What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 11

EPISODE #687

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 10, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #687
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Game 1: James Van Niekerk - "Hunts Crocodiles" (self-employed; from North Rhodesia, Africa, his crocs sell for $1 per inch, measured around their girth; he also explained some of the differences between crocodiles and alligators)

 Game 2: Miss Grace Stafford (as Contestant, aka Mrs. Walter Lantz)(11/7/1903 - 3/17/1992) - "Voice of Woody Woodpecker" (salaried; from California, the city was withheld from the panel; she gave a brief Woody Woodpecker "laugh" after her game; more information about her below)

Game 3: James Stewart (5/20/1908 - 7/2/1997) (as Mystery Guest)

Game 4: Miss Meeg Blommeberg - "Men's Barber" (salaried; originally from Sweden, now from Brunswick, NJ; she works for Helmar Larsen's Barber Shop where she exclusively cuts men's hair; Helmar Larsen also owns a beauty shop for women's hair care needs; note that this singular profession was WML's most frequently used occupation over the years)
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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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)

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    • QUOTES (2)

      • Bennett: And here comes the James Bond of panel moderators, Goodson and Todman's intrepid and elegant frequent investigator -- John Charles Daly. (loud applause)

      • Bennett: Uh, would you --- would your work come anywhere within the milieu of a barbershop?
        John: I know... (very fastly) We just ran out of time, Bennett, I'm gonna flip all the cards over!

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      • REVIEW: This was a fairly good night for the panel as far as their performances went. However, if it wasn't for a bit of chicanery by John in the final game, they probably would have gone 3 for 4. Unfortunately, the night didn't begin too hot as the panel was stumped in the first game by the 1963 version of Steve Irwin, a crocodile hunter from Northern Rhodesia, which is now the nation of Zambia. However, Dorothy did get credit in the second game for correctly figuring out that Grace Stafford was a cartoon voice artist. In fact, Stafford was the then current voice of "Woody Woodpecker." Dorothy also correctly identified James Stewart in the mystery guest round. However, it was Bennett who should get most of the credit, especially after he asked the question about Jimmy's air force service. Jimmy was on the show to promote the film "Take Her She's Mine," which featured Sandra Dee as his daughter. In the final game, Bennett was about to guess that the young lady from New Jersey by way of Sweden was a gentlemen's barber, but John pulled a fast one and called the game on the basis of time. As a result of John's fast flipping, she won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this still was a fun night. - Sargebri

      • NORTHERN RHODESIA: As the crocodile hunter stated, he was from the nation of Northern Rhodesia. In October 1964, their independence was granted, and they became known as the nation of Zambia. - Sargebri

      • MANKIEWICZ TALENT: Tonight's guest panelist, Joseph Mankiewicz, showed that he was more than just a serious director. He asked a lot of good questions and showed his humorous side as well. However, Joe wasn't the only member of his family to have a career in show business. His brother, Herman J. Mankiewicz, was a famous writer and producer. Joe's oldest son, Chris Mankiewicz, is a screenwriter. Another son, Tom Mankiewicz, also has several screenplays to his credit, including Sean Connery's final official film in the "James Bond" series, "Diamonds Are Forever." Joe's nephew, Don Mankiewicz, is a prolific writer for the small screen. Finally, Joe's great-nephew, Ben Mankiewicz, is also an actor and can currently be seen as one of the hosts on the Turner Classic Movies channel, introducing films. In addition, Ben is also the host of the show "Cartoon Alley." - Sargebri

      • An interesting fact about Woody Woodpecker; Woody's creator, Walter Lantz, was very good friends with noted science fiction director George Pal. In some of Pal's films, he sneaks in a reference to "Woody." In the 1953 film "The War of the Worlds," a figure of "Woody" can be seen in a tree during the opening sequence. Also, in the 1960 film "The Time Machine," there are two "Woody" references. The first reference is in the scene where the citizens of London are heading for the bomb shelter prior to the nuclear attack. In that scene, a young girl is seen carrying a "Woody Woodpecker" doll. The second reference is in the scene where the Eloi are gathering. In that scene, someone can be heard performing "Woody's" famous laugh. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the second contestant, the voice of Woody Woodpecker, at four down. Dorothy had correctly identified her as an actress and further refined the identification to voice actress on a free guess. John also flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down. However, Bennett had correctly identified her as a men's barber. - agent_0042

