What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 40


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 04, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John Sellers (7/31/1937 - 7/2/2010) - "Jockey (Winner of Kentucky Derby)" (self-employed; the panel was blindfolded and the contestant was called "Mr. Z"; he won the Kentucky Derby in 1961 on a horse named "Carry Back"; see notes below)

Game 2: Mrs. Beryl Neistat - "Pickle Manufacturer" (self-employed; from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Game 3: Phil Silvers (5/11/1911 - 11/1/1985) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. J. R. Rosen ( - "Makes College Diplomas" (self-employed; he makes university diplomas in both Latin and English, since 1913, for colleges such as Harvard; from Boston, MA; as of 2005, the calligraphy company (J.R. Rosen Studio) started by Joseph R. Rosen is still in business! http://www.jrrosenstudio.com/

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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)

      • Joey Bishop: Were you in the Belmont...race?
        Arlene Francis: Belmont Stakes.
        Joey: Belmont Stakes. I didn't want to mention horses and steaks.

    • NOTES (11)

      • Usually, the first challenger on WML is referred to as "Mr. X" if his name is withheld from the panel. Tonight, however, the first guest was referred to as "Mr. Z" - apparently just to change things up a bit. - agent_0042

      • SHOW ANNOUNCER WATCH - VERIFIED: Ralph Paul, the main "WML?" announcer since EPISODE #554, identified himself during the end credits. - W-B

      • The Broadway musical play "Do Re Mi" has sort of a WML connection. Comden and Green wrote the song lyrics to the Jule Styne music. Lyricist Adolph Green was once a guest panelist. At another time, he and his writing partner Betty Comden were mystery guests. Ironically, Adolph's wife Phyllis Newman - or as he referred to her, "My Phyllis" - was on the panel that evening. Of course, Phyllis was a semi-regular panelist for most of the final two seasons of WML. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned in the post game chat, Phil Silvers and his wife Evelyn Patrick had recently become the proud parents of twin daughters. One of the twins, Cathy, later became an actress herself. Her most famous role was that of "Joanie Cunningham's" boy-crazy best friend "Jenny Piccalo" on the classic sitcom "Happy Days." Interestingly enough, Phil appeared on one episode playing "Jenny's" father. Also, Cathy's twin, Candace, appeared on an episode playing "Jenny's" sister. - Sargebri

      • This was a pretty good performance by the panel this particular evening. Arlene was able to narrow down the profession of the first mystery guest, jockey John Sellers. However, she mistakenly said that he was an auto racer, because the Indianapolis 500 had taken place the week before, and had been won by A.J. Foyt. It was then up to the "Son of a Gun" Joey Bishop, who was his usual funny self, to make the correct guess. It was then Dorothy's turn as she correctly guessed that the first regular contestant of the evening was a pickle manufacturer. Joey then did a little mock criticism of Dolly Mae when he said that she took all the glory. Dorothy also correctly identified the second mystery guest of the night, Phil Silvers, who was on the show to promote the Broadway musical "Do Re Mi." Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time with the final contestant, so the diploma maker won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

      • The month before this episode originally aired, Phil Silvers became the proud father of twin girls, Cathy and Candace Silvers. During 1980-1983, Cathy Silvers would go on to play the part of "Jenny Piccalo" on the 1974-1984 TV comedy "Happy Days," and later appear as a tribute to her father in the 1996 Steve Martin big-screen remake of "Sgt. Bilko." - Garrison Skunk

      • Due to the appearance of John Sellers, the jockey who rode Carry Back to victory in the 1961 Kentucky Derby, GSN broadcast this episode on February 21, 2005 as a promotion for the final episode of their reality show "American Dream Derby" that would air later that day. This episode followed a 1980 episode of "To Tell the Truth" which featured the co-owner of the 1976 Kentucky Derby winner Bold Forbes. - Garrison Skunk

      • Phil Silvers promoted his appearance in the 1961 Broadway musical "Do Re Mi." - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Arlene gave a "joyous warning" to the residents of Kanab, Utah. She said that on Tuesday, Joey Bishop, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. would begin filming a movie called "The Badlands." When the film was released in 1962, however, it was given the name "Sergeants 3." Fellow Rat Pack members Dean Martin and Peter Lawford also co-star in the comedy/western. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Joey Bishop, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • John Sellers, who is tall for a jockey at a height of 5' 6" (as commented upon by John Daly) also won the 1961 Preakness on the horse "Carry Back" and the 1965 Belmont Stakes on the horse "Hail to All." The engraved sterling silver trophy that Sellers won aboard Carry Back was among a dozen trophies stolen when his Monrovia, California home was burglarized in 1978. Over twenty years later, in 1999, his Kentucky Derby trophy showed up on eBay for sale in an online auction! The then-current owner gave the trophy back to Sellers. "I never thought I'd see any of them again," Sellers said. "I was absolutely shocked. I couldn't believe it. I had just assumed that all my trophies were melted down." Wow, now that's a happy ending! - Suzanne

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