What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 10, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Gus Mauch (Alwyn Charles Mauch)(2/28/1902 - 4/16/1983) - he signed in as "Mr. X" but the panel was not blindfolded) - "Gus Mauch, Trainer for N.Y. Yankees" (salaried; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Jay Shore & Mr. Paul Shore (wife & husband team) - "U.S. Mailmen" (salaried; they each have a different rural route for the United States Post Office that they service by automobile; from Albuquerque, New Mexico)

Game 3: Maria Fletcher (b. 6/23/1942) (as Mystery Guest) - "Miss America 1962" (John stated her full name of Maria Beale Fletcher and said that she maintained a 93% grade point average, which is an "A" average, in school; John also mentioned that she had briefly been with New York's Rockettes; from Asheville, North Carolina)

Game 4: Dave Merifield - "Does Trapeze Act From Helicopter" (self-employed; most recently, he performed at Riverside Park in Springfield, Massachusetts; from Summit, New Jersey)

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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 (2)

      • Bennett: Sharpen up on your putting, John. Good night.
        John: Yes, Mr. Cerf. I will, Mr. Cerf. And thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for being with us on What's My Line?

      • Arlene: May I rule out income tax?
        John: Yes, you can rule out income tax. If you can get it through Congress, I'd love it.

    • NOTES (10)

      • This was an excellent night as the panel continued their recent streak of great performances. If it weren't for the panel running out of time in the final game, they might have had a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant was Gus Mauch, the trainer for the New York Yankees. In fact, Bennett even joked that he saw Mauch earlier that day, taping up and working on Clete Boyer. In the second game, Arlene, with a huge assist from Dorothy, correctly guessed that the husband and wife duo worked as letter carriers in their hometown of Albuquerque. Arlene then jokingly asked if the couple delivered the mail on horseback, a reference to the fact that Albuquerque still had the image of a Wild West town, even though it was just starting to become a modern metropolis. Arlene was successful in the mystery guest round as well, as she correctly identified the new Miss America for 1962, Maria B. Fletcher. Unfortunately, in the final game, the panel's lucky streak ended when they ran out of time as they were questioning the trapeze artist who performed from a helicopter. As a result, he won the full prize by default. No matter what, tonight still offered a great performance by the panel. - Sargebri

      • If Miss America's "Zsa Zsa Gabor voice" ploy sounded familiar, it might have been due to the fact that Lee Meriwether, Miss America 1954, tried the same stunt when she appeared on WML the night after she won the crown. However, unlike Lee Meriwether, Maria Fletcher never achieved fame outside of her reign. Lee Meriwether went on to become a successful actress, her most famous role being "Betty Jones" on the long-running private eye series "Barnaby Jones." - Sargebri

      • During the mystery challenger segment, John gave the panel a small hint that Bennett Cerf completely failed to pick up on, although it didn't cause him any trouble, ultimately. Bennett asked whether the mystery challenger was answering the questions or if somebody else was answering them. John responded "Yes, the mystery guest is answering the questions herself." A bit later, Bennett Cerf asked if the mystery guest was a lady. Since the answer was positive, he lost nothing by not picking up on John's hint. - agent_0042

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

      • Mrs. Jay Shore and Mr. Paul Shore were jointly referred to as "mailmen" in their occupation overlay screen. Today in 2006, they would most likely be referred to as "mail carriers" or "letter carriers." - agent_0042

      • John Daly discussed with Yankees trainer Gas Mauch the possibility that both Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle might pass Babe Ruth's record for individual home runs in a single season. Roger Maris did go on to break that record, slamming 61 to beat Ruth's 60, but Mantle did not. (Mantle finished the season with 54.) Maris' record stood for a long time, but was eventually eclipsed in 1999 by both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. Barry Bonds, who hit 73 in 2001, is the current record holder, although there is some debate due to his alleged use of performance enhancing drugs. - agent_0042

      • (1) As with all of Alan King's previous guest panelist appearances up to this point, his full name is once again displayed on the panel desk.
        (2) BENNETT'S INFLUENCE RUBS OFF - AGAIN: After the second contestants, Jay Shore and Paul Shore, sign in, John comments, "I'm 'shore' that's it, for 'shore'."
        (3) Show announcer Ralph Paul identifies himself after mentioning the production credits during the end credit sequence. - W-B

      • Maria Fletcher was attired in her long white gown and crown. She answered most of the questions by saying, "Yes Darling" or "No Darling." (She added a "Gabor" accent and said "Dahling.") Maria was also the winner of the Miss America swimsuit competition. As John Daly mentioned, prior to winning the crown, Maria was a Rockette at Radio City Music Hall in New York. In 2002, former Miss Americas were asked by the Miss America Organization to recall an embarrassing moment during their reign. Maria recalled wearing her Miss America gown (complete with hoop) on the Miss America Float at the Orange Bowl Parade. Unbeknownst to her, the gown was on fire. A good Samaritan jumped on the float, and extinguished the blaze, saving both Maria and her gown, all before she realized there was a fire! - Suzanne

      • As a departure from his normal dark suit attire, Bennett wore a light-colored lightweight jacket, possibly made of linen.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Alan King, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)