What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 27


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 04, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mr. T.J. O'Malley (10/8/1915 - 11/6/2009) - "Head of Launch Team for Astronaut Glenn" (salaried; he works for General Dynamics Corporation; he was recently involved with Project Mercury and Astronaut John Glenn, in the launch of the Mercury-6 on February 20, 1962; from Mt. Clair, New Jersey)

Game 2: Mrs. Elizabeth Orchard - "Nut Farmer (Pecans)" (salaried; from Texarkana, Texas)

Game 3: Olivia de Havilland (b. 7/1/1916) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Melba Liston (1/13/1926 - 4/23/1999) - "Jazz Trombonist" (self-employed; African-American; she stated that she learned to play the trombone in school and was a member of the school's marching band; in her current career, she has played with Dizzy Gillespie and Quincy Jones; currently from New York, NY)

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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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • John: (opening questioning for the nut farmer) And I think we'll begin the general questioning with Bennett Cerf. I think it's appropriate.

    • Bennett Cerf:( teasing Dorothy after she teases him about not knowing the difference between Twist Music and Cool Jazz Music ) Who's Quincy Jones?

  • NOTES (7)

    • WELCOME HOME BENNETT!!! Tonight marked the return of Bennett to the panel from his west coast vacation. Interestingly, when one of the panel returns from vacation, or from a trip that they may have made for their jobs outside of the show, the panel tends to have spectacular performances. This night was no exception, as they scored a perfecto. In fact, this turned out to be one of the recent rare times when they had time left for a fourth contestant. In the first game, Arlene got things rolling when she correctly identified the head of launch operations for NASA. Of course, the significance of his being there was the fact that a couple of weeks previously, John Glenn had gone on his historic three-orbit flight around the globe in the spacecraft Friendship 7 of the Mercury program. In the second game, Dorothy correctly played a hunch and guessed that Mrs. Orchard actually owned an orchard, a pecan orchard, to be specific. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified Olivia de Havilland. Olivia was on the show to promote her latest Broadway play, "A Gift of Time," in which she co-starred with Henry Fonda. In the final game, jazz fan Dolly Mae voluntarily disqualified herself because she recognized Miss Liston. However, when Bennett narrowed her line of work to being a jazz musician, Arlene was able to pull a rabbit out of the hat and correctly say she was a trombonist. On that happy "note," having a perfect game night was definitely a great way to welcome Bennett home. - Sargebri

    • During the good nights, Bennett mentioned all of his friends who he had visited while in California, including his good friend, "To Tell the Truth" grande dame Kitty Carlisle. Unfortunately, it wasn't a happy visit, because Kitty had just lost her husband, producer Moss Hart, when he died on December 20, 1961. Also, it was somewhat coincidental that Olivia De Havilland was on the show tonight, because it was around this time that her sister, Joan Fontaine, began her tenure as a panelist on the daytime version of TTTT, on which Kitty was not appearing at the time. Kitty and the rest of the nighttime crew wouldn't make their move to the daytime show until 1965. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at eight down, but Arlene came pretty close to his occupation. - agent_0042

    • Amongst Bennett's "good nights" was a good night to Theodor Seuss Geisel, the famous author "Dr. Suess" (sometimes seen as Theodore Seuss Geisel). Bennett was Geisel's publisher at Random House. I have seen the following statement on the web, and have no idea if it is true or not: "In 1960, Bennett Cerf bet Geisel $50 that he could not write an entire book using only fifty words. The result of this bet was 'Green Eggs and Ham.'" Some net versions say that Bennett paid his lost bet, and some versions say that he didn't pay. My guess is that if Bennett did lose, then he paid, as Bennett seems to be a very honorable man. Even though $50 can be considered to be "a lot of money in 1962," it was probably "pocket change" to Bennett Cerf, who was earning more than $750 each week for his WML appearance alone, in addition to his Random House income. - Suzanne

    • Dorothy, being the music lover that she is, disqualified herself from the Melba Liston game, since she knew who Melba was. This gave Bennett a big clue, and he then started his questioning in the music area. He first joked about Dorothy's nightlife, and Dorothy told Bennett it was none of his business! - Suzanne

    • Robert Morse (b. 5/18/1931)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Morse, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • On February 20, 1962, Astronaut John Glenn (John Herschel Glenn, Jr.) piloted the Mercury-Atlas 6 "Friendship 7" spacecraft on the first manned orbital mission of the United States. Launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, Launch Complex 14, he completed a successful three-orbit mission around the earth, reaching a maximum altitude (apogee) of approximately 162 statute miles and an orbital velocity of approximately 17,500 miles per hour. Glenn's "Friendship 7" Mercury spacecraft landed approximately 800 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral in the vicinity of Grand Turk Island. Mission duration from launch to impact was 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. - Suzanne