What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 13


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 26, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • John: This is a happy circumstance. You will be, I'm sure, glad to know that more than a hundred folks from the Akron Beacon-Journal are guests in the audience here.
      Carole: Oh.
      John: In the theatre tonight. So, you have your own cheering section with you.
      Carole: Wonderful.

  • Notes

    • Rudy Vallée supplied an accent in his surname when he wrote his name on the sign-in board. He apparently was born with this accent in his name, despite being an American by birth. His birth name was Hubert Prior Vallée and he was born on July 28, 1901 in Island Pond, Vermont. The accent goes unheeded in the usual way of pronouncing his name, however! It may as well be spelled "Valley." In addition, he signed in left-handed and caught the camera crew off-guard. We didn't see any of his writing until he was almost finished and the camera angle finally changed. - Dan Albertson

    • Johnny Olson is back as the studio announcer after missing the previous episode. - ymike673

    • This was one of those nights that the panel probably would have wanted to forget. In fact, if it wasn't for the mystery guest round, the panel probably would have gone home without a win. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the rocket designer from California by way of India. Ironically, Bennett came extremely close when he narrowed the product down to rockets. Unfortunately, Bennett never did go in for the kill and make the identification. What made it even more interesting was that Mr. Singh was on the show some six years earlier when he was working as a marine engineer. In the second game, the panel was once again stumped, this time by a young lady who performed an underwater act in a nightclub. However, things got better when Arlene correctly identified "The Vagabond Lover" Rudy Vallee, who almost got away clean by using a high, squeaky voice to try to fool the panel. Vallee was on the show to promote the classic musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying." That win in the mystery guest round allowed the panel to go home with smiles on their faces. - Sargebri

    • Tonight's guest panelist was Darren McGavin. He did a decent job and asked some fairly good questions. Five years later in 1966, he and Arlene would work together in the Broadway play "Dinner at Eight." In one of the most fun episodes of WML, seven of Arlene's co-stars in that play (but not McGavin) were the mystery guests for the evening, surprising Arlene. However, Darren's biggest claim to fame was playing the role of cynical reporter "Carl Kolchak" in two of the highest-rated made-for-television movies in history: the 1971 horror film "The Night Stalker" and its sequel "The Night Strangler." In fact, the movies were such hits that it helped spawn the short-lived series "Kolchak, the Night Stalker," which premiered, appropriately enough, on Friday, September 13, 1974. The show's blend of comedy and horror helped to make it a critical success. Unfortunately for that series, another show that premiered that night would go on to become one of the biggest hits of the 1970's, "The Rockford Files".- Sargebri

    • As was mentioned earlier, Mr. Singh had appeared on WML five years earlier when he worked as a marine engineer. Of course, several other contestants have appeared more than once on the show, including a gentleman who made political buttons. However, the record for most "regular contestant" appearances on the show goes to Pat Finch. Pat was the very first contestant on WML in 1950 when she was a hat check girl at the Stork Club. She next returned for the show's fifth anniversary in 1955 when she was working as a chorus girl on Broadway. Finally, she appeared for the final time, appropriately, on the show's final episode in 1967. - Sargebri

    • In the first game, Bennett determined that the challenger was somehow associated with rockets. However, Bennett and everyone else seemed to be thinking in terms of components of missiles or rockets, leading to some rather interesting "clarification" phrasing from John. It was almost a comedy of errors as the panel kept dancing around rockets, but never thought to ask their questions regarding rockets specifically. - agent_0042

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at seven down, though Bennett had more or less connected the guest with rockets. - agent_0042

