What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 32


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 08, 1962 on CBS
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Game 1: Ray E. Dodge (Ray Edgar Dodge) (8/4/1900 - 3/28/1985) - "Makes Hollywood 'Oscars' (Trophy Manufacturer)" (self-employed; he owns the Dodge Trophy Company in Los Angeles, CA; John said that Ray Dodge was a previous United States Olympic Team runner and that he competed in the thousand-meter track event in the 1924 Olympics; the 1924 Summer Olympics were held in Paris, France; The Academy Awards Oscar trophy is made of tin with a gold plating; previously from Miami Beach, Florida)

Game 2: Mrs. Lillie McGuire (7/27/1909 - 3/21/2002) (Mother of McGuire Sisters) - "Minister" (self-employed; from "near Dayton," Ohio; Reverend Lillie McGuire had previously appeared on a Goodson-Todman game show when she was the featured contestant in the first game of an episode of "To Tell the Truth" which was originally broadcast on February 3, 1959, with host Bud Collyer and the panel of Betty White, Ralph Bellamy, Kitty Carlisle and Tom Poston)

Game 3: The McGuire Sisters (as Mystery Guest Trio)

Christine McGuire (b. 7/30/1926)
Dorothy McGuire (2/13/1928 - 9/7/2012)
Phyllis McGuire (b. 2/14/1931)

Game 4: Henry L. Smith - "Shoes Race Horses (at Trotting Tracks)" (self-employed; he works at Roosevelt Race Track, which is also known as Roosevelt Raceway of Westbury, Long Island, New York; from Newburg, 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)

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

        REVIEW: For the second week in a row, the distaff members of the panel had an excellent evening, especially Dorothy, who accounted for two of the three correct guesses for the evening. Things got rolling in the first game when Dorothy got one of her famous weenies during Arlene's questioning of Mr. Dodge. Arlene then passed the questioning back to Dorothy who correctly figured out that Mr. Dodge was responsible for making the Oscar statues for the Academy Awards. Of course, the significance of which was that the next night was the annual Oscar ceremony. Dorothy also was successful in the second game as she correctly guessed that Mrs. McGuire was a minister. It was later revealed that Mrs. McGuire was the mother of the famous McGuire Sisters. What made it ironic, though, was that after the show, Dolly Mae and her husband, Dick, were going to meet up with Phyllis, Dorothy and Christine to go to the Copacabana to see Rosemary Clooney perform. What made it doubly ironic was that the night's mystery guests were the McGuire Sisters. In that round, it wasn't Dorothy who guessed the girls, but Arlene who made the correct guess. The girls had just finished their engagement at Basin Street East and they said that they were nervous about appearing on the show due to the fact that Dorothy and guest panelist Merv Griffin had been in attendance during their engagement. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the trotting horse shoer won the full prize by default. However, nothing could take away from the fact that this was Dorothy's night. - Sargebri (2006)

        MORE ABOUT MERV GRIFFIN: It was interesting that Merv Griffin was chosen to open the questioning of the horse shoer, because several years after his appearance on the show, he would become a successful horse breeder. In fact, one of his horses, Stevie Wonderboy, was the odds-on favorite to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, a few weeks before this episode aired on GSN on February 25, 2006, the horse underwent surgery to repair a fractured leg and was unable to compete in the Derby. However, horse breeding wasn't the main thing Merv would be famous for. Later that year, Merv would get a 55 minute daily talk show on NBC that ran from October 1962 to March 1963. A few years later, CBS would hire Merv in their attempt to dethrone Johnny Carson with his own nightly talk show. "The Merv Griffin Show" aired from August 1969 until February 1972. Merv definitely had a very unique interviewing style as he would often fawn over his guest and would often say "Ooh" or "Ah" as his guests would relate interesting facts. However, even though he was unable to dethrone Johnny, he would come back a few years later with a syndicated version of the show that lasted from 1972 until 1986. Ironically, the night that his final show aired in most of the country, Merv was a guest of Johnny's on "The Tonight Show." Also, at the time of his appearance on WML, Merv was the host of another Goodson-Todman show, "Play Your Hunch." In fact, he probably learned a lot from his old bosses as he created two of the most popular game shows in the history of television, "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune." Those creations definitely made him a wealthy man as he not only became a successful horse owner, but a real estate mogul as well. - Sargebri (2006)

