What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 39


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 26, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Gil Hodges (4/4/1924 - 4/2/1972) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded but the regular questioning format was used) - "Manager of Washington Senators Baseball Team" (salaried; he smiled a lot during his game; his career saw 370 home runs with 14 grand slams)

Game 2: Mrs. Karin Gisin & Miss Heidi Nowak (sisters) - "House Painters" (self-employed; they are both members of the Brotherhood of Painters, Decorators & Paperhangers union; Karin Gisin is a union Journeyman and Heidi Nowak is a union Apprentice; from Idaho Falls, Idaho)

Game 3: Peter Ustinov (4/16/1921 - 3/28/2004) (as Mystery Guest #2)

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John Daly

John Daly

Moderator (1950-1967)

Bennett Cerf

Bennett Cerf

Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

Dorothy Kilgallen

Dorothy Kilgallen

Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

Gil Hodges

Gil Hodges

Mystery Guest #1

Guest Star

Peter Ustinov

Peter Ustinov

Mystery Guest #2

Guest Star

Eamonn Andrews

Eamonn Andrews

Guest Panelist

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Kitty Carlisle (to the two young lady house painters): Does this equipment come in the form of tools?
      John Daly: Are you speaking here of wrenches, and bolts, and...
      Dorothy Kilgallen: No, wenches!

  • NOTES (11)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for Gil Hodges at six down, because Bennett had identified him out of turn. John flipped all the cards for the two house painters at four down. Dorothy guessed their line, but John said it was in celebration of Bennett's birthday. - agent_0042

    • REVIEW: This was a night of happiness which was tempered by a very serious event for the panel. First off, the previous day, Bennett celebrated his birthday and he was essentially the brunt of all of John's jokes this evening. This helped to lighten the mood, because of another more sobering incident: Arlene was involved in a very serious auto accident in which she sustained a concussion as well as a broken shoulder and in which someone was killed. However, the show still went on and the panel had a great night. In the first game, Bennett correctly identified the first mystery guest, Washington Senators' manager Gil Hodges. Unfortunately, when Bennett made the identification, it wasn't his turn and Gil won the full prize by default. Things got better in the second game when Dorothy correctly guessed that the two sisters from Idaho were house painters. In the mystery guest round, "To Tell the Truth" grande dame Kitty Carlisle correctly identified mystery guest, and frequent guest panelist, Peter Ustinov. Peter was on the show to promote his latest play "Photo Finish," in which he starred as well as wrote. He also entertained the panel by doing a very funny German accent. That definitely helped to make the evening a little better, and if Arlene was watching, it hopefully helped to raise her spirits. - Sargebri

      GIL HODGES & THE SENATORS: As was mentioned in the post game chat after the first game, Gil Hodges had just retired as a player. He had been named manager of the Washington Senators and had just won his first game at the helm of the team. Unfortunately, that would be one of the few highlights the Senators would have, as they were essentially one of the worst teams in the American League. The team's poor playing ability, as well as their poor attendance records, would cause the team to move from Washington eight years later and relocate to Arlington, Texas in time for the 1972 season, renamed as the Texas Rangers. Also, this was the second team to be named the Senators. The original Senators played in D.C. from 1901 to 1960. That team, like the team that replaced them, moved from Washington to Minneapolis and would be renamed the Twins due to the fact they represented the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul. - Sargebri

      Once again, it took a grande dame to replace a grande dame as Kitty Carlisle once again filled in for Arlene Francis. Interestingly, both times, her replacement was due to illness. On the first occasion, it was for a seemingly humorous reason, as Arlene had contracted a children's disease when she came down with chicken pox. Unfortunately, this time it was for a more serious reason, as Arlene had been injured in an automobile accident. Also, this marked the first of two times that Kitty and Dorothy sat on the WML panel together. Sadly, two and a half years later, Kitty would be sitting in Dorothy's seat the week after Dolly Mae's tragic passing. Also, this wasn't the first time that Kitty and Eamonn Andrews were on a panel together. A few years earlier, Eamonn appeared as a contestant on TTTT, as he was the subject of a game. The following week, he returned to TTTT as a guest panelist. - Sargebri

