What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 49


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 04, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Charles Heidsieck (he signed in as "Mr. X" to avoid name recognition and the panel was not blindfolded and the regular questioning format was used) - "Makes Champagne" (self-employed; he works for The Charles Heidsieck Company; founded in 1851; he is a 5th generation Heidsieck family French winemaker, who looked quite handsome and dapper in his double-breasted tuxedo; from France)

Visit their web site, although since 1985 they have been owned by Rémy-Cointreau:

Game 2: Miss Diane Boag & Miss Linda Boag - "Policewomen (Toronto, Canada)" (salaried; they are sisters; Diane has been employed by the police department for 18 months and Linda has been employed by the police department for six months; they serve as uniformed traffic policewomen and also as plain-clothes store detectives; from Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Game 3: Peggy Cass (5/21/1934 - 3/8/1999) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: John Dowling - "Sells Bathroom Scales" (salaried; he works for the Detecto Scale Company, from Greenwich, CT) . .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)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Bennett Cerf: Mr. X, it's interesting to see you sitting next to Mr. Ham -- Ham and X!
      John Daly: This bag of Bennett's puns; let's say we're surfeited!

      (John Daly admitted at the end of the show that his pun was submitted by a "What's My Line?" viewer.)

  • NOTES (9)

    • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent, but fun, night for the panel as they had a .500 record for the night. In the first game, famed champagne maker Charles Heidsieck signed in as "Mr. X" due to the fact that the panel would have recognized his name. The panel did correctly guess that he had something to do with champagne, but then never figured out who he was or what he had to do with it. In the second game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the two sisters from Toronto, Canada were policewomen. In the mystery guest round, guest panelist Merv Griffin almost identified "To Tell the Truth" panelist Peggy Cass, who used a rather deep voice to fool the panel, but he didn't follow up on his suspicions. Fortunately, Bennett made the save and made the identification. In the finale game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the bathroom scale salesman. In fact, for the first time in quite a while, the panel didn't lose the final game on the basis of time, but due to the fact that they ran out of questions. That definitely was a down way to end the night. - Sargebri

    • TTTT CONNECTIONS: As was mentioned during the mystery guest round, Peggy Cass was currently on Goodson-Todman's other famous panel show, "To Tell the Truth." In fact, this was Peggy's second year of what would be many years on that panel. She and Kitty Carlisle would become the faces of that show and would appear in almost every incarnation of TTTT in both network and syndication. Peggy would also appear as a panelist on WML during the final season and would make an appearance on the syndicated version of WML as well. However, she would make another mystery guest appearance in 1966 with Kitty and the male members of the TTTT panel, former WML guest panelists Orson Bean and Tom Poston. Ironically, sitting on the panel that night was another former TTTT panelist, Phyllis Newman. What made it doubly ironic was that it was Phyllis who would make the identification of the four. - Sargebri

    • During the post game chat after the final game, Dorothy made reference to a Mr. Salinger and his weight. Of course, she was talking about White House press secretary Pierre Salinger. Salinger would later appear on WML as a guest panelist three years after this episode aired. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down. The product, champagne, had been correctly identified, but John asked the panel to try to determine the brand of champagne. Bennett determined that the brand of champagne bore the same name as the guest. The panel guessed the name of several expensive lines of bubbly, such as Mumm's Champagne, but they never correctly guessed the name of the guest's champagne, Charles Heidsieck Champagne. - agent_0042

    • (1) As with the last few pre-taped shows that aired this year, Johnny Olson again starts off the introductory segment with the words, "And now, from New York, let's meet our 'What's My Line?' panel." Olson's "from New York" phrasing was used as an alternate opening for the pre-taped episodes.
      (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Though the end credits for tonight's show don't go past the slide card graphic for director Franklin Heller, it is likely that John Kuehn is once again occupying the position of associate director, as he had on the live EPISODE #653 of March 3, 1963, which aired right after tonight's episode was taped. - W-B

    • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on March 3, 1963. - Suzanne

    • Peggy Cass obviously enjoyed herself, fooling the panel for quite some time with a deep, gruff voice, and a cute demeanor. - Suzanne

    • Bennett reprises his famous "Ham and X" pun! We've heard this pun at least twice before, on the episodes of November 3, 1957 and August 20, 1961. Immediately after Bennett's "Ham and X" comment, John Daly responded with, "Speaking of Bennett's puns, let's say we're surfeited." (surfeited = fed beyond capacity or desire) At the end of the show, John Daly apologized for the "pun on Cerf, your name" (eg; CERFeited vs. surfeited). - Suzanne and Phil

    • Panel: Arlene Francis, Merv Griffin, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.


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