What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 2


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 09, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Philip L. Rhodes (1/15/1895 - 8/28/1974) (he signed in as "P.L. Rhodes") - "Yacht Designer (Designed America's Cup Defender 'Weatherly')" (self-employed; John mentioned that the America's Cup races will begin next Saturday; from Pelham Manor, New York)

There are many references on the web to Phil Rhodes and his boat designs, for example:


Game 2: Miss Joanna Lee (4/7/1931 - 10/24/2003) - "TV Comedy Writer" (self-employed; John stated that she has written for shows such as "Pete and Gladys," "Our Man Higgins," "The Flintstones," and "The Jetsons"; she stated that she is beginning work on a new pilot for Cy Howard at Desilu Studios; from Beverly Hills, California)

Game 3: Dick Powell (11/14/1904 - 1/2/1963) (as Mystery Guest)

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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)

Dick Powell

Dick Powell

Mystery Guest

Guest Star

Joanna Lee

Joanna Lee


Guest Star

Tony Randall

Tony Randall

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • LIVE FROM NEW YORK!!! Officially, this was the first live broadcast of WML for the 1962 television season and it was good to see Tony Randall on the panel to celebrate the beginning of the new season. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a poor night for the panel. However, things did get off to a promising start in the first game as Bennett correctly figured out that the first contestant had something to do with the construction of yachts. It was later revealed that Mr. Rhodes was the man responsible for the design of the Weatherly, which was to defend the United States hold on the America's Cup. Things started to go downhill in the second game as the panel failed to guess that Joanna Lee was a comedy writer for television, with several credits to her name. It was later revealed by John Daly that Tony and Joanna had shared a flight together when they both were on their way to New York from California to appear on the show. The panel really hit bottom when they failed to identify their old friend Dick Powell. Dick was on to promote what would be the final season of his show "The Dick Powell Theater." Sadly, Dick would die a few months later from cancer (more on that later). He also discussed his production company, Four Star Productions, as well as his lovely wife June Allyson. This definitely was a rough start to the new season. - Sargebri

    • DICK POWELL: As was mentioned earlier, this was Dick Powell's final appearance on WML. In 1963, he would succumb to cancer. Ironically, he would become the first in a series of deaths attributed to a film that has been called one of the worst in history, the 1956 film "The Conqueror." That film, starring John Wayne as "Genghis Khan," was filmed in the Utah desert, which was also the site of several atomic bomb tests. To make matters worse, some of the irradiated sand from the Utah location was brought back to Hollywood to be used when some of the scenes were shot on a Hollywood soundstage. Within the next several years, several members of the cast and crew, including Susan Hayward, Agnes Moorehead and Pedro Armendariz, would later contract various forms of cancer that were attributed to the filming of the picture. Another interesting fact about the film was that eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes provided the financial backing for this film and later paid an additional $12 million (estimated) for every existing print of it from a sense of guilt - because it was he who paid for the shipping of 60 tons of radioactive dirt to Hollywood for retakes. He kept a jealous hold on the film - not even allowing it to be seen on television - for 17 years until 1974, when Paramount managed to secure the rights to reissue it. - Sargebri

    • AMERICA'S CUP: As was mentioned in the post game chat following the first game, the Weatherly was about to compete against Gretel of Australia in the America's Cup yacht races. The Weatherly would go on to win the best of seven series, four races to one, continuing the United States' winning streak in the series, which began with the inaugural race in 1851. However, in 1983, the streak would end when Australia 2, skippered by John Bertrand, defeated the American defender Liberty, skippered by Dennis Conner, 4-3. - Sargebri

    • JOANNA LEE: During the questioning of Joanna Lee, Tony asked if she were a performer. Joanna gave him a "no" answer, which was correct at the time. However, she did have one acting credit, which she probably regretted. Before becoming one of the most acclaimed comedy writers in television history, Joanna appeared in a film which has gone down in history as one of the worst of all times, "Plan 9 from Outer Space." That film was written, produced and directed by the man who has long been associated with bad filmmaking, the infamous Ed Wood. That film is also notable for being the final film in the career of Bela Lugosi. In fact, Lugosi died during filming, after several scenes featuring him had already been shot. However, Wood decided to continue shooting the film and decided to use his wife's chiropractor as a stand-in for Lugosi. To keep the replacement actor from being recognized, he was told to keep his cape over his face. Unfortunately, the results were laughable, partially due to the fact that the chiropractor was over a foot taller than Lugosi. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at five down. Bennett had correctly surmised that he was associated with yachts, but John decided not to make the panel try to guess exactly how he was involved with yachts. - agent_0042

