What's My Line?

Season 14 Episode 51

EPISODE #677

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Aug 18, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #677
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Game 1: Miss Nellie Bird - "Automobile Stunt Driver" (salaried; she is a member of a women's stunt driving team that sounded like "Rotroff's International All Girl Daredevil Drivers" or possibly "Rothrauff's International All Girl Daredevil Drivers"; she stated that she wears a helmet while in her car; from Culloden, West Virginia)

Game 2: Bill Weaver (he signed in as Bill, but his name is possibly William Weaver) - "Makes Hammocks" (self-employed; he owns and operates the Plantation Craftsman Company; from Pawleys Island, SC)

Game 3: Richard Boone (6/18/1917 - 1/10/1981) (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)

    Richard Boone

    Richard Boone

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

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    Phyllis Newman

    Phyllis Newman

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • John Daly: I've always been a great lover of hammocks. I used to fall out of them as a boy. And landed on my head, most of the time, as I remember.
        Bennett Cerf: That explains a lot, John!

        Another example of the Bennett-John mock antagonism.

      • Arlene Francis: Would one get good use out of it sitting on it?
        Bill Weaver: Yes.
        John Daly: You could...
        Arlene Francis: But it would be better to lie on it.
        Bill Weaver: Yes.
        Arlene Francis (as if to herself): I'm that way.

        (It's not clear whether Arlene's double-entendre was deliberate or not.)

    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's perfecto, the panel came crashing back down to earth with a rather poor performance. In fact, if it wasn't for Martin's correct guess in the mystery guest round, the panel would have been shut out. In the first game, the panel failed to guess that the rather cute contestant was a female stunt driver who worked with an all-girl stunt team. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the contestant from South Carolina was a hammock manufacturer. Unfortunately, Bennett received some inadvertent help from the contestant, so John flipped all the cards over and the guest won the full prize. In the mystery guest round, Martin saved the day by correctly identifying his former "The Rivalry" co-star, and former guest panelist, Richard Boone. Dick was on the show to promote his upcoming anthology series "The Richard Boone Show," which he described as a television repertory company. Eventually, the conversation moved to the show that Dick worked on with John, "The Front Page." The reminiscing about the past projects helped to ease the blow of what was a rather miserable night, gamewise, for the panel. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! This episode was taped in April 1963 while Dorothy was still at the LeRoy Sanitarium fighting her substance abuse addictions. However, at the time this episode was broadcast, Dorothy was most likely still in London covering the Profumo Trial. Interestingly, the 1989 film based on the events that lead up to the trial would become somewhat notorious. The film was titled "Scandal" and it featured Joanna Whalley as one of the two call girls who helped to spark one of the most infamous sex scandals in British history. This movie almost became one of the first films to receive the Motion Picture Association of America's newly minted "NC-17" (no children under age 17) rating due to its rather adult, but not pornographic, content. In fact, it was rumored that in the background of one of the scenes, two extras were actually engaging in sexual relations. Even though it was never determined that the couple was actually having sex, there was enough suspicion to force the producers to edit the scene so that the film would receive a more favorable "R" (restricted) rating. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped the remaining card for the second contestant. Bennett had guessed that the contestant's product line was one of a set of three possible choices. Unfortunately, the guest then blurted out that he dealt with hammocks, thereby giving away his line. - agent_0042

      • (1) WHERE'S DOLLY MAE? - At the time this pre-taped episode originally aired, August 18, 1963, Dorothy Kilgallen was likely still in London, covering the trial. However, at the time tonight's show was prerecorded, April 14, 1963, Dorothy was in the fourth week of her second treatment at the LeRoy Sanitarium in New York City for her recurring substance abuse issues.
        (2) Once again tonight, Johnny Olson has added the words "from New York" to his "WML?" opening line prior to introducing the panelists. As with EPISODE #658 of April 7, 1963, which aired one week prior to the taping of tonight's show, "The bright young star of musical comedy," Phyllis Newman, was introduced first. Thus, technically, based on when tonight's show was taped, this was the second consecutive time that a female guest panelist, as opposed to Arlene Francis, was the first to be introduced.
        (3) BAD PUN ALERT!!! Bennett's recounting of a tale of a misbehaving chicken (which he attributed to "our panel moderator"), which ended in the punch line "rolling over in his gravy" (a play on the term "rolling over in his grave"), was so atrocious that it brought very audible and noticeable groans from his fellow panelists.
        (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: As tonight's episode was taped prior to transmission of the live EPISODE #659 of April 14, 1963, this was technically the first show on which Gene Ulrich assumed the position of lighting director, replacing Ralph Holmes. Mr. Ulrich, who also served in that capacity on the original 1961-1967 CBS version of "Password," will remain lighting director for the rest of "WML?'s" CBS run. - 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 April 14, 1963. - Suzanne

      • Richard Boone promoted his upcoming Goodson-Todman produced Repertory Show program, "The Richard Boone Show." He said he is looking forward to playing diverse roles. He will be hanging up his spurs after having played the cultured gun-for-hire "Paladin" on television's western show "Have Gun - Will Travel" for six years. Also, Martin Gabel and Richard Boone exchanged accolades about each other regarding their 1959 Broadway play, "The Rivalry." Richard Boone played Abraham Lincoln and Martin Gabel played Stephen A. Douglas. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Phyllis Newman, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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