What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 9

EPISODE #537

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 30, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #537
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Game 1: Frank P. Stone - "Sells Voting Machines" (salaried; he is a representative of the Automatic Voting Machine Company of the Rockwell Manufacturing Company; it is mentioned that in next Tuesday's election, there will be 30 million people voting by machine; from Jamestown, New York)

Game 2: Mrs. Hannah Foster - "Counts Worms" (salaried; she works for the Oakhaven Worm Farm which sells tens of thousands of worms each year; from Cedar Hill, Texas)

Game 3: Frankie Laine (3/30/1913 - 2/6/2007) (as Mystery Guest #1) He signed in with his birth name of Frank Paul LoVecchio.

Game 4: John Zacherle (b. 9/26/1918) (as Mystery Guest #2, he signed in as Mr. X to avoid name recognition, and the panel was not blindfolded) - "Host of TV Horror Movie Show" (salaried; John Daly praised Zacherle by saying that he had "a fine feeling for young people") . .moreless

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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)

    Frankie Laine

    Frankie Laine

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    John Zacherle

    John Zacherle

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Joey Bishop

    Joey Bishop

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • This was somewhat of a poor night for the panel. In fact, if it weren't for their performance in the mystery guest round, the panel would have scored a perfect zero. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the voting boot salesman. His appearance on the show was very appropriate due to the fact that a week from that Tuesday, a presidential election was taking place. The election was, of course, won by John F. Kennedy. The panel performed just as bad in the second game as they were again stumped, this time by a little old lady who counted worms. However, Dorothy, in her blonde bubble wig (more on that later) did figure out that the contestant had something to do with worms. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified singer Frankie Laine. Frankie was on the show to promote his current engagement at the Empire Room at the Waldorf. Just before Frankie left the stage, he pleased the audience by singing a few bars. In the final game, both Arlene and Joey voluntarily disqualified themselves because they recognized horror host John Zacherle, who was appearing onstage without his makeup. His WML appearance was very appropriately timed, since the next night was Halloween. It was then up to Bennett and Dolly Mae to try to uphold the panel's honor by doing it alone. Unfortunately, the time ran out and the panel had to go home that night with their tails between their legs, as Zacherle won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

      • From the "What were they thinking?" department: What in the world possessed Dorothy to put on a very hideous-looking blonde wig? Someone should have caught her and let her know that she was making a huge fashion faux pas. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: After it was ascertained that Mrs. Foster dealt with worms, John flipped all the cards before the panel could guess her exact line in relation to them, which was to count them before they were packaged and sold to the public. John also flipped all the cards for the final challenger, John Zacherle, because Arlene and Joey had disqualified themselves and there was very little time left, anyway. - agent_0042

      • Television horror show host John Zacherle first gained fame on Philadelphia station WCAU-TV in 1957 as host of "Shock Theatre," in which he appeared in character as "Roland." During his time there, he had a major hit, "Dinner With Drac," issued on the Cameo label in 1958. In the summer of 1958, as WCAU-TV went from being a CBS affiliate to a CBS owned-and-operated (the network acquired the TV and radio stations from the Philadelphia Bulletin newspaper), Zacherle went to WABC-TV in New York where he first adopted the "Zacherley" moniker. He later hosted shows on WOR-TV (now WWOR-TV) and Newark, NJ station WNJU-TV (before it became known for its Spanish-language programming). - W-B

      • "ENTER AND SIGN IN" WATCH: John used the earlier introductory phrase, "Come in and sign in, please" for mystery guest Frankie Laine tonight. Over the last few episodes, it appears John uses the now-standard introduction "Enter and sign in, please" for all contestants if there are two mystery guests, one at the start of the program and then the regular mystery guest round, as he did the previous episode. - W-B

      • Frankie Laine used his birth name when he signed in, Frank Paul LoVecchio. He promoted his appearance at the Empire Room of the Waldorf-Astoria. He sang one line of the song, "Spend Tonight With You" for Arlene. - Suzanne

      • DOROTHY WORE A BLOND BUBBLE WIG! It was definitely a fashion mistake! Even Bennett could not resist a pun about it at the end of the show! He says to Dorothy, "Don't you flip that wig!" - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: John Daly mentions, "Tonight is Halloween!" but of course, it's really not until tomorrow!

      • John Zacherle (sometimes credited as Zacherley) was a NYC television horror show host. Both Arlene and Joey knew who he was by his looks, so they disqualified themselves from game play. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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