What's My Line?

Season 7 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 17, 1956 on CBS



  • Notes

    • Today, the name Arthur Murray is most often associated with the franchised dance studios that dot the land and bear his name. But, this wasn't always the case. Television gave Murray name recognition in the 1950's. Murray, who had studied both dance and business, bought five 15-minute television slots on CBS in the summer of 1950 to demonstrate partnership dancing to Americans. (Later in the 1960s, his studios coined the term "Touch Dancing" for this type of ballroom social dance.) Today, we would call his television programs infomercials. The programs, featuring Murray's lovely wife Kathryn as hostess, were hugely popular. Before the summer was over, Murray bought a half-hour summer series, "Arthur Murray Dance Party," on rival network ABC. Over the next couple years, the Murrays broadcast almost 100 programs, and in 1952 they returned to CBS. The show continued to grow in popularity, and TV viewers rewarded the Murrays by flocking to their studios, with an average of two thousand signing up to learn the waltz, cha-cha, tango and foxtrot in any given week. While Dick Clark's "American Bandstand" taught the youngsters how to dance, Arthur Murray taught their parents. The Dance Party continued its national broadcasts until 1962. - Lee McIntyre (2005)

      REVIEW: Once again, the panel had a great night. In the first game, Arlene correctly identified legendary dance instructor Arthur Murray. In the second game, guest panelist Robert Q. Lewis correctly guessed that the second contestant was a beer importer. He was lucky to have won, because he received a "no" answer, but John evidently wasn't paying attention and gave him another chance to guess her line, which Q-sie correctly did. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy got credit for correctly guessing that the mystery guests were Vic Damone and his pretty Italian wife Pier Angeli. Damone was on the show to promote his upcoming variety show, while his lovely bride was on the show to promote the upcoming 1956 film "Somebody Up There Likes Me" in which she co-starred with Paul Newman. Unfortunately, as usual, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the Ohio bee hive inspector won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2005)

      Vic Damone and Pier Angeli - the twin sister of actress/singer Marisa Pavan - were in their second year of marriage. Unfortunately, two years later they would be divorced. According to Miss Angeli, she was really in love with James Dean and had been engaged to him. However, her mother reportedly disapproved of the union because he wasn't of the Catholic faith. Dean died in 1955. After her 1954-1958 marriage to Damone, in 1962, she married again - this time to composer Armando Trovajoli. This union lasted for seven years until the couple divorced in 1969. Two years after her second marriage ended, Miss Angeli committed suicide on September 10, 1971 after overdosing on barbiturates while she was filming the low budget 1971 horror film "Octaman." She was only 39 years old. - Sargebri (2005)