What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 15


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 08, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Marion L. Tarr - "U.S. Customs Inspector" (salaried; she works for the U.S. government at the Miami International Airport; today is her birthday!; from Miami, FL)

Game 2: Joseph S. Peplinski & Jack Peplinski - "Puts Laces in Footballs" (salaried; they both work for the Wilson Sporting Goods Company in Chicago, Illinois; the brothers have been in this business for 37 & 38 respective years; from Chicago, IL)

Game 3: Sophie Tucker (1/13/1889 - 2/9/1966) (as Mystery Guest) Last of the Red Hot Mamas - John was quite impressed with her doughnut-shaped mauve feather hat.

Game 4: Walter J. Buckert, Jr. - "Sells Light Bulbs" (salaried; he works for General Electric Company; from Palisades Park, NJ)

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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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    • This episode was broadcast live, not pretaped, yet no mention was made of JFK's recent November 22, 1963 assassination. - Suzanne (2006)

    • REVIEW: After being away for two weeks, the panel was back in business. (The previous week's episode was videotaped in early November, and two weeks earlier, the show was preempted for news coverage of the Kennedy assassination.) Unfortunately, after this evening's performance, the panel probably would have wanted to take another week off. In fact, the panel went an abysmal 1 for 4 with the only win coming in the mystery guest round. In the first game, the panel was totally stumped by the female customs inspector from Florida. It wasn't so bad, though, as John wished her a happy birthday. In the second game, the panel again was stumped; this time by a pair of brothers who put the laces in footballs. The panel did get a reprieve when Bennett correctly identified "Red Hot Mama" Sophie Tucker, who tried to disguise her voice by whispering. However, Bennett recognized her whisper from an airplane ride they once shared together where she used this same whisper. Also, Sophie had been on the "Ed Sullivan Show" prior to her WML appearance. Unfortunately, the panel reverted back to form in the final game when they ran out of time while questioning the light bulb salesman and as a result he won the full prize by default. And so ended the first live show after JFK's death. - Sargebri (2006)

      PANEL OBSERVATION!!! As was mentioned in other posts, there was no mention of President Kennedy's assassination and the panel tried to keep the mood light and happy. However, their performance might have been affected by it. Also, the fact that one of the games featured two men whose sole job was to put laces in footballs showed that the producers might have been really looking for unusual occupations. - Sargebri (2006)

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down because time ran out. - agent_0042 (2006)

    • A new CBS affiliate, WHNT in Huntsville, Alabama, is welcomed by John Daly. - Suzanne (2004)

      WHNT, Channel 19, first signed on the air on November 28, 1963 (Thanksgiving Day), ten days prior to tonight's show. It has been the CBS affiliate in Huntsville, AL from the moment it first went on. From 1980 to 2007, the station was owned by The New York Times Company. - W-B (2007)

    • (1) The hat worn tonight by mystery guest Sophie Tucker was somewhat similar in its "doughnut" shape to the hat which Groucho Marx would wear in his second guest panelist appearance on EPISODE #738 of November 15, 1964.
      (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: For the first time since the prerecorded EPISODE #689 of last week, Milt Myers is the production supervisor. Gil Herman had filled in on the two live editions which preceded this. - W-B (2006)

    • Tidbits: Dorothy's hair looks great tonight! I hope she settles on this hairdo for a while. It makes her look younger.
      Peter Cook announced that Arlene's play, "Kind Sir," opens in Mineola on December 26, 1963 (Boxing Day in the U.K.). This was a reference to the 1,450-seat Mineola Playhouse at 120 Mineola Boulevard in Mineola, New York, later to be known as the Mineola Theatre. The theatre, which is located on Long Island, was eventually razed and no longer exists. - Suzanne (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Peter Cook, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.