What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 15, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Bonnie Harrington - "Kindergarten Teacher" (salaried; pretty blond; she works at The Drexel School; from Miami Beach, FL)

Game 2: Edward R. Blind - "Racetrack Starter" (salaried; he is the official starter at Pimlico, Bowie, and Laurel racetracks; from Lutherville, MD)

Game 3: James Cagney (7/17/1899 - 3/30/1986) (as Mystery Guest) . .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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • (Arlene begins to get frustrated after several questions to which she can't seem to get a solid "yes" or "no" answer.)
        Arlene: Does it have anything to do with, uh --- Could one of the 'sometimes' be either skin-diving or aquaplaning or skiing? Sometimes?
        Mrs. Harrington: Yes.
        Arlene: Well, obviously, you're in the sometimes business.

      • (Arlene becomes tongue-tied after having received one too many "sometimes" answers from the school teacher.)
        Arlene: Do you have a class of sometimes --- some kind?

    • NOTES (3)

      • ARLENE'S NEW BOOK: During the introductions, Gore Vidal mentioned Arlene's new poise and charm book titled "That Certain Something: The Magic of Charm." This 1960 hardcover book was published by Julian Messner, Inc. - Suzanne (2005)

        REVIEW: Despite a slow start, this was a fairly good night for the panel. In the first game, they figured out that the very attractive lady from Miami Beach, Florida was a teacher, but John asked them to further identify her line. They were skirting around it so much that John finally decided to flip all the cards before they could figure out that she was a kindergarten teacher. The thing that made her exact line confusing for them was when she answered "yes" to working at a for-profit organization. The panel was stymied, since they obviously expected a school teacher to work for a non-profit organization. They had better luck in the second game when Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant was a racetrack starter. In fact, he was the starter at Pimlico Raceway which was about to host the second jewel in horse racing's Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified film legend James Cagney. Mr. Cagney was on the show to promote his upcoming 1960 film "The Gallant Hours" in which he played Admiral William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr. very adeptly. Cagney's dignified appearance this evening definitely put a nice capper on a great night. - Sargebri (2005)

        JAMES CAGNEY: Ironically, the panel member who started questioning James Cagney was Arlene Francis. What made it so ironic was the fact that a year after his appearance on the show this evening, Arlene would be playing his wife in the classic 1961 Cold War comedy "One, Two, Three." This would be Cagney's last film appearance for over 20 years until he made a cameo in the 1981 film "Ragtime." The reason for this hiatus was because Cagney was not happy during the filming of "One, Two, Three." He didn't get along with either the film's director Billy Wilder or his co-star Horst Buchholz. Cagney felt that Wilder was forcing him to work at too fast a pace and he felt that Buchholz was trying to upstage him. Also adding to the tension on the set was the fact that during filming, tensions between the democratic West Germany and communist East Germany were at an all-time high, culminating in the construction of one of the most shameful symbols of the Cold War, the infamous Berlin Wall. The wall stood from 1961 to 1989 and kept many East Berliners from escaping into the free West. However, in 1989, the wall came "tumbling down" and this signified the end of the Cold War. - Sargebri (2005)

      • (1) WHO'S TALLER - BENNETT OR JOHN? - According to IMDb, both Bennett Cerf and John Charles Daly stood 6' 1". However, Bennett mentioned his own height as 6' ½" and John gave his own height as "½" taller than Bennett," thus John verified IMDb on his own end.
        (2) During Arlene's introduction of Bennett, she noted that his publishing firm, Random House, had "grown bigger than all of us." This, plus Dorothy's cryptic introduction in EPISODE #509 of April 17, 1960, may well be a reference to Random House's recent acquisition of the publishing house Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., which at the time was the biggest merger in publishing history. - W-B (2005)

      • This episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 8, 1960. - Suzanne (2005) Flattery will get you everywhere. Arlene paid James Cagney a compliment by saying that we didn't see enough of him in the movies. Coincidentally (do you think?) Arlene ended up playing Cagney's wife in his next movie, "One, Two, Three" from 1961. It also turned out to be Cagney's last movie for 20 years, before his comeback in 1981's "Ragtime." - bgwill (2003) Tidbits: Bennett and John carried on a running joke about who was the taller of the two. They are both slightly over six feet tall. - Suzanne (2003)

        Gore Vidal (10/3/1925 - 7/31/2012)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Gore Vidal, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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