What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 25


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 18, 1962 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • This episode was aired by GSN on February 19, 2006, just "one day" after its original airing on February 18, 1962. - ymike673

  • Quotes

    • Cute marital repartee during the farewells at the end of the episode:
      Martin: I'd like to say to our audience, John, that I got a lot of letters this week commiserating with me because Arlene was so stern with me for noticing the figure of the girl who rode the bicycle last week. So I'd like to explain that it's all in fun and not to take it so seriously.
      Arlene: (off-camera, with mischief in her voice) That's what HE says!
      (Laughter from audience and panel alike.)

    • Martin: Is it a kind of nut?
      Bertha: No.
      John: No. They're all on the panel tonight.
      Arlene: (answering Martin's question off-camera) But you are.

  • Notes

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at six down. Buddy figured out that she was associated with mushrooms, but wasn't given the chance to come up with the exact occupation. - agent_0042

    • After the previous week's game performance mediocrity, this was definitely a marked improvement as the panel, for all intents and purposes, had a perfecto. In the first game, the panel was at somewhat of a disadvantage due to the fact that newly appointed New York City Traffic Commissioner Henry Barnes signed in as "Mr. X." However, after Martin correctly guessed that Barnes worked for the city, the door was wide open for Dorothy who correctly identified Barnes. Ironically, the previous night, both Martin and Commissioner Barnes had been interviewed on a television program. However, they were interviewed at different times. Because of this, Barnes' back was towards Martin, who was in the control room of the studio where the program was being broadcast. Martin explained that that was the reason why he didn't recognize Barnes. In the second game, Buddy was essentially given credit for a correct guess when he figured out that the second contestant dealt with mushrooms, even though he didn't specifically identify that she was a mushroom picker in a cave. In the mystery guest round, Arlene had the pleasure of correctly identifying her co-star in the film "One, Two, Three," Horst Buchholz. Besides promoting that film, Buchholz also discussed the film he was currently working on, "Nine Hours to Rama" and he surprised Arlene by showing her a picture of his new baby as he exited the stage. This definitely ended the show on a high point and rang down the curtain on a perfect night. - Sargebri

    • Horst Buchholz was a charming guest, which was a far cry from the perception James Cagney had of him during the filming of "One, Two, Three." Cagney wrote in his autobiography that he felt that Buchholz was uncooperative and tried too hard to steal scenes. This definitely was one of the reasons why Cagney went on a 20 year retirement after shooting on the 1961 film wrapped. - Sargebri

    • This wouldn't be the last time that Arlene would be surprised by people she worked with in her acting career. On a 1966 broadcast, some of Arlene's fellow cast members from the play "Dinner at Eight" were the mystery guests that night. Among her fellow cast members were two former guest panelists, Walter Pigeon and June Havoc, as well as a future guest panelist, Pamela Tiffin. Ironically, Tiffin also was in "One, Two, Three" with Arlene. - Sargebri

    • For tonight's show, Buddy Hackett wore the regular tuxedo attire, as opposed to his guest panelist appearance on the 12th-anniversary EPISODE #600 two weeks previously. - W-B

    • Henry Barnes is responsible for many early innovations in applied traffic engineering, including the "Green Wave" of coordinated traffic signals via precise timing. He is also responsible for the application of actuated traffic signals (signals set off by the presence of an automobile, or by a pedestrian pushing a button... over and over again, ha!) Henry A. Barnes is also remembered for the "Barnes Dance," the practice of stopping all automotive traffic at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross in all directions, even diagonally, if they wish. He served as Commissioner of Traffic in many cities, including Denver, Colorado; Baltimore, Maryland and New York City. For his WML appearance, he was new to his post in New York, having just been appointed in January 1962. He authored a 1965 autobiography, "The Man With the Red and Green Eyes." Henry makes a second WML appearance on EPISODE #799 of January 16, 1966. - Suzanne Astorino

    • CBS Public Service Announcement (PSA): Directly before the mystery guest game, John Daly asked the public for contributions to the 1962 Heart Fund. Their motto was, "More will live, the more you give." - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Buddy Hackett, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel. Arlene commented that Bennett and Phyllis Cerf are vacationing in Palm Springs, California, with Mrs. Moss Hart, whom we know as Kitty Carlisle. Kitty's husband, Moss Hart, had recently passed away on December 20, 1961. The Cerfs and Harts were close friends, often taking foursome vacations together. The Cerfs were comforting the recently widowed Kitty at her home in Palm Springs, California.

  • Allusions

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