What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 15, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Donna Abrescia - "Stunt Parachutist" (salaried; she works for ParaVenture, in connection with the 1961-1963 TV Series "Ripcord" which inspired the first widespread interest in parachuting as a sport; from Los Angeles, CA)

Game 2: Ken Hale - "Sells Salt" (salaried; he works for the Morton Salt Company; from St. Louis, MO)

Game 3: Piper Laurie (b. 1/22/1932) (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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Dorothy: Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. There's a new book out. There's a little betting backstage that I'm not going to be able to say the title, but it's Kids Still Say the Darndest Things. Its author is a wonderful guy and he's with us tonight -- Art Linkletter.

      • Bennett: If it's a mineral, I don't suppose you can eat a mineral. Uh, do we agree that you cannot eat a mineral, John?
        Dorothy: Why not? I eat them all the time. Vitamins and minerals.

    • NOTES (8)

      • This was the last "WML?" episode on which Kellogg's was a regular alternating sponsor. Beginning in three weeks, different rotating sponsors will alternate with Allstate Insurance as the "WML?" sponsor. Kellogg's will be one of the rotating alternate sponsors over the next few years. - W-B

      • This was a fairly decent performance by the panel and it was highlighted by what probably was a first; the fact that guest panelist Art Linkletter, who usually got "no" answers to his questions, finally made a correct guess. In fact, Art got his correct guess in the first game as he correctly figured out that the first contestant, a very shapely lady from Los Angeles, was a stunt parachutist. In fact, she was appearing on the show "Ripcord" as a stunt double for the various stars on the show. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the salt salesman. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Piper Laurie, who tried using a "little girl voice" to fool the panel. Miss Laurie was on the show to promote the classic film "The Hustler," in which she co-starred with Paul Newman, Jackie Gleason and George C. Scott. That win helped to end the show on a happy note. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned earlier, Piper Laurie was on the show to promote the film "The Hustler." Of course, one of the characters was based on pool legend Rudolph Wanderone, who will also be a contestant on WML on EPISODE #747 of January 17, 1965. Ironically, Wanderone would later take the name of Jackie Gleason's character, "Minnesota Fats," and would be billed as such until his death. Some twenty-five years later in 1986, a quasi-sequel entitled "The Color of Money" would be filmed with Paul Newman reprising his role of "Fast Eddie Felson." Also starring in that film was Tom Cruise. Interestingly enough, while many felt his performance in original film should have won him the Oscar, it was his performance in the sequel that finally gave Newman his long awaited Academy Award. - Sargebri

      • John replied "no" to the question of whether salt has any nutritional value, saying there really isn't enough there to answer in the affirmative. Salt can have medicinal properties, though. The iodine in iodized salt can help prevent thyroid problems. It was added to some table salts specifically for this purpose. - agent_0042

      • (1) On tonight's episode, John Daly cuts to a commercial prior to the first contestant entering and signing in. This is the earlier format used, up until a few episodes ago when John mentioned a format change and did not break to commercial until after the second contestant.
        (2) The "Rollercoaster" theme was not heard over the truncated end credits. Either it wasn't played, or it had been played at very low volume up until the point where GSN cut the credits off. - W-B (2006)

      • At the end of the show, John Daly welcomed television station KGIN (Channel 11) in Grand Island, Nebraska as a new CBS affiliate. - Suzanne (2003)

        KGIN first took to the air on October 1, 1961 - fifteen days prior to tonight's show - as a satellite to Lincoln, Nebraska station KOLN, Channel 10, which had been on the air since 1953 and was a CBS affiliate since 1954. - W-B (2007)

      • Piper Laurie (a stage name given to her by Universal Studios when she was 17 years old) promoted her appearance in the 1961 film, "The Hustler." She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for the role of Sarah Packard, Paul Newman's crippled girlfriend. - Suzanne

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

    • ALLUSIONS (1)