What's My Line?

Season 12 Episode 52


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 27, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Emilio Pucci (Marchese Emilio Pucci di Barsento (11/20/1914 - 11/29/1992) - he signed in as "Mr. Y" but the panel was not blindfolded) - "Women's Sportswear Designer" (self-employed; John said that Pucci has a degree in political and social sciences from Reed College in Portland, Oregon; John also said that Pucci holds a doctorate in law but did not mention the college or university; John said that Pucci was a decorated pilot; Pucci was humble when John said that Pucci was a Marchese, which is the title of an Italian nobleman ranking above a count and below a prince; it was also mentioned that Pucci lives in a 1,000 year old castle which has recently been rewired to accommodate American appliances; from Italy)

Game 2: Miss Mabel Stark (12/9/1889 - 4/20/1968) - "Tiger Trainer" (salaried; she works at Jungleland in Thousand Oaks, California where she works with up to 6 tigers at one time; she stated she was age 71; from Thousand Oaks, CA)

Read a thoughtful yet somewhat sad article about this brave woman here:


Game 3: Connie Francis (b. 12/12/1937) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Bob Rola - "Sells & Demonstrates Yo-Yo's" (salaried; he works for the Duncan Yo-Yo Company; originally from the Philippines; currently from Teaneck, NJ)

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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 (3)

    • NOTES (4)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger after Arlene identified the guest as a fashion designer and started taking guesses as to his exact name. John also flipped them all for the final challenger at four down, as the panel ran out of time. - agent_0042 (2006)

        JOHN'S WARNING: After the first challenger exited, John gave a warning that somebody in the audience had been heard reading the occupation out loud (although not so that the panel could hear it.) He reminded the audience not to do this. Later, John shouted "all right! all right!" at the audience when they gave loud and sustained applause for Connie Francis. - agent_0042 (2006)

        THEY IGNORED JOHN AND LOST: For the second challenger, Miss Mabel Stark the tiger trainer, the panel received a "yes" answer involving Miss Stark's connection with movies. This set them on a line of questioning in relation to movies that John warned them was a "thin road." Nevertheless, they continued to pursue this general line of questioning, with the result that they ended up being stumped. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • REVIEW: After two weeks of stellar performances, the panel came back down to earth as they could only manage a .500 average this episode. In the first game, Arlene essentially performed a solo as she correctly guessed that the first contestant was a fashion designer. However, it took them a while to figure out who he was. Eventually, John revealed that the guest was Emilio Pucci, who was renowned for his ladies' sportswear designs. In fact, Señor Pucci had recently won an award from - of all magazines - Sports Illustrated for his designs. After Pucci exited the stage, John cautioned the studio audience against reading the occupations out loud because the panel might hear them. Unfortunately, the panel's hot streak didn't carry over to the second game as they failed to guess that the rather elderly lady from California was a tiger trainer. What really made it amazing was the fact that she was 71 years old. The panel did have better luck in the mystery guest round as Dorothy, seemingly out of nowhere, correctly identified Connie Francis. Connie was on the show to promote the classic summer romantic comedy "Where the Boys Are." Of course, John also praised her for her singing career which was at its peak. In the final game, the panel ran out of time with the yo-yo salesman and demonstrator. However, it should be noted that John threw the panel off track when the question of whether a yo-yo could be found in the kitchen was answered in the affirmative. So, when some of the panel members disagreed with John's decision, the show ended on a somewhat controversial note. - Sargebri (2006)

        CONNIE FRANCIS: As was mentioned earlier, Connie Francis was at the time one of the most popular singers in America. In the period from 1958 to 1964, she dominated the charts with such songs as "Who's Sorry Now," "Lipstick on Your Collar" and her popular hit "Where the Boys Are." Also, in December 1960 she became the youngest performer to headline at the Copacabana in New York. However, her career ground to a halt once the Beatles and the rest of the bands of the British invasion hit the music scene. Compounding matters was that nose surgery to correct sinus problems made it difficult for her to sing in air-conditioned rooms. However, in November 1974 she made her return to live performing at the Westbury Music Fair on Long Island. Unfortunately, that same night she was savagely beaten and raped by an intruder in her hotel room. She later sued the Howard Johnson Hotel chain for negligence and was awarded more than $3,055,000 in damages. After undergoing psychiatric treatment to help deal with the trauma, it would be several more years before she would return to live performances. - Sargebri (2006)

      • (1) CONNIE FRANCIS: The singing star made one more "WML?" mystery guest appearance, on the daily color syndicated incarnation, during Week #199 which was recorded on June 11, 1973. This was when Larry Blyden was the host, and the panel on this later occasion consisted of Soupy Sales, Meredith MacRae, Alan Alda and Arlene Francis -- the only member of the panel to be on both of Connie's mystery guest appearances (and, needless to say, neither of whom were related to each other).
        (2) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: Time ran so short at the end of tonight's episode that the end credits consisted only of the "What's My Line?" title card graphic and Ralph Paul's announcement that the show had been prerecorded. - W-B (2006, updated 2009)

      • During the end credits, the announcer stated that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on June 11, 1961. - Suzanne (2006)

        Connie Francis promoted her 1960 film "Where The Boys Are." - Suzanne (2003)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Jerry Lewis, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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