What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 8


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 20, 1963 on CBS
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Game 1: William Crowl (he signed in as Wm Crowl) - "Captain of Glass-Bottom Boat named Arlene Francis" (salaried; African-American; from Ocala, Florida, he has been a captain for 35 years; this tour boat in Silver Springs, FL was named after Arlene Francis when she visited Silver Springs in 1957 with her 1954-1957 television series "Home." The special boat views 25 varieties of fish and assorted vegetation; the panel was stumped!)

Game 2: Mrs. Donna Spence - "Makes Horseshoes for Race Horses" (self-employed; she and her husband own and operate Racehorse Shoes, Inc. and produce shoes for trotting horses; when used for racing, the horses wear out a pair of shoes in a week to ten days; from Pinebluff, NC)

Game 3: Carol Lawrence (b. 9/5/1932) (as Mystery Guest) She was charming and perky! . .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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      • HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARLENE!!! This was a very special night as the panel celebrated Arlene's 56th birthday this evening. It definitely was quite touching to see and hear John and the panel, as well as the audience, serenade her with a nice chorus of the "Happy Birthday" song, especially with all she had been through that year. As far as the games went, the panel had a somewhat fair night. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the owner of the glass bottom boat. Normally, it would be a great source of embarrassment. However, it didn't hurt so much due to the fact that the boat was named for the birthday girl, Arlene Francis. In the second game, the panel was given partial credit because Bennett got very close when he said the lady from North Carolina was a blacksmith, although she actually made horseshoes for racehorses. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Carol Lawrence after Arlene opened the door. Carol was on the show to promote her appearance at the Persian Room. She also talked about her husband Robert Goulet, who had been a mystery guest a year earlier. The evening ended with Arlene thanking everyone for making her birthday special. After what she had been through the past few months, it definitely was. - Sargebri

      • During the post game chat with Carol Lawrence, John mentioned her performance as "Maria" in the classic Broadway musical "West Side Story." In fact, her performance was so good that many thought she was a shoe-in for the role when it was announced that the play was going to be made into a motion picture. Unfortunately, she never got the chance to play the film role because by the time filming was scheduled to begin, the Hollywood bigwigs who were producing the film felt that she was too old to play the part. Instead, the role went to Natalie Wood. However, there was one big problem, Natalie couldn't sing. The producers then decided to use famed ghost singer Marni Nixon to sing the songs for Natalie's character, the same Marni Nixon who would later dub Audrey Hepburn's singing voice in "My Fair Lady." Unfortunately, like Hepburn, even though Natalie's performance in the film was great, when it came time for the Oscar nominations, she was shut out. Of course, many of the voters were probably turned off by the fact that her voice was dubbed. As for Carol Lawrence, she would still become a successful singer in nightclubs, but she never had the one big Hollywood role to make her a superstar. - Sargebri

      • As guest panelist Art Linkletter mentioned, Dorothy was due to get a humanitarian award from the B'nai B'rith Society. Ironically, Dolly Mae was Catholic and the B'nai B'rith is a Jewish organization. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant at nine down. Bennett Cerf had come close with "blacksmith." - agent_0042

      • "Triple Threat" beauty Carol Lawrence promoted her appearance at the popular "Persian Room" of the Plaza Hotel in New York, NY. She was married to Robert Goulet from 1963 until their divorce in 1981. - Suzanne

      • Regarding Bennett Cerf and John Daly's personal relationship, I have always felt as if they are two old chums making fun of each other in a deprecating manner. I never detect any bitterness to it, nor do any of my colleagues who watch the show. - Dan Albertson

      • FRIEND OR FOE? Since negative viewer feedback was getting strong, Bennett Cerf and John Daly put out the public disclaimer that even though they kid each other on the air, they are actually buddies in real life. Of course, we'll never truly know the real story behind their relationship. Bennett said tonight, "Speaking for myself, I love him very much." John stated that the feeling was reciprocated. We've seen this in the past. It seems to go in cycles, and it probably won't be too long before John and Bennett are playfully at each other's proverbial throats again. Recently, though, they had been carrying it a bit too far for the times, and letters from the viewing public started pouring into CBS. On a recent prior episode, John Daly was discussing his duties with the Water Pollution Control Advisory Board and he mentioned dropping Bennett into the water and having to start all over again. Ouch. I hope they truly were friends, and not merely co-workers who had to tolerate each other. John Daly is not sarcastic with Arlene and Dorothy. This could be due to the times, though, as it would not have been "nice" to be sarcastic or rude to the ladies. However, I can't dismiss the fact that there is usually an element of truth to sarcasm. As I recall, Gil Fates did say in his 1978 WML book that the panel was more of a family unit, and then there was John. He did not consider them all in the same "family." He would certainly be one to know. But, in addition to John being sarcastic with Bennett, he has also shown a lot of sarcasm to male guest panelists, especially in the earlier years. He would welcome them, and then tell them what a hard time they were going to have. I think this helps to show that his joking was just the result of his sarcastic sense of humor, and that there was not any "real" animosity with Bennett. Each of us will probably feel differently about the behavior between them, depending on how much we personally like or dislike sarcasm. My guess is that if a person likes sarcasm, they won't see anything wrong with the banter. But, if a person dislikes sarcasm, they will feel that real fighting was going on. - Suzanne Astorino

      • Tidbits: On Wednesday, Dorothy will be given the Humanitarian Award from the Hartford, CT B'Nai B'rith. B'Nai B'rith (Sons of the Covenant) is a Jewish philanthropic organization committed to the basic principle of "People Helping People." They don't restrict their awards to members of their own faith, as Dorothy is Catholic.
        John Daly said he always wanted to be able to sing opera.
        John Daly mentioned that he has an office in the prestigious Plaza Hotel. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Art Linkletter, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

      • HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARLENE! This is Arlene Francis' 56th Birthday. She was born October 20, 1907. John, the panel and the audience sing the "Happy Birthday" song to her! The first contestant is the captain of the glass-bottomed boat named the "Arlene Francis."

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