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What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 8

EPISODE #536

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 23, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #536
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Game 1: Ralph Houk (8/9/1919 - 7/21/2010) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel is blindfolded - he was referred to as "Mr. X.") - "New Manager of N.Y. Yankees" (salaried; he is the new manager of the New York Yankees baseball team; he has been with the Yankees organization for 22 years; from Saddle River, New Jersey)

Game 2: Mrs. "Boo" Morrison - "Makes Back-Scratchers for Cows" (self-employed; her first name is never given, she put the quotes around the obvious nickname of Boo; she designed this cattle back-scratching device which is an insecticide-infused burlap log that the cattle walk under to scrape off the flies; John said the cattle are healthier and can weigh an additional 20 pounds; her husband raises cattle, and John mentioned that Mr. Morrison is a graduate of his beloved Tilton School; from Senatobia, Mississippi)

Game 3: Janet Leigh (7/6/1927 - 10/3/2004) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Miss Mona Neves - "Professional Bass Player" (self-employed; she is a member of an all-girl jazz group and performs in small clubs; John said she plays a bass viol and is presently appearing at "The Lighthouse" in "Shedding Light"; from the net we learn that Mona Neves attended the Lenox School of Jazz in Lenox, Massachusetts in 1959; we also learn that she was married to bassist John Neves, but they separated in about 1959; from Manhattan, New York, NY)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Ralph Houk

    Ralph Houk

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Janet Leigh

    Janet Leigh

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Mona Neves

    Mona Neves

    Contestant

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Bennett: Mrs. Morrison, I think we can dismiss the fact that you may have played in that famous Jack Benny program, The Horn "Boo" at Midnight? You don't know anything... (groans from audience)
        John: I would say this -- you teachers in Chicago have been warned -- if you show up now, it's your fault.

      • Bennett: It's a dinger. Does it ding? Does it have anything to do with a bell?

      • Bennett: In pursuit of what I suppose is your fabulous income, do you ever raise your voice in song?
        Janet: (singing) I sing sometime.
        John: Miss Kilgallen.
        Dorothy: Good night. Is there more than one of you there?

      • Martin: (introducing Arlene) On my left, a girl you see far more often than I do. The perfect wife, Arlene Francis.

    • NOTES (9)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 26, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a baseball-associated figure, in honor of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary. Prior to that, it had aired in regular rotation on GSN on December 14, 2005. With all the airings for various tributes plus the regular rotation since 2003, this "WML?" episode, along with EPISODE #236 of December 12, 1954 and EPISODE #316 of June 24, 1956, are the most aired individual "WML?" episodes on GSN over the last three years, with five broadcasts each.

        Interestingly, the day before the July 26, 2006 airing of this episode, GSN aired an episode of the syndicated "WML?" from within Week #100 of its run, which was taped on October 22, 1970 - one day shy of the 10th anniversary of tonight's show. The later edition featured former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton as mystery guest. At that point, the controversial Mr. Bouton (who made waves with his 1969 tell-all book "Ball Four") had just become the sports anchor on New York television station WABC-TV's (Channel 7) "Eyewitness News," where he would remain until 1973 when he switched to rival WCBS-TV (Channel 2) for a two-year stint as that station's sports anchor. The 1970 "WML?" episode was hosted by Wally Bruner, and the panel consisted of Soupy Sales, Joanna Barnes, Bert Convy and Arlene Francis. - W-B (2006)

      • Ralph Houk also served in the U.S. military. He earned the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his valorous service. He participated in the Battle of the Bulge. - agent_0042

