What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 35


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Apr 28, 1963 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Barbara Dickerson - "Exercises Race Horses" (self-employed; she is an 'exercise girl' who rides the horses during their tryouts; she travels from race track to race track; from Valley Forge, PA)

Game 2: Mr. Hans Heitsch (his signature was illegible, but I verified the spelling on the net) - "Designs and Makes Bathing Suits" (salaried; he is Europe's foremost designer, making his swim suits out of Helanka Stretch Nylon; Helanka is a brand of knitting yarn; from Boras, Sweden)

Game 3: Judy Holliday (6/21/1921 - 6/7/1965) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Nora Reddington - "Telephone Information & Weather Operator" (salaried; she supplies phone information for the phone company and tape records an hourly telephone weather report; originally from Galway, Ireland, now from Queens, Long Island, New York) . .moreless

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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)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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      • REVIEW: After a somewhat slow beginning, the panel had one of their better nights this evening. Things didn't really begin all that well when the panel was totally stumped by the horses exercise girl from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. They did manage to get close when they thought she was a trainer, but unfortunately, that was as close as they got. However, things got better in the second round when Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant from Sweden was a designer of women's bathing suits. Dorothy also managed to guess that the mystery guest for the evening was Oscar winner Judy Holliday. Judy was on the show to promote her current Broadway play "Hot Spot." The final game featured a very rare occurrence as Arlene managed to make a correct guess in figuring out that the final contestant from Galway, Ireland and currently living in New York was a telephone operator. This definitely was a great way to close out a good evening for the panel. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second challenger at six down. His occupation was correctly identified, but John felt that he should get the full prize, having come all the way from Sweden. John flipped all the cards for the final challenger at three down. Her occupation was also guessed, but John gave it to her because she was an "Irish girl." - agent_0042

      • (1) MORE ABOUT HOMER & JETHRO: Henry "Homer" Haynes and Kenneth "Jethro" Burns, also known as "The Thinking Man's Hillbillies," recorded for the RCA Victor label from 1949 through 1971. One of their first records for the label was a takeoff of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" which they performed with a young June Carter, a member of the Carter Family and the future Mrs. Johnny Cash. The duo's biggest hit, for which they won a Grammy Award, was "The Battle of Kookamonga" (RCA Victor 47-7585, 1959), a takeoff of Johnny Horton's hit "The Battle of New Orleans." Homer & Jethro were also accomplished musicians who had played on some Nashville recording sessions, released albums of straight, non-comedy instrumental material highlighting Homer's guitar playing and Jethro's mandolin playing, and also played in "The Country All-Stars" and "The Nashville String Band," both of which also boasted legendary guitarist Chet Atkins (who was Jethro's brother-in-law) as a member. Throughout the 1960's and into the early 1970's, besides their Kellogg's commercials and record albums - the title of one of which, "Ooh, That's Corny" (RCA Victor LPM/LSP-2743, 1963), was derived from one of their Kellogg's spots - Homer & Jethro also appeared on TV variety shows ranging from Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason to Tennessee Ernie Ford and Johnny Cash (on whose 1969-1971 ABC-TV variety show they reteamed with June Carter Cash to perform their old hit "Baby, It's Cold Outside"). Following Homer's death from a heart attack on August 7, 1971 at age 54, Jethro abandoned comedy altogether and went on to perform across the country as a straight mandolinist, playing in the jazz and bluegrass genres. During the later 1970's, Jethro was also part of the touring band of singer-songwriter Steve Goodman, whose most famous composition, "The City of New Orleans," would become a hit for Arlo Guthrie in 1972. Jethro died on February 4, 1989 at age 68.
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Based on this and the preceding two episodes, it now appears Gene Ulrich is the new "WML?" lighting director. - W-B

      • Homer and Jethro, who are featured in the vintage 1963 Kellogg's commercial, are Kenneth "Jethro" Burns and Henry "Homer" Haynes. They form the country music comedy team of Homer and Jethro, and entertained music lovers for four decades with concerts and recordings. Homer (on guitar) and Jethro (on mandolin) are also remembered for the humorous series of television commercials they performed in for Kellogg's Corn Flakes cereal. The duo was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001. - Suzanne

      • Author Michael Petracca, in his 2001-revised article titled "Cornyphones and Cardboard Flamingos: A Green Consumer Reads His Breakfast" which was printed in the Journal of American Culture (volume 19, no. 2) refers to the Cornyphone as such: "waste products of consumer culture: Cornyphones, peanut husks, and cardboard pink flamingos."

