What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 29


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 15, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Game 1: Tom Madden - "Rents Geese (To Eat Weeds)" (self-employed; he rents geese primarily to cotton farmers; 2 geese per acre do the work of one man in clearing the fields of unwanted wild grasses such as Johnson grass; from Kennett, MO)

Game 2: Miss Pam Sanders - "Foreign Correspondent (Just Returned from Viet-Nam & Laos)" (salaried; she worked for 2 years for Time Magazine; from Manilla, Philippines)

Game 3: Allan Sherman (11/30/1924 - 11/20/1973) (as Mystery Guest) He almost stumped the panel! . .moreless

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    John Daly

    John Daly

    Moderator (1950-1967)

    Arlene Francis

    Arlene Francis

    Regular Panelist (1950-1967)

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Dorothy Kilgallen

    Regular Panelist (1950-1965)

    Allan Sherman

    Allan Sherman

    Mystery Guest

    Guest Star

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Robert Q. Lewis

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Steve Lawrence

    Steve Lawrence

    Guest Panelist

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (5)

      • (Dorothy sets up John Daly for a pun - and he gets a laugh from the audience)
        Dorothy: Are they boy geese or girl geese?
        John: Well, we'll have to give it a gander and take a look.

      • Dorothy: (To mystery guest Allan Sherman) Other than tonight, have I ever been in your dressing room at the Copa?

      • Robert Q. Lewis: Are you in New York...
        Steve Lawrence: Obviously!
        (Audience laughs)
        Robert Q. Lewis: Well, you never know, Steve, he could be phoning it in.

      • John: (On the panel being puzzled by Allen Sherman) This is television at its finest. Watching them think.

      • Arlene: (Saying good night) Good night, Martin dear, wherever you are in Hollywoodland. Have fun -- to a point.

    • NOTES (9)

      • REVIEW: This was a very good night for the panel as they essentially had a perfecto. In the first game, Dorothy was given credit for guessing that the contestant dealt with geese. Actually, he rented geese to cotton farmers because the geese eat undesirable grasses and weeds but not the cotton plants. In the second game, Arlene was given credit for guessing that the very attractive contestant was a female reporter. As for her actual line, she was a foreign correspondent who had just returned from Vietnam and Laos; two countries that America would get very familiar with in the next few months. In the mystery guest round, Allan Sherman nearly got away with fooling the panel by doing his best "Crazy Guggenheim" impression. However, the panel did correctly guess who he was and made the identification as a group. Allen didn't really have anything to promote, but he did discuss his various comedy recordings, including his biggest hit, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah (A Letter from Camp)" which hit number-two on the singles chart the previous year. Also brought up was the fact that he was the original producer of another Goodson-Todman show, "I've Got a Secret." This definitely was not only a successful night, but it was a very fun night as well. - Sargebri (2006)

        ROBERT Q. LEWIS INTRODUCES JOHN: It was interesting to see old friend, Robert Q. Lewis, sitting in the anchor position. Normally, when Bennett is on vacation, Martin Gabel will sit in Bennett's seat. However, Martin was working in Hollywood, so "Q-sie" took the position, and filled it well. - Sargebri

        PUNS APLENTY!!! Even though Bennett's return to the show was still a week away, the panel evoked his spirit with plenty of bad puns in the first game. Steve Lawrence joked about "his goose being cooked." Other jokes were made about "water off a duck's back," and "cotton-picking geese." John made the worst one of all when Dorothy asked if the geese were male or female, and John replied, "Well, we'll have to give it a gander and take a look." - Sargebri

      • FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first contestant at six down, even though Dorothy had correctly identified him as being involved with geese. John said that it was an unusual occupation and that there was little chance that the panel could have figured out that the contestant rented geese. John flipped all of the cards for the second contestant at five down, but Arlene had came close by saying that the guest worked for a newspaper, when it was actually a newsmagazine. - agent_0042

      • (1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope copy of tonight's live broadcast once again had the word "live" edited out of Johnny Olson's intro, and while a faint "click" can be heard, the transition "now...from" sounds more naturally flowing and less obvious in comparison with other "WML?" kinescopes where the word "live" was cut. As was mentioned in the notes to earlier episodes, this edit was for the benefit of airing in the Pacific and Mountain time zones. This is the third known episode where such an edit was made.
        (2) Tonight's show was one of the rare times Robert Q. Lewis sat in the "anchor" position of the panel desk and, therefore, introduced John Charles Daly. - W-B