      • This was a so-so night for the panel. Martin almost guessed that the first mystery guest was newly-hired Yankees manager Ralph Houk. Unfortunately, when Martin asked if Houk served in a specific city during World War II, he chose the wrong city and lost his turn, even though Martin obviously knew the identity of the guest at this point in time. However, Bennett and Arlene made the save. Houk took over from Casey Stengel shortly after the 1960 World Series, which the Yankees lost in seven games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Houk would lead the Yanks to series titles in 1961 when they defeated the Cincinnati Reds in five games, and in 1962 when they beat the San Francisco Giants in seven. However, the following year in 1963, they were swept in four straight by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Houk would was replaced as manager by future mystery guest Yogi Berra in 1964, but would return two years later in 1966 and would remain manager until 1973 when he was replaced by Bill Virdon. The fun really picked up when the first regular contestant, who made back scratchers for cows, hit the stage. Most of the laughter was the result of Dorothy's questioning. Even the contestant was cracking up! Dorothy really tried to dig deep, but was unable to get anywhere. This was probably due to the fact that she sounded as if she had imbibed a little too much before the broadcast. Of course, a few months later, Dolly Mae would be admitted to New York's Le Roy Hospital for treatment of her substance abuse problems. Martin would later make amends for his earlier faux pas by correctly guessing Janet Leigh, who half-sung and half-spoke her responses. Miss Leigh was on the show to promote the hit she had earlier that year with "Psycho." Her co-star in that film, Tony Perkins, would later become a frequent guest panelist on WML and would often appear as a mystery guest as well. Janet's work in "Psycho" was not forgotten at awards time, as she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, as well as a Golden Globe in the same category. She didn't win the Oscar, but she did win the Golden Globe. As for the final contestant, the time ran out before the panel could guess that she was a bass player for an all-girl group. She then won the game and the full prize by default. - Sargebri

      • GSN aired this episode on October 30, 2005 as part of a "Halloween Weekend" of horror-related stars appearing on Goodson-Todman shows. This show was preceded by an airing of an episode of "Password" from May 13, 1963 which featured Olivia de Havilland and Anthony Perkins. This "WML?" episode had previously been shown on October 12, 2004 in memory of Janet Leigh. - W-B

        An interesting note about this episode is that it has been shown in October every year since 2003. In addition, it was originally broadcast on October 23, 1960. On GSN, it's been shown on 10/30/2003 (in normal rotation), 10/12/2004 (Janet Leigh Tribute) and on 10/30/2005 (Halloween Special). - scorpshockey

      • CASEY STENGEL: During the post game chat with Ralph Houk, the name of Casey Stengel was brought up several times. In fact, Bennett asked what Casey was going to be doing since he was no longer manager of the Yanks. Houk responded by saying that "whatever he would be doing, he was going to have lots of money." Ironically, two years later in 1962, Casey would return, not as manager of the Yankees, but as the manager of New York's newest team based in Queens, The New York Mets. Unfortunately, this was in the era before owners with deep pockets could literally buy a team and produce an instant winner. The Mets, under Casey's guidance, would finish in dead last with the worst record in the history of baseball, a pathetic 40 wins and 120 losses. However, in 1969, the Amazin' Mets would go from the outhouse to the penthouse when they wound up beating the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles in five games, to win the World Series in one of the most shocking upsets in the history of sports. - Sargebri

        Recently, Dorothy had been asking mystery challengers if they had studied dentistry, hoping to catch Casey Stengel as a mystery guest. With this challenger having been on, her fears are appeased, as such. - agent_0042

      • John mentioned Janet Leigh's famous 1960 Alfred Hitchcock film, "Psycho." Also mentioned was the Broadway play, "Face of a Hero." No details were given about "Face of a Hero," but Martin said that he and Arlene had gone to its opening the other night, and had seen Jack Lemmon perform and had also seen "Mr. and Mrs. Curtis." Janet and Tony were evidently in the audience, as she is not listed in the credits of this play. - Suzanne

      • Janet Leigh passed away on October 3, 2004. As a tribute, GSN aired her 4 WML appearances. This episode was broadcast on October 12, 2004. - Garrison Skunk

      • Tidbits: Dorothy is a tad tipsy tonight. It's evident in her speech. Her giggles make for a really fun show!

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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