      This was Eamonn Andrews's final appearance on the WML panel. During the introductions, Bennett announced that Eamonn was named the head of the new Irish Broadcasting Company. However, this wasn't Eamonn's last appearance on WML. In fact, the very next week, he returned as a mystery guest and completely stumped the panel. - Sargebri

    • (1) FINAL EAMONN ANDREWS GUEST PANELIST APPEARANCE: Tonight's show was the first time since EPISODE #519 of June 26, 1960 that Eamonn Andrews appeared on the U.S. "WML?" panel. It would also prove to be his last guest panelist appearance. More info on his U.S. "WML?" appearances can be found in the notes in the next episode.
      (2) BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TRIBUTE: GSN aired this episode on August 9, 2006 as part of a month-long airing of "WML?" episodes with at least one game featuring a figure from the world of baseball, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It had previously aired in regular rotation on GSN on April 25, 2006. - W-B (2006)

    • (1) KILGALLEN & CARLISLE - FIRST JOINT APPEARANCE: Tonight's episode was the first of only two times that Dorothy Kilgallen and Kitty Carlisle appeared on the "WML?" panel together. The second such occasion was EPISODE #748 of January 24, 1965. Sadly, there was a certain ironic significance to all this, as Miss Carlisle would sit on the panel on "WML?" EPISODE #790 of November 14, 1965 - the first show after Dorothy's tragic death. Even though Kitty appeared rarely on "WML?" over the years, she was considered "family," since she was employed by Goodson-Todman Productions and was a regular panelist on "To Tell the Truth."
      (2) BASEBALL IN THE NATION'S CAPITOL: The Washington Senators baseball team that was managed at this time by tonight's first mystery guest, Gil Hodges, was actually the second such team. The original Senators had relocated to Minnesota starting with the 1961 season. They were renamed the Minnesota Twins and they remain in Minnesota to this day. The first Senators team did make it to the World Series, on three different occasions. In 1924, they beat the New York Giants in seven games; in 1925, Washington lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in seven; and in 1933, the Senators fell to the Giants in five. Their also-ran status for the remainder of their stay in Washington was the inspiration for the Broadway musical (and later movie) "Damn Yankees." The second Senators never made it to the Series, not even towards the end of their run in Washington with former Boston Red Sox slugger Ted Williams as manager. This unfortunate streak continued long after the franchise's move to Texas and name change to the Texas Rangers starting with the 1972 season. The nation's capitol had to wait for baseball to return to D.C. until the 2005 season, when the former Montreal Expos moved south and was rechristened the Washington Nationals. - W-B

    • Bennett Cerf asked Gil Hodges who would win a game played between the Washington Senators, who Hodges was managing at the time, and the New York Mets. (Both teams were among the worst in baseball at that time.) Hodges naturally said, "the Senators." The ironic thing about that question was the fact that six years later, Hodges would go on to manage the Mets and lead them all the way to the 1969 World Series championship. - Sargebri

      Bennett asks an equally prophetic sports question to Yogi Berra almost a year later on April 26, 1964. See the guide to EPISODE #710. - Suzanne

    • This is Arlene's first of three missed shows. A tragic car accident on the Long Island Expressway keeps her off the panel until June 16, 1963. The auto accident claimed the life of one woman. More information about the auto accident can be read on the guide to EPISODE #519. - Suzanne


    • Tidbits: John Daly mentioned that it was "bleak and wet" and announced Arlene's automobile accident. He wished her a speedy recovery. Dorothy's cockatiel headpiece from last week has flown the coop, and in its place is a towering cone-shaped hairpiece. Bennett Cerf's birthday was yesterday. - Suzanne

    • Peter Ustinov promoted his 1963 Broadway play, "Photo Finish" which ran for 159 total performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Peter authored, co-directed and acted in this play. - Suzanne

    • Dorothy chants "Erin Go Bragh" (which means "Ireland Forever" in Irish Gaelic) to Eamonn during the goodbyes. This episode featured a cute "mock rivalry" between the WML Irish descendents and Bennett Cerf. - Suzanne

    • It's no mystery why Kitty Carlisle described Gil Hodges' deep, melodious voice by saying, "He has a delicious, sexy voice." Kitty is a trained opera singer, and as such, would be very "attuned" (pun intended!) to the sounds of the human voice. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Eamonn Andrews, Kitty Carlisle, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis is absent due to a car accident.


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