What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 24

EPISODE #601

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 11, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #601
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Game 1: Mr. Toots Shor (Bernard "Toots" Shor) (5/6/1903 - 1/23/1977) -(as Mystery Guest #1) "Owns Toots Shor's Restaurant" (self-employed; he owns a popular restaurant on 52nd Street in Manhattan, New York, NY; Toots and John Daly are especially good friends)

Game 2: Mrs. Lilly Yokoi - "Does Trick Bicycle Act" (self-employed; she also signed her name in Japanese characters; she was born in New York City but moved to Japan at a young age, prior to grammar school; she is currently performing at New York's Latin Quarter; from Tokyo, Japan)

Game 3: Johnny Carson (10/23/1925 - 1/23/2005) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Marco Levi Laurenti - "Makes Scissors" (self-employed; he is the President of an Italian company that sounds like Linda or Lindahl Manufacturing Company; originally from Italy; currently from both New York, NY and Milan, Italy)
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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Bernard "Toots" Shor

    Bernard "Toots" Shor

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Johnny Carson

    Johnny Carson

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • Toots Shor was a very famous New York restaurant owner and played host to many famous entertainers and athletes. He was especially close to the usually reclusive Joe DiMaggio and was extremely close to Jackie Gleason. Once, Toots and Gleason made a $50 bet to see which of these, shall we say, "chubby gents," could win a race around the block on which the restaurant was located. Toots was doing pretty good, but upon his arrival back at the eatery, he found a very rested Gleason waiting to collect the money. Suddenly, it dawned on Toots that he hadn't been passed by Jackie, and the Great One sheepishly admitted that he had indeed pulled a fast one -- he had hailed a cab to chauffeur him around the block! - brklnbern (2007)

      • REVIEW: This was a very interesting evening due to the fact that the two most prolific male guest panelists, Martin Gabel and Tony Randall, were both on the panel this evening. It also was interesting to see Martin sitting in the anchor position while filling in for Bennett, who was vacationing on the West Coast. As for the show itself, after the previous week's celebration and perfect performance, the panel had a somewhat mediocre game performance this evening as they batted .500 for the evening. In the first game, Dorothy correctly identified restaurateur and friend of the panel, "Toots" Shor. You really could see the affection John and the panel had for "Toots" as they talked about their good friend. In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the bicycle stunt performer from Tokyo by way of New York. In the mystery guest round, Martin correctly identified former guest panelist Johnny Carson, who had the panel going with the very effeminate voice he used. In the final game, the panel again was stumped, this time by the Italian scissors maker. So, after all the hoopla surrounding last week's show, the panel came back down to earth. - Sargebri (2006)

        As was mentioned in the post game chat, it had just been announced that Johnny Carson would be taking over as host of the "Tonight Show." Johnny will be replacing one of Dolly Mae's sparring partners, Jack Paar. Little did anyone know that Johnny would host the show for over 30 years and literally change the sleeping habits of millions of Americans and would become an institution. Johnny's low-key interviewing style and his cast of characters (Floyd R. Turbo, Aunt Blabby and, of course, Carnac the Magnificent) helped to make this the show that put millions of Americans to bed. - Sargebri (2006)

        CENSOR MOMENT!!! During the first game, Tony made a very humorous remark about the ailing Dorothy, who was suffering from the flu, having a hot flash. That remark got a huge laugh from the audience. However, four years later on EPISODE #819 of June 16, 1966, Tony would make an even more off-color remark while he was also appearing as a guest panelist. On that future show, an Associated Press reporter was a contestant and the question about whether or not she worked for a non-profit organization came up. John later remarked that she worked for a non-profit organization, but said, "there's a hooker in here." John meant that there was a certain ambiguity to the definition of her line. However, the ever quick witted Tony made a remark about a "non-profit hooker," which not only got "oohs and aahs" from the audience, but also caused Arlene and Phyllis Newman to turn several shades of red from embarrassment. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at five down because the panel ran out of time. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • Tonight's episode marked the first time that the two most frequent guest panelists in the history of "WML?", Martin Gabel and Tony Randall, appeared together on the panel. The last time they were on the same show, Mr. Randall was a guest panelist and Mr. Gabel was amongst the mystery guests - along with the other spouses of the "WML?" panelists - on EPISODE #544 of December 25, 1960. Martin and Tony would appear on the "WML?" panel together three more times - on EPISODE #802 of February 6, 1966, EPISODE #860 of May 7, 1967, and EPISODE #873 of August 13, 1967. - W-B (2006)

      • Johnny Carson had just been to "a testimonial dinner for Danny Thomas." He promoted his upcoming appearance on "The Perry Como Show." John Daly announced that Johnny Carson would become the new host of Jack Paar's program, "The Tonight Show," which would take place in the Fall of 1962. As we know, the show will be renamed "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" and Johnny will host this show with amazing success until he retires in 1992. - Suzanne (2004)

        Toots Shor was a famous bartender whose restaurant in New York City was a popular spot for both baseball players and entertainers. John Daly mentions him often on the show, since they were good friends. His restaurant had recently reopened, and this was being advertised. - Suzanne (2004)

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel.

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