What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 23


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 04, 1962 on CBS
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Game 1: Mark Goodson (1/24/1915 - 12/18/1992) & Bill Todman (7/31/1916 - 7/29/1979) - "Producers of 'What's My Line?'" (as Mystery Guest Duo and the panel was blindfolded; self-employed)

Game 2: Miss / Dr. Dixie Cline (aka Dixie Cline, DVM) - "Veterinarian" (self-employed; from Akron, Colorado)

Game 3: Bob Newhart (b. 9/5/1929) (as Mystery Guest #2)

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  • Special Anniversary Episode

    This milestone episode was enjoyable, especially with the Goodson/Todman appearance. (Ironically an episode of Match Game this weekend, 2/18/06, on GSN also featured a brief appearance by Goodson when standing panelist Charles Nelson Reilly was late for the taping and Goodson stood in for Charles during the first ten minutes of the show.)

    One piece of trivia I noted for this episode was during the sign-in entrance of veterinarian guest Dr. Dixie Cline. As she is writing "Dixie" on the chalkboard, you can clearly hear Arlene say "Cups"!

    I would have thought that for an anniversary show they might have planned a full panel of quasi-regulars. Buddy Hackett was a bit of a "fifth wheel" in terms of the entire show. I think he sensed he was out of place based on his comments during the Goodson/Todman segment.

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)

Mark Goodson

Mark Goodson

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Bill Todman

Bill Todman

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Bob Newhart

Bob Newhart

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Buddy: Well, I have a different way of attacking this sort of thing. (laughter from audience) All I want you to do is concentrate in your mind and I will just know... I get waves...

  • NOTES (9)

    • HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!! This was a very special show for a couple of reasons. First, not only was this the 600th episode of WML, but this was also the 12th anniversary of the show. Tonight also marked the first appearance of Buddy Hackett on the panel. However, what really made it special was that for the first time in several weeks, the panel had a perfect night. Fittingly, the first guests on the show were the show's producers, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. Even though the panel was blindfolded, Bennett saw right through their deception and correctly identified his and the rest of the panel's bosses. Of course, they explained that the purpose for their visit was not to keep an eye on their employees, but to congratulate them on their twelve years on the air. In the second game, Arlene correctly guessed that the lovely lady from Colorado was a veterinarian. In the mystery guest round, even though it wasn't his turn, Buddy made the last second guess and identified Bob Newhart, who, ironically, almost fooled the panel even though he basically used his own voice. Bob was on the show to promote his then current comedy/variety series that aired on Wednesday nights at 10:00. This definitely put a nice cap on what was not only a perfect night, but a very happy anniversary as well. - Sargebri

    • BOB NEWHART: As was mentioned while Bob Newhart was onstage, he was in the middle of the first, and only, season of his 1961-1962 comedy variety series. That show was produced in many ways to capitalize on his highly successful series of comedy albums. In fact, as of February 2006, Bob was, and still is, the only artist to win the Best New Artist Grammy for a comedy album. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after just one season. However, he would return to television in not only one, but two highly successful sitcoms. The first one, "The Bob Newhart Show," ran for six seasons from 1972 to 1978. In that show, Bob played psychologist "Doctor Robert Hartley" and the premise was that even though he was able to help others with their problems, he had a hard time dealing with his own. Also starring with him on that show were Suzanne Pleshette as his wife "Emily," Bill Daily as his airline pilot neighbor "Howard Borden," Marcia Wallace as his receptionist "Carol Kester Bonderaunt," Peter Bonerz as his friend orthodontist "Jerry Robinson" and Jack Riley as Bob's most neurotic patient, "Elliot Carlin." However, Bob Newhart's biggest success would come four years after that show ended with the 1982-1990 series called "Newhart." In that show, Bob played "Dick Loudon," a writer of "How to..." books who decides to practice what he preaches by buying an inn in Vermont named "The Stratford Inn." Much like his other show, this show dealt with how the seemingly low-key "Dick" dealt with a wild assortment of characters that lived in the town, including his wife "Joanna," played by Mary Frann, handyman "George Utley," played by former regular "To Tell the Truth" (and semi-regular WML) panelist Tom Poston, flighty "Stephanie Vanderkellen," played by Julia Duffy, and uber-yuppie "Michael Harris," played by Peter Scolari. However, the most famous characters were a trio of mountain men brothers named "Larry, Darryl and Darryl," played by William Sanderson, Tony Papenfuss and John Volstad, respectively. That show lasted for eight seasons from 1982 to 1990 and had what many considered one of the most ingenious conclusions in history. In the show's final episode, the town was being bought up by a Japanese investor to wanted to turn the town into a golf course. Dick, however, wouldn't sell his property, and five years later, it became part of the course and sat on the 14th fairway. Dick was accidentally struck in the head and seemingly died of the blow. However, in the very next scene, he is seen waking up in the bed of his old character "Bob Hartley" and lying next to him was "Emily." As it turned out, "Bob" dreamed the entire series after eating Japanese food. What a way to end a series. - Sargebri

