What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 42


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jun 16, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Dick Tiger (8/14/1929 - 12/14/1971) - "Middleweight Boxing Champion of the World" (self-employed; Black African; he signed in as Richard Ihetu to avoid name recognition; Career Record: Fought 81, Won 60, Lost 18, Drew 3; from Aba, Nigeria, Africa)

Game 2: Melvyn Stern - "Sells Bridal Veils" (salaried; he works for the Marionat Bridal Veils Company; their 1963 price is $150 to $200, which was very expensive in those days; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Geraldine Page (11/22/1924 - 6/13/1987) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Mary Tetreault - "Helicopter Stewardess" (salaried; she works for New York Airways; from New York, 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)

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      • WELCOME HOME ARLENE AND HAPPY FATHER'S DAY BENNETT!!! This was a night for celebration as Arlene made a triumphant return after missing three weeks due to the injuries she suffered in her automobile accident. It also was a happy Father's Day for Bennett, whose son Christopher graduated Cum Laude from Harvard. However, the person who really shined this evening was Tony Randall. In the first game, Tony showed that he wasn't just a connoisseur of the fine arts. He also showed that he was a sports fan when he correctly guessed that Richard Ihetu (aka Dick Tiger) was a boxer. Of course, Dick Tiger was one of the greatest middleweight boxers of his era. He was on the show, in part, to promote the third of his three-fight trilogy with Gene Fulmer, the man he defeated for the title a year earlier. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant dealt with bridal veils, but it was Tony who correctly identified that the man sold them. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy voluntarily disqualified herself. She explained that when she asked the makeup man who the guest panelist was for the night, he inadvertently told her that it was Geraldine Page, who was the night's mystery guest. Despite being down one panel member, Tony continued his hot streak and was able to identify her. Miss Page was on the show to promote the current run of Eugene O'Neill's six-hour epic play "Strange Interlude." The entire panel did wind up giving the play high praise, especially Geraldine's performance. Unfortunately, Tony's hot streak came to an end in the final game when the time ran out, so the helicopter stewardess won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this still was a night for celebration as Arlene came back to her rightful place on the panel. - Sargebri

      • As John mentioned, Dick Tiger had defeated Gene Fulmer the previous year to win the World Middleweight Boxing Championship. Tiger would lose the title later that year to Joey Giardello. However, Tiger would regain the title two years later in 1965 and would continue to hold on to the belt until 1966 when he lost the title to Emile Griffith. However, this wasn't the only honor Tiger received. As John mentioned, he was named a Member of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth. Of course, a couple of years later, the honor would be awarded to the Beatles for their contributions to the British arts. Ironically, in 1969, John Lennon would return his MBE in protest to Britain's support of the Vietnam War and, in a humorous way, for the song "Cold Turkey" not charting. Also, on a somewhat related front, John said that Nigeria was a new country. However, for several years, the country was under British rule and was known as British West Africa. In 1960, the country gained its independence and the name was officially changed to Nigeria. - Sargebri

      • BAD PUN ALERT: In commemoration of Father's Day, Bennett described John - whom he introduced tonight as 'Old Pop' Daly - as "a panel moderator who goes 'father' and 'father' every week." Of course, Bennett's pun was a play on the word "farther" as it would sound with an English accent. - W-B

      • Geraldine Page promoted her six-hour-long Broadway play, "Strange Interlude" which was written by Eugene O'Neill and ran for 97 total performances. In an unusual turn of events, Dorothy disqualified herself from the mystery guest round. Later, she divulged that the new makeup man had accidently spilled the beans when she asked who the guest panelist was for the evening. - Suzanne

      • You wouldn't know that Tony Randall was a sports fan, but he was able to spot the fact that Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger) was a boxer. Tony explained that he noticed the development of Dick Tiger's neck muscles! This was in the middle of Tiger's first reign as world middleweight champ. - Sargebri

      • Welcome Back, Arlene! She appeared with her right arm in a sling. She had broken her collarbone. She wore a short cape-style jacket to cover the sling, and held her right hand in her left hand at chest level for the entire evening. She made no mention of her arm, but did once jokingly refer to a concussion. Otherwise, she looked good and sounded good! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Tony Randall, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • Happy Father's Day! Bennett's son's Harvard graduation was again mentioned, with the added information that he graduated cum laude (with honor). Although his name has not been mentioned, the son they are discussing is Christopher (Chris) Cerf, not Bennett's younger son Jonathan Cerf. - Suzanne

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