolph and Betty. It also provided a very humorous moment when Betty and Adolph said that the main reason they appeared together was to dispel the rumors that Phyllis and Betty were the same person, especially since the two of them somewhat resembled each other. - Sargebri (2005)

    • Adolph Green (12/2/1914 - 10/23/2002)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Adolph Green, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.