What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 5


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Sep 29, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Miss Tamara Krassina - "Teaches English at Moscow College" (salaried; pretty girl; from Moscow, Russia; in addition to her teaching job at Moscow College for Foreign Languages, she is also currently working as an interpreter for the touring Moscow Circus; this his her first trip abroad and the circus tour lasts 12 weeks; as part of the tour, the Moscow Circus is performing at Madison Square Garden in New York City; as she was leaving the stage, she handed out gifts of small Moscow Circus lapel pins to John and the panel)

Game 2: Henry Mundinger (6/17/1897 - 12/1980) - "Operates Scoreboard at Yankee Stadium, Chief Electrical" (salaried; he operates 5000 buttons on the Yankee Stadium scoreboard!; from New York, NY)

Game 3: Eydie Gorme (8/16/1928 - 8/10/2013) (as Mystery Guest) Mrs. Steve Lawrence!


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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


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    • NOTES (10)

      • CONGRATULATIONS "POPS" DALY!!! This was definitely a night for a celebration as John and his lovely wife Virginia welcomed their second child, a boy, into the world. It also was a night to congratulate returning guest panelist Steve Lawrence as his run in "What Makes Sammy Run?" was about to start. All of this celebrating probably inspired the panel, because after two weeks of poor performances, they scored a perfecto. In the first game, "Auntie" Arlene correctly guessed that the young lady from Moscow, Russia was an English teacher. She was in town acting as an interpreter for the performers in the Moscow Circus, which was currently running at Madison Square Garden. Miss Krassina definitely helped put a thaw in the Cold War and delighted John and the panel by presenting each of them with commemorative pins. In the second game, "Auntie" Dorothy correctly guessed that the gentleman from New York was the scoreboard operator at Yankee Stadium. Things really got fun when Bennett and Steve began to make fun of New York's other team, the Mets. The highlight of the night was when Steve's lovely wife, Eydie Gorme, walked out on stage for the mystery guest round. Fittingly, Steve was given credit for the correct guess when he innocently asked if she was the mother of his children. The look on his face was definitely priceless when he unmasked. Eydie not only was on the show to surprise Steve, but also to promote her upcoming appearance on "The Garry Moore Show." During the good nights, each member of the panel congratulated Virginia on her blessed event and that was a very classy way to end a great evening. - Sargebri

      • HONEY, IT'S ME! This wasn't the first time that a spouse, or spouses, of a panelist appeared as a mystery guest. On a couple of occasions, the spouses of all four panelists appeared as the evening's joint mystery guests. The first time was on Christmas night, December 25, 1960, when Martin Gabel, Dick Kollmar, Phyllis Cerf and Florence Randall (Tony Randall's wife) were all mystery guests. The second joint appearance was on Valentines Day, February 14, 1965, which was the show's 15th anniversary, when Martin Gabel, Phyllis Cerf and Dick Kollmar were joined by Jayne Meadows, whose husband Steve Allen was on the panel that night. Another "spouse surprise" occasion was on July 2, 1967 when guest panelist Phyllis Newman was surprised by her husband Adolph Green and his longtime writing collaborator Betty Comden. However, the most famous case of marital surprise came on November 27, 1966 when Frank Sinatra acted as both mystery guest and guest panelist. Of course, the second mystery guest that night was his then wife Mia Farrow. When Frank saw who it was, he said to Mia, "naughty, naughty" making light of their age difference. - Sargebri

      • PROMOTING BASEBALL: Mr. Mundinger's appearance on the show was mainly used as a way to promote the upcoming World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, which the Dodgers won in a four game sweep. Unfortunately, this was the next to last appearance for the Yanks in the Fall Classic. They would return in 1964, but they were beaten by the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games. After that, the Yankees would go through several lean years before they returned to the Series in 1976 when they were swept by the Cincinnati Reds in four games. However, they would win back-to-back titles in 1977 and 1978, beating the Dodgers each time 4 games to 2. In a side note, even though Steve and Bennett made fun of New York's other team, the Mets would have the last laugh. In 1969, after years of being baseball's whipping boys, the Amazin' Mets would pull off one of the biggest upsets in history when they upset the heavily-favored Baltimore Orioles and won the 1969 series 4 games to 1. - Sargebri

      • John took a ribbing for his mistake in the previous episode regarding the source of the Mississippi River. He used the excuse of being preoccupied with his newborn child as the reasoning behind why he had not had the time to research the Mississippi River since the previous week. - agent_0042

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at five down, however, her line had been identified. - agent_0042

      • John Daly stated that next week's episode will be preempted. - Suzanne

      • Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme have been husband and wife since December 29, 1957. - Suzanne

      • Steve Lawrence had already figured out that his wife, Eydie Gorme, was the mystery guest when he "innocently" asked, "Are you the mother of my children?" The audience immediately burst into laughter. - Sargebri

      • Tidbits: During the introductions, Bennett states that Dorothy and Arlene look "as pretty as Judy Garland." This is a reference to the debut of "The Judy Garland Show" which premiered on CBS television earlier that evening. John Daly continues to poke fun at himself for mislocating the headwaters of the Mississippi River. It was also announced that John Daly's wife Virginia Warren Daly gave birth Monday morning (September 23, 1963) to their second son. John closed the program by saying good night to his new son John Earl Jameson Daly. Dorothy said good night to "Mark." Was this Mark Goodson? It's a mystery. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Lawrence, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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