What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 16, 1962 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Carolyn Leigh (8/21/1926 - 11/19/1983) (she signed in as Mrs. Carolyn Cunningham to avoid name recognition) - "Song Writer, Wrote Songs For Broadway Musical 'Little Me'" (Lyricist from New York, Steve Lawrence knew her and disqualified himself, as did Dorothy, later in the questioning.)

Game 2: Mr. Harunaka Fujisawa - "Sells Barber Chairs" (for the Takata Company, from Tokyo, Japan)

Game 3: Edward G. Robinson (12/12/1893 - 1/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest) He was adorable as the mystery guest!

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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)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett: Uh, are you in a motion picture that is either playing in the Broadway sector, one of the big houses, or is about to open there?
        Edward: Well, unfortunately, you see, I don't have any access to your newspapers, so I don't know whether there is a picture of mine going at the present time.

    • NOTES (12)

      • When Edward G. Robinson first answered a question his voice was not disguised, but for some reason, the panel did not pick up on it. He soon went to a combination Irish and Oriental voice to fool the panel. Mr. Robinson actually played an Oriental assassin named "Wong Low Get" in the 1932 film "The Hatchet Man." - ymike673

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly good evening as the panel went two for three despite a very unusual opening game. In the first game, debuting guest panelist Steve Lawrence voluntarily disqualified himself due to the fact that he recognized Carolyn Cunningham (nee Carolyn Leigh). Later in the game, Dorothy also voluntarily disqualified herself when she realized who the contestant was. However, in spite of this, Bennett was able to correctly guess that she was a songwriter. In fact, she wrote the lyrics for the then current hit musical "Little Me" as well as the musical "Peter Pan" and the classic song "The Best is Yet to Come." Unfortunately, the panel was stumped by the barber chair salesman from Tokyo. The panel did redeem themselves in the mystery guest round when Steve correctly identified Hollywood legend Edward G. Robinson. Mr. Robinson was making what was becoming an annual appearance on the show to promote the annual Hanukah Festival at Madison Square Garden. This definitely was a great way to close out a great evening. - Sargebri

      • WELCOME TO THE PANEL, STEVE LAWRENCE: This was Steve Lawrence's first of many appearances on the panel and he would show a great aptitude for the game. Ironically, he was sitting in the same seat that had previously been occupied by the man who helped give him and his wife, Eydie Gorme, their breaks, Steve Allen. Doubly ironic was the fact that all the times that Steve appeared on the panel, Eydie never did. Instead, all of her appearances on the show were as a mystery guest. On one very funny occasion, Eydie was the mystery guest while Steve was a guest panelist. When the blindfolded Steve finally recognized her voice, he jokingly asked if she were the mother of his children. Steve stayed active over the years, appearing in such films as "The Blues Brothers," playing the booking agent "Maury Sline." As of 2006, he and Eydie are both alive and well. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned, Edward G. Robinson had suffered a heart attack while he was filming the motion picture "Sammy Going South." In fact, Robinson's failing health forced him to drop out of the original version of "Planet of the Apes" where he would have played the role of orangutan scientist "Dr. Zaius." In fact, Robinson had played the role in a test film that showed the prototypes for the incredible make-up that was used in the film. Instead, the role went to Maurice Evans. Also appearing in that test film was a young actor by the name of James Brolin who would go on to star as "Dr. Steven Kiley" in the classic medical drama "Marcus Welby, M.D." - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy looked relatively sober this evening and wasn't as talkative as in previous weeks. - Sargebri

      • A MINOR CONFUSION: At the beginning of Game 2, Steve Lawrence jokingly disqualified himself from play for the second time this evening, but John got confused and thought he was being serious. When Steve asked his first question and received a "no" answer, John did not flip a card, thinking that Steve was not actually playing the game. Later on, John passed over Steve in the questioning, and Steve was able to clarify that he was only kidding. Steve explained that he did not know the identity of the second guest. - agent_0042

      • FALLOUT OF THE NEWSPAPER STRIKE: The 1962-1963 New York newspaper strike had other unintended effects - manifested most noticeably in the TV and radio businesses - which would reverberate for decades to come. In response to the strike, the network-owned local TV stations (WCBS-TV, Channel 2; WNBC-TV, Channel 4; and WABC-TV, Channel 7) expanded their local newscasts from 15 minutes to 30 - 45 minutes, and expanded their reportage accordingly. The high ratings which followed made these strike-related changes permanent. This is seen today as the beginning of the rise of local news, which was previously regarded as a poor stepchild to the network news. Also, the strike may have also led to the birth of the all-news radio format, as radio station WABC-FM, sister to the legendary Top 40 AM station, adopted an all-news format for the duration of the strike. This preceded by over two years the switch of WINS-AM, heretofore a Top 40 music station, to an all-news format on April 19, 1965, followed by WCBS-AM switching to all-news on August 28, 1967 - six days prior to the airing of the final "WML?" EPISODE #876 of September 3, 1967. As of 2006, WINS and WCBS are among the leading all-news radio stations in the country - and may well owe their success, and format, back to those 113 days in 1962-1963. - W-B

      • Times Would Change: Bennett asked why people would buy barber chairs imported from Japan, and stated that it would be bad for the businesses of the Americans who built them here. John was slightly embarrassed by Bennett's lack of tact in front of the foreign contestant, and stated that the Japan's trade deficit with the United States was approximately 800 million dollars, meaning that Japan imported (or bought) $800,000,000 more from the U.S. than it exported (or sold) to the U.S. Fast forwarding... The United States registered a record $489.4 billion trade deficit for 2003 as a rebounding U.S. economy strengthened Americans' appetites for a wide range of foreign-made goods, including cars, clothing and electronics. The annual trade deficit reported by the Commerce Department was 17.1 percent larger than the previous record shortfall of $418 billion posted in 2002. - Suzanne Astorino

      • Here is more about the 1962 to 1963 newspaper strike that will be a topic on several of the upcoming episodes: On December 8, 1962, the unions representing the pressmen of all the six or seven big NY dailies [NY Times, NY Daily News, NY Post, Daily Mirror, NY Herald-Tribune, NY Journal-American, NY World-Telegram & Sun] went on strike, idling thousands of workers. This strike lasted an incredible 113 days. The main issues were pay and the opposition to modernizing the presses. As John Daly and the panel indicate, the strike had a huge effect on the theatrical scene in NY. New shows had no place to advertise, as this was ten years before Broadway shows advertised on television. This strike was blamed in a lot of circles for the decline that Broadway suffered for the rest of the 1960s. Eventually, the strike was settled in April 1963. Union troubles and very conservative, old fashioned management doomed most of the papers in the next few years. The Daily Mirror was the first to fold, stopping publication shortly after the JFK assassination. The others merged, re-merged, and finally almost all folded, with only the NY Times, NY Daily News, and NY Post remaining by 1968. - lds1999

      • I suspect there was a New York newspaper strike in progress. Two references were made which led me to this conclusion: 1. During the introductions, Steve Lawrence stated Dorothy's newspaper column was read everywhere except New York; 2. Edward G. Robinson said he did not have access to the newspapers. In checking the net, I see there indeed was a strike from 12-8-62 to 3-31-63, which affected the following NY newspapers: Herald-Tribune, Journal American, Long Island Star Journal, Long Island Press, New York Times, World Telegram and Sun. (There was also a major newspaper strike in December 1958 that lasted for nineteen days.) - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Arlene was not wearing her signature heart-shaped diamond necklace. She was wearing her heart-shaped bracelet, though!

      • Steve Lawrence (b. 7/8/1935)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Lawrence, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)