What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 21

EPISODE #598

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 21, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #598
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Game 1: Gene Fullmer (b. 7/21/1931) - "Mink Rancher" (self-employed; he was also the 1957 to 1961 Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World; he was in New York to sell 400 mink skins at the New York mink auctions; from West Jordan, Utah)

Game 2: Miss Natalie Kushmir - "Russian Interpreter (For U.S. State Department)" (salaried; she sometimes works directly with the United States President; originally from Siberia, Russia; currently from Washington, D.C.)

Game 3: Ella Fitzgerald (4/25/1917 - 6/15/1996) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Joseph Greco - "Makes Telephone Booths" (salaried; he works for Sharon Metallic Company; from Brooklyn, New York) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Ella Fitzgerald

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Gene Fullmer

    Gene Fullmer

    Contestant

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • This was a fairly good night for the panel. More specifically, this was a fairly good night for Dorothy Kilgallen. Dorothy essentially made every correct guess and showed why she was such a great panelist. Dolly Mae began her assault in the first game when she correctly guessed that middleweight boxing champion Gene Fullmer ran a mink ranch. Of course, in today's atmosphere of political correctness and animal rights, a mink rancher wouldn't even get a sniff on television. The second game featured the only slip-up for the night as the panel failed to guess that the young lady from Washington D.C. by way of Siberia worked as an interpreter for the U.S. State Department. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy was the big hero as she made the last second save by identifying Ella Fitzgerald. Ella was on the show to promote her engagement at Basin Street East. John also paid Ella a huge compliment when he quoted Bing Crosby as saying that Ella was the best singer ever. In the final game, Dorothy probably should have been credited for correctly guessing that the contestant made telephone booths. However, when she asked if the product was "as big as a telephone booth" John immediately flipped over all the cards, allowing the contestant to win full prize by default. However, nothing could spoil what was a great night for Dolly Mae. - Sargebri

      • ELLA FITZGERALD: As John had mentioned, Ella Fitzgerald was one of the greatest singers in the history of music. Several years later, her voice would be used in one of the most famous commercials in the history of television. In the 1970's, Memorex wanted to show how good their audio cassettes were. They did this by having Ella sing a song while being recorded on Memorex tape. At the end of the song, she hit a high note which caused a glass to shatter. Next, the Memorex tape was played back. Again, at the point on the tape where she hit the high note, the glass shattered, exactly as it did when she was singing the song live. The very famous slogan from that commercial was "Is it live, or is it Memorex?" - Sargebri

      • Miss Kushmir's work as an interpreter was probably put to good use later in the same year she made her appearance on the show. In October 1962, the United States and the Soviet Union were on the brink of nuclear war and her talents were probably needed to interpret the messages coming from the Soviets during the crisis. - Sargebri

      • (1) After the first contestant, Gene Fullmer, signed in to uproarious applause, John mentioned Fullmer's recent middleweight bout against Benny "Kid" Paret. This match was fought in Las Vegas on December 9, 1961 and Fullmer won in 10 rounds by KO. Two months and three days after this telecast, on March 24, 1962, Paret faced Emile Griffith for the welterweight crown. Sadly, this proved to be a fatal bout for Paret. In the 12th round, Griffith knocked Paret into a coma from which he never recovered. Paret died ten days later on April 3, 1962.

        More on that fateful Griffith / Paret match can be found on this web site that also mentions the Fullmer bout and features an interview with Fullmer about Paret:

        http://www.stjohnbeachguide.com/Griffith%20and%20Paret.htm

        (2) In the 1970's, tonight's guest panelist, Jane Powell, became the commercial spokesperson for the New York-based Dry Dock Savings Bank. - W-B

      • A Cold War sign of the times: During the end credits, the announcer stated that "Communists have taken over 4000 square miles. Help fight Communism." - Suzanne

      • Ella Fitzgerald promoted her appearance at Basin Street East in New York City. - Suzanne

      • As Gene Fullmer was a Mormon (a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or LDS) John Daly mentioned that he and Mrs. Daly had been guests of Robert "Bob" Hinckley at the Mormon Tabernacle in Utah. - Suzanne

      • Jane Powell (b. 4/1/1929)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Jane Powell, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis was in Phoenix, Arizona, at the Sombrero Playhouse, for a revival of her 1961 play "Old Acquaintance."

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