What's My Line?


Season 14, Ep 5, Aired 9/30/62
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: William Schuman (8/4/1910 - 2/15/1992) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the normal questioning format was used) - "Composer and President, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (N.Y.C.)" (salaried; Schuman showed off his sense of humor; John announced that Schuman's new Symphony No. 8 was going to be performed Thursday at New York's new philharmonic hall, known as Avery Fisher Hall; more notes below; from New York) Game 2: Miss Anita McMillan - "Wine Steward" (salaried; she has been employed for 18 months as a sommelier at the "Club Alabam" in Chicago, Illinois; she was taught on the job by her predecessor; from Chicago, IL) Game 3: Gordon MacRae (3/12/1921 - 1/24/1986) & Sheila MacRae (9/24/1920 - 3/6/2014) (as Mystery Guest Duo) Game 4: Michael Kilkenny (aka Mike Kilkenny) - "Sells Hot Dogs at Yankee Stadium" (salaried; teenager; he is also a high school student; from New York, NY; see notes below) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

  • Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

  • William Schuman

    Mystery Guest #1

  • Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

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  • Notes (11)

    • 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)

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