What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 46


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jul 14, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Carolyn Dougherty - "Private Detective" (salaried; she is a store detective for the Ross Bureau of Investigation; from Philadelphia, PA)

Game 2: Herb Jenks - "Makes Poles For Pole Vaulters" (salaried; he is an engineer for the Browning Arms Company; his innovative vaulting poles are made from fiberglass and their trade name is Browning Silaflex Sky Pole; George Moore was Herb's design partner; John Daly stated that Olympic pole vaulting champion John Pennel vaulted 16 feet 8.75 inches on his Browning Sky Pole; Jenks is from Costa Mesa, CA)

Game 3: Paul Ford (11/2/1901 - 4/12/1976) (as Mystery Guest) . .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)

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    • REVIEW: If it weren't for guest panelist Peter Cook, the panel might have gone "0" for the night, as they failed to guess any of the regular contestants. In the first game, the panel was utterly stumped by the female private investigator, who looked as if she might have been Aaron Spelling's inspiration for his classic "Charlie's Angels" television program. In the second game, Bennett did guess that the contestant had something to do with sports. Unfortunately, that was as close as he got, because the panel failed to determine that the guest made vaulting poles. In the mystery guest round, Peter Cook helped to save face for the panel as he almost, out of the blue, correctly identified Paul Ford. Ford was on the show to promote his current play "Never Too Late." He also talked about his old role on "The Phil Silvers Show" (aka "Sgt. Bilko" - as it was called in syndication). During the good nights, Arlene wished Peter luck with the opening of his second Establishment nightclub in San Francisco. Hopefully, Peter didn't use up all his good luck by saving the panel. - Sargebri

    • POLE VAULTING: During post game chat with the vaulting pole manufacturer, it was mentioned that the world record for the pole vault had just been broken and that the vaulters were closing in on the 17-foot mark. As of May 2006, the outdoors world record for the pole vault is now 20 feet 1 ¾ inches (6.14 m) set in 1994 by Sergei Bubka of Ukraine. Also, Arlene asked if women could compete in the sport, to which the contestant answered "no." However, if this question were being asked today in 2006, the answer would be in the affirmative, due to the fact that women have been competing in the pole vault since the 1990's. - Sargebri

    • As was mentioned on the show, Arlene and John would be covering the Miss Universe pageant this coming week. Several years later, another Goodson-Todman employee became the Miss Universe pageant host when "The Price Is Right" host Bob Barker took the helm. Bob hosted the beauty pageant for several years until the 1980's when he quit because the pageant offered fur coats as prizes. Bob is a long-time animal rights activist, who at the end of every "The Price Is Right" broadcast, reminds everyone to "Help control the pet population and have your pet spayed or neutered." - Sargebri

    • "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the second week in a row, Orison Marden is the production supervisor tonight. Also, Ed Waglin is credited as associate director, and Vernon Gamble, who was the technical director for "WML?" from the mid-1950's until the prior season, returns to his old chair for this episode. - W-B

    • PAUL FORD: In 1964, one year after his mystery guest appearance tonight, Paul Ford returned to weekly television for the first time since "The Phil Silvers Show" (aka "You'll Never Get Rich" and "Sergeant Bilko") left the air in 1959. He played the role of "Sam Bailey" in the ill-fated situation comedy "The Baileys of Balboa," which ran on CBS from September 24, 1964 to April 1, 1965 (April Fool's Day!) and was rated among "The Worst TV Shows Ever" in the 1980 book of the same name.

      A few side notes about "The Baileys of Balboa":
      (1) According to the aforementioned book, written by Bart Andrews with Brad Dunning, "Baileys" was created by its executive producer, Keefe Brasselle, because the then-president of the CBS Television Network, James T. Aubrey, was dissatisfied with the concept of another program that would debut during the 1964-1965 season, "Gilligan's Island." Aubrey had wanted a TV show about a charter boat that would take people places, and Brasselle was more than willing to oblige him in that regard.
      (2) Among the rest of the cast of "Baileys" were Sterling Holloway (better known to younger audiences as the voice of "Winnie-the-Pooh" in a series of Disney cartoons) in the role of first mate "Buck Singleton," Les Brown Jr. (son of the famed bandleader Les Brown) as "Jim Bailey," veteran character actor John Dehner as "Commodore Cecil Wyntoon," Clint Howard (brother of "The Andy Griffith Show" co-star Ronny Howard) as "Stanley," and in the role of "Barbara Wyntoon," a young British-born actress named Judy Carne who would go on to a brief bout with fame as the "Sock It To Me!" girl in the first two years of the 1968-1973 TV series "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." - W-B

    • Dorothy Kilgallen goes to London this week to cover the Ward-Profumo trial. Britons had learned that their political leaders sometimes patronized
      prostitutes. John Profumo, Britain's minister of war, had become sexually involved with a teenaged call-girl named Christine Keeler, whose "sponsor" was the high-priced osteopath Dr. Stephen Ward. The events ended with Ward's suicide and Profumo's public disgrace. American cable TV rarely mentions these events on nostalgia shows, but they were big news in 1963. The true story was dramatized in the 1989 movie "Scandal" starring John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda and Ian McKellen. The sex lives of their American political counterparts remained private until the 1970s. - Jan Simonson + alisalright

    • It was announced that Dorothy would be leaving for London, England, but no on-air explanation was given as to why. More details can be found in this episode guide. - Suzanne

    • Paul Ford promoted his comedy Broadway play, "Never Too Late" which was showing at the Playhouse Theater and ran for 1007 total performances. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Peter Cook, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.