What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 23


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Feb 05, 1961 on CBS



  • Notes

    • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR, ANNOUNCER AND PANEL WATCH: Tonight's main sponsor is Kellogg's. As noted elsewhere in this section, this was the first time Johnny Olson handled the announcing duties for "WML?" -- albeit on this occasion, he was filling in for regular announcer Hal Simms. And of Debbie Reynolds' five appearances on "WML?," this was to be her only turn as guest panelist.
      (2) OPENING SEGMENT NOTES: (2a) Tony Perkins is wearing a regular business suit and straight tie -- in a throwback to the show's earliest days. (2b) In a preview of things to come, Arlene is seated at the anchor position of the panel desk, which is where she will mostly be seated during the 1968-1975 syndicated version of "WML?" (2c) This is at least the second time that Arlene has introduced John Daly, as she previously had that distinction on EPISODE #351 of February 24, 1957. (2d) Martin Gabel appears tonight on the far end of the panel desk (to the viewer's left side). He would later take that seat on the very last EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967.
      (3) "WML?" PANELISTS AS MYSTERY GUESTS: Dorothy Kilgallen was not the first person to appear as a mystery guest during her time as a regular panelist on "WML?" Steve Allen and Fred Allen, during their respective stints as regular panelists, also had this distinction. In Fred's case, on EPISODE #267 of July 17, 1955, his mystery guest appearance also occurred while he was recovering from an illness - in his case, an appendectomy. Steverino's mystery guest appearance during his days as a regular panelist was on EPISODE #187 of December 27, 1953. Ernie Kovacs made an ultimately disastrous mystery guest appearance on EPISODE #379 of September 8, 1957, during his all-too-brief run as a regular panelist. Bennett Cerf never appeared as a mystery guest during "WML?'s" long run on CBS, but he was a mystery guest within the second week of the 1968-1975 syndicated version, in an appearance taped on July 16, 1968. The panelists on that daytime episode, hosted by Wally Bruner, were Phyllis Newman, Darryl Hickman, Gawn Granger and Arlene Francis -- who was the only one of the regular "WML?" panelists never to have appeared as a mystery guest, either on CBS or in syndication.
      (4) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: Once again tonight (as John was fond of saying), Paul Alter is the director, filling in for Franklin Heller, as per the end credits, which go all the way through this evening. - W-B (2005, updated 2008 + 2009)