What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 37


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 12, 1963 on CBS
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Game 1: The names of the four guests were pre-signed on the blackboard, and the four military band leaders placed check marks next to their names:

Names as shown on the blackboard:
Lt. Col. Hugh Curry (5/8/1911 - 8/1986)
Lt. Col. Albert Schoepper (10/22/1913 - 7/29/1997)
Lt. Anthony Mitchell (8/26/1917 - 1/20/2009)
Col. George S. Howard (2/24/1903 - 9/18/1995)

"Leaders of the Four Service Bands; Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force" (the panel was blindfolded because they appeared in their full uniforms; the regular questioning format was used; salaried)

Full professional names and their respective bands:
Lt. Colonel Hugh J. Curry, U.S. Army Band
Lt. Colonel Albert Schoepper, U.S. Marine Band
Lt. Anthony A. Mitchell, U.S. Navy Band
Colonel George S. Howard, U.S. Air Force Band

Game 2: Mrs. Judy Cole - "Rides on Wing of Stunt Airplane" (self-employed; she works for the Cole Brothers Air Show, her son Rolly Cole pilots the plane she is performing on, while her husband Duane Cole pilots another stunt plane at the same time; from Fort Wayne, Indiana; see notes below)

Game 3: Peter Lawford (9/7/1923 - 12/24/1984) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Harvey Kamnitzer (b. 12/31/1944) - "Batboy For N.Y. Mets Baseball Team" (salaried; teenager; from New York City, NY)

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  • Just a note of correction to your information regarding this episode. Lt. Colonel Albert F. Schoepper was conductor of the United States Marine Band, not the United States Navy Band.

    Just a note of correction to your information regarding this episode. Lt. Colonel Albert F. Schoepper was conductor of the United States Marine Band, not the United States Navy Band. I know this because he was my grandfather and I wish for him to be properly recognized in your accounts.

    Thank You,

    Marc Richard
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)

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    • My grandfather, Lt. Colonel Albert F. Schoepper, the conductor of the United States Marine Band, was a contestant on this episode. - Marc Richard (2007)

    • REVIEW: After the previous week's hilarious cameo, Joey Bishop made his official return to the panel this evening and was his usual funny self. In fact, his appearance was even more funny than usual because he was forced to wear a lady's pearl mask during the two segments where the panel was blindfolded; the first regular game and the mystery guest round. However, despite this, Joey put in a good performance and even made the correct identification in the mystery guest round. Unfortunately, the evening didn't begin on a good foot as the panel was totally stumped by the four heads of the Armed Forces bands. They were on the show to promote the first ever series of commercial recordings released featuring the bands. In the second game, Dorothy was given credit for correctly guessing that the contestant was a female wing walker. In fact, she was part of an air circus that involved both her husband and their son, who was the one who flew the plane that carried Mrs. Cole. In the mystery guest round, Joey had the pleasure of identifying his fellow Rat Packer, Peter Lawford. After the game, Peter discussed the dinner where Joey was the MC (Master of Ceremonies) as well as a funny story about when he was appearing at the Latin Casino and Joey walked onstage and made a joke about the show being a Democratic rally. Peter also talked about the film "Johnny Cool," which he produced, and which was coming out in September, featuring an appearance by Joey. Unfortunately, time ran out during the final game, so the New York Mets' batboy won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this was still a good and fun evening.- Sargebri (2006)

      THE RAT PACK: It is interesting to note that this was the first and only time that two members of the infamous Hollywood clique, The Rat Pack, appeared on WML at the same time. Over the years, both Joey Bishop and Peter Lawford appeared separately as panelists and also as mystery guests. In fact, Joey was one of the more prolific guest panelists in the show's history. Also, Sammy Davis Jr. was another member of the Pack to appear as both mystery guest and guest panelist. In total, four of the five members of the group (Joey, Peter, Sammy and Dean Martin) appeared on the show at various times. The leader of the pack, Frank Sinatra, didn't appear on the show until November 1966, which was a year and a couple of weeks after the death of his former friend and later enemy, panelist Dorothy Kilgallen. In fact, Frank appeared as both mystery guest and panelist that night and in one of the most memorable moments in the history of the show, his then wife, Mia Farrow, was the second mystery guest that night.- Sargebri (2006)

      PROUD OF OUR SONS: As was mentioned during the introductions, Arlene and Bennett went to see their respective sons, Peter Gabel and Jonathan Cerf, "lift their voices in song" during a special function at the prep school the boys attended, Deerfield Academy. Of course, a few years later, the boys would form a rock and roll band called Central Park Zoo. In fact, the band even appeared on "The Mike Douglas Show." Also, the two would make a very memorable appearance on WML in 1967 when they worked as editors for the Harvard Lampoon. Unfortunately, the evening was somewhat spoiled that evening because someone had told Bennett that Jonathan would be on the show, so Bennett disqualified himself before the game. - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the first group of challengers at nine down. The panel had ascertained that they were with the various military service bands, but never figured out exactly who they were. John flipped all the cards at two down for the second challenger, even though Dorothy had correctly identified the occupation. John flipped them all for the final challenger at seven down, but Bennett came close after John flipped the cards. - agent_0042 (2006)

    • Tragedy struck Judy Cole just a few short months after her What's My Line? appearance. On August 2, 1963, her 24-year-old son, Rolly Cole, was killed in the crash of his light plane on a farm near Rockford, IL while practicing for the annual fly-in of the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) of which his father Duane Cole was one of 12 founding members. The Coles then terminated their stunt flying act, after a history of seventeen years. Duane Cole authored a book in memory of his son, titled "To a Pilot." The original Cole brothers are Duane, Marion, Arnold and Lester, and information about them and their daredevil stunt flying is available on the net. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Joey Bishop, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • Bird Lost: One cockatiel. Bird Found: On top of Dorothy's head, in this episode.