    • (1) BEGINNING OF THE "SEAL OF GOOD PRACTICE" ERA: Effective with tonight's show, the National Association of Broadcasters' "Seal of Good Practice" emblem is displayed on the lower right-hand corner of the "A CBS Television Network Production" slide card graphic, to the right of the balloon man and below the CBS eye balloons. The seal was an indication that a TV station or network was a subscriber to the NAB's Television Code which first took effect on March 1, 1952, but whose seal first began to show up on the end credits of most network TV programs starting with the 1962-1963 season. This layout, as shown on "WML?" through EPISODE #780 of September 5, 1965, consisted of the words "National Association of Broadcasters" in small type, "Seal of Good Practice" in large type and "Television Code" in small type. The large type was set in a sans-serif font called Venus Bold Extended, while the small type was set in another sans-serif typeface called Franklin Gothic Extended. The text appeared framed inside a television insignia with a leaf motif on the edge of the left and right sides. After 1965, the seal's layout was modified, with the "National Association of Broadcasters" in small type, "Television Code" in large type and "Seal of Good Practice" in small type, all in a serif font. On "WML?", this later variation replaced the "Seal of Good Practice" version on the lower right-hand corner of the "CBS Television Network Production" card beginning with EPISODE #781 of September 12, 1965 and remained in place to the end of the weekly network run of "WML?" in 1967.

      The particular layout which dated back to 1959 but was first seen on most TV programs beginning this season can be found on the following website:


      The post-1965 variation of the seal can be found on the following website:


      (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Production supervisor Dennis Maitland's name and position have returned to the final crew credit slide card, Gil DeStefano is credited as lighting director in place of Ralph Holmes, and Ted Miller is credited as technical director. - W-B (2006)

    • (1) DICK POWELL: This was Dick Powell's final "WML?" appearance. He appeared on the show a total of five times; four times as a mystery guest and once as a guest panelist on EPISODE #447 of January 11, 1959. On January 2, 1963, less than four months after his "WML?" appearance tonight, Mr. Powell died of stomach cancer in West Los Angeles, California. He was 58 years old. From 1945 until his death, Dick had been married to frequent "WML?" mystery guest June Allyson. Coincidentally, Dick died on the exact same day, and of the exact same cause of death, as Jack Carson, who was a "WML?" mystery guest on EPISODE #108 of June 22, 1952. Unfortunately, that 1952 episode is lost to history.
      (2) JOANNA LEE: Though "Plan 9 From Outer Space" was Joanna Lee's most famous (or infamous) acting credit, it wasn't her only one. In 1958, the year before "Plan 9" came out, Miss Lee co-starred as "Alice Summers" in the horror film "The Brain Eaters," which starred Ed Nelson, the future co-star of the TV version of "Peyton Place." Miss Lee also appeared in episodes of such TV shows of the era as "The Donna Reed Show" and "Leave It to Beaver." - W-B

    • On February 1, 2004, GSN skipped this episode to air a Jack Paar tribute. Jack Paar had passed away on January 27, 2004. This episode was shown in regular rotation by GSN on December 13, 2001 and again on March 21, 2006. - Suzanne & W-B

    • This episode was shown live, sponsored by Speidel. In Dorothy's introduction of Tony Randall, she mentioned he had just returned from Greece, and called him her favorite "carpuzi," which Tony said was Greek for "watermelon." In his closing comments, Bennett Cerf mistakenly referred to Joanna Lee as "Jane Lee." Joanna Lee's writing credits include Gilligan's Island, Bewitched, My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, and many others. She also acted in a few bit parts in TV and movies, including an appearance as "Tanna" in the 1959 science-fiction horror movie "Plan 9 From Outer Space," which is generally considered to be the worst movie ever made. She died on October 24, 2003. - Phil Wala, Waseca, Minnesota

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.