What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 20


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 15, 1961 on CBS
out of 10
User Rating
2 votes

By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

Game 1: William Schnautz - "Makes Top Hats (Made JFK's Inauguration Topper)" (salaried; he works for The Hat Corporation of America, which is a leading hatmaker and includes such lines as Knox Hats, Dobbs Hats and Cavanaugh Hats; John said that several men of political importance will be wearing the guest's hats for the inauguration festivities; other Hat Corp of America lines include Top Hat, Fashion Park, Eagle Shirtmakers, Champ Hats, Thomas Berg and Stylepark Industries; from Westport, Connecticut)

Game 2: Miss Penny Pitou (b. 10/8/1938) (she signed in as "X" to avoid name recognition, and the panel was not blindfolded) - "Runs Ski School (Olympic Ski Star Penny Pitou)" (self-employed; she won 2 silver medals in the Olympics for the events of "giant slalom" and "downhill"; she operates a ski school at Belknap Mountain Recreation Area in Gilford, New Hampshire, a town of 600 people which is near Laconia, New Hampshire; originally from Bayside, Long Island, New York; currently from Gilford, NH)

Game 3: Henry Fonda (5/16/1905 - 8/12/1982) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: William E. Bierer - "Sells Vinegar" (salaried; he works for Standard Brands, Inc.; from New York, NY) . .moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
    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 (0)

    • NOTES (12)

      • This was a really good night for the panel as they once again had a near perfect night. In the first game, Gig Young, with a well-timed conference, followed the ailing Bennett's suggestion and correctly guessed that the first contestant made top hats. What even made it more special was the fact that John had given the "one minute to go" signal, so they definitely were fighting time. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that Penelope (or Penny, as she signed in) Pitou was not only a skiing champion but an instructor as well. Arlene also was successful in the mystery guest round when she correctly identified Henry Fonda. Hank was on the show to promote the play "Critic's Choice." Unfortunately, the perfecto was spoiled when the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the vinegar salesman won the full prize by default. However, it still was a great night for the panel. - Sargebri

      • MORE ABOUT PENNY PITOU: As Penelope (aka Penny) Pitou stated in the post game chat after Arlene correctly identified her line, she won two silver medals nearly a year earlier at the 1960 Winter Olympics in Squaw Valley, California. Prior to her international career, she was a high school skiing phenom in her native New Hampshire. In fact, she was so good that she competed as a member of her high school's boy's skiing team and won events for them. It took a school board decision to bar her from further competition. At the age of 15, she qualified for the 1956 Olympic team and won two silver medals in 1960. After the Olympics, in addition to running her ski school, she was married for a time to Egon Zimmerman of Austria, who won the gold medal in the men�s downhill at the 1960 games. She later became New Hampshire's first female bank director. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Once again, Dorothy's speech is very slurred and she takes a long time to gather her thoughts and ask questions. Also, she interrupts Bennett as he is questioning the hat maker. This behavior leads up to her Le Roy Sanitarium hospitalization a few weeks later to try to combat her substance abuse after her return from covering the inauguration of President Kennedy, if she went at all. - Sargebri

      • During the first game, at one point Dorothy uses the word "solid." John Daly immediately follows up by stating, "Jackson." For an explanation of the "Solid Jackson" phrase which will again be used on WML on several occasions, see the notes to EPISODE #648 of January 20, 1963. - Suzanne

      • FLIP REPORT: Arlene guessed the occupation of the second challenger, Miss X / Penny Pitou, with only one card down, so John flipped all the rest of the cards for the pretty ski celebrity. However, John did not flip the cards for Henry Fonda. Fonda was guessed at "$25 down" and that is where the cards stayed. To close the evening, John also flipped the cards for the final guest when his game was cut short due to running out of time. - agent_0042

      • (1) Though Dorothy mentioned in the opening moments that Bennett had a cold, it was not as obvious with him as it was with Arlene, whose voice sounded at times like she too had come down with a cold.
        (2) "ENTER AND SIGN IN" WATCH: During the mystery guest round, John flubbed his introduction by initially saying, "Will you entry, mystery challenger..." but then quickly corrected himself to say, "Will you enter, mystery challenger..."
        (3) After the end credit announcements, Bud Collyer's voice is heard promoting "To Tell the Truth." - W-B

      • Henry Fonda promoted his 1960-1961 Broadway comedy play "Critic's Choice." - Suzanne

      • Penny Pitou won two silver medals for the USA in the 1960 Winter Olympics held at Squaw Valley, CA. One for "women's downhill" and one for "women's giant slalom." As of 2004, she owns a travel agency, and for the past 24 years has conducted skiing and hiking trips to the Alps. - Suzanne

        Visit her web page here:


      • Tidbits: Gig Young stars in "Under The Yum Yum Tree." Dorothy is covering the Presidential inauguration this week.

      • During the introductions, Dorothy mentioned that Bennett was feeling ill with a cold. However, Dorothy certainly does not look or sound healthy, either. We know she will be admitted to LeRoy Hospital in approximately mid-January for rehabilitation of a substance abuse problem. On this episode, Dorothy slurs her words on occasion, suggesting she is either under the influence or extremely tired. She also interrupts Bennett, and does not seem her usual focused self. Poor Dorothy, this was evidently a very hard time during her life. - Suzanne

      • Depsite appearing a bit "loopy," I thought Dorothy had some very cute moments tonight. In addition, Henry Fonda was hilarious! - fiveninegal

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Gig Young, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)