What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 14


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 03, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Eva Adams (9/10/1908 - 8/23/1991) - "Director of the U.S. Mint" (salaried; John said that she was sworn in to her job by President John F. Kennedy, Jr. on October 30, 1961; from Reno, Nevada)

Game 2: Nelson Cruz Arias - "Cow Dentist" (self-employed; he has a DDS degree, but left the "human" medical dental profession to work on cows; he is not a veterinarian; he puts crowns and bridges on the teeth of cattle; originally from Colombia, South America, now from Texas)

Game 3: Janet Leigh (7/6/1927 - 10/3/2004) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Ray Brown - "Bottles Champagne" (salaried; he works for the Taylor Wine Company of Hammondsport, New York; from Bath, New York) . .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


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    • NOTES (9)

      • Ironically, fourteen years after this "WML?" episode originally aired in 1961, guest panelist John Payne and mystery guest Janet Leigh worked together in what turned out to be his final acting role. Mr. Payne played "Ned Diamond" in the 1975 "Columbo" episode "Forgotten Lady," with Miss Leigh as former movie star "Grace Wheeler Willis," who murders her doctor husband after he refuses to finance a planned comeback vehicle for her. The episode also featured onetime "WML?" mystery guest Maurice Evans. - W-B

      • After the previous week's somewhat lousy game performance, the panel bounced back rather nicely and probably would have had a perfect night if it weren't for time being called in the final game. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that Miss Adams was the head of the United States Mint. In fact, she had just been sworn in about a month earlier. Also, there was a little controversy after guest panelist John Payne asked if the product was fibrous and received a "no" reply. When it was later revealed that the guest was the head of the U.S. Mint, Dorothy stated that paper money was fibrous and wanted to know why the panel had received a "no" reply. John and Eva explained that the U.S. Mint produces coins, not currency. In the second game, Arlene, with help from the audience, correctly identified that the contestant from Texas via Columbia was a dentist for cows. In the mystery guest round, the Squire of Mount Kisco, Bennett, correctly identified Janet Leigh. Janet had just returned from Argentina where she had accompanied her husband, Tony Curtis, during the filming of his movie "Taras Bulba." Janet also was on the show to help promote the annual Hanukah Festival at Madison Square Garden. Ironically, Janet was not Jewish, but her husband Tony Curtis was. In the final game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant bottled champagne. Unfortunately, John had flipped over all the cards on the basis of time, so Ray won the full prize by default. However, this still didn't taint a great performance by the panel. - Sargebri

      • During the post game chat, Janet Leigh mentioned that she would be coming back to New York in January to start filming the classic political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate," which also starred Frank Sinatra as "Captain Marco," Laurence Harvey as "Raymond Shaw" and Angela Lansbury as "Mrs. Iselin." There are a few interesting facts about that film: First, after the film's run in theaters had ended, the movie essentially wasn't shown for over 20 years. It was rumored that shortly after its run, Frank Sinatra requested that it not be shown because it dealt with a plot to assassinate a presidential candidate, and a year after it came out, his very close friend, President Kennedy, was assassinated. However, those rumors were proven to be false. Another interesting fact was that prior to the casting of Angela Lansbury, the original choice to play the role of "Raymond Shaw's" mother, the scheming "Mrs. Iselin," was Lucille Ball. Interestingly, Angela Lansbury was only three years older than Harvey, who played her son. The film would be remade in 2004 with Denzel Washington in the role of "Marco," Liev Schreiber in the role of "Raymond" and Meryl Streep in the role of "Mrs. Iselin." - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger, the cow dentist, at five down. Arlene had identified his cattle dental occupation on a wild guess after a conference had been called. John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down because the panel had ran out of time. Bennett, however, correctly guessed that he was associated with either wine or champagne. - agent_0042

      • Dorothy Kilgallen was confused by an answer given in regards to whether or not the first challenger worked with material that was fibrous. She commented that paper money was made of fiber. She was then reminded that the U.S. Mint deals in coinage, whereas paper money is handled by the U.S. Bureau of Printing & Engraving. - agent_0042

      • Janet Leigh passed away on October 3, 2004. As a tribute, GSN aired her 4 WML appearances. This episode was broadcast on October 11, 2004. - Garrison Skunk

      • Janet Leigh promoted her upcoming Hanukkah Fest (also spelled Hannukah or Chanukah) appearance at Madison Square Garden in New York. The festival is tomorrow, and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt would also be in attendance. Janet had recently been in Argentina, South America with her husband Tony Curtis during the filming of his 1962 movie "Taras Bulba." She was married to Tony Curtis from 1951 until their 1962 divorce. She also mentioned her next movie, 1962's "The Manchurian Candidate" which would begin filming soon. - Suzanne

      • When Dorothy Kilgallen introduced John Payne, she mentioned that he had been hospitalized for the previous two and a half years. He had been critically injured as the result of being hit by an automobile in New York City. Given his serious life-threatening injuries, he was evidently a pedestrian. It was obvious that he had lost a lot of weight as compared to his prior appearances. After Bennett Cerf took his place on the panel, he said to John, "I'm glad you beat that Madison Avenue car that bumped into you." Given Dorothy's comments, the auto accident would have occurred in 1959. John last appeared on "What's My Line?" as a guest panelist on October 11, 1959, so the car accident was evidently after that time. John did appear to have a long scar on his chin, and during most of this episode of December 3, 1961, he kept his elbows bent and his hands folded in front of his mouth and chin. John did very little work in the late 1960s, and retired by the mid 1970s. He passed away at age 77 in 1989. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, John Payne, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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