What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 38


Aired Daily 12:00 AM May 19, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Joe W. Schmitt - "Space Suit Technician, Dressed Astronaut Cooper For Flight" (salaried; he fit the pressure space suit on Mercury Astronaut Major Gordon Cooper; he is a member of the STG or Space Task Group; originally from O'Fallon, Illinois; currently from Texas)

Game 2: Miss Ria Taney - "Restaurant Doorman" (salaried; she works at the Penguin Restaurant in downtown New York on W. 9th Street; Arlene pointed out that only a restaurant in Greenwich Village would be so bold to have a female doorman; Ria is also and actress and a student at the Neighborhood Playhouse School; from Manhattan, NY)

Game 3: Sid Caesar (9/8/1922 - 2/12/2014) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Grace B. Myaida - "Makes Birdhouses" (self-employed; she owns and operates Birdhouses By Myaida; her unique design features a safety baffle inside the birdhouse which protects smaller birds from attacks by larger birds, thereby protecting the nests of the smaller birds; from Albertson, Long Island, NY) . .


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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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      • CONGRATULATIONS BENNETT!!! Congratulations were definitely in order for Bennett as he was awarded a distinguished alumni award from the Columbia School of Journalism during their 50th anniversary celebration. Unfortunately, that was pretty much all the celebrating to be done, as gamewise, the panel had somewhat of a poor night. In the first game, Bennett did guess that the contestant had something to do with the space program, but since the rest of the panel wasn't getting anywhere, John decided to flip over all the cards before he informed them that the guest was responsible for dressing Gordon Cooper before his spaceflight that past week. In the second game, the panel really was stumped by the female doorman, or door person. In the mystery guest round, Arlene definitely helped save face for the panel when she correctly identified television pioneer Sid Caesar. Sid was on the show to promote the musical "Little Me," which had been a hit on Broadway for quite some time. He also discussed his upcoming television series which was going to premier on ABC. In the final game, Arlene guessed that the contestant made birdhouses. Unfortunately, her correct identification came after all the cards had been flipped. That was a very appropriate way to end the show for the evening. - Sargebri

      • SPACE RACE: As was mentioned during the first game, a few days before this episode aired, Gordon Cooper made his successful flight in Mercury 9. This flight would prove to be the final mission in the Mercury series, as within two years, NASA would move from the one-man Mercury capsules to the two-man Gemini capsules. Of course, this all leads to the three-man Apollo capsules that would transport man to the moon in 1969. - Sargebri

      • As was mentioned in the mystery guest round, Sid Caesar was appearing in the classic musical "Little Me." Later that year, he also would be appearing in the classic mega-comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" in the role of dentist "Melville Crump" opposite Edie Adams who played his wife "Monica." However, that role originally was supposed to go to former WML guest panelist Ernie Kovacs. Unfortunately, just before shooting was scheduled to commence, Ernie was killed in a single car accident. - Sargebri

      • (1) During the opening, Martin Gabel introduced Arlene as "the first and last Mrs. Gabel." This comment proved both accurate and prophetic in Martin's case, given his death on May 22, 1986 - eight days after his and Arlene's 40th wedding anniversary.
        (2) A few months after his mystery guest appearance tonight, Sid Caesar would attempt another TV comeback. "The Sid Caesar Show" would run on ABC from October 3, 1963 to March 12, 1964, and featured among his regulars was comic Joey Forman and singer Gisele MacKenzie. The show ran every other week, alternating with a variety show hosted by Edie Adams (Caesar's co-star in the upcoming movie "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"), which ran from September 26, 1963 to March 19, 1964. It was Caesar's third attempt at a weekly show following the demise of "Caesar's Hour" in 1957. His other two tries were both called "Sid Caesar Invites You," the first version of which ran on ABC from January 26, 1958 to May 25, 1958, followed by a British version which ran on the BBC from July 1, 1958 to September 23, 1958. The British version featured two people who had at one time or another been associated with legendary comedian Benny Hill during his 1955-1968 BBC run: straight man Jeremy Hawk and producer Duncan Wood. - W-B

      • Cute Line: During the questioning of the pretty restaurant doorman, Martin Gabel laments to her, "You have an addiction to the word no." Without missing a beat, Arlene quickly chimes in, "It's good for girls!" The audience laughs loudly and Arlene then softly adds, "I was a girl once." - Suzanne

      • Sid Caesar promoted his 1962-1963 Broadway play, "Little Me" which ran for 257 total performances at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. His part was comprised of seven different roles and 23 costume changes. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: John Daly announced that Bennett Cerf was awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Award for Journalism" from the Columbia School of Journalism.

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • MORE TRYING TIMES FOR ARLENE - This is Arlene's last show (she misses three episodes) before a tragic car accident on the Long Island Expressway keeps her off the panel until June 16, 1963. The unfortunate auto accident claimed the life of one woman. More information about the automobile accident can be read on the guide of EPISODE #519. - Suzanne Astorino

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