What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 41


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 09, 1963 on CBS



  • Trivia

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    • REVIEW: This was a somewhat decent night for the panel as they more or less had a .500 record for the evening. Of course, Arlene was still recovering from her injuries and that might have had something to do with their performance. In the first game, the panel was stumped by the contestant who made backscratchers for cows. It should be noted that this was another example of how the occupations were becoming more and more unusual. In the second game, the panel was given credit for guessing that the young lady from Michigan was a swimmer, even though they didn't figure out that she was a professional long distance swimmer. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified crooner Andy Williams, who used a cute, but annoying, little kid's voice in an attempt to fool the panel. Andy was on the show not only to plug his highly successful variety hour, but also to promote both his upcoming appearance with Henry Mancini at the Latin Casino and his upcoming tour. In final game, the panel ran out of time as they were questioning the spaghetti maker, so he won the full prize by default. Hopefully, the fun the panel seemed to have helped to make Arlene's recovery much easier and go a little faster. - Sargebri

    • This was a very interesting night because it featured the only time that Dorothy sat on the panel with Phyllis Newman. Phyllis was the woman who would, along with Aileen "Suzy Knickerbocker" Mehle, replace Dorothy on the panel following her tragic passing. Of course, when Dorothy was hospitalized earlier in the year, Phyllis was the one who filled in for her on a couple of occasions. It also was interesting to see how Dorothy and Phyllis interacted, which was in a cordial manner. - Sargebri

    • Andy Williams was in the middle of the first season of his highly successful variety show on NBC. It is interesting to note that when the show first premiered, his original support act was the folk group The New Christy Minstrels. However, they were soon superseded by Andy's biggest discovery, The Osmond Brothers, who debuted on the show on December 20, 1962. They were joined by their little brother, and future teen idol, Donny Osmond, a year later on December 10, 1963. As a youngster, Andy was part of a family act himself when he sang with his brothers in their vocal group. Of course, Andy would go out on his own as a solo artist and became one of the most popular crooners ever and would become known for being perhaps the best interpreter of Henry Mancini compositions, especially the song that he became best known for, "Moon River." However, Andy wouldn't be the only member of his family to have some form of fame. His identical twin nephews, Andy and David Williams, would attempt a singing career as a duo and would make frequent appearances on television. In fact, they even appeared as themselves on an episode of "The Partridge Family." However, the most famous, or infamous, member of Andy's family was his former wife, French actress Claudine Longet, to whom he was married from 1961 to 1969. After she and Andy divorced, she took up with former Olympic skier Vladimir "Spider" Sabich. The duo had a somewhat rocky relationship and in 1976 it ended tragically when Claudine shot and killed Sabich. However, she was acquitted of the murder charge and now lives quietly in Aspen. As for Andy Williams, as of April 2006, he is in semi-retirement and is now working in that unlikely entertainment haven, Branson, Missouri, appearing at the theatre he owns, The Andy Williams Moon River Theater. - Sargebri

    • (1) Though Andy Williams' variety show was, to put it in a phrase used from time to time on "WML?", "on another network" (in this case, NBC), he did have ties to CBS insofar as he recorded for the Columbia Records label which was owned at the time by the network. A few months before his mystery guest appearance tonight, he had his biggest hit for the Columbia label, "Can't Get Used to Losing You" (4-42674). There was some irony to his appearing with Henry Mancini during the upcoming tour which was mentioned here tonight, as Mancini co-wrote (with future "WML?" mystery guest Johnny Mercer) the title song to the movie "Days of Wine and Roses" which was released as the flip to "Can't Get Used to Losing You." Andy's other Top Ten hit during his years on Columbia was "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story" (4-45317, 1971), from the Ryan O'Neal / Ali MacGraw motion picture of the same name. In addition, Mr. Williams ran the Barnaby label, which he originally founded to maintain the masters of his old label, Cadence Records. Barnaby's most famous act was country comedy artist Ray Stevens, who scored the #1 hits "Everything Is Beautiful" (ZS7 2011, 1970) and "The Streak" (B-600, 1974) for the label. Barnaby's roster in the early 1970's also included future "Margaritaville" artist Jimmy Buffett and Andy's then-wife, Claudine Longet.

      The version of "The Andy Williams Show" which he was promoting was the 1962-1967 version. It was on this incarnation of the program that The Osmond Brothers were first introduced to a national audience. After two years off, during which he did the occasional musical variety special, Williams returned to the weekly grind in 1969 and remained on the air until 1971. The Osmonds would go on to have a string of hits in the early 1970's, including "One Bad Apple" and "Down By The Lazy River." Donny Osmond, one of the brothers, had a few hits of his own, including "Sweet and Innocent," "Puppy Love" and a Number One hit that had previously been a monster hit for frequent "WML?" guest panelist Steve Lawrence, "Go Away Little Girl."
      (2) ONE LITTLE WORD: For the past three shows, Johnny Olson introduced Dorothy Kilgallen during the opening as "The popular columnist whose 'Voice of Broadway' appears in papers from coast to coast." The word "from" had disappeared from Dolly Mae's intro in 1959, so that the last few words had read up to this point as "...in papers coast to coast." - W-B

    • KILGALLEN & NEWMAN: This proved to be the only instance of Dorothy Kilgallen and Phyllis Newman appearing on the "WML?" panel together. In all of Miss Newman's appearances on the program up to this point, she had filled in for Dorothy; and of course, Phyllis would be the most frequent female guest panelist to grace "WML?" after Miss Kilgallen's death in 1965. - W-B

    • Congratulations, Bennett, it was announced that your son just graduated from Harvard University. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Maurice Edelman, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf. Arlene Francis is absent due to a car accident.

    • This is Arlene's third of three missed shows. A tragic car accident on the Long Island Expressway keeps her off the panel until June 16, 1963. The auto accident claimed the life of one woman. More information about the auto accident can be read on the guide to EPISODE #519. - Suzanne Astorino


    • Andy Williams promoted his television series, "The Andy Williams Show." He also promoted his performance at the Latin Casino and his upcoming tour with Henry Mancini. - Suzanne

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