What's My Line?

Season 15 Episode 30


Aired Daily 12:00 AM Mar 22, 1964 on CBS



  • Notes

    • This was a very fun show! The tone was set with the female tax preparer. She had the panel in stitches with the way she answered their questions and she totally had them fooled. The aspirin maker was also funny and Arlene's questioning of him only heightened the hilarity. Next, Louis Armstrong really had the audience rolling with the way he answered his questions. After his game, he brought the house down with his a cappella rendition of "Hello, Dolly!" It is interesting to note that his version of "Hello, Dolly!" wound up being the number three single for the entire year of 1964, especially due to the fact that this was at the height of Beatlemania. The fun didn't stop after the mystery guest round, as there were more laughs yet when the panel said good night. When Arlene said good night to Martin over the air, and said he better be behaving in California, and then with Dorothy saying that Dick better behave too, I let out a laugh. The funniest part of the good nights, though, had to go to Bennett. He said that he knew Phyllis was behaving because she was sitting right there in the audience! - Sargebri (2004)

      The original Broadway version of "Hello, Dolly!" opened at the St. James Theatre and ran from January 16, 1964 to December 27, 1970, for a total of 2,844 performances. Carol Channing played the lead, "Mrs. Dolly Gallagher Levi." Louis Armstrong was not a performer in the Broadway play, but he recorded a single of the title song (issued on Kapp single #K-573) and it was in the "Top 10" when he made this "WML?" appearance. (It eventually reached Number One on the music charts, replacing The Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" which held the top spot at the time of tonight's show.) Years later, Louis had a part as the Orchestra Leader in the 1969 Barbra Streisand film version of "Hello, Dolly!" - Suzanne + W-B

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