What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 33


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 14, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Marilyn Gobel - "Tests Water Pistols" (salaried; she works for Park Plastics Company, which produces 7 million water guns per year, a comment which led Arlene to humorously retort, "And my son has them all!"; from Elizabeth, NJ)

Game 2: Mr. A. A. Feldman (6/5/1933 - 10/18/1996) (his trade nicknames are Flying Fred Feldman & Fearless Fred Feldman) - "Broadcasts Traffic Reports From Helicopter" (salaried; left-handed; he works for radio station WOR and has been employed by them for one year; John mentioned that WOR's aerial traffic reports began in 1962; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Jimmy Durante (2/10/1890 - 1/29/1980) (as Mystery Guest) (After he signed his name, he drew his famous nose on the blackboard, although it looked more like a potato! After his game, in reply to John, Jimmy stated that he had been in show business for about fifty years. Jimmy mentioned that Ed Jackson was backstage, and said that he began working with Ed Jackson about fifty years ago at a club named The Alamo which was in Harlem. Back then, Durante appeared in vaudeville with Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson as the team Clayton, Jackson & Durante.)

Game 4: Mr. Piero Frescobaldi - "Wine Maker" (self-employed; from Florence, Italy, his family of wine makers produces Frescobaldi Chianti and other wines, and is one of the oldest families in Italy. John Daly stated that Piero Frescobaldi was a Marchese (Marquis) which is a nobleman ranking above a count. The company is still in business in Tuscany, and has been making wine for over 700 years.)

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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)

    Jimmy Durante

    Jimmy Durante

    Mystery Guest

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    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

    Guest Panelist

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    Richard Boone

    Richard Boone

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Bennett Cerf (to mystery guest Jimmy Durante): Are you well-known for one particular part of your physiognomy?
        Jimmy Durante: Bah!
        (Jimmy scowls, throws some sheet music in his hand at Mr. Cerf, then gives big smile)
        Entire Panel: Jimmy Durante!

    • NOTES (9)

      • HAPPY EASTER!!! The Easter bunny was somewhat nice to the panel this evening as they had a .500 record for the evening. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the water pistol tester from New Jersey. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant was a traffic reporter for WOR who did his reporting via helicopter. In the mystery guest round, the panel did a group identification when they all correctly guessed "The Ole Schnozolla," Jimmy Durante. Jimmy was on the show to promote his engagement at the Copacabana. Jimmy also delighted the audience by doing his customary farewell, "Goodnight Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." In the final game, the panel ran out of time with the wine maker from Florence, Italy, and as a result, he won the full prize by default. - Sargebri (2006)

        KILGALLEN WATCH!!! It is week number four and Dorothy still has not returned from her "illness." Of course, she was still hospitalized at the LeRoy Sanitarium in hopes of combating her substance abuse problem. - Sargebri (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first challenger at eight down. The panel was starting to get close to identifying the product, but was taking a long time. John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at three down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

      • (1) ALL IN THE (RADIO) FAMILY: Tonight's second contestant, A.A. Feldman, is one and the same as the legendary "Fearless" Fred Feldman (1933-1996); the name "Fred," in his case, is a diminution of Alfred, and he had signed in as "A.A. Feldman" to avoid any possible recognition on Arlene's part, given that they were then in the employ of the same radio station - a similar situation to when songwriter Carolyn Leigh, on EPISODE #643 of December 16, 1962, signed in as "Carolyn Cunningham."

        In addition to his traffic helicopter reports for New York radio station WOR (710 AM) - where Arlene Francis at the time hosted a daily radio talk show and Dorothy Kilgallen, until this month of April in 1963, co-hosted a long-running morning show - Feldman would later be involved in the start-up of "Shadow Traffic" in 1979. Feldman was among the original group of traffic reporters for this service, along with such names as Bernie Wagenblast, Joe Nolan and future Fox News Channel anchor Donna Fiducia. "Shadow Traffic" originally provided traffic reports, at the start, to New York radio stations WINS (1010 AM) and WABC (770 AM), and would expand by 1986 to 73 radio stations. As of 2006, "Shadow Traffic" is part of the Westwood One group, doing business as Metro Networks/Shadow Broadcast Services and serving more than 2,200 radio and TV stations in the U.S., handling not only traffic but also news, sports and weather programming.

        There is a web page with two pictures of Feldman. (The pictures may be enlarged by clicking on them.)


        See: "Photo 14: "Fearless Freddie" - Fred Feldman, WOR's Radio helicopter pilot-traffic broadcaster and Hank Boerner at LaGuardia Airport (with the Bell). Fred was a good friend; I gave him his "Fearless" nickname in a column, and it caught on. He headed up Shadow Traffic in New York and unfortunately passed on at an early age."


        "Photo 17: Fearless Fred (left) shows off slides he had taken of New York's skyline to Jim Pyle, head of the Aviation Development Council, and former FAA administrator and Hank Boerner (right)."

        The individual photos referenced above may be found here:



        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Tonight, Gene Ulrich is credited as lighting director, in place of Ralph Holmes. Mr. Ulrich would go on to hold the lighting director post for "WML?" in the last years of its long run. - W-B (2006, updated 2009)

      • Having opened on October 25, 1962 at the Plymouth Theatre, "Tchin-Tchin" had been running for almost six months when Arlene Francis took over for its original star, Margaret Leighton. Anthony Quinn, who plugged the show recently on WML, left when Miss Leighton left and was replaced by Jack Klugman. Unfortunately, Francis and Klugman didn't have the same superstar power as Leighton and Quinn, and the show closed a month later at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre on West 47th Street in New York City. - Dickcondon

      • According to the book, "WOR, The First Sixty Years, 1922-1982" WOR had New York's first helicopter "flying traffic reports" with "Fearless Fred Feldman and Helicopter 710." Was Fred Feldman related to A.A. Feldman? We can't tell by watching this episode, because Fred Feldman was not mentioned tonight. FYI, WOR also had the first fixed wing aircraft reporting. The reporter/pilot was Bob Garrity (or possibly Bob Garritty) who later presented live late-night jazz from Birdland in NY, and was also an Assignment Editor at ABC Radio News. - Suzanne

      • Jimmy Durante promoted his appearance at the Copacabana (Copa) in NYC. John Daly prompted Jimmy to repeat his signature 1940's radio sign-off line, "Good night Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are." - Suzanne

      • On July 25, 1964, a man named Piero Frescobaldi died during the 24-hour street circuit auto race named the Spa-Francorchamps which was held in Belgium. This may have been our contestant. From the net, "At 10 PM disaster struck, when Piero Frescobaldi left the road at Malmedy, loosing his life." Speeds averaged over 164 kmh during the race. Maybe in the future, there will be more net information about this man. - Suzanne (March 2004)

      • Tidbits: Arlene opens in the play "Tchin-Tchin" on April 22, 1963. No mention was made of Dorothy, who is currently hospitalized at New York's Le Roy Hospital for treatment of her alcoholism. She returns next week, after having missed the previous three episodes.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Richard Boone, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf.

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