What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 18, 1961 on CBS
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Game 1: James B. Swindal (8/19/1917 - 4/25/2006) - "Pilot for President Kennedy (Lt. Colonel, U.S.A.F.)" (salaried; he is the supervisor for the 200 men who are responsible for the smooth flight operation and maintenance of JFK's USAF Boeing 707 aircraft; John said that Swindal flew The Hump as a pilot during World War II - The Hump was the name given by Allied pilots to the eastern end of the Himalayan Mountains over which they flew from India to China to resupply the Flying Tigers and the Chinese Government of Chiang Kai-shek; Swindal said he does not fly the Kennedy family's private plane, The Caroline; from Birmingham, Alabama)

Game 2: Marlene Bauer Hagge (b. 2/16/1934) (she signed in as Mrs. Robert Hagge) - "Professional Golfer" (self-employed; she will be golfing in the National Open the week after next; John spoke of a decades-old foursome tournament game of golf he played with Marlene Bauer, her sister Alice Bauer and Andy Heiskell of Life Magazine; from Delray Beach, Florida)

Game 3: George Burns (1/20/1896 - 3/9/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

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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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    • NOTES (7)

      • AUF WIEDERSEHEN FRAU GABEL!!! This is in reference to the fact that this was Arlene's last night on the panel for several weeks. She will be travelling to West Germany for the filming of the 1961 Cold War comedy "One, Two, Three" with James Cagney. She definitely had a great send-off as the panel, for the first time in a long while, had a perfect night. The remarkable night began when Dorothy correctly figured out that the first contestant, Lieutenant Colonel James Swindal, was the pilot of Air Force One. However, Martin had really opened the door when he had said that Swindal was President Kennedy's driver instead of pilot. This huge clue helped Dolly Mae to make her correct guess. In the second game, the same thing also happened. Bennett correctly guessed that Marlene Bauer (aka Mrs. Robert Hagge) was a golfer. However, he said that she was a champion golfer, which could have meant that she was an amateur rather than a professional. Taking the hint, Arlene correctly said that Marlene was a professional golfer and got the credit for the correct guess. After the game, John reminisced about the time "many, many years ago" that he had the opportunity to play golf with Marlene, her sister Alice, and Andrew Heiskell. John joked about how he was soundly defeated. The real fun began in the mystery guest round as the legendary George Burns walked from behind the curtain. He did his best to disguise his very distinctive voice, but the panel was wise to him and eventually Bennett made the identification. George really entertained the panel as well as the audience with his snappy one-liners and his anecdotes, especially the ones about his good friend Jack Benny. This truly was a great bon voyage for Arlene. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned earlier, this was Arlene's last night on the panel before flying to Germany to begin filming "One, Two, Three" where she played the role of "Phyllis MacNamara." This film is notable for two reasons. The first one is the fact that this was James Cagney's last film for twenty years. Even though Cagney gave a great comedic performance, he was very unhappy on the set, especially due to his on-set relationship with director Billy Wilder as well as his young co-star Horst Buchholz. Cagney was so burned out after this film that he took a hiatus that lasted until 1981 when he appeared in the drama "Ragtime." However, the most important event that occurred during filming was that the construction of the Berlin Wall had begun. Of course, this pushed the American/Soviet relations to the breaking point as Soviet and American troops stood toe-to-toe as the world watched. Of course, nothing happened as the wall was built, sealing off East Berlin for over 28 years until 1989 when the wall finally came down, signaling the end of the Cold War. - Sargebri

      • Arlene truly went out in style in more ways than one as she definitely showed her fashion forwardness by wearing a pantsuit onstage. The split legs of the "lounging" outfit had very wide and very full legs. There was so much material, the outfit almost could be mistaken for a dress, but when Arlene walked in, you could see the stage between her pants legs. Of course, she wasn't the first lady to wear pants on WML and she definitely wasn't the last. A couple of years earlier, Betty Hutton walked out on stage in a very sexy, skintight one-piece outfit, which she wore onstage because she had been performing earlier that night and didn't have time for a costume change. In 1965, guest panelist Carol Channing really showed her fashion forwardness by wearing a sailor suit design onstage, and one year later, Phyllis Newman and Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle would both wear pantsuits. Too bad Dorothy never had a chance to show how fashion forward she was before her passing. - Sargebri

      • (1) Last week it was Arlene, now it was Dorothy's turn to use a pun in her introduction of Bennett, making a reference to the old feudal system of the Middle Ages and how there were still a few "serfs" (Cerfs) living in Mount Kisco - with Bennett among them.
        (2) During the mystery guest round, Dorothy asked George Burns if he had anything to do with music, which at the time he did not. Ironically, in 1969, eight years after his appearance on tonight's show, he would record an album, "George Burns Sings," which was released on the Buddah Records label (BDS 5025) and featured covers of such pop tunes of the era as The Beatles' "With a Little Help from My Friends" and Simon & Garfunkel's "The 59th Street Bridge Song." He would also record the song "I Wish I Was 18 Again" for Mercury Records in 1980.
        (3) Time ran short at the conclusion of tonight's show, so the end credits were severely truncated. The first "What's My Line?" screen was immediately followed by what is usually the final "What's My Line? screen. Omitted were all the corporate and personnel credits such as "CBS Television Network Production," "Director," "Associate Director" and more. After the second and final "WML?" screen, the complete Allstate animated cartoon advertisement was shown. This was the same Allstate ad that is seen at the opening of Allstate-sponsored shows. - W-B

      • John mentioned that Arlene would be leaving for Germany the next day, and would be gone for several weeks. (She will be filming her 1961 motion picture called "One, Two, Three.") During the goodbyes, Bennett told her, "Be careful not to go on the wrong side of that Brandenburg Gate." This was, of course, a reference to the former communist East Germany. The Berlin Wall was soon to be built. On the night of August 13, 1961 the Brandenburg Gate was closed off by armed forces of the NVA (National People's Army) and the construction of the Berlin Wall began. In November 1989, East Germany and West Germany combined to became a single free nation when the Berlin Wall was physically and politically torn down. - Suzanne

      • John Daly noted that this day was Father's Day 1961.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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