What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 17


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 24, 1961 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Father Nicholas Wegner (7/6/1898 - 3/18/1976) (The priest signed in as "X" and the panel was not blindfolded, he was referred to as "Father X") - "Director of Boys Town" (In 1948, Father Wegner became the second director of this legendary home for troubled boys. He followed Father Flanagan, who founded Boys Town in 1917. Father Wegner stated that there were about 900 boys currently at Boys Town. He served the organization for twenty-five years.)

Game 2: Miss Suzie Schusler - "Grows & Sells Mistletoe" (self-employed; she is also a school student; her brother Jim Schusler started the holiday business 4 to 5 years ago; last year she earned $200 in income from her sales; from Sarasota, Florida)

Game 3: Hugh O'Brian (b. 4/19/1925) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mr. Jacques Lemoine - "Director of 'What's My Line?' in Venezuela" (salaried; Jacques holds the role of moderator on the Venezuelan version of "What's My Line?" which he said is called "Mi Trabajo y Yo" which literally translates from Spanish to English as "My Job and Me" or roughly as "My Job and I"; originally from Paris, France, now from Venezuela)

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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 (3)

    • NOTES (8)

      • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! This was a very special night due to the fact that this episode was broadcast on Christmas Eve. The holiday season seemed to inspire the panel as they came very close to having a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that "Father X" was actually Monsignor Wagner, the head of Boys Town. However, some of the credit should have gone to Martin, who figured out that the guest was affiliated with Boys Town. Unfortunately, Martin asked his question the "wrong way" and wound up getting a "no." The Monsignor was the successor of Father Flanagan, the founder of Boys Town. In the second game, Arlene more than made up for her husband's mistake when she correctly guessed that the young girl from Florida grew and sold mistletoe. In the mystery guest round, Martin redeemed himself when he correctly identified former "Wyatt Earp" star Hugh O'Brian. John jokingly asked how his draw was in reference to his western famous role. Hugh was on the show to promote the play he was currently appearing in, "First Love." The final game was somewhat of a good news/bad news situation. The good news was that they correctly guessed that Monsieur Lemoine was the director of the Venezuelan version of "What's My Line?" The bad news was that it was after John flipped over the remaining cards. However, this still couldn't ruin what was not only a great performance by the panel, but also a very special Christmas for them as well. - Sargebri

      • There is a little bit of trivia connected with Hugh O'Brian. Hugh was the mystery guest on the next-to-last episode of WML in August 1967. Of course, the final mystery guest was John Charles Daly himself. - Sargebri

      • Visit their web site. Boys Town is now known as Girls and Boys Town.

      • FLIP REPORT: In celebration of Christmas, John flipped the cards for everyone except the mystery challenger, Hugh O'Brian. The first challenger's occupation was guessed at three down. The second challenger's line was identified at one down. Finally, the last challenger's occupation was guessed at eight down. - agent_0042

      • Tonight's "WML?" episode is sponsored by Kellogg's - the first to be sponsored by the cereal maker since EPISODE #585 of October 15, 1961. As with Allstate Insurance, Kellogg's has retained the old rectangular layout which features two different varieties of Kellogg's cereal - one on either end of the panel desk. Also included are the words "presents WHAT'S MY LINE?" below the sponsor's logo. Both Kellogg's and Allstate will be the last "WML?" sponsors to employ this layout on the panel desk. - W-B

      • Merry Christmas Eve... in spirit... because during the end credits, the announcer, Johnny Olson, stated that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 17, 1961. - Suzanne

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

      • Hugh O'Brian promoted his romantic comedy Broadway play, "First Love." Martin Gabel added that this play was based on book titled "Promise at Dawn" by Romain Gary. Dorothy Kilgallen commented that the book was so beautiful, it made her cry. Hugh's play was performed at the Morosco Theatre from December 25, 1961 to January 13, 1962 for a total of only 24 performances. - Suzanne

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