What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 11


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 13, 1960 on CBS
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Game 1: Mr. Elbert Carvel (2/9/1910 - 2/6/2005) (Governor-Elect of Delaware) - "Manufactures Fertilizer" (self-employed; very tall; his company has been manufacturing chemical fertilizers for 85 years, mostly selling directly to the farmer; from Delaware)

 Game 2: Mrs. Margaret Ballentyne - "Horse Race Bookie" (self-employed; she works for the J. Marsh Company; from Edinburgh, Scotland)

Game 3: John Wayne (5/26/1907 - 6/11/1979) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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  • How can you top a question from Joey Bishop to the governor-elect of Delaware who, as a vocation, sells fertilizer, in which Joey asks "If you're really pooped, you could sit on it?" Answer: John Wayne!moreless

    How can you top a question from Joey Bishop to the governor-elect of Delaware who, as a vocation, sells fertilizer, in which Joey asks "If you're really pooped, you could sit on it?" For the most part, you can't. It was absolutely hysterical and you could see that John Daly was struggling to keep a straight face. Joey's question was one of the funniest that I've ever heard on television. Nevertheless, I was awed when mystery guest John Wayne came out. To no one's surprise, he was guessed right away (3 questions), but to my delight, he was humble and delightful. He was promoting "The Alamo'" though he had also just released "North to Alaska" (which wasn't a bad movie, by the way), and he humbly opined that he wasn't ashamed of either film, although he couldn't say the same for others he had made. God bless you John! You still rule!moreless
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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    • As far as the regular games went, this was a very poor night for the panel. In fact, if it weren't for the mystery guest round, the evening would have been a total loss. The evening began very poorly when the panel failed to guess that Governor-elect Carvel of Delaware manufactured fertilizer. However, in a strange and humorous way, Joey came the closest when he stated to Mr. Carvel that people could sit on the product if they were "pooped." This unintentional joke got a huge laugh from the audience. In the second game, the panel once again was stumped, this time by the female bookie from Scotland. In the mystery guest round, the panel did correctly identify John Wayne. Unfortunately, due to a flaw in the kinescope, it isn't clear which of the panelists made the correct guess. However, it probably was Dorothy, since the camera was focused on her at the point where the kinescope resumes after the flaw. Of course, the studio audience did play a huge role in the panel's mystery guest win, because of the huge amount of applause they gave John Wayne when he walked out to sign in. Also, the panel had already figured out that he was in town due to the fact that his latest picture, the 1960 historical epic, "The Alamo," had just been released. "The Duke" also mentioned his other film currently in release, the 1960 comedy/western "North to Alaska." However, it was "The Alamo" that Wayne really came on WML to promote, especially since he produced, directed and starred in it. After the show, Dorothy explained to John that they were passing a joke during the break and that because they had all been doing the show for quite a while, they all felt they were close enough to each other to really enjoy joking with each other. - Sargebri

    • As was mentioned earlier, John Wayne not only starred in "The Alamo," he produced and directed it as well. Its epic scale helped make the film a huge hit and as a result it received several Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Unfortunately, when it came to Oscar night, the film was almost completely shut out with the exception of its winning for Best Sound. - Sargebri

    • MORE ON ELBERT CARVEL!!! This actually was Governor Carvel's second stint as governor of Delaware. He had previously been elected in 1948 and served from 1949 to 1953. After an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, he took some time off and was re-elected to the governor's office in 1960. He then tried once again to run for the Senate, but was defeated by John J. Williams. Carvel died on February 6, 2005 at the age of 94. - Sargebri

    • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Once again Dorothy's speech is somewhat slurred and thick. However, it isn't as bad as the previous week. - Sargebri

    • During the end credits, announcer Hal Simms puts in a plug for Diabetes Week. - W-B

    • At the end of the episode, John Daly gave a clarification on an address that was broadcast, but not shown on the GSN airing. If you wished to become a contestant, the address to write the show was:
      What's My Line?
      485 Madison Ave.
      New York 22, New York
      Of course, writing this address today will probably result in bounced mail, or your message being forwarded to CBS's general offices. - agent_0042

    • FLIP REPORT: Dorothy Kilgallen felt that the tremendous applause of the audience gave away that the mystery guest was John Wayne. She asked that John Daly flip all the cards, which he did, saying that the money would be donated to a charity that John Wayne would specify later. - agent_0042

    • John Wayne promoted his new 1960 movie which he directed, produced, and starred in, "The Alamo." He mentions that he worked 14 years on this movie! He also promoted his other 1960 movie, "North to Alaska." - Suzanne

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