What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 9


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Oct 27, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Billie Jean Moore - "Raises Mice for Research" (salaried; she works for North Carolina State College and has been employed by them for 4 years; she raises 6 different colors of mice; from Raleigh, NC)

Game 2: Mr. C. W. Mundy - "Paints Flagpoles" (self-employed; 85 years old; he has been painting flagpoles for 65 years; he moves up and down their 100 foot height in a bosun's chair; from Plainfield, NJ)

Game 3: Ethel Merman (1/16/1908 - 2/15/1984) (as Mystery Guest) . .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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    • NOTES (6)

      • REVIEW: This was a fairly decent night for the panel, especially for Dolly Mae, who wound up making both of the correct guesses this evening. In the first game, Dorothy made the last second save when she guessed that the young lady from North Carolina raised mice for research. John then made a humorous remark, saying that the main reason she got the job was that she was the only woman who could hold a mouse in her hand without getting nervous. The only bump in the road for the night was when the panel failed to guess that the rather elderly gentleman painted flagpoles. Of course, no one could blame them for missing his line, due to the fact that he was 85 years old. It also was very classy to see both the male panelists, as well as the female panelists, stand in respect to Mr. Mundy. In the mystery guest round, Dorothy correctly identified Broadway legend Ethel Merman. Besides appearing on the show as part of the hype for Stanley Kramer's mega-comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," Ethel also was on the show to promote her upcoming engagement at the Persian Room and her upcoming appearance on "The Red Skelton Show," which also was on CBS at the time of this WML episode. That was definitely a nice way to close out the evening. - Sargebri

      • Ironically, before Dorothy made her identification of Ethel Merman, she had thought Ethel was Milton Berle. Also, guest panelist Allen Ludden had thought Ethel was Buddy Hackett. Of course, Uncle Miltie and Buddy were both among the all-star cast for the 1963 comedic epic "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Not surprisingly, there were several WML connections to this film, as several members of the cast would either appear as mystery guests, guest panelists or both. Here is a list of some of those "Mad World" stars and their WML connections.

        01. Buddy Hackett (guest panelist and mystery guest)
        02. Milton Berle (guest panelist and mystery guest)
        03. Edie Adams (mystery guest)
        04. Ethel Merman (mystery guest)
        05. Jonathan Winters (mystery guest)
        06. Mickey Rooney (guest panelist and mystery guest)
        07. Jerry Lewis (guest panelist and mystery guest)
        08. Joe E. Brown (mystery guest)
        09. Terry-Thomas (guest panelist)
        10. Phil Silvers (mystery guest)
        11. Barrie Chase (mystery guest)
        12. Paul Ford (mystery guest)
        13. Arnold Stang (mystery guest)
        14. Jimmy Durante (mystery guest)
        15. Jack Benny (mystery guest)
        16. Buster Keaton (mystery guest)
        17. Eddie "Rochester" Anderson (mystery guest)
        18. Jim Backus (guest panelist)
        19. Sid Caesar (mystery guest)

        Another person with a connection to WML was scheduled to appear in the film. Ernie Kovacs was to have played the role of dentist "Melville Crump" opposite his wife Edie Adams. Unfortunately, Ernie was killed in a single car accident prior to filming. Edie was so grief stricken that she almost pulled out of the film. However, several of her friends encouraged her to go on with the film as a way of helping to cope with her grief. - Sargebri

      • Ethel Merman did a good job of disguising her voice tonight, because for awhile, the panel didn't even realize she was female. Even after that point was addressed, there was still some confusion as to her gender. - agent_0042

      • (1) As with Allen Ludden's first guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #620 of July 1, 1962, Dorothy got the title of his "Password" game show correct, in contrast to her incorrectly calling the show "Passport" on EPISODE #783 of September 26, 1965.
        (2) BAD PUN ALERT: Bennett, in his introduction of John, was comparing the panel moderator to the Mount Vesuvius volcano, and commented that he may have been the inspiration for the song "Lava, Come Back to Me." This exasperating pun was a play on the title of the song "Lover, Come Back to Me."
        (3) In the years since her mystery guest appearance tonight, Ethel Merman took part in some strange endeavors, to say the least. First was "The Ethel Merman Disco Album" (A&M SP-4775) from 1979, and then a year later she made what turned out to be her final movie appearance in the 1980 comedy "Airplane!", in which she played "Lieutenant Hurwitz," who was hospitalized with shell-shock, thinking that he was Miss Merman. During that scene, Ethel belted out a few lines of the song "Everything's Coming Up Roses" from the musical "Gypsy," in which she originated the role of "Mama Rose" on Broadway in 1959.
        (4) "WML?" CREW "OLD HOME WEEK": Hal Anderson, who was "WML?'s" lighting director in the 1950's, fills in for current lighting director Gene Ulrich tonight, per the end credits. - W-B

      • Veteran stage performer Ethel Merman promoted many upcoming appearances; her 1963 film "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World," her opening at the Persian Room of the Plaza Hotel, and her guest spot on the Red Skelton Show. It was obvious that she thoroughly enjoyed herself tonight! - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Allen Ludden, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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