What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 19

EPISODE #646

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 06, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #646
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Game 1: Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore Pecella & daughter Jean - "Men's Barbers" (self-employed; the guests were two parents and their adult daughter Jean whose surname was not given, nor was her marital status divulged; the family members jointly run a men's barber shop that has a clientele of over 90% men; Mr. Pecella's father was also a barber; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Mr. L. E. Schnoor - "Sells Lady Bugs" (self-employed; his first name was never announced; he sells the lady bugs by the gallon, which equals about 75,000 insects which provide cover for 10 acres of land; cotton farmers and others purchase the insects as a natural pesticide, since the lady bugs feed on aphids; the lady bugs are gathered while they are in hibernation and then they are kept in cold storage until they are sold; from Yuba City, CA)

Game 3: Bert Lahr (8/13/1895 - 12/4/1967) (as Mystery Guest) . .moreless

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  • The Ladybug man was my grandfather!

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    My grandfather, Louis Schnoor, was the guest on this episode. He would go up into the Northern Sierra foothills in the winter when ladybugs hibernated and collect them. In his garage he had industrial refrigerators where he would store them in burlap sacks filled with wood shavings where they continued to hibernate until they were shipped. He built all his own crates for shipping; I so remember the smell of the sawdust and how the fine dust piled high underneath machinery just begging to be touched and played with.



    When you received your burlap bag, you reached your arm in up to your shoulder and when removed, your arm was covered with the ladybugs. You would then gently shake them loose among your roses. The sight of hundreds of ladybugs in the sunlight was a memorable image.



    He advertised in gardening magazines including Sunset. He was a guest on What's My Line where he was flown to NYC and pulled his ear during the show as was the pre-arranged hello signal to us. Once I read a Dennis the Menace comic book where Mr. Wilson is spreading ladybugs on his roses and tells Dennis there is a man in California who sells them by mail order.



    It was nice to see this summary because I had forgotten that Bert Lahr was the guest celebrity and Peter Ustinov was a guest panelist.moreless
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)

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    • REVIEW: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! This was the first episode of the year 1963 and it was marked by a fairly good performance by the panel, especially Bennett. In the first game, Bennett got things rolling when he correctly identified the occupation of the family of barbers from Philadelphia. In the second game, the panel wasn't quite as lucky as they were utterly stumped by the contestant who raised and sold ladybugs for the purposes of pest control. In the mystery guest round, Bennett once again was on top of his game when he correctly identified Bert Lahr. Naturally, the thing that made it possible for the identification was the fact that Bennett asked Burt if he had ever played the part of a lion. Of course, that was a reference to his most famous role the "Cowardly Lion" in the 1939 classic "The Wizard of Oz." Bert was on the show to promote his latest play, "The Beauty Part," in which he played six different roles, including a woman. John then took the time to ask how the play was doing in spite of the then current newspaper strike. Bert said the play was doing well mainly due to word of mouth. There was no time for a fourth game, but it definitely was a great way to kick off the 1963 New Year. - Sargebri

    • CONTINUING NEWSPAPER STRIKE: It was mentioned on this episode, as well as the previous week's episode, that New York was in the middle of a newspaper strike that shut down every major newspaper in the city. Of course, in today's world where the Internet brings news to everyone instantly, it seems somewhat odd to hear how much the public missed their daily newspapers and how John and the members of the panel had to buy out-of-town papers to get in-depth coverage of the news. - Sargebri

    • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy had a little bit of a slur in her voice and she really didn't look well. In fact, she pretty much looked frail. Of course, all this is leading to her second stay at the LeRoy Sanitarium to try to combat her addictions. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first group of challengers at four down. Bennett correctly determined that they were barbers, but John decided not to take up a lot of time by having the panel fish for the specific identification of "men's barbers." - agent_0042

    • DÉJÀ VU: On tonight's show, John Daly once again pronounced guest panelist Peter Ustinov's surname as "Oostinov," as he had on EPISODE #390 of November 24, 1957 and EPISODE #392 of December 8, 1957, both aired when "WML?" was based in what is now the Brooks Atkinson Theatre - where Mr. Ustinov, within over a month of tonight's show, would write, co-direct and star in a play called "Photo Finish." - W-B

    • Arlene Francis will be in Monaco next week, at the invitation of Prince Rainier and Princess Grace. In two weeks, we will learn that she was the President of their annual "Monte-Carlo Television Festival." - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Peter Ustinov, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • Bert Lahr promoted his appearance in the Broadway play, "The Beauty Part" which was performed at two theaters; the Music Box Theatre in NYC and also the Plymouth Theatre in NYC. (The Music Box Theatre was owned and operated by Irving Berlin.) The show ran for 85 total performances from December 26, 1962 to March 9, 1963. It is possible that the current New York newspaper strike had some connection to the poor ticket sales. Lahr stated that the public was unable to mail order tickets due to the lack of publication and advertising. In the play, Lahr played the part of six characters, including a woman. - Suzanne

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