What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 45


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 09, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Steve: (repeating the Kellogg's slogan) Mrs. Miller, the best to you each morning. (laughter, loud applause)

  • Notes

    • (1) There was some irony to tonight's show, with respect to Steve Allen's appearance on the panel and Bill Cullen's appearance as the mystery guest. In 1964, three years after this episode, Steverino succeeded Garry Moore as host of "I've Got a Secret," on which Mr. Cullen was a panelist for its entire run. Mr. Allen will host "IGAS" until 1967 when that show, along with "WML?" and the nighttime version of "To Tell the Truth," were all cancelled by CBS in their purge of prime-time game shows. Also, Steve's wife (and tonight's other "WML?" guest panelist) Jayne Meadows had been a regular panelist on "IGAS" from 1952 to 1959. Additionally, Mr. Cullen himself will host the short-lived 1976 network revival of "IGAS."
      (2) During the end credit sequence (with the crew credits rushed for time), the production staff showed the earlier slide card only, crediting technical and lighting directors, with no mention of associate director. - W-B (2006)
      (3) Tonight's show marked the only time Dorothy Kilgallen and Jayne Meadows sat on the panel together. Miss Meadows' first guest panelist appearance, on EPISODE #469 of June 21, 1959, was on a night when Miss Kilgallen was off, and of course, in the 22 months between Dolly Mae's death in 1965 and the end of "WML?'s" CBS run in 1967, Jayne was one of a handful of rotating female guest panelists, along with Phyllis Newman, Aileen Mehle (aka Suzy Knickerbocker) and Sue Oakland. - W-B (2008)

      MORE ABOUT "I'VE GOT A SECRET": During the 1959-1960 season, more than a year after Goodson-Todman Productions' sale of "WML?" to CBS, G-T also sold "IGAS" to both CBS and the show's then-host, Garry Moore. But unlike "WML?" which, from EPISODE #422 of July 6, 1958 onwards, was credited as "A CBS Television Network Production in association with Mark Goodson and Bill Todman," G-T's names disappeared from "IGAS" altogether effective with that transaction. On GSN's most recent airings of "I've Got a Secret," which commenced in April 2006 and started with the episode originally broadcast on September 30, 1959, the final "IGAS" episode to be credited as "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production" was the December 9, 1959 telecast. As GSN skipped the next three episodes (December 16, 1959; December 23, 1959; and December 30, 1959), it is not known exactly when the transition took place, but by the January 6, 1960 edition, "IGAS" was already being presented in the end credits as "A Telecast Enterprises, Inc. Production" - as it would be all remaining "IGAS" episodes up to the very last show of April 3, 1967. - W-B (2006)

    • THE PRODIGAL SON COMES HOME!!! This was a very special night as Steve Allen made a special appearance on the panel. Joining him was his lovely wife, Jayne Meadows, who was filling in for Arlene who was still in Germany filming "One, Two, Three." Unfortunately, after a strong beginning, the panel fell flat tonight. They especially faltered in the mystery guest round, where for the first time in quite a while, they were absolutely stumped. Things got off to a bang as Dorothy correctly guessed that the first contestant from Scotland operated a brewery. In the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the dog catcher from New Jersey. Things really took a turn for the worse when the panel was absolutely stumped by "The Price is Right" host and "I've Got a Secret" panelist Bill Cullen, who almost strained his voice while being questioned. Ironically, Bill almost gave himself away after he used his real voice while Steverino was questioning him. Interestingly, neither Steve nor any of the other panelists caught on. This definitely put a stake through the heart of the panel, as after a great start, the panel went home with their collective tails between their legs. - Sargebri (2006)

      "WHAT'S MY LINE?" & "I'VE GOT A SECRET": Tonight's episode definitely had an "I've Got a Secret" feel to it as Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows and Bill Cullen all either had connections to "WML?'s" "little sister show" or were going to have connections to it in the future. Bill was on the "IGAS" panel from 1952 until the show's cancellation in April 1967, a few months before "WML?" was cancelled. This was Bill's third and final "WML?" appearance, his last two (including tonight) as a mystery guest. He only appeared on the "WML?" panel once, in EPISODE #25 of November 19, 1950, one of the majority of pre-1952 "WML?" episodes that are today lost to history. Jayne was on the "IGAS" panel for seven years from 1952 until 1959. Finally, in 1964, Steve replaced Garry Moore to become the host of "IGAS" until its cancellation. "IGAS" panelist Bess Myerson, however, never made any appearances on "WML?" in the 17.5 years it was on CBS, but did appear on the syndicated "WML?" in 1973 as a mystery guest. - Sargebri (2006) with additional info by W-B (2008)

    • Bill Cullen's mystery guest appearance on WML is even funnier when you realize he used his normal voice at one point and the panel still didn't recognize him. Also worth noting is how the camera cut away from Bill three times -- first, when he walked from the sign-in board to John's desk, and then twice more while Bill was shaking hands with the panel. This was done so the home audience wouldn't see Bill limping on his bad leg. When he was 18 months old, he developed polio. This left him partially crippled with a permanent limp. On his television programs, he was usually not shown walking on camera, especially in his later years. On IGAS, you can see him walk around stage occasionally, and his limp is there but not very bad. He actually made reference to it one time on IGAS when he said, "I feel like someone is pulling my good leg here!" - bgwill, Matt Ottinger, Garrison Skunk (2003)

    • This was an excellent show. Steve Allen was funny all evening, and the segment with the wonderful Bill Cullen is not to be missed! He had the panel fooled for quite some time. - Suzanne (2003)

      Mr. Gardner was from Scotland. John Daly mentioned that he can speak with a Scottish accent also, since he had a Scottish nanny until he was about ten years old. - Suzanne (2003)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Bennett Cerf.

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