What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 05, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Wayne Linberg - "Sells Vacuum Cleaners For Horses & Cows" (self-employed; Mr. Linberg owns the Electric Cleaner Company which manufacturers the "Electro Groom" for horses and the "Dairy Vac" for cows at a cost of $189.50 each; his products are portable and weigh 80 pounds each; from Osseo, Wisconsin; as of 2006, this company is still in the same business and has a web site here: http://www.electriccleaner.com/ )

Game 2: Mrs. Eileen O'Shea (6/30/1934 - 8/21/2009) - "Assistant District Attorney" (salaried; she works for the city of New York and was appointed in February 1962 by Frank D. O'Connor; she mainly handles appeals in criminal court cases; from Bayside, Long Island, NY)

Game 3: Ginger Rogers (7/16/1911 - 4/25/1995) (as Mystery Guest) Bennett nabbed her identity FAST! Ginger Rogers is a first cousin to Bennett's wife Phyllis Cerf, so he certainly knew that she was in town.

Game 4: Mrs. R. Sutanto - "Runs Finnish Health Bath (Sauna)" - (self-employed; she operated Erica's Sauna in Cue Gardens, Long Island, NY; from Jamaica, Long Island, 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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • John: Bennett is lucky to have Phyllis as his wife, and luckier still to have as Phyllis' relative, the beautiful Ginger Rogers.
        Bennett: I agree with you 100%.

      • Arlene: (picking up on Bennett's tip regarding Mystery Challenger) Well, if it's a beautiful blonde related to Bennett's wife, then we all know who it is.
        Dorothy: Ask her if she plays tennis.
        Alan: Well, why don't you ask me? I don't even know Bennett's wife! (loud laughter and applause)
        Arlene: All right, then I'm going to pass it to Alan.
        Alan: I'm sorry I opened my mouth! Well, it seems everyone in America, including the audience, knows who Bennett's wife's beautiful relative is. Well, if she plays tennis, I know who she is. Well, okay, do you play tennis?
        Ginger: Yes.
        Alan: Are you a dancer?
        Ginger: Yes.
        Alan: Have I ever worked on a television show with you?
        Ginger: Yes.
        Alan: (jokingly) I don't know who it is! (smiling) Is it Ginger Rogers?

    • NOTES (8)

      • This was a pretty decent night for the panel as they had a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, the panel came close by guessing that the gentleman from Wisconsin made a product that helped keep livestock clean, but they never specifically figured out that his product was a vacuum cleaner for farm animals. They had better luck in the second round as Bennett correctly guessed that the young lady was an assistant district attorney for the City of New York. The real fun came in the mystery guest round as Bennett's gorgeous cousin-in-law, Ginger Rogers, hit the stage. Almost immediately, the entire panel, with the exception of guest panelist Alan King, knew who she was, especially after Bennett asked if she were related to his wife Phyllis. However, Alan did correctly identify Ginger and the panel really enjoyed the surprise. In the final game, the panel ran out of time, so the sauna operator won the full prize by default. And so ended another fun installment of What's My Line? - Sargebri

      • It was really amusing to hear the panel talk about how hot it was in August. What really made it funny was the fact that this episode was taped a few months earlier - in March - when the weather wasn't nearly so hot. Of course, when the show was taped, the panel wouldn't have known how hot it would be in August, and if it hadn't been hot, it would have really been funny. However, on a more serious note, sometimes when a show is videotaped, events that have happened might really cause some embarrassment. One such incident occurred on November 8, 1965. On that afternoon, an episode of "To Tell the Truth" was broadcast as usual. On that episode, Joan Crawford appeared on the show to play a special game in which the panel was supposed to guess which of three disguised ladies was "the REAL John Crawford." The women were disguised by wearing veils on over their heads and having their voices electronically distorted. After the game, Joan and the two imposters unmasked. The imposters were none other than Arlene Francis and Dorothy Kilgallen. Sadly, a few hours before this episode was shown on television, Dorothy had died in her New York townhouse. After TTTT concluded, there was an announcement informing the audience that the show had been videotaped a couple of weeks earlier and that Dorothy had just passed away. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: In the first game, John flipped all the cards at eight down, but Bennett correctly stated that the guest was associated with cow cleaning. The cards were also flipped for the final challenger at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy looked relatively sober on this episode because tonight's show was taped in March 1962, prior to her recent relapse. - Sargebri

      • While tonight's pre-taped episode used the current "juggler" animated opening, the end credits were the ones used on live editions up to EPISODE #607 of April 1, 1962. Additionally, the production staff cut from the animated opening to the shot of the center stage (with the 1962-1965 "WML?" logo on the overlay screen), rather than dissolving to said shot. - W-B

      • This episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on March 4, 1962.

      • Since everyone except guest panelist Alan King knew about Bennett's relationship to Ginger Rogers, they let Alan ask all the questions. See "quotes" below. - Garrison Skunk

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

    • ALLUSIONS (1)