What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 34


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 23, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Dan Schneider - "Gives Mud Baths" (self-employed; with his brother, he owns and operates a hotel and spa named the Mudlavia Springs Hotel which is located on Moores Hill Road in Mudlavia Springs, Indiana, which is near Attica, Indiana; from Kramer, IN)

Game 2: Mrs. Mary L. Dunlop - "Counts Fish (for U.S. Gov't)" (salaried; she works out of a small house at The Dalles, Oregon; from Wasco, OR)

Game 3: Peter Ustinov (4/16/1921 - 3/28/2004) (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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Arlene: May I say to myself that Mrs. Dunlop doesn't waste her time counting the fish?
        John: May you say that yourself?
        Arlene: I'll be wrong, won't I, John?

      • Dorothy: And every word in Playboy Magazine is in his book -- The American College Dictionary -- Mr. Bennett Cerf.

      • (Bennett accidently says a 1960s forbidden word on TV after getting a "no.")
        Bennett: Damn!
        John: Mr Cerf, you know we don't say "darn" on this program!

      • John: So, on your latest film, you're writer, director, producer, leading man...
        Peter Ustinov: That's correct.
        Arlene: And leading lady?
        Peter Ustinov: Well, no, but I DID have to make the sound of a door creaking.

    • NOTES (9)

      • This was a mixed bag of a night for the panel as they were totally stumped in one game, given partial credit in the second game and were successful in the mystery guest round. The evening started out poorly as they were stumped by the first contestant, a handsome man who gave mud baths. Of course, the panel probably couldn't be blamed for this loss, as this was a highly unusual occupation, especially for a man. In the second game, Arlene would have gotten full credit for guessing that the lady from Oregon was a fish counter, if she had worded her question more carefully. Unfortunately, when Arlene made her guess, she said the woman "didn't count fish" instead of "did count fish" and that small mistake cost her a full win. However, John did give them partial credit for a near-identification. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Hugh Hefner correctly identified occasional guest panelist Peter Ustinov, who used an old man's voice with an American accent to try to fool the panel. In fact, Dorothy commented that it was quite unusual for an Englishman to use an American accent. Also, during the post game chat, John congratulated Peter on his recent Best Supporting Actor Oscar win the previous Monday for his role in 1960's "Spartacus." Peter also took time to promote his latest picture, the Cold War take on Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" which was titled "Romanoff and Juliet." This 1961 film also starred John Gavin and Sandra Dee in the title roles. Peter also entertained everyone with his creaking door imitations, quickly performing both an opening door sound and a closing door sound. That seemed to put a nice little capper on the evening. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned earlier, Peter Ustinov won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role of "Lentulus Batiatus" in the classic gladiator epic "Spartacus." However, the version seen in 1960 was a far cry from the film that was envisioned by Kirk Douglas, who produced the film, and Stanley Kubrick, who directed the film. Many key scenes were cut, including a very controversial bathing scene featuring Tony Curtis and Sir Lawrence Olivier. The scene was cut due to its perceived homosexual theme. However, decades later in 1991, a restored version of the film was released with the bath scene included. Unfortunately, the negative of that scene didn't have a soundtrack, so the dialogue had to be re-recorded. Another unfortunate thing was the fact that when the restoration took place, Lawrence Olivier had already passed away, so Anthony Hopkins was brought in to record the lost soundtrack from the scene. - Sargebri

      • Peter Ustinov's "old man" vocal disguise was very effective. In fact, it was so effective that several years later, he used it in the 1976 futuristic film "Logan's Run" when he played an old man who lived in a post-apocalyptic Washington D.C. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger because the panel was running out of time. He flipped them for the second challenger after Arlene correctly guessed the occupation of the second challenger, but not all of the details. - agent_0042

      • There are some noticeable video quality problems and a bit of crackling on the sound during the mystery guest segment in the broadcast aired on GSN. - agent_0042

      • SHOW ANNOUNCER WATCH: After having the night off the previous episode, Ralph Paul is once again the announcer tonight. He will handle announcing duties for the next several shows before Johnny Olson takes over the job permanently. - W-B

      • During the introductions, Mr. Hefner introduces Dorothy by saying, "And What's My Line's own playmate, Dorothy Kilgallen." Peter Ustinov was hilarious as the mystery guest! He imitates the sounds of an opening door and a closing door just great! At the finale, Bennett says, "Good night to you, Mr. Daly" with a somewhat hopeful look on his face (it was very cute). John pauses for a moment and then says, "He thinks he's going to get a quarter for all the puns he DIDN'T get in tonight, but he's not!" HA! Poor quarterless Bennett, we love you! - fiveninegal

      • On June 23, 2003, in honor of Playboy Magazine's 50th anniversary, GSN aired two episodes back-to-back featuring Hugh Hefner. They aired EPISODE #561 of April 23, 1961 and EPISODE #798 of January 9, 1966. - Suzanne

      • Hugh Hefner (b. 4/9/1926)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Hugh Hefner, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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