What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 02, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Willie Mosconi (6/27/1913 - 9/12/1993)(as Mystery Guest #1, he signed in as "Mr. X" to avoid name recognition and the panel was not blindfolded) - "World Pocket-Billiard Champion" (salaried; he works for Brunswick Corporation; he has held his champion title for 15 out of the past 20 years; from New Jersey)

Game 2: Miss Ursel Weiler - "Makes Handcuffs" (salaried; she works for the Universal Tool Company in Springfield, Massachusetts; Bennett guessed her line all by himself; originally from Berlin, Germany; currently from Springfield, MA)

Game 3: Jack E. Leonard (4/24/1910 - 5/9/1973) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Robert De Vré (Robert De Vre) - "Piano Tuner" (salaried; originally from Holland; currently from New Jersey)

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  • As Mystery Guest Jack E. Leonard left, he said something amusing to Liberace which made him laugh. Dorothy asked him what Jack said and, after rerunning my TiVo several times I made out Liberace's response: "He said I'd love to kiss you but I can't."moreless

    When the final guest was leaving (a young male piano tuner named Robert De Vre) Liberace leaned in to him and told him to "Leave your name and address". I replayed my TiVo several times to confirm...and yessiree, that's what Liberace said. Quite revealing I think given what we know today.
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)

Willie Mosconi

Willie Mosconi

Mystery Guest #1

Guest Star

Jack E. Leonard

Jack E. Leonard

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star



Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Liberace: Well, judging from the, uh, laughs when, uh, our mystery guest entered, he must be a very funny person not only, uh, uh, to look at but, uh, to listen to.
      Jack: You're no Zsa Zsa Gabor, you know?

  • NOTES (9)

    • This was a fair night for the panel as they batted .500 for the night, but it did feature one very remarkable performance from Bennett. In the first game, the producers took a huge gamble by not having the panel blindfolded as billiards champ Willie Mosconi hit the stage. Instead, they had him sign in as "Mr. X." The gamble worked, as the panel failed to identify him. After the game, Willie talked about how he coached Paul Newman for his role as "Fast Eddie Felson" in the classic billiards film "The Hustler." In the second game, Bennett showed just how great he was by doing a solo in correctly figuring out that the lovely fraulein from Chicago by way of Germany made handcuffs. Of course, a huge laugh came from the audience as Bennett was questioning her and it gave John the perfect opportunity to let loose a zinger directed at his old sparring partner. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy made the correct identification of former WML guest panelist Jack E. Leonard, who was sporting his new svelte look. Jack didn't really promote anything, but just used the opportunity to talk about how much weight he lost. The final game was pretty much seen as a rib on guest panelist Liberace as the final contestant was a piano tuner. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time, so Mr. DeVre won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

    • As was mentioned in the post game chat, Willie Mosconi coached Paul Newman on how to play pool in the classic 1961 film "The Hustler," which also featured Jackie Gleason in the role of "Minnesota Fats." Interestingly, two years after Willie Mosconi's appearance on the show, his longtime rival Rudolph "Minnesota Fats" Wanderone appeared on the show. In fact, Jackie Gleason's character was based in part on Wanderone. It also should be noted that Wanderone had been using a different moniker and didn't begin to call himself "Minnesota Fats" until after "The Hustler" had been released. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: With Arlene's help, Bennett guessed the second challenger's occupation without a single "no" answer. To be kind, John flipped all the cards for her, anyway. John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • (1) FILM BREAKS: During the introductions, there was an obvious and very noticeable break in the film, as no sooner had Arlene taken her position at the panel desk than once more we saw the center stage and Dorothy entered. Thus, Arlene's introduction of Liberace, and Liberace's curtain entrance and introduction of Dorothy, were missing. Later in the program, there was yet another small break at the point at which John revealed the occupation of the final challenger.
      (2) A+ FOR BENNETT: Bennett correctly introduced "our panel moderator" by his full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. John was pleased in a mock manner.
      (3) LIBERACE: Guest panelist Liberace's nameplate on the panel desk reads as - you guessed it - "LIBERACE." Tonight would turn out to be his only "WML?" guest panelist appearance. All his other appearances on the program were as a mystery guest, on EPISODE #313 of June 3, 1956; EPISODE #644 of December 23, 1962; and EPISODE #715 of May 31, 1964. Liberace also appeared as a guest on the March 12, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret" which preceded the taping of tonight's show by one month and three days. - W-B

    • During the end credits, the announcer stated that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on April 15, 1962, which is also the same day as the live transmission of EPISODE #609. Therefore, we are once more treated to the transposition of lighting director Ralph Holmes' first name as "Raplh" in the end credits. - Suzanne & W-B

    • Tidbits: Tonight's sponsor is Kellogg's Cereals.

    • Jack E. Leonard stated that he had lost 148 pounds, and had 30-some-odd more to lose. He stated he was no longer known as "Fat Jack." - Suzanne

    • Willie Mosconi (William Joseph Mosconi) stumped the panel! It was stated that he has held the Billiards Champion title for 15 out of the past 20 years. It was explained that the word "pool" is merely slang for "pocket billiards," and that the other form of billiards is "cushion billiards." He also explained the origin of the slang word "pool." During the 1840s, billiards became associated with pool parlors in large cities. At the time, the word "pool" meant gambling (such as in today's office pool, or making bets for the outcome of sports games) but it was soon permanently attached to the American form of pocket billiards, still commonly known as pool, slang or not. Willie also talked about working with both Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason in the 1961 film "The Hustler." Willie performed the more difficult billiard shots for these actors. Willie was inducted to the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) Hall of Fame in 1968. Willie's longtime billiards rival Minnesota Fats (born Rudolph Wanderone Jr.) will appear on WML as a mystery guest on EPISODE #747 on January 17, 1965. Visit that episode page for more billiards information. - Suzanne Astorino

    • Liberace (5/16/1919 - 2/4/1987)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Liberace, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.