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What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 18

EPISODE #645

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 30, 1962 on CBS
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EPISODE #645
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Game 1: Miss Gloria Kennedy - "Demonstrates Reducing Exercises on Television" (salaried; she appears on "The Free and Easy Show" on station CFTO, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation or CBC; from Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Game 2: Raymond Nitschke (12/29/1936 - 3/8/1998) - "Professional Football Player, NFL Champion Green Bay Packers" (salaried; his quiet nature was mentioned; Ray Nitschke is a middle linebacker on the Green Bay Packers; John mentioned that Ray won the Sports Magazine MVP today; Ray goes on to become a Football Hall of Fame member; from Elmwood Park, IL)

Game 3: Vaughn Meader (3/20/1936 - 10/29/2004) (as Mystery Guest) - "Star of 'The First Family' Album" (Comedy LP record on the Cadence label)

Game 4: George Deuillet, Jr. - "Sells Bobby Pins" (salaried; he works for the Niagara Wire Products Company; from Massapequa, NY) . .moreless

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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)

    Vaughn Meader

    Vaughn Meader

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Ray Nitschke

    Ray Nitschke

    Contestant

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Vaughn Meader (impersonating President Kennedy): I would, uh, regard it as uh, a personal favor to me, if this coming year was, uh, as nice to everyone as it has been to uh, myself, and the whole family.

        (Sadly, the coming year was not nice to President Kennedy, Vaughn Meader, or the country.)

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: FAREWELL 1962!!! This was the final episode for 1962 and the panel did an okay job as they had a .500 average for the evening. In the first game, the panel got off to a somewhat rocky start when they failed to guess that Miss Kennedy was a television exercise instructor. However, they did get close when they figured out that she appeared on television, but as the saying goes, "close" only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes. In the second game, Martin was given the privilege of identifying future Pro Football Hall of Fame member Ray Nitschke. Earlier in the day, Martin had been to the see the Packers defeat his beloved Giants in the 1962 NFL title game. Also, the only member of the panel not to guess that Ray was a football player was non-sports fan Dorothy. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified impressionist Vaughn Meader. Vaughn was on the show to promote his upcoming comedy concert at Carnegie Hall with the entire cast of his now-classic "First Family" album. Also, Vaughn thanked Dolly Mae for the positive reviews of his routine. He also treated the audience and the panel to a short imitation of President Kennedy. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the bobby pin salesman won the full prize by default. However, the panel did get in little bit of celebrating by wishing the audience a Happy New Year. We also were treated to Dolly Mae's Happy New Year's kisses to both Martin and Bennett. - Sargebri

      • RAY NITSCHKE: Ray Nitschke, Green Bay Packer great, and future Pro Football Hall of Fame member, had just gotten off the football field at Yankee Stadium in New York a few hours before this broadcast. In front of 64,892 fans, the New York Giants and the Packers played for the NFL title in the 1962 NFL Championship game. For the second straight year, the Packers were victorious by a score of 16-7. Besides being recognized as one of the greatest players in the game, Ray Nitschke was also one of its most respected. In fact, every year at Canton, just prior to the induction ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Nistchke would always be the main speaker at the private luncheon for the new inductees as well as the surviving members of the Hall. As a tribute, after Nitschke's passing, the luncheon was named the Nitschke Luncheon in his honor. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dolly Mae definitely was more than a little intoxicated this evening. In fact, she fumbled in her introduction of Bennett and she also spoke very slowly and hesitantly. Of course, in a few more weeks, she would make her return to the LeRoy Sanitarium to once again try to cure her problem. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at four down, as time ran out.

      • (1) VAUGHN MEADER: Impressionist Vaughn Meader (b. March 20, 1936 in Waterville, Maine) zoomed to superstardom in 1962 with his top-selling album "The First Family" (Cadence CLP 3060/25060). In mid-1963, he issued a follow-up album, "Vaughn Meader and The First Family - Volume Two" (Cadence CLP 3065/25065), but while sales were decent, it didn't sell nearly as well as the original. And this was before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, which essentially brought Mr. Meader's career to a screeching halt, so typecast had he become by his Kennedy impersonation. He never recovered from the blow, despite releasing such comedy albums as "Have Some Nuts!!!" (Verve V/V6-15042, 1964), "If The Shoe Fits..." (Verve V/V6-15050, also 1964), "Take That You No Good" (Laurie SLP 2035, 1966) and the religiously-themed "The Second Coming" (Kama Sutra KSBS 2038, 1971). Mr. Meader died in virtual obscurity on October 29, 2004 in Auburn, Maine, at age 68.

        In light of the above events which would follow, a caption on the back of "The First Family - Volume Two" would sadly prove eerily prophetic: "Produced And Adapted From Real Life For The LAST Time."
        (2) "OLD HOME WEEK" - ANNOUNCER STYLE: Tonight, Hal Simms, who was the regular "WML?" announcer from 1955 to 1961, fills in for current "WML?" announcer Johnny Olson. - W-B

      • To look studious, to try to throw the panel off, Ray Nitschke wears his glasses. - Scott V.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • Dorothy mentioned that she had incorrectly guessed that Liberace was Vaughn Meader on the previous episode. As Arlene so often does, she asked Vaughn Meader for a sample of his John F. Kennedy impersonation. He proceeded to impersonate JKF with an amazing likeness. His album was enormously popular at the time. He promoted not only his recording, but also his appearance at the prestigious Blue Angel Nightclub in New York and his upcoming Carnegie Hall engagement. - Suzanne

      • WEATHER REPORT: Baby, it's cold outside! John Daly mentioned that it was a mere 3 degrees (Fahrenheit) outside! This temperature converts to -16 degrees Centigrade. - Suzanne

        When the Canadian contestant, Miss Kennedy, mentions "10 below," she is also speaking in terms of Fahrenheit, because Canada only officially started using the metric system in 1970. - Linneman

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