What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 19


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 05, 1964 on CBS
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Game 1: Miss Harriet Goldstein - "Taxicab Driver" (salaried; to obtain her license, she had to obtain a chauffeur's license, pass a geography test, and pass a medical physical; read more about the cab medallions below; from Brooklyn, NY)

Game 2: Carl Otto - "Makes Corn Cob Pipes" (salaried; he is the president of the Missouri Meerschaum Pipe Company which annually produces between 8 and 10 million corn cob pipes; from Washington, Missouri, which is near St. Louis, MO)

Game 3: Pearl Bailey (3/29/1918 - 8/17/1990) (as Mystery Guest) Pearl Bailey promoted her appearance at the Royal Box of the Americana Hotel.

Game 4: James P. Walsh - "Sells Garbage Cans" (salaried; he works for the Wheeling Corrugating Company, which is a division of Wheeling Steel Company; he sells corrugated steel garbage cans; from Secaucus Center, NJ) . .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)

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    • HAPPY 1964!!! This was the first show of the year 1964 and it was a very good night for the panel. In the first game, Arlene almost had the occupation of the young lady from Brooklyn nailed. Unfortunately, when Arlene asked the question about whether or not the guest was a cab driver, she asked it "the wrong way" by asking if she could assume that the guest was not a taxicab driver. Fortunately, Bennett was there to clean up and got credit for the correct identification. Also, in the spirit of the New Year, John flipped the remaining cards. Bennett also correctly guessed that the second contestant had something to do with corn cob pipes. In fact, John purposely withheld the guest's hometown from the panel, for fear that it would give them too much of a hint. Mr. Otto was from Washington, Missouri, which is famous for the corn cob pipes that are made there. In the mystery guest round, Arlene correctly identified Pearl Bailey. Pearlie Mae was on the show to promote her upcoming engagement at the Americana Hotel. Unfortunately, the only bump in the road for the night came in the final game when the panel failed to guess that the contestant sold garbage cans. However, nothing, not even Dorothy's obviously intoxicated state, could ruin a great beginning to the year 1964. - Sargebri

    • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down. Her occupation had been ascertained, but John flipped the cards as a gracious way to start the new year. John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at eight down because time ran out. - agent_0042

    • (1) Besides what has been described about Dorothy's condition on tonight's show, during her introduction of Woody Allen and for much of the night, she sounded as if she might have had a slight cold.
      (2) "SIGN IN" OLD HOME WEEK: For the second contestant, John uses his old salutation of "Will you come in and sign in, please?" He had most recently used that once-common introductory phrase for the first contestant to appear on EPISODE #681 of September 15, 1963. This "come in" introduction has not been consistently used for regular contestants since the middle of 1960, and was last used for mystery guests on EPISODE #555 of March 12, 1961, having long since given way to his amended - and more polished - salutation of "Will you enter and sign in, please?" - W-B

    • Harriet Goldstein, the taxi driver, discussed the "taxi medallions" that taxicab owners must purchase for the right to operate a taxi in New York City. There are currently over 12,000 medallions in circulation in 1964. New York froze the issuance of the medallions to control and limit the number of cabs on the streets. The normal laws of supply and demand have thus driven the market price for the medallions up to a whopping $26,000! - Suzanne


      KILGALLEN WATCH!!! Dorothy was more than a little tipsy this time out. After nearly 10 months of "on-air" sobriety, Dorothy was obviously intoxicated this evening. Her speech was slurred and she was extremely talkative, at times speaking out of turn. At other times, she spoke very deliberately and slowly. At one point, Bennett had to calm her down when she interrupted him while he was questioning the gentleman from Missouri. Dorothy had butted-in to request a conference - something that Bennett obviously didn't desire. Bennett may have been smiling when he said, "Please! Dorothy!" but he probably was somewhat angry that Dolly Mae would pull such a stunt. - Sargebri (2006)

      Dorothy, who was dressed in a leopard print tonight, was under the influence of either alcohol or pills this evening. Her speech is unusually slow. It is subtle and she has definitely appeared in worse condition, but if you have watched WML for "years," you are able to note her awkward condition tonight. - Suzanne (2004)

      Dorothy seems more than a little drunk in this episode. At times she seems just this side of okay, but during her questioning of the corncob pipe maker, she comes across as quite tipsy. Interesting, yet painful to watch. - dorothykfan (2004)

    • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Woody Allen, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

    • This episode was first aired by the Game Show Network (now known as GSN) in April 2001 as part of its special, "The Fools of April," a 4-hour marathon of eight game show appearances by stand-up comedians. The marathon was hosted by Jimmie Walker and this episode of WML was chosen due to Woody Allen's appearance as a guest panelist. Other comedians and game shows featured in the marathon included Lou Costello on "I've Got a Secret," Bob Newhart on "Password," David Letterman on "Password Plus," Andy Kaufman on "The Dating Game," Milton Berle on a color episode of "I've Got a Secret," Steve Martin on "The Gong Show" and Rosie O'Donnell on "Celebrity Jeopardy!" - Garrison Skunk