What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 8

EPISODE #635

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 21, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #635
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Game 1: Fergus Montgomery (b. 11/25/1927) - "Member of British Parliament" (salaried; he is a Conservative Party member of the House of Commons; from Newcastle, England)

Game 2: Miss Alexandra Lindley - "Groom (Takes Care of Horses)" (salaried; she breaks, trains and grooms horses for the European Champion horse named Mr. Softy, who will be competing in 4 shows in North America; she has been employed in this field for 4 years; from Cardiff, Wales, Great Britain)

Game 3: Robert Ryan (11/11/1909 - 7/11/1973) & Nanette Fabray (b. 10/27/1920) (as Mystery Guests) - "Co-Stars of Mr. President" (Irving Berlin's new musical comedy play based upon the book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse)

Game 4: Emanuel Ress - "Makes Political Campaign Buttons" (self-employed; he owns and operates the Emress Specialty Co.; John mentioned that Mr. Ress was also a guest on WML EPISODE #104 on May 25, 1952; for tonight's visit, he had made four square buttons featuring 1952 photos of John, Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy and gave them to John and the panel; he apologized for not having one for Mr. Belafonte, but stated that Mr. Belafonte was not present on the panel in 1952; from the Rego Park section of Queens, New York, which he said was "still nice" but used to be known as the Garden Spot of the World until all the dwellings and apartment houses were built) . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Robert Ryan

    Robert Ryan

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Nanette Fabray

    Nanette Fabray

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Harry Belafonte

    Harry Belafonte

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: I think, perhaps, it would be true of both our countries that labels no longer are susceptible to precise definitions -- it's very hard to tell now just exactly what a Democrat or a Republican or a Conservative or a Liberal party is in England.

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: Tonight, the panel showed a marked improvement over their somewhat lackluster performance of the previous week. In fact, they essentially had a perfect night. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that Mr. Montgomery from Newcastle on Tyne, England was a member of Parliament. In the second game, the panel was given partial credit when they figured out that the young lady from Cardiff, Wales dealt with horses. But, because John felt that they wouldn't determine that she was a groom, he flipped the cards anyway. Arlene also was successful in the mystery guest round when she correctly identified Nanette Fabray and Robert Ryan. The duo was on the show to promote the hit Irving Berlin musical "Mr. President." In the final game, Dorothy correctly figured out that the contestant made political campaign buttons. It was noted that Mr. Ress had been a contestant on WML ten years earlier. Upon exiting, he had a surprise for the panel as he presented them with specially-made buttons with the pictures of Bennett, Arlene and Dorothy as they looked the first time he was on the show. This definitely was a nice way to end tonight's show. - Sargebri

      • Nanette Fabray wasn't the only member of her family working at this time. Her niece, Shelley Fabares, was appearing on the classic sitcom "The Donna Reed Show" playing "Mary Stone." However, the two of them would have an opportunity to work together several years later on another classic sitcom, "One Day at a Time." On that show, Nanette played "Grandma Katherine Romano," the mother of "Ann Romano Royer" and Shelley played "Francine Webster," "Ann's" catty business partner. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! As was the case last week, as well as this week, Dorothy is in relatively good shape and there were no visible signs of any intoxication. However, in the weeks and months to come she would continue her downward spiral. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at four down, but the guest was correctly identified as being a member of the British Parliament. John flipped them all at two down for the second challenger, who was correctly identified as having an occupation that dealt with horses. - agent_0042

      • (1) "WML?" OVERLAY FONT WATCH: The overlay font used to describe the occupation of the first contestant was set in Futura Bold, a typeface usually used for contestants' secrets on "I've Got a Secret." The overlays for all other contestants - and the mystery guests - were set in the usual "WML?" font, Futura Demi Bold.
        (2) "MR. PRESIDENT": The Broadway musical "Mr. President," whose stars Robert Ryan and Nanette Fabray were tonight's mystery guests, turned out to be the last hurrah for legendary songwriter Irving Berlin. It opened at the St. James Theater on October 20, 1962 and ran through June 8, 1963 for a total of 265 performances. Its failure led Berlin to stop writing new material altogether.

        As a side note, the character of the First Daughter was played by Anita Gillette, a future panelist on both the CBS and syndicated versions of "WML?" Anita would later be a panelist on other Goodson-Todman game shows such as the 1972-1973 syndicated version of "I've Got a Secret" and the 1970's version of "Match Game." Miss Gillette also starred as "Liz Reynolds" in the ill-fated sitcom "Me and the Chimp," which ran on CBS from January 13, 1972 to May 18, 1972 and was rated among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name.
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the second week in a row, Hal Anderson is credited as lighting director. He had served in that capacity on a regular basis on the show from the mid-1950's through 1959. Also, Gil Herman is credited tonight as production supervisor. - W-B

      • From Suzanne: 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis Timeline of The Previous Week:
        Monday, October 15: A U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, piloted by Richard Heyser, reveals several SS-4 nuclear missiles in Cuba.

        Tuesday, October 16: After learning of the missiles during breakfast, President Kennedy convenes his Executive Committee (EX-COMM) to consider America's options.

        Wednesday, October 17 to Friday, October 19: Amid scheduled campaign trips to Connecticut and the Midwest, President Kennedy meets with and advises Soviet Foreign Minister Andrie Gromyko that America will not tolerate Soviet missiles in Cuba. Gromyko denies the presence of any Soviet weaponry on the island.

        Friday, October 19: JFK meets with the secretary of defense, Robert McNamara, and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff before leaving on a scheduled campaign trip to Ohio and Illinois.

        Saturday, October 20: Under the public guise of an "upper respiratory infection," President Kennedy returns to Washington from Chicago after being convinced by Robert Kennedy that he must meet again with EX-COMM to discuss, among other things, the discovery of additional Soviet missiles in Cuba.

        Sunday, October 21: After learning that an air strike against the missile sites could result in 10-20 thousand casualties, and that another U-2 flight discovered bombers and cruise missile sites along Cuba's northern shores, President Kennedy decides on a naval blockade of Cuba. When confronted with questions regarding rumors of offensive weapons in Cuba, Kennedy asks the press not to report the story until after he address the American public.

      • Tidbits: A new sponsor is seen, "Universal Electrical Appliances." The sign on the panel's desk read simply "Universal." Universal made household appliances such as coffee pots, toasters, griddles, waffle irons, hot plates, small ovens, household irons, vacuum cleaners and more. - Suzanne

      • Current Events: The Cuban Missile Crisis (October 15-29, 1962). Amazingly, no mention of this important topic is made on the show. I guess it was just too scary to even joke about.
        The closest the world has come to nuclear war was the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962. The Soviets had installed nuclear missiles in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of the United States. U.S. forces were armed and ready. Soviet field commanders in Cuba were authorized to use tactical nuclear weapons if invaded by the U.S. The fate of millions hinged upon President John F. Kennedy and Premier Nikita Khrushchev reaching a compromise. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Harry Belafonte, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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