What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 08, 1960 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Betty Rode - "Butcher" (salaried; her surname is pronounced as Roadie; she works with her father at the West Shore Farmer's Market in Lemoyne, PA; in her spare time, she is a fashion model for a local store; from Harrisburg, PA)

Game 2: Mr. D. Ronald Adams - "Baker - Wedding Cake for Princess Meg" (self-employed; John said Ronald Adams is the champion cake baker of the U.K. and has received 1,100 awards; he is preparing Princess Margaret's wedding cake for her upcoming marriage at Westminster Abbey; from Morecambe, Lancashire, England)

Game 3: Gertrude Berg (10/3/1899 - 9/14/1966) (as Mystery Guest) She signed in as "Gertrude Berg - Molly"

Game 4: Mr. Manny Schoedes or Scholdes (couldn't quite tell, but I lean toward Schoedes) - "Candlestick Maker" (salaried; he is the production manager of the Seiden Brass and Giftware company; from Brooklyn, NY) . .moreless

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    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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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Bennett: John, John. Was there any point in having a butcher and a baker? I suppose the mystery guest will be a candlemaker.

      • John: Manny Schoedes. That, right, sir? All right, Mr. Schoedes. Where are you from, sir?
        Manny: Brooklyn, New York.
        John: Brooklyn, New York. Well, fine.
        (whistling, light cheers and applause)
        John: I think sometimes people have been moving out of Brooklyn. You know, that usually brings the house down. Must be moving farther out to the country.

      • John: I want plenty of time to tell you exactly what it is Mr. Schoedes does. Bennett, this going to hurt you terribly.
        Bennett: Bookcases.
        Dorothy: Bookcases.
        John: How about a candlestick maker? Would you like that, Bennett? Ha ha ha!

    • NOTES (3)

      • RONALD ADAMS: In 1960, Ronald Adams was featured in advertisements for Hobart Corporation that proclaimed, "Ronald Adams, described as 'the greatest wedding cake artist in the world,' uses Hobart mixers to prepare the wedding cake for Princess Margaret's wedding." Princess Margaret is the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II. She married the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, who later became Lord Tony Snowdon. They had two children, Viscount Linley in 1961 and Lady Sarah Chatto in 1964, but the marriage ended in divorce in 1978. - Suzanne (2005)

        RUB-A-DUB-DUB THREE MEN IN A TUB!!! This is a reference to the classic nursery rhyme that inspired this special theme episode. It turned out to be a fairly good night for the panel and if it weren't for the panel losing track, they might have had a perfecto. In the first game, guest panelist Dick Van Dyke correctly guessed that the very attractive contestant from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania was a lady butcher, an occupation which was very unusual for this time period. Arlene could have won the game if she had not questioned the guest in the "wrong way" by saying that Betty couldn't have worked in a meat or fish market. Arlene made amends, though, as she correctly guessed that the second contestant was a baker. In fact, he wasn't just any baker, because it was revealed that he was the baker responsible for Princess Margaret's wedding cake. Ironically, as Mr. Adams was leaving the stage, Bennett said he wondered if the mystery guest was a candlemaker. The panel had a break in the theme when the mystery guest turned out to be Gertrude Berg, who signed in using her real name as well as the name of her famous character "Molly." Gertrude was on to promote the Broadway play she was appearing in at the time, "A Majority of One." Unfortunately, Gertrude's appearance might have distracted the panel, as they lost track of the theme and failed to guess that the final contestant was a candlestick maker. It also was fun to see Arlene and John playfully almost come to blows after a small dispute regarding a "no" answer to a question that Arlene had asked during the game. This definitely put a nice capper on a great evening. - Sargebri (2005)

        DICK VAN DYKE: As was mentioned during his introduction by Arlene, Dick Van Dyke was appearing in the 1960-1961 Broadway musical "Bye Bye Birdie." Dick would also appear in the 1963 film version with co-stars Janet Leigh and Ann-Margaret. Of course, a year after his appearance on the panel, Dick Van Dyke would make television history when he would star in the classic 1961-1966 sitcom appropriately titled "The Dick Van Dyke Show." Ironically, the show almost was cancelled after its first season. In fact, it had been cancelled, but after it won several Emmy Awards, it wound up getting saved from the chopping block and became one of the biggest hits in television history. Also of note, this wasn't Dick's first time working on a panel show. He was a semi-regular on "To Tell the Truth" during that show's first couple of years on the air. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Below are two of the many variations of this nursery rhyme. - Suzanne (2005)


        Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub,
        And who do you think they be?
        The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,
        Turn 'em out, knaves all three.


        Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub,
        And how do you think they got there?
        The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,
        They all jumped out of a rotten potato!
        'Twas enough to make a man stare.

      • After the candlestick maker's occupation is revealed, Arlene Francis has an issue with the answer she received to one of her questions. She was told that the item in question could stand on its own, but she feels it must have something to support it. Her disagreement led to such a shortage of time, that John had to say good night for the panel. - agent_0042 (2005)

        Gertrude Berg promoted her Broadway play, "A Majority of One," which ran from February 1959 to June 1960. She signed in as "Gertrude Berg - Molly" as a reference to her famous stage and television character "Molly Goldberg." - Suzanne (2003)

        THEME NIGHT: Note the special theme to the contestant occupations: Butcher, Baker and Candlestick Maker! What was truly funny was that after the first two contestants, Bennett said that all they needed was a candlemaker! He didn't say "candlestick maker," but he saw the pattern. Yet, when the final contestant came on, he did not make this guess! He was so amazed when the candlestick maker's occupation was revealed! So was Dick Van Dyke - he jumped out of his seat! Great fun! - Suzanne (2003)

        There appeared to be a break in the kinescope at one point. After John passed the questioning to Arlene, you heard her utter one word and then it was Dick Van Dyke's turn. - Suzanne (2003)

        Dick Van Dyke (b. 12/13/1925)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Dick Van Dyke, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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