What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 4

EPISODE #682

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 22, 1963 on CBS
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Game 1: Mrs. Lillian Kirchgasler - "Nurse for Fischer Quintuplets" (salaried; from Aberdeen, SD, location information which was initially withheld from the panel; Lillian works at St. Luke's Hospital; the Fischer quints were born on September 14, 1963 to small-town farmers Mary Anne & Andrew Fischer; 4 girls and 1 boy; these quintuplets made international news because they were the first surviving set of quints born in the United States; they were spontaneously occurring, with no use of fertility drugs)

Game 2: Miss Danielle Marc - "Sells American Newspapers in Paris" (salaried; she works for the Paris edition of the New York Herald Tribune, which she sells on the famed Champs-Élysées in Paris, France)

Game 3: Gordon MacRae (3/12/1921 - 1/24/1986) and Sheila MacRae (9/24/1920 - 3/6/2014) (as Mystery Guest Duo)
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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)

Sheila MacRae

Sheila MacRae

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Gordon MacRae

Gordon MacRae

Mystery Guest Duo

Guest Star

Martin Gabel

Martin Gabel

Guest Panelist

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    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at seven down because time was running short. - agent_0042

    • REVIEW: If it weren't for the fact that the panel had so much fun this evening, this probably would have been one of the most frustrating nights in the history of WML. In the first game, the first contestant's hometown of Aberdeen, South Dakota wasn't revealed to the panel because the Fischer quints had received so much publicity that it might have been a give-away to the guest's occupation. This probably played a role in the panel's getting utterly stumped and not guessing that she was the nurse of the Fischer quintuplets. However, the fun really began in the second game when the rather attractive female contestant from Paris walked out to the usual whistles and howls from the male contingent in the audience. It certainly contributed to a fun and lively exchange between the Gabels as Arlene playfully feigned jealousy as Martin was questioning the guest. Danielle's attractiveness might have contributed to the fact that the panel was so far off track that John threw in the towel before they could guess that she sold American newspapers in Paris. Things did end up on a happy note, though, as Dorothy correctly identified Gordon and Sheila MacRae. Sheila did most of the answering as she imitated the Gabor sisters. However, as soon as Gordon spoke, their goose was cooked. For the record, Gordon and Sheila were on the show to promote their current engagement at the Empire Room at the Waldorf-Astoria. That definitely helped to make this poor, but fun, night end on a happy note. - Sargebri

    • The MacRaes had a right to be happy. Not only was their current engagement at the Empire Room getting rave reviews, but earlier in the year, their daughter Meredith MacRae began her career in show business. Meredith had begun appearing in the occasional role of "Sally," the girlfriend and future fiancée and wife of "Mike Douglas" on the TV sitcom "My Three Sons." Meredith also appeared in the original 1963 film "Beach Party." However, she actually made her film debut at the age of nine in the 1953 film "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" in an uncredited role playing opposite her father and Doris Day. Her most famous role was as oldest daughter "Billie Jo Bradley" in the long-running rural sitcom "Petticoat Junction." She was the third actress to play the role behind Gunilla Hutton and Jeannine Riley. Meredith also had the distinction of being the first second-generation panelist when she appeared in the opening week of shows for the syndicated version of WML. Of course, her parents appeared on the show not only as mystery guests, but as panelists as well. - Sargebri

    • (1) In 1967, one year after the demise of the New York Herald-Tribune, the Paris edition which, at the time of tonight's show, was sold by the second contestant, Danielle Marc, at the Champs-Élysées, would change its name to the International Herald-Tribune. For many years afterwards, the international edition was co-owned by The New York Times and The Washington Post. As of 2006, the IH-T is wholly owned by the Times. Since the 1980's, the International Herald-Tribune's logo type was the same as that used on the masthead of The New York Times since February 21, 1967, a font called Times Old English which has also been used over the years by other papers such as The Des Moines Register, the now-defunct Penny Stock Journal, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
      As a side note, the Times Old English font was originally created by noted graphic designer Edward Benguiat as a modernization to The New York Times' masthead as described above. Benguiat was also the namesake for a typeface available in both serif and sans-serif versions.
      (2) Co-mystery guest Sheila MacRae's hairstyle as she wore on tonight's show was almost similar to the hairstyle she wore at the outset of her role as "Alice Kramden" on what is now called the "Color Honeymooners" episodes of "The Jackie Gleason Show" when she first joined the program in 1966.
      (3) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett, in his introduction of John, spun a tale of "our panel moderator" on his way to an Italian restaurant only to find "he had lost the 'spaghettisburg' address." This atrocious pun was of an historical bent, as it was a play on the phrase "Gettysburg Address" (the one that began with the immortal words "Four score and seven years ago...") which was given by President Abraham Lincoln on November 19, 1863 - 99 years and 10 months prior to tonight's show. John, needless to say, appeared none too amused as he was taking his seat at his desk. - W-B

    • During this time period, the television season of 1963-1964, the MacRaes' daughter, Meredith MacRae, landed her first major acting role when she became a recurring player on the ABC-TV sitcom "My Three Sons." For the next two seasons, Meredith played the role of "Sally Ann Morrison," the girlfriend of the eldest of the "three sons," "Mike Douglas," played by Tim Considine. Their last appearance on the show was on the very first episode of "M3S's" run on CBS (as well as its very first color episode), "The First Marriage," which aired on September 16, 1965. In that episode, "Sally Ann" and "Mike" got married in the opening moments, and were never seen again. It was in 1966, one year after her "M3S" run ended, that Meredith took over the role of "Billie Jo Bradley" on the rural sitcom "Petticoat Junction," replacing Gunilla Hutton who in turn had replaced Jeannine Riley. - W-B

    • He's going to be a dad for the 5th time: During the post-game chat with the MacRaes, John Daly mentioned that "Miss Virginia is expecting again." This will be John and Virginia Warren Daly's second child together. They will eventually have a third child also. Between his two wives, John Daly fathered six children. - Suzanne

    • Gordon and Sheila MacRae promoted their 5th year of appearances at the elegant Empire Room in the Waldorf Astoria. They were married from May 21, 1941 until their divorce on April 15, 1967. - Suzanne

    • A glaring mistake in the Kirchgasler game is that John allows the contestant to answer that South Dakota is "East of the Mississippi," when in fact, it's not. This is brought up and discussed after the game. There was still room for a pun, though. During the questioning of the Fischer nurse, Bennett quips, "Body by Fischer" which is a pun on the trademark phrase, "Body by Fisher" which refers to automobile bodies. - Suzanne

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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