What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 34

EPISODE #660

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 21, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #660
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Game 1: Louis Nizer (2/6/1902 - 11/10/1994) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the normal questioning format was used) "Trial Lawyer" (self-employed; author of the book My Life In Court)"

Game 2: Miss Janis Mann - " and Fits False Eyelashes" (self-employed; she owns and operates her self-named shop on 54th Street in New York City, NY)

Game 3: Carol Channing (b. 1/31/1921) (as Mystery Guest #2) Her DEEP disguised voice is excellent!

Game 4: Miss Annette McBride - "Makes Coats For Dogs" (self-employed; she owns the St. Francis Dog Togs Company; from Dallas, TX) . .moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

    Louis Nizer

    Louis Nizer

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Carol Channing

    Carol Channing

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Peter Cook

    Peter Cook

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: And just to show you, Dorothy, that nothing has changed and so that Peter understands that life can be difficult, too, we'll celebrate your homecoming by telling you to put your blindfolds on. Ha!

    • NOTES (9)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger, but the panel correctly identified the products and the basis of what she did. John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at six down because time ran out. - agent_0042

      • WELCOME HOME DOLLY MAE!!! After a month away from the panel due to "illness," the Voice of Broadway returned and the panel gave her a very long ovation that seemed to touch her and inspire her as she played a role in all three correct guesses for the panel. In the first game, Dorothy came back in style as she correctly identified the first mystery guest, famed attorney Louis Nizer. Mr. Nizer was on the show to discuss his autobiography, "My Life in Court," as well as his career. Dorothy also played a role in the second correct guess of the evening as she identified that the product the contestant dealt with had something to do with false eyelashes. Unfortunately, she guessed that the contestant made them. However, guest panelist Peter Cook was given partial credit for guessing that Miss Mann sold them. In fact, besides selling them, she fitted them and styled them for her clients. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy once again shined as she correctly identified Carol Channing. Carol was on the show to promote her engagement at the Waldorf as well as to give "diamond" bracelets to John and the panel. In the final game, Dorothy managed to figure out that the product that the contestant made was for dogs. However, the panel ran out of time and the contestant won the full prize by default before they guessed that she made coats for dogs. Despite this near miss, it still was a wonderful homecoming for Dorothy. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy looked great on her first night back after her hospitalization to combat her substance abuse. Unfortunately, her demons would rear their heads a few more times and she would suffer several health problems that were either directly or indirectly a result from her substance abuse problems. Of course, two and a half years later, Dorothy would suffer a tragic death at the age of 52 from an apparent accidental fatal overdose of alcohol and sleeping pills. - Sargebri

      • (1) Bennett introduces John tonight with a variation of the famous phrase associated with Goodson-Todman's other famous game show, "To Tell the Truth": "Will the real John Charles Daly please step forward?" Back on "WML?" EPISODE #507 of April 3, 1960, Polly Bergen, then a "TTTT" panelist, had introduced Bennett in the very same manner.
        (2) Besides the clients of Louis Nizer's mentioned elsewhere in this guide, another of his famous clients was radio humorist and personality John Henry Faulk. In the 1950's, Faulk, who was hosting a show on New York radio station WCBS (880 AM), lost his job after a group called Aware, Inc., alleged that Faulk had ties to Communist front groups. Nizer had represented Faulk in his successful libel suit against Aware, Inc. Faulk's battle formed the basis for his book "Fear on Trial," which was published in the same year, 1963, as Nizer's mystery guest appearance tonight. "Fear on Trial" would be made into a TV-movie in 1975 with George C. Scott in the role of Nizer and William Devane playing Faulk. This lawsuit is regarded as one of the main factors in the eventual breaking of the blacklist that had affected every sector of the entertainment industry, especially radio and TV, since the early 1950's. Faulk would go on to be a semi-regular on the TV series "Hee Haw" from 1975 to 1982.

        Another tidbit about Faulk's libel suit is that the presiding judge in the case was Abraham N. Geller. Judge Geller was the father of Bruce Geller, who would gain fame as the creator and executive producer of the 1966-1973 TV series "Mission: Impossible" which would take over the time slot vacated by "WML?" (and "Candid Camera") in 1967. Geller the younger would also play Judge Geller the elder in the "Fear on Trial" TV-movie, which also featured former "WML?" guest panelist David Susskind and "WML?" co-producer Mark Goodson as themselves.
        (3) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again tonight, Gene Ulrich is credited as lighting director. - W-B

      • Exactly like she did on her August 26, 1962 WML mystery guest appearance, Carol Channing was adorable and passed out "diamond" bracelets to John Daly and the entire panel. This was in connection with her trademark Jule Styne song "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" from her long-running (740 performances) 1949 Broadway musical "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." She also had a second landmark Broadway role as Dolly Levi in the musical "Hello, Dolly!" (2,844 performances!) but that debut won't be until January 16, 1964. - Suzanne

      • When John Daly was talking to Louis Nizer (they all called him Louie) he mentioned a trial involving Quint Reynolds. So, who was Quentin Reynolds? He was a columnist, and Nizer successfully represented him in a libel suit against controversial columnist (James) Westbrook Pegler in 1954/1955. In his column, Pegler had accused Reynolds of being a Communist. In both 1968 and 1983, separate made-for-television dramatizations was made of this lawsuit, both called "A Case of Libel." They were based upon Nizer's book, "The Jury Returns." - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Arlene opens tomorrow in the play "Tchin-Tchin" (pronounced Chin-Chin). This play first opened about six months ago with a different actress in Arlene's role.

      • Welcome Back Dorothy! Dorothy is back, looking bright-eyed and rested. She was very sharp tonight and smiled a lot. We have not seen her since March 17th, as she has spent a month in New York's Le Roy Hospital for her alcohol addiction. Of course we can't change history, but if only Dorothy had joined an organization such as Alcoholics Anonymous, and stuck to their credo, she may have enjoyed a much longer life.

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

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