What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 12

EPISODE #688

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 17, 1963 on CBS
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EPISODE #688
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Game 1: Mr. Y.A. Tittle (Yelberton Abraham Tittle) (b. 10/24/1926) (as Mystery Guest #1 and the panel was blindfolded, but the regular questioning format was used) - "Quarterback New York Giants Football Team" (salaried; his line was guessed rather quickly)

Game 2: Miss Flora S. Goldfarb - "Ties Knots on End of Frankfurters" (salaried; she works for Hebrew National Kosher Products; she said she did not have to measure the hot dogs because her company uses - what sounded like - a "linka machine" which pre-measures the length of the meat product; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 3: Charles Boyer (8/28/1899 - 8/26/1978) (as Mystery Guest #2)

Game 4: Mr. Louis Pearlman - "Sells Feathers" (salaried; he works for Gregory & Goldberg; he sells feathers, including marabou feathers, which are the downy feathers of marabou storks used for trimming garments; from Forest Hills, NY)
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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)

    Y.A. Tittle

    Y.A. Tittle

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Charles Boyer

    Charles Boyer

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Tony Randall

    Tony Randall

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

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      • REVIEW: This was a great night for the panel. In fact, the only thing that kept them from having a perfect night was that they ran out of time in the final game. In the first game, the panel was blindfolded to keep them from seeing that the first contestant was none other than New York Giants' quarterback, and future Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinee, Y.A. Tittle. Tony probably would have been given sole credit for the correct guess, but he unfortunately made an error when he guessed that there was more than one person as the mystery guest. However, just as John was about to hand over the questioning to Dorothy, Tony blurted out that it was Tittle. Bennett also knew who the guest was, so John allowed both Bennett and Tony to make the identification. In the second game, Bennett also played a hand in the identification when he guessed that the lady from Brooklyn had something to do with hot dogs. However, it took a last minute save by Arlene to guess that she tied the hot dogs into links. In the mystery guest round, Dolly Mae correctly identified Charles Boyer. Monsieur Boyer was on the show to help promote the play "Man and Boy." Boyer's appearance on the show also gave John the chance to once again reminisce about the post-World War II radio broadcast they did from Dunkirk, New York. In the finale, the panel ran out of time while questioning the feather salesman and as a result he won the full prize by default. However, even if they would have had have time, they probably wouldn't have guessed his line, because his occupation was so unusual. Nevertheless, this was a great night for the panel and a very happy occasion. Unfortunately, the next week, the mood of the country and that of the world would take a dramatic tailspin with the events that would occur in Dallas, Texas. - Sargebri

      • This night was a somewhat historical one. For what may have been the first time in the show's history, Tony referred to Dorothy by her nickname of "Dolly Mae." It also was nice to see her in a new hairdo that made her look somewhat younger and a little bit sexier. - Sargebri

      • (1) Like occasional "WML?" guest panelist and mystery guest Peter Ustinov, Charles Boyer was no stranger to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where he was appearing in the play "Man and Boy" at the time of his mystery guest appearance tonight. Mr. Boyer had been to the theatre twice before, during its prior incarnation as CBS Studio 59, aka the Mansfield Theatre, in both cases as a "WML?" mystery guest, on EPISODE #353 of March 10, 1957 and EPISODE #440 of November 9, 1958.

        During the post-game chat, Tony Randall mentioned Charles' appearance in "Don Juan in Hell." The full details of his involvement with that play can be found in the notes to EPISODE #640 of November 25, 1962.
        (2) Bennett's mentioning of "WML?'s" 8th-place finish in the Nielsen Ratings notwithstanding, the show would finish the 1963-1964 season tied for 24th place with another popular Goodson/Todman game show, "To Tell the Truth." "WML?'s" highest year-end rating position was 13th place in the 1962-1963 season. As it turned out, this season would be the last that "WML?" would finish a season within the Nielsen Top 30.
        (3) Speaking of introductions, Tony Randall, in his introduction of Dorothy, mentioned that she was known to her friends as Dolly Mae. This was one of the rare times that her nickname was mentioned on the show. Dorothy's full birth name was Dorothy Mae Kilgallen.
        (4) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Once again tonight, Gil Herman is credited as production supervisor, the problems with the slide cards notwithstanding. - W-B

      • THE ROGUES: In 1964, one year after his "WML?" mystery guest appearance tonight, Charles Boyer co-starred in a TV series called "The Rogues," which was about a family of ex-con artists who use their skills to entrap those who deserve it. Mr. Boyer played French cousin "Marcel St. Clair"; the other leads were two former "WML?" guest panelists, David Niven as English cousin "Alexander 'Alec' Fleming" and Gig Young as American cousin "Tony Fleming." The program ran on NBC from September 13, 1964 to September 5, 1965.

        A side note about "The Rogues" is that towards the end of the show's run, Larry Hagman appeared in the role of "Mark Fleming." After "The Rogues" was cancelled, Mr. Hagman would land the role which first made him famous, "Captain (later Major) Tony Nelson" on the TV series "I Dream of Jeannie" which ran from 1965 to 1970. - W-B

      • There are problems with the credits at the end of this episode. They got stuck halfway between slides, and the crew members were obviously trying to frantically get them lined up again. It gives some insight into how they did the credits. Maybe they used some sort of "film strip" projector? I remember on the earlier episodes the credits were on cards stacked on an easel, and you would occasionally see a mysterious hand removing one of the cards. - Phil Wala

      • Charles Boyer promoted his 1963 Broadway play, "Man and Boy." Performed at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, it ran for 54 total performances. John Daly mentioned that Charles Boyer is an old friend of his and spoke of post-war days in Dunkirk, NY. - Suzanne

      • John Daly mentioned that he and his wife Virginia have a "little place" in St. Helena. This refers to St. Helena, CA, which is in California's wine country north of San Francisco, not too far from Santa Rosa. After John made his "little place" comment, Dorothy quickly added that he was filling it up fast, too! This was a reference to the two children John has had with Virginia in his three years of marriage to her. (Altogether, John and Virginia will have three children together.) Later, on EPISODE #805 of February 27, 1966, John again speaks of this area of northern California. - Suzanne

      • PSA - Public Service Announcement: John Daly mentioned that this is National Diabetes Week. He stated that 3 million people have diabetes, yet only half this number are aware of their condition. He urged listeners to have a checkup. - Suzanne

      • The first mystery guest is NY Giants quarterback legend Y.A. Title. Bennett asks him if he'd rather play Chicago or Green Bay in the Championship and Y.A. ducks this question shrewdly. Eventually, the Giants would lose the NFL Championship to the Bears in their last postseason appearance for 18 years. It's also worth noting that this is five days before the assassination of JFK and there was no episode next week because of continuing assassination coverage. - Eric Paddon

      • Y.A. Tittle was born on October 24, 1926. Yelberton Abraham Tittle played 17 years in AAFC and NFL; All-Pro 4 times; league MVP with San Francisco (1957) and NY Giants (1962); passed for 28,339 career yards. John Daly referred to him by the "name" his initials spell out, "Yat." This was evidently his nickname. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Congratulations to WML! Bennett mentioned that WML was in the Top 10 Nielsen Ratings. They scored the 8th position.

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

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