What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 18, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Father Joseph Dustin - "Jazz Banjo Player" (self-employed; his 7-man band is domiciled in Detroit, Michigan, and they have released two LPs on the Riverside label, titled "Songs Father Taught Me" and "More Songs Father Taught Me"; Father Dustin said that his recordings are the roaring 20s style of jazz, but he prefers Dixieland jazz; from St. Michael's Catholic Church in Chicago, Illinois)

Game 2: Miss Nancy Lowe - "Secretary to the 7 U.S. Astronauts" (salaried; she works for NASA's seven Mercury Project Astronauts: Alan Shepard, Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper, Gus Grissom, John Glenn, Scott Carpenter and Wally Schirra; she sometimes works at Langley Field in Virginia and she sometimes works at Cape Canaveral in Florida; John said that she was the Twist champion of Cocoa Beach, Florida; from Poquoson, Virginia)

Game 3: Keely Smith (b. 3/9/1928) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Bill Jones - "Sausage Maker" (self-employed; he works for his family business, Jones Sausage Company, which John Daly said has been in business since 1840; from Ft. Atkinson, Wisconsin)

The Jones Dairy Farm Sausage Company is still in business as of 2006. Visit their web site:

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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)

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      • MORE ABOUT KEELY SMITH: In 1965, three years after her "WML?" mystery guest appearance tonight, Keely Smith married record producer Jimmy Bowen. Bowen had been a rockabilly teen idol in the 1950's with a Top 20 hit in 1957 titled "I'm Stickin' With You." At the time of their marriage, he was head of A&R for Reprise Records, which had been started in 1960 by Dorothy Kilgallen's arch-enemy, Frank Sinatra, and merged in 1963 with Warner Bros. Records. Keely and Jimmy's marriage would prove even more futile than her previous marriage to Louis Prima, and she and Bowen divorced in 1968. Bowen would detail his rocky marriage to Keely in his 1997 autobiography (co-written with Jim Jerome), "Rough Mix." - W-B

      • The panel put in a very solid performance as they scored a .500 average for the night. In the first game, Dorothy figured out that the priest from Detroit by way of Chicago was a musician. However, it was Bennett who correctly guessed that he was a banjo player. In fact, Father Dustin was a jazz banjo player who had recorded a couple of albums, with the proceeds going to benefit the various missions he supported. In the second game, the panel failed to guess that the rather attractive young lady from Virginia was the secretary of the "Mercury 7," the seven astronauts who were in the Mercury space program. Things got back on track in the mystery guest round when guest panelist Alan King correctly identified singer Keely Smith. Keely didn't really have anything to promote at the time and was in New York primarily on business. However, she did take time to come on the show and appear as a mystery guest. In the final game, Bennett guessed that the contestant made sausages. However, Bennett's correct identification was made after John had flipped all the cards on the basis of time. However, even with this little slip-up, the panel still had a good evening. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned in the post game chat with Miss Lowe, astronaut Deke Slayton was forced to drop out of the Mercury program when it was discovered that he had a heart murmur. However, he did stay in the space program and 13 years after this episode originally aired, Slayton was declared fit enough to resume astronaut training and took part in the 1975 historic joint U.S./U.S.S.R. Apollo/Soyuz flight. Alan Shepard was removed from flight status in 1964 due to an inner ear problem but later had corrective surgery and eventually was able to go to the moon in 1971. Sadly, Gus Grissom died on the Apollo 1 test in 1967 - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: Bennett guessed that the first challenger was a banjo player at two down and John flipped all the remaining cards. John flipped them all for the final challenger at just one down because the panel ran out of time. Bennett, however, correctly guessed just afterwards that the guest was involved with sausage.- agent_0042

      • John Daly informed the audience that Nancy was also the "Twist Champion of Cocoa Beach, Florida," a fact he had learned from one of the Mercury astronauts. After her game, Nancy Lowe shook hands with the panel as usual. The camera went back to John. Then, you hear the audience erupt in laughter. We can only surmise that Arlene asked Nancy to "do the Twist" and maybe she did! - Suzanne

      • Keely Smith and bandleader Louis Prima began working together in New York City in 1949. They married in 1953 and as a team they recorded many songs together. Perhaps their most famous collaboration, released in 1958, was a wonderful jazz rendition of "That Old Black Magic," which was Johnny Mercer's 1942 classic. Three years later, the lyrics seemed sadly out of date for Keely and Louis: "That old black magic has me in its spell / That old black magic that you weave so well / Those icy fingers up and down my spine / The same old witchcraft when your eyes meet mine," for in 1961, Keely Smith filed for divorce, citing extreme mental cruelty. Keely Smith had been Prima's fourth wife. - Suzanne Astorino & Lee McIntyre

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Alan King, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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