What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 25, 1960 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • MAJOR GOOFS!!! Besides John's transposition of words at the beginning of the mystery guest round, as well as his scoring mistake during the mystery guest round when he mistakenly flipped a card on a correct answer, there were two other mistakes made on this episode. After the first game was concluded and Bennett was talking to the young usherette, he mistakenly referred to the "San Francisco Giants" as the "New York Giants." We'll excuse Bennett, because this was only three years after the Giants left Manhattan for San Francisco. Another goof was made after the final game. As Miss Arora stood up to leave John's desk, you could very faintly hear a brief snippet of the show's closing theme "Rollercoaster." - Sargebri

    • In a rare scoring goof, one of the panelists asked if Red Skelton's name would ever appear in the Entertainment section of the newspaper. John said the answer was yes, but then flipped a card and said "one down and nine to go." John was never called on his scoring error and the card remained flipped. - agent_0042

    • In one of his rare goofs, John, as the mystery guest round is about to start, asks the panel, "Are the blindfolds all in panel, place?" - W-B

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel as they basically had a perfecto. This excellent score was definitely a result of guest panelist Chuck Connors and his wonderful game-playing abilities tonight. In the first game, Dorothy, with a huge assist from Chuck, correctly guessed that the young lady from San Francisco was an usher, or usherette, at Candlestick Park, the 1960 home of the San Francisco Giants. Interestingly, it was Chuck who got the panel thinking in the direction of baseball. The fact that she hailed from San Francisco probably was a clue to him, because prior to his acting career, Chuck played baseball for the Giants' hated rivals, the Dodgers. In the second game, Chuck also managed to correctly figure out that the rather tall man from Texas had something to do with children. Dorothy further narrowed the guest's line down to something connected with children's clothing, but the panel never specifically identified that he sold baby clothes. It also provided one of the funnier moments of the night when the contestant pulled out a pair of denim diapers and presented it to the panel. In the mystery guest round, Dolly Mae really shined when she correctly identified Red Skelton. Red was on the show to promote his special broadcast commemorating the 15th anniversary of the United Nations, which he would be doing entirely in pantomime. However, the real highlight of the night came in the final game when Chuck capped off his remarkable performance by doing something that was usually only done by the regular members of the panel - and that was to do a solo as he correctly figured out that the contestant, who originally was from Bombay (now known as Mumbai), India was an English teacher. This definitely put a grand capper on a entertaining show. - Sargebri (2005)

      It is interesting to note that a few years after this episode, Chuck Connors would appear in one of the few dramatic series ever produced by Goodson-Todman Productions, the 1965-1966 western "Branded," in which he played a cavalry officer falsely accused of cowardice. However, another series produced by G-T which was not a game show was Garry Moore's classic variety show. - Sargebri (2005)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger because of confusion over one of the questions that had been asked. For the final challenger, Chuck Connors guessed the occupation almost immediately, but John went ahead and flipped all the cards anyway. - agent_0042

    • (1) Chuck Connors' connection to Goodson-Todman, in the years to come, would extend past his "WML?" guest panelist appearances on this episode and on EPISODE #481 of September 13, 1959. From January 24, 1965 to September 4, 1966, Connors starred in the NBC-TV western "Branded," in the role of Captain Jason McCord, who had been unjustly dismissed from the military after being falsely accused of cowardice. The show dealt with his travels around the country in his efforts to prove he was not a coward. The program's executive producers were Mark Goodson and Bill Todman, in one of their rare forays outside the game-show realm. - W-B (2005)
      (2) Ironically, given that tonight's show was sponsored by Sunbeam, Chuck Connors would do a series of television commercials for Sunbeam's "Shavemaster" electric shavers (with both holes and slots) in 1973. - W-B (2006)

    • Chuck Connors was sharp tonight! He started and finished the questioning of Sita Arora! He guessed her occupation in one turn. It's always nice seeing the guest panelist win a round. It's doubly nice seeing them achieve it with such fanfare! - Suzanne (2003)

    • Red Skelton promoted "Laughter, the Universal Language." Videotaped at the United Nations in honor of that organization's 15th anniversary, this benefit served as the opening broadcast of Red Skelton's 10th television season. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Chuck Connors, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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