What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 17, 1961 on CBS
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Game 1: Peter Elliott (9/29/1926 - 1/5/2013) & Chalmers Elliott (b. 1/30/1925) - "Football Coaches - University of Michigan Chalmers Elliott & University of Illinois Peter Elliott" (both are salaried; these men are brothers; Peter "Pete" Elliott is the coach for Univ of Illinois and Chalmers "Bump" Elliott is the coach for Univ of Michigan; both men are originally from Bloomington, IL)

Game 2: Miss Lorraine Wilson - "Makes Monkey Cages" (self-employed; she designs and manufactures cages for monkeys; her cages are large, 7 feet high; she sells them through pet shops and magazine advertisements; John said that he has known Lorrie, as he called her, for a long time - he said they used to work together at a news program; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Carol Burnett (b. 4/26/1933) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Nina God - "Professional Trumpet Player" (self-employed; she was first with the Israel Symphony Orchestra - aka Israeli Symphony Orchestra - and has also performed with other symphonies as well; she now performs in New York nightclubs; from New York, 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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: I hope that you win all your games.
        Peter: Me too.
        John: Every year and, uh, I trust I'm not enough of a... does Illinois ever play Michigan?
        Peter and Chalmers: Yes, every year. (laughter from audience)
        John: Well, I'm in trouble already, I guess. Well, I tell you what, we'll make that a tie game every year, see, and then you win all your other games.

    • NOTES (8)

      • MORE ABOUT THE ELLIOTT BROTHERS: Bump Elliot was coach at Michigan from 1959-1968, with an overall record of 50-42-2 - a fairly mediocre record for a football program like Michigan! His only Big Ten title was in 1964, when he also won the Rose Bowl. Even though he had a decent 8-2 record in 1968, he got fired because he lost to arch rival Ohio State by the humiliating score of 50-14. This game is famous for O-State coach Woody Hayes' remark when asked why he went for two points after a late touchdown. His famous answer was, "Because I couldn't go for THREE!" Such is life in Big Ten football! He is hardly remembered today because he was succeeded by the legendary Bo Schembechler.
        Pete Elliot was coach at Illinois from 1960-1966, with a record of 33-34-1. - exapno

      • This was a not only a great performance for the panel, it was also a very fun night as well. Much of the fun was provided by guest panelist Abe Burrows who played the loveable curmudgeon to the hilt. In the first game, Abe correctly guessed that the Elliot brothers were football coaches. However, it should be noted that the rest of the panel opened the door wide open for Abe when they guessed that the challengers had something to do with football, but failed to guess that they were coaches. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the very attractive young lady from New York made monkey cages. It also was later revealed that she and John used to work together on one of John's previous news shows. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Carol Burnett. Carol, of course, talked about her boss, Garry Moore, as well as her upcoming appearance with him on "Password," which was about to make its nighttime debut in a few weeks. The only loss for the panel came in the final game, which was called on the basis of time, so the female trumpet player won the full prize by default. However, this one slip-up still couldn't dampen a very successful evening. - Sargebri

      • NIGHTTIME PASSWORD: As was mentioned earlier, Carol Burnett and Garry Moore were to be the first guests on the new nighttime version of Goodson-Todman's "Password." The daytime version "Password" had debuted on October 2, 1961 and ran in various forms on all three networks until March 24, 1989. The nighttime version debuted on January 2, 1962 until its cancellation on May 22, 1967 during the purge of all prime time quiz shows from CBS's schedule. The host of the show was frequent WML guest panelist Allen Ludden and one of the frequent panelists on "Password" was his wife Betty White, who also frequented WML. Allen would continue to host the show in its various forms until he suffered a debilitating stroke in October 1980. Sadly, he would die a few months later. He was replaced first by Tom Kennedy and later Bert Convy, who would host the show until it finally went off the air in 1989. - Sargebri

      • As Abe Burrows mentioned during his introduction of Arlene, the film that she had made during the previous summer, "One, Two, Three," was going to be released later that week. The Cold War comedy would prove to be memorable for two reasons. One was the fact that it was the final film made by James Cagney for over 20 years, as well as the fact that during filming, that most infamous of Cold War symbols, the Berlin Wall, was being constructed. - Sargebri

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

      • In a variation of the wording first employed in EPISODE #583 of October 1, 1961, series announcer Johnny Olson's opening words prior to the introduction of the first of the four panelists tonight were, "And now, live from New York City, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." Prior to tonight, he had not included the word "City" in his announcement. - W-B

      • Carol Burnett (who was her usual adorable self!) promoted both her appearance on the Garry Moore show and her upcoming appearance on the new nighttime primetime Password. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Abe Burrows, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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