What's My Line?

EPISODE #653

Season 14, Ep 27, Aired 3/3/63
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  • Episode Description
  • Game 1: Kathryn Granahan (12/7/1894 - 7/10/1979) (she signed in as "Mrs. X" to avoid name recognition, and the panel was not blindfolded) - "Treasurer of United States" (salaried; she manages 42 government bureaus and is the 4th female Treasurer; from Philadelphia, PA) Game 2: Bob Sherman (Robert Sherman) - "Thumb Tack Salesman" (self-employed; he works for the American Thumbtack Company; upon exiting the stage, he presented boxed samples to John and the panel; from Hollywood, CA) Game 3: Robert Preston (6/8/1918 - 3/21/1987) (as Mystery Guest) (he's so adorable!) Game 4: Robert H. Lehman - "Interior Decorator of Elevators" (self-employed; he works on the sales staff of Elevator Interiors, Inc., from New York, NY) . .moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

  • Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

  • Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

  • Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

  • Robert Preston

    Mystery Guest

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  • Quotes (2)

    • Bennett: And now, our distinguished panel moderator, a man of few words -- that is, a few million words, John Charles Daly. (loud applause) John: A most obvious attempt at intimidation, but it won't work at all.

    • John: (after Bob Sherman hands out packages of thumbtacks to the panel) And now that Bennett has received a small gift, we can say he's pretty tacky!

    Notes (10)

    • REVIEW: There certainly were a lot of Bobs on this episode as all three of the male contestants this night, including the mystery guest, were named Robert. However, the first game featured the only non-Bob of the night as the guest was a lady. It looked as if Arlene was well on her way to doing a solo in guessing the then new United States Treasurer, Kathryn Granaham. Unfortunately, she called her "Mrs. Garrity" by mistake and got a "no." Luckily, Bennett was there to make the correct identification. In the second game, the panel wasn't as lucky as they failed to guess that the first Bob of the night was a thumbtack salesman. In the mystery guest round, Arlene made up for her earlier goof by correctly identifying Robert Preston. Bob was on the show to promote his soon to be opening show, a musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s "Too True to Be Good." He also brought up the television special he appeared in the previous week, which preempted WML. In the final game, the panel was so far out in left field that John decided to call the game on the basis of time, so the third and final Bob, an interior decorator for elevators, won the full prize by default. - Sargebri

    • As Robert Preston mentioned, the previous week, he had appeared on a television special that preempted WML. That special was a showcase for former WML mystery guest Carol Burnett. This special, along with one on which she teamed up with Julie Andrews, helped convince CBS executives to give Carol her own variety show. Of course, "The Carol Burnett Show" was a Saturday night staple for 11 seasons on CBS. - Sargebri

    • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! The week off seems to have done Dolly Mae a little good as she looks somewhat better, despite the gaudy bow in her hair. However, her eyes do look a little heavy - as if she were about to fall asleep. - Sargebri

    • Robert Preston disguised his voice very well and for a while successfully confused the panel into thinking that he was female. Allen Ludden asked if he was correct in assuming that the mystery challenger was female and received a "no" answer. Preston did such a good job that Allen was still confused and when Allen's next turn came up, he asked if the mystery guest was male, just to be sure! Laughs were had all around! - agent_0042

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042

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