What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 10

EPISODE #637

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 04, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #637
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Game 1: Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Jonathan Miller, Alan Bennett - (as Mystery Guest Quartet and the panel is blindfolded but the regular questioning format is used) - "Entire Cast of Broadway Show 'Beyond The Fringe'" (salaried; Arlene Francis is the first questioner and she nails their identities in five questions!)

Dudley Moore (4/19/1935 - 3/27/2002)
Peter Cook (11/17/1937 - 1/9/1995)
Jonathan Miller (b. 7/21/1934)
Alan Bennett (b. 5/9/1934)

Game 2: Mrs. Corinne Williams - "Professional Bronco Buster & Steer Wrestler" (self-employed; after she signs in, she tells John that she is a widow and he expresses his sympathies; she is the only professional woman steer wrestler in the world, she is a member of the "Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association"; after her game, John turned over all the cards for her; from Fort Worth, TX; see biographical notes below)

Game 3: Robert Goulet (11/26/1933 - 10/30/2007) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Jack Luzzatto - "Constructs Crossword Puzzles" (salaried; he supplies puzzles to the Herald Tribune, the New York Sunday Times, the weekday New York Times and other newspaper publications; time ran out and John turned over all the cards; from the Bronx, NY)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Dudley Moore

    Dudley Moore

    Mystery Guest Quartet

    Guest Star

    Peter Cook

    Peter Cook

    Mystery Guest Quartet

    Guest Star

    Jonathan Miller

    Jonathan Miller

    Mystery Guest Quartet

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • (John makes a reference to the recently-ended Cuban Missile Crisis)

        John Daly And out of these four, wonderful people have come a great and happy occasion for these troubled times. Pure wonderful laughter on topical subjects, brilliant imagination and great wit.

    • NOTES (16)

      • "Beyond the Fringe" is very available these days as both a CD of the entire stage show, and DVDs of the subsequent British TV series. It is widely accepted that "Beyond the Fringe" had a direct impact on the explosion of British satire in the later 1960s, especially on Monty Python. - exapno

      • REVIEW: CONGRATULATIONS JOHN!!! As Bennett announced at the beginning of the show, John and his wife Virginia welcomed John Warren Daly into the world a few days earlier and it was cigars for everyone. In fact, the panel celebrated the night by going 3 for 4. In the first game, "Auntie Arlene" got things rolling when she did a solo in correctly identifying the cast from the Broadway review "Beyond the Fringe." It really seemed to please Arlene as she had nothing but glowing reviews for the show. In the second game, "Uncle Bennett" was given credit for figuring out that the young widow from Texas was a rodeo performer. In fact, she was the only woman on the circuit that participated in bronco busting and steer wrestling; activities that pretty much were the exclusive domain for men. Bennett also was successful in the second mystery guest round when he identified Robert Goulet. Bob had just finished his Broadway run as "Sir Lancelot" in the classic musical "Camelot" and he was about to open up his first nightclub engagement at the Persian Room. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the crossword puzzle designer won the full prize by default. However, it still was a great night for celebrating the birth of little John Warren. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned during the post game chat with the cast from "Beyond the Fringe," it was great that the Broadway show was so successful and it helped to make the "troubed times" easier. Of course, he was referring to the recently ended Cuban Missile Crisis, which could have resulted in the destruction of the world from nuclear war. - Sargebri

      • As Robert Goulet had mentioned, he had just concluded his Broadway run as "Sir Lancelot" in the classic musical "Camelot" and was about to start on his highly successful recording and performing career. However, two and a half years later, he would become famous for probably one of the classic bloopers in modern history. On May 25, 1965, Bob was to perform the "National Anthem" prior to the controversial Muhammad Ali-Sonny Liston rematch in Lewiston, Maine. Unfortunately, as Bob was singing the Anthem, he forgot the words. Since then, Bob has had to live down that very humorous incident. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy obviously had something intoxicating before the show tonight. As she introduced Bennett, she stumbled as she mentioned Fort Lauderdale and she definitely slurred her words. Of course, it is only a matter of a few months before her return to the LeRoy Sanitarium for the treatment of her substance abuse problems. - Sargebri

