What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 35


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 30, 1961 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Joan Patti - "Teaches Philosophy at University of Michigan" (salaried; age 23; she has earned her master's degree and is working on her doctorate degree; she began teaching at age 20 in Florida; originally from South Miami, Florida; currently from Michigan)

Game 2: Monsieur A. M. Malherbe (Count Armand Malherbe) - "Makes Pots & Pans" (self-employed per John, but Malherbe is associated with the Tefal Corporation of France; the "low calorie" non-stick Teflon coating is manufactured in the United States, exported to France where it is applied to the pots and pans, and then the pots and pans are shipped back to the United States and are sold under the brand name T-Fal; from Paris, France; more notes below)

Game 3: Anna Maria Alberghetti (b. 5/15/1936) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Patrick Scannell - "Shoes Horses for N.Y.C. Police Department" (salaried; from Astoria, Long Island, NY) . .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)

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      • Once again, as with the previous week's show, the panel came close on a couple of occasions but they were totally stumped in the regular games. In the first game, the panel figured out that the lovely young lady from Florida was some sort of instructor, but they never did figure out that she was a Philosophy instructor at the University of Michigan. In fact, the first question that was asked of her was if her good looks had anything to do with her job. Of course, in that era, most beautiful women were assumed to be something other than highly intelligent. In the second game, the panel did get as far as figuring out that the product that Count Malherbe dealt with had something to do with cooking. Unfortunately, they ran out of questions before they could narrow his product down to pots and pans. The panel excelled in the mystery guest round as Bennett correctly identified lovely Anna Maria Alberghetti without getting a single "no." Anna Maria was on the show to promote the highly successful musical she was in, "Carnival!" In fact, Bennett mentioned meeting her at a party earlier that week and she told him that she had a day off and was going to make a quick trip to Hollywood, California. She had told this slight fib so Bennett would not know she was going to appear on WML. However, Bennett said that he saw through the ruse and used his instincts to identify her. Unfortunately, their success in the mystery guest round didn't carry over into the final game when they were again stumped, this time by the horse shoer for ten New York Police Department mounted patrol units. Also, due to lack of time, John said good night for the panel. - Sargebri

      • HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRE'S JOHNNY (AGAIN!) This was the second appearance on the panel for Johnny Carson, who at the time was hosting the game show "Who Do You Trust?" However, little did anyone know that within a year, Johnny would take on the job that would make him a television icon when he became the host of "The Tonight Show." Johnny's two late-night predecessors, Steve Allen and Jack Paar, had both previously appeared on WML's panel. Steve, of course, had been a 1953-1954 regular panelist on WML and after he left, he would come back from time to time to appear on the panel as well as act as a mystery guest. Jack Paar had been a guest panelist as well as a mystery guest. Ironically, Johnny never was a mystery guest on WML. However, his long time "Tonight Show" sidekick & announcer Ed McMahon did appear on WML on one occasion as a mystery guest. On EPISODE #869 on July 16, 1967, Ed, who was hosting "Snap Judgment" at the time, appeared as part of a mystery guest team along with the then current hosts of Goodson-Todman's other game shows: Bud Collyer of "To Tell the Truth," Allen Ludden of "Password" and Gene Rayburn of "Match Game." Ironically, their boss, Mark Goodson, was on the panel that night. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger because the panel ran out of time. - agent_0042

      • (1) During the introductions, Johnny Carson provided a taste of the wit for which he would be known during his nearly 30-year run (1962-1992) as host of "The Tonight Show" when, in his introduction of Arlene Francis, he mentioned that her favorite book was Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The House of Two Gables." Johnny's "dual pun" was a play on the actual book title "The House of the Seven Gables" plus a reference to Arlene's husband (and frequent "WML?" guest panelist) Martin Gabel. Johnny would not be the last person on the panel to make reference to Hawthorne's classic book on that basis, as Groucho Marx, on EPISODE #738 of November 15, 1964, would introduce Arlene as "Mrs. Martin Gabel of The Seven Little Gabels" during the opening. Groucho used a "triple pun" as his introduction also spoofed the title of the 1955 movie, "The Seven Little Foys."
        (2) After John Daly came out, he mentioned it was nice to have Johnny on the panel - but it was Carson's second appearance as a guest panelist, having first appeared on EPISODE #305 of April 8, 1956. - W-B

      • COOKWARE HISTORY: The French Count Armand M. Malherbe was an interesting historical guest. This was the beginning of the "non-stick cookware" revolution in America! The French corporation, Tefal, produced the first non-stick cookware in Paris, France, and began selling them in 1956 in France. (The bonding process of making the Teflon stick to the pans was developed in 1954.) The Tefal brand was marketed as "T-Fal" for export to America and Japan in 1960. The name is a contraction of Teflon and Aluminum, its component parts. On December 15, 1960, America's first Teflon-coated pots and pans go on sale (at Macy's Herald Square in New York) for $6.94 each. In 1961, export to America skyrocketed when a New York magazine photographed a "rich and famous lady" purchasing a Tefal pan in Macy's. American orders soared to 7500 pans per week. Ten days later, the demand was one million units per month. It's no wonder that the producers of WML sought out this contestant! Being a new kind of cookware, it was relatively expensive at the time. When the price was stated by Count Malherbe at $7 per pan, Bennett was aghast, but Arlene cutely retorted, "Why not? If you want a good pot to cook in, you've got to have it." Coincidentally, Arlene wrote a cookbook in 1961 titled "No Time For Cooking." - Suzanne Astorino

        For more about the history of Teflon, visit this web page:


      • Anna Maria Alberghetti promoted her 1961 Broadway musical "Carnival!" She won a Tony award for her performance. The play, which was produced by David Merrick, ran for 719 performances - almost two years. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Johnny Carson, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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