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What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 20


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 12, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Mrs. Marion Ladewig (10/30/1914 - 4/16/2010)(Miss Marion Van Oosten) - "Professional Bowler (U.S. Champion)" (she signed in under her maiden name of Marion Van Oosten to avoid name recognition; John told the panel that she was both salaried and self-employed; she has won many bowling honors, including "Best Woman Bowler" 9 times, "Women's All-Star Tournament Champion" 8 times and "World Invitational Champion" 4 times; FYI, the "Women's All-Star Tournament" is now called the "Women's U.S. Open"; she said that the highest bowling score she ever obtained is 299; she is also employed by Brunswick Corporation and promotes their bowling products through exhibition games; from Grand Rapids, MI)

Game 2: Mr. W.J. Kelly - "Banana Inspector" (salaried; to inspect and test bananas, he measures the temperature of the pulp and when the thermometer reads that the temperature is in the 50s Fahrenheit, the fruit is ready for market; this game was slightly flawed because John did not realize that bananas contain seeds and gave an incorrect answer which prompted discussion in the post-game chat; from Baltimore, MD)

Game 3: Noel Coward (12/16/1899 - 3/26/1973) (as Mystery Guest)

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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


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Dorothy: Is it east of Grand Rapids?
        Marion Van Oosten Ladewig: Yes.
        Dorothy: Isn't everything.
        Bennett: That's a snobbish remark, Dorothy. There are a lot of wonderful places west of Grand Rapids.

      • Dorothy: I don't know what department nuts belong in.
        John: Don't look at us when you say that, Dorothy.

    • NOTES (7)

      • ROBERT PRESTON AND THE 9th U.S. AIR FORCE, 555TH SQUADRON, 386th BOMB GROUP: After the first game, in a question to Marion Ladewig, guest panelist Robert Preston mentioned that during World War II, he had been a member of the 386th Bomb Group. He brought this up because he said he had long wondered if any relative of Marion Ladewig's husband had served with him in the military. (She seemed unsure.) If Preston at first faltered on the number of his bomb group, saying "555th" and then "386th," it is because there were "many numbers" associated with his service: 9th United States Air Force, 555th Squadron, 386th bomb group.

        During the war, Robert Preston was enlisted under his birth name of Robert Preston Meservey. According to one net site, he worked up the intelligence package for the Thursday, April 12, 1945, 386th Bomb Group Mission Number 395 over Kempten, Germany. According to another net site, when off-duty, he was frequently seen in the officers' club, sitting at a desk, writing letters back home to his wife. He evidently flew a model B-26 aircraft.

        One net site mentions that Preston was an S-2 Officer who had achieved the rank of Captain. Another net site mentions that Preston eventually achieved the rank of Major. More than 3,000 men served with the 386th bomb group, flying 409 missions. Of this group, 193 men gave their lives to their country.

        USAF Time Line:
        Air Force Assigned to:
        8th AF (June 1943 - October 1943)
        9th AF (October 1944 - end WWII)

        photo of Robert Preston in uniform at the bottom of the page:

        - Suzanne Astorino

      • REVIEW: At the beginning of this episode, John Daly mentioned that New York was in the throes of blizzard weather conditions. Perhaps the inclement weather was some kind of bad omen that the panel should have taken heed to, because it certainly brought some bad luck their way. Tonight, for the first time in quite a while, they were shut out and won nary a game. This disaster of an evening began when the panel was totally stumped by ladies bowling legend Marion Ladewig, who signed in using her less-familiar maiden name of Marion Van Oosten to fool the panel. In the second game, an obviously inebriated Dolly Mae correctly guessed that the contestant dealt with bananas. It was looking like they might win this game, but his exact line was yet to be determined. However, try as they might, they never did determine that he was an inspector of bananas. In the mystery guest round, Bennett correctly identified the legendary Noel Coward. Unfortunately, Bennett's correct identification came after all the cards had been flipped. Mr. Coward was on the show to promote the musical "The Girl Who Came to Supper," for which he wrote the music. After the commercial break, John said that because of time constraints, he was going to be saying good night for the panel. However, he might have been saving the panel the embarrassment of showing their red faces after a disastrous performance. - Sargebri

      • KILGALLEN WATCH!!! For the second week in a row, Dorothy was in an obviously altered state. Her speech was very slurred and thick and she was talking very slowly and deliberately. Also, she was in somewhat of a foul mood most of the night except for the second game when she was giggling uncontrollably. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at eight down because time ran out. He flipped them all for Noel Coward, the mystery challenger, at eight down because time was once again running short. - agent_0042

      • (1) In 1969, tonight's mystery guest, Noël Coward, appeared in the original movie version of "The Italian Job," in the role of "Mr. Bridger." The film's star, Michael Caine, who played "Charlie Croker," will be a mystery guest on "WML?" EPISODE #836 of November 13, 1966, and again on the syndicated color version in an episode taped on May 14, 1970.
        (2) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: Beginning with tonight's show, the position of 'Audio' is added to the final slide card graphic (with the animated man next to multiple monitor images of himself), situated between technical director and lighting director in the end credits. B.A. Taylor will be credited in this newly-listed position on virtually all remaining "WML?" episodes from here on out. - W-B

      • Noel Coward promoted the Broadway play "The Girl Who Came to Supper." He wrote the music and lyrics to this musical play. It was based on the book by Harry Kurnitz. - Suzanne

      • Panel: Arlene Francis, Robert Preston, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)