What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 13


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 27, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Nellie W. Trayler - "Dietician at Reducing Farm" (salaried; she works for the Seaton Inn Spa; originally from Virginia; currently from Lakewood, New Jersey)

Game 2: Mrs. Sandi Telsay or Telsey (John referred to her as Sandra) - "Stockbroker" (salaried; her handwriting was difficult to read; she works for Whitmore, Bruce & Company stockbrokers and is a licensed representative; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 3: Maurice Evans (6/3/1901 - 3/12/1989) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Thomas M. Force - "Lighthouse Keeper" (salaried; he is a member of the U.S. Coast Guard and works at the Romer Shoal Lighthouse off the shore of Staten Island; originally from Climax, Michigan) . .moreless

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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 (5)

      • John: (to the dietician) And you could leave a diet for Bennett as you go by, if you would. Thank you very much.

      • John: Well, Mrs. Telsay, we thank you very much for investing your time with us.
        Sandi: Oh.
        John: How's that, Bennett? Huh? You like that? "Investing her time." You get it, Bennett?
        Bennett: Very melon dome.

      • John: Climax, Michigan. Right outside of Battle Creek. That is, if I remember correctly, one of the cereal capitals of the world.
        Thomas: Something like that.

      • Arlene: That's lonely work, isn't it?
        Thomas: Yes, ma'am.
        Arlene: Are you married?
        Thomas: No, ma'am.
        Arlene: Well, you gotta have a girl to do the light housekeeping. (loud laughter)
        John: Oh, no, no! That ruins it!

      • Dorothy: Good night, John. And I just want to say Arlene knows about light housekeeping because that's what she does.

    • NOTES (11)

      • The stockbroker contestant from Game 2 is wearing a necklace similar to Arlene's diamond heart pendant.  Arlene, on the other hand, is wearing a large, beaded necklace instead.

      • After a week off due to being preempted by a Harry Belafonte special, the show was back on as usual. The week off probably helped the panel as they nearly had a perfecto, which made up for their lackluster performance two weeks earlier. The perfecto was probably prevented due to a crucial mistake made by Bennett in the final game. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the rather full figured lady was a dietician. John, or "Melon dome" as Bennett called him, joked that the dietician should hand Bennett a diet as she passed by. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the very attractive lady from Brooklyn was a stockbroker. Arlene also correctly identified Shakespearean legend Maurice Evans. Mr. Evans was on the show to promote the musical "Tenderloin." However, most of the talk during the post-game chat was centered on his classic portrayal of "Macbeth" in a legendary 1960 "Hallmark Hall of Fame" television special. Unfortunately, the panel was denied a perfecto when they failed to guess that the young man from Michigan was a lighthouse keeper. However, it did provide a humorous moment when Arlene remarked upon the young man's marital status - single - by saying that he needed to find a wife so that she could "do all of the light housekeeping." That set off a very humorous chain reaction when Dorothy later said that Arlene was a very light housekeeper and guest panelist Alan King said she did no housekeeping. This definitely helped to make this a fun night. - Sargebri

      • At the time of his appearance on the show, Maurice Evans was definitely one of the greatest Shakespearean actors of his era, but he would later be known for two very different roles. Four years after his mystery guest turn he would take on the occasional role of "Samantha's" warlock father, aptly named "Maurice," on the classic 1964-1972 witchcraft sitcom "Bewitched." During most of his appearances on "Bewitched," he would often spout The Bard as he would complain about his mortal son-in-law "Darrin," who he would call either "Dolphin" or "Dustbin." A few years after that, he would take on another famous role in which he would be turned into a different species altogether. In 1968, Evans would assume the role of orangutan scientist "Dr. Zaius" in first two films in the classic "Planet of the Apes" film franchise, "Planet of the Apes" (1968) and "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" (1970). Ironically, Evans wasn't the first choice for the role. The original choice, frequent WML mystery guest Edward G. Robinson, was supposed to play "Zaius." In fact, he had filmed a test reel with the film's star, Charlton Heston, which was supposed to demonstrate the elaborate make-up that was to be used in the film. (Also appearing in the test film was a young actor by the name of James Brolin who would go on to have a very successful career in films and television.) Robinson, who was unfortunately suffering from heart trouble at the time, backed out of the project, making room for Evans to take the role. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! No signs of any drinking for Dolly Mae. Maybe the week off helped. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: Bennett figured out at four down and six to go that the first challenger was a dietician, but hadn't yet figured out that she worked at a reducing farm. John flipped all the cards. - agent_0042

      • Bennett adds some fuel for a little verbal fire when he introduces John Daly at the beginning. He notes that Mr. Daly was recently featured in Time magazine and that they referred to him as being "melon-domed." - agent_0042

      • (1) Once again tonight, guest panelist Alan King's full name is shown on the panel desk.
        (2) During the end credits, the production staff accidentally switched the slide machine from right to left, abruptly going from the "A CBS Television Network Production" card to executive producer Gil Fates' card, before dissolving to the Mark Goodson-Bill Todman card slide, then dissolved back to the Fates card. After Hal Simms' end credit announcement, another announcer is heard promoting "Bringing Up Buddy" which he says can be seen "on most of those stations." The sitcom only lasted one season. - W-B

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Alan King, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • WE LOVE ARLENE! After the final contestant stumped the panel, Arlene asked him if he was married, because he had to "have a girl to do the light housekeeping!" This cracked everyone up! During the goodbyes, Dorothy added, "I want to say that Arlene knows about 'light housekeeping' because that's what she does." - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: John mentions that the panel had last week off.

      • In 1960, Maurice Evans was in two television productions, "The Tempest" and "Macbeth" based on the plays by William Shakespeare. Evans later played "Samantha's" father on the 1964-1972 television series "Bewitched."

    • ALLUSIONS (1)