What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 17

EPISODE #692

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 22, 1963 on CBS
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Game 1: Msgr (Monsignor) John Romaniello (9/12/1900 - 10/21/1985) - "Manufacturers Noodles" (salaried; originally from New Rochelle, NY; currently from Hong Kong; using donated wheat flour, corn meal, milk powder and other foodstuffs supplied by the United States Food Service through the Food For Peace Program, Father Romaniello runs a foreign aid charity food program and manufacturers 1 million pounds of noodles each month in a Hong Kong noodle factory, thereby feeding 400,000 Communist "Red" Chinese refugees each month; see more information in his 1985 AP obituary below)

Game 2: Miss Carol Stone - "Personal Christmas Shopper For Men (in Department Store)" (salaried; she works for Bonwit Teller's '721 Club'; from Delray Beach, FL, temporarily in NYC)

Game 3: Mark Goodson (1/24/1915 - 12/18/1992) & Bill Todman (7/31/1916 - 7/29/1979) (as Mystery Guest Duo) They currently have 35 half-hour programs on television, and this is the 14th Christmas of What's My Line?

Game 4: Edgar Franken - "Santa Claus at Macy's Department Store" (salaried; originally from London, England, now from NY; he also works as an actor)
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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)

    Mark Goodson

    Mark Goodson

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Bill Todman

    Bill Todman

    Mystery Guest Duo

    Guest Star

    Martin Gabel

    Martin Gabel

    Guest Panelist

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      • MERRY CHRISTMAS 1963!!! Tonight's show had an appropriate theme as each of the guests had something to do in some way with Christmas. In the first game, Dorothy, who was looking very sexy in a very lovely gown, voluntarily disqualified herself because she knew the Monsignor's line. This definitely hindered the panel and they failed to guess that he ran a noodle factory in Hong Kong for the refugees who were escaping from Red China. Dorothy later revealed that she knew of Monsignor Romaniello's good works from a story written by her fellow Journal-American reporter, Bob Considine. In the second game, Bennett correctly guessed that the pretty young woman was a professional Christmas shopper for husbands. In the mystery guest round, Dolly Mae correctly figured out that a fast one was being pulled on the panel when she correctly identified the show's producers, Mark Goodson and Bill Todman. Mark and Bill later said that this was a special Christmas since it was the 14th Christmas broadcast in the show's history. They also complimented each of the panelists, mentioning the great qualities that they each brought to the show and that made it such a success. In the final game, Dorothy correctly guessed that the contestant was a department store Santa. Unfortunately, her identification came after the cards had been flipped. However, it didn't matter, since this was a great Christmas and it probably helped to ease the pain of the events that happened just a month earlier in Dallas. - Sargebri (2006)

      • From Suzanne (2006)

        ASSOCIATED PRESS OBITUARY - MSGR. JOHN ROMANIELLO
        Originally Published: Friday, October 25, 1985 in the New York Times
        Msgr. John Romaniello, "The noodle priest of Hong Kong," died Monday (October 21, 1985) at the Maryknoll Fathers headquarters here. He was 85 years old. He earned his nickname while working for Catholic Relief Services among Chinese refugees in Hong Kong. When he discovered that children were selling the five-pound bags of flour that he had been distributing because most families had no oven for baking, he made the flour into noodles that could be boiled instead. He was born in Italy and came to the United States when he was 9 years old. After study at the Maryknoll seminary and ordination, he spent 23 years in China before the Communists captured and expelled him in 1948. He wrote a novel, "The Bird of Sorrow," based on his experiences in China. After leaving China, he did work for Catholic Relief Services and for the Maryknoll Fathers in Hong Kong and in the United States. The monsignor is survived by his niece, Ann Fosina of New Rochelle.

      • KIND SIR: Martin announced that over the weekend, Arlene will be acting in the comedy play "Kind Sir" at the Mineola Playhouse in Mineola, New York. Two episodes ago, Peter Cook announced that her opening date was December 26, 1963. - Suzanne (2006)

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for Mark Goodson and Bill Todman at eight down, after they had been guessed, but surprisingly it took a little encouragement for him to do it. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at five down, just before Dorothy guessed "Maybe he's Santa Claus!" - agent_0042 (2006)

      • BAD PUN ALERT!!! As was typical in the holiday season, Bennett foisted yet another Yuletide-themed pun so atrocious that the inevitable groans were let out by his fellow panelists. Bennett's tale was ostensibly told to him by "our distinguished panel moderator," and his joke involved a Soviet Russian commissar and two other people arguing about the weather. Bennett ended his story with the line, "Rudolph The Red knows rain, dear." This was a play on words of the famed Christmas standard "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." After John indicated he'd have a hard time living that one down, Martin Gabel assured him that he couldn't have initiated such a pun-laden story as Bennett had sprung. - W-B (2006)

        PUN RERUN: A variation of this pun appears in Bennett Cerf's 1968 book Bennett Cerf's Treasury of Atrocious Puns. In the book, the name of the Soviet Russian commissar is Rudolf Mozoltoff. Indeed, Martin Gabel was correct in 1963. In the book, Bennett takes credit for writing the pun, and does not attempt to pass it off as Mr. Daly's work. - agent_0042 (2008)

      • It is possible that Edgar Franken might be the same actor who had been in a 1952 Broadway production entitled "Flight Into Egypt" and also had small roles in a couple of films, 1960's "Music of Williamsburg" and John Cassavetes' 1970 film "Husbands." However, I am not certain of any possible relation to a certain famous liberal author and former SNL writer/performer of the same last name, Al Franken. Although, one could say that he does have a family resemblance. - TheAngelTorgo (2006)

      • During the end credits, Johnny Olson announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on December 15, 1963. - Suzanne (2004)

        Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Martin Gabel, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

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