What's My Line?

Season 11 Episode 50


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 14, 1960 on CBS
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Game 1: Laurence N. Snyder (8/9/1896 - 9/1982) - "Head Coach U.S. Olympic Track Team (Coach - Ohio State University)" (salaried; he was the Olympic Assistant Coach in 1952 and 1956 and now is the 1960 Olympic Head Coach; John also said that he was the former coach of Jesse Owens; from Upper Arlington, Ohio)

Game 2: Albert W. Hall (8/2/1934 - 10/9/2008) - "Sells Chicken Feed" (salaried; he wore his Olympics blazer; he works for the Wirthmore Feed and Grain Company in Waltham, Massachusetts; from Southington, CT; see more notes below)

Game 3: Jesse Owens (9/12/1913 - 3/31/1980) (as Mystery Guest) "Won 4 Gold Medals, Berlin 1936"

Game 4: Don Bragg (b. 5/15/1935) - "United States Army Private" (salaried, but his occupation overlay screen was never shown, because due to time constraints, Don Bragg did not sign in or play an actual game; John Daly brought him on stage to introduce him, and had the panel make some "free wild guesses" as they used to do in the 1950 to 1955 episodes; John announced that Bragg was on the Olympic pole vaulting squad; see more notes below)

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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)

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    • CITIUS, ALTIUS, FORTIUS!!! These three Latin words are the Olympic motto which means SWIFTER, HIGHER, STRONGER and this episode was a special theme night as it saluted the Olympic athletes just prior to the beginning of the 1960 Rome Olympics a few weeks later. As for these theme games, the panel did quite well and with the exception of the mystery guest round, they were all but perfect. In the first game, Arlene correctly figured out Mr. Snyder was the head coach of the U.S. track and field team. In fact, not only was he coach of the U.S. team, but he was also coach of the Ohio State University team and one of his former pupils was Jesse Owens. Arlene was also successful in the second game as she correctly figured out that Albert Hall was a chicken feed salesman. Before Hall's game, John had told the panel about Hall's Olympic hammer throwing history. The only hiccup on the night was when the panel failed to identify mystery guest Jesse Owens, who John had mentioned earlier in connection with Mr. Snyder. Mr. Owens was going to Rome not only to help give moral support to the athletes, but also to do some writing for various newspapers as well as make daily reports to air on his radio show. Unfortunately, there really wasn't time for a fourth game, but John brought out Don "Tarzan" Bragg anyway. John wanted to see if the panel could guess what Bragg did by having the panel perform a quick version of the old "wild guess" segment that was an original part of the early WML episodes. Ironically, it was Tony, who never appeared on the show when the "wild guess" segment was still a part of it, who correctly said that Bragg was a private in the Army. That pretty much capped off a very fun evening for the panel. - Sargebri (2005)

      JESSE OWENS: As was mentioned during the post game chat, Jesse Owens was famous for the fact that at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he helped to destroy Hitler's "master race" propaganda theory when he won four gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes, the long jump and the 4x100 meter relay. Owens was hailed as a national hero in the aftermath of his triumph. Unfortunately, his successes were short-lived as he essentially became broke after several failed business ventures including a failed chain of cleaning stores that left him $140,000 in debt. However, he did open up a successful public relations firm. Also of note, after Tommie Smith and John Carlos were expelled for their "Black Power" salute during the medal ceremony for the 200 meter dash at the 1968 Mexico Olympics, Owens was asked by his long-time nemesis, International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, to talk to the Black athletes to try to ease tensions. Unfortunately, Owens was perceived as nothing more than an "Uncle Tom" and was ignored. Owens died in March 1980 after a long bout with lung cancer. - Sargebri (2005)

      AMATEUR STATUS: Interestingly, during the show tonight, no mention was made about the night's contestants winning any money. During the end credits, the show announcer stated that the amateur athletes appeared courtesy of the Amateur Athletes Union and that their game winnings would be donated to the United States Olympic Fund. In those days, the athletes truly had to be amateurs and couldn't even accept prize money that they earned on game shows. More examples of this were in 1966 when figure skating star Peggy Fleming and swimming star Don Scholander appeared on different episodes of another Goodson-Todman show, "To Tell the Truth." Both Fleming and Scholander won prize money on their shows, but due to their amateur status, both were required to donate their prize money to the AAU, or else their amateur status would be revoked and they would be barred from competing in the Olympics. Ironically, several years later, the Olympics essentially eliminated this rule, and now professional athletes are allowed to compete in the games. - Sargebri (2005)

