What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 40


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



  • 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)