What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 05, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Sounds of New York: During the final game, a car horn can be heard honking three times after John says, "In a manner of speaking, yes." - Garrison Skunk (2003)

  • Quotes

    • John: 6 down, 4 to go, Mr. Cerf.
      Bennett: Miss Parr, are you in this wonderful industry called television?
      Miss Parr: Yes.
      John: (flips all remaining cards, speaks very fastly) Bennett, I'm sorry, we just ran out of time.
      Bennett: Well, she is in television. She probably does the weather or something.
      (loud applause)
      John: Right! You got it, Bennett! And to complete the record, Miss Parr is the weather girl for substation WNHC in New Haven, Connecticut. Those lucky young men in jail.

    • John: See if anyone can come up with the right word. I'm going to turn all the cards over anyway.
      Mel: Grinds it?
      Bennett: Grows it?
      Dorothy: Packs it?
      John: No, Dorothy got it really. She participates in the making of it, but there is one particular verb that if you are an old tobacco chewer, it would come to you, and you all are.
      Dorothy: Cuts it?
      Mel: Plugs it?
      John: No!
      Arlene: I'm out of it, I never had any.
      (laughter from audience)
      John: Actually, it's a word. When I say it, you'll remember it out of your childhood. Twists - she twists the tobacco. You buy it by the twist sometimes, don't you? You say, 'Give me a twist,' and then the fellow takes you by the head and boing! you're looking the other way. You see what I mean? Because he didn't know it was tobacco.

  • Notes

    • NEW JOB OFFER ON MONDAY: The next time we see Jeanne Parr is on EPISODE #807 on March 13, 1966, when she appears as a guest panelist. On that future episode, John references this episode and mentions that the very next day after tonight's show, Jeanne was offered a job with Channel 2 in New York. - Suzanne (2005)

      REVIEW: This certainly was a night that featured mothers of famous sons, as the first and final contestants had sons that were either famous at the time or that would eventually become famous. It also was a pretty good night for the panel, especially Bennett. However, it was Dorothy who drew first blood as she figured out that Mrs. Carter had something to do with the manufacturing of chewing tobacco. However, she never did quite figure out that Mrs. Carter, the mother of future hall of fame bowler Don Carter, twisted the tobacco. Bennett began his roll by figuring out that the second contestant was one of the new meter maids that were being employed by the New York Police Department. Bennett then figured out that the mystery guest was Bobby Darin, who after the game, treated the panel to a few bars of his classic "Mack the Knife." Bennett did figure out that the final contestant, future guest panelist Jeanne Parr, was working as a weather girl. Unfortunately, John had already called time and flipped all the cards over before he made his guess. Of course, Jeanne wasn't the only famous member of her family as her son Chris Noth would grow up to become an actor and later star in the highly successful series "Law and Order" and "Sex in the City." - Sargebri (2004)

      DARIN: Bobby Darin was probably the original pop music chameleon. Long before Madonna, David Bowie, Neil Young and even Rod Stewart, Darin showed he could move easily from rock 'n roll to jazz/pop and even folk rock. His first big hit was the rocker "Splish Splash" which easily helped to make him popular among the teen set. His next big hit was his jazzy rendition of "Mack the Knife" from "The Threepenny Opera," which allowed Darin to reach a more adult audience. However, he really shocked his fans when he covered the Tim Hardin tune "If I Were a Carpenter." That song was definitely in the folk rock vein popularized by such artists as Bob Dylan and the Byrds. In fact, Darin repaid Hardin by giving him his song "A Simple Song of Freedom." - Sargebri (2005)

      PARR: The final contestant, Jeanne Parr, would later become a guest panelist on the show a short time after Dorothy's tragic passing. Parr can be seen on EPISODE #807 on March 13, 1966. However, Parr isn't the only woman to move from the contestant's chair to a seat on the panel. Marianne Means made her first WML appearance as a contestant on EPISODE #548 on January 22, 1961 when she was a White House press correspondent. Interestingly, she was the only woman reporter in the White House the day Kennedy was killed in 1963. A few years later, Means appeared as a guest panelist on EPISODE #793 on December 5, 1965 when she was working as a columnist for the Hearst Newspapers. - Sargebri (2005)

    • (1) ENTER AND SIGN IN: Beginning with EPISODE #514, and continuing on to tonight, John is still attempting to change his contestant introduction phraseology to "Will you enter and sign in, please?" He has still uttered his former "Come in and sign in, please" a few times, but it probably won't be too long until he has become accustomed to his new introduction and uses it exclusively.
      (2) STUDIO: With program time running short, John didn't mention that tonight's episode was the last show from "Studio 59," and that they would be moving to a new studio starting with the next week's show. In the future, at the end of EPISODE #829, he did announce the studio move which coincided with the program's switch to color broadcasting, which John also announced. - W-B (2005)

    • John Daly welcomed a new CBS affiliate, television station WTVR in Richmond, Virginia. - Suzanne (2004)

      WTVR, Channel 6, first signed on in 1947 and was the first television station south of Washington, D.C. to go on the air. WTVR has been the primary CBS affiliate since 1960; before that, it had affiliations at different times with all three original networks, including a secondary affiliation with DuMont. Up to this point, WRVA-TV (now WWBT), Channel 12, had been the CBS affiliate for the past four years. - W-B (2007)

      Due to the studio lighting, Arlene's hair color appeared to be particularly blonde in this episode. - talksonthephone (2004)

      GSN broadcast this episode on December 31, 2004 as part of a week-long celebration of the release of the new Bobby Darin biopic, "Beyond the Sea," starring Kevin Spacey. This was the fourth of Bobby's five What's My Line? appearances to be aired during the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

      This is the final episode from CBS Studio 59, then called the Mansfield Theatre, and later in 1960 renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It is located at 256 W. 47th St., NY. WML has been broadcasting from this studio since 1951. - Suzanne (2003)

      For a 1950 to 1967 timeline of the CBS studios used by What's My Line?, see the notes to EPISODE #1. - Suzanne (2003)

      Jeanne Paar is the mother of actor Chris Noth, who was born in 1954. - Suzanne (2003)

    • Although his appearance was brief, lasting only three minutes, Bobby Darin used several good impersonations of various actors while answering the panel's questions. Among the voices he impersonated were W.C. Fields, Walter Brennan and Cary Grant. Arlene Francis started the questioning, and then she guessed his identity by the time her turn rolled around again. Once he was identified as a "teenage idol," it did not take the panel long to figure out this very popular mystery guest. Bobby promoted his appearance at the "Copa" (Copacabana) in New York City. During the post-game chat, John mentioned that his children were fans of Bobby's, and loved the song "Mack The Knife." Arlene then asked Bobby to "sing a few bars" of "Mack The Knife." After answering a few more post-game questions, Bobby asked John if Arlene's request was allowed. Bobby then asked if he could sing on the way out, by asking, "Can I say good night this way?" John answered "yes" and said that anything was allowed on What's My Line? So, Bobby began singing and snapping his fingers while seated next to John. He then stood up, turned to the camera, struck a pose, continued snapping his fingers in his usual energetic style, while singing his legendary ballad "Mack The Knife" while strolling toward the panel. He then stopped singing and shook hands with each panel member. As he walked off stage, he started singing again, which made John smile. Even though his time was short, it was very entertaining! - Suzanne and Tina MacGregor (2003)

    • Tidbits: Over the preceding weekend, John had attended his 30th class reunion. John graduated from his beloved prep school, Tilton, 30 years ago in 1930. Tilton School is located in Tilton, New Hampshire. - Suzanne (2003)

    • Mel Torme (9/13/1925 - 6/5/1999)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Mel Torme, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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