What's My Line?

Season 13 Episode 50


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

Game 1: Miss Sally Heanssler & Miss Nancy Heanssler (teen sisters, ages 15 and 18) - "Lobster Fisherman" (self-employed; they are also school students; from Maine)

Game 2: Donald F. Duncan, Jr. (6/6/1891 - 5/15/1971) (he signed in as D. F. Duncan) - "Makes Yo-Yos" (self-employed; he is the President of the Duncan Yo-Yo Company; from Wilmette, IL)

Game 3: Red Buttons (2/5/1919 - 7/13/2006) (as Mystery Guest) (He signed in as "Blue Zippers" - Red's birth name is Aaron Chwatt)

Game 4: Frank N. Corrado - "Cleans Exterior of Empire State Building (102 Stories High)" (salaried; it takes 6 months to clean the exterior with the use of scaffolding; he works for a company that "sounded like" Rogel & Beth or Raugel & Beth; from New York, 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)

      • Bennett: And here's our distinguished panel moderator, as voluble as he is valuable -- John Charles Daly.

      • Bennett: Is there more than one of you on the -- (laughter from audience) Is there more than one mystery guest?
        Red: Sometimes I feel like it.
        John: But the answer would be "no." That's one down and nine to go, Miss Kilgallen.

    • NOTES (9)

      • Once again, the panel had a .500 performance, but the first game must have been one of the quickest in the history of the show. Things began with a bang as Bennett did a solo in correctly figuring out that the two teenaged sisters were lobster fisherman. However, John felt sorry for the girls and flipped over all the cards out of sympathy. Unfortunately, all the good luck ran out in the second game as the panel failed to guess that D.F. Duncan was actually Donald F. Duncan, the president of the Duncan Yo-Yo Company. The panel's luck did improve in the mystery guest round as Dorothy correctly identified Red Buttons, who signed in as Blue Zippers. Red was on the show to promote the African adventure picture that he was appearing in, "Hatari," which starred John Wayne. Also, as he was leaving the stage, he took time to promote the play he was appearing in at the time this episode was recorded, "The Tender Trap." In the final game, the time ran out so the man who cleaned the exterior of the Empire State Building won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

      • "Hatari" wouldn't be the only picture that Red and "The Duke" would appear in together that year. Red and John were among the 40 international stars that made of the cast of the classic World War II epic "The Longest Day." Red played a paratrooper whose parachute gets caught on a church steeple during the opening hours of the war and "Duke" played the commanding officer of the group of 82nd Airborne troops that were to land in France before the main invasion force. Interestingly, a few weeks earlier, another member of the cast, Paul Anka, was also on the show as that night's mystery guest. - Sargebri

      • Martin announced that Arlene's play, "Old Acquaintance," is now being performed in Ivoryton, Connecticut. Her travelling play was most likely performed at the historic Ivoryton Playhouse. - Suzanne

      • FLIP REPORT: Bennett almost immediately identified the occupation of the first set of challengers, without a single "no" answer. John went ahead and flipped all the cards in the spirit of fun. John flipped the remaining cards for the final challenger at eight down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's pre-taped episode was sponsored by Allstate Insurance Company. On this occasion, the insurer had alternated with Kellogg's which had sponsored the live EPISODE #615 of May 27, 1962.
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Because of the time frame when this was recorded, production supervisor Dennis Maitland is listed in the final end credit card (the one with the animated man in the control room standing in front of multiple TV monitor images of himself); and Ted Miller as credited as technical director, substituting for Vernon Gamble. - W-B

      • This episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on May 27, 1962, which was the same day as the live transmission of EPISODE #615. - Suzanne & W-B

      • Red Buttons promoted his 1962 film, "Hatari!" He explained that "hatari" means "danger" in the Swahili language. He also promoted his appearance in the play "The Tender Trap" tomorrow (August 13, 1962) in Baltimore at the Owings Mills Playhouse. - Suzanne

      • In the 1950s, Don Duncan, Jr. became president of Duncan Toys Company, founded by his father, Donald F. Duncan, Sr., in the 1920s. "Yo-yo" means "come-come" in the native Filipino language of Tagalog. Until 1995, the biggest yo-yo boom in history happened in 1962, following Don Duncan's innovative use of TV advertising. Financial losses at the end of the boom, and a costly lawsuit to protect the Duncan yo-yo trademark from competitors, forced the Duncan family out of business in the late 1960s. Flambeau Products, who made Duncan's plastic models, bought the company and still owns it today. In 1974, Don Duncan, Jr. then established Playmaxx, Inc., creating a modern yo-yo he named "Pro-Yo," which successfully re-popularized the toy that had been a best-seller for over forty years. Sadly, on June 12, 2003, Don and Donna (his wife of fifty years) died in an automobile accident near Deming, New Mexico, in a heavy windstorm. Duncan Yo-Yo home page: http://www.yo-yo.com/ - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)