What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 31


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 02, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Lois Mottonen - "U.S. Income Tax Collector" (salaried; she is an Income Tax Agent for the U.S. Income Tax Bureau; from Cheyenne, Wyoming)

Game 2: Wade S. Page - "Makes Rocking Chairs (Made President Kennedy's White House Rocker)" (salaried; he is the Vice-President of the P & P Chair company; from Asheboro, North Carolina)

Game 3: June Allyson (10/7/1917 - 7/8/2006) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Louis Chu (10/1/1911 - 2/27/1970) - "Disc Jockey For Chinese Music Program" (salaried; he works at radio station WHOM-FM and broadcasts a program all in Chinese; he has just written a book titled "Eat a Bowl of Tea" which is about New York's Chinatown district; from Hollis, NY)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: Shelley, we want to be completely fair.
        Arlene: (off-camera) Ha ha ha ha.
        John: And to be sure you're not misled, in any way, in the context of the question as you asked it, I want to offer some further explanation -- the answer is "no." (laughter from audience) That's one down and nine to go, Miss Francis.

    • NOTES (9)

      • This definitely was one of the most fun nights the panel has had in quite a while. It was especially apparent in the second game when guest panelist Shelley Berman got an uncontrollable case of the giggles, which spread throughout the panel, especially to Dorothy, who was looking very chic with her new hairdo. As for the games themselves, the panel did a .500 job for the evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly identified the female tax collector from Wyoming. Of course, placing this particular occupation on the April 2, 1961 episode was seen not only as a rib, but also as a public service reminder that the April 15th tax deadline was fast approaching. The second game really was the highlight of the night due to Shelley's case of the giggles during the questioning of the rocking chair maker. In fact, it might have had something to do with the panel getting stumped the way they did. Maybe Shelley thought the contestant made toilets, especially when Dorothy asked if a person could sit on it. However, Shelley was able to compose himself in time for the mystery guest round, where he correctly made a wild guess that the guest was June Allyson. He later explained that even though she was whispering, she still couldn't disguise her distinctive lisp. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the Chinese disc jockey/author won the full prize by default. However, this still wound up being a very fun night. - Sargebri

      • Interestingly, one of the questions asked about the second contestant's product, rocking chairs, was whether or not they were therapeutic. In later years, it became known that President Kennedy's rocker was one of the few chairs that he could sit in without causing him pain. Years later, it was revealed that J.F.K. suffered from a degenerative back condition that caused him a great deal of discomfort. In fact, it caused him so much pain that he constantly used a variety of prescription drugs, including steroids. It has been written that he took so many steroids that it affected his kidneys. It is widely believed that if it weren't for the assassin's bullet that day in November, Kennedy would have eventually died from kidney failure. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards when Bennett guessed the income tax collector's occupation at six down, citing that Bennett's terminology wasn't quite correct. On the second challenger, John seemed to be confused and flipped two cards at four down, when really only one needed to be flipped. On the final challenger, they were all flipped at seven down because the panel ran out of time. - agent_0042

      • Radio station WHOM-FM, dial position 92.3, for which tonight's final contestant Louis Chu was a disk jockey at the time, would change call letters in 1975 to WKTU and switch to a "mellow" music format. However, its biggest move came in 1978 when the station switched to disco, and within a few months knocked legendary Top 40 radio station WABC Musicradio 77 out of the top spot. In 1985, WKTU changed call letters again, to WXRK, and adopted a rock music format ("K-Rock"), with mornings handled by one Howard Stern, who had been recently fired from radio station WNBC-AM 66. Stern would remain with K-Rock until late 2005, after which he switched to Sirius satellite radio. In early 2006, K-Rock switched to another format, "Free FM," and changed call letters to WFNY in reflection of the change. Stern's old time slot is now handled (as of January 2006) by David Lee Roth, former lead singer for the rock group Van Halen. - W-B

      • Shelley Berman guessed June Allyson by her whisper alone, amazing the panel. He also had a laughing spell, and could not stop laughing. The audience loved him! - Suzanne

      • John Daly mentioned that Louis Chu was also the author of a new book titled "Eat A Bowl of Tea." This was a very popular and well-regarded book. It was such an Asian-American classic that it was reissued in 1986. - Suzanne

      • John relays a joke that Bennett had told him backstage: "Did you hear about the man who had vinegar in his ears?" "He had pickled hearing!" (Groan!) - Suzanne

      • Dorothy is sporting a new short haircut, yet nobody mentions it. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Shelley Berman, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)