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Regular Panelist (1950-1967)
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Eamonn: Charles, are you the real McCoy?
John: Oh man.
Eamonn: Well, last time I was here, I thought Debbie Reynolds was Ingemar Johansson, but you sound different. Have you anything to do with sport?
Dorothy: Uh, would it be worn in the vicinity of the bed, Mr. Barron?
Len: I'd have to say no.
John: No, I don't...
Dorothy: Good, good.
John: Three down and seven to go, Mr. Andrews.
Eamonn: Well, we better get you out of Dorothy's bedroom.
Eamonn: I wonder what the staple industries of Sheffield are? Cutlery and hardware and...
John: And making staples, I dare say.
TITLE OVERLAY TIMING CHANGE: Beginning with tonight's show, after the animated opening sequence ends, they go directly from the sequence to the "WHAT'S MY LINE?" title overlay screen. This white overlay screen is seen over the center stage as the announcer introduces the first of the panelists. Previously, they went from the animated opening to the center stage position and then put the title overlay on the screen about one second later. - W-B (2005)
HAPPY FATHERS DAY 1960!!! This was a fairly good Father's Day as the panel rebounded rather nicely from the previous week's poor performance by having a .500 performance for this evening. In the first game, the Dorothy correctly guessed that the rather shapely lady from Sheffield, England was a barmaid. In fact, she was in New York for the British Exposition that was taking place at the time. Unfortunately, the panel didn't do as well in the second game as they were utterly stumped by the bridal veil salesman. In the mystery guest round, it was a group victory as they correctly identified then world heavyweight champion Ingemar Johansson. Johansson was on the show to promote his title defense against former champ Floyd Patterson. Dolly Mae joked that she wanted to inform the IRS that she bet a whopping $8 on the fight. However, Arlene jokingly questioned Ingo's judgment for coming on the show the night before an important fight. Perhaps it was an omen, as Johansson was knocked out by Patterson in the fifth round. In the final game, the panel ran out of time and the mosquito exterminator won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)
The fight between Ingemar Johansson and Floyd Patterson was significant for two reasons. The first and main reason was that when Patterson knocked out Johansson, he not only won the bout, but he became the first fighter to regain the heavyweight title, a feat that wouldn't be equaled until 1974 when Muhammad Ali regained the title by beating George Forman in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Congo) in Africa. The other significant thing about this fight was the fact that it was the second in their classic three fight trilogy. On March 13, 1961 Patterson won the rubber match in the series by once again knocking out Johansson, only this time it was in Miami and it was in the sixth round. - Sargebri (2005)
KYLE ROTE: During the second game, while joking about Arlene making a pass, John mentioned that Kyle Rote was an excellent catcher. Rote was a receiver for the New York Giants football team from 1950-1961. During his 11 seasons, Rote was the most-respected pass catcher in the NFL. - Suzanne (2005)
John Daly mentioned that Eamonn Andrews, the guest panelist on this episode, was the moderator on the British version of What's My Line? - agent_0042 (2005)
Eamonn Andrews announced that Arlene Francis is currently performing in a play in Westport, Connecticut. Over the years, she often performed at the Westport Country Playhouse. - Suzanne (2005)
The very next day, June 20, 1960, Ingemar Johansson was a participant in a boxing match against Floyd Patterson to defend his title of "World Heavyweight Champion" that he had won in June 1959. Johansson lost the match and lost the title by being knocked out in the 5th round. He never regained his title. Yes, he should have been in bed sleeping instead of playing WML this late at night, and Arlene asked him why he wasn't doing so! Eamonn Andrews, the host of the British WML, will be a boxing commentator at tomorrow's fight. Gil Fates discusses tonight's episode in his 1978 WML book. While not shown on the air, Johansson answered later that the last time he was on WML (EPISODE #450 on February 1, 1959) it was "good luck" for him, so he thought he'd do it again. In addition, on WML EPISODE #468 on June 14, 1959, Johansson's fiancee and future wife, Birgit Lundgren, was a contestant on WML. - Suzanne (2003)
This TIME magazine article correctly predicted the outcome of the third and final Johansson-Patterson fight on March 13, 1961 at the Miami Beach Convention Hall. Patterson knocked out Johansson in the 6th round. - Suzanne (2005)
Ingemar Johansson / Floyd Patterson article from TIME magazine - March 10, 1961
In some ways, the prefight pattern was familiar. As he had twice before, U.S. Heavyweight Floyd Patterson stuck grimly to his job of clouting sparring partners in preparation for a championship bout with Sweden's Ingemar Johansson. And although Ingo was working harder than ever before in the training ring, he was still surrounded with all the lush appurtenances of life, including perennial fiancee Birgit Lundgren.
Champion Patterson had rented a villa on Florida's east coast, just a stroll away from the Atlantic surf. But Patterson could hardly have cared less. "This is a vacation spot," he said. "But I'm not here for fun." Sixty-five miles northward, at Palm Beach's Sea Breeze motel, Challenger Johansson took his turn in an open-air, rooftop training ring, and dunked himself in a nearby, palm-girdled swimming pool. "Ah," said Ingo, "this is the perfect place."
Study in Contrasts. Next week at Miami Beach, Patterson and Johansson will meet in their third fight for the heavyweight championship of the world. In the first bout. Challenger Johansson knocked out Champion Patterson with a bombardment of right hands. In the second, Patterson knocked out Ingo with a left hook, became the first deposed heavyweight champion to regain the title. The fights proved that both Patterson and Johansson can hit - and be hit. And making matters even more interesting is the fact that the two are a study in contrasting styles and personalities.
Sweden's Johansson is breezy and confident. Despite his drubbing in the second fight - he was still groggy an hour after the finish - Ingo still talks at times as if Patterson were just a preliminary boy. "I have no more respect for him as a boxer than I had in the first fight," he says. Ingo even stayed unruffled last week when the U.S. Internal Revenue Service socked him with a suit for $598,000 in back taxes. He would, he said, willingly fight even if his third-fight purse were tied up. "If I didn't fight," he said deadpan, "the American Government wouldn't get all that money."
New Message. For the first time, Playboy Johansson was all business in the training ring. He was trying to develop a left hand to complement his crashing right - but there were doubts that his left would ever be very dangerous. Moreover, Johansson still has not corrected the basic mistake of dropping his right hand, which last time left him open to Patterson's left hook. But the way Ingo explains his defeat, he tried to lean back from Patterson's left instead of ducking under it. This time, he says, he will duck.
He may have to, for in training Patterson's left appeared sharper than ever before. At 195 lbs., he was heavier than in the past, but had lost none of his speed. For the most part, he has learned to fight out of a stable stance instead of bouncing about like a kangaroo, as he did for years. When word of Ingo's "new left" reached him, Patterson took the news seriously. "Ingemar's real sneaky," he said. "He'll have something new for me. I'll have to do likewise."
After one rugged session with Patterson, a battered sparring partner last week emerged from the ring to say: "He sends a very sincere message." In the betting on next week's fight, the odds are that Johansson will be on the receiving end of that message.
Today is "Father's Day" 1960! During the introductions, Bennett humorously referred to this special commemorative day as a "somewhat synthetic occasion." - Suzanne (2003)
Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Eamonn Andrews, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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