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What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 1


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 01, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Don Piccard (b. 1/13/1926) (he signed in as "X" to avoid name recognition and the panel was not blindfolded) - "Sells Passenger Balloons (Don Piccard)" - (a clipart balloon graphic was also shown on the WML occupation overlay; salaried; Donald L. Piccard works for Raven Industries and sells hot air balloons; he is from Sioux Falls, SD; see more information below)

Game 2: Mrs. Connie Greene - "Raises Pigs" (self-employed; she raises Hampshire pigs for breeding and show; from Ainsworth, Iowa)

Game 3: Mitch Miller (7/4/1911 - 7/31/2010) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Mrs. Barbara Shulman - "Kindergarten Teacher" (salaried; pretty; she teaches children at Public School #59, also known as PS59; from Brooklyn, NY)

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  • It was a fun show and I got to kiss Arlene Francis!

    Normally Francis was in the middle and Kilgallen was on the end. I told the producers that I fully intended to give Arlene a theatrical buss on departure but that I would not treat Kilgallen in the same manner. I pointed out that if I first kissed Francis and then bypassed Dorothy it would be obvious and suggested that they changed their seats for that one performance. They did and I did.

    Francis had previously met my cousin and confused me with him, but I was able to misslead her by giving a technically correct answer to one of her questions because she had worded it wrong. After the disclosure she complained, but accepted my explanation.

    Don Piccard

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


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  • NOTES (9)

    • REVIEW: After the previous week's lackluster performance, the panel, Dorothy in particular, put in an excellent performance this evening. In the first game, Don Piccard signed in as "X" due to the fact that his name was recently in the news. However, the producers should have been worried that Arlene might have recognized him. Fortunately, she didn't and she was able to play the game. However, it was Dolly Mae who made the correct guess that Mr. Piccard had something to do with balloons and ballooning. Arlene then joked that she didn't recognize him because she felt he was more handsome than when she first met him. Also, old "loveable" Bennett chimed in by saying that it was appropriate that he was sitting next to John, who was a hot air balloon. In the second game, Dorothy once again shined as she correctly guessed that the lady from Iowa raised pigs. The one correct guess that Dorothy didn't get was in the mystery guest round when guest panelist Milt Kamen correctly identified Mitch Miller. Mitch was on the show to promote his hugely popular musical variety series "Sing Along With Mitch" on the dreaded other network, NBC. He also brought up the fact that the show was now being shown in Japan in living color. The conversation then turned to the good old days when he and John worked together on radio. Also mentioned were Arlene's days in radio when she worked on the "March of Time." Unfortunately, the panel's bid for a perfecto was halted when they ran out of time in the final game, so the kindergarten teacher from Brooklyn won the full prize by default. However, that minor hiccup could not spoil the panel's success on this night. - Sargebri

      In the post game chat with Mr. Piccard, Piccard brought up the fact that he had made a very unique underground flight. The location of this flight probably would have been appropriate for Mitch Miller; it was the town of Branson, Missouri. Branson became a popular destination for entertainment fans in the 1980's because it became the home base for many family-oriented entertainers, including the Osmonds, the Lennon Sisters, Wayne Newton and Andy Williams. In fact, it is still very popular today and even though the town doesn't feature any gambling, it is very well lit due to all the neon signs and marquees in the town. - Sargebri

      MITCH MILLER: Besides being a television and radio personality, Mitch Miller was the head of A&R (artists and repertoire) at Columbia Records. During Mitch's watch, Columbia became the home for several adult-oriented singers, including Johnny Mathis, Guy Mitchell, Tony Bennett and, briefly, Frank Sinatra. Also under Mitch's watch, there was a strict anti-Rock and Roll policy in force. In later years, the label suffered for this policy. It wasn't until Mitch had resigned and was replaced by future Arista Records boss Clive Davis that the label began signing such artists as Janis Joplin, Santana and Aerosmith; all of whom were signed by Davis. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant. Her line had been correctly identified at four down, but the cards went over, John explained, on the basis that she had won "three major prizes" for her work. John also flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: As with the live EPISODE #669 of June 23, 1963, whose transmission immediately followed the taping of tonight's program, George Snowden is credited as production supervisor, and Bob Barry as lighting director. - W-B

    • Mitch Miller promoted his musical television show and John mentioned that his television show in Japan is shown in color! John and Mitch are old pals, and it is very obvious that John is fond of Mitch. More information about their professional history together is listed on EPISODE #577 of August 20, 1961. - Suzanne

    • Don Piccard is the son of Jean-Felix and Jeannette Piccard, also famous balloonists. Jean-Felix's twin brother, Auguste, is also a famed balloonist. Sometimes, the family name is spelled as Picard, with only one "c". Another relative, Jacques Picard, who invented the bathyscaphe, was a WML contestant on EPISODE #577 of August 20, 1961. More family history on that episode page. By coincidence, on each episode, the mystery guest was Mitch Miller. - Suzanne

    • During the post-game chat of the second contestant, listen carefully for a funny line from Bennett. They are discussing the "Carcass Contest" where the pig is judged after it is slaughtered. Connie made the comment, "It is far more valuable dead than alive." Bennett quickly quips, "Not to the pig, it isn't!" - Suzanne

    • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on June 23, 1963. - Suzanne

    • Arlene again appears with her arm in a sling, due to a broken collarbone in her recent auto accident. Since WML has been showing prerecorded episodes, as this one was too, the timeline is not consistent. She wears a short polka-dot cape-style jacket to cover the sling. - Suzanne

    • Milt Kamen (3/5/1921 - 2/24/1977)

      Panel: Arlene Francis, Milt Kamen, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.