      • (1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: Tonight's "WML?" sponsor is Geritol. If you look closely at the opening advertisement, you will see at the bottom of the Geritol label, the name "Pharmaceuticals, Inc." - the original maker of Geritol. It is during the course of Geritol's "WML?" sponsorship that J.B. Williams Co. assumes stewardship of Geritol. As of 2006, Geritol is still being sold, but with all the mergers that have taken place in the pharmaceutical industry over the last few years, Geritol today is owned by GlaxoSmithKline.
        (2) THE "BEYOND THE FRINGE" CAST: The members of the cast of "Beyond the Fringe," who were the first group of mystery guests on tonight's show, went on to differing paths in show business and elsewhere. Peter Cook and Dudley Moore were perhaps the most prominent, comprising a comedy duo that performed together on stage and television through the 1970's. Cook (1937-2005) also published the satirical "Private Eye" magazine, and ran "The Establishment" club which was highly regarded as the birthplace of the 1960's satirical boom in Britain. After splitting from Cook, Moore (1935-2002) gained fame for his roles in the 1979 movie "10" (which made a sex symbol of co-star Bo Derek) and as the title character in the 1981 movie "Arthur" and its 1988 sequel, "Arthur 2: On the Rocks." Jonathan Miller (1934-) later became a TV producer, and also had a second career as a presenter of medical programs, the most famous being 1978's "The Body in Question" which was also issued as a book. The other member of the troupe, Alan Bennett (1934-), would later gain fame as a playwright, among whose works included "The Madness of George III" (aka "The Madness of King George"). "Beyond the Fringe" is widely considered one of the major influences of the 1969-1974 TV series "Monty Python's Flying Circus."
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Hal Anderson is credited as lighting director tonight. - W-B

      • Seeing Robert Goulet brought back memories, as I've always been a big fan of Goulet. (Bennett Cerf nailed his identity on his second time "at bat.") Besides Goulet's remarkable singing, he's a talented actor. I remember his short-lived 1966 television series, "Blue Light." It was a WWII drama in which he played a famous American radio correspondent who foreswore his nationality to work for the Nazis; however, in actuality, he was working for the United States as a double-agent. As a pre-adolescent, I wanted to look like Goulet. I even insisted my father let me get my hair cut like his. Unfortunately, after I grew up, my haircut was the only thing about me that looked like Goulet. - R. A. Benson, Commander, USN

      • Dorothy Kilgallen's introduction of Bennett Cerf actually seems more like she suffers a small stroke rather than being drunk. She starts off just fine and then proceeds to have a meltdown, garbling her words, but she does not go silent. Following "Fort Lauderdale" she also says "to lecture professors" and then proceeds to mumble "Bennett Cerf" then coughs and says his name normally, and apologizes, claiming she was about to sneeze. - TheJeffy

      • CORINNE WILLIAMS by Sharon Kay Hunt http://www.cowgirlart.net - Corinne Williams spent her first nine years under the supervision of her grandmother in New Jersey. She taught her to ride horses English style, sing and wanted her to be a lady. However, Corinne soon found herself in foster care. She wanted adventure and dreamed of adventures like the ones Roy Rogers and Gene Autry had. Corinne ran away to look for cowgirl work. In 1949, she was encouraged by Tad Lucas and Lucyle Richards, who were both rodeo stars in the 1920s and 1930s, to move to Fort Worth, Texas and learn to rodeo. A loner most of her life, she loved the rodeo and the camaraderie it provided. From 1959 to 1966, Corinne was a popular contract act in many of the western states and was known as the world's only lady bulldogger during this time. Williams also participated in bronc riding, trick-riding, and trick-roping events. In the early sixties, President Truman approached her on the announcer's stage and asked her, "Couldn't you find an easier way to make a living?" In those days, she made $100 per bronc and $100 for bulldogging. For the time, that was a lot of money and she had two children to support. I have had the pleasure of meeting Corinne on two occasions, and she is a kind and generous person. P.S. As of Feb 2004, Corinne is alive and well and lives in Nevada.

