What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 3


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 17, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • The panel's streak of good performances continued this evening as they went "two for three" this evening. Surprisingly, the only loss they suffered was in the mystery guest round. In the first game, guest panelist Art Linkletter voluntarily disqualified himself because he recognized the first contestant, Mayor Sam Yorty of Los Angeles. However, despite this, Arlene correctly guessed who Yorty was. Amazingly, none of the other panelists recognized Yorty. Perhaps this was due to the fact that unlike Art; Arlene, Bennett and Dorothy were all New Yorkers who rarely paid attention to the events on the "Left Coast." In the second game, Art, with a huge assist from Arlene and Dorothy, correctly guessed that the contestant was a doctor. However, it was Bennett who correctly identified that she was an anesthesiologist. Ironically, the panel's only loss was in the mystery guest round when they failed to identify many-time mystery guest and former guest panelist Dick Powell. Dick was on the show to promote his new anthology series that would be premiering on NBC that fall. Also, the audience was thrilled when Dick's lovely wife, June Allyson, came out on stage for a brief cameo. That seemed to soften the blow of the panel's defeat and they went home happy. - Sargebri

    • SAM YORTY: At the time of his appearance on the show, Sam Yorty had just been elected mayor of Los Angeles for the first time. He would serve from 1961 until he was defeated in 1973 by Tom Bradley. Also, he would become one of the most controversial mayors in the history of Los Angeles, especially following the events of August 1965. Of course, that was when the city was torn apart during one of the most brutal incidents of civil unrest, the 1965 Watts Riots. What really got Yorty into so much hot water was the fact that when the riots first started, it seemed as if he didn't care about his city. Instead of staying in town to keep abreast of the situation, he decided to leave town to attend a conference in Sacramento. Many felt that if he had stayed in Los Angeles, there wouldn't have been as much damage done and the death toll would have been far less than it eventually became. - Sargebri

    • Samuel William Yorty (1909-1998) also known as Samuel W. Yorty; Sam Yorty; "Traveling Sam". Of Los Angeles, CA. Democrat. Member of California state assembly, 1936, 1948; Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from California, 1940 (primary), 1954; served in the U.S. Army Air Force in World War II; U.S. Representative from California, 1951-1955 (14th District 1951-1953, 26th District 1953-1955); mayor of Los Angeles, CA, 1961-1973; defeated, 1973, 1981; candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1972.

    • Art Linkletter disqualified himself when Sam Yorty appeared. He was the only member of the panel who recognized him. - Sargebri

    • Two weeks ago, Arlene mentioned her son Peter Gable was 14 years old, and that Bennett's son was the same age. (She would have been referring to Bennett's younger son, Jonathan Cerf.) On this episode, she mentioned that both of the boys would be leaving home to attend school at the Deerfield Academy, which is located in Deerfield, Massachusetts. - Suzanne

    • After Dick Powell's game, his lovely wife June Allyson accompanied him on stage for a chat with John. They were husband and wife from 1945 until his death in 1963. - Suzanne

    • John Daly announced that Bennett's company, Random House Publishing, was soon to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange. John offered congratulations to Bennett. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Art Linkletter, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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