What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 25

EPISODE #700

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Feb 16, 1964 on CBS
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EPISODE #700
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Game 1: A.C. Nielsen Jr. (Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr.) (4/8/1919 - 10/3/2011) - Runs Television Rating Service (Nielsen Ratings)" (he signed in as "Mr. X" to avoid name recognition and the panel was not blindfolded; self-employed; he is the president of his TV ratings firm)
Game 2: George Boyce, Jr. - "Makes Snowshoes" (salaried; clipart of a pair of snowshoes was shown on his occupation overlay screen; he works for Snowcraft, Inc. which manufactures wood snowshoes; from Norway, Maine, which is located in Oxford County)
Game 3: Carol Burnett (b. 4/26/1933) (as Mystery Guest #2)
Game 4: Michael Lenarsey (12/25/1904 - 11/25/1990) - "Jackie Gleason's Valet" (salaried; his occupation is also known as a Gentleman's Gentleman; from West Palm Beach, FL)
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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)

    A.C. Nielsen Jr.

    A.C. Nielsen Jr.

    Mystery Guest #1

    Guest Star

    Carol Burnett

    Carol Burnett

    Mystery Guest #2

    Guest Star

    Buddy Hackett

    Buddy Hackett

    Guest Panelist

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      • HAPPY #700!!! This was a landmark night for WML as it hit its 700th episode. Ironically, it came two weeks after John and the panel celebrated the show's 14th anniversary. It definitely was very appropriate that the panel had a great evening and nearly got a perfecto. In the first game, Bennett correctly identified ratings czar A.C. Nielsen, Jr., who signed in as "Mr. X" in order to avoid name identification. After the game, the panel all but got on their knees as they tried kissing up to Mr. Nielsen. In the second game, Bennett once again shined as he correctly guessed that the contestant from Maine made snow shoes. In fact, the only time Bennett didn't play a hand in making a correct guess was in the mystery guest round when Buddy correctly identified his former "Stanley" co-star Carol Burnett. On the 1956-1957 TV series "Stanley," Carol played Buddy's girlfriend "Celia." Carol really didn't have anything to promote this evening. She just wanted to stop by and say hi, but she did talk about the musical she was working on that was produced by former guest panelist, and future mystery guest, Adolph Green (husband of female guest panelist record holder Phyllis Newman) and his writing partner, and future mystery guest, Betty Comden. In the final game, Arlene correctly guessed that the contestant was a butler, or as he was correctly termed, a valet. Unfortunately, it was after the cards had been flipped due to time, but they still enjoyed the fact that it was Jackie Gleason's valet on a very special 700th episode. - Sargebri

        There was no on-air mention of tonight's show being the 700th episode of WML. Rarely is the episode number ever mentioned on the show, but it happens on occasion. In fact, they are not even consistent in mentioning the annual anniversaries in February. However, they did mention their 14th anniversary two episodes ago. - Sargebri

      • During the post game chat following the mystery guest round, Arlene asked Carol how her baby was. The baby she referred to was Carol's oldest daughter Carrie Hamilton, who would follow in her mother's footsteps and also become an actress. When Carrie entered her teens, she developed a serious drug habit, but she managed to conquer her addictions and became a successful actress. Unfortunately, her success was short-lived, as she contracted lung cancer and died at the all-too-young age of 38. - Sargebri

        The Broadway musical that Carol Burnett was talking about did finally get a name, "Fade Out - Fade In." Among her co-stars were Jack Cassidy, who would become a frequent panelist on the syndicated WML, and future "Gilligan's Island" star Tina Louise. - Sargebri

      • During the sign-in of the second contestant, George Boyce, Jr., John and the contestant were both very careful not to reveal the hometown of the contestant. Bennett tried to inquire into this matter and was given "Oxford County." This seemed to sufficiently distract Bennett from the matter, as he inquired as to whether Mr. Boyce had anything to do with a paper mill. According to Wikipedia, Rumford in Oxford County is known for a major paper mill. For the record, the contestant turned out to be from Norway, Maine. It was announced after his game. - agent_0042

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at four down because time ran out. Arlene had correctly ascertained that he was a "gentleman's gentleman" afterwards on a free guess. - agent_0042

      • A COINCIDENCE: Buddy joked with the first guest, Mr. Nielsen, about wanting a higher rating for his former TV series. Mystery guest Carol Burnett had co-starred with Buddy on that series, and after Buddy identified Carol, he said that Carol was also on the show that he had asked Mr. Nielsen about. - ymike673

      • VALET TO "THE GREAT ONE" - Ironically, given where tonight's final contestant, Michael Lenarsey, came from, just a few months after this episode first aired in 1964, Jackie Gleason moved to Florida and took his TV show, "Jackie Gleason and His American Scene Magazine," and his cast and crew with him. It was with this move that the now-famous intro (by "WML?" announcer Johnny Olson), "From The Sun-and-Fun Capital of the World, Miami Beach...", was first coined. In the first two years (1962-1964) of Gleason's show, which up to this year was taped in the future Ed Sullivan Theatre which was just around the corner from the studio where "WML?" was then based, the intro began with the words "From New York City, The Entertainment Capital of the World..." - W-B

      • Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. is the son of the founder of the of the A. C. Nielsen Company, a marketing research firm. The Nielsen ratings are still a going concern. - Suzanne

      • This was a particularly fun episode. Much like his close friend Joey Bishop, Buddy Hackett inserts an element of levity into the show. It really gets entertaining when A.C. Nielsen arrives on the show and the panel feigns affection for Nielsen! Of course, obtaining a high Nielsen rating is one of the very things that help keep a television show on the air! - Sargebri

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Buddy Hackett, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.

      • Tidbits: It was mentioned that Bennett Cerf is currently being featured in Esquire Magazine. Carol Burnett said she simply dropped by to say, "Hi" and that she had "nothing to plug." She was her normal adorable self! Michael Lenarsey explains that the correct pronounciation of "valet" is "VAL-it" not the French-sounding "val-AY." - Suzanne

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