What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 17

EPISODE #544

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 25, 1960 on CBS
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EPISODE #544
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Game 1: Mrs. Louise Dorria & Mrs. Loucile Holloway - "Men's Barbers" (identical twin sisters, attired in matching cocktail dresses; salaried; they work at the Waldorf Barber Shop in their hometown of Tampa, Florida)

Game 2: Mr. Sig Rauch & Mr. Joe Rauch - "Bill Collectors" (identical twin brothers, attired in matching suits; self-employed; they own the Lone Star Collection Agency in their hometown of Houston, Texas; they previously served in the United States Air Force together)

Game 3: Richard Kollmar, Florence Randall, Martin Gabel & Phyllis Cerf - (as Mystery Guest Spouses)

Richard Kollmar (12/31/1910 - 1/7/1971)
Florence Randall (3/4/1916 - 4/18/1992)
Martin Gabel (6/19/1911 - 5/22/1986)
Phyllis Cerf (4/13/1916 - 11/25/2006)
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    Arlene Francis

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    Dorothy Kilgallen

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    Richard Kollmar

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    • QUOTES (3)

      • Arlene: And now the Santa Claus of Random House that any chimney would be glad to hold, (giggling from panel and audience) our own Father Timeless, Bennett Cerf. (loud applause)

      • Tony: You perform a service that is essentially available to one sex.
        Louise and Loucile: Yes.
        Tony: Is that sex a good one?

      • Dorothy: I'm going to get one "yes" if it kills me. Are you related to each other?

    • NOTES (5)

      • FLIP REPORT: John graciously flipped the cards for everyone in this episode, in light of the holiday spirit. - agent_0042 (2005)

        STILL SINGLE: Even though this was the first show aired after John Daly's December 22, 1960 marriage, tonight's show was prerecorded on December 18, 1960, so John was still a bachelor when the show was taped. - ymike673 (2005)

      • (1) Ironically, in 2005, this episode was aired by GSN on December 22, 2005 - three days before Christmas.
        (2) Before introducing the first contestants, John announced that effective January 1, 1961, WHDH-TV Channel 5 in Boston will become a CBS affiliate and will therefore begin airing "WML?" This was the result of WHDH's swapping network affiliations with WNAC-TV which, for the next 11 years, would be an ABC affiliate. In 1972, WHDH's original owners lost their license and the new owners changed the call letters to WCVB, upon which the station switched back to ABC and WNAC reverted to CBS affiliation. As of 2005, WCVB is still an ABC affiliate; WNAC, after changes of ownership, became known first as WNEV and then, ironically enough, WHDH, although its affiliation is now with NBC. (WBZ-TV, at the time of the original airing of this episode an NBC affiliate, is today owned and operated by CBS.)
        (3) "ENTER AND SIGN IN" WATCH: At this point, John is still alternating between using his newer "Will you enter and sign in, please?" introduction for mystery guests, as he did last week, and his former "Will you come in and sign in, please?" introduction, as he did tonight in signaling for the spouses of the panel.
        (4) BAD PUN ALERT: We hear an atrocious pun with Bennett's referring to "our panel moderator" as being "under the influence of a guided mistletoe." John wasn't about to let Bennett live that down very easily tonight.
        (5) It wasn't just Dorothy who seemed a bit off-kilter this evening. During the end credit sequence, on which there was no audience applause heard over the announcer, the "Rollercoaster" theme sounded particularly wobbly, as if either the turntable wasn't functioning properly or someone in the production staff manually spun the record player. - W-B (2005)

      • MERRY CHRISTMAS 1960!!! This was a very special night for several reasons. First and foremost was the fact that this episode was broadcast on Christmas. Second, it was a theme episode as both regular games featured identical twin siblings. Third, this was the last broadcast of 1960 and the next episode would air on January 1, 1961. However, the most significant thing that made this episode special was the fact that this was the first episode since the marriage of John Daly to his second wife, Virginia Warren, the daughter of Chief Justice Earl Warren. Also, this night really was special due to the fact that the panel pulled off a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the twin sisters from Tampa, Florida were both gentlemen's barbers. In the second game, Tony called a well-timed conference and, with a huge assist from Dorothy, correctly said that the two twin brothers from Houston were bill collectors. However, what went on in the first two games was nothing compared to what would happen in the mystery guest round. The panel's spouses (Dick Kollmar, Flo Randall, Martin Gabel and Phyllis Cerf) all walked out to try to fool their mates. However, Arlene realized that the producers as well as their spouses were trying to pull a fast one and boisterously made the correct guess. This definitely put a nice capper on a very special Christmas, but it also was a great way to end the year in style. - Sargebri (2005)

        MERRY CHRISTMAS 2005!!! Ironically, when GSN showed a rerun of this episode on December 22, 2005, it was only a few days before Christmas. In fact, the following Sunday was the 45th anniversary of the original broadcast. - Sargebri (2005)

        THIS AND THAT: The mystery guest round was very interesting for three reasons. The first reason was that this was the first time that Martin Gabel and Tony Randall have been on the show together. What made it interesting was that the two of them were the most prolific of all guest panelists, male or female, on the seventeen year history of the show. A second interesting fact was that three of the four spouses (Martin, Dick and Phyllis) have at one time or another served on the panel. The only one of the four to never serve was Tony's wife, Flo Randall. A third interesting fact is that a few years after this evening on the show's 15th anniversary in 1965, the producers tried the same trick as Martin, Dick, Phyllis and Jayne Meadows were the mystery guests that night trying to stump Arlene, Dorothy, Bennett and Steve Allen. - Sargebri (2005)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Once again, it sounded as if Dorothy had a little too much "Christmas cheer" this particular evening as the countdown to her first stay at the Le Roy Sanitarium was dwindling down. Also, it was quite interesting to see her reaction to seeing her husband Dick as one of the mystery guests. She looked happy to see him, but in hindsight she probably wasn't, since their marriage was quite rocky for many years. - Sargebri (2005)

        MR. GABEL: This was a very interesting episode due to the fact that Martin Gabel was a mystery guest instead of a guest panelist. He holds the record for appearing the most times as a guest panelist, 112 times. In addition, he was twice a mystery guest, for a total of 114 appearances. - Sargebri (2005)

      • The mystery guests were the spouses of the panelists: Richard Kollmar (Dorothy Kilgallen's husband); Florence Gibbs Randall (Tony Randall's wife); Martin Gabel (Arlene Francis' husband); Phyllis Cerf (Bennett Cerf's wife). It was a VERY cute segment! They really puzzled the panel for quite some time! - Suzanne (2003)

        MERRY CHRISTMAS 1960! This is the second time that WML has fallen exactly on December 25th. Over the 17.5 year run, it happened three times; 1955, 1960, 1966. However, at the end of the show during the closing credits, the announcer stated that the program had been prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 18, 1960. - Suzanne (2003)

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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