What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 30

EPISODE #656

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 24, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #656
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Game 1: Miss Patti Homer - "Operates Roulette Wheel" (salaried; she is a dealer at Harrah's Casino in Stateline, Nevada, which is in the South Lake Tahoe area which covers portions of both California and Nevada; John mispronounced the name of Harrah's Casino as Hurrah's Casino, but was not corrected; from Bijou, CA)

Game 2: Mr. Othal Brand (Othal Brand, Sr.) (8/12/1919 - 12/12/2009) - "Onion Grower" (self-employed; he is associated with the Sweet and Mild South Texas Onion Company which John Daly said is the world's largest onion grower; the company sells 3 million 50 lb. bags of onions per year; Mr. Brand later became the mayor of McAllen in 1977 and remained in office for five terms; from McAllen, TX)

Game 3: Danny Kaye (1/18/1911 - 3/3/1987) (as Mystery Guest) (He signs in as "Daniel Kaye, Alfred Hitchcock" and drew two faces on the blackboard also. Later, he signs the blackboard again, "Alfred.")
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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)

    Danny Kaye

    Danny Kaye

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Johnny Carson

    Johnny Carson

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: With the exception of Groucho Marx's appearances on the panel, this quite possibly was the wildest night the panel has had in a long while. All the zaniness began in the second game and built from there. Ironically, the show began innocently enough, as the panel was stumped by the female roulette dealer from Bijou, California who worked just across the California/Nevada state line in Stateline, Nevada. Guest panelist Phyllis Newman came close when she figured out that the contestant worked in the gambling industry. The fun really began in the second round as the panel was questioning the onion grower. Phyllis tried narrowing down the vegetable the gentleman dealt with, but got a laugh when she said "succotash," which is a mixture of corn and lima beans. The real fun came when Bennett tried further to narrow down the guest's vegetable and kept trying to eliminate all the various vegetables until he decided to pass. It was at this point that John flipped over all the cards and the contestant won the full prize by default. Things really went wild in the mystery guest round as Danny Kaye came out and signed in both under his real name and as Alfred Hitchcock. Danny tried whistling and barking to try to fool the panel and when Bennett asked his good friend if he were Hitchcock, Danny yelled "you are right" and ran over to the panel and started shaking hands with everyone. After that, he went back to his seat next to John to promote his upcoming engagement at the Ziegfeld Theater that was set to begin in a few weeks. After that, Danny then left the stage a second time, but snuck back in for a curtain call. That definitely was an apt way to bring down the curtain on a very wild night. - Sargebri

      • "TONIGHT SHOW" LADIES: It was interesting to see guest panelist Johnny Carson flanked by both Arlene and Phyllis due to the fact that the two ladies belong to a very select club; females who hosted the "Tonight Show." Arlene served as host of the show during the transition period between the end of the Jack Paar era and the beginning of Johnny's long reign as king of late night television. Also, Phyllis became the first woman to fill in for Johnny during one of his frequent vacations. Another lady who served as hostess was Joan Rivers. In fact, she was thought by many to be the heir apparent to become his replacement, especially after Johnny named her permanent guest hostess. However, a couple of years later, Johnny changed his mind and named Gary Shandling and Jay Leno, who would replace Johnny as host in 1992. This sparked a bitter feud between Johnny and Joan and would eventually lead to her moving to the fledgling Fox Network to start her own talk show. However, Joan's abrasive style didn't work and soon she was fired. This eventually gave an opportunity to Arsenio Hall, who hosted the show for its final 13 weeks on the air. Hall gained lots of positive reviews during his stint and eventually gained his own syndicated talk show a year after the Fox show was permanently cancelled. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy was absent this evening. Of course, this was no major surprise for those paying close attention as her health deteriorated due to her continued substance abuse. As a result, she returned to the LeRoy Sanitarium and would remain there for three weeks as she once again attempted to be cured of her substance abuse problems. - Sargebri

      • A PREVIEW OF THINGS TO COME!!! While Dorothy was away, her seat on the panel was filled by Phyllis Newman. No one knew it then, but Phyllis would unofficially become Dorothy's replacement on the panel. In fact, Phyllis would become the most prolific female guest panelist in the history of the show with 34 appearances. Even though she never was officially named Dolly Mae's replacement, she basically was a regular panelist during WML's final two years on television. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at five down. He then flipped them all for Danny Kaye at two down, after Bennett Cerf incorrectly guessed that he was Alfred Hitchcock, coincidentally one of Danny's fictitious sign-ins. This flip was possibly due to time issues, as Danny's antics used up valuable time, forcing John to have to say good night for everyone. - agent_0042

      • Within six months and one day of Danny Kaye's mystery guest appearance on tonight's edition of "WML?", he would begin a four-year stint as host of the Emmy award-winning variety series "The Danny Kaye Show," which ran on CBS from September 25, 1963 to June 7, 1967. The program's writing staff included some former writers for Sid Caesar, including Mel Tolkin, Gary Belkin and Larry Gelbart. Starting with the second (1964-1965) season, Harvey Korman joined the show as a supporting player. Korman would go on to be a regular on "The Carol Burnett Show" for all but the last of its eleven seasons on the air. - W-B

      • (1) This was Johnny Carson's final "WML?" appearance. It was the only time he appeared on the program after taking over as host of "The Tonight Show," on which he would hold court from October 1, 1962 to May 22, 1992. Mr. Carson appeared a total of nine times on "WML?", eight as a guest panelist including tonight, and once, on EPISODE #601 of February 11, 1962, as a mystery guest.
        (2) In an ironic coincidence, tonight's other guest panelist, Phyllis Newman, would become the first woman to guest host the Carson-era "Tonight Show" within a few years of this "WML?" episode. - W-B

      • A casualty of Dorothy Kilgallen's 1963 hospitalization for alcohol addiction was the daily morning radio program "Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick," which she co-hosted with her husband, Richard "Dick" Kollmar, on New York radio station WOR since April of 1945. While Dorothy was being treated this time round, Dick valiantly attempted to carry on with the program without his wife. But whereas Dolly Mae will remain on the "WML?" panel until her death, for WOR her latest sustained absence (after her 1958 and 1961 hospitalizations) would be the final straw. "Breakfast with Dorothy and Dick" reached the end of its run in April of 1963.

        Information on radio show's demise can be found at this web site:

        http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKkilgallen.htm

        However, the web site incorrectly attributes her 1963 hospitalization to treatment for anemia, rather than for her substance abuse. They probably confused it with her October 1958 hospital stay which was indeed attributed to anemia. - W-B

      • Danny Kaye promoted his musical revue at the Ziegfeld Theatre titled simply, "Danny Kaye." It ran for 47 total performances. - Suzanne

      • This kinescope has damage which causes a few lost seconds of the program. The breaks in the film cause the program to "jump" in at least two places, resulting in a lack of continuity. - Suzanne

      • Strangely, not one reference is made about Dorothy Kilgallen, who is in New York's LeRoy Hospital for her alcohol addiction. She won't return to the panel until April 21, 1963, missing three episodes. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Johnny Carson, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf.

      • It was very interesting to see Phyllis Newman and Johnny Carson appear together on this broadcast. Newman would become a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" during Carson's glorious reign. Also, Newman would make history a few years later when she became the first woman to substitute host for Carson on "The Tonight Show." - Sargebri

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