What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 5


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 30, 1962 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

  • Notes

    • Further research on Mike Kilkenny shows that he actually was from Toronto! - exapno (2006)

    • Mention is made of Bennett having been in San Francisco the previous week. It is possible that he attended the World Series games between the Yankees and the Giants. The Yankees would win the series in 7 games. This would be the 8th and final time the Yankees would win the World Series during the time WML was on the air. - ymike673 (2006)

    • REVIEW: After the previous week's good performance, the panel put in a stinker of a performance this particular evening. In the first game, Bennett correctly guessed that the first mystery guest was composer and president of Lincoln Center, William Schuman. Unfortunately, it was after Arlene got the final "no" answer. Martin did get close when he guessed that Mr. Schuman was the manager of the center. However, because Martin didn't say "president," he got a "no." In the second game, the panel was totally stumped by the female wine steward. Of course, in those days, there were so few women holding that position that the panel shouldn't have been faulted for not guessing her line. Their luck improved in the mystery guest round when Dorothy correctly identified Gordon and Sheila MacRae, who had the audience in stitches with their Svengali act. Gordon and Sheila were on the show to promote their then current engagement at the Empire Room at the Waldorf. In the final game, Bennett was closing in on what the young hot dog vendor at Yankee Stadium did, but the time ran out and the teenager won the full prize by default. Perhaps the next week would be a better one for the panel. - Sargebri (2006)

      THE MACRAES: During the post game chat after the mystery guest round, John brought up the MacRae's children. Of course, two of their daughters, Meredith MacRae and Heather MacRae, would later achieve successful careers in show business. Meredith would go on to play the role of "Billie Jo Bradley" in the hit rural comedy "Petticoat Junction." She also would later become a semi-regular panelist on the syndicated version of WML. Interestingly, she is perhaps the first second-generation WML panelist, due to the fact that her parents both appeared on the classic CBS panel at different times during the show's long run. The irony is that Gordon and Sheila never appeared on the CBS panel together. - Sargebri (2006)

      KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Once again Dorothy seemed to be in control, but at various times her voice did seem somewhat thick and slurry. In only a few more months, she will return to the LeRoy Sanitarium to begin withdrawal from her alcohol and barbiturate addictions. - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at two down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

    • (1) Ironically, given co-mystery guest Sheila MacRae's future working association with Jackie Gleason, tonight's "WML?" episode aired one day after the premiere of The Great One's new variety series "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine," which ran on CBS from September 29, 1962 to June 4, 1966. Also, on October 1, 1962, the day after tonight's show, occasional "WML?" guest panelist Johnny Carson began a nearly 30-year run as host of "The Tonight Show."
      (2) BAD PUN ALERT!!! Once again, Arlene used the "Count of Monte Kisco" pun to describe Bennett in her introduction of him. Next, Bennett, in his introduction of John Daly, brought up the news of Mariner 2's recent encounter with a meteor. Bennett then mentioned that there was a meteor on the "WML?" program every Sunday night and said, "I'd like you to 'meteor' our panel moderator..." This pathetic pun brought huge groans from both the studio audience and his fellow panelists. - W-B (2006)

    • Mike Kilkenny later became a professional baseball player and was signed by the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1964. Through various trades, he also played for the Oakland Athletics, the San Diego Padres, and the Cleveland Indians. He played for 5 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 1973. - Suzanne

    • From 1966 to 1970, Sheila MacRae played "Alice Kramden" on what has come to be called the "Color Honeymooners" episodes of "The Jackie Gleason Show." The MacRae's daughter, Meredith MacRae, later stared as "Billie Jo Bradley" on the television show "Petticoat Junction." She also became a semi-regular panelist on the syndicated version of What's My Line? Their other daughter, Heather MacRae, also pursued an acting and singing career. - Sargebri + W-B

    • Gordon and Sheila MacRae had a very unusual mystery guest appearance. She performed as a robot, complete with appropriate robotic vocals and stiff arm movements. It was never explained why they did this, other than the fact that they mentioned that they have had a hard time stumping the panel in the past. They were promoting their appearance at the Empire Room in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC. It is possible that this robotic performance was in some way connected to their Empire Room act. Gordon and Sheila MacRae were married from May 21, 1941 until their divorce on April 15, 1967. - Suzanne

      Following Sheila's divorce from Gordon, in 1967 she married Ronald Wayne, who was the producer of "The Jackie Gleason Show" at the time of their marriage. - W-B

    • In 1962, William Schuman was appointed as the first president of the newly-founded Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. John Daly touched upon his fine background, mentioning his connection with Juillard (he studied there and was later appointed as President) and his 1943 Pulitzer Prize. His secular cantata "A Free Song" received the first Pulitzer Prize in music. - Suzanne

      Notably, What's My Line? was preempted the previous week for the TV special "Opening Night at Lincoln Center." - agent_0042

    • Arlene announced that Bennett's new book has just been published by Random House, titled "Riddle-De-Dee" which I'm guessing is a pun on Scarlett O'Hara's famous line, "Fiddle Dee Dee," from Gone With The Wind. The book's publication date was September 12, 1962. The full title is "Riddle De-Dee: 458 Riddles, Old and New, for Children from 12 to 112." The Editorial Review (written by Ingram) at Amazon.com says: A wacky collection of classic riddles includes those that have been declared among the worst in the history of humor, such as "When are eyes not eyes? When the cold air makes them water!" But don't mind him, Bennett, because we love your and your zany puns! - Suzanne (2004)

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

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