What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 31

EPISODE #657

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 31, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #657
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Game 1: Walter Patterson - "Human Canonball" (from Nashville, TN, he'll perform at Madison Square Garden on April 3rd. In tandem, he and his wife are propelled from a canon with the use of compressed air. He explained that his wife is shot out first, and then he follows. Their act is performed twice daily. After his expulsion, he travels 60 feet in height and 175 feet in distance. Bennett received a good audience response when he proclaimed, "You're the only man in America who gets out twice a day with his wife." Funny!

Game 2: Miss Donna Meagher (b. 6/27/1939) - "Income Tax Lawyer for U.S. Government" (from Dallas, TX, now working in NY, she handles civil cases for the legal department of the IRS)

Game 3: Arthur Godfrey (8/31/1903 - 3/16/1983) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Chris Wheatcroft - "Grows Roses" (from Nottingham, England, he grows roses for Wheatcroft & Sons, Ltd.; John Daly stated that Chris' father was a contestant two years ago. Indeed, on EPISODE #555 of March 12, 1961, Harry Wheatcroft was a contestant with the exact same occupation listed.
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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Bennett Cerf

    Bennett Cerf

    Regular Panelist (1951-1967)

    Arthur Godfrey

    Arthur Godfrey

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

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      • REVIEW: This was not only a great night for the panel, but it also was a pretty fun one, too. It was too bad that Arlene, who was suffering from - of all things - chicken pox, and Dorothy, who was still at the LeRoy Sanitarium dealing with her substance abuse problems, had to miss it. However, they were ably subbed for by two ladies who were no strangers to being on a panel, Kitty Carlisle and Phyllis Newman. In the first game, Kitty correctly guessed that the first contestant was a human cannonball and almost jumped clear out of her seat when she made the correct guess. In fact, she was so overjoyed at guessing his correct line, that she looked as if she were a kid on Christmas day. In the second game, she also did well in partially guessing that the lady from Dallas had something to do with the legal department of the IRS. For the record, the challenger was an IRS lawyer. Phyllis got into the act when she correctly guessed that the mystery guest was the "Old Redhead" himself, Arthur Godfrey. Arthur evidently didn't have anything to promote, but he reminisced with John about their days in radio as well as an interesting story about Peggy Lee. Unfortunately, in the final game, the panel ran out of time before they could figure out that the young man from Nottingham, England was a rose grower, so he won the full prize by default. However, even this could not take away from an enjoyable evening. - Sargebri

      • IT TAKES A GRANDE DAME TO REPLACE A GRAND DAME!!! As Bennett mentioned during the introductions, Arlene was out with the chicken pox. Filling in for her was Bennett's very close friend, "To Tell the Truth" panelist Kitty Carlisle. Of course, Kitty was to TTTT what Arlene was to WML. Kitty definitely looked like she enjoyed appearing on tonight's show and had a lot of fun playing the game. Kitty will make two more guest appearances before she sits in on the panel for a much more somber occasion. In November 1965, Kitty will appear on the panel on the episode following Dorothy's tragic passing. In fact, Kitty said probably the most poignant phrase ever spoken on that show when she said, "I may be sitting in Dorothy's chair, but I will never replace her." - Sargebri

      • TO TELL THE TRUTH: Kitty and Phyllis were both members of the "To Tell the Truth" panel. Kitty, of course, was on the nighttime version of the show while Phyllis was on the daytime panel with Joan Fontaine and former "Tonight Show" band leader "Skitch" Henderson. Ironically, in 1965, the nighttime panel replaced the daytime panel in order to help boost the daytime version's ratings. Also ironic was that one night while Phyllis was sitting on the WML panel, the nighttime panel of Kitty, Tom Poston, Peggy Cass and Orson Bean were mystery guests. What made it doubly ironic was the fact that it was Phyllis who correctly guessed them. - Sargebri

      • NICE MEETING YOU: As Tony Randall mentioned after Arthur Godfrey left the stage, Tony had filled in for Arthur for a week on both his radio show and his television show. Ironically, this was the first time that the two men had ever met face-to-face. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! This was week #2 of Dorothy's stay at the LeRoy Sanitarium to combat her substance abuse problem. Interestingly, unlike the previous week, Dorothy was mentioned during the intros and Bennett said that she was "away with an illness." - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at five down, although the panel came very close in determining the guest's line. Later, he flipped all the cards for the final challenger at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • (1) "THE GREAT NEWSPAPER STRIKE" ENDS: It was not long after the airing of tonight's episode that the 113-day newspaper strike finally came to an end. The strike, which had commenced on December 8, 1962, had shut down publication of The New York Times, the Daily News, the New York Post, the New York Herald-Tribune, the New York World Telegram & Sun, the Daily Mirror, and Dorothy's home paper, the New York Journal-American. The repercussions of this strike vis-à-vis the TV and radio outlets in the New York metropolitan area were documented in the notes to EPISODE #643 of December 16, 1962, but suffice it to say that many former readers of the respective papers from that period never came back when the papers did.

