What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 20


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 14, 1962 on CBS



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  • Notes

    • This was a highly unusual night due to a couple of factors. One was that Arlene was in Phoenix performing in a play; another was that Bennett was not sitting in his customary anchor position. Instead, the panel seat closest to John's desk was filled by guest panelist Johnny Carson, who had the honor of introducing John Daly. Another interesting thing about this episode was the fact that Dorothy was the only female on the panel. All of these factors might have contributed to the panel's poor showing this evening in the "win department." However, things did get off to a good start when Johnny, with a big assist from Dolly Mae, correctly figured out that the first contestant was a gondolier from Venice, Italy. Unfortunately, that was the only highlight. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the inventor of a cow washing machine. Dorothy got the closest to identifying his line when she figured out that the product the contestant dealt with had something to do with cows. The mystery guest round, featuring Tuesday Weld, was even more of a disaster. Compounding matters was that guest panelist Dana Andrews voluntarily disqualified himself from this round. After the round, he explained that he and Tuesday have the same agent. He said that he was able to discern that the guest was Tuesday from something his agent had said to him. Tuesday Weld was on the show to promote the film "Bachelor Flat." She did a great job fooling the panel with a cute "little girl voice" and it really mystified the panel. Hopefully, when Arlene returns, they will do a better job and begin to win more games. - Sargebri

    • Interestingly, this episode was somewhat reminiscent of the very first episode of WML due to the fact that Dorothy was the only female on the panel that evening. Arlene would have also been on that first episode, but a prior commitment forced her to miss the debut. Also, what made it doubly ironic was the fact that this episode aired three weeks shy of the show's 12th anniversary broadcast. - Sargebri

    • (1) Ironically, GSN most recently aired this episode on February 14, 2006 - exactly 44 years and 1 month to the day after this episode's original air date of January 14, 1962.
      (2) Tonight, Bennett is seated at the far end of the panel desk, while Johnny Carson is seated at the "anchor" position usually occupied by Mr. Cerf. - W-B

    • Former guest panelist Ernie Kovacs died in a car accident on January 13, 1962. It is suspected that the car crash was caused by his losing control of the steering as he was trying to light a cigar. His death was not mentioned on this episode. - Suzanne

    • Tuesday Weld promoted her appearance in her 1962 file, "Bachelor Flat." When asked why she was on crutches, she explained that she had kicked a camera dolly. She appeared to have an elastic bandage around her ankle. - Suzanne

    • John Daly stated that he knew Dorothy Kilgallen's parents well, and that they had been honored today at St. Patrick's Cathedral by Cardinal Spellman. The celebration was in honor of their 50th (golden) wedding anniversary. Dorothy beamed a huge smile while John was talking about her parents! - Suzanne

    • Panel: Bennett Cerf, Dana Andrews, Dorothy Kilgallen, Johnny Carson. Arlene Francis was in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Sombrero Playhouse, for a revival of her 1961 play "Old Acquaintance."

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