What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 22

EPISODE #649

0
Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 27, 1963 on CBS
10
out of 10
User Rating
3 votes
0

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
EPISODE #649
AIRED:
Game 1: Miss Mary Simpson - "Guides Tours Underwater" (salaried; she is a snorkel tour guide at Trunk Bay, St. John National Park, for groups of up to 30 people. Their mottos is 'A good guide always goes down with a tour' which is a joke referencing the old saying 'A good captain always goes down with the ship'. She is from St. Thomas, Virgin Islands)

Game 2: John Merrick - "Sells Bathtubs" - (salaried; he works for the PlastiGlass Manufacturing Company; the bathtubs are made out of fiberglass and are one-piece units consisting of a 'tub with 3 walls', he stated that 1000 of them are currently in use in Scottsdale. He is from Scottsdale, AZ)

Game 3: Maurice Chevalier (9/12/1888 - 1/1/1972) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Robert Jacobs - "Drills Holes in Bowling Balls" - (salaried; he works at one of the eight local Lit Brothers Department Stores; from Philadelphia, PA) . .moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Wednesday
No results found.
Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Maurice Chevalier

    Maurice Chevalier

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

    FILTER BY TYPE

    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (0)

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: With Bennett on his well-deserved vacation in Barbados, this was only a fair night for the panel and if it hadn't have been for a couple of technicalities, they would have done much better. In the first game, it looked as if Martin was on the right track when he figured out that the young lady from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands was a skin diver. Unfortunately, that was as far as it got, and the panel never did figure out that she was an underwater tour guide. In the second game, Arlene had the occupation of the contestant from Scottsdale, Arizona narrowed down to bathtubs, swimming pools or showers. However, when she asked whether or not he dealt with bathtubs she asked it in the negative form rather than the affirmative, and because she was so close, John flipped the cards and the guest won by default. The only clean win for the panel came in the mystery guest round when guest panelist Steve Lawrence took a wild guess and correctly identified the legendary Maurice Chevalier. Monsieur Chevalier was on the show to promote his one-man show that was opening the next night at the Ziegfeld Theater. John also reminisced about a show that he and Maurice did together in 1945 in Dunkirk, New York to honor Dunkirk, France, the site of one of the greatest rescue operations of World War II. In the final game, Steve correctly guessed that the contestant drilled holes in bowling balls. Unfortunately, Steve's correct identification came after John had called the game on the basis of time and the contestant wound up winning by default. Hopefully, next week, the panel won't be bitten by as many technicalities. - Sargebri

      • HIT SONG: As Arlene mentioned after Steve's introduction, Steve Lawrence had the current number-one hit in the country, the ballad "Go Away Little Girl." The song would again reach the top spot on the charts eight years later in 1971 when it was covered by teen idol Donny Osmond. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy definitely had something intoxicating before the show. Not only was her speech thick and slurry, but she looked as if she were about to fall asleep on a couple of occasions. Of course, in a few weeks, she would be returning to the LeRoy Sanitarium for another round of treatment to try to control her addictions. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down because the panel was having a difficult time guessing her occupation. Next, John flipped them all for the second contestant at four down because Arlene ruled out that he was associated with bathtubs, when in fact he sold bathtubs. Finally, John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at six down because time ran out. In spite of this, after John revealed that Mr. Robert Jacobs was associated with bowling balls, a delighted Steve Lawrence then correctly guessed that the challenger drilled holes in them. - agent_0042

      • After his game, Maurice Chevalier promoted his one-man Broadway show at the Ziegfeld Theatre, aptly titled, "An Evening with Maurice Chevalier." They stated that it opens "tomorrow night," and the Internet Broadway Database shows it played from Jan 28, 1963 - Feb 23, 1963. He stated that he will be 75 years old next September, 1963. He looked great! - Suzanne

      • In order to understand what happened with Chevalier's sign-in, you have to understand the method by which the show superimposes the name of the mystery guest in white after they sign in (since signatures are often unreadable). This is achieved by the use of TWO blackboards. One is the familiar board where guests actually sign in. The other is a hidden-from-view blank board, except for white type at the bottom with the name of the mystery guest. A second TV camera is set up slightly off-stage to show a close-up of this special "hidden" board for superimposition purposes. In the old days of TV, the only way they could superimpose lettering over a TV image was to use two TV cameras at once and "combine" the picture. One camera is on the person, the other camera is aimed at the black board with the white lettering (mystery guest name) at the bottom. Since the board with the white name is black, only the white lettering shows up when they combine the two camera images at once. If they don't balance it just right, you will often notice the main picture darken a bit (sometimes a lot) as they do this procedure. Maurice Chevalier apparently got confused. No one must have told him where to sign, or (as an aged man) he became befuddled. He came on stage and spotted the secondary black board with his name at the bottom, so he walked past where he was supposed to sign and walked way over, off-stage, to sign the other one. It was a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes set-up of the show. - Alan Light, Iowa City IA

      • Maurice Chevalier's sign-in was extremely unusual! The camera shows the sign-in board, but nobody is signing in. Soon, the camera is trying desperately to focus. We see shots of a darkened area, and Chevalier signing in. Gil Fates explained what happened in his 1978 WML book. You don't see all of this drama on the kinescope. Chevalier walked past the regular sign-in board, and right past the blindfolded panel. He proceeded downstage to an equipment-cluttered ramp which jutted out into the audience. He stopped at an easel which held the black art cards which are used to superimpose the white lettering on the screen. He then signed his name on the top art card, the one that had his name on it, which was going to be superimposed. A camera was able to swing around fast enough to catch his sign-in. John Daly left his seat to escort Chevalier back to the moderator's desk. - Suzanne Astorino

      • Tidbits: Arlene Francis has a play (unnamed) opening next Monday in Palm Beach, FL. Steve Lawrence has the #1 pop hit single in America (on Billboard Magazine's 'Top 40 Hits' chart) with his song "Go Away Little Girl." It hit #1 on Billboard on January 12, 1963 and stayed there until January 26, 1963 when it was replaced by "Walk Right In" sung by the Rooftop Singers. However, it stayed #1 on the Cash Box Magazine charts for yet another week. And last but not least, John Daly mentioned that Bennett is vacationing (and getting a well-deserved rest) in Barbados, West Indies. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Martin Gabel.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

    More
    Less