        For the curious, the Kellogg's "Cornyphone" is a hard plastic authentic-looking ear of corn with a plastic harmonica molded lengthwise into the toy. The 9-inch-long premium toy is bright yellow, with a short green tip on the stalk end. Its name "Cornyphone" is molded into the top of the harmonica portion of the toy. It was shipped with an "instructions and song sheet" paper. - Suzanne

        To see what this vintage toy musical instrument looks like, visit this web site:


      • When this episode appeared in 1999 on GSN's (then known as Game Show Network) "Sunday Night in Black and White" program, the video portion of an original 1963 Kellogg's commercial snuck past GSN's commercial editors and was aired. The original 1963 audio portion was not heard. Here is what happened: The black and white video of the Kellogg's commercial came on, while the "new" 1999 GSN Sears commercial audio played over it. The commercial opened with a sign reading "Kellogg's Corn Flakes presents Homer and Jethro." The sign lifted up and presented Homer and Jethro in Gay 90s turn-of-the-century style outfits with straw hats, singing and playing their musical instruments. Next, a sign came up advertising "Kellogg's Car Contest" with prizes of a Ford Sports Hardtop, 5 Falcon Hardtops, 5000 car scale models, and 5000 "Cornyphones" which appear to be a plastic ear of corn with a harmonica stuck in the middle. At this point, the picture went black, and then showed the video of the modern-day 1999 GSN commercial, which was Bob Villa selling Sears merchandise. - Garrison Skunk

      • From Glenn McMahon of the Judy Holliday Resource Center
        Once the panelists were all blindfolded, Judy walked out onto the stage to strong applause and whistles. She signed her name on the chalkboard and then took her seat beside the show's moderator, John Daly. The questioning begins with Dorothy Kilgallen who asks, "Are you in show business?" Judy hoarsely replies, "Yes." Bennett Cerf notes that there are "A lot of singers in town this week," then asks, "Do you do singing professionally?" Judy says, "Oh yes" in a voice that is similar to her "Mom" character from Bells Are Ringing. Arlene Francis asks, "Do you have many successful records?" Judy responds truthfully with a curt "No." Guest panelist Shelley Berman inquires, "Do you work primarily in the night clubs?" A smiling Judy replies, "No." Dorothy Kilgallen asks, "Are you in a current Broadway musical?" Following Judy's response of "Yes," Dorothy grins like she knows who it is. Bennett Cerf confidently asks, "Are you the star of this musical?" Judy answers, "Yes." The look in her eyes indicates that she expects Cerf to reveal her identity at any moment, but he lets the opportunity pass. Arlene asks, "Are you the star of Tovarich?" implying that the mystery guest was Vivien Leigh. Judy lets out a slow "No." Shelley Berman asks, "Is this a brand new musical?" Judy replies, "Yes." When the questioning gets back to Dorothy Kilgallen she wastes little time asking, "Are you Judy Holliday?" John Daly answers "Yes" for her and the audience applauds while Judy laughs. John Daly notes, "That was done with dispatch, Miss Judy." In her previous appearances, she had used various accents and funny voices, she explains that this time, "I let nature take its course, I'm hoarse." Daly gives "Hot Spot" a plug and comments, "I'm in the ranks of those who will go very far to see you do anything." He then asks the panel if they got any hint that it was Judy Holliday from the voice she was using. Dorothy smiles and says, "A little bit." Bennett says, "I confidently expected it." Judy says, "I can't speak in my natural voice because it's... distinguishable." After briefly discussing "Born Yesterday," John Daly wishes her lots of success with "Hot Spot." She thanks him and then leaves the moderator's desk. She walks across the stage, shakes hands with all four panelists and departs. Her appearance lasted less than 3 minutes. This was not only her final What's My Line? appearance, it was also one of the last times that she would appear on television period. She would die 2 years later, shortly before her 44th birthday.

      • Judy Holliday promoted her appearance in her 1963 Broadway musical "Hot Spot." The musical ran for 43 total performances at the Majestic Theatre.

      • Tidbits: Arlene's Broadway play "Tchin-Tchin" is at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. This play ran for 222 total performances, although Arlene was not a performer for the total run.

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Shelley Berman, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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