      • ALLAN SHERMAN: Besides once working for Goodson-Todman as co-creator of the original "I've Got a Secret" (1952-1967) and as a producer of the ill-fated "What's Going On?" (1954) - the latter of which last aired briefly on GSN in 2005 - Allan Sherman had something of a G-T connection in his recording career. On quite a few of his top-selling music/comedy albums, including 1963's "My Son, The Nut" - from which his most famous song, "Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! (A Letter From Camp)", had emanated - Sherman's musical director was Lou Busch, who had co-written the "WML?" closing theme "Rollercoaster."

        During the post-game chat, John brought up "Goodson-Todman man" Allan's new record album, "Allan in Wonderland" (Warner Bros. W(S) 1539). The LP did not chart as high as its predecessors - only getting up to #25 on the album charts - and marked the beginning of the end of Mr. Sherman's peak as a recording artist. - W-B

      • This was quite an interesting show. Allan Sherman worked for years on another Goodson/Todman show, "I've Got a Secret." For the most part, he imitated Frank Fontaine in this humorous appearance. Daly mentions his various albums, "My Son the Folk Singer," "My Son the Nut" and a brief mention is made of the song that would be forever associated with him, "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah," which became a huge hit, reaching number two on the charts. However, one of the contestants, foreign correspondent Pam Sanders, was probably one of the most eerie. She had just returned from an assignment in Southeast Asia, in particular, Vietnam and Laos. A few months after her appearance, the Tonkin Gulf incident would occur and this would lead to the sending of combat troops to Vietnam and America's deepening involvement in that war. - Sargebri (2004)

      • ALLAN SHERMAN FIRED BY GOODSON-TODMAN: Allan Sherman promoted his record albums. His previous "Top 10" 1963 hit song "Hello, Muddah! Hello, Fadduh! (A Letter from Camp)" was mentioned. John brought up the fact that Sherman was a former "Goodson-Todman man" and used to co-produce "I've Got A Secret." John Daly did not mention this, but Sherman was fired from his "IGAS" job. There is some discrepancy over whether Sherman was fired in 1956 or 1958. In his 1978 WML book, Fates goes into much detail regarding Allan Sherman and some of the fiascoes he created. On page 77, Gil Fates states that Sherman left "IGAS" in 1956 after a fiasco with an Easter 1956 program that featured Easter bunnies. However, Fates also mentions, on page 79, yet another fiasco on a June 11, 1958 episode which featured Tony Curtis as the guest and Henry Morgan as the substitute host, filling in for Garry Moore. On this episode, Tony Curtis acted out his childhood games. These games turned out to be scripted, because Tony later said that he'd never heard of most of these games. Fates described the skit as falling flat. Professional comic book writer Mark Evanier also writes of this episode here:
        Evanier quotes Eric Paddon as stating that on this show, Tony Curtis mentions that he is about to become a father again. Since Jamie Lee Curtis was born in November, 1958, this is collaboration that the 1958 date is the correct one.
        Fates said that Sherman had been unbending and uncontrollable. Years later, Fates said their relationship with Sherman warmed, and they were again able to appreciate his wit and creativity. Fates said, "You couldn't help but be fond of Allen, as long as you didn't have to work with him." Sherman was a frequent guest on G-T shows until his untimely death in 1973 at age 49. - Suzanne Astorino

      • During the post-game chat with the foreign correspondent, John mentioned, in regard to Vietnam, "It's an ugly situation out there." America was not yet heavily involved with Vietnam yet, but advisors had been placed there. Things would indeed get "uglier" soon. On August 1, 1964, North Vietnamese torpedo boats attacked an American destroyer, the Maddox, in the Gulf of Tonkin. On August 7, 1964, Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which gave President Johnson the power to resolve the conflict with any means necessary. This escalated America's involvement in the war. There is still much political controversy over the events surrounding the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. - Suzanne Astorino

      • This was a great episode! There were lots of laughs and puns, especially during the first game. Steve Lawrence came up with some funny ones, including "cotton picking geese." - Suzanne

      • Panel: Dorothy Kilgallen, Steve Lawrence, Arlene Francis, Robert Q. Lewis. Bennett Cerf is vacationing in South America and will be gone for 3 weeks total. This is his third missed week.

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