What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 28

EPISODE #703

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 08, 1964 on CBS

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    • REVIEW: This was one episode where the panel truly looked as if they were having a lot of fun. They might have had a .500 record for the night, but they still looked as if they really enjoyed themselves. In the first game, which was a mystery guest round, Martin correctly identified the recently-retired St. Louis Cardinals star, Stan "The Man" Musial. Stan was on the show to talk about his current position, under President Lyndon Johnson, as head of the President's Council on Physical Fitness. At John's urging, Stan also related a story about how the late President Kennedy had called him when he hit .343 at the age of 42. Stan said that President Kennedy congratulated him and told him that he (Musial) was proof that "life begins at 40." Unfortunately, in the second game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the lady who inspected and packed Band-Aids. The fun really began when former WML panelist Steve Allen walked out from behind the curtain and initially signed in as "Ted Mack." During his game, Steve Allen kept the panel in stitches. Steverino had come to New York to see guest panelist Steve Lawrence perform on Broadway in the musical "What Makes Sammy Run?" The panel thought that Steverino had returned to his home in California, but Steverino fooled everyone by staying in New York. It was very ironic that guest panelist Steve Lawrence began the questioning and also correctly identified Steverino, since it was Steve Allen who gave Steve Lawrence and his wife, Eydie Gormé, their start when they appeared on the "Tonight Show" show during the era when Steve Allen was hosting it. Steve Allen and Steve Lawrence had remained very close since that time, and you could see it as the two embraced as Allen left the stage. Steverino's humorous appearance probably had an effect on the panel in the final game, as they were unable to guess that the final contestant was a honey broker. Nevertheless, this still turned out to be a very fun evening. - Sargebri

      SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT RULES: This was quite an interesting broadcast. Normally, if there are two mystery guests on the show, the panel usually plays the first round the same as a regular game, except for the addition of blindfolds, if the WML production team thought the panel would recognize the mystery guest. This was one of the first times that the panel played the first mystery guest round exactly like the regular mystery guest round. They were given one question each before the questioning rotated. - Sargebri

      Stan Musial probably wanted to kick himself a few months later. At the conclusion of the 1963 season, Stan "The Man" decided to retire after a successful 20 year career that would eventually lead to the Baseball Hall of Fame. However, Stan's appearance must have been a good omen as his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals, would go on to win the 1964 World Series, defeating the New York Yankees in seven games in what would be the Yanks' final Series appearance for twelve years. - Sargebri

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