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What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 03, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

IDENTICAL TWINS NIGHT! In honor of the 26th Annual "International Twins Association" Convention, all of the regular contestants are identical twin sets who are dressed alike.

Game 1: Miss LaVelda Rowe & Miss LaVona Rowe - "News Photographers" (self-employed; they are members of the Iowa Press Photographers Association, and they provide photography services for both television and newspapers; one of the twins had previously photographed Bennett Cerf when he was in Iowa, but he did not recognize her; from Iowa City, IA)

Game 2: Miss Barbara Harker & Miss Virginia Harker - "Sell Worms" (self-employed; during the summer, they catch and sell earthworms to fishermen; Dorothy asked them where they bought their matching dresses, and when they replied that the dresses were purchased in Salt Lake City, Dorothy replied, "I'll be right out"; from Tooele, Utah)

Game 3: The Sound of Music (as Mystery Guest Cast)

Appearing are:

Lauri Peters (b. 7/2/1943)
Kathy Dunn (b. 10/3/1946)
William Snowden (b. 1947)
Joseph Stewart (b. 1948)
Marilyn Rogers (b. 1948)
Mary Susan Locke (b. 1951)
Evanna Lien (b. 1952)

Game 4: Dr. Bernard Ross & Dr. Howard Ross - "Dentists" (self-employed; Bernard is from Union, New Jersey; Howard is from Paramus, New Jersey)

WML will again have a "twins night" on EPISODE #847 on January 29, 1967.

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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)

    Lauri Peters

    Lauri Peters

    Mystery Guest Cast

    Guest Star

    Kathy Dunn

    Kathy Dunn

    Mystery Guest Cast

    Guest Star

    Bill Snowden

    Bill Snowden

    Mystery Guest Cast

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • John: I think it's only fair, since we don't have color television, that you should all know Bennett's turning a little green. (laughter) He thinks he's seeing double. And he is, too.

      • Arlene: (asking about the Harkers' product --- worms) Is it consumed by human beings?
        Harkers: Sometimes. (sustained laughter, camera zooms in on John, who looks dubious)

      • Bennett: (again about the worms) Is it in the snake or insect family?
        Harkers: (seem rather unsure)
        John: You got a copy of that dictionary with you, Bennett?

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: In an effort to be nice, twice tonight, John flipped all the cards even though the panel had correctly guessed the occupations. - agent_0042 (2005)

        HAPPY BIRTHDAY DOLLY MAE!!! This was a very special night for two reasons. One was the fact that Dorothy was celebrating her 47th birthday this evening and it really was cute seeing Tony give her a nice peck on the cheek and Arlene blow a kiss her way. The other reason was that this was a very special theme episode where all the contestants were twins. It also was a very touching episode, as during the intros, Arlene thanked the audience for the letters of support following the recent tragedy she went through. As for the games themselves, after a rough start, the panel had a wonderful performance. In the first game, the panel was utterly stumped by the pair of news photographers from Iowa City. In fact, what made it interesting was the fact that one of the twin sisters covered Bennett's recent appearance there. The panel did have better luck in the second game when the birthday girl correctly guessed that the two sisters from Salt Lake City, Utah raised and sold worms. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly guessed that the guests were the children who were appearing as the von Trapp children in the then current Broadway hit "The Sound of Music." The final game saw a very historic moment as Tony finally made a correct guess as he figured out that the two brothers from New Jersey were dentists. This really put a capper on a very successful and happy occasion for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

        As Bennett mentioned during his introduction of John Daly, John was on his way to Los Angeles, California to cover the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Of course, this was when a certain senator from Massachusetts by the name of John F. Kennedy would take a giant step toward becoming President of the United States a few months later. Also, the convention was held in the recently opened Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Ironically, when the building was dedicated, the person dedicating the building was Republican Vice-President Richard Nixon. In fact, in the lobby of the building, there is a picture of Nixon with the date of the building's dedication. However, it is dwarfed by a considerably larger picture of his political rival, Kennedy, as part of a plaque signifying his political nomination which took place in the building. Another ironic point about the convention was that Kennedy didn't make his acceptance speech in the Sports Arena. Instead, he made his historic speech next door at the much larger Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. As for the Sports Arena itself, it would become the home to several sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers (who played there from 1960 to 1967), the Los Angeles Clippers (who played there from 1984 to 2000) and it is currently the home of the University of Southern California's men's basketball team. However, in 2006, the Trojans will be moving out of the building and moving into their on campus arena, the Galen Center, which will leave the Sports Arena without a team. The arena also was the site of several music concerts including a very infamous five night stand by the group Pink Floyd when several concert goers were arrested for various drug offenses. However, the band did return to the arena in 1980 for a more successful engagement when the arena was one of two venues where the band staged their classic rock opera "The Wall." - Sargebri (2005)

        It was quite funny when Tony asked the two sisters who sold worms if their product was something that could be found in his house. What really made it ironic was the fact that ten years after his appearance on this episode, Tony would take on the role that he would become associated with, neat freak "Felix Unger" on the classic 1970-1974 sitcom "The Odd Couple." Of course, "Felix" probably would faint if he found worms in his refrigerator. - Sargebri (2005)

        Five years later, "The Sound of Music" was made into a classic 1965 motion picture starring Julie Andrews as "Maria" and Christopher Plummer as "Captain Georg von Trapp." However, none of the children who were in the Broadway play appeared in the film. One of the young girls in the film, Angela Cartwright, who played Brigitta, was in-between television shows. She had just finished her role as "Cathy Williams" on "The Danny Thomas Show" and in 1965 began her three year run on the sci-fi series "Lost in Space" playing "Penny Robinson." Another young actress in the film, Heather Menzies, who played Louisa, would later become a fairly successful adult actress and later married actor Robert Urich. However, one actress who did try out but was rejected eventually became a superstar in her own right. Future WML mystery guest Mia Farrow auditioned for the role of oldest daughter, Liesl, but was rejected. Ironically, Charmian Carr, who beat out Farrow, retired from show business shortly after the film was released. - Sargebri (2005)

      • The International Twins Association (ITA) was organized by and for twins in 1934, and is still in existence. - Suzanne (2003)

        More here at their web site:

        During the introductions, Tony Randall mentioned that Arlene was opening in a play tomorrow at the Playhouse in the Park. - Suzanne (2003)

        During the introductions, Arlene thanked the many people who had written to her during the past week. (See the notes to the previous episode.) She said the letters "meant a great deal" to her. - Suzanne (2003)

      • HAPPY 47th BIRTHDAY, MISS KILGALLEN!!! You're looking fahhhbulous! John Daly said that his present to Dorothy was that Bennett would NOT sing "Happy Birthday" to her! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • The mystery guests are seven members (aged 17 to 9 years old) of the original Broadway cast of the famous musical "The Sound of Music." They are the young actors who play the children of the Trapp Family Singers as shown below. - Suzanne (2003)

        The show opened on Broadway on November 16, 1959:

        Lauri Peters... as Liesl von Trapp
        Kathy Dunn... as Louisa von Trapp
        William Snowden... as Friedrich von Trapp
        Joseph Stewart... as Kurt von Trapp
        Marilyn Rogers... as Brigitta von Trapp
        Mary Susan Locke... as Marta von Trapp
        Evanna Lien... as Gretl von Trapp

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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