What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 10


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 06, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John W. Ficklin (6/27/1919 - 12/16/1984) - "Head Waiter at the White House" (salaried; African-American; left-handed; he has 4 butlers under his supervision at the White House; the Presidential election will be held this coming Tuesday; from Washington, D.C.; more notes on Ficklin below)

Game 2: Miss Jorie Livingston - "Runs 'Charm' School for Businessmen" (self-employed; she owns a charm school called Productive Communications and she teaches deportment and diction to men; John said she formerly worked in theatre; originally from St. Louis, Missouri; currently from New York, NY)

Game 3: Joey Bishop (2/3/1918 - 10/17/2007) (as Mystery Guest) He donated his game winnings to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Game 4: Mrs. Louise Benoit - "Weighs Money" (salaried; she works for the Mercer & Dunbar Armored Car Company; they hand-count the first batch of bills, weigh the results, and then use that weight to count the remaining bills; from Hartford, Connecticut)

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Bennett: (after he guesses the occupation of the first challenger rather quickly) Why are you looking so puzzled, John?
        John: I was just thinking it'd be nice if you were out of town tonight. You know, something like that. (loud laughter) Heavenly days to Betsy.

      • Joey Bishop: (To Jack Lemmon) Well Jack, I was on the panel last week and you're there this week. It's nice there's some consistency -- one "lemon" after another.

      • Dorothy: (After John gets defensive over the explanation of a "no" answer regarding Joey Bishop's appearance schedule) We're not arguing, John, we're plugging!

    • NOTES (8)

      • This was a so-so night for the panel as they batted .500 for the evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant was the head butler at the White House. Of course, his appearance was very significant due to the fact that two days later, one of the most famous presidential elections would be taking place (more on that later). After the game, John flipped over the rest of the cards, mainly because the panel guessed him so fast. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the charm school operator. After it was revealed what her line was, Bennett joked that he didn't need any training because he was already a very charming businessman. The real highlight of the night came when panel favorite Joey Bishop appeared on the opposite side of the fence as a mystery guest. It was fun seeing him use various impersonations in an attempt to fool his once-fellow panelists. However, Arlene correctly made the identification. After the game, Joey requested that his winnings go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Philadelphia, and John promptly flipped the remaining cards. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the contestant weighed money, so she won the full prize by default. And finally, during the good nights, Bennett made sure to tell everyone to go out and vote. John agreed, and so ended the show. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned during the first game, that week was the presidential election between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon. That election would become one of the closest in history due in part to the historic high voter turnout. Of course, Kennedy won the election and the rest became history. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy's speech sounded a little thick and slurred and she was very slow and deliberate with her questioning. Of course, this all leads to her eventual stay at the LeRoy Sanitarium to try and combat her substance abuse problem. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: Joey Bishop donated all his winnings to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Philadelphia, so John flipped all the cards. The game ended at 4 down and six to go. - agent_0042

      • During the end credits, the announcer states that Joey Bishop will appear on The DuPont Show of the Month. The production of The DuPont Show of the Month that Joey Bishop appeared in was called "Heaven Can Wait." It aired on November 16, 1960. It was an adaptation of a story by Leslie Bush-Fekete which had also been made into a 1943 movie of the same title starring Gene Tierney and Don Ameche. Although it has the same name, this particular play has no relation to the films "Heaven Can Wait" (1978, starring Warren Beatty) or "Here Comes Mr. Jordan" (1941, starring Robert Montgomery). - Garrison Skunk

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      • John W. Ficklin (John Woodson Ficklin) was both the "Head Butler" and the "Head Waiter" at the White House during his WML visit. John Ficklin eventually served over twenty-five years under five different administrations: Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. He was very distinguished and articulate. A reprint of a newspaper interview with him is on this site:


        - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Jack Lemmon, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • Joey Bishop promoted his upcoming appearance next Thursday at the Copacabana. - Suzanne

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