What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 36


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 06, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Ann Schuling - "Makes Racing Silks For Jockeys" (self-employed; she has been in this occupation for 27 years; from West Hollywood, Florida)

Game 2: Mrs. June Poplar - "Sells Life Insurance on Chickens" (salaried; she is employed by the Hoffman Singleton Insurance Company and insures chickens and turkeys against death from windstorm and hail damage; from Kansas City, MO; June is also the National Women's Scuba Diving Champion. In 1961, the two-woman team of Mary Edith "Mel" Lillis and June Poplar won the first International SCUBA Triathlon competitions in New Orleans.)

Game 3: Abe Burrows (12/18/1910 - 5/17/1985) (as Mystery Guest) (He held up "yes" and "no" signs to avoid voice recognition.)

Game 4: Franz Furtner (10/10/1907 - 8/22/1994) - "Balances on One Finger in Circus, the Famous 'UNUS'" (salaried; originally from Vienna, Austria, now from Sarasota, FL, he works for the Barnum & Bailey Circus; Unus is the Latin word for "one"; On the net, I found this 1953 quote from Ernest Hemingway, printed in a circus magazine: "In your dreams you watch Unus standing on one finger and you think: Look at such a fine, intelligent and excellent man making his living standing on one finger when most of us can't even stand on our feet.")

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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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    • NOTES (8)

      • Just like the previous week, the panel had a rough go of it. In fact, if it weren't for the returning Joey Bishop, the panel would have been shut out, and would have won no games at all this evening. In the first game, Joey came close when he jokingly said the contestant had something to do with apparel. However, the panel forgot all about the previous day's running of the Kentucky Derby and never did figure out that she made the silks for the jockeys. The panel did just as bad in the second game when they were stumped by the chicken insurer. In the mystery guest round, Joey brought some satisfaction for the panel when he correctly identified former WML guest panelist, and former "The Name's the Same" panelist, Abe Burrows. Abe had just celebrated his seven Tony wins for "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" at the previous week's Tony Awards. He jokingly said that he didn't count the wins for the play that was his main competition, "A Man for All Seasons." In addition, he discussed a film project he was planning on starting. The project wasn't named yet, but Abe said that it was based on "Janus." In the final game, the panel ran out of time and failed to identify "UNUS," who was doing a one-fingered balancing act for the Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus. That definitely put a merciful ending to a rather dismal night. - Sargebri

      • The second contestant for the night's services probably could be put to use today in 2006. Ironically, when this episode was shown on GSN on March 1, 2006, the world was very concerned about a possible pandemic of Avian Flu. - Sargebri

      • There were some major sound and audio problems in this episode in terms of microphone feedback and such. - agent_0042

      • There were some major sound/audio problems in this episode in terms of microphone feedback and such. - agent_0042

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

      • (1) Tonight's episode is sponsored by Dentu-Creme, which had previously sponsored "WML?" EPISODE #610. As was also seen in the earlier episode, "Py-co-pay" is displayed on both the panel desk and on the top of the sign-in chalkboard.
        (2) Dorothy unveils a new hairstyle effective with tonight's show.
        (3) In 1965, tonight's mystery guest, Abe Burrows, and legendary TV critic and reviewer, Cleveland Amory, would create the ill-fated TV series "O.K. Crackerby!" which starred Burl Ives in the title role and ran on ABC from September 16, 1965 to January 6, 1966. "O.K. Crackerby!" would be rated among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name. - W-B

      • Ralph Holmes, the lighting director, had his name garbled as "Raplh" Holmes in the new April 8, 1962 credits. This typo still is not fixed as of this May 6, 1962 episode. - chowbok

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Joey Bishop, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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