What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 7


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 13, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Murray Spitzer - "Makes Cosmetics for Dogs, Nail Polish, Perfume, Etc." (self-employed; he owns and operates the Animal Hygiene Research Company; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Miss Pattie Thomas - "Evangelist (Travelling Preacher)" (self-employed; she is affiliated with the Assembly of God church; from Tulsa, OK)

Game 3: Groucho Marx (10/2/1890 - 8/19/1977) (as Mystery Guest) Groucho signs in as "Mr. & Mrs. John Smith" with no explanation. . .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


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    • QUOTES (1)

      • John: You know, it's exhilarating to have Groucho on the show you're supposed to be running, because you stop running it the moment he comes in.

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: This was one of those nights where, by the end of the show, everything was more or less out of control. The evening began rather innocently when Dorothy was given partial credit for guessing that the first contestant had a product that helped make dogs look better. However, it wasn't until after the cards were flipped that John revealed that he made cosmetics for dogs. In the second game, the panel didn't do too well, but they did get as far as figuring out that the young lady from Oklahoma dealt in some type of instruction. Eventually, John flipped the cards on the basis of time and the pretty young evangelist won the full prize by default. The fun really began in the mystery guest round as The One, The Only Groucho Marx hit the stage and immediately almost all control was lost. Groucho used a German accent to utterly drive the panel nuts and the audience was howling as he and John had a really good time. In fact, things got so wild that all the cards were flipped and it wasn't until after the game had been called that Arlene made the identification. Once things had slightly settled down, it was announced that Groucho was on the show to promote his latest book, which was being distributed by Bennett's publishing company, Random House. In fact, Bennett announced that the first printings of "Memoirs of a Mangy Lover" were sold out. As for the good nights, Groucho was having such a good time making the panel laugh that John said good night for the panel, ending what was a really wild night. - Sargebri

      • As Dorothy announced when she introduced Tony Randall, he was about to appear in a new motion picture titled "The Brass Bottle." The film is about a man who buys an old lamp at an antiques store. When he rubs the lamp, out pops a genie, played by Burl Ives. Interestingly, Sidney Sheldon, who created the classic TV sitcom "I Dream of Jeannie," has said that "The Brass Bottle" inspired him to create "Jeannie." Also interesting is that the actress who was picked to play the TV "Jeannie" was Tony Randall's co-star in the film, Barbara Eden. Even more ironic, tonight's mystery guest, Groucho Marx, would guest star as himself in a "Jeannie" episode, "The Greatest Invention in the World," which first aired on January 9, 1967. - Sargebri + W-B

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down. Dorothy had come pretty close, but John decided not to make the panel fish for the exact line. John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at five down because time was running short. Finally, he flipped all the cards for the mystery challenger at four down as time was running short and the panel seemed to be stumped. - agent_0042

      • Aside from Groucho's tomes, his just-released "Memoirs of a Mangy Lover" and his 1959 "autobiography" "Groucho and Me," as well as brother Harpo Marx's 1961 autobiography "Harpo Speaks!", Bernard Geis Associates was perhaps most famous for two other books, "Sex and the Single Girl" whose publication in 1962 made a household name of Helen Gurley Brown, future editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and future occasional "WML?" guest panelist; and the 1966 novel "Valley of the Dolls" by former actress-turned-author Jacqueline Susann, who would be the first mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #852 of March 5, 1967. The latter, which was made into a movie in 1967 starring Patty Duke, Barbara Parkins and Sharon Tate, amassed such controversy after its publication, that it marked the end of Random House's distribution deal with Mr. Geis' publishing concern. - W-B

      • A PORTENT OF THINGS TO COME: For Groucho Marx's mystery guest appearance tonight, his name on the overlay screen was set in News Gothic Bold, rather than the customary "WML?" font of Futura Demi Bold. News Gothic Bold would become the chief font not only for overlay screen occupations and mystery guest names, but also for the end credits, on the 1968-1975 syndicated version of "WML?" As for "the one, the only" Groucho himself, he appeared sans toupee, unlike his famed guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #482 of September 20, 1959. When Mr. Marx next appeared on the show, as a guest panelist on EPISODE #738 of November 15, 1964, he would wear a "funny" kind of hat. - W-B

      • Groucho Marx promoted his October 1963 book, "Memoirs of a Mangy Lover" which is being distributed by Random House and published by Bernard Geis Associates. Groucho stated it was his 4th book. Bennett Cerf told Groucho that the book was already "sold out," which prompted Groucho to mutter, "This was a wasted evening!" - Suzanne

      • Groucho "lets loose" yet amazingly enough, the panel takes forever to figure out who he is. Tony Randall has more hair grown back than in his last appearance on September 13, 1963, when he had recently shaved his head for a role in the 1964 movie "7 Faces of Dr. Lao." He is now working on the 1964 movie, "The Brass Bottle." - Eric Paddon

      • In game 2, Bennett Cerf mentions that his wife Phyllis Cerf is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Tony Randall mentions that he too is from Tulsa, Oklahoma, as Pattie is. When Pattie mentions that she preaches at schools, Dorothy Kilgallen questions her on the doctrine of church vs. state! John Daly wisely moves on! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Tony Randall, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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