      • An interesting fact about "Take Her, She's Mine" is that the 1963 movie in which tonight's mystery guest, Jimmy Stewart, starred, and the original 1961-1962 Broadway production, each had a cast member of "The Honeymooners" involved. The movie version also featured Audrey Meadows, who played "Alice Kramden" from 1952 to 1957, including the 1955-1956 "Classic 39" season. The original Broadway version, which ran at the Biltmore Theatre from December 21, 1961 to December 8, 1962 for a total of 404 performances, starred Art Carney, who made his name on "The Honeymooners" as sewer worker "Ed Norton." Mr. Carney played the role of "Frank Michaelson" which was the role Mr. Stewart played in the movie version. Also appearing in a supporting role in the Broadway version was Heywood Hale Broun as "Mr. Whitmyer." Mr. Broun, son of famed newspaper columnist Heywood Broun, would go on to be a sports commentator, first for CBS and then for ABC, on their weekend evening newscasts for several years. - W-B

      • (1) At the time of his serving as guest panelist tonight, Joseph L. Mankiewicz had just come off the 1963 movie "Cleopatra" which he directed and whose screenplay he co-wrote. It was during the making of this film that the two stars, Richard Burton (who played "Marc Antony") and Elizabeth Taylor (who played the title character), had met. This was but one of many factors (others including Miss Taylor's near-fatal 1961 illness and emergency tracheotomy, and switch of filming location from England to Rome, Italy) contributing to the film's budget eventually ballooning to $44 million - which, if adjusted to 2004 dollars, would be the equivalent of $268 million. Though widely regarded at the time as a flop, in fact the movie barely broke even at the box office at the time of original release, and didn't start turning a profit until years thereafter. Though Mr. Mankiewicz made more movies after "Cleopatra," his career never fully recovered. The movie, at the time, also brought 20th Century-Fox, the studio that released it, to the brink of financial ruin. The studio wouldn't return to profitability again until the release of the 1965 movie version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's final musical, "The Sound of Music."
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Gil Herman, who was the production supervisor for the show much of the previous season, is credited in that position tonight, filling in for Milt Myers. - W-B

      • The incomparable Jimmy Stewart promoted his 1963 film, "Take Her, She's Mine." He also chatted about being a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve, which he joined in 1945 and rose to the rank of Brigadier General in 1959. (He retired from the AF Reserve in 1968.) He spoke of giving up flying two years ago. During World War II, he was a member of the 8th Air Force, which was also brought up on this episode. (During his time in the Army Air Force, he became a Colonel, earned the Air Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross, France's Croix de Guerre and 7 battle stars.) Unfortunately, there is damage to the kinescope during one of Dorothy's questions to Jimmy. The film jumps and we miss the question, but hear the audience laughter. Possibly, the damage came about from an unfixed edit when the producers damaged several kinescopes in the making of the "WML at 25" special. As you would expect, Jimmy Stewart was gracious, and WML is lucky to have his brief performance amongst their collection of truly special mystery guests. - Suzanne

      • Grace Stafford was the voice of Woody Woodpecker from about 1950 until the 1980s. She asked her husband, the famed cartoon animator Walter Lantz, not to give her screen credit during her first two years of voicing, as she felt children would be disillusioned if they knew Woody was voiced by a woman. Mel Blanc originally provided Woody's voice around 1940. He was forced to give up the part when he signed an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers. Next, gagman Ben Hardaway took over for about ten years, and his speaking voice was sped up for the final effect. Finally, Grace Stafford assumed the role and was the voice of Woody Woodpecker until her retirement. She was married to Walt Lantz from 1940 until her death in 1992. - Suzanne

      • Joseph L. Mankiewicz (2/11/1909 - 2/5/1993)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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