What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 33

EPISODE #609

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 15, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #609
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Game 1: Al Ward - "Operates San Francisco Cable Car" (salaried; John announced that the guest is also a member of SAG, which is the Screen Actors Guild for actors; from San Francisco, CA)

Game 2: Miss Sylvia Mendoza - "Income Tax Examiner" (salaried; she works for the IRS, the Internal Revenue Service; originally from Puerto Rico; her current residency was not mentioned, but she is most likely from New York)

Game 3: Casey Stengel (7/30/1890 - 9/29/1975) (as Mystery Guest) (The audience gave him WILD applause!)

Game 4: Miss Luisa Bisbini - "Juggler" (salaried; she works for Barnum & Bailey Circus; John said that she comes from an old circus family of Milan, Italy; this guest was most likely booked as a nod to the new What's My Line? opening sequence which starts out with a juggler; from Milan, Italy)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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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    • QUOTES (1)

      • Tony: The poet T.S. Eliot said that April is the cruelest month. I think he was referring to today. Are you in any way connected with this cruel day, April 15?

    • NOTES (12)

      • BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on July 18, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the baseball world. This tribute was in honor of the Baseball Hall of Fame's 70th anniversary. Previously, it had aired in regular rotation on GSN on February 26, 2006. - W-B (2006)

        BELOVED CASEY STENGEL: Casey so charmed the panel, the moderator and the theatre audience that they couldn't get enough him, with the applause and accolades for Casey being led by Bennett Cerf. Bennett had disqualified himself because he was not only Casey's publisher on a new autobiography, but he was also the person who had talked Casey into appearing as the mystery guest on tonight's show. Casey appeared not as the manager of the Yankees, but as the new and first-ever manager of the expansion Mets, who were starting their inaugural season in 1962. - Tom Ruja (2006)

      • CASEY STENGEL & DOROTHY'S QUESTIONS: Back when Casey Stengel was managing the Yankees, during the baseball season - and especially as championship time drew near - Dorothy Kilgallen would frequently ask mystery guests questions concerning the study of dentistry. She would also ask about left-handed dental instruments. The story was that Casey had intended to go to dental school, but because he was left-handed, he required lefty dental tools. Casey had maintained that he had tried to very hard to obtain these instruments, but when he could not acquire them, he turned reluctantly to a career as a baseball player. Dorothy had apparently heard of Stengel's interest in studying dentistry and therefore repeatedly asked mystery guests these related questions. One night, it even got to the point where Bennett asked Dorothy why she kept asking these types of questions. However, she refused to divulge her reasons at that time. It was sadly ironic that when Casey finally did appear on WML, it was on an evening when Dorothy failed to ask her now-famous dental-related questions. Also, by this time, Bennett had published a biography of Casey, and was now probably well aware of Casey's one-time ambition. And now, the answer as to why Charles Stengel became known as Casey. It is because he was from K.C., which are the initials for Kansas City, Missouri. - brklnbern

      • After a slow start, the panel had one of there best performances in quite a long time. In fact, their performance in the final game really showed why they were so great. Things got off to a rocky start in the first game. Bennett did, however, correctly guess that the contestant was a cable car operator, but it was after John had flipped over all the cards. Bennett had better luck in the second game when he correctly guessed that the contestant was a tax examiner. However, some of the credit should go to Tony, who remembered the date, April 15th, and figured out that the guest had something to do with taxes. In fact, as Tony was questioning her, he used T.S. Eliot's famous line about "April being the cruelest month." In the mystery guest round, the panel was somewhat handicapped because Bennett voluntarily disqualified himself. Bennett knew in advance that the mystery guest was baseball legend Casey Stengel. As Bennett explained after the game, he had arranged for Casey to come on the show not only to promote Casey's book, "Casey at the Bat," but also to promote New York's newest baseball team, the Mets. However, Dorothy did make the correct identification, especially after Arlene correctly guessed "baseball" and Tony guessed "the Mets." The final game was a work of sheer brilliance as the panel, with time running out, correctly guessed that the young lady from Italy was a juggler working with the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. That remarkable performance definitely put an exclamation point on a great evening. - Sargebri

      • THE NEW YORK METS: As was mentioned in the first game, Casey Stengel was on the show not only to promote his book, but to also promote New York's newest team, the Mets. However, the Mets' first season in the National League was an unqualified disaster in the history of baseball. They wound up with the worst single season record in history when they finished with a tally of 40-120 for the official total of 160 games which were played in their inaugural season of 1962. In fact, for the next seven seasons, the Mets either finished at or near the bottom of the National League standings. However, in 1969, the "Amazin'" Mets, lead by Gil Hodges, not only won the pennant, but they pulled off one of the greatest upsets in sports history when they defeated the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles to win the World Series. As it turned out, 1969 proved to be a remarkable year in all three major sports as the Jets beat the Baltimore Colts 16-7 in Super Bowl III; the Knicks, lead by Willis Reed, defeated the Lakers in the NBA Championship series; and the Mets achieved their win in the World Series. In fact, en route to the NBA title, the Knicks beat another Baltimore team, the Bullets, in the Eastern Conference playoffs. So, the city of Baltimore went 0 for 3 against teams from New York. - Sargebri

      • Back in August and September 1960, Dorothy asked almost every male mystery guest if he had once studied dentistry, in hopes that the mystery guest would be Casey Stengel, since he had studied dentistry earlier in his life. Dorothy did not ask this particular question tonight, but it was nice that she was the one to identify Casey Stengel as the mystery guest. - ymike673

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at four down, even though Bennett had essentially guessed her occupation. - agent_0042

      • Tony Randall introduced Dorothy as a "great Twister." This would have been a perfect time to see Dorothy do a sample of the Twist, especially since so many comments have been made to her excellent dancing ability, but alas, she was evidently too shy. - agent_0042

      • (1) In the wake of the change to the opening animated titles and end credits for "WML?" effective with the previous episode, Kellogg's unveils its own change to its own opening sequence starting with tonight's show. This is Kellogg's fifth such variation since 1958.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: After he identified the final contestant Luisa Bisbini's line of juggler, Bennett indulged in one of his more atrocious puns when he uttered the phrase "in a juggler vein." Bennett, of course, was making a pun based upon "jugular vein," one of the veins in the neck that carry blood from the head back to the heart. - W-B

      • WEENIE WATCH: Dorothy's incorrect guess that Al Ward worked for the zoo was her "one big weenie" for the evening. - Garrison Skunk

      • Casey Stengel was legendary for his showmanship as a player/coach/manager in baseball. While pondering what would happen if Stengel ever entered his own arena of show business, George Gobel once exclaimed, "If he ever went pro, he would put us all out of business!" Stengel gives us a small taste of his dramatic flair as he leaves the set after his segment. He gives a small turn and bow to the audience that any vaudevillian would be proud of! Casey is not only plugging his new book "Casey at the Bat," which was published by Random House, but is also promoting the beginning of the first disastrous season of the New York Mets, who were to win only 40 games all season, while losing 120. - exapno99

      • Bennett Cerf disqualified himself from Casey Stengel's game. Later, he explained that he is publishing Casey's book, and knew in advance of the appearance of this baseball legend who was the manager of the New York Mets. Casey's book was published by Random House in 1962, and was titled, "Casey at the Bat: The Story of My Life in Baseball." It was written by Casey Stengel (with Harry T. Paxton). - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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