What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 38


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM May 21, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Regarding Tony Martin's song, "There's No Tomorrow," that Abe Burrows sang a few notes of: In 1921, the melody was given religious words by William E. Booth-Clibborn and is familiar to many Christians as "Down From His Glory." - Lee McIntyre

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards at six down for the second challenger. Arlene more or less guessed the occupation, but phrased it wrong. He also flipped all the cards for the final challenger, though Dorothy essentially guessed the occupation at one down. - agent_0042

    • After a rough start, this turned out to not only be a successful night for the panel, but also a night that was highlighted by one of the all-time great ribs in history. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by Lisa Lane, the reigning United States Women's Professional Chess Champion. Of course, no one probably thought that such an attractive young lady was so good at such an intellectual game. In fact, guest panelist Abe Burrows pointed this out in the post game chat. In the second game, Arlene, almost by accident, correctly guessed that the contestant made flypaper. When Arlene mentioned flypaper, a big gasp came from the audience and it tipped off Arlene and allowed her to make the correct guess. As a result, John flipped over all the cards. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified singer Tony Martin. Tony was on the show to promote his then current engagement at the Empire Room at the Waldorf. Also briefly mentioned was his wife Cyd Charisse, who he is still married to as of January 2006. However, the highlight of the night came in the final game when the female men's hairstylist from New York via Vienna came out. What made it such a funny moment was the fact that Abe, who was follicly challenged, was the first one to question her. Of course, when the audience burst out into prolonged laughter, Abe humorously guessed she had something to do with hair. However, it was Dolly Mae who had the honor of narrowing down what the guest did with hair and then making the correct guess. That little moment helped put a good exclamation point on a rather fun evening. - Sargebri

    • ABE BURROWS: As Arlene mentioned when she introduced him, producer and former "The Name's the Same" panelist, Abe Burrows was about to debut his latest Broadway production, "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." That play would go on to become one of the greatest successes in the history of the Great White Way. However, Abe wasn't the only member of his family to make a mark in entertainment. Abe's son, Jim Burrows, would become one of the most successful producers in television with such classics as "Taxi" and "Cheers." - Sargebri

    • During his usual humorous introduction of John, Bennett made mention of a Senator Gore. This was a reference to Albert Gore Sr. of Tennessee, the father of Albert Gore Jr. who was born in 1948. Several years later, Al Gore Jr. followed in his father's footsteps and represented his home state of Tennessee. Gore Jr. would also become Vice-President under Bill Clinton and in 2000 came within an eyelash of winning the presidency in one of the most controversial elections in the history of American politics. - Sargebri

    • GSN did not cut the information John gave out as to how to appear on the show. He instructed those who wished to appear to send a snapshot of themselves along with their name, address and occupation to the address below. - agent_0042

      What's My Line?
      485 Madison Ave.
      New York 22, NY

    • MORE ABOUT LISA LANE: At the time of her WML visit, Lisa Lane was 24 years old. She first won the women's chess championship title in 1959.
      Lisa Lane caused a news sensation when she lost two chess games and withdrew from a chess tournament (the Hastings Christmas Congress) in Hastings, England, after having played in a tournament in Yugoslavia. (John Daly mentioned her upcoming trip to Yugoslavia.) The newspapers at the time blamed her withdrawal on "being in love." "Well, that was Neil Hickey," Lisa Lane said. "And I was homesick." They eventually married and he became editor of TV Guide and later the editor-at-large of the Columbia Journalism Review magazine.
      In 1962, Bobby Fischer withdrew from a chess tournament because Lisa Lane was playing in the event. He felt that women should not play chess because they were all inferior to male chess players.
      As of 2003, Lisa Lane Hickey now owns a health food store called "Amber Waves of Grain" located in Carmel, NY. - Suzanne Astorino

    • (1) For its January 13, 2006 airing, GSN aired John's full closing words for the first part of this episode prior to the (new) commercials: "...after this word from Ed Reimers for Allstate." Ed (short for Edwin) Reimers was Allstate Insurance Company's commercial spokesperson from 1957 (the year the company began sponsoring CBS's "Playhouse 90") to 1979. His other credits included the 1971 Disney movie "The Barefoot Executive," and the role of "Admiral Fitzpatrick" in the now famous "Star Trek" episode "The Trouble with Tribbles" which first aired on December 29, 1967.
      (2) In the post-game chat with mystery guest Tony Martin, guest panelist Abe Burrows sang a few bars of Martin's 1949 hit "There's No Tomorrow." Ironically, both that song and Elvis Presley's #1 hit from late 1960, "It's Now or Never," were rewrites of the popular Italian song "O Sole Mio," written in 1898 by Eduardo Di Capua (music) and Giovani Capurro (lyrics) and first recorded in 1907 by Giuseppe Anselmi. Even more ironic, Martin's hit was recorded during his run with Elvis's future label, RCA Victor. - W-B

    • Tony Martin promoted his appearance at the plush Empire Room of New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Abe Burrows, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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