What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 26, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Bert Burns - "London Cab Driver" (salaried; he is representing the British Travel Association and is driving his cab across Canada and the United States in an effort to increase tourism to the United Kingdom; it was mentioned that England's cabs are much larger and roomier than American cabs; from London, England)

Game 2: Miss Alice McGrath - "Judo Instructor" (salaried; she works for martial arts expert Bruce Tegnér - aka Bruce Tegner - and she holds a brown belt in judo; from Los Angeles, California)

Game 3: Gary Crosby (6/27/1933 - 8/24/1995) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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    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


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    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (6)

      • Joey's appearance on Danny Thomas' television series "Make Room For Daddy" was the pilot episode for Joey's sitcom that will debut in September 1961. Joey's 1961-1965 program aired on NBC for three seasons and then moved to CBS for its fourth and final season. The show had at least two different formats - it was shown in B/W for its first season, then was shown in color for the next two seasons, and then it switched back to B/W for its final season. It is probably the only TV sitcom to alternate from B/W to color and then back to B/W. - ymike673

      • In the first game, the London cab driver completely stumped the panel. They figured out that he dealt with a vehicle, but they were never were able to specifically identify a cab. During the post-game chat, John Daly verified that British cabs are manufactured large enough so that a man wearing a top hat can be seated comfortably inside. In the second game, the judo teacher was guessed by Arlene Francis at $35. For the mystery guest round, at one point, guest panelist Joey Bishop felt that it might be his pal, Sammy Davis, Jr., but he received a "no" when he asked if the guest was an all-around performer who could sing, dance, act and do impressions. Finally, Dorothy Kilgallen identified crooner Gary Crosby, the lookalike son of singing legend Bing Crosby. A few years after Gary's appearance on WML, he would take on the role of "by the book" cop "Officer Ed Wells" on the classic 1968-1975 police drama "Adam-12." In 1983, Gary published a "Daddy Dearest" autobiography titled "Going My Own Way." Gary passed away from lung cancer in 1995. - Suzanne Astorino

      • FLIP REPORT: The identity of mystery challenger Gary Crosby was correctly determined at six down, but John flipped all the cards in the spirit of fun. - agent_0042

      • John mentioned that in the audience tonight were 25 members of the world-famous Vienna Choir Boys. - Suzanne

      • (1) As with EPISODE #550 of February 5, 1961, tonight's seating arrangement for the panel is: male, female, male, female. Arlene is once again seated in the anchor position closest to John Daly and this is at least the third time she has introduced John. As for Bennett, this was one of the rare times he was seated on the far end, the other times being EPISODE #188 of January 3, 1954; EPISODE #285 of November 20, 1955; and EPISODE #306 of April 15, 1956.
        (2) Also during the introductions, Dorothy noted that Joey Bishop will be making a guest appearance on "The Danny Thomas Show." Ironically, Thomas' production company - already famous for not only his own show, but also "The Andy Griffith Show" and, starting the next season, "The Dick Van Dyke Show" - would handle the production of the sitcom version of "The Joey Bishop Show" which ran on NBC from 1961 to 1964 and CBS from 1964 to 1965 (as opposed to the 1967-1969 ABC late-night talk show of the same title). - W-B

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

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