What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 4


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 24, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Mabel Tom - "Blackjack Dealer (in Gambling Casino)" (salaried; Asian-American; she works for the Palace Club in Reno, Nevada, which was in operation from 1888 to 1979; Mabel has been in the USA for 13 years and was originally from Hong Kong; currently from Reno, NV)

Game 2: Stephen Lange, DVM - "Horse Doctor" (salaried; Dr. Lange is a large animal veterinarian at Elmira Arabian Horse Farm where he also breeds Arabian horses; originally from Washington, DC; possibly currently from Elmira, NY, although the exact location of the horse farm was not mentioned)

Game 3: Victor Borge (1/3/1909 - 12/23/2000) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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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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    • As a result of WML's new policy of having no commercial break until after the second contestant, in 2006 GSN also waited until John called for a break before they aired their first commercial. However, this meant that GSN aired 20 minutes of WML until they showed their first commercial. GSN evidently did not care for this protracted broadcasting, so on the following episode, GSN awkwardly cuts to a commercial while the first guest is shaking hands with the panel, long before John calls for a sponsor message after the second guest. - Suzanne (2006)

    • Perhaps the panel's failing to guess the previous week's mystery guest, Dick Powell, was an ominous sign. After weeks of outstanding performances, the panel put in a stinker this evening. In fact, the only game they won, ironically, was the mystery guest round. In the first game, the panel was especially stumped by the blackjack dealer from Reno by way of Hong Kong. Of course, the panel might have been thrown off by how sweet and cute she looked in her Oriental-style dress. In the second game, the panel once again got hammered; this time by Dr. Stephen Lange, the horse doctor and large animal vet from Washington D.C. Fortunately, in the mystery guest round, Bennett was able to identify Victor Borge, who has also previously appeared as a frequent guest panelist. Victor was on the show to promote his upcoming television special that would be airing later in the week. Also, Bennett asked Victor a question about one of the contestants in the Miss America Pageant. Bennett said that the young lady had performed Victor's legendary punctuation routine as part of the talent competition. Bennett asked Victor if she had first gotten permission from him to copy his famous routine. Victor replied that she had indeed asked and that he had given his approval to her. In closing, John mentioned that the WML panel would be making a joint guest appearance on "I've Got a Secret" hosted by Garry Moore. - Sargebri (2006)

    • END OF AN "AWARD-WINNING" ERA: Tonight's episode was the last on which the off-camera announcer's opening line, as used prior to the introduction of the four "WML?" panelists, was worded thus: "And now, let's meet our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" Effective with the next episode, the announcer's presentation would be changed to the following: "And now, live from New York, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." More details on this wording change can be found in the notes to EPISODE #583. - W-B

    • WML'S PANEL VISITS IGAS: During the good nights, John said that Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy would be appearing on "I've Got a Secret," which was hosted by tonight's guest panelist Garry Moore, and that they would be in some sort of competition with the IGAS panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson. Unfortunately, the IGAS episode with the WML panel is most likely lost to history. When GSN was airing IGAS in 2003, they aired the episode which featured the girl who climbed onto the pole. Her aim was to sit there until the next week's episode of IGAS. That next week's episode was the one in which Dorothy, Bennett and Arlene were scheduled to appear. However, the IGAS episode that aired on GSN the following night didn't have the young girl or the WML panel, which leads one to believe that the kinescope was lost. - Sargebri

    • DOROTHY AND HENRY: It must have been quite an interesting scene the next night on "I've Got a Secret" when Arlene, Bennett and Dorothy made their guest appearances. One interesting point was that Dorothy would be sharing the stage with one of her most bitter enemies, Henry Morgan. Of course, the two of them had been feuding for years and the feud continued until her death. However, this wouldn't be the last time Henry would get in hot water with a "WML?" panelist. Several years later, on EPISODE #868 of July 9, 1967, Henry was a guest panelist on "WML?" During a rather long introduction that Bennett gave to John, Henry interrupted Bennett with sarcasm. Henry said some rather insulting things and continued to make an ass of himself. Needless to say, Henry was never invited back to appear on "WML?" for what was left of its CBS run. However, there was one more episode on which he appeared as a guest panelist, but that episode had been prerecorded on videotape before the rude incident took place. Henry would also appear from time to time on the "WML?" panel during its 1968-1975 syndicated color run. - Sargebri + W-B

    • Effective with tonight's episode, there was a change to the layout of the Allstate Insurance logo on both the panel desk and the top of the blackboard. - W-B

    • Garry Moore mentioned that the entire WML panel would be appearing on the very next episode of the Goodson-Todman show he hosts, I've Got A Secret. The guest appearance date for Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett would be Monday, September 25, 1961. - Suzanne (2003)

    • There is a new format change tonight. Now, they do not cut to the commercial break before the first game. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Garry Moore, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.