What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 22


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Jan 26, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary


Game 1: Mrs. Alice Gilbert (b. 7/1/1932) - "Justice of the Peace" (salaried; she does not wear a judicial robe while she works; she is a attorney, but due to the current laws of her state, a law degree is not necessary for her to hold her job on the bench; she donated her game winnings to the Northwestern University Law School Alumni Fund; from Birmingham, MI in Bloomfield Township)

Game 2: Mrs. Cissy Browne - "Sells Water Skis" (salaried; she travels all over the country as a travelling saleswoman for Pan American Skis, Inc., which manufactures high quality water skis that are made of Honduran mahogany wood; as of 2006, vintage Pan Am Honduras mahogany hardwood skis are still being sold on internet auction sites; from Memphis, TN)

Game 3: Jonathan Winters (11/11/1925 - 4/11/2013) (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)

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    • NOTES (7)

      • REVIEW: This was a somewhat sentimental show as the panel bid adieu to year 14 of WML while at the same time preparing for the beginning of the 15th year. Also, it gave John an opportunity to reminisce with his old buddy, and mentor, guest panelist Arthur Godfrey. As far as the games themselves went, the panel did a respectable 2 for 3 this evening. In the first game, Arlene was given credit for guessing that the contestant was a judge, even though Mrs. Browne technically was a justice of the peace. In he second game, the panel didn't do as well, as they were totally stumped by the water ski saleswoman from Memphis, Tennessee. However, it should be noted that this episode was broadcast in the middle of winter, when water skis are not on people's minds. In the mystery guest round, the panel looked as if they were going down to defeat until Arthur made the save and correctly identified Jonathan Winters. Ironically, Jonathan had been a guest on Arthur's 30th anniversary special a couple of nights earlier. Arthur said that he thought he knew all of Jonathan's various voices, but that he had never previously heard the disguised voice that Jonathan used in the mystery guest round. Jonathan was on the show not only to promote the classic mega-comedy "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World," but also to promote his upcoming television special on the dreaded "other network." Also brought up was his Oscar nomination for his role in "Mad World." This definitely helped to end the night on a good note. - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at four down, but this was because the winnings were going to the Northwestern University Law School Alumni Fund. He flipped all the cards for the second contestant at nine down because time was running short. - agent_0042

      • "LIVE" WATCH: Tonight's "WML?" edition was broadcast live and has left the original opening words of "And now, live from New York..." intact and uncut. On some live shows, the word "live" is edited out of the kinescope copy of the show, producing an audible "click" where the word "live" has been cut out. - W-B

      • Jonathan Winters promoted his 1963 film "It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World." He also promoted his upcoming 1964 "The Jonathan Winters Special" showing on "another network" in "late February." - Suzanne

      • ARTHUR GODFREY: For his guest panelist appearance tonight, Arthur looked as if he was very uncomfortable playing the game. On a couple of occasions, he seemed really nervous, yet on another occasion, he looked as if he was about to fall asleep. Nevertheless, this was a remarkable episode because for years, Arthur Godfrey held a grudge against Dorothy which escalated when Godfrey fired Julius LaRosa during Godfrey's television program in October 1953. However, the two of them not only were very cordial to each other, but seemed to show a general affection towards one another. For more background on the LaRosa firing, see the notes to EPISODE #657 of March 31, 1963. - Sargebri

      • Tidbits: This episode marked the end of the fourteenth year for What's My Line? Next week will mark the beginning of their fifteenth year on the air. - Suzanne

      • Arthur Godfrey (8/31/1903 - 3/16/1983)

        Panel: Arlene Francis, Arthur Godfrey, Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennett Cerf.

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