What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 32


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 09, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Raoul Levy (aka Raoul J. Lévy)(4/14/1922 - 12/31/1966) - (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded) - "Movie Producer (Brigitte Bardot's Film Producer)" (self-employed; John referred to him as Mr. X; born in Belgium)

Game 2: Miss Jobie Arnold - "Horse Race Handicapper (Writes Daily Tips For Bettors)" (salaried; she currently covers the Kentucky horse races and writes a handicapper column titled "Jobie Says" for the Lexington Herald newspaper; prior to this, she covered the Florida races and wrote her column for the Miami Herald and Gulfstream newspaper; she is a horse expert and raises horses; currently from Lexington, Kentucky; formerly from Miami, Florida)

Game 3: Julie London (9/26/1916 - 10/18/2000) (as Mystery Guest #2)

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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)

    Raoul Levy

    Raoul Levy

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Julie London

    Julie London

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Arlene: Do you, uh, do you have to have training for your job?
        Jobie: Yes.
        John: This does not, however, mean to indicate formal training. It's the kind of training, which, you know, would be required of anybody who has an interest in this skill and then is willing to devote the time and energy to acquire that particular skill.
        Arlene: You bet. (Light laughter from members of audience who recognize the humor of this comment in regard to the fact that the challenger writes daily tips for bettors.)

      • Bennett: And here's the panel moderator who makes CBS stand for Charming, Brilliant and Sophisticated -- John Charles Daly.

    • NOTES (9)

      • FAMOUS PHOTO: It was around this time that John and the main panel members took part in a photo session which yielded one of the more famous and enduring shots of the "WML?" team. One of the photos which came out of that session had Bennett posed at the top, with Arlene, wearing a patterned beige dress, at photo left, and Dorothy, wearing a red dress and with her shorter hairstyle as on this and the previous show, at photo right, and John at the bottom. The picture was first seen on the cover of the May 7-13, 1961 issue of TV Magazine, a TV Guide-style Sunday supplement which was included in many newspapers across the U.S. including Dorothy's home paper, the New York Journal-American. This shot was also used for the cover of Gil Fates' 1978 book detailing the history of both the 1950-1967 CBS and 1968-1975 syndicated versions of "WML?" - W-B

        The famous portrait photograph of the "What's My Line?" panel referenced above, as credited on the inside flap of the back cover of Gil Fates' 1978 book titled "What's My Line?: TV's Most Famous Panel Show," was taken by photographer Jerry Urgo of the CBS Photo staff. - Suzanne

      • After a great beginning, this was one of the worst performances for the panel in quite a while. In fact, if it weren't for some last second heroics in the first game, the panel probably would have gone "0" for the night. In the first game, Arlene made the last second guess of producer Raoul Levy, who had just gotten in from his native France a few hours earlier and was definitely fighting jet lag. Levy was on his way to Hollywood, presumably for the Academy Awards, which Tony Randall was also going to be attending for the purpose of working as an awards presenter. Levy was on the show to promote his latest picture, "The Truth" (1960, aka La Vérité) featuring his most famous protégé, Brigitte Bardot. Also, as Arlene made her guess, John flipped over the final card, because even though the panel had already figured out that Levy was a producer, John kept the game going to see if the panel could guess exactly who the guest was. In the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the female racing handicapper. Of course, who would believe that a very sexy lady like her could be a horse racing tout? The panel really met their Waterloo in the mystery guest round when they failed to identify Julie London. Julie was in town to appear on Garry Moore's variety show. That definitely put a stake in the panel's collective heart for this week. - Sargebri

      • During the mystery guest round, Bennett asked Julie if she was appearing on a regular television series and she correctly answered "no." Of course, if this would have been ten years later, the answer would have been "yes," due to the fact that she would have been appearing in the classic 1972-1977 medical/fireman drama "Emergency!" in which she played the role of "Nurse Dixie McCall." Ironically, the producer of that show was none other than her ex-husband, producer/director/actor Jack Webb of "Dragnet" fame. What made it doubly ironic was the fact that one of her "Emergency!" co-stars was her then current husband, composer/actor Bobby Troup. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger, stating that he kept the panel guessing longer than was necessary. The panel had correctly identified the guest's occupation, but John extended the game for them to identify the exact person. - agent_0042

      • This was Julie London's third and final appearance as a "WML?" mystery guest; she had previously appeared on EPISODE #382 of September 29, 1957 and EPISODE #476 of August 9, 1959. She stumped the panel in all her appearances. Julie's "Garry Moore Show" appearance, which was mentioned in the post-game chat, aired on April 18, 1961, according to IMDb. - W-B

      • During the introductions, Dorothy mentioned that both she and Bennett wrote columns which were syndicated by King Features. - W-B

      • This episode of "WML?" was the fourth episode in 1961 to be directed by Paul Alter. His name is seen in the end credits. Alter's previous substitute directing credits appear on EPISODE #376 of August 18, 1957, as well as the more recent EPISODES #549, #550 and #555. In all cases, he is substituting for Franklin Heller. - W-B

      • Dorothy's new short haircut is finally complimented by both Tony Randall and Bennett. During the goodbyes, Bennett says to Dorothy, "That's a wonderful haircut." - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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