      • (1) MORE ABOUT MERV GRIFFIN: Within less than six months of his guest panelist appearance tonight, Merv Griffin would commence a run that would last more than two decades, and in different configurations and venues, as a talk show host. "The Merv Griffin Show" would ironically begin on the same day, October 1, 1962, that occasional "WML?" guest panelist Johnny Carson began his nearly three-decades-long stint as host of "The Tonight Show." Griffin's show would run through 1986 in different forms, as a daytime show on NBC from 1962-1963, syndicated from 1965-1969, on CBS from 1969-1972 (in direct competition against Carson) and, finally, in syndication from 1972-1986. He would also go on to produce the original 1964-1975 "Jeopardy!" game show with Art Fleming as host (and the current syndicated version hosted by Alex Trebek), and "Wheel of Fortune" from its 1974 debut.
        Griffin was no stranger to Goodson-Todman, however. He had hosted the G-T game show "Play Your Hunch" from its 1958 debut until September 1962. The show's announcer was Johnny Olson. In addition, Merv had also appeared on "I've Got a Secret" and was a substitute host on "To Tell the Truth" and the original "The Price Is Right."
        (2) "WML?" END CREDITS WATCH: In the new end credit graphics, the "A CBS Television Network Production" card initially consisted solely of the balloon man holding "CBS eye" balloons. The National Association of Broadcasters' "Seal of Good Practice/Television Code" insignia initially wasn't part of that graphic; it would be incorporated into the CBS "balloon man" card effective with EPISODE #630 of September 9, 1962. - W-B (2006)

      • Arlene mentions that before showtime, the panel sometimes "warms up" for the broadcast by playing practice games, with one panelist pretending to be the contestant and the others asking questions. Before tonight's show, as coincidence would have it, Arlene pretended to be a lady minister - just like tonight's second guest, Mrs. Lillie McGuire. - Garrison Skunk (2004)

        Poor Ralph Holmes, the lighting director, had his name garbled in the new April 8, 1962 credits: he's now "Raplh" Holmes. This typo still wasn't fixed as of the May 6, 1962 episode. - chowbok (2004)

        Dorothy was brilliant tonight! After she pegged the first two contestants, Bennett exclaimed, "Dorothy is as hot as a pistol tonight!" After Lillie McGuire's identity is revealed, Dorothy also makes you smile when she exclaims that after What's My Line? is over, she and her husband (Dick Kollmar) are going to meet the McGuire Sisters, and they are all going to go see Rosemary Clooney's show at the Copa (Copocabana). Little did Dorothy know at that point that The McGuire Sisters would be the upcoming contestants! - Suzanne (2004)

        NEW OPENING SEQUENCE: This episode debuts a new opening sequence with the animated "juggler" cartoon. Sascha Burland's music theme "Sounds" is still in use, but the tune has undergone a variation. As for the graphics: First, a juggler is shown on a unicycle, juggling a circle of balls. The balls then peel off and form a solid oval pattern on the screen. Next, a billiards player appears. He uses a cue ball and billiard stick to shoot at the oval of balls. The balls then roll around, and then form the word "What's." One ball remains, and drops to the ground. Next, a gardener appears with a watering can. He waters the ball on the ground. A tree quickly grows from the ball. The gardener is shocked, and his hat bounces off his head. A question mark arises from the bottom of the tree. The gardener disappears behind the tree. The question mark continues to dance around the screen. The tree then morphs into a man with a butterfly net and the word "My." He tries to catch the question mark with his net. His net morphs into the word "Line." He walks out of view. Next, a lasso appears, and ropes the question mark. Next, the cowboy appears, and drags the question mark into place. He then walks off the screen, dragging the entire "What's My Line?" title. The sponsor's advertisement (Allstate Insurance) is then shown. After that, "What's My Line" appears on the screen again, with no question mark. A horse walks in front of it. The horse separates in two pieces. The "rear end" of the horse shows a man in a costume, and he places the question mark where it belongs. He turns toward us, and then exits. The sequence takes about 40 seconds. The end credits are also new too, though not animated. The end credits continue to use the same theme music, "Rollercoaster" written by Lou Busch and Milton Delugg. This opening sequence remains in use until February 14, 1965, when the "3 horizontal segments" sequence begins, with yet another different variation of "Sounds." No mention of any of the changes is made on the program this evening. - Suzanne (2004)

        The McGuire Sisters are Christine, Dorothy and Phyllis. (They are listed by both their individual names and group name so their appearance will be listed in their respective databases.) They promoted their performance at "Basin Street East" in New York, New York. - Suzanne (2004)

        Merv Griffin (7/6/1925 - 8/12/2007)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Merv Griffin, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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