What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 01, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Pat Taggart - "Handles World Series Tickets (Secretary, New York Yankees)" (salaried; she started selling the World Series tickets six weeks ago, even though she receives request letters at the start of the baseball season, long before it is known whether or not the Yankees will be in the World Series; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Richard Oths - "Sells Electric Toothbrushes" (salaried; he works for the E. R. Squibb Company, selling their "Broxodent" electric toothbrush which has been on the market for only 3 months; from Mt. Vernon, NY)

Game 3: Gertrude Berg (10/3/1899 - 9/14/1966) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Paul Gordon - "Beer Tester" (salaried; he works for the F & M Schaefer Brewing Company in Brooklyn, NY, which produces Schaeffer Beer; from Brooklyn, NY) . .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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Arlene Francis: And, on my left, the Roger Maris of panelists, our guest, Martin Gabel. (loud applause)
        Martin Gabel: Thank you. On my left, live from New York at long last, Miss Arlene Francis. (loud applause, cheers)

      • Bennett: (trying to get free World Series tickets from first challenger) John, before you give her the $50, how about a couple, Miss Taggart?

      • Bennett: You mean to say that people in the United States have become so weak now they can't even do that little motion of putting a toothbrush... (loud laughter over Bennett's talking)

      • Bennett: Good night, you intoxicating Mr. Daly.
        John: Oh brother. The cold weather gets to him, too. And thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for being with us on What's My Line?

    • NOTES (13)

      • After the previous week's dismal performance, the panel did much better tonight as they "more or less" won three of the four games. In the first game, as John explained in the post-game chat, he tried to pull a fast one on consummate baseball fan Martin. John said that he purposely chose Martin to start the questioning of the New York Yankees secretary, feeling that it would be so obvious to have a Yankees employee on the show, that Martin couldn't possibly guess her line. However, Martin not only guessed that she was the secretary, but he also guessed that she was responsible for distributing the tickets for the upcoming World Series. To top off matters, Martin did this all in one turn - a solo act. John was impressed, and because of this, he flipped over all the cards. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant sold electric toothbrushes. However, she guessed his occupation out of turn, so John flipped over all the cards. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Gertrude "Molly" Berg. Molly was on the show to promote her upcoming series "Mrs. G. Goes to College." Unfortunately, the show only lasted a few weeks and was soon replaced by one of the most classic television series of all time, "The Dick Van Dyke Show." In the final game, the panel ran out of time while trying to guess the beer tester. As a result, he won the full prize by default. However, this still was a marked improvement over the panel's game performance the previous week. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned, Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy appeared earlier that week on "I've Got a Secret. Unfortunately, that IGAS appearance is lost to history. - Sargebri

      • During the post-game chat with the Yankees secretary, John mentioned the fact that Roger Maris had hit home run number 61 earlier that day, breaking the record of 60 held by another legendary member of the Yankees, Babe Ruth. However, Maris hit his 61 homers in 162 games as opposed to the 154 games in which Ruth achieved his record. Because of this, an asterisk was placed beside Maris' total for several years until the 1990's when it was decided to remove the asterisk. Ironically, Mark McGwire hit his 62 homers in fewer games than either Ruth or Maris. Also, the Yankees would go on to win the World Series, defeating the Cincinnati Reds 4 games to 1. It was also mentioned during the post-game chat was that former Yankees manager Casey Stengel would be returning to baseball the next season as manager of New York's newest team, the Mets. Unfortunately, the Mets would set a Major League record for futility when they finished in last place with an anemic 42-120 record. However, seven years later, the Mets would pull off one of the greatest upsets in major league baseball history when they defeated the heavily favored Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1 in the 1969 World Series. - Sargebri

      • As a result of WML's new policy of having no commercial break until after the second contestant, in 2006 GSN merely inserted a commercial anyway, after the first contestant. This was awkward, since John had not called for a sponsor message. When the first guest was shaking hands with the panel, GSN cut to a commercial. When the program returned from this extra edited-in commercial, it was obvious that the first challenger had just left. - agent_0042

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all of the cards for the first challenger after Martin Gabel identified the occupation almost immediately - just as Bennett predicted he would. At eight down, John flipped the remaining two for the second challenger after Arlene guessed the occupation out of turn. John also flipped them all for the final challenger, at two down, when the panel ran out of time. Dorothy had identified that the guest dealt with beer, but she did not have a chance to guess the exact occupation of beer tester. - agent_0042

      • (1) START OF A "LIVE FROM NEW YORK" ERA: Effective with tonight's show, the off-camera announcer's opening line, as used prior to the introduction of the four "WML?" panelists, has been changed to the following: "And now, live from New York, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." This new wording replaces that used since the mid-1950's, which had varied over the years, but since 1959 had consistently been: "And now, let's meet our award-winning panel of 'What's My Line?'" The new opening line - which reflects the increasing percentage of network TV programs based in Hollywood, California - will be in use on all remaining "live" editions of "WML?" to the very end of its run in 1967. Pre-taped episodes from this period onwards will simply lead with the announcer's cue of: "And now, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel."
        (2) In his introduction of Arlene, Martin Gabel incorporates the "live from New York" phrase. - W-B

      • This WML is one to keep for many reasons: 1) The slight format change which started last week, which continued for many years afterward, of NOT going to a commercial before the first game. 2) The mention that the WML panel had appeared on IGAS the week before. This is apparently a lost IGAS episode. 3) John Daly's mention that the same day of the show, Roger Maris had broken Babe Ruth's record of 60 homers in a season. 4) The second contestant sold electric toothbrushes, which was a very new product at the time. 5) Mystery guest Gertrude Berg promoted her new sitcom "Mrs. G Goes to College." This was the show that bumped IGAS from Wednesday nights at 9:30 PM to Mondays. The cast featured actors Leo Penn (Sean Penn's father) and the future "Mrs. C" the "Marion Cunningham" character on "Happy Days" actress Marion Ross. Later, "Mrs. G Goes to College" was replaced by "The Dick Van Dyke Show." - bgwill

      • From Suzanne: The famous advertising jingle for Schaeffer's Beer, which was written by the popular slogan writer, James J. Jordan, Jr.:

        Schaeffer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one.

        Schaeffer's pleasure doesn't fade even when your thirst is done.

        The most rewarding flavor in this man's world for people who are having fun.

        Schaeffer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one!

      • The mink-stole-wrapped Gertrude Berg promoted her upcoming 1961 show, "Mrs. G Goes to College." This show was also known as "The Gertrude Berg Show," and lasted from October 1961 to April 1962. Bennett referred to Gertrude by her former "character" name of Molly (Molly Goldberg). - Suzanne

      • On December 22, 1960, John Daly married his second wife, Virginia Warren. However, for several years, and up until now, he has been wearing the same ring on his left hand, a ring with a dark square stone. His ring is visible when he has conferences with the contestants, and uses his left hand to block the microphone from picking up his conversation. Tonight, for the first time, I noticed he is now wearing a plain wedding band on his left hand. - Suzanne

      • Upon being revealed that Paul Oths sold electric toothbrushes, it was cute when Bennett proclaimed in disbelief, "People are getting so weak that they can't even do that little motion?" - Suzanne

      • John Daly announced that he was very proud of Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett, who had appeared on the Monday, September 25, 1961 episode of "I've Got A Secret." The host of that Goodson-Todman show, Garry Moore, was a guest panelist on the previous week's September 24, 1961 WML episode. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)