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What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 16


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 15, 1963 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Miss Katherine Stubergh - "Makes Figures For Wax Museums" (self-employed; she is currently working for Walters International Wax Museum which will have wax figure exhibits at the upcoming 1964 New York World's Fair; from Los Angeles, CA)

Game 2: Richard Cramer - "Sells Doorknobs" (salaried; he is employed by both Kwikset Locks and the American Door Corporation; his territory covers Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Delaware; from Laurel, MD)

Game 3: Victor Borge (1/3/1909 - 12/23/2000) (as Mystery Guest) He scribbled ALL over the sign in board, including the Geritol frame; he does a great job of disguising his Danish accent! . .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 (7)

      • REVIEW: After the previous week's dismal outing, the panel did slightly better this week by going 2 for 3 this evening. In the first game, the panel received credit for guessing that the contestant was a sculptress. For the record, she was making wax sculptures for the 1964 World's Fair to be held at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, New York. In the second game, the panel didn't do as well as they were totally stumped by the doorknob salesman. However, the real fun began in the mystery guest round as soon as frequent guest panelist "The Great Dane" Victor Borge walked out. He did his usual clowning and was up on stage for quite awhile before Arlene finally identified him. Victor was his expected wild self as he clowned with the panel. As far as any promotion of a show or performance went, he did talk about his upcoming special that would be airing in January. This definitely put a nice exclamation point on the night. - Sargebri

        (1) As was mentioned during the first game, the preparations for the 1964 World's Fair were well underway. A few months earlier, it was announced that Arlene Francis was on the board of directors for the event. Tonight, it was announced that Bennett Cerf was on the board as well. The fair opened on April 22, 1964 and concluded on October 17, 1965. The fair was also responsible for one of the most memorable moments in the history of WML when Arlene's son, Peter Gabel, who was working at the fair, surprised his mother by appearing as a contestant on EPISODE #720 of July 5, 1964. Peter wound up fooling everyone and won the full prize. The audience broke out into laughter when Arlene jokingly said that she still controlled Peter's money and that the $50 should go to her. That definitely was a great moment.
        (2) Even though the fair was a critical success, it wasn't a monetary success. Much of it had to do with the fair's somewhat dull fun zone. However, after better entertainment was added, the attendance improved and eventually fifty-one million visitors made their way to the fair. As for what happened to the site of the fair after its closure, it eventually became the site of the National Tennis Center and the home to the U.S. Open Tennis Tournament. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down, but acknowledged that the panel had come close to her line. - agent_0042

      • (1) Though tonight's episode is pre-taped - once again, Johnny Olson starts his introduction of the "WML?" panelists by opening with the words "And now, from New York..."
        (2) Even though a prerecorded episode was aired tonight, the panel was in the studio, taping two future episodes: EPISODE #692 and EPISODE #693, which will be shown respectively on December 22, 1963 and December 29, 1963.
        (3) Bringing back a frequent recurring bit, Bennett introduces "our panel moderator" tonight by his correct full name of John Charles Patrick Croghan Daly. After taking his seat at his desk and doing his customary ribbing of Bennett, John uses his old opening of "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to 'What's My Line?'" for the first time since EPISODE #681 of September 15, 1963. - W-B

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 8, 1963. - Suzanne

      • Tidbits: Dorothy reprises her great hairdo, because this episode was taped on the same day as the previous episode!

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Steve Lawrence, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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