What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 11, 1960 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Tom Johnson - "Teaches Biology at Women's College" (salaried; he is an associate professor at Mary Washington College, which is named for the mother of George Washington, who lived most of her life in Fredericksburg, Virginia; John said that Mary Washington College is the women's section of the University of Virginia, which is a state university; from Fredericksburg, VA)

Game 2: Mrs. Nancy Mizener - "Makes Dog Food" (self-employed; she and her husband own a company named "The Dog House" which has been in business for 6 months and is doing well; they sell frozen packages of canine food to regular customers on a route; from Tyler, Texas)

Game 3: Stephen Boyd (7/4/1931 - 6/2/1977) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Bert Moosman - "Builds, Moves & Demolishes Bank Vaults" (salaried; he works for the Mosler Safe Company; from Massapequa Park, NY) . .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 (2)

    • NOTES (4)

      • OPENING TITLE OVERLAY WATCH: This was the first time since EPISODE #517 that the "WML?" opening sequence went from the animated opening, to a shot of the center stage, to the "WHAT'S MY LINE?" title overlay on the screen coming up one second later. This practice will also be in effect on the next two shows. - W-B

      • This was a fairly good night for the panel as they essentially guessed what each contestant did or what their work was involved in. In the first game, Arlene had a good idea what the contestant did, but she got a "no" due to a technicality when she called the young associate professor of biology an "instructor" instead of a "professor." However, they were still given credit when guest panelist Otto Preminger figured out that Mr. Johnson was a science teacher at a women's college. In the second game, Arlene made up for her earlier gaffe when she guessed that the second contestant made dog food. That game provided some very humorous moments when the panel asked if the product could be eaten or served at meal time. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Stephen Boyd. Boyd was on the show to promote "Ben-Hur," which really didn't need any promotion due to the fact that the 1960 film was already a monster hit. Boyd also brought up his near-death experience when he was making the film "The Big Gamble" (1961). He said that he was almost drowned, but his life was saved by his co-star David Wayne. In the final game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant dealt with safes. Unfortunately, the panel still lost the last game because time had run out and the guest won the full prize by default. However, this still was a great night for the panel. - Sargebri

      • A few years after appearing on WML tonight, Otto Preminger would appear in a wildly different type of role when he became the second actor to play "Mr. Freeze" on the campy 1966-1968 television series "Batman." The man who preceded Preminger in the role, George Sanders, also appeared on WML as both a mystery guest (1957) and a guest panelist (1958). The man who succeeded Preminger in the role, Eli Wallach, also appeared on WML as a mystery guest (1965). - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: For the first challenger, Tom Johnson, John flipped the remaining cards at five down and five to go because of confusion over the issue of whether or not Mr. Johnson was an instructor. For the final challenger, Bert Moosman, John flipped the remaining cards at eight down and two to go, but Dorothy identified the product that the guest was involved with on a free guess. - agent_0042

        Stephen Boyd promoted his 1959 film "Ben-Hur." His work in "The Big Gamble" is also noted, a film which was released in 1961. - Suzanne

        John Daly mentions that there is a blizzard outside.

        Otto Preminger (12/5/1905 - 4/23/1986)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Otto Preminger, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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