    • THE ONLY THINGS THAT WERE MISSING WERE PAT FINCH AND PHIL RIZZUTO!!! After the first game, Goodson and Todman both talked about all the things that were occurring at the time WML first aired on February 2, 1950. Of course, they talked about Korea and President Kennedy. Here is a list of things that happened during the run of What's My Line?

      • The United States' involvement in the Korean War (1950)

      • Elizabeth Taylor's first of eight marriages (1950)

      • Mickey Mantle's first home run (1951)

      • The birth of rock and roll (1954)

      • Jonas Salk creates the polio vaccine (1955)

      • Future computer guru Bill Gates is born (1955)

      • The Suez Crisis (1956)

      • The Soviet Invasion of Hungary (1956)

      • The arrival of Elvis Presley (1956)

      • The birth of the American Football League (1960)

      • Man conquers outer space (1961)

      • The Boston Strangler begins his reign of terror (1962)

      • The Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)

      • The assassination of President Kennedy (1963)

      • The March on Washington featuring Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech (1963)

      • The emergence of the Beatles (1964)

      • The United States' involvement in the Vietnam War (1964)

      • The Watts Riots in Los Angeles, CA (1965)

      • The Monterey Pop festival (1967)

      • The release of "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (1967)

      Also mentioned were the ages of Tuesday Weld, who was six at the time of the show's debut, as well as the ages of Dorothy, Arlene and Bennett's children. Here is a list of several celebrities and their ages at the time of WML's debut.

      • John Belushi (1 year old)

      • John Ritter (1 year old)

      • George W. Bush (3 years old)

      • Bill Clinton (3 years old)

      • Mia Farrow (4 years old)

      • Diana Ross (5 years old)

      • Mick Jagger (6 years old)

      • Barbara Streisand (7 years old)

      • Paul McCartney (7 years old)

      • Janis Joplin (7 years old)

      • John Lennon (9 years old)

      As the Grateful Dead once sang, "What a long strange trip it's been." - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: Mark Goodson and Bill Todman were guessed almost right away. Dorothy protested that John shouldn't flip the cards and give them $50, but he did anyway. - agent_0042

    • Ironically, given that this episode first aired 12 years to the week after "WML?" EPISODE #1 of February 2, 1950, guest panelist Buddy Hackett wore a regular business suit and straight tie rather than the formal tuxedo attire later associated with the program. In the show's very early years, the business suit had been the standard attire for both the male panelists and panel moderator John Daly. By wearing one on tonight's anniversary show, Buddy unwittingly brought back a piece of history. - W-B

    • Bob Newhart promoted his 1961-1962 television show, "The Bob Newhart Show".

    • Bennett Cerf made a reference to "the late Ernie Kovacs" who had recently died on January 13, 1962. - Suzanne

    • Since What's My Line? was first broadcast on February 2, 1950, this was the "twelfth anniversary" show. In their post-game chat, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman spent time reminiscing about the history of What's My Line? and stated that this was the 600th episode. They compared where today's stars were twelve years ago by saying things such as, "The recent mystery guest Tuesday Weld was only 6 years old when What's My Line? started." - Suzanne

    • Buddy Hackett (8/31/1924 - 6/30/2003)

      Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Buddy Hackett, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.