    • (1) Tonight's "WML?" episode is sponsored by Polaroid Land camera. As with Contac on EPISODE #588, the sponsor's name is printed on a single rectangular board which is affixed to the front of the panel desk. Only Allstate Insurance now uses the "old" layout with the words "presents WHAT'S MY LINE?" at the bottom of the sponsor logo - and will be the last "WML?" sponsor to do so.
      (2) Guest panelist Darren McGavin would gain fame in the 1970's as investigative newspaper reporter "Carl Kolchak," first in a series of "Night Stalker" TV-movies and then the 1974-1975 TV series "Kolchak: The Night Stalker." His co-star in the cult classic was Simon Oakland who played his editor, "Tony Vincenzo." Mr. Oakland never appeared on "WML?" either as a panelist or as a mystery guest - and in any case, was of no relation to Sue Oakland who made frequent guest panelist appearances on "WML?" in 1966 and 1967. McGavin will also appear, albeit uncredited, as a reporter standing at the desk in the pilot for the ill-fated 2005 network revival of "The Night Stalker." - W-B

    • From TIME Magazine, Nov. 24, 1961

      Dorothy Kilgallen is forever questioning but is seldom questioned. Last week, however, television's Mike Wallace sat her down on his "P.M. East" show and, with all the care of a shoeless man in a room with a rattlesnake, conducted an interview with the sophisticated lady whose friends, it developed, call her Dolly Mae.

      With Husband Richard Kollmar in tow - he is a restaurateur, Broadway producer and "discoverer of new talent" - Kilgallen perched on Wallace's couch and primly soaked up the flattery. She calls her husband Chopsy and he calls her Lambsy, she revealed. "We don't have separate bedrooms," she said. "We do have separate bathrooms - after all." He said he would like her to give up What's My Line?, her New York Journal-American column, and all that jazz and write "The Great American Novel." In her closet there are 138 pairs of shoes. Why? "You have to have a pair to go with every dress." Wallace then wanted to know how many furs she has. "Oh," said Dolly Mae, "I've never really counted them."

      Wallace asked her about Jack Paar. "Sad creature," said Kilgallen. Wallace asked her about Frank Sinatra. "We were friends once, but we had a falling out," said Kilgallen. "Falling out?" wondered Wallace, swiftly adding: "If it's none of my business, just say so, and I'll go on to the next one." But quietly, and with eyes demurely on the floor, Kilgallen told her story. She had not been able to understand why Frankie suddenly became distant and unfriendly. She asked a friend of Sinatra. "You see," said the friend, "Frank just doesn't like anybody to say no." Kilgallen looked steadily at Wallace and finished: "You take it from there."

      "Bye, bye," said Kilgallen to Wallace as the hour ended. "It was fun, like."

    • Kirpal Singh is also a contestant on WML EPISODE #283 of November 6, 1955. More notes about him on that episode guide. - Suzanne

    • Kirpal Singh is also a contestant on the 1/28/1960 episode of another Goodson-Todman show, "To Tell the Truth." - Kevin

    • "Password" Appearances Not Announced: Nobody mentioned that Mr. McGavin had appeared with Dorothy Kilgallen five times during the last two weeks on the new Goodson-Todman daytime series "Password." We will never know if either of them found that experience to be unpleasant. All five episodes are lost to posterity. - Jan Simonson

    • Read what Patsy Cline had to say about Dorothy Kilgallen the night before this broadcast: From: http://www.patsified.com/bio/bio09.htm
      The following was said onstage by Patsy during a concert on November 25, 1961: "We're gonna be in 'high cotton' next week ~ Carnegie Hall in New York City! That ole Dorothy Kilgallen in the New York Times [sic] wrote 'Everybody should get out of town because the hillbillies are coming!' Well, at least we ain't standin' on New York street corners with itty-bitty cans in our hands collecting coins to keep up the opera and symphonies. Miss Dorothy called us Nashville performers 'the gang' from the Grand Ole Opry ~ 'hicks from the sticks.' And if I have the pleasure of seeing that wicked witch, I'll tell her how proud I am to be a 'hick from the sticks!'" At some time after her Carnegie Hall performance, Patsy also said the following upon learning that Kilgallen had not attended the concert: "She was chicken to show her face!"

    • John Daly addressed Darren McGavin as "Darrell" three different times during the episode. Later in the broadcast, he correctly referred to him as "Darren" twice. At no time did Daly or McGavin make on-air references to the errors. - obbor

    • Darren McGavin (5/7/1922 - 2/25/2006)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Darren McGavin, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

  • Allusions

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