What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 41


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

Game 1: Miss Carol Bonnaviant - "Judo Instructor" (salaried; she is a judo teacher at The Judo Institute of New Jersey; she is also a student in school; from West Orange, NJ)

Game 2: Thomas Hull - "Burns Money" (salaried; he supervises the currency destruction at the New York Federal Reserve Bank and destroys 1.5 million dollars in worn out currency each day; from Lake Ronkonkoma, NY)

Game 3: Van Johnson (8/25/1916 - 12/12/2008) (as Mystery Guest) Van Johnson's sign-in and the beginning of his segment are missing from this kinescope. . .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 (5)

      • John (to the judo instructor) Would you go and entertain Bennett and fling him right out there?

      • Bennett: And here's our superb panel moderator, young John Charles Daly. (cheers and applause)

      • Joey Bishop: (To Mr. Hull, ironically mentioning the very item - money - that Mr. Hull deals with and that the panel is currently stumped on) You lucky son of a gun. You're about to win $50.

      • Joey Bishop: (To second contestant Thomas Hull, after not making any good guesses on this, his first appearance on the panel.) Sir, I just want you to know that your appearance here is going to stop me from making a second appearance here! (Audience laughs) I'm just dying to ask, 'What do you do for a living?'

      • Bennett: Miss Bonnaviant, you know you're awful young to be risking yourself in front of Mr. Daly.
        John: There's no risk at all.

    • NOTES (9)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card, at nine down, for the contestant who burned money. John flipped them all for this episode's mystery guest at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042 (2007)

      • JOEY BISHOP TRIBUTE? - GSN most recently aired this episode on December 10, 2007, possibly as a belated tribute to frequent guest panelist and occasional mystery guest Joey Bishop, who died on October 17, 2007 at age 89. Unlike the regularly scheduled rotation episode that aired before it, GSN did not "crunch" the closing credits on this episode of the program. Its prior "regular rotation" airings by the cable and satellite channel were on November 22, 2005 and October 11, 2003. - W-B (2007)

      • Within a few weeks of the show's move to their new studio, the RCA 77DX microphones that had been in use for each panel member at their desk from the show's earliest days would be replaced by a new set of microphones, as would also be the case with the microphones on John Daly's desk. For now, however, the famed RCA microphones are still in use - and still visible. - W-B (2005)

        With the move to the new studio comes an important modification to the curtain entrance, one which will remain in place to the end of the series. On all prior curtain entrances, up to and including the previous EPISODE #516, the panel members and Mr. Daly had entered from stage right, which was to the viewer's left side. Though the set remains the same as it had been at the prior studio, from tonight's show onwards the panelists and John will enter from stage left, which is to the viewer's right side. This procedure will continue after their move to Studio 50 (which would become The Ed Sullivan Theatre after the show left the air) effective with EPISODE #830 of September 11, 1966, which was also the first regular color "WML?" episode. - W-B (2005)

        Besides being the home of "WML?" from now until EPISODE #829 of September 4, 1966, as well as the future home of Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street, from the mid-1960's until the mid-1970's, was also the base of operations for Scepter Records, an independent label whose most famous artists included The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick and B.J. Thomas. Its subsidiary label, Wand, gained infamy for its release of The Kingsmen's seminal 1963 "garage-rock" hit "Louie, Louie," in which the hard-to-understand lead vocals prompted an FBI investigation for alleged "obscene" lyrics. Other hits on Wand included "Any Day Now (My Wild Beautiful Bird)" by Chuck Jackson and The Isley Brothers' recording of "Twist and Shout" (both 1962), "My Pledge of Love" by The Joe Jeffrey Group (1969), and "Leaving Me" by The Independents (1972). - W-B (2005)

      • WELCOME ABOARD, YOU SON OF A GUN!!! This was a rather historic night in the history of the show as it marked the first appearance of Joey Bishop on the panel. With his deadpan humor, Joey would become a popular semi-regular guest member of the panel. It also was a historic night due to the fact that the panel moved into their new home where they would remain until the final season when the show would start broadcasting in living color. Unfortunately, this was also a rather poor night for the panel and if it weren't for the heroics of Arlene in the first game, the panel might have gone 0 for the night. In the first game, Arlene made the last second save as she correctly identified the female judo instructor. In fact, it was down to the last question when Arlene got into the line of questioning that helped her make the correct guess. However, it probably was understandable that the panel couldn't believe that she was a judo instructor, because she was so young and pretty. For humor, during the post game chat, John suggested that she go over and show Bennett how good she was by throwing him to the back of the theater. The panel wasn't so lucky in the second game when they failed to guess that the contestant burned money for the Federal Reserve Bank. In fact, when it came time for Joey's turn, he showed the panel's frustration by congratulating the contestant by telling him in his own inimitable way "You lucky son of a gun. You're about to win $50." In the mystery guest round, the panel also was unlucky as they failed to identify Van Johnson. Though it was announced that Van had just finished a picture, it was not named. Most likely, it was the 1960 film "The Enemy General." However, Van did promote his upcoming summer stock appearances in the musical "Damn Yankees," and so ended a rather frustrating night, but at least the panel had a good time thanks to Joey. - Sargebri (2005)

        MORE ABOUT JOEY BISHOP: As was mentioned earlier, this was the first appearance of Joey Bishop on the panel. He would make 21 more appearances as well as three mystery guest appearances and one very humorous cameo. He also became the latest member of the infamous Rat Pack to appear on the show. In fact, at this point, four of the five Pack members (Joey, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and Peter Lawford) had all appeared on the show as mystery guests. Three of the five (Joey, Peter and Sammy) had appeared as both panelists and mystery guests. Of course, their leader, Francis Albert Sinatra, didn't appear on the show for several years due to his feud with onetime friend Dorothy Kilgallen. However, Frank finally did show up on the show a year and a couple of weeks after Dolly Mae's tragic passing. In that appearance, he performed both a mystery guest as well as a guest panelist. - Sargebri (2005)

      • Welcome to the panel, Joey! Joey Bishop really added a lot to the panel. His deadpan delivery gave the panel a relaxed, comfortable feel. Joey became a semi-regular panelist for the next couple of years, and his chemistry with the other panel members helped make him a favorite for years to come. - Sargebri (2003)

      • This is the first episode broadcast from CBS Studio 52, located at 254 W. 54th St., NY. Years later, this studio becomes the famous disco called Studio 54, which remains open from April 26, 1977 until it closes in 1986. WML will remain here until they move to CBS Studio 50 on September 4, 1966, and start broadcasting in color. - 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)

      • John announced that "after all these long years" they were finally located in a new studio theater. However, the set looked essentially the same. This was Joey Bishop's debut as a guest panelist. He was so funny, and often criticized himself in a deadpan manner. When the score was "9 down and 1 to go" and it was his turn, he got laughs when he said to the contestant, "You son-of-a-gun, you're going to win $50." In total, this was a very entertaining episode. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Joey Bishop (2/3/1918 - 10/17/2007)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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