      THE ROME OLYMPICS featured a lot of great performances including the domination of the United States men's basketball team lead by future Hall of Famers Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas; the incredible performance of Wilma Rudolph who won three gold medals (the women's 100 and 200 meter dashes and 4X100 meter relay); Ethiopia's Abebe Bikila winning the Marathon while running in his bare feet; and finally, the remarkable gold medal winning performance of a brash, young light-heavyweight boxer from Louisville, Kentucky by the name of Cassius Clay (who later would become known as Muhammad Ali). Also, these would be called the last "good games" as they would be the last ones for several years to not be affected by political turmoil. Of course, in later years, the games would be rocked by boycotts, scandal and even murder as was seen in 1972 in Munich, Germany when eleven members of the Israeli Olympic team were murdered by members of the terrorist group known as Black September. However, the Rome, Italy games will always be remembered as one of the more peaceful games of the modern era. - Sargebri (2005)

      POST OLYMPICS: Don Bragg's main goal after the Olympics was to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Weissmuller and Buster Crabbe and go into the movies. More specifically, he wanted to play "Tarzan" just as Weissmuller and Crabbe had done. In fact, Bragg's nickname was Tarzan. Bragg did go on to win the gold medal in the pole vault and was about to fulfill his dream of playing the "Lord of the Jungle" when shooting began in Jamaica on the film "Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar." Unfortunately, a 1964 court order forced production to shut down due to copyright infringement, and the film was never completed. Bragg later became a drug supplies salesman and eventually opened a boys camp. - Sargebri (2005)

    • DON'T GIVE IT AWAY, JOHN: In an extremely unusual move, during the post-game chat after the first game, John said the name of the upcoming mystery guest when he said that Laurence Snyder had been the coach of the great Jesse Owens! As it turned out, it didn't matter though, since Jesse Owens stumped the panel in the mystery guest round! - Suzanne (2005)

    • Jesse Owens won four Olympic Gold Medals in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics in track and field. Adolf Hitler refused to acknowledge him for his accomplishments while he was in the Chancellor's box. - bossradio93 (2005)

    • "ENTER AND SIGN IN" WATCH: John continues to vary between using the new "Enter and sign in" introduction for all contestants, as he did on the last two shows, and using the new phrase only for regular contestants, and his previous introduction of "Will you come in and sign in, please?" for the mystery guest, as he did tonight. It won't be too long before he exclusively uses his new standard introduction for all guests. - W-B (2005)

    • Albert Hall was born 1934 and grew up in Hanson, MA. He graduated from Cornell University in 1956. He was a member of the US Olympic Team, competing in the Hammer Throw. He competed in 4 consecutive Olympic Games in the Hammer Throw: 1956 (Melbourne, Australia, he placed 4th - 61.96m or 203' 3"); 1960 (Rome, Italy, he placed 14th - 59.76m or 196' 1"); 1964 (Tokyo, Japan, he placed 12th - 63.82m or 209' 4"); and 1968 (Ciudad, Mexico, stats unknown). - Suzanne (2005)

    • From hickoksports.com: Donald G. "Tarzan" Bragg, born May 15, 1935, Penns Grove, NJ. Don Bragg's childhood ambition was to play Tarzan in the movies and he chose sports as a path toward that goal. As a student at Villanova University, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bragg won the NCAA pole vault championship in 1955 and was the IC4A champion, both indoors and outdoors, from 1955 through 1957. He tied for the 1956 AAU indoor championship. After graduating in 1957, Bragg entered the Army and continued to compete. He again tied for the AAU indoor championship in 1958, then won the event from 1959 through 1961. He was also the AAU outdoor champion in 1959. At the 1960 Olympic trials, Bragg set a world record of 15 feet, 9 1/4 inches. That's still the best vault ever for an athlete using a metal pole; soon afterward, most vaulters began using fiberglass poles. Bragg went on to win the Olympic gold medal, startling the crowd in Rome when he gave his Tarzan yell from the victory podium. Bragg retired from competition after the Olympics. He did play Tarzan in a low-budget film, but it was never released because of copyright problems. He later became athletic director at a small New Jersey college and the owner of a summer camp.

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    • OLYMPICS NIGHT! All of the contestants are associated with the Olympics. The highlight of this episode was seeing Olympic great Jesse Owens! In the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he won four gold medals: 100 meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record); long jump with a jump of 26' 5 1/4" (Olympic record); 200 meter dash in 20.7 seconds (Olympic record); and 400 meter relay (first leg) in 39.8 seconds (Olympic and world record). He seemed pleased to be the mystery guest, and spoke with a beautiful deep voice and articulate manner. - Suzanne (2005)

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