What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 28

EPISODE #555

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 12, 1961 on CBS
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EPISODE #555
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Game 1: Harry Wheatcroft (8/24/1898 - 1/8/1977) - "Grows Roses" (self-employed; John said that Harry is a world authority on roses; with his brother Alfred, Harry established the horticultural firm of Wheatcroft Brothers in 1919; Harry is in the United States to attend the American Rose Society convention which is being held next month in San Diego, California; Harry has many net references; from Nottingham, England)

Game 2: Mrs. Vesta Austin (11/3/1917 - 6/7/1999) - "Circus Clown" (salaried; she is a musical clown who is traveling with the Pollock Brothers Circus which will be performing at the Medina Temple in Chicago and then travelling to 26 states in America; Vesta is a member of the famed Grimaldi Family of circus performers; from London, England)

Game 3: The Ritz Brothers (as Mystery Guest Trio) Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz and Al Ritz


Harry Ritz (5/28/1907 - 3/29/1986)
Jimmy Ritz (10/22/1904 - 11/17/1985)
Al Ritz (8/28/1901-12/22/1965)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    The Ritz Brothers

    The Ritz Brothers

    Mystery Guest Trio

    Guest Star

    Harry Ritz

    Harry Ritz

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Jimmy Ritz

    Jimmy Ritz

    Mystery Guest

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      • WELCOME HOME ARLENE!!! Arlene returned after a week in Palm Beach, Florida performing in the play "Old Acquaintance." However, she probably would have stayed there if she knew how bad she and her panel mates were going to do this evening. In fact, if it weren't for the panel's quick success in the mystery guest round, the panel would have had an "O'fer" night this evening. Also, this was a mostly British themed show as both of the regular contestants were from England. Things got off to a dismal start when the panel was totally stumped by the famed rose grower, Harry Wheatcroft. However, they probably couldn't be blamed for this as they were led "down the garden path" when the question of whether or not his product could be eaten was answered in the affirmative. Of course, John later explained that rose petals as well as the fruit, rose hips, were often used either as garnishments or to make jam. Harry also managed to charm Dorothy and Arlene by kissing them on their hands as he left the stage. In the second game, the panel didn't do any better as they were stumped by the lady clown from the Pollock Brothers Circus. After her line was revealed, she took time to promote the circus and encouraged everyone to see a performance. It also looked grim in the mystery guest round as Joey had to disqualify himself due to the fact that he accidentally learned that the mystery guests were the legendary comedy team, the Ritz Brothers. However, even though Joey did disqualify himself, Bennett correctly guessed that it was the brothers, who were in town for an engagement. Joey then revealed that he found out their identity when he called the brothers' hotel to find out what time the Ritz Brothers were scheduled to perform, and the person who answered the call told him that the show was going to end at ten because the brothers were going to be on WML later. The panel's quick work, as well as Joey's story, helped make the night more bearable for the panel. - Sargebri

      • One thing about the first contestant, rose expert Harry Wheatcroft, is that his hairstyle was ahead of its time. Of course, a few years later, long hair would become the norm for many men, especially with the arrival of another group of young men from England, the Beatles. - Sargebri

      • John does not call for a word from the sponsor after the introductions, instead, play proceeds straight to the first challenger. - agent_0042

      • (1) "ENTER AND SIGN IN" WATCH: Tonight's show is the first time since EPISODE #544 of December 25, 1960, that John used his old "Will you come in and sign in, please?" introductory phrase for the mystery challengers - it was a very rare exception by this point.
        (2) This is the third "WML?" episode in 1961 to be directed by Paul Alter, who is once again substituting for regular director Franklin Heller. Alter was previously seen on the end credits of EPISODES #549 and #550, and will next be seen on EPISODE #559. - W-B

      • In two years, on EPISODE #657 of March 31, 1963, Harry Wheatcroft's son Chris Wheatcroft will also appear as a WML contestant with the occupation of "Grows Roses." Father and son are from Nottingham, England. - Suzanne

      • The Ritz Brothers are the zany comedy team of Harry Ritz, Jimmy Ritz and Al Ritz. (They are listed by both their individual names and group name so their appearance will be listed in their respective databases.) Joey Bishop disqualified himself from game play during The Ritz Brothers segment because he accidently found out who the mystery guests were going to be this evening. After the game, Joey explained that he had called the hotel to inquire about show times for The Ritz Brothers, and the hotel clerk mentioned their WML appearance! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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