What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 19, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • GOOF: Dorothy accidently called Mrs. Alexandra by the name "Mrs. Alexander" during the second game. - Suzanne

  • Quotes

    • Joey: (to Nat King Cole) Would you, without your first name, call for three fiddlers?

    • Joey: Excuse me, John, I don't want you to cheat Mrs. Alexandra, but the first card you flpped over was the question mark, so, so far she's only got five dollars. (laughter and applause)
      John: Well, I nearly got away with it.
      Joey: Now if honesty has its rewards, she will tell me what she does. (laughter)

    • John: It would be apparel in the broadest possible sense, considering the terms that have normally applied on the program.
      Arlene: It's apparel for a broad, right? (laughter and light applause)

    • Joey Bishop:( to Winnie Alexandra ) I just can't picture you servicing horses.

    • Arlene: Is there something in your job that has to do with a specific part of the horse's anatomy?
      Winnie: Yes.
      Joey: Hey, take it easy Arlene, I'm next. (loud laughter, applause)

    • Joey Bishop: (While still blindfolded, to Nat King Cole) I don't know who you are, but I heard that great applause, and if you're not him, you're making a big mistake.

    • Joey Bishop:(After Arlene got a number of "Yes" responses in a row) Welcome to The Arlene Francis Show!

  • Notes

    • During the first game, Arlene Francis mentioned that she was wearing false eyelashes this evening. - agent_0042

    • This was one of those laugh-filled nights that showed just how entertaining "What's My Line?" could be. What really made it special this evening was Joey Bishop's unique brand of dry humor. He ad-libbed enough jokes to keep the audience and the viewers thoroughly entertained. When he's a guest panelist, he always shows how talented he is, and tonight was no exception. In the first game, Arlene all but had it nailed that the contestant made false eyelashes. Unfortunately, she asked the question in the negative instead of the affirmative and received a "no" answer. However, Joey picked up the pieces and correctly identified his line. What really made it fun was that Joey carried on a funny dialogue with the contestant before he finally identified the line. In the second game, the panel, especially Arlene and Dorothy, really got a big case of the giggles with the horse conditioner. It took Arlene several minutes before she was able to ask her question, due to being tongue-tied from laughing so much. The panel did get partial credit, though, when they figured out that the guest was a horse trainer, but they didn't say that she was responsible for giving horses massages, physical therapy and conditioning before races. In the mystery guest round, the panel was really on their game as they identified the legendary Nat "King" Cole, who tried everything he could to disguise that very distinguishable voice of his. Joey got a huge laugh when he made his guess by quoting a children's poem when he asked Nat, "If you were to use your middle and last names, would you call for your fiddlers three?" Nat was on the show not only to promote his show at the Copacabana, but also to promote his appearance on the "Garry Moore Show" on April 4th. Also, Joey sang Nat's praises when he said that he brought down the house during his appearance. This truly was a great night and much of the credit should go to Joey for making it that way. - Sargebri

    • As Arlene mentioned during her introduction of Joey, he was going to be filling in for Jack Paar for the next two weeks. Interestingly, Joey would later use the premise of being a talk show host for his sitcom "The Joey Bishop Show." Also, three years after his sitcom went off the air, he would try his hand at being a talk show host when he hosted a short-lived talk show on ABC. His sidekick on that show would go on to become one of the busiest men in show business, Regis Philbin. - Sargebri

    • Nat "King" Cole wouldn't be the only member of his family to become a success in music. In the 1970's, his daughter Natalie Cole would become a highly successful R&B singer and would have several hits of her own. However, her biggest hit would be the tribute album she made in 1990, twenty-five years after Nat's death. That album, "Unforgettable" would go on to become a top seller and her "duet" with her father on the title cut would become a hit as well. The album also wound up winning several Grammy Awards including the Grammy for Album of the Year. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at eight down because time was running short. - agent_0042

    • BAD PUN ALERT: Tonight, Bennett introduces John as the "Lord High Elocutioner." This is, of course, a pun on the British phrase "Lord High Executioner" which was woven in to The Mikado opera lyrics by Gilbert and Sullivan. - W-B

    • My father, James Giuliano, created artificial eyelashes and was the contestant in game one. He is doing well at age 86 and resides in Ipswich, MA, near his children and grandchildren. He has had a fascinating life! During World War II, he was in the U.S. Navy. After that, he worked for awhile as a makeup artist in the movie industry in Hollywood, CA. He worked with famed makeup artist Bud Westmore, although James was not listed in the movie credits. However, his name is still well known in the industry. Here is the story of how James became a contestant on What's My Line? He was attending an International Beauty show in New York. A person approached him and said he worked for What's My Line? At that time, they scouted for contestants. James was asked if he would come to the station for an interview. He agreed, and was selected for the show. At the time, his company name was "Eyelashes Incorporated." It went out of business years ago. In the past, James has also marketed other beauty products. Now, his grandson has stepped in and is running the business, which currently sells hair color products to beauty stores. Our family has many photos of movie stars that James had kept for years. Now, he has given them to my nephew, his grandson, and they are hanging along the walls of my nephew's business. - Kim Giuliano, daughter of James Giuliano, June 2004

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

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