        Not long after the papers resumed publication, the Herald-Tribune inaugurated a new magazine supplement for its Sunday edition called "New York," edited by Clay Felker. The new magazine was designed to be a younger, hipper alternative to The New York Times' Sunday magazine section. This supplement would be carried over to the ill-fated World Journal Tribune in 1966-1967, and in 1968 Felker and his designer, Milton Glaser, relaunched "New York" as a stand-alone glossy, to compete with The New Yorker. (Felker was married at one time to actress Pamela Tiffin, who had been a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #832 of September 25, 1966, and a guest panelist on EPISODE #853 of March 12, 1967.) "New York" would go on to be one of the most influential magazines of the 1970's, with such contributors as Jimmy Breslin, Gloria Steinem, restaurant critic Gael Greene, film critic Judith Crist, and the father of the so-called "New Journalism," Tom Wolfe, as well as more of an emphasis on lifestyle and gossip. One of the more famous pieces was a 1976 article, "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night" by Nik Cohn, which served as the basis for the 1977 hit movie "Saturday Night Fever." As of 2006, "New York" magazine is still going strong.
        (2) "WHAT'S THE TRUTH?", OR "TO TELL MY LINE" - With the combination of Dorothy's continuing hospitalization to combat substance abuse and Arlene's bout with the chicken pox, half of tonight's "WML?" panel was comprised of panelists from each edition of one of Goodson-Todman Productions' other successful game shows, "To Tell the Truth." Kitty Carlisle had held court as the resident "grande dame" on the nighttime version of "TTTT" since 1957, and Phyllis Newman was a regular on the daytime edition since its launch in 1962. Miss Newman, as was noted elsewhere on this guide, was by no means the first woman to introduce John Charles Daly - but this was the first time she had introduced him, for sure.
        (3) "THAT'S 657 DOWN AND 219 TO GO": No one connected with the program knew it at the time, but with tonight's show, "WML?" has passed the three-quarters mark in terms of total episodes in its 17.5-year, 876-episode run on CBS. - W-B

      • It is interesting to note that Godfrey appeared on the show while Dorothy Kilgallen was away. Godfrey and Miss Kilgallen were engaged in a bitter feud that escalated after Godfrey fired Julius LaRosa in October 1953 because LaRosa lacked "humility." Godfrey often referred to Dorothy as a "liar." Godfrey was known for finding and grooming young, undiscovered talent. But, he insisted on loyalty and absolute control over their careers. One of his bigger finds, singer Julius LaRosa, was unceremoniously fired by a very gracious-sounding Godfrey ON THE AIR simply because the up-and-comer had found himself an agent. Godfrey's popularity soon declined after the on-air television incident, and his "nice guy" public image was irreparably damaged. - Sargebri

      • This may be Kitty Carlisle's first performance as a guest panelist, but she is no stranger to panel shows. She is a long-time panel member of another G-T show, "To Tell The Truth." She really has fun tonight, and gets so excited when she guesses the human cannonball's line. It's so cute to see! - Suzanne

      • I am sorry to be picky, Phyllis, but you were not the first woman to introduce John Daly. Dorothy Kilgallen introduced John on 10/25/53, 1/3/1954, 11/20/1955 and 1/10/1960. Elsa Maxwell did it on 4/15/1956. Arlene Francis did it on 2/24/1957, 2/5/1961 and 3/26/1961. There are other instances also. While it didn't happen too often, Phyllis was definitely not first. - Phil Wala, Waseca, Minnesota

      • Tidbits: During the introductions, Bennett Cerf walked out first. He stated that Dorothy was "recuperating from an illness" and that Arlene had come down with "a case of the chicken pox!" Dorothy is currently hospitalized for her alcoholism. She is at LeRoy Hospital in New York. When Phyllis Newman spoke her introductory words, she stated that she was the "first girl" to ever introduce John Daly on WML's long history. While she was in error, because she was not the first woman to introduce John, she certainly did hold the record of being the youngest woman to ever introduce John. - Suzanne

      • Kitty Carlisle (9/3/2010 - 4/17/2007)

        Panel: Bennett Cerf, Kitty Carlisle, Tony Randall, Phyllis Newman. With two female guest panelists, Bennett walked on stage first.

      • John Daly showed obvious respect and love for Arthur Godfrey. John spoke of 1937, when Arthur was his mentor during their "radio days" at CBS. - Suzanne

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