What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 12

EPISODE #837

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 20, 1966 on CBS

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    • Bennett mentioned that "our very much missed Dorothy Kilgallen was the first girl who ever went around the world by herself using aircraft, many years ago." Bennett did not clarify that Dorothy was not the pilot, which prompted Sheila Scott to add that in 1964, Jerrie Mock became the first woman to fly solo around the world as a pilot. Bennett and John then clarified that Dorothy was not the pilot, but a reporter. In September 1936, Dorothy participated in an around-the-world airplane race against fellow newsmen "Bud" Ekins (Herbert Roslyn Ekins, born 1901, aka H.R. Elkins) of the NY World-Telegram and Leo Kieran of the New York Times. Dorothy was the only female contestant in this aviation race around the world on commercial flights. The race also inspired Dorothy's autobiography, "Girl Around The World," which would later be turned into a 1937 mystery movie titled "Fly Away Baby" featuring the character "Torchy Blane." The film's loosely-based screenplay was written by Don Ryan and Kenneth Gamet, and the UK title of this movie was "Crime in the Clouds." The actual trip took Kilgallen 24 days and she came in second to Bud Ekins of the New York World-Telegram, who completed the trip in 21 days. - Suzanne Astorino

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