What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 12


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 19, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: John Robert Russell, the 13th Duke of Bedford (5/24/1917 - 10/25/2002) - "The Duke of Bedford, Runs Ancestral Estate as Tourist Attraction" (self-employed; the panel was blindfolded and was not told his name, but he was not referred to as Mr. X or by any other pseudonym; he runs Woburn Abbey in England which was built in 1760 and is 40 miles north of London; in 1961, he stated the tour fee was only 32 cents; from England; previously, he had made an appearance on "To Tell The Truth" in 1958)

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Game 2: Mrs. Phyllis J. Harriman - "Owns and Operates Cranberry Bog" (self-employed; she is an Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. co-op member; from Carver, Massachusetts)

Game 3: Bob Hope (5/29/1903 - 7/27/2003) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Eileen Ford - "Subway Policewoman (N.Y. Transit Authority)" (salaried; from The Bronx, NY)

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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 (1)

      • Bennett: And now, unless my ancient eyes are deceiving me, there is walking through yonder portal, our polysyllabic paladin, John Charles Daly. (loud applause)

    • NOTES (4)

      • THE DUKE OF BEDFORD ON NOVEMBER 19, 1961 "WML?": John Robert Russell had made a former appearance on a Goodson-Todman show when he had been a contestant in the first game of "To Tell The Truth," as originally aired on August 19, 1958. His appearances on these game shows were almost three years apart from one another. - Suzanne (2009)

        FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at six down because the panel had run out of time. It was ascertained, however, that Eileen Ford was connected with police work. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR AND ANNOUNCER WATCH: The announcing duties for tonight's show were handled by substitute announcer Jack Clark in place of Johnny Olson. - W-B (2006)

        KILGALLEN "ADDRESS BOOK" QUESTION ANSWERED: This most likely is the first known instance of Dorothy asking a male mystery guest - in tonight's case, Bob Hope - if he ever dropped an address book out of a helicopter while traveling over Greece. Over the next few years, until her death in 1965, this will be a frequent question Dolly Mae will ask male mystery guests. In tonight's post-game chat, Dorothy revealed that she was discussing Anthony "Tony" Perkins. On the subsequent times she asks guests if they ever lost an address book in this fashion, Tony Perkins' name is never mentioned, leaving the audience to wonder who she is thinking of. The movie "Phaedra," released in 1962, starred Tony Perkins and was filmed in Hydra, Greece. - W-B + Suzanne (2006)

      • REVIEW: After a few weeks of so-so performances, the panel had a nearly flawless performance this evening. In fact, they probably should have been given credit for a perfecto. In the first game, Dorothy made the last-second save as she correctly identified the Duke of Bedford. His Grace was in town to promote tourism to his homeland, especially to his ancestral home Woburn Abbey. In the second game, the producers once again tried to pull a fast one by scheduling an appearance by a cranberry bog owner. Of course, being so close to Thanksgiving, they probably felt the panel wouldn't have a clue that they were being put on. However, Bennett saw right through the rib and correctly guessed her line. It also provided Bennett the perfect opportunity to come up with a particularly clever pun when he said, "Mrs. Harriman's bog was better than her bite." Not only did Bennett make a pun on the old saying, "her bark was worse than her bite," but he also twisted the old saw by saying "better than," not "worse than." As could be expected, his pun caused the audience to let out a collective groan. In the mystery guest round, Bennett once again rose to the occasion when he identified Bob Hope. Bob was on the show to promote his latest picture, "Bachelor in Paradise." John also took time to mention that the night the film premiered, there had been a huge rainstorm and he and Bennett had been two of the few brave souls to make it to the premiere. In the final game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was involved in law enforcement, but before they could guess that she was a transit officer, the time ran out and Miss Ford won the full prize by default. However, this still was a great evening for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

        BOB HOPE: As was mentioned in the post game chat, Bob Hope was on the show to promote his latest picture, "Bachelor in Paradise." Also mentioned was the film "Road to Hong Kong." Of course, this was the final "Road" picture to feature Bob and his longtime friend/rival Bing Crosby. The film also featured Joan Collins and brief cameos from longtime co-star Dorothy Lamour as well as the "big two" of the Rat Pack, Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. - Sargebri (2006)

        Kilgallen Television Games and Interviews Lost To Posterity: Nobody comments on Dorothy Kilgallen's stint on the new CBS daytime series "Password" that aired last week. Ditto for Mike Wallace's interview with Dorothy and her husband Dick Kollmar on last Wednesday's "P.M. East, P.M. West." Her appearances on both shows are lost to posterity. More detail on the previous WML episode guide. - Jan Simonson (2003)

        The panel members all seem a bit sleepy and groggy. Too much pre-Thanksgiving partying perhaps? Was Princess Dorothy wearing a tiara? Every time she moved her head, the lights reflected off her jeweled headband! Bennett made one of his famous puns about the Cranberry Bog lady when he said, "Her bog is better than her bite." This brought many moans from John and the audience! - fiveninegal (2003)

      • The second contestant owned and operated a cranberry bog. Bennett asked her if the "cranberry scare two years ago" had hurt her business. She replied that cranberries were a healthy food. Bennett then said he loved them. What Bennett was referring to was the famous "cranberry scare of 1959" when America panicked over the safety of cranberries. This was the first "Carcinogen Panic" of the century, with many more to follow! Compiled from net articles: What was the cranberry scare of 1959? Answer: Just days before Thanksgiving, on November 9, 1959, Arthur S. Flemming, Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare set off a national food panic when he announced that some cranberries grown in Oregon and Washington State had been found to have been contaminated with aminotriazole, a weed killer. Aminotriazole is a chemical that in huge doses (equivalent to eating 15,000 pounds of cranberries every day for several years) was found to cause cancer in laboratory rodents. When questioned, he said that if a housewife is unable to determine the origin of fresh or canned cranberries, "to be on the safe side, she doesn't buy." As a result of the federal warning, cranberries were pulled from grocery shelves and sales dropped precipitously. Coming shortly before Thanksgiving, this caused a crisis in the industry. After testing, it was found that very few shipments of cranberries were contaminated. It was also doubtful that aminotriazole, in the amounts likely to be ingested by a human being eating cranberries, presented a real health risk. Both Flemming and Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson made a point of announcing that they would have cranberries with their Thanksgiving dinners. By Christmas, large quantities of cranberries were available bearing labels saying that they had either been tested by the Food and Drug Administration or otherwise certified safe. However, the "cranberry scare of 1959" caused damage that took the cranberry industry many years to recover from. The 40th anniversary of the great "cranberry scare" is a reminder to all Americans: Don't get bogged down by the hypothetical hazards cultivated by environmental hysterics." - Suzanne (2003)

        As shy as John Robert Russell was, he faced the glare of publicity to promote his ancestral home, Woburn Abbey. He was one of the first members of the British aristocracy to capitalize on the historic value of his home. He turned his ancient estate into a modern tourist attraction, complete with a fun fair and safari park. He did so in order to save the family estate of Woburn Abbey, 40 miles north of London. Otherwise, the estate would have had to have been sold, due to exceptionally heavy death taxes incurred by the death of both his grandfather and his father. He lived until 2002, when he died at age 85. - Suzanne (2003)

        "Thanks for the Memories" - In honor of Bob Hope's 100th birthday on May 29, 2003, GSN aired three "Bob Hope as Mystery Guest" episodes from December 12, 1954, November 19, 1961 and May 5, 1963. These three episodes were again aired as a tribute when Bob Hope died on July 27, 2003. - Suzanne (2003)

        Bob Hope promoted his 1961 film, "Bachelor in Paradise." - Suzanne (2003)

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

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