What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 11


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Nov 12, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • HOCKEY TEAM NAME GOOF: After flipping the cards for the final contestant Constance Williams, John mentioned that Williams was the general manager of a hockey team named the Philadelphia Ramblers. As Williams exited the stage to shake hands with the panel, she was seen briefly talking to Bennett. As John and the panel were saying their good nights, Bennett "corrected" John, calling the team the Philadelphia Rebels. Bennett told John that he had asked Williams the name of her team. In fact, it was Bennett who was wrong. The Philadelphia Ramblers team was a part of the now-defunct Eastern Hockey League in the Northern Division from the 1955-1956 season to the 1963-1964 season. After the 1964-1965 season, the team relocated to New Jersey and was renamed the Jersey Devils, which was probably the inspiration for the name of today's NHL team called the New Jersey Devils. - W-B

  • Quotes

    • Arlene: I think, John, the sporting thing for Miss McKean to do would be as she leaves the stage tonight -- do a few steps of the Twist for us. (applause)
      Margaret: I'd love to, but, uh, I'm one of those people who likes company and since I work for Arthur Murray -- Arthur Murray, Arthur, you know, I mean Mr. Murray...
      John: Yes.
      Margaret: He told me that if I could get John Daly to try a Twist with me... (applause and laughter)
      John: Let me put to this to bed right now -- you can't.

  • Notes

    • This was another so-so night for the panel as once again they had a .500 record. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the first contestant was a dance instructor who specialized in the then current dance craze, The Twist. This game also provided a funny moment when Arlene tried to goad the young lady into doing a demonstration of The Twist. She responded by saying that she would only dance if John would join her, to which he promptly declined. In the second game, the panel was stumped by the glue maker from Gloucester, Massachusetts. Of course, the thing that really doomed them was when the question of fish came up. The panel basically was thrown when he answered in the affirmative that his product was connected to fish. However, the panel members were thinking of edible fish or fish as pets, but not fish as a component in glue. In the mystery guest round, Arlene once again was successful as she correctly identified Simone Signoret. Of course, a couple of weeks earlier, her husband Yves Montand had also been a mystery guest. In the final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the lady hockey general manager, so she won the full prize by default. With that, the show came to an end. - Sargebri

    • As was mentioned in the first game, The Twist was the hottest dance craze in the country. It was one of the few dances that both young and old alike could have fun doing. It was unique, because it was the first major rock and roll dance style in which couples did not touch each other while dancing. Its origins began with the classic 1960 number one single by Chubby Checker, aptly titled "The Twist." Interestingly, the song was originally recorded by Hank Ballard. However, Ballard's version was considered so risqué that it never got any airplay and didn't become a hit. It wasn't until Checker recorded a more radio-friendly version of the song that it became a hit. In fact, Checker's version became the first song to hit the top spot on the chart twice. It also spawned a slew of imitators including another number one song by the group Joey Dee and the Starliters entitled "The Peppermint Twist." That song was inspired by the Peppermint Lounge, a local nightspot that helped popularize the dance. - Sargebri

    • A few years after Miss William's appearance on the show, another hockey team would make Philadelphia their home. That team was the infamous Philadelphia Flyers, who were also known by their more infamous nickname, the Broad Street Bullies, due to their roughhouse tactics and their penchant for fighting. Those tactics must have worked, since they won the back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in the 1970's. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down because the panel ran out of time. - agent_0042

    • The second challenger, Earle Collins, was asked if fish were in any way related to his occupation and he replied, "yes." The panel then went off on a tangent regarding this association. John tried to "reel in" the panel by warning them that they had only ascertained that Mr. Collins had a vague association with fish. Nevertheless, they fell for this line of questioning "hook, line and sinker" and continued to query the guest about his connection to fish. The panel was rewarded by quickly losing the game. - agent_0042

    • (1) Tonight, "WML?" welcomes a new sponsor, Contac cold medicine. On the panel desk, only the block-lettered "CONTAC" logo is seen, mounted on a rectangular board, without the additional words "presents WHAT'S MY LINE?" below the sponsor logo. Also missing is a product picture on each end of the panel desk. This streamlined look will become the norm for future alternating "WML?" sponsors through 1964 when the show dispenses with putting sponsors' logos on the panel desk and top of the sign-in chalkboard altogether.
      (2) SHOW ANNOUNCER WATCH (OR, THE JOHNNY OLSON ERA FINALLY BEGINS - NO, REALLY!) - Effective with tonight's show, Johnny Olson takes over as the off-screen "WML?" announcer. His distinctive voice had been previously heard on the show announcing EPISODE #550 of February 5, 1961 and EPISODE #560 of April 16, 1961. Mr. Olson will remain the regular "WML?" announcer until the end of the show's weekly network run in 1967, and will continue with the program through the first four years (1968-1972) of its run in weekday syndication. - W-B

    • Kilgallen Television Games and Interviews Lost To Posterity: During the introductions and goodnights, nobody discloses that Dorothy Kilgallen will have high visibility on television this week in many parts of the United States. In less than twenty-four hours, the new CBS daytime game show "Password" will be seen, featuring Kilgallen and actor Darren McGavin as celebrity guest players. All of these five weekday "Password" episodes have been videotaped in advance. Videotape is fairly new to Goodson-Todman and CBS. It is expensive and difficult to store, so G-T erases and then reuses the tapes, depriving posterity of these Kilgallen performances.
      In an online discussion group about game shows, a person recalled - at a distance of 40 years - Dorothy Kilgallen getting stuck on "Password" because she was unfamiliar with the football term "bunt." Since the episode no longer exists, we'll never be able to verify this or see what actually transpired. Dorothy never appears on "Password" again. On "WML?" EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965, Dorothy accidentally introduces guest panelist Allen Ludden as the host of "Passport." But, none of these facts tells us for sure how well or how poorly Dorothy performs on daytime episodes of "Password" broadcast this week of November 13-17, 1961. All we have are old issues of TV Guide magazine.
      Daytime television in 1961 has a mostly female audience, but men in several American cities will get the chance to know Dorothy Kilgallen on Wednesday night, November 15, 1961. Mike Wallace will interview Dorothy and husband Dick Kollmar on his 1961-1962 "P.M. East, P.M. West" interview program that starts at 11 P.M., after having been videotaped in advance. Not every American will have the chance to see this program, as it is syndicated by the new Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation, which had outlets in Pittsburgh (KDKA-TV, Channel 2); Boston (WBZ-TV, Channel 4); Baltimore (WJZ-TV, Channel 13); Cleveland (KYW-TV, Channel 3, which will relocate to Philadelphia in 1965); and San Francisco (KPIX, Channel 5). The WBC, which would re-brand itself as "Group W" in 1963, handled videotapes the same way as CBS did - by wiping each one after it was shown. All posterity knows about the Wallace - Kilgallen / Kollmar interview comes from short summaries of it in Time magazine and the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. (Pittsburgh was the city where the WBC dubbed its videotapes for circulation.) The Time magazine piece is heavily biased against Dorothy, making her look silly and obsessed with her large collection of shoes - à la Imelda Marcos. The loss of any electronic recording, however, makes it impossible to verify their words. - Jan Simonson

    • Simone Signoret was married to Yves Montand from 1951 until her death in 1985. Yves Montand was a recent mystery guest on October 22, 1961.

    • John Daly stated that this week was "National Diabetes Week" and urged the listeners to see a doctor for a diabetes test.

    • Bennett pun time: John Daly said that Bennett told him he should have said "the feeling is mucilage" to the man who sold glue!

    • Ray Bolger (1/10/1904 - 1/15/1987)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Ray Bolger, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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