        2006 UPDATE: Corinne Williams is still alive and well in Sandy Valley, Nevada. Read an article by Marianne Love in September 2000 for the Appaloosa Journal at the web site below. - Suzanne

        http://slightdetour.blogspot.com/2006/02/cowgirl-corinnes-come-back-to-life.html

      • Honorable Mention: Buddy Hackett states, "Son of a Gun... oh, excuse me, Joey!" This is a reference to his pal Joey Bishop, whose trademark phrase Buddy just used. Lately, Joey has been a frequent guest panelist, and a darn good one at that! His sharp wit is perfect for WML. - Suzanne

      • Finally, a reference to the recent Cuban Missile Crisis is made, when John Daly states, "These troubled times." - Suzanne

      • Robert Goulet promoted his appearance at the popular Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel in New York, NY. Also, his recent performance in the Broadway play "Camelot" was discussed. Robert Goulet played Sir Lancelot Du Lac. - Suzanne

      • The first mystery guests were the four cast members of Broadway's satirical revue, "Beyond the Fringe." The guests included Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, Jonathan Miller, M.D. and Peter Cook. - Suzanne

      • CONGRATULATIONS, IT'S A BOY! During the introductions, Bennett announces that John Daly is a new father to a baby boy. John Daly also mentions his new son John Warren Daly and states that his son is 6 days and 5 minutes old. Thus, his son was born October 29, 1962. This is John's first child with his second wife Virginia Daly. She is the daughter of Earl Warren, and will eventually give birth to three children with John. In addition, John has three other children by his first wife, Margaret Katherine "Kit" Daly. At the end of the program this evening, Bennett showed the audience the cigar John gave him, and then John said a special good night to his new son John Warren Daly and his wife Virginia. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Buddy Hackett, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • Buddy Hackett introduces Dorothy with the approximate words, "She looks staid here, but she's a pretty wild girl." This foreshadows trouble. If Dorothy appeared slightly tipsy on June 10, 1962, tonight she is outright drunk. It's very sad to see. Her troubles start right during the introduction, when she falters on the words "Fort Lauderdale" and then garbles her lines. On her first try, she couldn't say Bennett's name. You can feel her embarrassment, even though she blames her troubles on a sneeze. During the game play, John starts the questioning off in an attempt to avoid Dorothy. Arlene nailed the first contestants all by herself, and then the next contestant questioning started off with Bennett, totally skipping Buddy and Dorothy. John picks Dorothy to start off the Goulet mystery guest round, but she goofs and asks a second question, which is against the rules for mystery guest questioning. In total, Dorothy only gets to appear as the questioner 4 short times during the entire half hour. Within a few months, in the Spring of 1963, Dorothy will enter the hospital for a second time in an attempt to end her alcohol addiction. - Suzanne

        Due to Dorothy's condition, it is obvious that John worked to minimize Dorothy's on-air exposure tonight. Something that was even more striking is how, during Dorothy's introduction of Bennett, the director actually called for a shot of the empty stage, presumably to get Dorothy off camera. Certainly, we cut to Camera #1's shot of the entrance curtain well in advance of any verbal cue from Dorothy. It required quick thinking on Franklin Heller's part, and we can only imagine the panic in the control room at the thought of the possibility of Dorothy completely losing control on a live nationwide broadcast. Having heard Dorothy's bungled introduction from the wings, Bennett was particularly solicitous of Dorothy when he made his entrance and took his place beside her. - Lee McIntyre

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