What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 48


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 31, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: Twice, during the second game, John Daly called Dirk Bogarde by the wrong name. John called him "Derek" or "Derrick" instead of "Dirk." Nobody noted the error, and John later called him by his correct name. - Suzanne (2005)

  • Quotes

    • Syd: (regarding John Daly) I bow to his superior wisdom.
      Arlene: We all do, my dear man. We all do.
      John: Except for Chuckles.
      Arlene: Except for Chuckles.

    • Bennett: You're not on the... you're not on the roaster of the New York Yankees, are you?
      Frank: No.
      John: Roaster?!
      (loud laughter at John's reaction to Bennett's mispronunciation of "roster" as "roaster")

  • Notes

    • (1) After Arlene introduces Bennett as "Chuckles" Cerf, John calls him "Chuckles" throughout this episode. At the end, though, John finally gives up and calls him by his real name when saying good night.
      (2) This is the second episode on which John used the new "Will you enter and sign in, please?" introduction for the mystery guest. The first such occasion was on EPISODE #519, but he was still using the previous introduction, "Will you come in and sign in, please?" in the intervening episodes. He has already settled on the new phrase for the regular contestants, but it will be a few more episodes before he will use it for all challengers. - W-B (2005)

      This was a pretty good night for the panel as they went "three for four" this evening. Dirk Bogarde put in a fairly good performance as a rookie panelist. In the first game, Bogarde correctly guessed that the young college student was a member of the Radio City Rockettes. In fact, not only was she a Rockette, but she was also scheduled to represent New York City in the upcoming Miss America contest, which caused a very humorous moment when Bennett announced that he was scheduled to be one of the judges for the pageant. However, being the true gentleman he was, Bennett said that her appearance on the show would not influence his decision in any way. In the second game, the panel wasn't as lucky, as they failed to figure out that the contestant was a make-up artist who was responsible for preparing the speakers at the recently concluded Republican National Convention. Interestingly, the panel wasn't blindfolded for this game, although maybe they should have been masked, since it was later revealed that Mr. Simoens was the man who applied their make-up when they broadcast the special "What's My Line?" from Chicago in August 1956, when they were there during the 1956 Democratic Convention. In the mystery guest round, the panel correctly identified screen legend Myrna Loy. Miss Loy was on the show to promote her latest picture. In the final game, Arlene could have made the correct guess of the Yankees bat boy, but she questioned if he was a "ball boy" or a "water boy" instead of his correct line. However, "Chuckles," almost by accident, correctly guessed that he was in fact a bat boy. This truly put a capper on a good evening. - Sargebri (2005)

      As was mentioned during the mystery guest round, Myrna Loy's biggest successes in her acting career were in the classic 1930s and 1940s "Thin Man" films, in which she co-starred with William Powell. The two played husband and wife sleuths "Nick and Nora Charles." The series was so influential that several television series were based on the concept, including "The Thin Man" (1957-1959) which featured WML alumni Peter Lawford, "McMillan and Wife" (1971-1976), "Hart to Hart" (1980-1984) and the short-lived "Snoops" (1989-1990). - Sargebri (2005)

      On behalf of himself and the panel, John wished Miss Sherrylyn Patecell good luck in her bid to become Miss America, but Bennett Cerf excluded himself from the "good luck wish" because he said that he would be a judge for that contest. Later, John indicated that Mr. Syd Simoens did makeup in the past for everyone on that night's panel, except Arlene. - agent_0042 (2005)

    • Dirk Bogarde (3/28/1921 - 5/8/1999)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Dirk Bogarde, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions