What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 22, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Steven Geiger - "Sells False Faces for Halloween" (salaried; he works for the Des-Art Brothers company; from New York, NY)

Game 2: Mrs. Aileen Eaton (2/5/1909 - 11/7/1987) - "Licensed Boxing Promoter (Only Woman in U.S.)" (self-employed; she is married to Cal Eaton who promotes wrestling; from Los Angeles, California)

Game 3: Yves Montand (10/13/1921 - 11/9/1991) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Anthony Stinis (aka Andy Stinis) - "Skywriter" (salaried; he works for Skywriting Corporation of America, which was established in 1922; he also invented a skywriting process called "Skytyping" and now his son Greg Stinis runs the business Andy started; from Jamaica, Long Island, New York)

Visit their web page: Skytypers


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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


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    • QUOTES (2)

    • NOTES (9)

      • UNSOLVED SMALL DOROTHY KILGALLEN MYSTERY: While blindfolded, Dorothy asked Yves Montand if he ever gave her a straw hat. He replied, "no." As this is the only time we have ever heard Dorothy ask this particular question, we never find out who gave Dorothy a straw hat. - Dan Albertson

      • This was a so-so night for the panel as they had a .500 record for the night. Ironically, the night started off with a bang as Arlene pulled a solo in guessing that the first contestant dealt with masks. Of course, being close to Halloween, the producers thought that they would pull a fast one in putting the obvious Halloween contestant on the show. However, Arlene saw right through it and performed magnificently. Unfortunately, in the second game, the panel was utterly stumped by the female boxing promoter. However, they probably shouldn't be blamed, due to the fact that Aileen Eaton was the only woman working in such a predominately male-oriented field. Things did get better in the mystery guest round as Bennett correctly identified Yves Montand. Yves was on the show to promote his one-man show, "An Evening with Yves Montand." John also commended Yves for appearing on the show even though he hadn't yet mastered the English language. The panel came crashing back down to earth in the final game as they failed to guess that the contestant worked as a skywriter. Hopefully, next week the panel will do better. - Sargebri

      • AILEEN EATON: As was mentioned in the chat after the second game, Aileen Eaton was the only female boxing promoter in America at the time. She promoted her cards primarily at the Olympic Auditorium in downtown Los Angeles, California. Among the boxers that fought there were Carlos Palomino, Danny "Little Red" Lopez, Mando Ramos, Montequilla Napoles and "Golden Boy" Art Aragon. Also mentioned was the fact that Aileen's husband, Cal Eaton, was her partner. His main responsibility was the wrestling end of the promotion. Wrestlers such as Freddie Blassie, Gorgeous George, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Andre the Giant at one time or another wrestled at the Olympic. Aileen's sons "Judo" Gene LaBelle and Mike LaBelle later wound up taking over the promotion and would continue promoting cards at the Olympic, including the annual Battle Royal, until the early 1980's when the promotion was bought by Vince McMahon as part of the World Wrestling Federation's national expansion. A side note - the one thing most people remember about the Olympic was their famous phone number, RI(chmond) 9-5171. That was perhaps one of the most famous phone numbers in all of Los Angeles' rich sporting history. This also wouldn't be the last time Mrs. Eaton would appear on a Goodson-Todman show. Five years later, she would appear as herself on an episode of "To Tell the Truth." - Sargebri

      • SHOW ANNOUNCER WATCH: This was the last "live" episode on which Ralph Paul was the regular off-screen announcer. He will also be the announcer on the next episode which was videotaped tonight and will air in two weeks. More details in the notes to EPISODE #587. - W-B

      • The panel had an unusually large amount of time allotted for the questioning of the final challenger, well over five minutes. Although they ended up losing this game, they came close. Had they batted him off quickly, there would have been time for a fifth game. - agent_0042

      • During the introductions, Dorothy announces that Bennett will be appearing for the next few days on the new game show "Password." Tonight, Dorothy uses the correct title for the Goodson-Todman game show, unlike the future "WML?" EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965, where she accidently calls the program "Passport" in her introduction of guest panelist Allen Ludden. Bennett's "Password" appearances for the week to come, like those of Dorothy on the show a few weeks later (as referred to in the notes to EPISODE #588) are most likely lost to history today. - W-B

      • French singer, actor and film star Yves Montand promoted his "one man show" titled "An Evening with Yves Montand" at the John Golden Theatre in New York. He did not speak much during his WML game, and John explained that he was still learning English. His Broadway show was very successful, and ran for a full eight weeks. Yves Montand was married to Simone Signoret from 1951 until her death in 1985. Simone Signoret will be a mystery guest on November 12, 1961. During Yves Montand's game, Dorothy Kilgallen asked him, "Did you ever give me a hat? A straw hat?" The answer was "no", and we never did hear any more about the story behind the performer who gave Dorothy a straw hat! And finally, the fact that Yves Montand was an international star did not stop Bennett from mispronouncing his name as Montard.

      • Barry Nelson (4/16/1917 - 4/7/2007)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Barry Nelson, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • Guest #2, Aileen Eaton, was wearing a diamond heart-shaped pendant similar to Arlene's famous trademark necklace. After her game, when Aileen shook hands with Arlene, you could hear Arlene exclaim, "You're wearing a heart!". There is quite a bit of background information about Aileen on the net.

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