What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 24


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 12, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Maurine Neuberger (1/9/1906 - 2/22/2000) (she signed in as Mrs. X and the panel was not blindfolded) - "United States Senator" (salaried; from Oregon)

Game 2: Mrs. Louise Sniffen - "Makes Saddles" (self-employed; she owns a company named The Horse Fair; from Olney, Maryland, which is a suburb of Washington, D.C.)

Game 3: Tallulah Bankhead (1/31/1902 - 12/12/1968) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Janet Kelly - "Operator for Telephone Wake-up Service" (salaried; she works for Western Union from 12 midnight to 8:00 AM; from Brooklyn, NY)

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Tallulah Bankhead

    Tallulah Bankhead

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Art Linkletter

    Art Linkletter

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (13)

      • The panel had an unusually large amount of time to guess the occupation of the fourth and final challenger, but ended up being stumped. If the occupation had been guessed quickly, they might have even had time for a fifth challenger. - agent_0042

      • FLIP REPORT: On the first challenger, U.S. Senator Neuberger, John actually flipped two cards for the "no" answer to Arlene's question about whether she was involved in making money. He finally ended up flipping all the cards when the occupation was guessed at seven down. - agent_0042

      • WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! Tonight marked the return of Dorothy Mae Kilgallen to the panel after her triumphant return the previous week. This also could have been called "ladies night" due to the fact that all the contestants this night were of the feminine persuasion. As for the games themselves, the panel did fairly well tonight as they went .500 for the night, although it would have been "three for four" if Arlene hadn't made a critical error in the first game. In that first game, Arlene misspoke when she identified Oregon Senator Maurine Neuberger, who signed in as Mrs. X due to the fact that her name could be recognized. Also, Mrs. Neuberger's hometown wasn't mentioned for the same reason. As a result of Arlene's goof, John flipped over all the cards. In the second game, after the rest of the panel narrowed it down for him, Martin correctly figured out that the very stylish lady from Maryland made saddles. Martin also correctly identified the "Alabama Foghorn" Tallulah Bankhead, who tried using a croak to disguise her very distinctive voice. Miss Bankhead was on the show to promote her latest play, "Midgie Purvis." Unfortunately, the play's run only lasted a couple of weeks from February 1, 1961 to February 18, 1961. However, everyone definitely showed their affection for this icon of the American stage. Miss Bankhead even had kind words for Dorothy - saying how well she looked. In the final game, the panel had their collective heads handed to them by the telephone wake-up service operator as she absolutely stumped them. However, even though the show ended on a somewhat negative note, it still was a night of celebration as Dolly Mae came back home. - Sargebri

      • Ironically, a couple of weeks before Tallulah's appearance on the show, Julie Newmar made an appearance as the mystery guest. What made it so ironic was the fact that Tallulah's final appearance on television was on the 1966-1968 camp classic television series "Batman," which Julie appeared on as "Catwoman." Tallulah appeared on the show as the villainous "Black Widow." A year later, Tallulah would pass away after a long illness. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned, Huntsville, Alabama had recently become the site of the U. S. government's missile program. It also became an important center for the space program due to the fact that most of the rockets used in the exploration of space are assembled at the Von Braun Center in Huntsville. Huntsville also is the location for Space Camp, where youngsters go to learn all about the space program. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! As was mentioned earlier, this was Dorothy's first night back on the panel after her stay at the Le Roy Sanitarium. She seemed in good spirits and in good health. Unfortunately, it wouldn't last. In two years, she would suffer a relapse and would have to return to the sanitarium in 1963 to once again combat her problems. - Sargebri

      • WELCOME BACK DOROTHY!! John gave her a warm welcome back greeting to which she seemed genuinely touched. Is that a tear forming in my eye? - fiveninegal

      • From Matt Ottinger: Here's a great link about the career of Maurine Neuberger, the "Mrs. X" U.S. Senator who was the first contestant.


      • From Clay Leak: Tallulah Bankhead signed in using only her first name, "Tallulah," to extended cheers, whistles and applause from the audience. It didn't take the panel very long guess her, particularly Dorothy, who actually nailed it on only the third question! Since the segment was so short, I have dutifully decided to provide a transcript.
        JD: And we will start the questioning with Arlene Francis...
        AF: Are you part of the entertainment world?
        TB: (In a frog-like croak) Yeeap.
        MG: Are you a woman?
        TB: Yeeap.
        DK: Do you now or have you ever owned a parakeet named Gaylord?
        TB: (In a disheartened, frog-like croak/moan) Yeeeaaapck.
        AL: Are you in pictures?
        TB: Nooack.
        JD: This is not...This is in very contemporary terms, if you speak of pictures in terms of today, then that answer is....
        AL: I meant ever.
        TB: (French frog-croak) Oueeeii.
        AF: Oh, I don't know. Dorothy has our guest with a parakeet; and, so Dorothy probably knows who it is. Are you in a play at the present time on Broadway?
        TB: Yeeap.
        MG: Are you Tallulah Bankhead?
        TB: (Lowering her voice about six octaves to her natural voice) Yes, sir!
        JD: Dorothy what gave it away?
        DK: Her voice! She can't disguise that voice!
        TB: I knew I couldn't get away with anything. But I have only got two notes in my voice and to try to get a third is almost impossible. (Then she added, in her all-in-one-breath, verbally unpunctuated Tallulah style) I wanted the audience to guess it for me but they wouldn't allow me to do it. I wanted to give them the nod and they would say yes or no for me but they didn't allow me to do it. How are you all? Glad to see you. How are you darling...

      • Miss Bankhead promoted her current play, "Midgie Purvis," which was written by Mary Chase and directed by Burgess Meredith. It opened on February 1, 1961 at The Martin Beck Theatre in New York City and ran for three weeks (21 performances). Later that year, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her excellent performance. It was her next-to-last Broadway play. - Suzanne

      • After Miss Bankhead left the stage, John joked that she was from Huntsville, Alabama, where the national army missile defense facility was located. He said he was convinced that the government remembered that fact when they chose to locate it there, because Miss Bankhead "was like a missile taking off every time she appears before the public!" - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Art Linkletter, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel.

      • See how Tallulah Bankhead signed in:


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