What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 11, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Terry Tata (b. 4/24/1940) (pronounced Tay'-ta) - "Baseball Umpire (Youngest in Organized Baseball)" (salaried; Terry is age 21; he is in his second year with the Northern League, Class C baseball; see notes below; from Waterbury, CT)

Game 2: Miss Rita Winter - "Mink Cutter (Cuts Skins for Mink Coats)" (salaried; she works at Schiaparelli Furs, part of the famous design house of Elsa Schiaparelli; she is also a member of the Fur Workers Union Local No. 101; originally from Nuremberg, Germany; as of the last 4 months she is currently from New York, NY)

Game 3: Mort Sahl (b. 5/11/1927) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Juliette Drut - "Repairs Television Sets" (self-employed; she owns and operates her own TV repair company named the Lawndale Television Service; from New York, 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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • NOTES (12)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 24, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the world of baseball, in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It had previously aired in regular rotation on GSN on January 16, 2006. - W-B (2006)

      • After the previous week's stellar performance, the panel came slightly back down to earth but still managed to bat .500 for the evening. In the first game, Dorothy correctly guessed that Terry Tata was an umpire. In fact, several years later, Tata would go on to become one of the best known umps in the Major Leagues. In the second game, the panel was stumped by the mink cutter from New York by way of Germany. She did seem somewhat nervous, but eventually calmed down. In the mystery guest round, Bennett (aka "The Count of Monte Kisco") correctly identified frequent guest panelist Mort Sahl, who did a great impression of President Kennedy. Mort was on the show to promote his then current engagement at Basin Street East. In the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could guess that the lady from New York was a television repairwoman, so she won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

      • As was announced during his introduction by Dorothy, guest panelist Harry Belafonte was recently named to the board of the Peace Corps. Of course, this was one of JFK's greatest contributions to world peace during his presidency. The corps continues to send volunteers to all parts of the world to help make life better for those less fortunate. - Sargebri

      • HARRY BELAFONTE - FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN GUEST PANELIST!!! Harry Belafonte was one of those rarities in the history of WML as he was one of only two African-American men to ever appear on the panel. He had been a mystery guest on a few occasions, but this was the first time he served on the panel. Belafonte will be back again as a guest panelist on EPISODE #635 of October 21, 1962. The other African-American male to appear on the panel was Sammy Davis Jr. on EPISODE #734 of October 11, 1964. The only female African-American guest panelist was Joan Murray, a journalist from New York, who appeared on EPISODE #874 of August 20, 1967, two weeks before CBS WML went off the air. Ironically, the week that tonight's episode was aired on GSN in January 2006, Belafonte was embroiled in a controversy when he threw his support behind the leftist president of Venezuela. Harry also made several controversial statements about President George W. Bush. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • From exapno:
        Terry Tata's total MLB record:
        National League 1973-1999 (yes he spent 13 years in the minor leagues!)
        All Star Game 1978 1988 1999;
        Division Series 1981 1995 1996 1997;
        NL Championship Series 1976 1980 1983 1985 1989 1993 1998;
        World Series 1979 1987 1991 1996

      • (1) Ironically, in 2006, GSN aired this episode on January 16, 2006, which was Martin Luther King Day. The irony comes from the presence of Harry Belafonte on the panel, as he would become a part of the American civil rights movement later in the decade.
        (2) Arlene, in her introduction of Bennett, once again used the "Count of Monte Kisco" pun tonight. She had previously employed this double-pun to introduce Mr. Cerf on EPISODE #421 of June 29, 1958. The dual nature of the pun refers to both the literary classic "The Count of Monte Cristo" and also to the town of Mount Kisco, NY where Arlene and Bennett were neighbors.
        (3) END CREDIT MODIFICATION: With tonight's episode, the position of associate director is added to the end credits, positioned above the technical and lighting director on the pertinent slide card. The first person to be credited as associate director on "WML?", as indicated in tonight's end credits, is Alvin R. Mifelow. It is not known if Alvin Mifelow is any relation to Alan Mifelow, who is listed on IMDb as being a director of another Goodson/Todman production, "I've Got a Secret," at one point in that show's 15-year network run. - W-B

      • MORE ABOUT ALVIN MIFELOW: Tonight's ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR is listed in the end credits as Alvin R. Mifelow. Alvin Richard Mifelow was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1930. A United States Army Air Force veteran, he achieved the rank of first lieutenant. Prior to retirement, Mifelow had a long and distinguished career as a TV director, and was a two-time Emmy Award winner. Mifelow won his Emmy directing awards for the CBS News coverage of NASA in 1968 and also for the CBS news analysis program "State of the Union" in 1970. He was also the president of ALMIF Productions. Mifelow died March 20, 2001 at age 70 at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had been a 12-year resident of Las Vegas. He is interred in Detroit. - Suzanne

      • Baseball Trivia: Terry Tata was a National League umpire until 1999. He was one of 22 umpires who resigned simultaneously over a complicated union dispute with the Baseball Commissioner. The umpires did not really want to lose their jobs, but their mass-resignation labor strategy plan backfired. From a 1999 Associated Press article: "In the eyes of many in baseball, the umpires brought this upon themselves. On July 14, the union announced 57 umpires were quitting, effective September 2. They said then, that they feared a lockout and wanted to spark an early start to negotiations for a labor contract to replace the one that expires December 31. But the plan collapsed when 27 umpires, mostly in the AL, either failed to resign or quickly rescinded their resignations. Baseball then hired 25 umpires from the minor leagues and accepted 22 resignations." The battle continued in court and with arbitrators, and in February 2002, 5 of the umpires were hired back to work, and 4 more umpires, including Terry Tata, were hired back and allowed to immediately retire and receive back pay and retirement benefits. - Suzanne Astorino

      • Mort Sahl promoted his appearance at "Basin Street East" in New York, New York. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: The first part of one of Dorothy's questions is missing in game 4 due to a slight glitch in the kinescope.

      • Harry Belafonte (b. 3/1/1927)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Harry Belafonte, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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