What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 44


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 01, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Irene Fischer - "Crab Fisherman" (self-employed; she catches Chesapeake Bay crabs; from Baltimore, MD)

Game 2: Mrs. Dolores Carroll - "Does 'Human Bomb' Act (Blows Self Up With Dynamite)" (self-employed; she gets in a box with 2 sticks of dynamite 12" above her helmet-covered head. She exhales, to empty her lungs of air, and then her husband sets off the dynamite. The man who taught her this trick, Gene Beene, was a contestant on WML EPISODE #541 on December 4, 1960. He still travels with the act. It was not mentioned whether or not Dolores and Gene were related. From Chattanooga, Tennessee)

Game 3: Anne Bancroft (9/17/1931 - 6/6/2005) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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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 (3)

      • Bennett: And now here's our panel moderator, that oligarch of obfuscation, John Charles Daly.

      • Dorothy: Good night, John. Alan, our password is "come again."

      • Bennett: Good night, everybody, particularly everybody in Dartmouth tonight. Good night, John.
        John: And if you want a piece of obfuscation, there is a hunk of obfuscation for you, you old crab, you, Bennett. Good night, ladies and gentlemen and thanks for being with us on What's My Line?

    • NOTES (11)

      • THEATRE POLICY: Bennett mentioned that he wanted to take his son to see "The Miracle Worker," but he did not want to enter the theatre in the middle of the film. He said that he was going to wait until he could see the film from its beginning. Unlike today, people would enter a theatre at all times of the day. If the movie had already started, they would simply stay for the next show to see what they had missed. This practice would continue until the late 1960's when theatres would stop allowing people to enter once the movie had started. - ymike673

      • Tonight should have been called ladies night as each of the contestants, including the mystery guest, were women. Also, it was a night for congratulations for Arlene as she was named to the board of directors of Bonwit Teller. As for the games themselves, this was a pretty decent night for the panel as they went 2 for 3 in games won. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the lady from Baltimore was a crab fisherwoman. In fact, Bennett was the one who opened the door by guessing that her job had something to do with the sea. Also, her last name, Fischer, should have been a big hint as to what she did. Unfortunately, in the second game, the panel was stumped by the female human bomb. Interestingly, her mentor had been on the show in 1960. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist, and "Password" host, Allen Ludden correctly identified Anne Bancroft. Anne was on the show to promote the classic film "The Miracle Worker" in which she played the role of teacher to the blind, "Annie Sullivan." Interestingly, she answered the panel's game questions using both verbal answers as well as sign language. That definitely put a nice capper on a good night for the panel. - Sargebri

      • It was announced during the good nights that Arlene would be guest starring on "Password" that coming Tuesday. Also appearing on that episode was "Play Your Hunch" host, and former WML guest panelist, Merv Griffin. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned earlier, Anne Bancroft was on the show to promote the film "The Miracle Worker." Anne reprised her role from the Broadway play in the role of "Annie Sullivan," the teacher of "Helen Keller," who was played by a young Patty Duke, who also reprised her role from the Broadway play. Anne went on to win the Best Actress Oscar for her performance and Patty Duke won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar. Interestingly, seventeen years later in 1979, the film was remade as a made-for-television movie - only this time - Patty would play the role of "Annie" while Melissa Gilbert took on the role of "Helen." - Sargebri

      • Another note on Anne Bancroft's Oscar win: The night Anne Bancroft won her Oscar proved to be the impetus of another chapter in the ongoing feud between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. Davis was also nominated for the Best Actress Oscar, but she was beaten out by Anne. However, the night that the awards were handed out, Anne was in New York performing in the Broadway play "Mother Courage." When it was announced that Anne had won, Joan Crawford came out and accepted the award on Anne's behalf. Bette Davis, angry over the fact that she had lost, later spread a vicious rumor saying that Joan kept the Oscar and took it on a year-long around the world trip. However, those rumors proved to be false as Joan gave Anne her Oscar a week later as she was onstage during a curtain call for "Mother Courage." - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Though Dorothy had a somewhat noticeable slur in her voice, she still was in control of her faculties. However, in the next several months, her substance abuse problems would continue to get worse and in March of 1963 she would return to the LeRoy Sanitarium to try and combat her problem. - Sargebri

      • (1) In her introduction of guest panelist Allen Ludden, Dorothy correctly mentions the title of the game show he is hosting as "Password," unlike on EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965 when she accidentally calls Mr. Ludden's show "Passport."
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: In tonight's end credits, Alan J. Shalleck is credited as associate director, substituting for Alvin R. Mifelow. Also, the position of production supervisor is not listed tonight. - W-B

      • ANNE BANCROFT TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on June 12, 2005 as part of a 2-hour tribute to Anne Bancroft, who had died on June 6, 2005. Also shown were "WML" EPISODE #658 of April 7, 1963 and EPISODE #738 of November 15, 1964 and "Password" EPISODE #27 of July 10, 1962 on which Miss Bancroft and Robert Goulet were featured. - W.B.

      • Anne Bancroft promoted her 1962 award-winning film about the life of Helen Keller, "The Miracle Worker." She portrayed Helen's teacher Annie Sullivan. As she replied to the blindfolded panel's questions, she also signed her answer in American Sign Language (ASL). - Suzanne

      • During the introductions, Allen Ludden announced that Arlene Francis was the only woman on the board of directors of Bonwit Teller, the upscale NYC retail department store. Bonwit Teller remained in business until 1990. - Suzanne

      • Allen Ludden (10/5/1917 - 6/9/1981)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Allen Ludden, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)